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S. Sudan rebels say forces are on “rescue mission” to Bor


April 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels loyal to the former vice-president, Riek Machar, said their forces are on a rescue mission to Bor town, the capital of Jonglei state, which was the scene of the recent massacre of women and children from the Nuer ethnic group at a United Nations base.

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South Sudanese rebels pictured in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The rebels’ military spokesperson, Brig Gen Lul Ruach Koang, revealed that the opposition forces under the command of Gen Simon Gatwech Dual were moving with high speed towards Bor town, and have already overrun and captured many towns, including the administrative headquarters of Duk county, north of Bor.

“SPLA/SPLM forces under overall command of Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual this morning [Tuesday] liberated Mareng, administrative headquarters of Duk county, along with several government military outposts of Pajut, Duk Deng, Patuo-Noy and Poktap,” said Koang in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

He said the government forces were retreating towards Twic East county as the combined “regular forces and volunteer fighters” were conducting the joint operations.

“The combined forces are moving with lightening speed in order to go and rescue survivors of Bor Massacre of last week,” he asserted.

Over 20 government soldiers were injured and unknown numbers killed in the Patuenoi area of Duk, the county commissioner, Elijah Monchnom Wuor, said Monday.

"The fighting broke out at between 5am and 6am when rebels attacked the South Sudanese army’s positions in Duk Payuel, Patuenoi and Mareng," Wuor said.

"Our soldiers defeated the rebels in the first, second and third rounds, before they withdrew at Patuenoi. The same happened in Mareng, which is the headquarters of Duk County. We were expecting to see the commanders who were commanding these forces, but they had not reached us here in Panyagoor," he added.

The clash took place around 200 kilometers from Bor, the Jonglei capital.

Rebel forces also say they receive reports that government troops were being airlifted from Paloich oilfields to Warrap state to defend the area in anticipation of imminent attack.

The rebels further claimed that they repulsed an attack by the government forces at Dome area as they attempted to penetrate through Ulang county, east of the state capital, Malakal, in Upper Nile state.


Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Col. Paddy Ankunda, on Tuesday reportedly warned the rebels not to attack Bor, saying the Ugandan troops were "well prepared" and ready to defend the town.

The rebels however downplayed the warning, saying their fighters were ready to face the "foreign aggressors", accusing the government of organising the attack in the name of youth.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said Juba provoked the opposition with the “barbaric massacre of civilians in Bor” leaving the rebels with no other option but to “defend themselves and save the civilians who are at risk of further genocide.”

“This rescue mission to Bor town is necessitated by the recent barbaric massacre of hundreds of innocent women and children from the Nuer ethnic group. This brutal killing was carried out by members of the army and police in disguise,” he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

If such innocent civilians could be “helplessly butchered in the watchful eyes of the United Nations in a state capital,” he added, “it means the regime in Juba was doing even worse in remote areas.”

He lamented that the Bor incident had brought back painful memories about a similar incident in Juba in which he said soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir allegedly massacred thousands of civilians from the Nuer ethnic group in the nation’s capital when violence erupted in mid-December last year.

The rebels captured Bor twice in the past before they were dislodged by a joint force of government troops and the UPDF. Bor is about 200km north of the capital, Juba.

Fighting is intensifying as government and rebels engage forces in multiple fronts despite the cessation of hostilities agreement.

South Sudan army spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that heavy fighting occurred in the eastern state of Jonglei, but said rebels were repulsed by government forces.

"Scores of rebel fighters were killed", Phillip Aguer told Sudan Tribune by phone.


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  • 23 April 2014 09:45, by Mi diit

    So what will the fools, Makuei Lueth and Kuol Manyang say as the freedom fighters are taking control of towns and villages of the Greater Dinka Bor counties? Soon we will visit Warrap and see what the heck produced this incompetent, illiterate and alcoholic president Salvatore Kiir Kuethpiny from that area.

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    • 23 April 2014 09:56, by Mi diit

      Those inside Warrap state have begun to flee towards Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal state where the Balanda and Fertit tribes will have the chance to take revenge on them for the Wau massacres last year. Kiir’s soldier are panicking and trying to destroy the bridge connecting Warrap and Unity state, thinking they will stop the angry freedom fighters from crossing. I love this summer season!

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      • 23 April 2014 10:04, by Mi diit

        "Our soldiers defeated the rebels in the first, second and third rounds, before they withdrew at Patuenoi. The same happened in Mareng, which is the headquarters of Duk County. We were expecting to see the commanders who were commanding these forces, but they had not reached us here in Panyagoor," he added. THEY ARE DEAD!

