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Boy reunited with parents in Unity state after cross-border negotiations

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 5, 2013 (BENTIU) - A Sudanese boy from South Kordofan has been returned to leaders from his community after a meeting between Plata nomads and leaders from Unity state’s Parieng county.

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The two-day meeting, which ended on March 1, was organised by peace building NGO Concordis International, who brought together 61 participants, including local chiefs, to discuss the relationship between the communities on either side of the north-south border.

Since South Sudan became independent in 2011 Sudanese nomadic tribes have had to come to new agreements with host communities to facilitate their seasonal migration with their cattle.

Last year the Parieng county commissioner, Majok Gatdet Deng, accused members of the Plata of forcefully entering the region without notifying the South Sudanese authorities. However, relations have improved after peace talks which paved this meeting.

George Mabany Chakuoth, a liaison officer for Concordis International in Unity State, said that their aim was to facilitate the building of relationships between community leaders on both sides of the border.

At the meeting the host community warned the Plata to respect South Sudanese laws while accessing their grazing lands. Chakuoth said the community also asked the Plata to ensure that Sudanese militia and the Sudanese army (SAF) do not use the agreed migrating route to attack South Sudanese territory.

Tensions between the two nations remain high as many issues relating to South Sudan’s secession have not been resolved and deals signed have not been implemented, most notably the agreements reached in September last year.

Large parts of the border are highly militarised, especially around the many contested areas along the largely undemarcated border. Sudan accuses South Sudan of continuing to aid their former allies who are now fighting SAF in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, one of the main points of contention between the two sides during negotiations.

Concordis’ conferences in South Sudan’s border state’s have provided recommendations to talks north-south talks in Addis Ababa on what the border peoples want.

The South Sudanese government’s official policy is to welcome migration of the Bagara, Misseriya and other nomads but there is no overall strategy to manage this and it is inconsistently implemented depending the politics of each state, Richard King, the Director of Operations at Concordis told a meeting at the United Kingdom parliament last week.

The lack of administrative cooperation in border areas is a reflection of non-communication at a higher level, King told the Associate Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan on February 26.

King said that the annual migration has been discouraged from Khartoum to prevent links and trade.

However, some migration still took place in both 2011 and 2012 and has been documented in a new Concordis report, ’Crossing the border’.

It was during the clashes in April last year between the SAF and the South Sudanese Army (SPLA) over the disputed area of Heglig that the Plata boy, who is deaf, was abducted.

For almost a year the 14-year-old has being held in Parieng county under the responsibility of a local chief. It was only during the recent peace talks that the host community say they were able to hand the boy back to Plata chiefs.

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Concordis reports on the Sudan-South Sudan border

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  • 6 March 2013 07:19, by Tutbol

    What is the bussiness of these damn British in S Sudan’s affairs? Our authorities must shun anything to do with the British at all costs, they are the biggest evil lurking behind the North Sudan belligerancy. Who authorised that concordis to interview our border villagers & gave Concordis permission to report it findings to the British parliament? We are not under the UK damn rule; we are...

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    • 6 March 2013 07:37, by Tutbol

      ... we are S Sudanese and donot want anything to do with British nosing around in our country. A fool can touch that country (UK) with even a seven metres pole. Our leaders still donot get the UK politics of intrigues? Give them a free reign in our country and we will reap their nature of politics of hedging puppets in the third world & grabs of indigenous lands on the pretext of sham investments.

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      • 6 March 2013 07:57, by Nuer Empire

        Tutbol:If u have a personal problems with British,go and fight them alone.To include your British personal problems in South Sudanese affairs.
        The Nuer Empire

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        • 6 March 2013 08:59, by Nuer Empire

          Those Falata have lot of magics

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        • 6 March 2013 09:10, by Tutbol

          Nuer empire,
          You donot know the game the Britain is playing in these messes we have with the North Sudan. By the way your urging me out of South Sudan affairs, who are you in the South Sudan affairs anyway?

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  • 6 March 2013 10:12, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Holly Cow! I know that little boy. he was sooo freindly to everybody, I hope and pray that he had found his biological parents. And back to you guys mr. Empire and Bol, let’s our state remains to be a safer state from all these running around going on other states. The only problem that we need to consider the most is the only border issue which is also not our own, is for the Whole South Sudanese

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  • 6 March 2013 13:30, by Panthou

    Bonifacio Taban, don’t confuse south Sudan by your reports! Panrieng is the land, not the county is an official name! Ruweng county is an official panrieng, name nation wide. By the way, I am glad that the boy is back to his parents.

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    • 6 March 2013 18:38, by julia

      now after the heavy jau swamp battle,one of Kuelmolpiny clan called Bonga,divided into two, other one went to paweny and other one remain in pararuu creating two bonga de Angau & bonga de Bol.still panaruu remain 9 clan while the six clans Ruweng split up into kuok,Daar&aniek jioned panaruu who back them up and other Ruweng Mijuan,Matieng & Amal joined Bonkier and Ngongcill.......

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      • 6 March 2013 18:50, by julia

        in Achiodog/panyang & kol-lek. Then in the other side of panaruu move for a seasonal migration to paweny area,before the reached, they suffered from small pox that killed many of panaruu children in place called gong ajod, then from there they adjant the migration, they returned to jamjang, still life was not comfortable both for human and animals.kouk clan was living in Riengnom aka parieng......

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        • 6 March 2013 19:02, by julia

          then kouk welcomed them,and ask Daar&Aniek clans to allowed panaruu to ve asses to water& pasture for their animals /domestic uses. This how panaruu became a strong fighters for the name Ruweng.becozs of three Clan who were by then under chieftanship of Wach Ayuel,but rebelled then when to stranger land ie panaruu we called them, then they were allowed to decid their future in non written agreemen

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        • 6 March 2013 19:03, by julia

          then kouk welcomed them,and ask Daar&Aniek clans to allowed panaruu to ve asses to water& pasture for their animals /domestic uses. This how panaruu became a strong fighters for the name Ruweng.becozs of three Clan who were by then under chieftanship of Wach Ayuel,but rebelled then when to stranger land ie panaruu we called them, then they were allowed to decid their future in non written agreemen

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          • 6 March 2013 19:13, by julia

            ..t,here one can say that the 9 clans of Panaruu re under colonailisation of three outlaw Ruweng clans kouk,Aniek&Daar that rebelled against their leader wach Ayuel who held from Mijuan clan in the really Ruweng. Again the issue of name Ruweng was fuel much more by the oil in Ruweng terriotory which i can say it is non.becozs the oil resource is for the government but not for tribe.

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            • 7 March 2013 00:56, by no peace with north

              What is the problem with people of south sudan really? why their allow these people call plata to come again to south, look Arab with Abyei people they are claiming Abyei is their land. I think these people will stuck again in Panrieng, That is A big mistake. That agreement is totally wrong I condemn it. Their planned is from Bashir or Taha.

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  • 3 April 2013 15:49, by stefan

    we are S Sudanese and donot want anything to do with British nosing around in our country. A fool can touch that country (UK) with even a seven metres pole. Our leaders still donot get the UK politics liquidy of intrigues? Give them a free reign in our country and we will reap their nature of politics of hedging puppets in

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