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Aftermath of Bor reveals widespread destruction

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January 19, 2014 (JUBA) – Homes, offices and the market have all been reduced to rubble following recent heavy fighting between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and rebels in Jonglei state capital, Bor.

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This picture posted on Facebook by Jangdit Dengajok purportedly shows the destruction of Bor’s main market following weeks of heavy fighting in the Jonglei state capital

Jonglei caretaker governor John Kong says he is disappointed with the level of destruction, saying he blames rebels.

“They [rebels] destroyed everything”, Kong told reporters in Bor on Sunday.

Bor was recaptured by the SPLA on Saturday following three weeks of intense fighting between forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar.

The capital of South Sudan largest state has changed hands several times since the fighting erupted in the national capital, Juba, a little over a month ago, spreading to other parts of the country soon after.

The SPLA airlifted 12 journalists in to Bor on Sunday, with pictures showing the extent of the damage to buildings in the market, government offices and homes.

Bor hospital has been looted and the bodies of patients can be seen still lying in wards, according to images broadcast by South Sudan Television (SSTV).

Dead bodies lie on the streets and entire residential areas have been emptied, a local reporter who visited Bor told Sudan Tribune on his return.

It was not immediately clear who is responsible for the destruction and the spokesman for the rebels could not be reached for comment.

The SPLA retook Bor on 25 December, but rebels later seized the flashpoint town on 31 December.

Rebel forces have confirmed that the SPLA is now in control of the town, but have claimed their withdrawal was tactical.

“There was no fight in Bor town. Our forces tactically withdrew and now preparing for the next move that will target a number of more strategic towns and locations”, Machar’s spokesperson, James Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Dak said the withdrawal was intended to lure in “the pro-Kiir forces and their Ugandan mercenaries”.

Uganda, which deployed troops to South Sudan to fight alongside the SPLA, has claimed credit for Bor’s recapture.

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  • 20 January 10:28, by Peter Mading

    I do not understand how Nyigat and traitors become strong towards their own black South Sudanese when they allowed themselves to be fuck by Arabs for 21years. They did not even dare to attack and capture malakal, Bentiu and Bor during the civil war like what they did not. That shows that the leader is visionless and can not lead this nation.

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    • 20 January 10:32, by Peter Mading

      To Gallant forces of the SPLA,
      You are now again to proceed with total liberation of the whole of Jonglei. In order to restore law and order you are to disarm the youth who called themselves white-army and anybody physically fit. Look for Light as well as heavy weapons which they used to attacked Bor. You are also asked to bring back looted materials back to the state including clothing and beds

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      • 20 January 14:24, by Kiir

        Peter Mading. Where did u get all these powers to order SPLA 2 disarm Nuer? What prevent u 2 participate in the fighting z destroy Bor. Let see what will happen 2 your protectors Ugandan in Bor. Don’t write bad things against men.

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    • 20 January 11:20, by Tong dut

      Kirr should know bor is sudan,if he distroyed people and land of south sudan, he will not rule sudan, why to bring ugandan forces. the war will sudan and uganda,
      No southern will fight for Kirr only wewe and dinka awill.

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    • 20 January 15:58, by Mapuor

      SPLA is invincible.Nyagaats must now surrender or face extinction.Kiir will rule up to 15 more years. He is the only leader who can unite South Sudanese at this age of our development

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  • 20 January 10:33, by Raanchol

    After such a disastrous incident in Bor, does Majak De’Agoot and Nyandeng with her son support Riek Machar any longer, automatically should not be, let peace prevail.

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    • 20 January 12:18, by Deng II

      Raanchol
      In one country, there will be always different of opinion, objections about corruption, objections about killing people in vein, objections about an individual monopolize whole country resources, and so on. All these doesn’t necessary means you rebelled. In one SPLA, Kuol Mayang let Thon Ayii killed by fire squad, the same thing, there must be a person telling Kiir, u are a Theft.

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      • 20 January 12:30, by Deng II

        - Bor need to stop pointing finger, and protect your areas. There were no war btw Nuer and Dinka where Majak Agoot and Nyandeng become traitors, however it was political differences among the citizen of one country. on this world, you cannot find a country without opposition.

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        • 20 January 12:39, by Deng II

          - I’m not from Twic, but some time it become sick in my stomach when people blaming Nyandeng and Majak Agoot for fighting because they objected the direction of which where Country heading. I myself can have common interest with a person from Nuer because we are one, in one country.

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          • 20 January 12:55, by Deng II

            Raanchol
            Why should I not have common interest with Nuer when we making decision for our country?.Bentiu had been destroy into a degree where by a UN person described it as a no Town exist, and Malakal, are they(Bentiu and Malakal) going to blame Nyandeng and Majak Agoot for that too?

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          • 20 January 13:40, by Rezingving monynok

            if you are not taking side or nyandeng and majak agoot supporter ,your words can prove you were in the team

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            • 21 January 00:34, by Deng II

              Monynok, in this website my position is clear always I never support Riek, but to suggested that Majak and Nyandeng have an implication why Bor was destroy is absurd. What we can say about Bentiu and Malakal? I can cast my ballot to Kiir than Dr.Criminal, but doen’t prevent me to voice my concerns about corruption in the Country.

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        • 20 January 15:14, by mathem jech amer

          Deng II
          Ask your traitors including Kim about this war.All Nuers are saying it is a war between Dinkas and Nuers including you few days ago. Now what about those of Nyandeng with her son, are they Nuers?

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          • 21 January 00:23, by Deng II

            Mathem Jech
            U as a man of conscience, U do not need to listening to Kim. In Bentiu, Pul jang and Monytuil help to captured it, and both are from Nuer. In Malakal, Johnson Biliu fighting Nyagate off the city and he from Nuer. Now don’t be naïve man, if it is Dinka and Nuer, why you so cowardly begging for help from Uganda? Do not kidding yourself man, being educated, u need to reasoning.

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  • 20 January 11:00, by hellonearth

    Dinka Logic
    Coup de tar, 1991, this is not a tribal war equals total dominance. but i want you Dinka to know it is not going to happen here in South Sudan.

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  • 20 January 11:09, by Marco Bul

    Raanchol amok
    Do you also know that Malual Ayom is adun rær thïn.He was the one who let Jöngroor died.Leave Majak and Nyandeng alone.They didn’t know anything about Nuer’s rebellion.They were just debating the system to be followed.

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  • 20 January 15:59, by Mapuor

    SPLA is invincible.Nyagaats must now surrender or face extinction.Kiir will rule up to 15 more years. He is the only leader who can unite South Sudanese at this age of our development

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