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Army in Unity state clash with raiders returning from Lakes state


May 13, 2013 (BENTIU) - Authorities from Unity state say that five men, including their leader Gatluak Kuekuek, clashed with police and soldiers on Sunday as they returned from a cattle aid on Rumbek North (Maper) county in neighbouring Lakes state and on Unity state’s Mayiandit county.

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Map of South Sudan’s Unity State.

Gideon Gatpan Thaor, the commissioner of Mayiandit county, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the five raiders are known for their activities along border between two states. Thoar says security forces are looking for those who are trying to destabilise Lakes-Unity relations.

“We are working toward improving, the ongoing insecurity caused by cattle rustling along [the] border, but our greater challenges, lack of proper roads constructions has also contributed to limit continue patrolling along our borders”, he said.

Commissioner Thoar told Sudan Tribune yesterday that four of the five raiders were from Mayom county of Unity state.

He added that the authorities in the area are investigating the cattle rustlers and vowed that they would be caught and face justice.

Cattle raiding has been an ongoing problem along the borders of Unity, Warrap and Lake state.

Last week over 400 heads of cattle were raided by rustlers suspected to have come from neighbouring Warrap, that led to a police officer being wounded as he tried to recover the cattle.


Authorities in Rumbek North (Maper) have reported that the attack has killed two people and left two others with gunshot wounds.

Lakes state officials say they suspect the raid was carried out by pastoralist youth from Mayendit and Panyjiar of Unity State.

County information official, Peter Makuei Tinyjok, said that relationship between Lakes State and Unity state had been calm for the last month but the resumption of cattle cattle would have a negative affect on relations.

“Youth alleged to have come from Unity state of Manyendit and Panyjiar counties of Unity State attack Rumbek North area of Majak cattle camp killing at least two people and wounded two more others. The attack occurred at 3pm. Right now the situation is quite confusing in the area”, he said.

He added that Lakes and Unity state government officials have asked their youth to stop cattle raids.

Unity state’s Payinjiar county commissioner, Simon Chuol Biel, has denied his youth’s involvement on a raid into Rumbek North county on Saturday.

Biel claims since he came to power such similar case of raiding had been on hold among his youths in the county.

But the commissioner says cattle raiding threatens the lives of people across the Republic of South Sudan. He added that "as [a] government we need to create more jobs opportunities to our young people in order to lay down cattle raiding".

High dowries are believed to have driven young men to go and raids neighbouring communities in order that they can get married.

Jonglei state governor Kuol Mayang Juuk has publicly called on lawmakers to pass a law to reduce dowry prices nationwide.


In January Lakes state military caretaker governor Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol promised to improve security but communities in remote villages complain of not having enough protection for their livestock.

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Dhuol in January toured the greater Yirol counties comprising Awerial, Yirol West, Yirol East and later held a rally in Rumbek East county his hometown telling people to register their arms. He has also set up military prisons in Langcok, Ajakangau (Ngatinga) and Pulkuc where youth suspected of cattle raiding, road robbery and other crimes have been held, often without charge and access to family and legal representation in violation of South Sudan’s constitution.

Activists and critical journalists have accuse the military guards of human rights abuses.

The Lakes state government has responded by harassing activists and journalists as well censoring local media houses in Rumbek who try to cover the issue.

“I am here to provide security to people of Lakes State and I need everyone to cooperate with. Whoever fails to meet my security objective to reform this state will be forced to resign from his post,” governor Dhuol has said.

Lakes state government has threaten to "crucify" critical journalists and activists if they continue to write negatively about state government’s activities.

"Those who are writing negatively about this state government will be crucified like Jesus Christ if we capture them", Lakes state’s deputy governor, Mabor Achol Kuer, said in April.


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  • 14 May 2013 08:11, by Abednego Majack Macharial

    Mr. writer,
    You have left your readers’ mind hanging. What happened after the clashes between the raiders and the Unity State authorities? Has the cattle been rescued from the raiders? Are the raiders apprehended?
    The last paragraph, Lakes State Politic is not worthy there as as far as the title of the article is concerned. Being consistency with what you are reporting is good journalism.

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    • 14 May 2013 08:35, by julia

      most of them were killed! they didn,t took any cow! the reminace went beared handed. Nuer food lovers don,t understand the peace initiation, they people created with violent, brought up in the chaos community of food loving stooges. benevolence community Nuer. very lazy community who rely on looting and stealing. with alot of whore in every street of juba.

