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Scores killed in South Kordofan tribal clashes

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January 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Fierce clashes erupted in the restive state of South Kordofan between three clans of the Arab Misseriya tribe killing more than a dozen people and injuring more others, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune.

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Misseriya leaders (UN)

The violence started on Saturday evening following the death of a man in Foula town belonging to the Sons of Heiban clan leading the latter to accuse Suroor and Metinan clans of standing behind it.

Both warring sides have had disputes over land since last year which likely increased the chances of renewed conflict as demonstrated this week.

Eyewitnesses said that heavy weaponry was used in the fighting leading to complete closure of the town market and streets were empty. Local authorities did not intervene to control the situation for unknown reasons.

However it was reported that a plane was hovering over the town during the clashes on Sunday.

The State Security Committee issued a statement in response calling on all parties "to demonstrate the highest degree of caution, patience and wisdom to overcome the events" and pledged to "take all that is necessary, decisive, firm and deterring to contain the situation [that is now] completely under control".

The press release said that since December 30th four incidents occurred in different areas resulting in the death of six people from the parties of the conflict in Foula which led to later escalation of events.

The committee claimed that it has information that elements from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) will try to exploit the tribal tensions in order to undermine the state stability.

South Kordofan, which lies between Darfur and South Sudan, is one of the most unstable and militarized parts of the country. It is the scene of fighting between the Sudanese army and Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) which is part of the SRF coalition of insurgent groups.

The heavily-armed Misseriya were a key proxy militia of the northern army during the civil war which started in 1983. They migrate during the dry season to find ever-scarcer water and pasture for their livestock, most notoriously to the flashpoint border district of Abyei.

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  • 7 January 2013 10:52, by Wiyual

    Misseriya,
    Don’t let yourselves to be used by NCP. You will all be finishing. You were used by NCP during SPLA and NCP regime, now you are gain being used by NCP regime war and SRF, Abyei, South-North borders. You will all be finshing one by one. Think twice!

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    • 7 January 2013 11:18, by Northern Sudanese

      Wiyual
      think twice before you open your shit! you will starve to death from hunger if you keep listening to that cowboy!

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      • 7 January 2013 15:40, by Ahmed Chol

        Kordofan is one state and the NCP is working very hard to split into two states. Just to divide and conquer. They are pitying Miseryia against Nuba to achieve their objectives. That is how they fight their wars. They use tribes against tribes. They arm one side to destroy the other. UN must intervene because Bashir is creating another Janja-weed in South Kordofan

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  • 7 January 2013 11:08, by Observer

    Jalaby,
    This kind of makes a mockery of your statement on the other post doesn;t it.
    These are Sudanese killing Sudanese- no mention of the SPLA- N being involved.
    You really don;t know much about the true situation of our country do you. that is because you only beleive what your masters tell you to believe.

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    • 7 January 2013 11:21, by Northern Sudanese

      Obsershit
      the situation in your country:-
      worst health crisis in the world
      more than halve people depend on food aid
      development on hold
      cow raids killing thousands (not 6 like here)
      and the list goes on.....

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      • 7 January 2013 11:36, by Rommel

        Northern Sudanese:
        According to institutions of international significance, including the world’s quintessential political institution — the UN... your government engaged in a brutal campaign of ethnic determined violence that claimed a quarter of a million innocent lives. Ah yes, I can almost hear your pathetic denials, predictably tinged with a dose of antisemitism...

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        • 7 January 2013 11:46, by Rommel

          .. that bemoans and derides your international status of being known supporters of terrorism and State sanctioned genocidal campaigns as being merely a concomitant of a grand Jewish conspiracy. Have I summed it up correctly!? The Jews are responsible aren’t they? Perhaps in this case as well. Joos, Joos, Joos... those Goddamn Joos — sons of apes and pigs. LOL!

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          • 7 January 2013 11:52, by Northern Sudanese

            Rommel
            you son of a whore! There is no genocide in Sudan! its all a lie made up just like wmd’s in Iraq. yes we did kill south sudanese insects but come on, 2 million in 50 years, not impressive at all!

