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March 9, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice president, Riek Machar, have accused president Salva Kiir’s government of alleged targeted killing of Nuer chiefs in areas under their control.

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Former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar, along with two other senior political figures, are to be stripped of their membership to South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (Photo: Getty Images)

“We have been receiving disturbing reports that Nuer chiefs in Unity state are being targeted, executed by the forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. We condemn this barbaric act and should stop,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Government’s troops, he claimed, were carrying out systematic killings of the traditional leaders who were allegedly being hunted door-to-door in Leer county, home of the rebel leader.

Similar incidents, he said, also occurred last month in Panyijiar county of Unity state, when two famous chiefs were reportedly gunned down by the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) that are loyal to president Salva Kiir.

However, Dak further explained that the recent killings occurred in Gou Payam of Leer county where two chiefs were allegedly arrested from their houses and executed.

“Deputy Executive Chief, Nhial Chakuoth Malek and sub-chief, Machek Ninrew Lieh, were arrested from their houses in Gou Payam on 1st March and later on executed without charges,” he said.

He further said Gatjang Gai Machar, a leading trader along with six others, including a lady were arrested and separately executed in the area during the last two weeks.

“Salva Kiir’s forces act barbarically out of mere hatred and humiliation of the community from which Dr. Riek Machar hails,” Dak said.

“Their intention is to try to create great panic and destroy the fabric that holds together members of the Leer community as the chiefs were very instrumental in keeping peace and harmony not only within the community but also with the other neighbouring communities,” he further charged.

He also claimed that since recapturing Leer from the rebels last month, government forces have been terrorising the area, displacing the populations mainly women and children into the bushes with “resultant humanitarian disaster.”

"The government’s soldiers have also been torching houses in total destruction of the community," he added.

Dak said the international community should condemn what he described as a “genocidal mission against one ethnic group by the government of Salva Kiir, and to bring to justice those responsible for the crimes.”

The nearly three-month old violence erupted on 15 December in the national capital, Juba, when President Kiir, from the ruling Dinka ethnic group, attempted to disarm troops of the presidential guards from Machar’s Nuer ethnic group, his rival, prompting resistance and consequent violence.

Machar and his colleagues, who challenged Kiir in the ruling party (SPLM), alleged that Kiir’s action was to intimidate his political opponents or arrest them if he succeeded in disarming the force, which was largely composed of the two ethnicities.

They also accused Kiir of forming a private army strictly from his ethnic group, which largely carried out the massacres in Juba following the conflict outbreak.

The South Sudanese leader, however, asserted publicly that he was responding to a coup allegedly plotted by Machar and colleagues, which the ex-vice-president denies.

Hundreds of Nuer civilians were killed in cold blood in Juba days following the 15 December violence, followed by revenge killings of Dinka members in other areas, in what has developed into tribal conflict pitting the Dinka, the largest ethnic group and their allies against the Nuer, the second largest.

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  • 10 March 08:35, by Mi diit

    Rommel,
    Yesterday you lied that the Dinka killed Gaajaak Nuer as a revenge for the killing of Dinka army recruits from Bahr el Ghazal in 1984 by the Nuer. You forget that the Nuer of Anya-nya Two killed them as another revenge for the killing of their leader, Samuel Gai Tut, and his men by the Dinka. The Gaajaak killing sparked the revenge on Bor killing. Now you have started killing Nuer chiefs.

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    • 10 March 08:37, by Mi diit

      Tomorrow the Nuer may revenge it by targeting and killing Dinka chiefs in Warrap state, etc. Then you will cry as if you don’t know how it has now started. The Nuer always killed Dinka in self-defence and revenge. The Dinka always start it, like they also started the genocide against the Nuer in Juba.

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      • 10 March 10:44, by Rommel

        Mi diit:
        ’Lied’? I provided evidence in the form of citations from the works of historians — something that you should start doing. The killing of Samuel Gai Tut was not tribally motivated. It was an unfortunate concomitant of a power struggle between two different camps, with two different ideologies and varying conceptualizations of the strategies required for the struggle.

