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SPLA condemns killing of civilians in Jonglei’s Kolnyang

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February 7, 2014 (BOR) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has condemned the killing of civilians in Jonglei state’s Kolnyang payam (district), calling it a “complete breach” of human rights law.

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A South Sudanese soldier stands near the body of a woman killed in an attack on Jonglei state’s Kolnyang payam on Wednesday in which 28 people died (ST)

Speaking at a mass burial in Kolnyang on Friday, Lt General Malual Ayom Door, who led SPLA forces battling rebels in Jonglei, said he was shocked when he saw the bodies of civilians killed in Wednesday’s attack, saying the offensive appeared coordinated and well-organised.

“This was an organised attack. Look [at] the way they surrounded the village. This is a massacre, it is a complete breach of civilians protection law in the country”, Ayom said.

According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers struck in the early evening after surrounding the village, located about around 30km north-east of the capital, Bor, firing indiscriminately at civilians.

Ayom conceded that village headmen had requested that a protection force be stationed in and around Kolnyang prior to the attack, but there had been delays in deploying the troops in time.

“We (the SPLA) will try our best to do something. The SPLA will continue to protect the civilians and their property in their areas”, he said.

The twenty-eight dead included 19 women and nine men. Eleven children were abducted and three other women remain unaccounted for.

Makech Macthuy Bol and his wife, whose four children abducted during the attacks, were among the dead, as well as well-known traditional healer Akol Bol Angok and his wife.

LOCALS ACCUSE MURLE

Members of the Nuer tribe affiliated with former vice-president-turned rebel leader Riek Machar were initially suspected of involvement.

However, local survivors of the attack on Kolnyang have accused members of the Murle ethnic group of attacking their village.

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A delegation of military and government officials visiting the scene of the attack on Friday were accompanied by forces from the Ugandan army, including five tanks (ST)

The chief of Kolnyang village, Deng Mach Bol, who also witnessed the attack, blamed the Murle for “mass killing” in Kolnyang, stressing there was evidence to corroborate his claims.

“First when they came from different directions shooting the people; they were carrying small sticks (for placing the gun-barrels on for aiming at targets) which they used for shooting the targets. This is common with Murle youth in [rebel stronghold] Pibor [county]”, he told a delegation of military and government officials visiting the area, adding that the abduction of children was another common practice among the ethnic group.

“We also followed them and [they] headed to Pibor across the desert”, he added.

Jonglei state has previously been the scene of a long-running insurgency led by rebel leader David Yau Yau, who hails from the Murle tribe, although the group recently signed a peace deal with the central government.

CRIMINAL ACT

Bor county commissioner Agot Alier Leek, who was among the visiting delegation, said he had come to bury the dead and to bear witness to what he called a “massacre” and “criminal act”.

He said the government would hold those responsible for the attack accountable.

“We will establish the facts about where the attackers belong to [and] who organised them to come and attack the people here”, he said.

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Officials surround the body of Job Mading Deng, who was killed during Wednesday’s attack on Kolnyang village, north-east of Jonglei state capital Bor (ST)

The commissioner also appealed to local youth to “rise up” and take action to defend their village and protect their people from attacks.

CIVILIANS FLEE

Sudan Tribune witnessed hundreds of civilians from Kolnyang and Anyidi payams moving towards Bor with their goats, and other household belongings amid fears of a repeat attack, while others fled to Lakes state.

Attempts to reach Murle representatives for comment were unsuccessful.

Bor was the centre of fierce fighting between government troops loyal to Kiir and pro-Machar rebel forces battling for control of the strategic town.

The fighting has taken a devastating toll on the local population, all but destroying the town’s infrastructure and economy.

The collection and burial of the dead in Bor town is continuing almost three weeks after the town was retaken from rebel forces on 18 January.

Some 1,000 people are suspected to have died in the violence, which erupted on 15 December in the capital, Juba, before spreading throughout the country.

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  • 8 February 13:33, by Mi diit

    Akiir Mayardit’s soldiers kill Dinka Bor people in Jonglei and blame it on the rebels. They think they are wise enough to murder Dinka Bor in Jonglei and Malakal because of Nyandeng’s support to Dr. Riek Machar and run away with the cold blood murders. Shame on civilians’ murderer Akiir Mayardit.

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    • 8 February 13:37, by Mi diit

      Museveni’s second wife Akiir Mayardit signed an agreement with Murle of Yau-yau to kill Dinka Bor for their support to Dr. Riek Machar. This killing is the result of that agreement with Yau-yau.

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      • 8 February 14:23, by Tutbol

        People of Kolnyang ’payam’ should just take that disaster on their chin & sharpened their spears, & come back to their county. Our peoples doesn’t have any hatred towards the Nuers & their Riek Machar, but their corporate US & Europeans crims... in our state of Jonglei that inlude the UK, the US, Arabs & their criminals they sell others peoples to as if they were object....

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        • 8 February 14:42, by Tutbol

          Do the criminals who *changed* other people posting feel good about it? The British should know that, they are pure criminals. Their criminals in the US are just the same as they are--- that means the UK, criminals in the US & criminals in Israel are pure evils. They are not wanted in our Nilotic plains. We are now right now fighting in our nilotic plains of S Sudan....