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            • 7 January 2013 12:24, by Rommel

              Northern Sudanese:
              My, my, you are upset, aren’t you? Don’t imagine that your personal attacks bother me or help you -in fact- quite the opposite; they say more about your mother than they do about mine. You’ve ridiculed yourself as well as your mother. I am amused by the sheer frenzied nature of your nakedly hateful response. Use more expletives, it’s most amusing...rage on. LOL.

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              • 7 January 2013 12:51, by Rommel

                Do you actually mean to say that the very well documented cases of State sanctioned ethnic cleansing in Darfur is merely a derivative of subterfuge by the UN!? You illustrate for us the fallacy of spamming patently foolish arguments and imagining that anyone might be persuaded into something, other than how incredibly dim-witted you are.

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              • 7 January 2013 13:19, by Rommel

                I hope you realise that even the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), a research unit with links to the World Health Organisation has attributed 120, 000 to the conflict over a 17-month period, from September 2003 to January 2005. Do you not find this estimate disturbing!? It’s certainly higher than all the deaths caused by tribal wars in South Sudan since the Condominium.

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              • 7 January 2013 20:34, by Observer

                Romnel,
                N Sudanese and Jalaby both resort to name calling when they find themselves on here, with no way of defending an article that contradicts what they have said in the past.
                It is the reason for the anger- he has proven himself a fool yet again.
                Their only line of defence is to name call, bring up a story abour S Sudan that is totally unrelated to the article.

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      • 7 January 2013 11:42, by Lango2010

        Sudan a curse Land
        Sudan a place where truth are not mentioned
        Sudan a land of Hypocrite and Evil worshiper.
        northerner why don’t you accept the truth. you arm mesiriya against South Sudan and now they are killing themselves.
        you want to finish them, because they are primitive and ignorance. does that have any connection with SPLA?
        you are worse than devil on hell.

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        • 7 January 2013 11:55, by Northern Sudanese

          Lango2010
          are you fooling yourself or what??? you are killing thousands of your brothers per day for cattle!
          Sudan is a curse land? then South Sudan is a hell land!
          no food
          no clean water
          no education
          no basic services
          no electricity
          no health
          ect.....
          so truth is mentioned in your shithole? like what?

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          • 7 January 2013 14:11, by Rezingving monynok

            annoying mosquito northern
            but with hope soon they will own these , better than you people who started many centuries ago and there are no good services till now , only professions on killing innocent people, raping , known criminals

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          • 7 January 2013 16:59, by Rommel

            Northern Sudanese:
            Thousands dying per day? Where did you get this figure from!? Are you as innumerate as you are ignorant!? The most recent cattle raid claimed two lives — and (*gasp*) that figure is assuredly far from a thousand. I doubt that you actually believe in your own nonsense, because, well... it’s just dumb.

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          • 8 January 2013 01:40, by ANYANYA1

            Northern Sudanese, you are right for whatever you mention about South Sudan, but remember South sudan is apart of Sudan before,but because of North Sudan greedy that why South Sudan got it own independent, and Blue Nile and South Kordofan will go too, back to what you mention above you build North for S.Sudan oil. think about it. Anyanya1

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        • 8 January 2013 07:44, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

          Sudan is a cursed land now since God has given his people South Sudanese their freedom.
          to hell with Arabs and stop killing our fellow Africans the Nubian and Funj people. I think it is the last kick of dying horse.
          I advice you people the Arabs to repent and reading the bible but not Quran.

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      • 7 January 2013 16:10, by panchol

        Northern Middle East!
        Killing over cattle raiding in South Sudan, it is not too political but depends on poverty line. that cattle rustling is ever there even before and after the ruling of brilliant president Jafer Muhammad Nimeri.
        What are trying to tell us? instead for Messyria. to pick up arms against NCP thugs and joint SRF. Yet Messyria will regret in near future.

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      • 7 January 2013 20:26, by Observer

        N Sudanese,
        If you are talking to me ( and another who turns to name calling when he cant defend something) then you ae talking about our country.
        Silly you.. now you have made an even bigger fool of yourself and given the S Sudanese more ammunition to fire at you.