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        • 10 March 10:52, by Rommel

          Have you forgotten the fact that Garang also targeted Akuot Atem De Mayen, a fellow son of Twic east, and wanted him dead too!? Samuel Gai Tut was one of our sons [from Dinka Hol and Twic east] whose family migrated to Nuer territory in recent memory for reasons I cannot pinpoint. We still have some of their families with us in Duk Padiet and Panyagor. It was not tribal.

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          • 10 March 10:52, by Rommel

            The split in the leadership was thus based on ideological and personal differences, not tribal, since both Akuot Atem and Garang were Twic Dinka from Kongor district, and there were Dinka and Nuer commanders ranged on both sides. (The Root Causes Of Sudan’s Civil Wars: Peace Or Truce, Douglas H. Johnson)

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            • 10 March 10:57, by Rommel

              Is the historian that I have just cited above also lying!? The very same historian that was instrumental in retrieving Ngundeng’s dang from the British and restoring it to its rightful owners. You took something that wasn’t even remotely tribal, and killed thousands of young, unarmed patriotic recruits in cold blood. You started this senseless and vicious cycle of revenge.

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              • 10 March 11:08, by Rommel

                Five [5] of the seven [7] founding fathers of the two sections of the movement were sons of Twic-east and Duk. Nyuon Bany’s father was from Dinka Hol and his mother from Twic-east — but internal circumstances must have precipitated their migration into Nuer territory. Samuel Gai Tut, John Garang De Mabior, Nyuon Bany, Akuot Atem De Mayen and Arok Thon Arok were all sons of Twic-east and Duk.

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                • 10 March 11:14, by Rommel

                  I am from Twic-east, and these men were sons of our community, whose families are still with us, as members of our clans... And so their deaths were certainly tragic. You are ignorant of all of this, and think that it’s perfectly reasonable to massacre civilians at the heels of personal differences between individuals.

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                  • 10 March 11:21, by Rommel

                    Riek is responsible for the deaths of perhaps as many as 30, 000 Dinka civilians, and so if he became Sovereign, that would necessarily mean that our lives are worthless — and so we’ll never accept that. And because Salva Kiir has killed innocent Nuer civilians, he too has absolutely no right to be the President of South Sudan. He has lost all legitimacy.

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                    • 10 March 11:22, by Rommel

                      If Salva Kiir were to continue as President, that too would necessarily mean that the lives of the innocent Nuer civilians that his forces killed in Juba are worthless, and that sets a bad precedent that simply cannot be accepted. Salva and Riek should be precluded from operating in the political environment.

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                      • 10 March 12:16, by Mi diit

                        Rommel,
                        I have to filter your rubbish and will only respond to few of them since most of your comments are lies and more lies. Now you are trying to justify the massacre of thousands of Gaajaak Nuer by your son of Twic East John Garang and Salva Kiir of Twic West, do you think it is the right thing for them to kill Gaajaak because Anya-nya Two (not Nuer civilians) killed your Dinka recruits?

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                        • 10 March 12:21, by Mi diit

                          This means you accept the cycle of revenge killings and justify it. When it is alright for you to kill the Nuer in 1984 simply because a Nuer force killed some of your Dinka recruits in 1983, something is wrong with you. So don’t pretend to be neutral or peace-maker. You and your group that eye leadership from Kiir and Machar will be the worst murderers because you were already tasted.

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                          • 10 March 12:32, by Mi diit

                            I don’t have to waste time on the origins of some of our leaders because even some of the Dinka political leaders now in Juba originate from the Nuer. This doesn’t mean any thing now because they have become Dinka and vice versa. You simply join my argument that the Dinka massacre of Nuer in Juba will have serious revenge killings on Dinka who started it. You started it since 1983.

