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WBEG: Balanda community condemns Farajalah killings, accepts Wau County transfer

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January 5, 2013 (WAU) - South Sudan’s Balanda community in Western Bahr el Ghazal State on Friday denounced last month’s killing of 26 innocent civilians in the Farrajallah area of troubled Wau County and have accepted the transfer of the area’s headquarters out of Wau town.

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In a press release on 4 January, the Balanda Community Association, urged authorities to conduct investigations to establish the facts of the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

According to the press release: “The Balanda community deeply regrets [the] crime committed by the clique of criminals", which took place in the Farrajallah Boma [sub-district] of Bagari payam [district] some 48 miles outside Wau town.

The 26 migrant workers, from the Dinka ethnic group, were killed in December in the midst of protests in Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, over the cabinet’s decision to move the headquarters of Wau County to Bagari, which is home to the Balanda community.

The statement welcomes the government’s decision to relocate the administrative headquarters, which has been supported by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, who visited Wau on December 24, to express his backing for Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Governor, Rizik Zachariah Hassan.

“We welcome [the] position of our president Salva Kiir Mayardit on the question about relocation of the Wau county headquarters. His decision is final and acceptable. Actually our concern was that we needed education and awareness”, the press release adds.

Those who protested against the administrative shift, were predominantly members of the Balanda tribe - also known as Fartit. Footage passed on to Al Jazeera, appears to show the police shooting at the protestors in Wau on 9 December.

The numbers of protestors killed varies greatly between different sources, with the Governor initially denying that anyone was killed in the incidents.

However the Western Bahr el Ghazal minister of information has admitted that eight people were killed in the December 8 and 9 protests. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) put the number killed at ten before revising it down to nine, while former Wau county commissioner, John Peter Miskin, has repeatedly claimed that 25 protesters were killed with 21 others sustaining injuries. Miskin stepped down in protest against the move.

Another protest broke out on Tuesday December 18 and again authorities gave conflicting figures of those killed and wounded.

South Sudan’s deputy minister of interior, Salva Mathok Gengdit, said he received reports indicating that seven lives were lost and 32 others were wounded in the second wave of protests. But a police officer at scene said 12 lives were lost, figures which medical doctors at Wau teaching hospital were able to confirm.

The killings in Farajallah village, some 48 miles from Wau town, claimed the lives of 26 innocent people, all members of Dinka ethnic group from the three different states of the country’s greater region of Bahr el Ghazal.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (Left) accompanied by the Western Bahr el Ghazal Governor Rizik Zachariah Hassan (C) and Nyandeng Malek of Warrap on December 24, 2012 (ST)

The killing of the migrant workers led to the Governor’s of Lakes, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal traveling to Wau to help try and resolve the dispute and call for calm among their communities over the Christmas period.

On New Year’s Day, leaders from Western Bahr el Ghazal, including the paramount chief of the Balanda tribe called for unity and for people to denounce the culture of violence that led to the killing of protestors and ethnic violence.

Balanda Chief Angelo Bagari said: “The development and progress of this country depends entirely on our resolve to work together. It means our unity and responsibility. Our diversity should not be seen and used as our weakness. It should be our strength.”

The motive for the Farajallah killings remains unclear, although authorities arrested a number of people, including traditional leaders from the area who were suspected to have knowingly not intervened to prevent the deaths.

Chief Bagari, who has the same name as the Bagari locality, which is the proposed location for the new headquarters of Wau County, was briefly called in for questioning by Western Bahr le Ghazal’s security services after the Farajallah killings as the area falls under his jurisdiction.

Responding to this allegation, the Balanda Community Association’s press release said: "The crime was not our collective decision as community, neither was it our intention [...] The killing is inhumane and as community, we will never support such act, let the culprits be brought to justice."

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  • 5 January 2013 10:03, by Ayom Ayom

    Balanda Community, accept this because their secret or rebellion was discovered last week, that in Farajalah, remote village far away from Wau, They Balanda community construct airstrip sin during elections over-there and the planes coming from Khartoum have been landing in that airstrip offloading weapons to fight South Sudan government,SPLA Were dispatched in those places, to intervene.

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    • 5 January 2013 12:55, by aguotwany@live.com

      Please written you need to correct the way you are writing, Dinka are migrants in Wau, who the hell has told you that Dinka are immigrants in their country. Please take that Arab mind a way from here. If you an Arab then we will expell you from our country but if you are from South, Sudan then correct the language please. Anyone from any state can move to any state and still the same. Thanks

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      • 5 January 2013 21:45, by Eastern

        For starters including you, every year hundreds of Dinka MIGRANT workers move down south from Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap during the ’hunger months’ in search of work mostly in farms. Yes, Dinkas even migrate within their own country!! Get this fact VERY right!!

