Home | News    Thursday 27 February 2014

Jonglei’s Twic East hit by raids and abductions, many displaced

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 26, 14 (BOR) - Cattle raids, child abduction and fear of rebel attacks have hit Twic East county in Jonglei, forcing the civilians to flee the areas to Lakes state according to the commissioner, Dau Akoi.

On Thursday 20 February hundreds of cattle were raided from Twic East county, and three children were abducted around Panyagoor, the county headquarters.

According to the Twic East commissioner who addressed the media in Bor on Wednesday evening, two boys among the abducted ones returned home after they escaped from the abductors’ hands, revealing the identities of the criminals as members of Murle community.

"We are sure that Murle looted our cattle plus one boy child remained whom they abducted. The two boys proved to us [that] they [raiders/abductors] were from Murle", the commissioner said.

Sudan Tribune was not able to meet the two boys who escaped from the abductors or reach the commissioner of Pibor county to verify the claims.

"My county is facing threats of attacks from two sides, Lou Nuer as well as Murle. A lot of people are now fleeing the area together with the people who came from Duk county", he said.

The United Nations estimate that almost 130,000 people have been displaced within Jonglei and over 42,000 forced to flee to neighbouring Ethiopia.

On various occasions the rebels led by Riek Machar are believed to have promised that they would not attack Twic East County. Some in Jonglei have alleged that this was because some chiefs had helped the rebels by providing them with cows in January.

However, Akoi rejected the claims that his county has any links with Machar’s rebels and said the allegations had been cooked up to create a bad image of his county.

Dr. Majak Agoot, the former deputy minister of defense, who is from Maar in Twic County, is a supporter of Machar and one of the 11 senior figures from South Sudan’s ruling party arrested in connection with the fighting the capital, Juba, on December 15, which the government claim was a coup attempt.

Seven of those arrested have been released and are now participating in peace talks in Ethiopia, but Agoot is among the four officials still being held without charge in Juba.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Economic woes compel a shift in Khartoum’s “strategic alliance with Iran” 2015-03-30 21:04:12 By Eric Reeves Sudan Tribune reports today a remarkable declaration by the Khartoum regime’s foreign minister, Ali Karti: “We were never allies with Iran: Sudan Foreign Minister” The Sudanese (...)

What is wrong with the IGAD peace process? 2015-03-29 22:39:56 By Alfred Ladu Gore 1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan In the methodological context of this paper, it (...)

Creating peace in South Sudan requires extraordinary precautions 2015-03-29 11:55:31 By Panther Alier On March 6, 2015, South Sudanese were hit again with grim news, the failure of the government and rebels led by Riek Machar to agree on almost everything that was on negotiation (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)

Archbishop Taban calls for reconciliation and forgiveness 2015-02-23 09:30:38 February 2015 Greetings from Peace Village, Kuron. It is really a Peace Village. I had my peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Kuron. God really blessed the area with Peace. You can (...)

WFP appreciates US additional support for S. Sudan’s hungry 2015-02-19 08:20:15 17 February 2015 (JUBA)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$165.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to feed (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.