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Jonglei leaders condemn massive destruction of Bor town

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January 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan Jonglei state officials have described as “devastating” the massive destruction they witnessed during an assessment carried in the aftermath of the army seizure of the town from rebel forces on Saturday.

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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

Peter Chol Wal, a lawmaker in the state assembly told Sudan Tribune that the damage caused in Bor would take years to repair.

“It was a real devastation and destruction that cannot be done by leaders of South Sudan,” Wal said on Monday.

“The destruction was everywhere. Houses were burnt down even the house of governor [which] was not burnt down during 21 years of war with northerners,” Wal added, describing it as “intentional.”

South Sudan army recaptured Bor, which was controlled by rebels loyal to former vice president, Riek Machar for over two weeks.

John Kony Nyuon, Jonglei’s caretaker governor, said he was surprised when he reached the state capital.

“One could not expect such [a] thing should happen,” said Nyuon.

“Somebody who thinks [he] wants to become a leader of this country and also to make such destruction; destroying all the documents; these are the history of the country,” he remarked.

A rebel spokesman on Saturday described Bor as “a ghost town”, but claimed their forces withdrew from it to “lure” pro-government forces into the capital.

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  • 21 January 08:01, by pabaak

    Boys,Kim & Oromji, still thirty for more bloodshit, yes you can preached because you’re not in S.Sudan but if you were then you should cease your lips, and that’s the different between forces leaded by evil and forces leaded by truth, if you want to transform the counntry into better then why this distrcution, killing of inoccent people, this is result the war fought with with out agenda its lead

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    • 21 January 08:07, by pabaak

      to that way, all cities the rebel occupy winteness the same kind of destrcution,and killing of innoocent lives as wintenessed in Bor,Kim ,is this how how your kingdom want to rule this country?

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      • 21 January 09:26, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

        Riek may not lead this country for he is known only of destruction and looting.what did he do in 1991? The same destruction as he has done today.

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  • 21 January 10:52, by Raanchol

    My dear South Sudaneses, what kind of life do we want in this country if our intentions are ill-intentions, burn down the houses to ashes, kill innocent civilians on ethnic bases and so on, what will we benefit in, let’s have a heart that forgives and forget and we embrace peace for the sake that we are finishing ourselves for no reason, am a Dinka by tribe but am against this senseless war

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  • 21 January 11:57, by Joseph

    This is lesson to all of us, Nuer the don’t just fight. It’s because their people has been Kill and house had been looted while nobody talk about. 1991, 2000 Dinka die but 16-19 December 5000 Nuer Die. Went white people seen the killing of Nuer they said this will turn to civil war because they know Nuer before 1955 Blame Kiir and his Militia who Kill innocent Nuer even his support.

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    • 21 January 16:37, by Marco A. Wek

      Well Joseph, you must be a different Joseph. You Know Very Well that Dinka didn’t take this as a fight between Dinka and Nuer. We don’t want to follow your foot steps. It doesn’t mean because someone is ignorant that you become ignorant. It is Dr. Riek’s habit to mislead our cousins Nuer all the time just for him to get to power but he lost it for good. He will never become president in South

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      • 21 January 19:21, by Joseph

        There are more then 3 Joseph; ignorance and lie is the cost of this war. Nuer met, they stand with Kiir but now Kiir will not get supporter from Nuer since he train malitia telling them every Nuer is enemy. if another Dinka leader target Nuer in future like Kiir and Paul Malong etc, that is consequence.

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