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April 17, 2014 (JUBA) – At least 30 people were killed in Jonglei state capital Bor on Thursday during clashes between local youth demonstrators and peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), medical sources told Sudan Tribune.

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Children play inside a camp for internally displaced persons from the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, the capital of South Sudan’sJonglei state, on 27 February 2014 (Photo: AFP/Jim Lopez)

The clashes occurred about 9:30am (local time) when armed youth from Bor town opened fire on the UN compound where thousands of people displaced by ongoing violence in the country (IDPs) are currently sheltering.

UNMISS health worker William Oyual said 20 people were killed when armed local youths forced their way into the compound.

Bior Kuer, who works at Bor civil hospital, said another two people died at the health facility from wounds suffered during the fighting.

According to Kuer, 14 others were wounded, with three in critical condition.

UNMISS confirmed the fighting through spokesman Joe Conteras in Juba, but has yet to provide further details.

The UN base housing an Indian contingent of peacekeepers was overrun by the youths. who opened fire indiscriminately, killing an as yet unconfirmed number of people, including women and children.

It is not yet clear what provoked the attack on the IDPs, predominantly from the Nuer ethnic group, of which former vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar hails.

Conflicting reports suggest the incident was triggered by the recent capture of Unity state capital Bentiu by rebel forces aligned with

Sources say youth from the Dinka Bor tribe went to the UNMISS base to deliver a memo of protest demanding IDPs be relocated from the area after they were angered by celebrations inside the compound on Wednesday of Bentiu’s capture.

The South Sudan army’s (SPLA) director of information and public relations, Brig. Gen Maluak Ayuen, said the incident in Bor occurred after civil society representatives delivered a memo against Machar supporters in the UNMISS compound.

He confirmed the death of four civilians, adding that the final death toll is not yet known.

Meanwhile, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, condemned the killing of IDPs “in the strongest terms possible”.

“Many survivors I spoke to confirmed to me that many people were killed and the base was deserted. Some of the survivors had to run to the bushes, while others made it to the other official camps of the Korean [peacekeeping] contingents,” he said.

Dak was also unable to confirm the death toll, but said eyewitnesses had described large numbers of dead bodies lying on the ground.

Officials from the Jonglei state government refused to comment when contacted by Sudan Tribune.

The incident in Jonglei delivers another blow to a ceasefire agreement signed between the South Sudanese government and rebel forces in January.

Bentiu, which has changed hands several times since conflict erupted across the country in mid-December, was recaptured on Monday by rebels, reportedly aided by Sudan’s feared Janjaweed Arab militia group.

The SPLA also claims South Sudanese rebels are receiving training inside Sudanese territory.

Both the rebels and the Sudanese army (SAF) have denied the claims.

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  • 17 April 16:09, by Gatjang

    Though i do not support killing of innoceint people, the nuer who lost their lives in that fighting, deserve it. if they want riek, then why doing it at a wrong place. I wish youth should attack them once more to give unmiss preasure to take them away from Bor town their places.

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    • 18 April 07:46, by Johndumo14

      Rebels of Riek Machar are being trained in Kosti-Sudan.
      My friend has just come to Juba from Kosti,and he saw refugees WHO entered sudan be arested and forced to join training and sent to South sudan to fight,this is a true story,sudan is still playing his dirty game to s.sudan.

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    • 18 April 09:53, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All.
      It is very nice game that showed by the coward government and its citizen of Bor Town, the stupid president of Dinka community does wrong against the innocence Nuer within UN CAMP, good move Borchar(LOU) are on the way coming, we will care the revenge very soon, and all the world will cry not only Dinka, you know our war its not like drinking of (Black Level) in Home and Ayaw in Juba.

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  • 17 April 16:27, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Is now a time for Mighty Dinka Youth all over Dinka Region to mobilise in mass and the game tit for tat. let nuer keep provoke Dinka and the end result will be bad with them.

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    • 17 April 19:19, by hellonearth

      Padiet

      Tell us where is this warrior in Dinka when they hire foreigner to fight for them, where is the warrior in Dinka when they go to defenceless people and kill them. you Cowards don’t even say that you are warriors. you are just cowards. so quiet retard

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      • 17 April 19:49, by Majongdit

        hellonearth,
        who captured bentiu? foreigners on behalf of Nuers.where have you kept this bravery during the arab-south sudan war?

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        • 17 April 20:12, by hellonearth

          Majong

          Why don’t you go to another IDP camp and shoot defenseless people you coward? you can’t talk to me you pussy.

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      • 17 April 20:05, by Rommel

        hellonearth:
        I hope you realise that Riek, Matip, Gordon Kong, Gabriel Tanginye and many other `Nuer sons fought side by side with Khartoum against the Dinka during the war. You don’t have the moral high ground here. No one does! Both sides are to be condemned for involving foreigners in this family affair.

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        • 17 April 20:18, by hellonearth

          Rommel

          believe me i condemn the whole Government and the Rebels and cowards like Majong for putting their interests first. there is no moral grounds for selling our country to foreigners. this country was voted for by every tribe in South Sudan.

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          • 17 April 20:52, by Rommel

            hellonearth:
            ’Government’? There is no government. There’s only an exclusive coterie of uninspired, immoral, ignorant old men — united only by a common greed. The ’government’ is not fit to govern a small soup kitchen let alone a Nation. I would very much prefer an interim government without Salva and Riek.

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            • 17 April 20:56, by Rommel

              I’ve often said that the Dinka should acknowledge and embrace others as equals. Our representation in the government is far too high; it should drop from its current 59% to 10 at the very most, in order that the constituent sixty-four [64] tribes of South Sudan get equal representation in government...

