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SPLA denies Jonglei rebels’ claim on capture of Boma

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May 7, 2013 (BOR) - Rebels in South Sudan’s Jonglei state claimed on Monday that they had captured the strategic town of Boma in Pibor County from South Sudan’s military - the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA).

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South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau (UN photo)

The South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) led by David Yauyau, issued a statement saying it easily overran Boma without meeting any armed resistance adding that wildlife conservation and tourist guard forces surrendered instantly.

“The gallant forces of the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) yesterday stormed and captured the strategic town of Boma. SPLA forces ran away leaving behind more than 50 dead bodies" the press release said.

"More than 250 soldiers of the Wildlife and the Police gave themselves up and are now safe in the hands of our heroic Cobra units. Since Boma is now under our control, they have no moral authority to claim being the legitimate government of South Sudan” the statement, attributed to Colonel Peter Konyi Kubrin, said.

“This is a practical reminder to those who did not take our warning of imminent attack on Pibor and Kapoeta seriously. We are determined to rid the eastern bank of Bahr el Jebel of the corrupt and rotten regime in Juba before the end of the year", the rebels said on Monday.

The spokesman of the SPLA, Philip Aguer, has denied that the rebels have captured any part of the town.

A series of interviews on Tuesday with people in Jonglei’s state capital Bor, who had established satellite phone contacts with their relatives in Boma, confirmed that Boma has fallen to SSDA.

Boma payam [district] is split between upper Boma (known as Boma Up) on the top of the area’s hills and lower Boma (known as Boma Down) at the foot of the hills. The two areas are within an hour walking distance from each other,

A local government officer in Bor, who comes from Boma, said that he had been in contact with people who had fled the area.

"The rebels are now in Boma Down, while the SPLA ran to Boma Up. They took the town on Sunday. They also tried to attack Boma Up this morning but failed", one of the official’s relatives had told him.

Jonglei’s governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said that he has heard "rumors" from people in the area but "nothing official".

Juuk said he has been trying to reach the commander of the SPLA’s "Eagle" division in the area, General Peter Gadet, but failed to get through to him.

"Even if the rumor was true," he said, "there was no need to worry as the army would soon take the upper hand in retaking the Boma Down", describing Yauyau’s rebels as “civilians" who "don’t have ammunition".

Boma was one of the first areas that the SPLA captured from Khartoum’s Sudan Armed Forces in 1985, two years into the two-decade civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011. It is a key area due to its proximity to the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders.

The area is also known for Nyat National Park, which hosts a variety of wild animals including elephants. Sudan Tribune has not been able to independently verify the rebel’s claims due to Boma’s remoteness and the poor telephone network outside Bor town.

HUMANITARIAN CONCERN

Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, on Monday decried the deteriorating security situation in the area, saying the conflict had affected the activities of the relief workers.

In a statement Lanzer said:

“I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Jonglei State, where thousands of civilians are in need of assistance and protection, and where humanitarian workers have treated more than 450 casualties, including children, since February. We have seen houses burned down and civilian properties destroyed. Facilities such as schools and health centres have been robbed, looted and occupied by armed actors. In the past week, hostilities in Maruwa hills, Pibor County, forced scores of civilians to flee their homes and aid agencies to relocate their staff."

The top humanitarian official urged all the parties involved in the conflict to abide by their obligations under national and international law to ensure that civilians caught in the conflict should not be harmed and be accorded due respect and medical care.

The SSDA say they are neither in conflict with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) nor are they working in any way to hinder activities of the relief organizations in the area.

JONGLEI DISPLACEMENT

Despite South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011 and a peace deal with Khartoum in 2005, Jonglei has been blighted by insecurity in recent years, not only from Yauyau’s rebellion, which he first launched in 2010, but also from cattle raiding related violence.

In early 2012, over 100,000 people were displaced by cattle raiding and revenge attacks. A state-wide disarmament campaign and peace process was launched by President Salva Kiir but brought only short term improvements.

"Humanitarian agencies have re-positioned aid across the state and are ready to help people affected by the hostilities, reaching more than 23,000 people in Akobo County," Lanzer said.

“In Pibor and Pochalla counties, where needs are likely increase, constraints on the humanitarian response are growing. Our capacity to provide emergency surgery as well as regular medical care has diminished because of insecurity. Shots have been fired at convoys carrying life saving supplies, and I am deeply concerned about the safety and security of aid workers”, Lanzer said.

The top humanitarian worker said aid workers have a unique and protected role in assisting the most vulnerable, calling on all parties in Jonglei to ensure that agencies carry out their work unhindered and in safety.

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  • 8 May 2013 05:43, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Mr David Yauyau,
    I likes your strategies, even if you are a rebel. My advise to you is that comes closer,and captured Kaepota, Juba, Nimule, Torit, Mading Bor and many others town in Southern Sudan. I know you will be a vice president when you comes back and join the SPLA like Riek Machar.When you rebel in the SPLA, you become a leader. Keep on.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 8 May 2013 09:35, by Panthou

      Augustino, I agree with you this time! DYY need to come closer or adjacent to the areas that u just mentioned. I am so sick of one thing; border! Since the resumption of oil, I have never heard a word border from presidents since the oil resumed. Cowboy, you failed us internationally n internally. We all know those who are dying are our brothers, but they are dying for wrong cost.

