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UN admits continuous failure to detect Murle attackers


February 22, 2013 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has publicly admitted it failed to detect rebel attackers and provide early warning to at risk civilians in Jonglei state, the special representative of the UN secretary-general, Hilde Johnson, has told the UN radio in Juba.

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Hilde Johnson, special representative to the UN secretary-general, talks to journalists in Yambio, Western Equatoria state, 17 July 2012 (ST).

UNMISS is mandated under Chapter Seven to carry out multiple roles in the new nation, including helping the government to maintain security through early warning mechanisms and protection of civilians at risk.

However, Johnson on Thursday told the Juba-headquartered UN radio that her organisation did not detect the recent movement of rebels loyal to David Yau Yau, who brutally massacred over 104 Lou-Nuer civilians and 14 South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers in Walgak area of Akobo county.

In a statement released after the attacks, Akobo county commissioner Goi Jooyul said “unarmed Akobo civilians escorting their cattle were murdered in cold blood”, adding that an unspecified number of women and children were also abducted, while thousands of head of cattle were also seized in the surprise attack, which had overwhelmed an SPLA force accompanying the people.

UNMISS says it has been unable to track the movement of the attackers and their looted cattle back to Pibor county.

It is not the first time the agency has failed to detect Murle attackers. When over 600 Lou-Nuer were attacked and killed by a heavily armed group of Murle fighters in June 2012, UNMISS was also caught by surprise, despite its helicopter patrols helicopters providing regular surveillance in Jonglei’s hot spots.

The failure by UNMISS to detect Murle-led attacks on Dinka Bor or Lou-Nuer has attracted fierce criticisms by members from other communities in Jonglei, who accuse the organisation of bias.

A Lou-Nuer student at the University of Juba told Sudan Tribune the UN was biased towards Murle when it came to inter-communal conflicts in Jonglei.

“When the Lou-Nuer youth were moving to Pibor county to retaliate in December 2011, UNMISS immediately detected their movement and cried to the government to stop the attackers, but when Murle attack us, UNMISS pretends not to detect their movement,” lamented the student, who asked to remain anonymous.

“The UN is unreasonably siding with the minority Murle against [the] Lou-Nuer majority in Jonglei without considering that the minority Murle are the aggressors and also disobey the government and have formed a rebellion as well,” he continued.

The UN is also accused of exaggerating issues about Murle victims, while keeping silent when other communities in Jonglei become victims of Murle aggression.

Johnson explained the challenges her organisation faces, including the tactical movement of some attackers such as Murle who move at night and in separate smaller columns only to converge at the point of the attack, unlike the Lou-Nuer, who move in numbers of several thousand and can be easily detected.

She said her organisation will try its best to improve on early warning mechanisms and protection for civilians.

South Sudan’s government is likely to consider a military option during this dry season to contain the increasing conflict in Pibor county, where most of Murle youth have now joined a rebellion against the government.

Officials say rebel leader David Yau Yau is under the direct influence of Khartoum and is only buying time in order to carry out intensive attacks against the government’s positions during the coming wet season.


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  • 23 February 2013 08:14, by Tong dut

    You have seen murlei, They are the right tritment for Dinkas only.

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    • 23 February 2013 08:18, by Mi diit

      then how come she knows they MOVE at night in SMALLER columns and CONVERGE at the point of ATTACK. She must have detected the Murle movement but pretends she doesn’t. UNMISS must come clean on Jonglei.

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      • 23 February 2013 08:48, by Robot

        when i get such a reasonable comment i remain silent not to comment more, you are wise to quote which i was almost going to write as well... you have said it all in one paragraph. thxs.

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      • 23 February 2013 09:51, by Paul Ongee

        Is it a big shame for UN to admit failure to detect Murle attackers despite its surveillance capability? How would Hilde Johnson easily invite HRW to report on the atrocities and continued enormous loss of civilian lives compared to disarmament carried out by SPLA against Murle attackers who refused to hand over their guns? Who should have guns and attack or be disarmed and reported fairly by HRW?

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        • 23 February 2013 10:03, by Paul Ongee

          These are important questions that need to be answered by the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General. I said in one of my previous comments that the Blue Helmets shout be given green light this time to go and disarm Murle attackers so that the whole world would be able to read the report of HRW on disarmament of how peaceful/violent it has been.

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      • 24 February 2013 12:17, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

        the only way to stop this unnecessary killings is for all cattle keeping tribes to abandon normadic pastrolism and adopt settled agriculture. they should also abandon the hostile mentality and become law abiding citizens. you idiots, why can’t you learn some thing and forget some thing from Equatorians. the world is now civilised.shame on you all.....

