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Status of displaced Jonglei civilians causing tension in Nimule

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By Ijoo Bosco

February 28, 2014 (JUBA) - The governments of Eastern Equatoria and Jonglei states, as well as community leaders from the Madi and Dinka Bor ethnic groups, held a consultative meeting on Friday over the fate of those internally displaced in Magwi county’s Nimule payam (district).

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Internally displaced persons from the conflict in South Sudan who are living makeshift structures and under trees in Melijo 19 km South of Nimule on Friday 14 February 2014. (Photo ST)

The conflict in South Sudan has forced over 800,000 people to flee their homes. Eastern Equatoria currently hosts over 65,000 people, many of whom are from Jonglei, which witnessed one of the worst fighting in the aftermath of the conflict that began late last year.

The consultation forum discussed the Madi community’s refusal to allow internally displaced people from the Dinka Bor community settle in areas that they use for farming. The Madi expressed concerns that cattle owned by the displaced would destroy their crops.

The two-state consultative forum, Eastern Equatoria state Governor said, was to decide on modalities of how to assist the IDPs hesitating to be moved to another location within the state.

"We are here to dialogue with my counterpart government of Jonglei to help replocates or seek for alternatives way in order to help the resisting IDPs who are denied land for settlement by the Madi community of Nimule," said Louis Lobong Lojore.

The governor said they had agreed to visit the IDPs within the coming weeks. The displaced in Nimule claimed that Eastern Equatoria government had allegedly ordered humanitarian agencies not to provide assistance to them until they relocated.

Meanwhile, the acting governor of Jonglei state, John Koang Nyuon, hailed Eastern Equatorian government for hosting thousands of the displaced people from his state.

"Jonglei’s government will join efforts to resolve the tension regarding the presence of the IDPs in Nimule," Governor Koang said, adding that his government needed time to discuss issues that should urgently be addressed.

The governor asked that humanitarian agencies be allowed to provide relief to the internally displaced people in Eastern Equatoria state.

"This issue of relocating the IDPs cannot be decided overnight by [the] Madi community, we need it to be referred to national crisis committee and the presidency to decide on the fate of those hundreds of our greater Jonglei IDPs", Koang said.

Several government officials and community elders also attended the the bi-state meeting.

(ST)

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  • 1 March 07:59, by Developer

    In my senses, the Dinka people are now concluding that all the lands of South Sudan belong to them and other indigenous tribes of south Sudan should be voiceless on their own properties.This decision was already made by Madi people that no enough land for Idps Dinka in madi areas
    with proper reasons, even our governor heard our concerns. its insane to table this is issue to Salva Kiir.

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    • 1 March 08:32, by Bentiu son

      Bravo Developer,impossible!!your Governor Louis Lobong Lomoro wouldn’t let those Dinkas invaders to leave your Madiland because he fears Dinkas leaders like Salva Kiir n killer Kuol Manyang Juuk to death.Greater Equatorians youths should defense their land otherwise your claim n complants will be in vain.Dinkas won’t plan to invade Nuer land till Jesus return because they knew us well than others.

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    • 1 March 13:10, by Diversity

      The Equatorians should not open their mouth in questionning dinka otherwise they shall receive their fate in the hand of gelweng..

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      • 1 March 15:14, by adamu

        D. the rhetoric of war Greater Eq. will not do you any good. you rather talk about solutions of how Dinka people could look into your dam selves from other perspectives than beating drums of war every time. Right now you are fighting nuer people with South Sudan national army which comprises all tribes of South Sudan + foreign troops. Try to educate your people about their barbaric and iconoclas-

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        • 1 March 15:20, by adamu

          tic demeanour towards other tribes. And mind you, your tribe cannot in any ways fight or subdue other tribes of south sudan. think wisely bushman before your tribe regrets it.

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      • 1 March 23:13, by SPLA

        Diversity! I feel sorry for you as your comments are indicative of your primitivism. Madi land will remain madi land. Go and finish your war with Nuer before you open another war front in madi land don’t even think about it.

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    • 1 March 17:17, by Force 1

      Developer,
      The land is a South Sudanese property, therefore South Sudanese have the right to live in it including you. But if you don’t like it, then no one is preventing you to go and live where there are no South Sudanese!

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  • 1 March 10:48, by michael coma

    Lets Mahdi community put one think in their minds that War has not over.Dinkas you have hated this time were the ones protected your damn county from Arabs in 1995 when you were run to Uganda all for sake of cowardiness in you.Nuers were born naturely as destructors that why they supported your foolish hatred toward Dinka-Bor.

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    • 1 March 11:03, by Hardlinner

      Dinka bor should return to their land and protect it like other dinka. Man only die once. If you keep running from your enemy, they may think you are coward and may carry on casing you. Dinka malual never left their land despite the killing they had endured under messiria and nif troops.

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      • 1 March 11:21, by John The President

        Hardliner
        I am not from Bor, but me on my right senses do believe, Bor youth played a great role when national soldiers from the region you come from were deserting the Frontline in the areas of Gemesa, Mangal and pariak, if you were in South Sudan, you might have watched what they did in SSTV. Those being talked about here are elderly, children and women not the able people from Bor.

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    • 1 March 15:27, by adamu

      Vex Coma, next time you are writing an article please change your name to something else bro. because this name does not fit into a kind of a person you are. people with such a name are kind, loving, diverse and full of wisdom.

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