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      • 17 April 21:16, by Force 1

        Helloearth
        When you joint force with Arabs during two decade war between north and South Sudan, there were no foreign troops fighting along side Dinka; what did your forces with Arabs did against Dinka? Those in the UN compound right now suroundered to the UN compound when Bor was captured. Those guys were former whitearmy.
        You want to celebrate rebels activities; then go to rebels locations

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        • 18 April 07:22, by hellonearth

          Force1

          What are you talking about? you had the Ethiopians fighting along Dinka side for the war for Pochalla, you had Ugandans fighting along side for Kaya,Morobo and Yei, You had Eritreans for the fight for Kassala. just enjoy being a refugee where you are at because you have been long gone to US, Canada or Australia. Coward

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          • 18 April 16:10, by Rommel

            hellonearth:
            There’s no evidence that the Ethiopians and the Eritreans ever actively took part in any battles alongside the Dinka during the war. The Ugandans played a very limited role — fighting the Khartoum sponsored LRA. The Ethiopians and Eritreans [at different stages] were confined to providing weapons, supplies and logistical support.

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      • 18 April 08:22, by mathem jech amer

        hellonearth
        what about those Dinkas killed in Akobo UNMISS base, were they having weapons?

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    • 18 April 10:02, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All.
      This time Dinka, will know specialy in the rain season, who will win this tribal war, you know us very well since 1788 we can win the victory agains all tribe in Sudan as general any one knows who is Nuer we are in the History of Sudan, even the British knew us what we can do, Dinka your time marking end, (Kamda kee jaang theile maley)remember this song its for 1991 now it will be worse.

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      • 18 April 17:58, by Moc Nyickedenloi

        shout a lot but we have already done our wish, our people were provoked by stupid Nuers and UNIMISS staff but justice has been done to our dead pple who were killed in Akobo by Nuers. Somebody talking of Luo Nuers coming, hope they have not forgot what happened after the 1991. Do you remember what made swear never to come to Bor again until recent when they became crazy again next lesson is awaiti

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        • 18 April 18:05, by Moc Nyickedenloi

          Madness will take you nowhere, just try it and the lesson will be your regret as usual. i have never known stupid fools like Nuers before. Next time you will know where to celebrate your stupidity not just anywhere. Nuers should understand that not everyday is Sunday and must be realistic otherwise they will be counted in numbers in south Sudan due to their madness.

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  • 17 April 16:33, by Kim Deng

    I’m seeing dead people walking inside UNIMISS camps especially those in Juba and Ngundeng City (Mading Bor). I wonder why they refused to evacuate that CONCENTRANTION CAMP when Gen. Tiger Gatdet’s warriors were in the town for more than 3 weeks. Their next taget is those officials who appear to be from Nuer tribe including John Kong, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, Dr. Gai Yoh, Lt. Gen Gathoth Mai...list.

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    • 18 April 07:49, by Ross

      Although UN failed to protect these people as his mandate, we will protect ourselves and a serious revenge is on the way in which the whole world will cry and Dinka will perish.
      We Nuer know that this is not Youth; on the contrary they are Soldiers that play the role of killing Civilian. It happened in Malakal, Bentiu and Juba before time. Even they are trying to do the same in Juba Tomping Site

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  • 18 April 07:56, by Ross

    My dear Nuer;
    What happened in Bor is the Situation that teaches us. Let us be aware that the current War is not between Government and Rebels. It is between Dinka in the form of Government and Nuer, hence let us keep quiet to make the same in all places where there is Dinka (Soldier, Woman, Child Dogs) etc. Let Dinka pay their action.

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  • 18 April 08:16, by Fact Nonsense

    It’s once said, "if we don’t read history, we are doomed to repeat itself." This is bitterly understood by Nuer youth who supported war. I keep telling people not to keep saying Jieng are fighting Nuer because if so, a lot of Nuer are vulnerable in some places that could be a easy target for desperate Jieng. Nuer youth should stop misinforming their sympathizers of their dirty bravery.

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    • 18 April 08:31, by Fact Nonsense

      Again, which tribe is represented by Jieng in the parliament? Every tribe or constituencies are being represented by their rightful people except Fangak and Uror which are represented by dominant settlers (Nuer)in expense of indigenous and its a bitter fact that could be disputed by somebody who doesn’t know the history of this small places. Dinka don’t represent any tribe either in any account.

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      • 18 April 08:47, by Fact Nonsense

        Why do people misplaced their arguments about what is going on in our country. South Sudan is inhabited by a bunch of ill-equipped politicians and tribes who prioritize themselves in expense of national priorities. Its a known fact and that’s why many tribes look at government as Dinka government forgetting their elected Members of Parliament. Beat the drum of war and IDPs shall take it all.

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        • 18 April 11:40, by moto

          DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS,
          KILLING OF UN ARM CIVILIAN BY DINKA BOR IS NOT A SOLUTION,IF THEY WERE MEN ENOUGH THE WOULD HAVE GO TO THE AREA UNDER REBEL CONTROL AND FIGHT OVER THERE.THIS IS AN HABIT OF DINKA BOR WHO LIKE KILLING INNOCENT INSTAND OF ARM WHITE ARMY WHO FIGHT WITHOUT CLEAR OBJECTIVES

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        • 18 April 18:29, by ngadodo

          This war it’s Stupid bcse I got friend of my lost his life for this crazy war btn Prsdt Slava and Dr reik. I don’t like this war so long as we are one people, why those Leaders finished people for what? anyone can get chance for leaderships, only for one term or two after that others candidates will contest for presidency and that is it’s.

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