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      • 24 February 2013 12:20, by SPLM- DC Hardliner

        the only way to stop this unnecessary killings is for all cattle keeping tribes to abandon normadic pastrolism and adopt settled agriculture. they should also abandon the hostile mentality and become law abiding citizens. you idiots, why can’t you learn some thing and forget some thing from Equatorians. the world is now civilised.shame on you all.....

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    • 23 February 2013 10:06, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Dear South Sudanese pls Hildan Johnson and Bonguot the lady of lat Nyachigak Nyashuluk thier unity is going to completing South Sudanese tribes. like Nuer, Dinka, Anuak and some tribes from Eastern Equotoria.
      please GoSS think for what do with that prostitute Shulluk lady. Hilda working now for her ideas, niether Kirr nor GOSS/SPLA rule.

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      • 23 February 2013 10:19, by Mi diit

        Murle think that dying recklessly means bravery. They are actually cowards who hit and ran and cannot face lou-nuer youth in open battles. They ran away and come back like thieves. Murle cannot do well in conventional warefare. If Riek Machar and lou elders did not stop youth of lou nuer in 2012, they would have captured Murle land. Murles will finish unless they stop killing, stealing & abduction

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        • 23 February 2013 10:23, by Mi diit

          They should also stop that stupid rebellion by their illiterate Kakuma refugee camp boy turned Gen. yauyau. All should surrender their guns to the authorities unconditionally. Then life in Murle land would become normal and join the rest in search of development.

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    • 23 February 2013 10:15, by Nuer Empire


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    • 23 February 2013 10:57, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Hilda Johnson and Banguot or uselss lady of Nyachigak please all South Sudanese got ur accusation for SPLA/GoSS to UN.
      my advice to UN in general Hilde Jonh is not doing the work of UN she is a Murle b/c of Banguot or Shulluk lady who got marreid by Murle man.
      for her prostitution in Shulluk areas no body to married her that was why she jumped Nuer,Dinka to be married by Murle man.

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    • 23 February 2013 12:32, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      UNMISS need changes, Hilde Johnson need replacement soon as she is always advise wrongly by some BIG BOYS.
      UNMISS admitted continuous failure to detect Murle attackers and they always detect Dinka and Nuer attackers then let them admit that they are bias in Jonglei inter-tribal conflicts in fovour of Murle.

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  • 23 February 2013 08:23, by kamal

    UNMISS is sitting with murle rebel

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  • 23 February 2013 08:30, by George Bol

    Murle don’t attack in large number. They hit and run-the coward style which is not similar to real fight. UN should know that the causative of Jonglei problem is not Murle, It Riek Machar who rebel in 1991 against the system and latter arm Shilluk, Murle, and even join Jallaba for help in which he give the Upper Nile liberated towns to Khartoum. Stop accusing Murle while the real problem is laughi

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    • 23 February 2013 08:48, by Nuer Empire

      George Bol:Woy liel mour! You are great liar! Murle have been killing us since 1930s before Riek Machar was born.Riek was born in 1958,he is just 54 now.
      Every one knows how bias UNIMISS here in South Sudan siding with Murle terrorists.They could detect them,but refused to tell the truth.Death to any Murle & their associates!
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 23 February 2013 22:59, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Murle sucesses in wars evinced after the introduction of musketeers and ak47.murle are no match to anyone when using spears.

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    • 23 February 2013 08:52, by Pure Nationalist

      Be factual, tribal prolem emerged during British rule in Sudan, there were all these before SPLA, Murle against Nuer, Dinka against Nuer. Nuer against Dinka, to make it short, all four tribes were against each other. Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Anyuak. Its only tribal hatred which exist since British period that makes you hate Dr. Riek Mr George who you see as Nuer leader.

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      • 23 February 2013 09:30, by Mangor de Keroor

        Pure Nationalist,
        as far as politics is concerned in democratic world of which we would also want to belong, every citizen is entitled to express his opinion on who he thinks will make good leadership, and therefore George Bol or any person who may think Dr. Riek have some issues that can not make him a leader has that right and that is a fact you can convince him or any by also insulting.

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    • 23 February 2013 09:04, by Mangor de Keroor

      George Bol,
      that is true, murle attackers do not attack in big numbers nor do they face those whom they attacked and that therefore result to massacre because most of the people they attacked are civilians. On UN,I doubt whether UN is honest in this issue of murle, if honest why did they protest forceful disarmament of murle if they knew that they can not monitor their movement.