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        • 6 January 2013 07:22, by aguotwany@live.com

          Easter, I think we need to be clear about the existence and South, Sudan independence did not came by an accident , it was paid for and you know who we’re those who have brought this peace. We as South, Sudanese does not matter where you coming as soon as you are from the 10 states then you have the right to live any where in the 10 states without discrimination . Let all live together.

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      • 6 January 2013 03:06, by Darkangel
        • 6 January 2013 03:07, by Darkangel
          • 6 January 2013 14:11, by Rommel

            Darkangel:
            What’s your point!? All you’ve done is provide us with incorrectly labelled maps, without the decency of accompanying the maps with any form of original commentary. PS: I don’t see the Baqqara Arabs being permitted to stay as citizens of South Sudan for much longer...

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            • 6 January 2013 14:20, by Rommel

              .. The Arabs that reside in Western Bahr el Ghazal are the very same Arabs that made the bulk of the so called mujahideen and the PDF; they worked in tandem with Khartoum in their operations against Dinka civilians and were instrumental in creating the artificial famine of 1988 that resulted in 250, 000 Dinka deaths. All has not been forgotten and all has certainly not been forgiven...

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    • 6 January 2013 18:42, by Tutbol

      What a slanted crap of a report! That the dinkas are migrant workers in any part of WAU ACHOL?! Enemies of S Sudanese unity are trully well alive amongst our communities.

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  • 5 January 2013 10:37, by Born viri

    Ayom you don’t know what u are talking about when did balanda plan to fight/rebel against government? Do u thing balanda are like u pipo who are agreedy? there is nothing like Balanda community sending acceptance and apology letter to the governmentabout what occured.Where are the army and the Governor who ordered and killed civillians in wau to go and face their fellow men in Kitkit.

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    • 5 January 2013 11:56, by EES Kingmaker

      Balanda community have shifting positions on the matter. Why staging such a nasty situation in the first place? It appears what took place, was externally-induced. It is sad for many innocent lives were lost in that stupid decision and unbecoming stand-off.

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    • 7 January 2013 07:57, by Madiak

      Born Viri
      You know Balanda are most lucky people in the world but it is just for one time’ there is no body who can kill Dinka from this world freely like what you did’ but put in mine u will get lesson one day as long as we live in Wau Achol’ and for Balanda rebelion it is well known even Kitkit attack was made by u’ Don’t deny u are rebels since time of war u were in Arab side killing Dinka’

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      • 7 January 2013 08:10, by Madiak

        Continue
        Don’t lie that we Dinka are greedy no if we were greedy we could have done the same like what you people did during the war when you were in Arab side but the bad thing is Arab was fucking you with your wivies’ daughters’ sisters’Mothers’and the evidence is the knwon word of Abuguroon SAF commander in Wau in war time he say(Fuck Fartit And Kill Jangey(Dinka)Just wait 4us 2 start fucking u

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  • 5 January 2013 12:29, by Mike Mike

    My expectation now is I need all those whom were redhanded in the killing of 26 innocent members of Dinka tribe be brought to the book for questioning of why they did that blindly brutal killing.Because who made proposition of transfer of the county headquarters is govt in which they have their representatives in its with regardless of those killed in farjallah.

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    • 5 January 2013 17:01, by Whortti Bor Manza

      What a hell. These cabals hired by Rizik are playing to his tune. Logically what can be said about the innocent protesters gunned down by the Dinka SPLA and the Dinka mob who torched houses in Kosti, Nazereth and Souk Joaw. These appeasers of Rizik are known, Paulino Said Uku, Usini Suku Suku. These stupid Balandas are in the paylist of Rizik. Balandas should get rid of these criminals.

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  • 5 January 2013 17:19, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Rizik is applying the same tactics of the NIF. Make paylist, then divide and rule. Cozy and foolish Balandas were already in his cabinet: Angelo Taban, Zuliet Rafael, Michael Gebatin. These are betrayals who should be sidelined.

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  • 5 January 2013 20:45, by NGUENYTUOR

    Families confrontation should come to transformation,to let’s achieve the successfull subtainable peace of Land of Cush,and other beautifull development among our people.People should forgive themselves and let’s pray to God for cooperation and unity in Southern Sudan.May God rest the souls of our brothers and sisters who had died for defendsives of the Land Cush in Jesus Christ Name.

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