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April 27, 14 (AWERIAL) – The governor of South Sudan’s Lakes state has urged local youths to join the military in order to protect the country from instability.

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Hundreds of South Sudanese youths attend a rally at Mingkaman in Lakes state’s Awerial county on 27 April 2014 (ST)

Matur Chut Dhuol made the remarks on Sunday while speaking to hundreds of youths who had gathered at the Awerial county headquarters in Mingkaman following a visit to internally displaced people and local residents.

Mingkaman currently hosts over 100,000 displaced people who fled intense fighting in Jonglei state, which borders Lakes state to the east.

“You must have known that we are under critical time, the country needs you, youth, for protection. Come and you will be taken to where our enemy enters,” Dhuol said.

“What we are doing today is eye for eye, you pinch me, I pinch you too, no forgiveness. If someone pin you time and again and you don’t do the same, you are creating a point of weakness to yourself. That was why Moses (in the Bible) introduced these rules to govern his people,” added the caretaker governor.

He encouraged youths to provide the manpower needed to end rebellion in the country, stressing that the South Sudanese government was fully prepared militarily to end the ongoing conflict.

The governor’s appeal comes months after the government announced it had embarked on mass recruitment of youth from 18 years onwards to join it army. Since then, more than 20,000 young men have reportedly been recruited and were undergoing training prior to their deployment.

Violence erupted in South Sudan in the capital, Juba, in mid-December before spreading to other key areas across the country. The fighting has pitted forces loyal to president Salva Kiir against rebels fighters aligned with his former deputy, Riek Machar.

The United Nations says over a million people have been displaced by the more than four-month-old conflict, while thousands have fled to neighbouring countries.

(ST)

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  • 28 April 2014 08:23, by Wicdail

    Wow, does he really know what he is talking about? This song has been sing for almost four months now LOL!!!!!!!!!! I pit on those poor Dinka men and boys to cultivate and feed their loves one, rather than used and die for nothing by a tribal mindset regime who is in its list kick for exit. What do you think the rebels will response? Or you they don’t have the same manpower? LOL!!!

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    • 28 April 2014 08:57, by Majongdit

      Wicdail,
      You don’t know the Dinka tactics of war. You ask yourself why in history Dinka has battled and defeated the Nuer + Murle + Arabs during the struggles from 1956 - 1972 and from 1983 - 2005?
      Hahaha, my friend this is now the beginning. I said several times that this war forced on the Dinka is war against the Govt but it turned to target one ethnicity. Now they accept it.

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      • 28 April 2014 14:09, by Bentiu son

        Dear Nuer warriors the hidden agenda of Dinka tribal mindset leaders had been revealed by foolish dictator unwanted Care Taker Governor Matur Chut Dhuol whose all brothers and sisters are from Nyuong Nuer.Matur Chut Dhuol is illegitimate /bastard son whose mum was divorced by Nuer man and concubine later by Dinka Agaar man.Well,let us go for it. No reconciliation,national heal n no peace talk.

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        • 28 April 2014 14:28, by Bentiu son

          between Nuer v Dinkas.The dictator Matur Chut Dhuol poorly thought that quantity matter in war fields but forgoten that quality,military tactics,braveness,and disciplinary methods do matter a lot in war zones.Therefore,5,000 oriented Nuer women like those heroines led by captain Nyapuoch who captured Dukeen recently can defeat those 20,000 new recruited Dinka Youths shamefully.No mercy this time.

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  • 28 April 2014 08:51, by Majongdit

    I am really thrilled and touched to the bottom of my heart by what the youths have lately done: voluntarily offering themselves across all states in thousands. Some youths from my family came a long distance and slept for a night in my house. I chat with them and I discovered that they really mean...with most of them swearing that this is the next liberation from Riek nyagatism

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    • 28 April 2014 09:46, by Wicdail

      Majongdit,
      I guess you may be an old man who never experiences a fight with Nuer in these modern days. Let me telling this, Nuer had virtues and literally sworn to their God since time memorial; not to turn their back to enemy or let their cause defeated. That’s why they don’t wrong, undermine, the rights or the existence of other human beings. You talk of tribal war between Nuer and Dinka, while-

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      • 28 April 2014 09:49, by Wicdail

        Coum. while Nuer gen. and soldiers are fight on your side as well as their Politians still advocating on your behave. What do you think will happen if Nuer will side 100%? LOL!!! Think about?

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        • 28 April 2014 11:19, by Malakal county Simon

          Number it’s doesn’t matter in any war field and this was proven by 10,000 Nuer warriors when they defeated one million Dinkas in Kakuma camp during ethnics clash in 1998....

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          • 28 April 2014 11:27, by Malakal county Simon

            That’s being said, Dinka’s can recruit as more as they want but at the end of the day, they will never win this tribal war in South Sudan....

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