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Militia raid preparation for cross border attack, Unity state

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 10, 2013 (BENTIU) - South Sudan’s Unity state warned on Sunday that the army of neighbouring Sudan was planning an attack on their military base in the Panakuach area of Mayom county.

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Gatduong Gatluak Geaw, who was shot in the alleged cross-border Misseriya attack, being treated at Bentiu hospital, 10 February 2013 (ST)

Unity state’s minister of information, Joseph Arop Malual, told Sudan Tribune that South Sudan’s army (SPLA) are reporting that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) are moving towards Parieng junction in preparation for an attack.

The accusation comes after a cross border raid on Thursday wounded two civilians who were grazing their cattle by the Nyakang River. The victims told Sudan Tribune that 365 cows were stolen in the attack, which they blamed on members of the Misseriya tribe, who they claim carried out the attack with backing from the Sudanese army.

Malual said the Unity state government is working hard to avoid further border clashes and has deployed border and security forces to the area to protect civilians.

The border between the two nations has remained tense since South Sudan seceded in 2011. Most of the border has not been demarcated and there are many contested areas, which remain highly militarised despite a deal to create a buffer zone being signed in September last year.

Both sides charge the other of backing rebel armed groups operating either side of the border and South Sudan regularly accuses Khartoum of conducting ground and air attacks on its territory.

Jany Kamwini, a 22-year-old cattle keeper, was shot in the testicle during Thursday’s raid. He told Sudan Tribune on Sunday, while being treated in Bentiu hospital, that a large number of well-equipped Misseriya men with heavy ammunition attacked him and a friend as they were grazing their cattle at the Nyakang River.

“When the incident happened we were with our cows, and found a big number of armed men in the bush. After seeing us they shot at us, and managed to take over 300 cows, while we were together with my colleagues with whom we look after our cows, and these were arms pastoralists from the north”, said Kamwini.

Gatduong Gatluak Geaw, who was also admitted to Bentiu hospital with a severe wound on his left chest, was unable to speak with Sudan Tribune on Sunday due to his injuries.

A nurse at Bentiu hospital, Abdelgadil Teak Jiek, described his injuries as serious but said the condition of both men had improved since they were first admitted.

“When they were brought here it was a terrible situation compared to their condition now. At first we used a tube for feeding them but yesterday we removed the tube and we made some surgery and we are working on this for better results and hopeful everything will be fine,” Jiek said.

The attack has come as a surprise to many in the community as chiefs from Mayom county last year came to several agreements with Misseriya leaders allowing them access to grazing land and free trading between them and the nomadic tribe members.

The Unity state cabinet called an urgent meeting on Friday, condemning the raid and accusing the Sudanese government of backing the Misseriya nomads to carry out the attack.

Mayom county residents are calling for all ties with the Misseriya to be halted, including with those who work as traders in Unity state.

(ST)

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  • 11 February 2013 18:14, by master

    don’t cry
    l am enjoing your cry

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    • 11 February 2013 18:52, by julia

      s.sudanese commentators, especially wang&LL Rueben u will condemn me when i reuse my pseudonmy.as Nuer food lovers. Re u not seeing what the fake reporter of sudantribune mr.Banifico Taban Kouch.is trying to put across.i got local information just before it appear in the site,it was a phone called, that the incident took place on sarturday in waregoor river in Biemnom region.again Panakuach is....

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      • 11 February 2013 19:07, by julia

        not even near to Mayom(makien)county.if it is a disputed area,it will Panrieng &Rubcona to dispute it,mr.Taban banifacio kouch u re a Nuer food loving reporter but not a Sudantribune reporter.i have regregrated changing my pseudonmy.becozs what Taban did to is completely a vialetion of Tribal boundarey intigrety.mr Taban u re really in trabal.

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        • 11 February 2013 20:34, by hellonearth

          you are a fake arab, the reason all these are happening is because Mr Steven said that we will open our pipe lines in Oct 2013 to transport our oil. Fake Arab

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        • 12 February 2013 10:01, by Tom D

          Mrs Julia, wouc liel nyimour ya cermodh (tut leer)Nuer are not food lover as many of you spoiled Nuer name in the website. the name Julia does’t beared any originality name of any tribes in South Sudan for sure, it’s your prostitution that made you to adopted this name. Shame on you and you are walking dead body.

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  • 11 February 2013 18:55, by Kut KWai

    Oii Cunt watch ya mouth fuck head.....

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  • 11 February 2013 18:56, by Kut KWai

    Master of stupid people

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  • 11 February 2013 20:26, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Be careful when reporting about incidence that occures in the area.When did Panakuach become part of Mayom County?Who is messing up, Arop the minister of Information or Taban the Journalist? Call it Darekuach not even Panakuach.Name corrupted.

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    • 11 February 2013 21:45, by julia

      michael miyom minyiel. it is not Arop Malual Dharcep messing up but is the Taban the reporter messing up.it is made intentionally.Nuer re trying to begge for food from government/international community/NGOs.i have to blame God to bring this food loving Nuer to come in this country of s.sudan.God pls.rescue us in the hands of this food loving community.

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      • 12 February 2013 06:45, by Nuer Empire

        Ish! What is wrong in the name since it is the same Unity State? You are backward/vilage people.That is primitive behavior.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 11 February 2013 20:27, by hellonearth

    i see WAR and in which SOUTH SUDAN will be victorious. to hell with the Sudan thank you

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  • 11 February 2013 20:31, by hellonearth

    People We should unite under one umberlla and fight these fuckin muslims to have a free country called The Republic of South Sudan. Bashir is for War and we should give him one that will make him wish he was born a woman.

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    • 12 February 2013 12:25, by Rezingving monynok

      yes we will win this war ,fuckin fake should get the hell out of here in Sudan ,

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