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  • 23 February 2013 08:37, by Ommar Bashir

    UN has no right to threat those who are protecting their nation against enemy like Yau Yau. Those who attack people are the cause of problem eg Murle. Nuer, Dinka, and Neighboring tribes have all rights to protect and retaliate against Murle if any. Otherwise Murle will finish.

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    • 23 February 2013 08:40, by George Bol

      Hey my friend, Murle are citizens of South Sudan. Anybody who will attempt to immoral act must get SPLA resistance. No George Athor this time who give food seekers gun to murder our civilians in the South

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      • 23 February 2013 08:55, by Nuer Empire

        G.Bol:Maa woy liel muor gatjiook! Thiele mi ngayi.You and your Murle terrorists will get finished with leprosy curses and sterility respectively>Which fight do u need? Fighting with leprosy curses or fighting with me? Liel guur e nyok.
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 23 February 2013 12:45, by Murle agent


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          • 23 February 2013 13:28, by Tong dut

            @ Murlei agent.
            They removed the photo of Davi Yau yau, since people show it yesterday,some run away from their home.

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          • 23 February 2013 21:40, by Nuer Empire

            Tong Dut and Murle Agents:You two guys are idiots

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  • 23 February 2013 08:48, by Chol A.

    well if you UNMISS know admittte your failure to detect Murle intruders who use to killed innocent communities a round Jonglei than leave and let the SPLA solve this problem. because you now failed to protect the civilians that you were asign for!.

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    • 23 February 2013 09:02, by Nuer Empire

      Look at how shameful she is sitting! This woman with her UNIMISS thugs have mobilized Murliel to kill our Lou Nuer population. She will face her own problems one by one. I think she has no children back at her country.Those who were killed are mostly children and women like her.She is a symbol of shame!

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      • 23 February 2013 09:47, by Xeno

        George Bol
        Am from Dinka, and I should say this: you are one of stupid people I have ever seen. Siding with this UN whore is damb. That harlot is supporting murle and yau yau rebels period. Remember when the UN bird was short down by the SPLA....what was it doing there? surviellance? or were they there sneaking helps to rebels?

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      • 23 February 2013 12:53, by Murle agent

        LONG LIVE MURLE......

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        • 23 February 2013 21:51, by Nuer Empire

          Murliel Agent:Riek Machar will be what? Any who will attempt to do it will get to be isolately treated.If it is a group of people, it would be worst than the death of Garang in Khartoum. You are very stupid to hate him mr uggly Murle

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  • 23 February 2013 09:26, by master

    this gelatinic state going no where

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    • 23 February 2013 09:49, by Mangor de Keroor

      "any human being who wishes misfortune to another is a witch".Believe it or not S.Sudan will not be a failed state as you wish,this country is shaking a lot because of mass recruitment of thuds and thieves that were poured to the S.Sudan by NCP to take administrative responsibility, security and employment sectors but we shall do whatever we think can make it a country for all S.Sudanese.

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      • 23 February 2013 10:39, by Tong dut

        OH,all dinkas and nuer the lagerst tribe in sudan are crying. murlei,yau yau.are the only powerfuy people in this south sudan.
        Give them blood nose,since they are the majority.

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        • 23 February 2013 12:20, by master

          say with me
          my God keep yau yau and murlie save and health

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    • 23 February 2013 11:48, by Nuer Empire

      Mustardog! Masterdog!Mustardog! Masterdog!Mustardog! Masterdog!Mustardog! Masterdog!Mustardog! Masterdog!

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  • 23 February 2013 10:39, by bolingo

    People mostly talk of disarming the murle but the major problem here in south sudan is those who have done little on reconciliation between Dinka,murle and the lou nuer instead they preach the goespel of hatred and tribalism to these communities.
    Adressing the root causes of the conflict is the right procedure than yelling most of the time about murle and lou nuer.

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    • 23 February 2013 10:50, by Tong dut

      You have kick the point,Those nuer and dinkas use to proved murlei for nothng,hatrets will not finish,remember two years back,nuer and dinkas said all murle most be killed all in south sudan, after they tryed,the number of nuer and dinkas which was killed was more them what they expected.They rum back to hide,murlei are coming to kill all of us, where is SPLA?

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  • 23 February 2013 10:48, by 4Justice

    "The United Nations has publicly admitted failure to detect the Rwanda Genocide and provide early warning"

    Same mistake right? do you notice a similar pattern here? it’s called ’Plausible deniability’

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    • 23 February 2013 11:02, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      4Justic u get the point but this lady call Hilde Johnson was blindfool by Banguot for nonsense thing.

