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Over 2,500 killed in Bor devastation: Jonglei MPs


January 21 2014 (JUBA) – At least 2,500 people have died Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, following its three week occupation by rebels who have been fighting government for over a month, local MPs claimed after visiting the area on Tuesday.

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Shops allegedly torched by rebels are pictured in Bor, capial of Jonglei state, on January 19, 2014 (Photo AFP /Waakhe Simon Wudu)

Deng Dau Deng, the chairperson of Greater Bor Members of Parliament in the South Sudan National Assembly, said that the figure is based on a preliminary reports by local chiefs and youth leaders.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA), backed by the Ugandan army and armed young men affiliated to the government forced the rebels to withdraw from the Bor last weekend.

Research organisation, the International Crisis Group has estimated that as many as 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which began in the capital Juba and has spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. The United Nations says that over half a million people have been displaced.

It was the fourth time the key town has changed hands since a large section of the army there defected just days after severe fighting in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those who back his former deputy Riek Machar.

The members of parliament representing the constituencies of Bor South, Bor Central and Bor North, who visited the town using three small planes, said that the devastation is immense.

One of the MPs, June Malet, told Sudan Tribune in Bor that she had seen the bodies of "14 women killed in a church compound".

The bodies of 32 patients, including 10 children, where also found in Bor civil hospital.

Later in the day Malet discovered that her mother, like many old people who either refused to leave or were not able to flee, had been killed in her home in Bor.

Nearly all elderly people people who refused to leave Bor before 31 December 2013 have been killed, according to government officials, who blame the rebels for the death of patients and old people.

These claims cannot be independently verified but Sudan Tribune did witness the 32 dead bodies which had been dumped in a small room at the hospital.

The leader of the investigation team, MP Deng, appealed to the government and international community to set aside funds for the reconstruction of Bor as well as Bentiu and Malakal, which have suffered a similar fate.

Dend said that this was the second time forces loyal to Riek Machar had been responsible for a massacre in Bor - referring to the 1991 incident which Amnesty International estimates killed 2,000 people.

The recent rebellion is the second time Machar has split from the SPLA. The first was in 1991 during the height of the civil war when the SPLA was itself a rebel group fighting the Sudanese government.

South Sudan achieved independence in 2011 following a 2005 peace deal, after which the SPLA became a national army and attempted to absorb South Sudan’s many other armed groups, including those who had been used by Khartoum to fight SPLA during the civil war.

Many of the soldiers who have mutinied over the last six weeks in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile were originally from groups that fought the SPLA during the civil war. In Bor the defection was led by Peter Gadet who has changed sides numerous times during the civil war and since South Sudan’s independence.

Despite achieving cessation from the Sudan many observers say that the new nation did not fully resolve the internal political and ethnic differences caused by decades of conflict.

Machar denies attempting to stage a coup against Kiir’s government but is now leading the rebellion against the government in which he served as Vice President from 2005 until he was sacked by Kiir in July 2011.

The President’s critics say he has become increasingly dictatorial and has tried to use the army infighting to silence his critics. Eleven senior members of the ruling SPLM have been detained for over a month accused of being part of the alleged coup attempt.


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  • 22 January 2014 06:51, by Wicdail

    Collecting SPLA and UPDF’s dead bodies from Bor-Juba road where they were prished from the hand of Democratic fighters wouldn’t help you at all. Deng Dau is a known liar since when he was in refugee in camp in Kakuma Keny.

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    • 22 January 2014 07:03, by Naath

      I told you the deadly Sunday attack is the one of deadly one kiir army and museveni army die like flies . hopeless Dend Dau lie, those are not old people, children, or patients, they are uganda and kiir army . This is the beginning not the end just wait

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      • 22 January 2014 07:50, by Yuol

        War lord Naath
        You still has a hope that you will fight back. trust me Naath will be more discipline now than ever before otherwise there is no safety exit for you either you are kill or surrender

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    • 22 January 2014 07:18, by Majongdit

      The Nuer are known for rebellions in history. They used to kill us on our way to Ethiopia and kill us on our back from Ethiopia when we were fighting Arabs. We still fought you and Khartoum together and won.

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      • 22 January 2014 07:31, by Wicdail

        What is the reason why Nuers always kill you? Why don’t address the root cause of the killing and the then the result will justified itself. I can’t deny that there were sections of Nuer who reveng on you during of struggle, but why did they do that then? what have you done to them?