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      • 8 May 2013 10:38, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Mr.Panthou,
        Truely speaking, if I get an atomic bomb, I should first bomb that fucken city called Juba and then went on all the way to other cities in South Sudan. Second, if I found Omar Bashir and Salva Kiir some where, I should first killed Salva Kiir and then give amnesty to Omar Bashir to leave to Khartoum. Omar Bashir know what he is doing even if he is our enemy. Salva Kiir is two weak.

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      • 8 May 2013 10:43, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        It is true that Boma was captured by David Yauyau, because all the SPLA soldiers in Boma were not paid. I thank those SPLA who were in Boma for not making confrontation to the forces of David Yauyau. If I was in Boma, why should I have to waste my time waiting the enemy in the my castle? Just to die to liberate Salva Kiir’s life?
        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 8 May 2013 12:30, by trinitri

      this good be a good final solution...

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  • 8 May 2013 06:38, by wang

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the SPLA did give up the Town to David YY. If you can’t fight a war without foods and water and all blames will always goes back to Kiir and his kitchens boys.

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  • 8 May 2013 07:28, by Paac

    Oh wow, SPLA are piece of shit, they can’t even maintain the rebel, what if khartoum launch the attack on the country,I believed the result will be a defeat just like this one. Koul Manyak knew their army was defeated by David fighter what else do we expected him to say? Dinka & Nuer fail the whole country, coward people, corruption people, cowboy people and stupid people.

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    • 9 May 2013 15:42, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      Paac or whatever you call your self, this is not a class bro’ They "say corrupt people not corruption people" You people need to know that you are wasting a lot of your time here instead of being at school and become future citizens of South Sudan.
      I didn’t know that Murlei Agent is still alive but death to him soon because MI-24 fighters are on their way to discipline the thugs. ahhahahh

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  • 8 May 2013 07:53, by Gabriel KK

    Paac,
    Why don’t you then join the fight if nuers and dinkas have fail to protect you.

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    • 8 May 2013 19:47, by Paac

      Hey Gabriel KK,Dinka and Nuer willnot ever protect my people from any attack from any one, we have the possibilities to protect our people from any danger, keep in mind without the help of my people south sudan would never became a country. And if we quit join the SPLA and join the rebel the whole country will never be the same again ever, we had no rebel out there like others does.

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  • 8 May 2013 07:56, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Funny!The news was there since Monday,Sudan Tribune is publishing the denial after 2 days;with a funny footage saying it cannot confirm the news from independent sources; while just on the top mentioned that relatives have been in contact with each other confirmed that Boma fell in the hands of Yau.Yesterday day it published hundreds of soldiers were deserting the SPLA in Bor!What more confirmatio

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    • 8 May 2013 09:26, by Nuer Empire

      The Murle terrorists will regrete it tomrrow

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      • 8 May 2013 09:44, by Murle agent

        Nuer vampire
        we murle are not terrorist as you dumb ass always talk shit with out knowing what you on about. we murle are fighting to defend ourselves from these bloodsthirsty spla murderers.

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        • 8 May 2013 12:57, by Oppressor

          Murle Freedom Figters & Yau Yau : YOU have all the Support form Sudanese to kick the butt of SPLAMN & the looters sons of Abyei money Deng Alur & Lucka beoing ..

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        • 8 May 2013 17:32, by Gham-gham Atuongtok

          Murle agent,
          Unless you hide in the hiding city from abroad, you will not survive within 2 month in this very small country ( S. Sudan)!!... Please president, give me a chance to strike at these Murle thugs !

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      • 8 May 2013 12:51, by piborlover

        How will murle regret when you don’t know the leader like and which services have you been providing to the murle commmnity. what you should have to know you already spoiled the word which says "take town to people", you are all competing individually.

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  • 8 May 2013 09:25, by Bany de Baai

    Yay Yau will died soon as he is coming to the rocky soil.

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    • 8 May 2013 10:55, by Nuer Empire

      He look too uggly!!

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    • 8 May 2013 12:06, by piborlover

      For those who are abusing with broken English, in every state in the world they normally looks at what leaders do rather than beauties and handsomest and i say don’t put any blame on Mr.president, the blame should go to tribal leader kuol manyang

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  • 8 May 2013 10:05, by pabaak

    this is a desperate move from rebels which will be the end of their rebel,if you want to kill the rat let it come out from hide and you will easily kill it, Yau Yau thinks he is doing good to his community but he doesn’t know he is doing harm to his community. He can’t fight the national army comprising all South Sudanese and will succeed. He need to abandon it and return home or will be finish

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    • 8 May 2013 12:33, by piborlover

      please, you are using the same proverb used by greedy governor when he visited pibor with bloody thirsty V.P. You call him a rat: you always tells the other tribes who doesn’t murle that they are just minority tribe. the murle community is about to capture Juba and we are no longer minority because we defeated the nation and the suffering communities are dinka and nuer who misused their powers.

