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January 23, 2014 (JUBA) – As the South Sudanese government and rebels signed a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Thursday, the people affected by the fighting are still struggling to come to terms with the destruction and violence of the last five weeks.

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Ayor Garang speaks from his hospital bed in Bor on January 21, 2014 (ST)

On a trip to Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, Sudan Tribune spoke to people who had survived the conflict, which saw the key town change hands four times since fighting began on December 15

Ayor Garang, 63, was admitted to Bor hospital for back pain in November 2013 but says he was forced to beg rebel soldiers not to kill him while they occupied the town over the last three weeks.

"They (rebels) asked me: ‘Are you a supporter of Kuol Manyang [South Sudan’s defense minister and former governor of Jonglei]?’ but I said I am [an] Upper Nile citizen," Garang said, recalling a conversation he had repeatedly with rebels while they controlled the town.

Other patients were not so lucky.

When Sudan Tribune visited Bor hospital corpses were scattered across the hospital wards and compound. In a small room, bodies of children had been dumped.

Garang, who lost his sight in 2002, said he knew the adults who had been killed as they had been fellow patients but did know where the children had come from.

"Two of them where sleeping near my bed,” he said of bodies of two men in the hospital compound. He remembers them as Garang and Hussein. The late Garang, he says, had one leg amputated and thought he would not be killed.

"Because I am blind, they are the one who brought for me food and water. After they were shot here" he said, pointing to the bed next to his. "I have to eat biscuits and drink water that they left near me."

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Mary Yar speaks about her ordeal to in Bor hospital on Tuesday January 21, 2014 (ST)

Another survivor, Mary Yar, who is in her sixties and cannot recall her exact age, said she was asked for sex by rebel soldiers.

"I told them to kill me instead because I can’t have sex with children," she recalls.

"Thanks to God, they left me but other younger women were raped. They had to run to UNMISS afterwards," said Yar.

The two elderly patients appear to be the only patients that survived. Some patients starved to death, while others were shot and killed in their beds.

Bor’s residential areas remain dangerous, the army claims, as some rebels might be still be in hiding fours days after the military regained control of the town.

The market on the outskirts of Bor has been reduced to rubble.

A group of MPs who visited Bor with Sudan Tribune said that 2,500 people have been killed in Bor, based on reports from community leaders.

James Nhial, an armed civilian who visited Bor after government troops retook the town on Saturday, said there are many bodies.

"You see the birds," he told Sudan Tribune pointing north of Bor where he passed while coming from Baidit Payam [district].

"I don’t what the government is doing! They should collect the people and bury them," he said.

"It is poisonous to smell decaying bodies," he said.

Government troops that recaptured the town for the second since the conflict began said they are overwhelmed.

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Lt Gen. Malual Ayom Dor speaks in Bor on Tuesday January 21, 2014 (ST)

Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom Dor, the deputy chief of staff for administration in South Sudan’s army who is now commanding the forces that captured Bor, said collecting the dead bodies is challenging.

"Yesterday, we buried many bodies. We started collecting from [the] hospital, market and the main road," Dor told reporters on Tuesday in Bor.

"The soldiers are pursuing the enemy and the force left behind here cannot do everything in a day,” he said.

Malek Alier, a Member of Parliament representing Bor South in Juba, says the killing of civilians and burning of the market was planned before the attack on the town.

“I have been expecting it. This is a spirit of anarchy,” Malek told Sudan Tribune in Bor on Tuesday.

(ST)

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Bor South MP Malek Alier speaking in the remains of Bor market on Tuesday (...)
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  • 24 January 07:52, by allan

    nuer people are really stupid how u gonna asked this old lady for sex what kind of human being are nuer

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    • 24 January 08:17, by Tut Tut

      Shame on this stupid reporter.This stupid strategy of lying will not cover your crimes and crimes against humanity in juba as is the case of Nuer genocide.You might lie under host but the truth will remain unchanged no matter the effort you make. Nuer innocent blood has seriously tainted the image of our nation including church leaders in Juba and those who have witnessed it but remained silence.

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    • 24 January 08:21, by omoni jr.

      Look,it is still onesided report,why you did not bring up 500 Nuer who got murdered in juba on december 15,2013?
      The case that let one Nuer feed on corpse [dead body] which is really disgusting,better than that of asking sex to old woman??