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        • 23 April 2014 10:25, by mathem jech amer

          Mi diit
          So your killer president of Nuers, this time did he get more charms before coming to fighting, I believe one man is well charmed now in SPLA and is expected to be in Nassir within one week to kill Riek, he is a bullet probe man.

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        • 23 April 2014 12:02, by ngadodo

          yeah, Dr. Riek Machar, he Should rescue those announce Civilians In bor, for me whenever you Kills civilians in ROSS than your not my friends whatever’s Civilians you kills them wether Nuers, Dinkas, anyauk and so.

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    • 23 April 2014 14:19, by Tong dut

      The so call Dinkas kingdom is under fire,
      To all rebels kill any body at Bor including cattle as they did before.
      For those rebels who are going to warrap, you knows that is the heat of Kiir the confused Dinka president.Kill every unless non dinkas before 28 of this month.
      To balandas,don’t allowed Dinkas in wau, you know what they did to you in 2012 with Rizig the governor of Wau.

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  • 23 April 2014 09:47, by Malakal county Simon

    That’s massacre happened in Bor few days ago, was a set-up by president Kiir to annihilate Bor community’s unknowingly....

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    • 23 April 2014 19:06, by Knight In Shining Armor

      I agree with you on this, Kiir intentional want to destroy Bor community from on set of this war.

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  • 23 April 2014 09:58, by Gatjang

    Nuer should think twice, this rescue mission will put not only the IDPs at further risks and even those who are coming in the name of rescue at more risk. Nuer have their own nature, they do not hear with their ears, they hear with their eyes, come to Bor, but you not forget.

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  • 23 April 2014 10:12, by Jalaby

    My advice to Dinka Bor people, please run for your lives before it’s too late, Nuer are so so angry this time and decided to clear off anything that comes across their way while marching toward Bor and will not even leave one single bird behind!
    This is going to be much more worsen than Dinka Bor massacre that happened in 1991 .. just run for your lives!!

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    • 23 April 2014 10:46, by Gatjang

      Jalaby, mind your own bussiness and get your dirty mouse out of this, if you fear them, then we do not fear them here in South Sudan. If you are able to communicate with them, advice them that, thier anger will result to more death on their side and they will regret latter in the future when their numbers reduced in South Sudan and I am sure they will be minority tribe in the country

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      • 23 April 2014 12:15, by Paul Chadrack

        it is going to be very worst with bor people this time. makuei lueth should take his gan this and go to defend bor not just shouting always in juba while the poor civilian are being pushed to die for their interest.

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        • 23 April 2014 13:29, by Bentiu son

          Renk Town in Upper Nile State had fallen into hands of our gallantry SPLA in Opposition under Dr Machar while Malakal and Paloich Oilfield are falling at de moment too.Soon, the Upper Nile State will be free from pro Salva Kiir’s Gelweng militias/SPLA and their hired mercenaries/invaders and New colonial UPDF forces of Museveni of Uganda,Sudan’s rebels JEM or SPLA-N respectively.

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    • 23 April 2014 15:17, by Jalaby

      Good news! Dinka Bor have evacuated Bor city and moved to camps close to Juba and inside Juba but some of them are so scared and decided not to stop unless they reach Uganda! wise decision by Dinka Bor, Good for them!

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  • 23 April 2014 17:14, by Kim Deng

    The vast area appropriated by the Nuer during the nineteenth century was formerly occupied by a Dinka, Anyuak and Burun population. The fate of this population is one of the most interesting questions pertaining to Nuer expansion. How many Dinka, Anyuak, Burun… were killed by the Nuer? How many died of starvation? How many migrated to other areas? And how many were assimilated into Nuer community?

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  • 23 April 2014 17:16, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

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  • 23 April 2014 17:17, by Kim Deng

    Although a substantial portion of this grant represented an uninhabited no-man’s-land between the Nuer and the Dinka, the Nuer were also required to relinquish territory under active occupation. The Nuer undoubtedly viewed the transfer as a government-sponsored Dinka invasion.

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  • 23 April 2014 17:17, by Moc Nyickedenloi

    Those on their way to Bor are dead. That one is asure deal. Hey have they forgottn whathappened the other time when 1st came to Duke? Who told them to go back. for their own informtion, Bor men are going to deal with anyone now like they were dealing with arabs. no 4giveness b,se fools are taking advantage, it is hightime they r taught lessons.

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    • 23 April 2014 17:24, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      what a failed rescue mission, it is going to be like the way you failed reaching to Juba after meeting men from Bor on your way the other time. By the way, this time there will be no more survivors going back to Akobo like the 10,000 which was spared the other time after killing 15,000. i have never enjoyed killing pple like i did on that day, let them come b,se i feel like killing a Nuer again.

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  • 23 April 2014 17:18, by Kim Deng

    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

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