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Armed nomads enter Unity State without permission


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

December 23, 2012 (BENTIU) - A Sudanese nomadic group entered Parieng County last week without properly notifying the local government, the area’s commissioner, Majok Gatdet Deng, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

The group of Ambororo herdsmen, who entered Unity State on December 15, are heavily armed, Deng said. The nomads would have been welcome, the commissioner said, if they had handed their weapons to South Sudan’s army (SPLA) on the border before crossing into the world’s newest country.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 but many issues such as border demarcation and security remain unresolved.

Unity State officials say they were surprised by the Ambororo’s arrival. Commissioner Deng called on Unity State’s government to deploy more police, in addition to the 150 police already in the area, to control and observe the movements of the nomads.

The Commissioner said the Ambororo phoned him before entering the county but because of network problems they were unable to communicate properly. Deng said he "told them we need to meet before they enter into our territory so that we will try to lay down a mechanism which will allow them to come in”.

The Ambororo are one of many Sudanese nomadic groups that traditionally cross into South Sudan to find green pasture for their cattle during the dry months north of the border.

People in Parieng County fear that the rising number of armed pastoralists in county will cause insecurity.

Since the independence of South Sudan last year, Sudanese nomads did not entered Unity State until a group of Misseriya cattle herders entered through Mayom County and were allowed to remain in the area following negotiations with local Bul Nuer chiefs in October this year.

As part of the deal to allow them to access pastures, the Misseriya agreed to leave their weapons with the SPLA while they are in South Sudanese territory.

Sudanese nomads often wish to hold onto their weapons to protect themselves and their cattle despite assurances from South Sudanese authorities that they will be protected, while locals in Unity State worry that the armed nomads may be able to raid their cattle if they are armed.


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  • 25 December 2012 06:25, by Gabriel KK

    No free movement until a deal is reach on the border issues and trade between South Sudan and Sudan.

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    • 25 December 2012 07:14, by Alier

      Why is that an entry without permission when Ambororo did phone the commissioner for consent? And if they couldn’t get the respond due to the network inconvenient and they made their way into the state; why not send the police to disarm them?

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      • 27 December 2012 06:47, by Peter Nhiany

        Alier, your comment sound surprising to me. How can you possibly disarm strangers who entered in your territory who might have hidden intention for their entry? I think you should consider the lives of the innocent people in Unity State. It would be nice to disarm them as you said without escalating situation on the ground. The commissioner can not be blamed for the Mbororo’s unauthorized entry.

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    • 25 December 2012 09:48, by Ayom Ayom

      We don’t need Jalaba in our territory, until the allow the oil flow through port sudan. disarm them and send them back to where the come from. Khartoum is a fail state, what remain from them is to die from many factors such as economic factors, social factors, security factors and sanction/embargo.

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    • 25 December 2012 13:23, by Mapuor

      Hahahahaha Ambororo,these guys don’t know boundaries,they believe that grass and water are meant for cattle and seeking permission from some one who did not water the grass is senseless.Hahahaha

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      • 25 December 2012 14:20, by Chol

        Ayom Ayom and Mapuor, did you guys experience how hard and painful it is to pretend to be who you are not? Read your comments again and see how ridiculously or senselessly your comments sound. It’s so sad!

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      • 27 December 2012 06:54, by Peter Nhiany

        Mapour, I wonder if you know that South Sudan and Sudan have not marked their borders yet. If you sincerely know borders between the Republic of South Sudan and Sudan are not sketched, you would not blame the Mbororo for violating border crossing. Just like Sudan has been bombing within South Sudan and nothing has been done about it because they know no lines marking South Sudan border with Sudan.

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    • 25 December 2012 15:35, by Baring

      Why are we allowed Arab nomad to enter in to South Sudan border and they dont allowed us to used thier border. What happen here with south sudan government? why are we pleasing Arab like this? Close this border for good please.

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  • 25 December 2012 06:49, by Boma

    How could this happened, aren’t SPLA forces stationed along the border? This is totally unacceptable. The border must be sealed off. Make this community understand that South Sudan is a sovereign state and they must get permission to enter.

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  • 25 December 2012 07:11, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    These Amboror are too dangerous to south security and all black Sudanese, they alway Arm and dangerous agent of Arab Northern intruders. They murdered men, kidnap, Hijack children, and women into north slavery. They should not be allowed to pass with heavy army men or Grand in south at all.

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  • 25 December 2012 10:51, by Ahmado

    That is clearly explaining the weakness of government of south sudan.How comes that they allowing the Ambororo to entered in another country with arms,is this not stupid from government.Border should be sealed with defence and prefent enemies from invade but now government they sleeping busy with corruption,looting, killing innocent people and external enemies are planning seriously.

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  • 25 December 2012 11:26, by solider

    ambororo will fight till their last soul. i know them very well.

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    • 27 December 2012 06:59, by Peter Nhiany

      Soldier, you are completely right. They are rampant killers and the authorities in United State should be very careful in handling them to avoid escalation which will result in lost of lives.

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  • 25 December 2012 13:19, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    Shame on south Sudan! That’s why I don’t bother to comments on all these stuffs, because you don’t seek a headache for nonsense. I couldn’t imagine you entered to the Sudanese territory armed or unarmed. I am speechless. If south Sudanese failed to protect themselves from the common visual enemy, then why are we always keep bothering keeps calling God’s name? God will never help you.

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  • 25 December 2012 14:23, by panchol

    SS must not be cheated as that, water and grass are resources. These nomads should not be allow to come to South Sudanese territory until implementation for recent inked agreements is done or otherwise nomads out to join SPLA/M N Darfur Factions as they are marginalized too.

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