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Thousands of refugees flee conflict in S. Sudan’s Jonglei state, says UN

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

July 21, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Thousands of South Sudanese have fled to Ethiopia to escape an armed conflict in eastern South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday.

The asylum seekers, mostly from Jonglei state’s Pibor county, are fleeing fighting between government troops and rebel fighters in the Boma area, near the Ethiopian border.

“Since last May, some 5,000 South Sudanese arrived in western Ethiopia and sought refuge”, Kisut Gebre Egziabher, the UNHCR’s senior public information associate, told Sudan Tribune.

Most of the arrivals are women and children, currently being sheltered in the bordering region of Gambella in Raad locality.

The UNHCR says it is distributing food and non-food aid items to newly-arrived South Sudanese refugees, as a government decision on whether to relocate the refugees remains pending.

UNHCR and its partners are also providing health care facilities, water and sanitation at the camp, where the refugees are staying temporarily.

Ethiopia currently hosts more than 62,000 South Sudanese.

Ethnic violence between the Lou Nuer and Murle tribal groups again erupted in Jonglei earlier this month, when thousands of armed Lou Nuer men travelling on foot moved into remote areas of Pibor county, a predominantly Murle area.

Thousands of civilians were consequently displaced from their homes after South Sudan’s army (SPLA) launched an operation to quash the rebellion.

In early May, rebels seized control of Pibor town before it was eventually retaken by the SPLA two weeks later.

South Sudan has accused Sudan of supporting the rebel movement in Jonglei state in a bid to sabotage its plans to build an oil pipeline that passes through the region as part of efforts to end the country’s dependency on Sudanese pipelines to export crude oil.

Sudan and South Sudan continue to trade tit-for-tat accusations of providing support to rebel movements. Both countries have denied the allegations.

The UN says South Sudanese refugees prefer to cross the border to neighbouring countries to seek asylum as the area lacks humanitarian access.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), all six of Pibor’s major population centres have since been abandoned, with about 40,000 inhabitants displaced. At least 8,500 Murle are estimated to have fled to neighbouring countries this year, while about 7,000 escaped to the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has in the past offered an amnesty deal to rebel groups in an attempt to disarm them.

The government says it is planning an oil exploration operation in Jonglei – South Sudan’s largest state.

The region has a history of deadly violence and hundreds have died as a result of inter-communal clashes and raids between rival cattle herding communities since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011.

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  • 22 July 2013 05:00, by Black Africa

    My questions is for our leaders ? How do you feel when your own people are suffering and dying ? How comes your people are killing themselves and you as a leader can’t do anything about it ? Why not to resign because you are can’t and give a chance to others ? When you are traveling to another country, what do you think they looking at you as a leader ? They looked at you like ......

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    • 22 July 2013 08:16, by Dinkawarrior

      My question to the international community! How would you feel like if strangers come to kidnapping your children and killing your wife? Let Murle people have the price of their madness.

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      • 22 July 2013 09:25, by Mayom County Boy

        Dikawarrior my message to murle youth .how long fighting will took you to programms .let it pain you as it paining you now.

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  • 22 July 2013 05:04, by Black Africa

    Equatoria need self-determination, we can’t take it anymore. Self -determination for equatoria now.

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    • 22 July 2013 06:14, by Kelei

      Mr equatoria wait in few months, bro those animals call Murle who ran to your state will start steal your children soon. we can not blame our government for everything, our people are the problem instead of living in peace with each other so this country can move forward, that’s not the case we are moving it backwards

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      • 22 July 2013 06:25, by Kelei

        Moreover, even if equatoria become independent, what are the possibility your new state will be free from war or corruption. if you keep running away from your problems istead of solving them.than in your life you will never achieve anything my dear.

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        • 22 July 2013 07:56, by athoreyemodobong

          Kelli,Equarians know very well the Murle r neither land grabbers nor the one who went to Central Eguatoria with their cattle in fear of Mighty Murle. I like the way president Kiir is handling the situation in Jonglei.He gave green light to Bor and Lou to carry on with their devilish plan to wipe the Murle out knowing they wil b defeated and now kiir proved right.The World stands as a witness

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          • 22 July 2013 08:21, by athoreyemodobong

            The greed has push the leaders in Greater Bor and Akobo to delay the plan for utilization of oil,Gold and other valuable minerals found in abundance in Pibor county hoping that all the Murle will be kicked out so that they r replaced by Bor Dinka and Lou Nuer in Boma and Pibor respectively.Shame on Kuol Manyang,Hussein Mar,Riek Machar and all their allies in the SPLA. Long live president Kiir.