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      • 14 May 2013 10:23, by Yei Top

        Mr. Commission, next time u need to report about the progress of farming in ur county or even Unity and Lakes states,progress in retail bussineses not always cattle raiding, killing and request for Food from Gov’t n UN agencieg. Boring news in South Sudan

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      • 14 May 2013 10:34, by chol

        Not all nuer people are bad at least 1 percent of their population are good.that very low.stop follow risky machar and become good citizens of south Sudan.

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        • 14 May 2013 14:36, by biotech

          I think Nuers are the only people greatly feared by the dinkas. I have notice this since I started reading articles on this website. Every time there is any misfortune in the Nuer community the dinkas rejoice. If not all atleast majority of them does and i notice that from most of their comments. The question is, why can’t the Dinka people relinquish such fears and hatred for the sake of peace?

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        • 14 May 2013 14:43, by biotech

          I think Nuers are the only people greatly feared by the dinkas. I have notice this since I started reading articles on this website. Every time there is any misfortune in the Nuer community the dinkas rejoice. If not all atleast majority of them does and i notice that from most of their comments. The question is, why can’t the Dinka people relinquish such fears and hatred for the sake of peace?

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  • 14 May 2013 14:53, by biotech

    It is true that they the Dinkas are totally defeated psychologically and conventionally in warfare by their neighbours the Nuers and that is why they resort to throwing what ever insults they can spell and pronounce to ease their anger and shame. Otherwise, there would be no reason for the ruling community to behave like this.

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    • 14 May 2013 15:42, by Rommel

      Ah, so based on comments from Dinka individuals on this site disparaging the Nuer, you’ve concluded that the Dinka somehow fear the Nuer!? Individuals from the Nuer tribe spew the exact same tribal rhetoric, claiming that the Dinka on the whole are thugs. The Dinka of Lakes State and the Nuer of Unity State constantly raid each other... So I don’t know how fear features into this equation.

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      • 14 May 2013 15:50, by Rommel

        No one in South Sudan has contributed more soldiers, more battalions, more divisions and more martyrs during the war than have the Dinka. The various Nuba tribes were the second largest component in the SPLA during the war. The Dinka have confronted an enemy far stronger than anyone in the South with unremitting persistence... so don’t bore us with these notions of a non-existent fear.

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        • 14 May 2013 15:57, by Rommel

          Ask people what happened to Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod when the Dinka retaliated for what happened in Twic-east, Duk and Bor? Ask people what happened when the sons of these areas returned from the assault on Juba. It wasn’t pretty. Don’t be a cheerleader... it’s undignified.

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          • 14 May 2013 18:05, by Nuer Empire

            Rommel:Tell me the names of the villages that you retaliated and destroyed in Akobo,Nyirol,Uror and Ayod? It seems that you are very comfortable in the tribal poletics.What is the connection between Nuer Counties in Jonglei State with this article? I believe u can’t even talk outside infront of these mighty counties who taught u centuries lessons!
            The Nuer Empire

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          • 14 May 2013 18:07, by Nuer Empire

            If we talk of warefare,u will nevr talk unless you are mad cus those type of people bearing such characters don’t stop talking untill they run short of enrgies and oxygen.

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            • 14 May 2013 18:20, by Rommel

              No empire:
              I wasn’t glorifying the afflictions and devastation wrought upon those aforementioned areas in the counterattacks of 1992-3, I was, however, affirming historical facts, amply documented by experts on the civil war by such esteemed experts as Dr. Douglas Johnson.

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              • 14 May 2013 18:28, by Rommel

                I’m quoting Dr. Douglas Johnson’s the root causes of Sudan’s civil wars below:
                In the counterattacks of 1992-3 which followed, many of the reinforcements Garang sent to Kongor came from Bor and Bahr el Ghazal. These, too, were not inhibited by any local ties of community and kinship and were convinced that the Nuer attack on Kongor and Bor was part of a wider assault on the Dinka.

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                • 14 May 2013 18:32, by Rommel

                  In the devastation visited on Yuai, Waat and Ayod a number of Nuer-speaking Dinka civilians were killed by the Bahr el Ghazal troops, who accused them of having thrown in their lot with the Nuer.
                  (The root causes of Sudan’s civil wars, Douglas Johnson)

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                  • 14 May 2013 18:40, by Rommel

                    Angry Dinka troops from greater Bahr el Ghazal and greater Upper Nile did make it to these areas and subsequently devastated them... and in addition to killing innocent Nuer civilians, they also killed ethnic Dinkas who were there. Nasir faction didn’t leave Dinka territory on their own volition — they were pushed out, pursued and cut down. It was evil, but it happened.

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