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Jonglei: Feuding Bor clans face fresh disarmament campaign


February 4, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army has launched a second round of disarmament in Jonglei state’s Bor county, officials said, following deadly armed clashes between two clans of the Dinka tribe last month.

Two people died on January 8 when members of Deer and Koch clans from Makuach payam (district) clashed in an area outside Bor town, with a further two people gunned down on 30 January in a suspected revenge attack.

It is unclear what triggered the recent fighting, with a variety of reasons given by local people, including a land dispute going back to 1934 in which 34 people were killed.

The land claimed by both sides is a raised piece of ground surrounded by a swamp, which is used as a cattle camp. The area is known as Toch in Dinka.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone, John Mac Acuek, the secretary of Bor county community, says local authorities are moving to avert future incidents involving the use of arms.

Makuach payam civil administrator Philip Mabil Duot also confirmed the exercise, saying it will pave the way for a peaceful resolution of the conflict which has been running for nearly a decade.

“The army is disarming the population and after this, the court will look into the issue [being contested],” said Mabil.

South Sudan’s army (SPLA) launched a disarmament campaign in Jonglei state in March 2012 but little seems to have been achieved, with reports of killings by unknown assailants remaining a common occurence.

In order for disarmament to be successful, say analysts, sources of acquiring further weapons must be blocked. However, some groups in the state continue to evade the disarmament campaign, which was triggered by a spike in attacks in December 2011 that continued into 2012.


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  • 4 February 2013 23:46, by Ahmed Chol

    No further disarmament in Bor, the four people are less than the number killed by Murle. So if anyone cares about death in Bor, then he should thoroughly disarm Murle first. Otherwise, fresh re-disarmament in Bor is demonstration of pure idiocy. What did the government do when the Murle took cattle in November in Pamuom, Jalle Payam and Twic East County? Kuol Manyang is seeking his grave

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    • 5 February 2013 00:05, by Chol

      If the government in BOR is going to disarm the civil population; they should make sure the civilians are not vulnerable to outside invaders such as Murle and other an expected enemies within the region. >>>

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      • 5 February 2013 00:11, by Chol

        >>>I personally don’t agree that civilian in BOR should be disarm because there is a history that they are the ones being attacked occasionally by outside invaders. They should have the right to defense themselves! I understood that the disarmament is being done to protect the same people against themselves but that leave them defenseless to outsiders.

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        • 6 February 2013 00:08, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          It’s very great shy for some one who did not support the disarmament of Dink Bor while other communities was disarm like Lou Nuer,Jieng Luach and Ayod county. the order came from ur weak Governor who given Gun to Murle and Bor. and said Disarmmant the other county with in Jonglie State,Akobo,Uror,Piggii,Ayod and Fangak.

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  • 5 February 2013 02:49, by wang

    It wouldn’t make any different whether they are disarm or not (Bor), they have completely miserably failed to protect themselves from outside invaders. Bor civilian holds more guns than Murle and Lou-Nuer do in Jongeli State. And I agreed with your first sentence Ahmed Chol, those four people who die through clans battles were nothing compare to those have had adductive and killed by Murle youth

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  • 5 February 2013 02:54, by wang

    those four people who die through clans battles were nothing compare to those have had adductive and killed by Murle youth recently at Bor counties. Questions: Why they don’t use those weapons to protect themselves against their enemies? What are the purposes of holding those guns Bor? Why Kuol Manyang and Kuol Deng Kuol lie to Medias they have completely disarmed the Bor counties in first plac

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    • 5 February 2013 05:36, by Nuer Empire

      Wang;No disarment made in Bor,ut have been vulnerable to killing by Murle. They are just hunting down non Bor for nothing.Thank to God their intra-clan clash has revealed those evil weapon otherwise they could use them against other communities.
      The Nueer Empire

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      • 5 February 2013 06:38, by michael coma

        Nuer Empire
        From today on ward,i have noticed that you have no different with someone who killed his’s dad just because of newly wife that was marrieged by his dad to remain with him becuase the wife was the most beautiful and hard working at the same time.Bor is only heart of South Sudan for breathing as all greedies communities knows specially you silly monkey.

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        • 5 February 2013 14:48, by Nuer Empire

          Michael Coma:Did you drink when you replied my comment? Are you sick? What should be the reason that can lead me kill my father? I can not kill my father to remain with his beautiful wife (my mom)!! I think one guy from your county killed his dad and u tryanna associate with me.You just claim fake Bor to have been better than any one in South Sudan.
          The Nuer Empire

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    • 6 February 2013 00:30, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      wang my dear the Nuer proverb is really true(the stomac of Jieng cannot be washed) during diarmament Kuol given his two Army to Kuol Dim first and said the disarmament should be start in Bor.
      from where those Gun was appeared?
      they was not Disarm before?
      If they have a Guns why they alway cries for Murle?
      the Guns they killed themselves connot killing like Murle Guns?
      Sorry big women Bor.

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  • 5 February 2013 06:15, by master

    well done dinka
    go ahead
    i hope you succesful

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  • 5 February 2013 08:06, by Agaar Eye

    Arioc col Bor! they kill themselves and leave Murle every day killing them. Now lets all guns be taken and your husband Ber will come and take away all cattle and you remaind in equartoria leaving your home empty.

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  • 5 February 2013 09:06, by Turism

    Who is behind the Jonglei inter-clan clashes since there are many youth that can preach peace, love and unity within the community, govt should put its eyes to disarmed all civilian who are caring guns in their hands, what is the problem of govt disarmament continue in all states and it over but for jonglei it remain not disarmed?

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  • 5 February 2013 14:34, by Alier42

    SPLA forces are good in disarming Bor community.the had failed to disarm the others communities,which in most cases left greater Bor vulnerable to attack from the neighboring communities.in fact what had happened was widely condemned.fighting was not the best way to solve the past grievances but it was isolated incidence .

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