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        • 8 February 14:55, by Tutbol

          Europeans & their jews shouldn’t be allowed into our counry. The juus, their British, their Americans, their Eastern Euorpeans countries & almost all of the India, shouldn’t be allowed, to be playing the US, the UK & France, to be deployed in other countries. I for don’t want the current juus, the evil UK & their US--- these countries are inhabited by evil beings.

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          • 8 February 17:48, by Tutbol

            We shouldn’t be blaming the Nuers for their rebellion, but we should we should also be worried, about the US, the Europeans & their juus & arabs criminals.

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        • 8 February 16:50, by choldit

          Tutbol,
          the west is not like Uganda who just fight whatever interests its leader without judging. u and I know very well kirr planned this war for power greed. While ur cheapest slaves like EES governor is blaming the nuer so he can get more powers, the war is at Dinka BEG shit now. the Acholi will sortout Governor is cheap policy n will send him to hell soon. the Kolnyany elder said truth, thanks

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          • 9 February 02:32, by Tutbol

            choldit,
            NO ALL WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE EVIL MY FRIEND, Australia, a good friend of S Sudanese is a Eastern country, but Geo-politcally West isn’t evil & so does Newzealand. Canada, Germany & all the Nordic countries are not evil either. Evil countries are: the US, the UK & France---the word ’the’ would be removed from the UK though once *Scotland* moves out of that union...

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            • 9 February 02:43, by Tutbol

              why the US, the UK & France are considered evil countries is because they think, what is best them is also best for other countries. The worse of them all is them US, it preaches other countries what it doesn’t even practice---a hypocrite. The US used to be a model country that every young country aspire to, iam told, but since the *corporations* to over, it became a monster to countries that....

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              • 9 February 02:54, by Tutbol

                have resources. It meddles in countries with resources to loot. We often say the US creates S Sudan & its peoples, i for one acknowlegedthe enormous helps US offered to S Sudanese & continues to offer, but i don’t agree with the idea that the US created S Sudan & its peoples. Our fathers took up arms against Arab North before the US have an idea of what our peoples were fighting for....

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                • 9 February 03:11, by Tutbol

                  the US then got an idea of what peoples were fighting & *the 1972 Adis Ababa agreement with the North was hatched* this was agreement made before majority of us were even born. And when this agreement was botched by our usual evils from the North, Dr. Garang, with Salva Kiir, other dead heroes, our fathers & most of our own humble selves got involved in the second anyanya war...

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                  • 9 February 03:39, by Tutbol

                    The US continued to help our peoples, but only intervened in 1999 with an idea of *one country two systems*...something the British experimented in Hong Kong & mainland China, but our peoples objected to that idea & soldiered on, until a CPA was borned in Naivasha, kenya in 2004---the principal advocator until Panthou saga, where the N Sudan used to provoked the S Sudan with incursions....

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                    • 9 February 04:13, by Tutbol

                      but when S Sudan reacted by taking Panthou, the US & other countries like UK that was against our peoples’ independence bark at the S Sudan govt, that it S Sudan govt acted provocatively... there after, the West & the US, then adpoted a *mantra* that both sides are to blame---just as we have Riek Machar violent rebellion; the same US that tacitly support Riek Machar violent rebellion...

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                      • 9 February 04:25, by Tutbol

                        uses the same mantra with its juus corrupted corporated media, * that the govt of S Sudan & Riek Machar violent rebellion have both committed atrocities against S Sudanese. Yes, crimes where committed in Juba, but why doesn’t the US condemns Riek Machar’s violent rebellion against the elected govt of S Sudan, but always *propandized that both sides have committed atrocities in S Sudan?*....

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                        • 9 February 04:31, by Tutbol

                          This rebellion is against the *people who were in the govt v people that are still in the govt* Why would a country like US soil its self that low to support people who are not even wanted by the S Sudanese to lead them?

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                          • 9 February 04:43, by Tutbol

                            On the side of the UK & France, the UK is obviously has to be naturally opposed by many communities in the Dinkalands & Nuerlands, reason one own humble self part is, My grand-grand father was killed by the British in Mongala... just because he told the Brits as a village elder, to inform the village (they) the come to his village, but the British came to his village....

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                            • 9 February 04:51, by Tutbol

                              the British to his village & because the diseases that came with British were so dibilating to S Sudanese, our people said no & they fought the British, our people were killed & British were also killed, but the British later on killed my grand-grand father for telling the what should have been done to avoid the death of both his people & British.

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                              • 9 February 05:01, by Tutbol

                                For France we in the nilotic plains only France & Belgium as a countries of evil clowns who screwed most of the Central Africa’s peoples & West Africa--- and this SUDANTRIBUNE turned into propaganda machine.

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                    • 9 February 04:21, by Wicdail

                      Tutbol,
                      don’t be so stupid enough to the extend of forgetting the roles played by the British, US, and their allies to safeguards the lives of innocents people including yourself. Do you think that Kirr and his sorry regime would exist if the West declared war against him? Instead of feeding the public with lies, let us think as intellectuals who can be part of the solutions rather than hatred.

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                      • 9 February 04:36, by Wicdail

                        Conu. It would be only those who doesn’t used the commonsense to blame this incident which kills more than 30 innocent civilians; on white army or rebels. It was clear from day one that this killings was carried out by different groups rather than Lou Nuer and Gatdit forces. God bless those elders who told the truths.

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  • 9 February 12:18, by Marco Bul

    Disarming civilians you didn’t intended to protect is equal to killing them.

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