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  • 7 January 2013 12:03, by Jalaby

    This is really a shocking news, this fighting erupted just few kilometers from Al-Fola oil field that produces more than 40,000 bbl/day of oil!
    I think the government should follow new strategy with our Misseriya brothers by moving them from the Bedouin & herding life to modern cities life and civilization, that’s doable because all the oil fields in Kordofan exist

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    • 7 January 2013 12:10, by Jalaby

      in Misseriya land such as:Al-Fola, Heglig, Barasaia, Abo Jabra,Sharief, etc, the oil can change their lives completely the same way it changed our Arab brothers in Arab Peninsula from Bedouin life to civilized cities life! Their coming state (West Kordofan) is going to be the Sudan number one oil state no doubt!

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      • 7 January 2013 12:16, by Jalaby

        Our government should involve very quickly and finds quick solution for this problem and prevents it from happening again in the future!
        Misseriya should unify themselves against their real enemy who doesn’t want to recognize their right in Abyei and want to expel them out of it, yes, that’s your real enemy and you need to react accordingly!!

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        • 7 January 2013 12:29, by hellonearth

          Jalaby

          Some food for thought to you... Abyei belongs to 9 Dinka Ngok chiefdoms. where is it write that misseriya have a say in what goes on in Abyei? this behaviour of stealing should stop if we are to live a neighbours

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        • 7 January 2013 16:33, by panchol

          Jalaby.
          Our philosopist, Late Dr. John Garang de Mabior said"Sudan shall not be the same".
          Sudan shall be divided up as follows:
          1. South Sudan
          2. South Kordufan & Blue Nile
          3.Darfur Region
          4.East Sudan
          5.Dungula, Alpa and the list goes....
          hahhahahahahaha
          "Empty vessels make more noise".

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    • 7 January 2013 14:45, by Chol

      Jalaby, soon Darfur SK and BN will have their independent like South Sudan and your NCP will be left with no oil desert. You’ll be reduced to be house-keepers to clean dishes and cooking for these foreign countries.

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  • 7 January 2013 12:09, by hellonearth

    Northern Shit

    is it the only thing that goes through your mind. you tell us outdated things with south sudan all the time but we know. so just shut up for once and say something else.

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  • 7 January 2013 12:23, by master

    miserably
    they want to became as those primative of south sudan but we will not allow such behavior

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    • 7 January 2013 14:46, by Rezingving monynok

      sick master
      these people are fueled by big dogs in Khartoum,
      don`t get sad because it is your habits .

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    • 7 January 2013 15:56, by Chol

      Mrs. Master, how does that feel when you are the ones killing one another? You work hard to do that in South Sudan but it turned out blowing up in your face at your own backdoor.

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  • 7 January 2013 15:17, by william

    What goes around comes around, messeria had been being used by terrorist in khartuom to kill civilian across the country since then they were been defeated by SPLA from grabbing land from the south they resorted into grabbing of land within! opposition parties can speed up toppling process to recue dying civilians in the hand of Terror NCP Regime.

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  • 7 January 2013 15:54, by ForAll

    Misseriya are in south Kordofan, south Darfur, west Darfur, Tchad, Tunissia and Murtania. Their population is 4.5 millions.
    They can and will solve any problem by all means

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    • 8 January 2013 20:53, by wad arab & proud

      yep, and alganobeen 9 millions in south and herd of them in the world can not and will not solve a tiny single problem because they have no brains.

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  • 7 January 2013 16:03, by ForAll

    The main four branches of Misseriya are:
    Aulad Ghanim,
    Alawna,
    Ajayra and
    Falayta.
    They are born united and will remain united.

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  • 8 January 2013 20:46, by wad arab & proud

    To me as Arabi I supported separation of South before even you think about it. That because you do not belong to us in anything. But, you have no right to speak about the rest of Sudan, which will be united peaceful and glorious, and we will watch you eating from west hands like …………..,

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