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Nuer students in Kampala blame government for IDP killings in Bor

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April 18, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Students from South Sudan’s Unity state currently studying in Kampala, Uganda have condemned Thursday’s attacks on civilians sheltered at the United Nations base in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state.

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Displaced people arrive in Lakes state’s Awerial after crossing by river barge from Jonglei capital Bor, where government and rebel forces are battling for control (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

Medical sources told Sudan Tribune that at least 30 people were killed during clashes between local youth demonstrators and peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), while other sources say the numbers could be higher.

The clashes occurred in the morning when armed youth from Bor town opened fire on the UN compound where thousands of people displaced by the ongoing violence in the country have been sheltering since the conflict began in December.

William Malek Bol, the chairman of Unity state students studying at universities and colleges in Uganda says the killing of innocent civilians in Bor was a "barbaric" act.

Bol accused the South Sudanese government for being behind the bloody attack and alleged that officials mobilised the young men to attack the UN base in the same way they encouraged people to demonstrate against the UNMISS head, Hilde Johnson.

"Officials from Bor had a hidden agenda by allowing the armed youth to demonstrate near the UN compound," he claimed.

Bol said that residents’ demands for the people in the Bor camp to be relocated are meaningless and urged that those responsible be brought to justice.

A student study at Cavendish University, only identified as JJ, urged UNMISS to provide better protection for civilians, especially the displaced people.

"We know this will happen, but the United Nations must protect the lives of South Sudanese people who have been affected by the conflict. This is the first signal and they should act immediately to prevent more bloodshed”, said JJ.

He said that UNMISS should fulfill its mandate to protect civilians, warning that what happened in Bor could equally take place in other states of the country.

"If the UN does not strengthen its position to protect civilians, then I fear this may applied in others states in South Sudan”, added JJ

The killing of internal displace people in Bor town came after the government lost control of Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state on Tuesday.

There are reports that senior officials were angered by reports that the IDPs in the camp in Bor danced and celebrated the news that Bentiu had fallen back into the hands of rebels, led by South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar.

Unity state, Machar birthplace, is predominately Nuer, while Jonglei has a more diverse population, including large Dinka and Nuer populations.

Although the conflict was triggered by a political power struggle within South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), there have been many reports of civilians being targeted because of their ethnicity since fighting began in Juba more than four months of ago.

Over 10,000 people are believed to have been killed and over one million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence outbreak since its independence in July 2011.

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  • 19 April 08:10, by Malou Manyiel

    Those IDPs who dance and celebrated for Bentiu capture provoked the situation. If they were happy about Bentiu capture, they should have kept it in them than reacting that way which provoked others. UNMISS in the other hand fail to come up with the regulations of how these IDPs should stay in their camps. If they allow celebration and dance inside their camps, then are these IDPs or rebel?

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    • 19 April 08:38, by Bentiu son

      Well done Bentiu Students in Kampala.Yes,we had reached deadlock with Dinka genocidal Kingdom led by Salva and his gluttons whom called themselves Dinka elders namely:killer/failure Kuol Manyang Juuk,liar Michael Makuei Lueth,dictator Paul Malong Awan Anei ,big gossiper Tillar Ring Deng,banybith(magician)Daniel Awet Akot,natter Alew Ayuel Alew,and most killer Salva Mathok Gendit.The Bor massacre

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      • 19 April 08:47, by Bentiu son

        on 17/4/14 is the continuation of Juba Massacred on 15/12/13 in which 17,613 were cowardly murdered in cold blood by Dinka Gelweng militias mostly from Dinka Bor South( Gok)and Dinka Rek of Warap State.Well,the good news guys we share the borders with you where No Oceanic or fencing wall.We will compensate our victims soon than later.The blood of those victims will water the tree of democracy,unit

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        • 19 April 08:56, by Bentiu son

          of purpose,human rights,rule of law via federalism, equality,justice,freedom of speech/expression/movement and prosperous South Sudan.We will fight harder till this genocidal kingdom of Dinkas is completely destroy and all it players capture alive or dead. No reconciliation, No cessation of hostility and No sorry with them till their developed brutal/painful/genocidal regime collapse.

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        • 19 April 08:57, by Toney Toney Matot

          Bentiu Dog,
          you are very stupid and very stupid indeed. Nuer are proved beyond any doubt to be the most liars in this world. your propaganda will take you no where. try your luck and come.you will be taught a good lesson that you will never forget.

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      • 20 April 01:48, by Rancol

        Nyagaats,
        I know it’s hard to ask fools to be true to themselves but I’m just doing that anyway. When Nuer youths stormed Akobo UNMISS camp killing over 30 dinkas in december 2013, what did you say?

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  • 19 April 08:22, by Chol A.

    Bol your Nuer in the camp have to be relocated like other IDPs and behave like real IDPs. Please UN it not home always because you generates problems and relay on UN help! That nut minded, your community cannot serve two at one coward,brave and relay on someone at thesame time it totally stupidity. UN have to think twice in this case because your tribe is in their base and others outside as IDP

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  • 19 April 08:26, by william

    Dear Nuer student first and for most, you have to condemn those rebels victory in Unity State otherwise, you are bais. Hence you will be treated as rebels including UNMISS. Your attitudes show that you pure rebels and be treated as such regardless whether you are in UN compound or in universities.

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  • 19 April 10:39, by Majongdit

    Dear Kampala Nuer Students,
    I have a question for you: why did you fail to condemn the Akoba UNMISS camp attack by the Nuer youths in which more than 30 Dinka IDPs and 2 Indians were killed?
    Give me your answers please...

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  • 19 April 18:54, 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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