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                            • 10 March 12:34, by Mi diit

                              You claim to have come from Twic East of Dinka Bor, yet you don’t appreciate the fact that the Nuer have exempted Twic East and have not attacked it now. No problem, that is the heart and mindset of a Dinka.

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                          • 10 March 12:37, by Rommel

                            Mi diit:
                            I have not lied — I back up my assertions with evidence by way of sources. It’s obvious that instead of actually disputing my posts you just sit there and whine about it like a silly child! Note: I continue to engage your assertions, though you decline to genuinely engage mine. This does not go unnoticed - it is an admission of defeat on your part, for all to see.

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                            • 10 March 12:46, by Rommel

                              I am not trying to justify the massacre of civilians, and I never will. All I wanted to do was provide some needed context; that the massacre of thousands of unarmed and terribly exhausted recruits may have precipitated revenge upon Nuer sub-sections by those recruits that were fortunate enough to make it to the training camps. It was wrong, but it explains why certain terrible things happened.

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                              • 10 March 12:55, by Rommel

                                The cold blooded setting upon and murder of thousands of unarmed, exhausted, thirsty, hungry and terribly emaciated recruits cannot be framed as the deaths of ’some’. That’s a significant number of young men that were denied life — civilians at that point. I don’t want the cycle of revenge to continue. It’s not fair that civilians bore the brunt of terrible decisions made by people like you.

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                                • 10 March 13:04, by Rommel

                                  I have always maintained that civilians should not be targeted under any circumstances by anyone, for any reason. I provide historical context for why things happened and what may have motivated it. Your arguments are based on straw men. Straw man -> the attempt to evade stated facts, by substituting them with statements no one ever made to begin with.

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                                  • 10 March 13:07, by Rommel

                                    Straw man arguments do not work with me. I will make you address what was actually said, or call you out for irrelevant blather. I will never chase after your straw man arguments. Tired lame fools do the same things - make up stuff no one said and try to debate it, and so evade what is actually being said. Try again.

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                                    • 10 March 13:13, by Rommel

                                      You seem to enjoy making a fool out of yourself by making blanket characterizations. ’The Dinka are like this and like that’. What is the mentality of the Nuer? Do you want to be congratulated for not massacring unarmed civilians!? For not behaving like mindless animals!? For not deploying forces in an area of no strategic value!?

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                                      • 10 March 13:20, by Rommel

                                        Do you want be praised for not killing a community that has been sidelined by Kiir!? You first claimed that the Dinka are responsible for the cycle of revenge because they apparently initiated the killing of unarmed civilians, but you soon changed your argument when it was demonstrated that in fact it was you that started the killing of thousands of unarmed civilians...

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                                        • 10 March 13:25, by Rommel

                                          .. You then changed your argument and said that your massacre of thousands of civilians was in response to the assassination of Samuel Gai Tut. I then refuted your claim by providing evidence from a reputable historian that argues that Gai Tut’s assassination wasn’t tribal at all, and that Garang opposed and targeted other Dinkas as well.

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                                          • 10 March 13:29, by Rommel

                                            .. But alas, you maintain your absurd assertion that this cycle was initiated by the Dinka by repeating claims as if repetition were proof. You are simply attempting to foster a lie, by repetition. The reason why this is a flaw in reasoning is that the validity or truth of an idea has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how often the idea is repeated.

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                                            • 10 March 13:37, by Mi diit

                                              Rommel,
                                              Common, you really have a thick brain that doesn’t grasp so easily. Who killed your Dinka recruits from Bhar el Ghazal? Was it not forces of Abdallah Chuol Deng? Who was Abdallah Chuol and why did he do that? Was it not because his leader, Samuel Gai Tut, was murdered by John Garang’s Dinka? Then if it was not tribally motivated, then why did the Dinka massacre Gaajaak in revenge?

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                                              • 10 March 14:03, by Rommel

                                                Mi diit:
                                                How many times must I explain to you that Garang also tried to eliminate Akuot Atem De Mayen along with many other Dinka leaders that opposed him? Why is that historians agree with me on the matter? Why do they also assert that Samuel Gai Tut’s assassination wasn’t tribally motivated and that it was motivated by ideological and personal differences?