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        • 22 January 2014 07:59, by Big Boy

          Dear Wicdail
          The reason cause the roots or to Nuer killing Those of dinka all the times, because Nuer are like condoms and destitute in their life that’s why they like to destroyed everythings to be a poorest like them.they don’t have a futur at all, their future unknown even when they were in Khartoum just they die like goose wild..

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          • 22 January 2014 08:16, by Wicdail

            Big Boy,
            You just another liar who does not know how to reason. When did Nuer become poorest in Sudan history? HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! terrible liar Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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          • 22 January 2014 08:37, by Big Boy

            HA HA HA wicdail if i am lier, it means you don’t believe in you at all..and you don’t true urselves as well as goose animal.that’s why some of you are coming back from rebelion to the govmt..i wetiness yesterday in juba,one of rebel’s wife she called her husb.in the bush that we are hungry no food and no salary.then husb reply why? you did not get the salary she says yes..then rebel man said why?

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            • 22 January 2014 08:44, by Big Boy

              Cont..why we are here now? while our kids are suffering in juba no food,no water and no good sanitation faciliate here in the bush just we were mislead by nyagaaten call riak food lover,went i was in juba i am just getting my salary regulary instead of dying hunger here so let me drop this weapon and i can go back to where i was survive.so we shock we heard him saying that..

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        • 22 January 2014 09:21, by Majongdit

          What we did to Nuer and is what we always used to do: Ignore you. The dog barks while the camel goes on. Regardless of your numerous rebellions we never looked back. We moved on. And we remain who we are.

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    • 22 January 2014 07:19, by Wicdail

      This disabled man call Deng Dau has been known as a smart liar. He was responsible for the death of Dinkas who were Killed by Nuer boys in Kakuma Camp. Because he was advocating about 1991 incident between Rick and Garag, unil when Dinka decided to invaded Nuer block of which they want to wide Nuer out of the camp.

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      • 22 January 2014 08:22, by omoni jr.

        You point the truth sir,
        And after one Dinka Bor invade Equatoria Kakuma Refugee camp,Group 58, and burnt down almost 85% of community to ashes,but met with a big resistance,and suffered heavey causualties,they met with Eastern Equatorians fighters ,they killed them like butterfiles in ponds.

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  • 22 January 2014 07:02, by Gabriel KK

    Riek’s criminals are using the killing of innocent civilians, raping, looting and burning down of the entire nation as tools for democracy which they claimed. what changes are you fighting for you foodlovers? The nation will not forget this genocide and you will all be held accountable for every crime committed this time by Dr.genocide Riek.

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    • 22 January 2014 07:20, by Naath

      Deng Dau, didnt tell truth at all, how come you out with figure while you are not in Bor, the rebel still holding the city.At this time no lie,no one is going to believe you with your shameless figure. I’m in magir waiting for ordering storm juba no shit this time

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  • 22 January 2014 07:34, by Bol Pur

    For whoever in this channel calling Hon. Deng Dau a liar is supporting that inhuman killing. I know may of supporters who are writing here have never been there to see physically what people are talking about. How do you know they are not elderly and patients the one killed in Bor? If you are supporting rebellion people you need people to rule not just land. God will judge those criminals.

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    • 22 January 2014 07:54, by Naath

      Bol pur,let us tell the truth ok, how come a area holded by the rebels access by government who are fighting with rebel, are you guys stupid,I know you want to make another false accusations like what happenin1991when you make useless noise, it wouldn’t happen this time, Uganda troops and kiir private army are one got kills

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    • 22 January 2014 08:18, by Naath

      Bol pur,your false accusation will not make any sense at all,everyone know that no one left in Bor city event patients, but you trying harder to be smart ass like your uncle Deng Dau, UN in Bor know where the civilians are is under protection, Rebels took the town two times and government two times why civilian didn’t kill before . We are not yet for revenge ok, we know who did this to our people

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  • 22 January 2014 08:25, by Ping Yes

    Pple,you need to be rational.Is taking arms against the legal gvr’t the solution to solve the problem? Why do you accept our country to ruin by external forces?Ppl, you may not agree this that America are behind this to fulfill their interest through Dr. Riek. Riek signed the the first mining of our oil in Khtm and again want to give it to American.Yes,there problems and cannt be solve through wa

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  • 22 January 2014 13:32, by philipdit wol

    I wonder with this photo I see Bor second massacr, how best Riek Machar would be forgiven again by Bor and Dinka at large shame on Riek God may sentence him to death.

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