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    • 8 May 2013 12:59, by ngadodo

      ha ha pabaak, okay if you lives with people who they’re not friend every days and then killing 10 children,5 women and 7 men, rapes ladies and talk your belong without authorization what you can do? Your may be reported they’re leaders they said may be criminal.

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      • 8 May 2013 14:23, by pabaak

        ngadodo
        You need to get out from your Dinka phobia Bull, if you keep preaching this hatred then you will be like barking dog while camel is going, who tell Murle to refused disarmament while other tribe been disarmed? who tell them not to live on their own sweat instead chosen to steal other people’s cattle? who tell them not to seek treatment of their men and women so they can have their own

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        • 8 May 2013 14:37, by pabaak

          children so that they can not abduct other people’s children, looks, you need to understand that Yau Yau is not bigger than Athur or the SPLA split of 91,and the history will tell you what happened, you need to know also that if you need to go to palace this time why declare your candidacy and will see how you will this palace without support of Dinka, remeber there are 7 states out of 10 has dink

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          • 8 May 2013 21:29, by ngadodo

            pabaak, you insect those things you mention it’s what David Yauyau let him to rebel about your gvt, because your people denied reality and liars to others people whom doesn’t knew them. Finally Your people most hatred toward others communities, your government it mistreats people who non Dinka like animals .they’re abuses power make as access of colonialist others communities of South Sudan.

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    • 8 May 2013 13:14, by ngadodo

      ha ha pabaak, okay if you lives with people who they’re not friendly every days and then killing 10 children,5 women and 7 men, rapes ladies and take your belong without authorization from you what you can do? Your may be reported the cases to leaders they said may be criminal.

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  • 8 May 2013 10:46, by Arem Odhiambo

    Big lies, stupid rebel in Jonglei U will wipe out seriously by SPLA on the earth if you hate your survival. And am sure you (Yaw Yaw) will kick the basket like Athor did believe me.

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    • 8 May 2013 12:42, by piborlover

      Arem, you just don’t know what to comment, the SPA soldiers are well equipped but not well trained and at the time not willing and you should first confirm from peter gatdit who ran bearfooted up to Bor.

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  • 8 May 2013 11:50, by piborlover

    These goes to the grave rivers the Dinka Bor; the acion is better than abusive words. the dinka bor like enjoying the victory claiming to be the real participants in wars of 21 years yet the most died people during the wars were Nuer,dinka wau including these small tribes which they left behind.

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  • 8 May 2013 12:14, by piborlover

    Stupid government of tribalism should stop recognizing the strategic places like Boma when captured by the rebels yet it was left behind because it is a murle land.

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  • 8 May 2013 12:31, by Gat-khir

    Yau Yau was simply occupying a barrack which was deserted by SPLA due lack of food and water. I

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  • 8 May 2013 12:57, by piborlover

    where does the national game park of Boma found if it was abandoned by spla, try to accept the defeat early for more assistance from international community.

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    • 8 May 2013 14:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You will terribly lose all the areas that ya had occupied when the spla come back later.Yauyau needs atleast 10,000 soldiers to maintain those areas from being recapture by spla.we will still defeat you even if equatorian soldiers switch side to you.mark my words,you will regret later.

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  • 8 May 2013 15:12, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will normalize soon and the citizens can lead a peaceful and normal life.

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  • 8 May 2013 16:34, by Nyonged jau

    Let all those who want power from Kiir joint Yau Yau before it is too late. They are going to be taught one lesson with Y.Y soon. SPLA Oyeeee!.

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    • 8 May 2013 17:21, by Gham-gham Atuongtok

      Lotodo Awino Odugo,thanks you comrade ! Let me aware you that the lice make uncertain irritations when the hair is not shaped out from the head, but soon they die at once if put into consideration by mr Talabara. The problem is that, if we kill most of them, the smelling of dead bodies will affect the communities of Up and Down Bomas. Anyway, be happy soon!.

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      • 8 May 2013 18:58, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        You welcome brother,the disarmed civil populations of Akobo, Kapoeta and Bor villages are in a panic mode.any indiscriminate assaults will be a tradjedy to them

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        • 9 May 2013 11:01, by De Bia

          Our SPLA Soldiers have lost the will to fight. How do you expect a soldier to fight wen he is not paid for three month n yet his family is languishing in poverty back home when the so called "big generals" of Aguer type r busy swindling their salaries.....The country has no future..

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  • 9 May 2013 12:51, by Niggorota

    Hahahahahaha assholes you call urs dinkaworrior, the likes of Augistino deng who writes strongly obout dinka dominating other tribles and dinka being masters. You dickheads go face the face now.

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  • 9 May 2013 16:04, by Moc Nyickedenloi

    Those of Ali2 and Ali3 ( Murlei Agent) will have their mothers fucked by tomorrow. The SPLAs just wanted the inexperienced leadership in Juba to know that SPLAs can either say no or yes depending on their wishes. Ali2 will have nothing to celebrate soon while Ali3 will be fucked with his mother because they have no future and hopeless that is why they decided to rebel against the mighty SPLA.
    Tom

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