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                                                • 10 March 14:17, by Rommel

                                                  I’ve already demonstrated that the assassination of Gai Tut was not tribally motivated. Abdallah Chuol was known for his anti-Dinka stance and so the killing of thousands of unarmed Dinka recruits could certainly be seen as tribal. All your replies are failures. Your premise is always stupid. Only stupidity keeps your posts going.

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                            • 10 March 12:50, by Mi diit

                              You like rushing to mentioning the word ’defeat’ before you can even fight a battle, respond to my concerns first. I told you I didn’t have to waste time on pure lies. There was no evidence of ’justifying’ your revenge on Gaajaak. Moreover, is it right to carry out revenge killings in your so pretended peaceful, neutral mind? If so, then you are wasting my time...

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                              • 10 March 12:56, by Mi diit

                                Now you step back and talk of "may have precipitated the revenge" which means you don’t have evidence that the killing of the recruits was the cause of the revenge. So, I told you that John Garang and Salva Kiir massacred innocent Gaajaak who did not even involved in the killing of the Dinka recruits by Anya-nya Two, and that brought the revenge killings on Bor in 1991. Simply buy my argument!

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                                • 10 March 13:10, by Mi diit

                                  Who do you want to attract and appease by your fake neutrality and sudden peace-loving? You are a pretender, from a group hoping to take power from Kiir and Machar. Ahahahaa...You think the world will say, oh, those of Rommel are better leaders. Please John Garang of Twic East started killings, murders, dictatorship, tribalism, corruption, etc. You perfectly resemble it. So, don’t waste my time...

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                                  • 10 March 13:37, by Rommel

                                    Mi diit:
                                    You really are daft. How many times must I reaffirm that the killing of unarmed civilians is never morally justified? You are a confused clod who has no evidence for anything and so attempts to distort the views of others, in order to generate -make believe- support. Isn’t that a fair assessment of you?

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                                    • 10 March 13:41, by Mi diit

                                      But do you really know how to assess somebody? You are wasting my time with repeated pretense. Bye ya Mr. pretender. You were tried before and proven to be nothing.

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                                    • 10 March 13:48, by Rommel

                                      Out of all the possible factors that could have motivated soldiers to massacre civilians, do you really think that these very soldiers [who had narrowly survived being killed themselves] would not be motivated by feelings of revenge after having witnessed the murder of their brothers and friends? What happened was terrible, but context must be provided.

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                                      • 10 March 13:53, by Rommel

                                        Dr. John Garang didn’t initiate the killing of thousands of civilians... You did. 1984, the year in which thousands of unarmed Dinka recruits were murdered comes before 1985 — the year the Gajaak were massacred. You’re clueless and are unable to distinguish a round peg from a square hole. You should really take your mindless prattle elsewhere.

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                                        • 10 March 14:24, by Rommel

                                          Unlike you I don’t place a premium on external actors. I’m not trying to paint a picture of myself for the sake of others. The people of Twic-east want to take power!? What do you base this on!? There is no evidence for this. Your posts inform on the assumption that an idea, once imagined, must exist as a physical reality, simply because it is imagined. You are driven by ethnocentric paranoia.

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      • 10 March 11:14, by mathem jech amer

        You killed many prominants Shilluk including wellknown businessman, doctors and burned down all their villages along river Nile including Owach,Ditang,Makal Shilluk, Malakal, Wau Shilluk.Now you are complaining of 2 chiefs killed & small destruction,wait,after Shilluk youth get arms,they won’t spare any Nuer live,whether chief,old or young.

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      • 10 March 11:25, by Mading Makuac

        Mitoot,
        Please stop telling us lies .There is nothing like that happened in Leer.Government didn’t kill any civilians.
        There is no government without civilians.So we are
        not ready to hear your nonsenses.His excellency
        Kiir Mayardit is a good man who loves South
        Sudan very much .