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          • 22 July 2013 13:13, by Kelei

            Athoreyemodo
            If you think equatoria will be your good neighbors, than move to equatoria.what I know is murle are laziest people who cannot do anything accept stealing from there neighbor. they might not be land grabs but they are worse neighbor you cannot let them stay close to your children and cattle

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            • 22 July 2013 17:53, by athoreyemodobong

              Kelli,let wise pple of Equatoria judge 4 themselves, but as 4 ur accusations,the Murle could be far better than ur Borians who give away deir own kids for food and infact we wouldn’t have fought all these wars successfully if we were to b dat lazy pile u falsely describe us to be.Ur outcasts and those you abduct from Equatoria are always reIceived by us coze we r more human than ur dehumanized lan

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    • 22 July 2013 07:56, by Nyesi Ta

      The Nilotic tribes in Equatoria will continue to dominate all the other tribes should it cede from the rest of South Sudan. This will lead to other referenda within an independent Eqtoria, till we r divided le khashum bab and this is not going to solve the problem. But in my opinion Eqtoria must remain in the union to put the house in order, cos w/o Equatoria there will be no stable South Sudan

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  • 22 July 2013 07:21, by Good South Sudanese

    Salva Kiir declared last year that he was going to fight Murle after he has finished his fighting with Khartoum. He then sent
    his armed thugs called SPLA, a militia used for tribal purposes of Dinka and sometimes Nuer. Now the president is the mastermind of these genocides by SPLA agains the Murle in Pibor. He cannot resign because he was put on Garang’s place to follw his instruction to kill.

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    • 22 July 2013 07:24, by Good South Sudanese

      All Murle if possible, then kill all Nuer. That was the scheme of John Garang to do in South Sudan. After that the other tribes were to be used as Dinka slaves in their own country. That is why you see what Dinkas are now doing in Juba. All these killings and armed robbery are done by Dinkas who are members of the organised forces. Even those who are now attacking the civilians and looting cows

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      • 22 July 2013 07:30, by Good South Sudanese

        in Pibor county are Dinka and Nuer who are members of the organised forces. Villagers from Nuer Lou are just used as a cover. Lou Nuer do not have machine-guns-mounted-land-cruisers. Lou Nuer do not have helicopters clearly marked SPLA
        to supply them with weapons and ammo, and evacuate their wounded. It is the SPLA who are doing all these crimes and the UN is shamelessly watching war crimes bySPL

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  • 22 July 2013 07:35, by Good South Sudanese

    In the coming days, evidences are going to be shown to world that it is indeed the SPLA who are doing and committing all these war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide crimes. The Pibor County and other areas are going to fight back and resist this new-colonialism which is done this time by our own brothers the Dinka and Nuer. We all the non-dinkas, we will unite against this Dinka trib

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  • 22 July 2013 07:52, by Marco Bul

    If I were the prezzo,I would have gave chance to another person instead of shouldering all the blames.This country populace,especially cattle-keepers are difficult to govern.The Murle want to raid,abduct n steal with impunity.The only good pastrolists are Toposa.They know how to live in peace with their neighbours.

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    • 22 July 2013 07:59, by Nyesi Ta

      Are you sure the Toposa are peaceful people?

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    • 22 July 2013 08:04, by Good South Sudanese

      Mattaa, are you indeed sure the Toposa are not cattle-raders. They go up to Pibor to raid. They also go and raid Dinka. What
      I like about Toposa is that when jonkoz tried to do the crimes they are now doing to other tribes, the Toposa fought back and gave the the Dinka a good lesson which they will not forget. Others must do like Toposa. I fight with them but I like them because they are brave

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      • 22 July 2013 08:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Murle were warned about this abomination back in 2010,but they paid no attention to the cry of their neighbors.now is the time to reap.don’t scatter allover Africa for the agonies of your own makings.

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  • 22 July 2013 08:39, by Marco Bul

    @Nyesi.Yes.They only react when disturbed.They also keep their promise when peace is concluded.I think don’t want them to revenge when attacked.
    @Goon South Sudanese.When did Toposa raid Dinka n Murle? U are fabricating!Talk of Jie n Ngalam instead.Come to Riwoto again if u are mad.

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    • 23 July 2013 02:24, by omoni jr.