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    • 24 January 09:11, by viper

      Allan
      these people are not human beings at all. the lack humanity. how can u play sex with the patients if you are not crazy? is that among the prophecies of false prophet so called Ngundeng? that old lady is a true Dinka. she has spoken the way Dinkas uses to speak. thank you mama for that courage. God bless you.

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      • 24 January 11:22, by Mi diit

        The Dinka officers raped 87 years old very old woman in Juba. It is because the Nuer cannot do it and that is why that old woman was not raped. If it was the Dinka they would have raped her. Church leaders do not talk about Juba massacre of the Nuer. What a nation!!!

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    • 24 January 11:31, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Event a blind man in Dinka Bor can tell a lied. He said I see them when they were shoot what a shame community on earth. If it were true that you are being killed blamed Kuol and Makuei they are the very people who organised this war. It would be more than good if all Dinka bor were killed

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  • 24 January 08:06, by Tut Tut

    How can national TV is used for the advantage of a tribe, namely Dinka? Why the same SSTV did not report Nuer genocide in Juba? Off course this is a direct preaching of hatred among ourselves since others try to claim their importance over others. The fact is, SSTV is truly Dinka. Make no mistake such stupid attitude must be changed. Lying is not a strategy but a curse.

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  • 24 January 08:28, by Majongdit

    That is the wish of President Riek Machar Teny.

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  • 24 January 10:44, by Gabriel KK

    Rest in peace my people. your sons and daughters will act and tell the story to next generation in Bor-land. we have known our enemies by characters and actions. it is upto us to decide who to live in Bor city and who who to go. enough is enough. people are killed and properties are destroyed. we will hunt those responsible for these crimes down one by one.

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  • 24 January 10:46, by Gabriel KK

    Rest in peace my people. your sons and daughters will act and tell the story to next generation in Bor-land. we have known our enemies by characters and actions. it is upto us to decide who to live in Bor city and who who to go. enough is enough. people are killed and properties are destroyed. we will hunt those responsible for these crimes down one by one.

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    • 24 January 11:05, by Bentiu son

      Gabriel KK u are just barking dog n orphan Bor child that will do nothing Nuer warriors.Ask ur foolish Kuol Manyang,Malaak Ayuel,Philip Aguer n Makuei Lueth to tell you more about the root causes of this conflict before you poorly jumped into conclusion.Know that 4,000 unarmed Nuer were murdered by Dinkas in cold blood in Juba n we didn’t compensate them yet. More are going to die my friend.

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      • 25 January 01:55, by Bak Akec

        Bentiu shit,
        First you say 500 Nuer are killed, now you say 4,000?
        You are the most stupid person in the face of the Earth.
        Period.

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  • 24 January 11:18, by Gabriel KK

    Bentieu shit,
    These are false figures and your prophet of doom is using this figures to blindfolded short minded people like you. Do know the number of white army killed in Bor let alone Bentieu and Malakal? You will regret these Ngundeng’s directives of looting,raping and destructions of properties of innocent civilians. Remember you are the one dying in lagre numbers and you will felt this heat

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  • 24 January 12:04, by Marco Bul

    I will do exactly what they did in Bor when I reach Ayod,Waat,Akobo,Lankien and Nasir.I swear.I want to behave like those apes so they feel the humiliation they exacted on sick pple in hospital.I don’t care of contracting trachoma from their ass/cunts!!

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  • 24 January 16:25, by Kiir

    DEAR DINKA BOYS WHO WORK WITH SUDANTRIBUNE, PLEASE DON’T PUT YOUR RELATIVE IN PROBLEM TO LIAY. IF IT HAPPENED TOMORROW BOR FALL UNDER REBEL AGAIN, WHAT DO YOU THINK CAN HAPPENED TO THOSE VICTIMIZED PATIENTS WHOM YOU FORCE TO SAY WRONG ACCUSATION AGAINST REBEL? PLEASE STOP DOING THAT IN THE NAME OF PATIENT.

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    • 25 January 09:18, by Gabriel KK

      Kiir,
      You are a stupid enemy in the line. Nuer and Dinka problems is going to end but mine and yours will remain active for years.

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  • 24 January 19:27, by Paac

    Why are we talking none sense on this site if u are a man go pick up a weapon and fight. Make sure u knew what what u fighting for, South Sudan would not be better with Nuer & Denka, the ceasefire was signed, but that will not stop Nuer & Denka fight. I really knew alot Nuer hated Denka and Denka hated Nuer, this no joke it for life.

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