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      • 10 March 11:28, by Mading Makuac

        Mitoot,
        Please stop telling us lies .There is nothing like that happened in Leer.Government didn’t kill any civilians.
        There is no government without civilians.So we are
        not ready to hear your nonsenses.His excellency
        Kiir Mayardit is a good man who loves South
        Sudan very much .Riek should stop false
        accuses.

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      • 10 March 15:15, by Mapuor

        There is virtually no solution to the current war.It must be fought till forces of evil are defeated.Its a war between primitivity and modernity.Nuers want to be promoted all to the rank of general,both illiterate and literate,this thing is utterly repugnant in a modern army.No solution guys,this war is a necessity and a positive step towards building a modern state.Its like American civil wa

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    • 10 March 12:14, by Ayom Ayom

      I think Ethiopia has the regional interest in this conflict by training rebels and send them back to front-line, the battle continues, more suffering, more death and more dist ructions in our Youth Country
      http://www.voanews.com/content/south-sudanese-youth-returning-home-to-fight-government/1867804.html

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      • 10 March 12:45, by Mi diit

        You the Dinka will lose every diplomatic front if that is your reckless attitude of accusing everybody, UN, US, IGAD, Ethiopia, Sudan, etc, etc. If the South Sudanese Nuer youth in Ethiopia decided to go back to South Sudan and fight, does it mean the Ethiopian government organized them? What about your Dinka youth coming from Uganda and Kenya to fight, were they organized by those governments?

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    • 10 March 15:03, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar please stop crying,it still early,you said you want war with the gove.under salva kiir, you will see more will die ,including you ,you are not worth living.
      The government soldiers must kill any nuer found in your areas,Nuer tribe is becomes like cancer in South sudan,but all the South sudan tribes must get rid of this cancer since 1991 up to now,we are sick N, tired of Riek Machar.

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    • 11 March 10:49, by Arakataa

      midi
      you think that will have voice in this s.sudan.you nuer started killing old people in bor and even in bor hospital so go on revernge if you will manage to will.nuer always talk of rubbish like thier foolish so called reik amokie.Dinka will rule you for hunderd thousand of year if you shall not repent and knee before them.human being without thinking capacity called nuer hahaha

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  • 10 March 09:21, by Abyei Propaganda

    Nuer have to be killed. They are betrayals. They like food too much. They hvae uncutn manhood. But they know how to groan when they take hook 5 cm inside asshole.

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    • 10 March 13:00, by Mi diit

      Ok, the Nuer will also kill Dinka soon. What do you mean the Nuer like food too much. We eat three times a day. You double eat four times a day, you are historically greedy, known in the whole Sudan. You killed yourselves in Juba this week because of food/money. So what are you talking about?

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      • 10 March 14:35, by Rommel

        Mi Diit:
        Abyei Propaganda is not even from South Sudan. He is a Misseriya, but you’re far too blind to have noticed. God, speaking to you is like talking to a toddler.

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      • 11 March 08:27, by Projector

        Just kill them and make Mad Diit cry louder.

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  • 10 March 13:11, by Mapuor

    Do not cry yet.Why wage coup in the first place.Do you think all those rubbish that Dok committed in Bul areas in 1990s under Mr Riek, are forgotten by Bul Nuer sons.Tit for tat.Hahahahahahah

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    • 10 March 13:44, by Gangura

      Dinkas are many so lat them be killed so that their number can be reduce, stupid tribes i hate them because of their usuless behiovers. dinkas reason like their cows how could a dinka relu people with mind of animals?

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  • 10 March 15:00, by philipdit wol

    you are singing the song who have brought any necessary killing in South Sudan like you Riek I wish I were God to send you to the hell.

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  • 10 March 15:01, by Kim Deng

    I wonder how those sell-out Nuer soldiers who are defending Dinka Kingdom from Mighty Nuer Warriors feel about these killing. Shame on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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