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Head of UN in South Sudan visits Jonglei conflict areas


February 19, 2013 (BOR) - The head of the United Nations in South Sudan is visiting the conflict-affected counties of Pibor and Akobo in Jonglei state this week to see for herself the situation in the troubled areas.

In a visit to Bor on Tuesday 19 February, the United Nation’s Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, told the press that she came to visit Pibor after the "terrible incident” of last month, when fighting broke out in a local market between the army and an armed group who had recently defected from a rebellion in the area.

“I am heading to Pibor [on Wednesday] because we have seen terrible incidents in Pibor in few weeks back where 158 of tukuls [traditional thatched houses] were burnt and about 3,000 civilians surrendered themselves in our camp and are being protected in our camp,” she said.

The clashes occurred on Monday January 28, in Pibor town after the military police stopped armed escorts of general James Kuburin, who had recently left David Yauyau’s rebel group, from entering the market with their weapons.

Fighting broke out after an exchange of words, which eyewitnesses described as a misunderstanding between the two-armed sections. Two civilians were killed in the crossfire and two others were injured and thousands of civilians ran for cover in the bush and to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound.

Johnson will also visit Akobo to share her condolences with the relatives of the over 100 people who were killed earlier this month in an attack believed to have been carried out by forces affiliated to David Yauyau’s militia.

She said that the mission is ready help end the cycle of violence.

Jonglei state Governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said that UNMISS’s role is to assist the government in maintaining security in the 19-month-old country.

Manyang said that the lack of roads and infrastructure makes its difficult for the government to operate and provide services in many parts Jonglei.

“We are now using United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) plane to move from place to place assisting us to so that we are able to maintain the security situation,” the Governor said.


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  • 21 February 2013 07:39, by Mi diit

    This so-called UN is bias and has become part of the problem in Jonglei. They only know how to defend the troublesome Murle community and care less about the fate of other communities. When a Murle is killed they cry in sympathy and condemn others. But when Murle kill hundreds from other communities, the UN thinks it is normal and cannot condemn Murle or urge government to forcefully disarm them.

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  • 21 February 2013 07:42, by Michael Angelo

    You head of UN have failed to lived up to your moral obligation that you were commissioned to do. After all this time where have you been?

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    • 21 February 2013 14:22, by Ahmed Chol

      This woman is not impartial. She is baised. She is silent when Murle cause havoc and whines when Murle are given the taste of their medicine. She will perish like Emma McCune if she is not careful.

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  • 21 February 2013 08:07, by Turism

    Dears readers, The coming of UN to south sudan doesn’t mean to come stop you from the habit but to asses the security situations in the country. no blame to UN bse they interfer when they hear the problems happening. how can people say UN come after many live have lost.

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    • 21 February 2013 08:18, by Nuer Empire

      This woman should leave our country,she is doing something else.She is not needed in my County.F**k her!
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 21 February 2013 08:50, by Murle agent

        you are indeed a dumb son of a bitch. Why don’t you respect yourself and behave as a mature being? Instead of always being so silly.
        Yiel nyimor garre.

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        • 21 February 2013 08:58, by Tong dut

          Nuer Empire@
          Dont kill that woman, she is there to help those who left their home becouse of killing.We know how you are as you love conffict is normal to you both nuer and Dinks.

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          • 21 February 2013 09:21, by Panda Odhie

            Dear Tong Dut
            All of us in the ROSS,We are trouble /conflict lovers through what we say against each others,all our hearts in SS are dirty heart,we don’t think well b’se when the problem exist we shouldnot increase it rather to look for a solution

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        • 21 February 2013 09:12, by Panda Odhie

          UN really is doing nothing rather to make money for themselves,i don’t see their action since 2005 upto date,Beshit is also bombarding on our territory ,no response,again minority are always killing majority no response ,but what i realise,UM is onesite supporting. they are useless doing nothing to this country or their mssion is to protect minority tribe to reduce majority tribe in SS

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        • 21 February 2013 13:47, by Nuer Empire

          Murliel Agent:Yiel is a blue color in Nuer.If you said yiel nyimor,you meant the blue color for my sister that is very good indeed.You haven’t insulted me mr Murliel pretender.Guzuloy! Zeelu!
          The Nuer Empire

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      • 21 February 2013 10:23, by Nuer Empire

        The killing took place on februar 8 this month and paid her useless visits after two weeks.Not acceptable.
        The Nuer Empire

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