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      • 23 February 2013 11:32, by Xeno

        For UN workers in South Sudan...., ending those problems in that land for them means going going unemployed....so How would you expect them to end that skirmishes when it keep ’em employed. They will make sure it persists so that their money continue to flow.

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      • 23 February 2013 14:30, by Gumbulla Junior

        @ pinyin Gatkuoth,
        point of clarification woman.stop pointing ur dirty fingers at women if u have nothing to contribute on this forum.murle real men are not influence by women.why point fingers at Bangot? neither murle are pointing fingers at nyadeng nor Anjelina Teny becoz they r just women n mothers.we fuck around with men like Dr.Riak,kuol and associates.grow up mr.Jonkoz...liel ngac/guur

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    • 23 February 2013 13:05, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Hi guy
      You are wrong, nobody preaching to finish murle but we only want Murle to stop killing innocent children and women period!
      Dinka and Nuer are about 5000000 population according SS 2008 Census, while Murle count to 148000, will it take Dinka and Murle 2minutes to finish all Murle? Abel Aliar was the one who protected Murle when the Nimeri Government want killed all Murle.

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      • 23 February 2013 13:18, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Abel Aliar protected Murle because there were innocent people among Murle but crimes inflicting the governement of Nimeri by then, so Abel Aliar devoted his time to protect them, Murle whould have been killed all by Jalaba and that is what we need to tell Murle now that stop killing innocent children and women, if Murle want to fight, let them join border protection against SAF aggression.

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        • 23 February 2013 13:24, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          If Murle are good in fighting let them join Nuer, Dinka and rest of South Sudanese who are protecting our Country from our common enemy(Jalaba).
          Murle have some people who don’t want what they are doing but few people like Ismail Konyi and David Yauyau played many dirties to all these killing, David Yauyau and Ismail should be taken to ICC.

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  • 23 February 2013 13:14, by 4Justice

    Lucifer and the ’New Group of World Servers’ deception
    Who Are the New Group of World Servers?
    They recognize their peers and equals, and know each other when they meet and stand shoulder to shoulder with their fellow workers in the work of salvaging humanity.[Lie] (1)
    Functions of the NGWS:
    1.To effect a balancing of forces present in the world today responsible for the widespread unrest and chaos so that humanity can achieve a point of equilibrium. [lie, Good and Evil Cannot Coexist]
    2.To act as the interpreters of the new attitudes and the new activities which must eventually govern men in the coming New Age.[Age of Lucifer]
    3.To bring about the eventual synthesis and unification of the men of good will and of understanding into one coherent body.[One world Luciferic Government] (2)
    (1) Bailey, Alice A. A Treatise on White Magic New York: 1934 Lucis Publishing Co,p. 400
    (2) Esoteric Psychology Vol. II,p. 669

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  • 23 February 2013 13:36, by UNMISS Media Team

    >This story is inaccurate and seriously misleading. South Sudanese readers deserve better media.
    >UNMISS works to support the authorities and ALL the peoples of the country equally.
    >UNMISS is working to cement peace in Jonglei so ALL communities can flourish.
    >The government and security services are responsible for the safety of the people. We will do all we can to help them save lives.

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    • 23 February 2013 17:16, by Mi diit

      UNMISS Media Team,
      Welcome on board "team" but don’t deny the story by contradicting your boss, Hilde? Or are you saying you can now detect the movement of Murle attackers and provide early warning? Please explain so that we the readers can take you serious. Otherwise, you are shamefully trying to deny your announced failure. You are just making money in South Sudan with ineffective role.

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  • 23 February 2013 13:41, by 4Justice

    The U.N. Charter and constitution is a thin paraphrasing of the Soviet model which Alger Hiss borrowed from when he coauthored it. The U.N. constitution is therefore a Marxist socialist paradigm. World regionalism is spelled out clearly in the U.N. Charter, Chapters 8 through 11, using such terms as "regional arrangements, intergovernmental agreements, and metropolital areas." Advocates of one-world socialism have already divided the world into 85 regions for policing purposes. The goal of regional or metropolitan government is to eventually merge all nations into the "New World Order" - a Godless one world socialist Luciferian state under the United Nations.

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    • 23 February 2013 17:33, by Mi diit

      Don’t worry they will not succeed. God is above them. They are just simple rats underneath his feet.

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  • 24 February 2013 06:37, by 4Justice

    If you want to understand the connection between the UN and Yau Yau, simply get hold one of Yau Yau’s militia, waterboard him and he’ll soon start spill all the beans. That easy ah?

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