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Over 300 armed youth in N. Bahr el Ghazal join S. Sudan rebels

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – Over 300 armed youth from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday announced they were joining the country’s rebellion led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

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A South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity state on 22 April 2012 (AP)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the group said they had chosen armed struggle to “rescue the country from disintegrating into tribal units and restore national pride and under a new federal system”.

The group, all of whom are well armed, are said to be from the home guards.

“Our decision to join the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army in Opposition is essentially rooted for our desire to preserve national pride and one identity. It is a decision borne out of our resolve to rescue the country from disintegrating into tribal units and restore hope and foster peaceful coexistence [for] our people through the restructuring of the country under [a] federal system,” Abdullah Kuot, the group’s spokesperson said.

He claimed the ideology of the rebel group was the driving factor behind the group’s decision to join the rebellion.

“We are all armed. [The] majority of us are well trained soldiers. Those who returned from Jonglei state forms the majority of this group. The rest are forces from Gelweng (home guards),” Kuot said.

The revelation comes barely two weeks after a renowned chief from Gok Machar in Aweil North county went missing. The defection of chief Geng Geng, who now leads the armed youth group, has raised security concerns, with many attributing the disagreement to the 2010 election irregularities.

In series of interviews with Sudan Tribune, government sources said several soldiers were killed at Gotbulo in Northern Bahr el Ghazal in an attempt to block army defectors from Western Bahr el Ghazal from crossing into government-controlled areas.

“Fighting has been going since yesterday (Wednesday). The information we have [is] not comprehensive because we are still [in need of] more details. The current information is that seven comrades have lost their lives,” said a local administrator.

“Two civilians captured by the rebels to show the path and places where there are no government troops were also killed in the fight. One of the rebels was captured, but was later killed and the rebels managed to cross out. The used Umal market called Anger,” added the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In May, a senior South Sudanese army (SPLA) general from Northern Bahr el Ghazal joined the armed rebellion, a move that shocked many. General Dau Aturjong, who commands the army’s sixth division, declared his defection to the opposition forces at a press conference in Kenya.

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  • 17 July 08:35, by Malakal county Simon

    Congratulation youth of Awelian for joining Freedom Fighters until Kiir is ousted by force!!

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    • 17 July 08:38, by Malakal county Simon

      We must fight on until we get what we want" Federalism Governance System".

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      • 17 July 14:53, by Force 1

        Sudan Tribune needs to specify the situation; call it 300 armed Nuer youth defected to rebels because Dinka or any other tribe cannot be that dumbed to do that!

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        • 17 July 15:08, by Force 1

          Even the Twic of BOR who only rebel against the government in refugee Camp and in Nairobi Hotels didn’t take armed and fight along riek machar let alone the patriots from Mading Aweil.

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    • 17 July 10:29, by Chanson

      This is liars and full of fabrication in anyways.300 youths from Aweil joining rebels..that is not true at all.The name alone can tell that this article is nothing but shit! Geng GEng who is Geng...IF WE ARE talking about Deng Geng Mabuoch then he is nothing but drunkard for that matter.If we,ve problem I think the good way isto site down and solving it in good way than taking up arms and fight...

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      • 17 July 10:35, by Chanson

        ....each others.We in Aweil are capable of pusuing those thugs and bring them home Alive OR dead (AOD).joining Riek Machar is very big mistake in life if you have to do that.I in person will fight until the last drop of my blood to protect Aweil land from greedy Riek followers....Good luck!

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  • 17 July 08:38, by Wicdail

    Is it the kind of leadership which does not even spared and kept the captured soldiers as prisoners of war? Almighty God help this nation (South Sudan from this unthinkable leadership).

    My condolence to those “two civilians captured by the rebels to show the path and place where there are no government troops and later killed in the fight”.

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  • 17 July 08:43, by Mel mosa

    Lie, lie, lie. Madingaweil people should not be fool like Nuer. Sudantribune website is a virus of South Sudan. It is just pure propaganda. Madingaweil is a home of kong kocda people. I learnt from them. It is a wise word use by wise people like people of Madingaweil.

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    • 17 July 09:49, by Panda Odhie

      Mr reporter you very big lie and that is why government is not happy with your report always because you incited and exaggerated everything,Aweil is now quite,nobody talk about federalism in Aweil don’t every forge the words. we only know Arab as our enemy in Aweil nobody else.

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      • 17 July 09:59, by Panda Odhie

        yes we know its in the heart of the enemies of peace for anything to happen in the peaceful states for them to laugh up to last of their Jaw and achieve their goal since they make destruction in their states they want it also to happen in the other states which will not ever happen. our enemy in Aweil only Arab

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    • 17 July 09:49, by viper

      Mel Mosa
      you have put it all right. the word (Kong-kooc) that is being used by greater Jieng currently originated from Aweil, then how come such wise people join such a doomed rebellion from a doomed warlord?

      sudantribune should either use journalistic ethics by feeding the public with the right information or the website closed down for being a virus to our country.

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  • 17 July 10:41, by Mel mosa

    Thanks I know they already made a mess to themselves and their States and are working hard to mess everyone or every state. They run their mouth from state to state, looking for more rebellion. But they don’t know that people of these 7 states are wise enough to understand what Riek’s goal is.

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    • 17 July 18:51, by Nyesi Ta

      Tribalism will never take you anywhere, you bunch of tribalist.

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  • 17 July 19:22, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, these are dead 300 soldiers my friends. Where are going to pass to Unity State? Foolish are soldiers. They will surrender like the one who defected from Wau four months ago. they came back right? they should ask those soldiers before will miss their pay check and sleep outside for no reason.

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