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Jonglei’s Twic East county appeals for protection, food


February 5, 2014 (JUBA) – The commissioner of Jonglei state’s Twic East county, Dau Akooi Jurkuch, claimed on Wednesday that roads to the region have been cut off by rebels, leaving thousands of civilians trapped without adequate food supplies.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone from the capital, Bor, Jurkuch said last year’s poor harvest had left locals reliant on supplies from traders.

“We got the same information in Paliau, Ajuong, Maar and Panyagoor”, said Jurkuch, referring to Twic East county payams (districts) facing acute food shortage due to ongoing insecurity in the state’s lawless territories.

“We appeal to government to provide security and [to] humanitarian agencies for [food] supplies”, he added.

The commissioner, who visited Twic East with local MPs on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Bor, said rebels are allegedly based in Gadiang – about 10km east of Panyagoor, the headquarters of Twic East county.

“People are scared that there might be an attack on the villages”, he said, adding that there had been several reports of cattle raiding recorded by local chiefs allegedly carried out by rebel forces.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach anti-government forces for comment.

Jonglei state changed hands four times during the peak of the crisis in South Sudan, which erupted following clashes in the capital, Juba, on 15 December between rival tribe members of the presidential guards.

Government troops loyal to president Salva Kiir have since been battling rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar for control of strategic areas across the country.

The warring parties signed a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 23 January, but both sides have since accused each other of violating the terms of the agreement.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that some 743,400 people have been displaced inside South Sudan as a result of the conflict, including more than 133,000 in Jonglei state.

OCHA said violence in the strife-torn country had taken a terrible toll on people’s livelihoods, severely compromising their ability to move livestock to pasture, to fish or to hunt.

On Tuesday, the UN unvelied its Crisis Response Plan (CRP) for South Sudan, appealing for $1.27 billion to help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of more than 3 million people affected by the conflict.


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  • 6 February 2014 06:32, by Mi diit

    Mr. Commissioner Jurkuch,
    Please calm down and don’t try to stir up dirty water. Twic East county is exempted from the war by the rebels because of the support from Mama Rebecca Nyandeng and Dr. Majak D’Agoot. This is why you see the rebels and White Army passing bye you without harming your people. Don’t call for that poor government of Kiir to cause problems for you. Don’t make ur people target

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    • 6 February 2014 06:37, by George Bol

      Son’s of Twic East County are fighters and they are fucking you in everywhere in the S.Sudan.And if food lovers attempt to attack Twic East,that will not be easy bro.Stop your nonsebse, Twic is 100% for President Kiir Mayardit.

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      • 7 February 2014 07:35, by jubaone

        Cool down "jenge boy". Perhaps you should go back to Twic East County and either defend it or bring in food. It is diservice when you simply curse from the Diaspora. As for Twic fighers, perhaps we shall test them when they are left alone with the Nuer to fight it out without their UPDF backers. Please join them you coward jenge.

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    • 6 February 2014 09:57, by Tong dut

      Leave them alone, too problematic Dinkkas, let them die alone

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  • 6 February 2014 07:11, by Kiir

    Dear Mr. Commissioner, How many Battalion do you need to protect your County? Do u needs Kiir to give you Ugandan troop? Let him give u and evacuate women & children from Twic b/c rebel cannot leave the Ugandan in Twic East & go to Bor.

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  • 6 February 2014 08:01, by siddaw

    With all these pathetics traits regarding the Twic East. It’ll come to pass when we take arms against the govt which we’re accused off. The Kiirdit’s govt can not take us 3 days without overthrowing if we make an attempt. Why should we be accused of which we didn’t play? if because of the opposition wings who are in the custody,

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  • 6 February 2014 09:15, by Marco Bul

    Dukeen and Twic East have been fighting Nuer since Turco-Egyptian Rule.Bor County was protected.
    Again,from 1993 -1998,Nuer have been attacking Panyagoor but we fought like men without crying.Now that Dukeen and Twic are given break and Nuer reached once, you are howling and coveting.

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    • 7 February 2014 10:13, by Tutbol

      Marco Bul,
      Play your own foolish game at your own risk that,
      Dr. Garang, came from Bor North, Yes he is & then came to bring independence to S Sudanese communities, with powerful S Sudanese obeying him. The Bor south, that supported Dr. Garang during peoples’ struggles power plus many other S Sudanese communities. Your Nyandeng & Riek would be shot at in S Sudan, if even they would...

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      • 7 February 2014 10:15, by Tutbol

        be re-intergrated in to the S Sudanese govt. trust that brother.

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      • 7 February 2014 10:16, by Tutbol

        be re-intergrated in to the S Sudanese govt. trust that brother.

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  • 6 February 2014 13:02, by Mabior Dhongbang

    am sorry to say this to you ALL.
    Both rebels,and Bor county citizens are traitors to state,i have never heard fellow human being wishing death to other,during Twic attacked last year ,which leave 89 dead ,Twic never eco for the same to happen to Bor leave alone 1991 where they say nyin agayai elle yake kat e nuer
    The real culprits of the coup are not yet probed ,avoid figer pointing to Twic ,an

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  • 6 February 2014 17:22, by Wani khooto

    Dear all
    i need all of u to understand especial those who call Twic collaborators,i am not from dinka not even twic but i was been SPLA soldier in that area,1st nyandeng is not twic MP nor is MOJAK,if this wild dogs fail to attack them then that does not mean that the have a link with fool machar,eg my town TORIT is not attacked so are we supporters of machar.NO,i know this PPLE better.

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    • 6 February 2014 17:29, by Wani khooto

      last week i was in Panyogor twic and their youths are not even sleeping as the are ready to defend their property but the promise that they have no problem if the are not attack,as majority of them claim that this is a political war and it need no involvement of tribes or community.i was very happy for their analysis and my surprise is how come this local illiterate know all these.GOD bless them.

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      • 6 February 2014 17:35, by Wani khooto

        also the are claiming that since the time of garang death till now the have no interest on south sudan politic in which they said the whole community support independent but what are we getting now.south sudan is for all now while during the liberation it was only for twic,bor and duken,so what are we fighting against now.we will never support machar for what he did in 1991.let nyandeng and majak

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