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Abyei community accuses Sudan of killing over 18 people

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February 2, 2014 (JUBA) - Community leaders from the contested oil-producing Abyei region have accused neighbouring Sudan of allegedly backing an attack, in which its armed nomads killed 18 people last week.

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Protesters from the flashpoint region of Abyei in Sudan petition the United Nation that their region be allowed to join South Sudan (demotix)

The paramount chief of Abyei warned on Saturday that the incident, if not contained, could create more instability in the disputed oil region.

“There have been attempts by the Misseriya to go south of Abyei with their cattle for grazing and water. The people said, yes, there is no problem with their coming. Let them come but their coming should be preceded by some meetings and agreements before gaining access to the area. But the Misseriya do not want this,” Bulabek Deng Kuol told Sudan Tribune.

“They want to just come and move in the area with their weapons. Our people rejected this,” Kuol further said.

The Abyei youth chairperson, in a separate interview, also confirmed the attack, stressing the existence of skirmishes on a daily basis between the two rival tribes in the region.

“There have been skirmishes almost on daily basis but still our people in the north of Abyei are moving. They not stopped. The United Nations Security Forces for Abyei has been taking notes of these violations”, Nyan Chol told Sudan Tribune Saturday from Agok, an area south of Abyei town.

John Ajang, an official with the local administration, confirmed that 18 people were killed and two others injured during the clash in the contested region.

“We lost more than 18 people inside the territory of the Dinka Ngok area. The attack took place within the area identified by the July 22, 2009, permanent court ruling as belonging to the Nine Ngok Dinka,” Ajang said.

“Two others were wounded. They are now still seeking treatment in the local clinics,” he added.

The official, however, said a security committee at the level of payam and boma had been established to regularly report to authorities in the area for further submission to higher authorities and all the stakeholders, including the United Nations peacekeeping force in the disputed area (UNISFA).

Arop Madut Arop, a national lawmaker from Abyei, said such belligerent acts would jeopardise the full implementation of the cooperation agreement between the two Sudans.

“The international community should come out and tell the government of Sudan to control the Misseriya who wants to take advantage of the current situation in the south,” Arop exclusively told Sudan Tribune by phone.

“The United Nations for Interim Security force for Abyei should take full responsibility of the security and safety of the people of Abyei as provided for in the status of force agreement to provide protection to the civil population in the area,” he added.

Although Sudan Tribune was unable to independently to verify these claims, while UNISFA has not yet issued any statement confirming or denying the incident, despite numerous request for reactions on the matter.

In May last year, the UN Security Council (UNSC) voted unanimously to increase the strength of its Ethiopian peacekeeping force in Abyei to 5, 326 troops from 4, 200.

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  • 2 February 09:04, by good leader

    still very early for people of Abyei to numbered the dead. this is the right time for Abyei youth to take up arms and defense themselves and also to get rid of incompetence kiir because he has failed to protect the people who brought him where he is now a fucked president.

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    • 2 February 09:14, by good leader

      Abyei community leaders need not to blame on Sudan but the right person to blame is your fucked son, inspector general of police Pieng Deng Kuol.

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    • 3 February 04:23, by Johndumo14

      These 2 SPLA generals,Peter Gadet Yak and Maj.Gen.JamesKoang Chuol,defected to Join rebels supporting Riek because they are from Nuer tribe,this is a clear picture chowing that Nuer people can never be leaders of this country!This is abuse of powers,damage of government properties,Pres.kirr trusted them an gave them responsibilies,but they used it for supporting riek.They will never be trusted

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    • 3 February 04:40, by Johndumo14

      EVERY BODY CAN MAKE A MISTAKE!!
      But south Sudan president Salva Kiir made a very big mistake!! He promoted the Nuer generals Peter Gadet Yak and Maj.Gen.James Koang Chuol,at the wrong time and at the wrong place.How can you employ a thief to work in the bank? Or to employ a criminal to be a minister of Justice? By promoting Nuermen to high position,is like playing with fire!!!

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    • 3 February 05:01, by Johndumo14

      The white army will never come to Bor again!!
      The people who were killed in Juba were very few compared to the ones killed in Bor! Especilay the young men from the white army were killed in thousands in Bor battle field,these young men you can shoot them but more still coming in thousands,because they were told by spritual leader Ngun Deng that even they being killed they will rise to life!!!

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  • 2 February 11:14, by Joseph

    Blind people of Abyei you have been sale out by Kiir and you don’t see. The people who have been talking of Abyei quited by Salva Kiir. even the referundum result which suppose to be taken to parliment for approval no body will talk about because Deng Alor and the rest of right people are not longer with you.

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    • 2 February 23:49, by Axios

      You bring up an interesting point, for prior to this coup/rebellion issue commenced, Abyei’s referendum was the unspoken topic of discussion. Though at present it seems to have been swept under the rug.

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      • 3 February 06:38, by Malakal county Simon

        Coward Ngok Dinka community’s form your own Front, otherwise no one will sacrifice their lives to liberate you from Arab slavery....

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  • 3 February 08:36, by Abyei Propaganda

    Abyei is north Sudan. No way. Don’t waste our time. Deng Alor with a very big uncut penis can’t talk with anybody except Dr Kumba who surrendered his wife (Nunu Kunmba) for position. He rolls and put his penis in Kumba’s vagina and scream with joy like bisexual. She knows the truth. In Khartoum she screamd with joy with a donkey entered her dirt smelly vagina at Sobba Aradi.

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  • 3 February 16:58, by Beny yomnhoi

    Abyei Community,you should not protest instead to take your own arm to protect abyei land until we finish bussiness created by Mr.Deng Alor Kuol,Mr.Uyai Deng AjaK and many others.instability of South Sudan is not only for one site but the post trauma is inflicted by so call prophet of doom and his alliance who are greedy for money not leadership because to win the qualities of leadership is not si

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