      Marco Bul
      are you sick my friend?
      what neighbors do Toposa live peacefully?
      Tell me among the following tribes that Toposa live in harmony as you claimed on your comment.
      1-Didinga 2- Buya,3- Turkana of kenya.
      There is No differences between Dinka Nuer and Toposa , at least Murle are defending themselves which is right and justify for any creature to do so..

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  • 22 July 2013 08:42, by Good South Sudanese

    The more women and children go to East Africa the better, so that we the murle warriors will fuck Nuer and Dinka very much when they come to our land. We will fight for our land. It is a war between Murle and Dinka Bor. SPLA and Nuer are just being used by Kuol Manyang for Bor purposes only.

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  • 22 July 2013 09:00, by Marco Bul

    @What are u(Dinka Bor n Murle)fighting for if may ask?
    Tell UN and the gov’t not to report anything or interfere.After Z tell us in this forum what u(Murle n Dinka Bor) have benefited.

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  • 22 July 2013 10:13, by Marco Bul

    @G.South Sudanese.The "war" is brought to ur land.Yes,but I heard they(Bor n Lou) are retaliating.The gov’t cheated them last time Z there will b a nationwide disarmament and they accepted it.The Murle took advantage of this and attacked them.The UN and the gov’t kept quiet.Now they have run out of patient.They don’t trust the gov’t any more.They thought u will stop but u insist.What do u expect?

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  • 22 July 2013 10:26, by Marco Bul

    @Athor-eye-modu-bong!Do u know who is thwarting the construction of pipeline to Djibouti?Murle mercenaries of Khartoum.
    Do u know who is trying sooo hard to fail this nation?Lam Akol(Omar’s
    advisor)
    Don’t depend on superficious assumptions,for ur info.
    Do u know why corruption is rampant?Kiir is a coward.He fears Z if he fire the thieves,they’ll run to Khartoum and later attack SS.

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  • 22 July 2013 13:40, by Good South Sudanese

    That is not true. The only community disarmed forcefully with war crimes committed are the Murle. Nuer were about to be disarmed but they resisted. Then they never been diesarmed ever since, and the prove is this weapons they are now using plus the SPLA weapons added to them recently by Kuol Manyang telling them to hurry up and attack Murle. Murle are only defending themselves. Gazafi helped U

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  • 22 July 2013 15:44, by Kim Deng

    Nuer Warriors,
    The only way to bring Murle’s unrest to an end is to occupy their land as you have done it for Akobo of coward Anyuak...,and Maiwut of coward Burun.

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  • 22 July 2013 16:41, by Black Africa

    Theirs greed staying in power doing nothing , I can’t understand what is in theirs mind . If I was President , minister or governor and I can’t provide protection or services to my people I swear God I will resign . South Sudan citizens got no value everywhere the goes. Why ?

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  • 22 July 2013 18:13, by Marco Bul

    I wish there was no disarmament in the first place.The communities hid their gun while the rest resisted n later blamed the gov’t for brutality.The gov’t also failed to protect the disarmed civilians.I think Murle are suffering due to OVER REACTION from other tribes raided in Jonglei.The solution lays with Murle.

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  • 22 July 2013 19:06, by Marco Bul

    @South Sudanese Views.Ur link is already read!! Why are u boring us?? Kä loi röt ë Jonglei angic keek.Anong køc bïnë ke den køør køc cök tïñg.

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    • 22 July 2013 19:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Don’t response to that outcast son of Waal Juach.death to him and his gossip groups.

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  • 23 July 2013 10:20, by JONGLEI VISION

    Dear Readers,
    President, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Minister of Justice, and the Chief Justice will face the consequence of the Jonglei’s the last Pibor incident. Please look carefully on the ICC for tribal President No Salva Kiir Oyee! Nor Tuch Mayardit and many others in Hague. Jonglei people are HUMAN BEING like other people. Con-

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  • 23 July 2013 10:22, by JONGLEI VISION

    The role of government is to protect the civilian while is to destruct the human property in Gen. Kiir’s Regime. General Kiir was elected by the people of Jonglei and the rest of 9 States of South Sudan in 2010 National Election they deserved to elect him not to humiliate his right as the South Sudanese citizen but he cannot humiliate the citizen by dictatorship system .

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    • 23 July 2013 10:33, by JONGLEI VISION

      Many incidents took place in Jonglei since 2006; but Mr. President did not see the citizens’ situation in the ground while is claiming to declare his candidacy for 2nd term President-RSS. How this will happen when the citizen did not see the hope they have expect to be done by His first term.

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