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S. Sudan aid worker shot and killed in ethnic attack


August 5, 2014 (JUBA) – A staff member of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) was shot and killed on Monday in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, in what local sources described as an “ethnically” motivated attack.

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NPA demining team in a workshop in Mundri (Photo NPA)

Gabriel Yien Gach was reportedly pulled out of NPA’s vehicle and killed by some unknown groups in Maban county

“It’s with a heavy heart Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) today has received the sad news that our good colleague Gabriel Yien Gach was shot and killed in Maban county in South Sudan this morning”, NPA said in a statement on its website.

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Gabriel Yien Gach’s family and our colleagues in South Sudan,” it adds.

Gach worked in NPA’s food security and livelihood program, supporting local communities and the internally displaced, with agriculture support and emergency food.

Kathrine Raadim, the head of international department at NPA “strongly” condemned any attacks on civilians during the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

“Any attacks on civilians are unacceptable, but attacks based on ethnicity are even direr as they will only feed into the circle of violence and revenge”, said Raadim in a statement.

“It is also completely unacceptable to attack NGO (non-governmental organisation)personnel who’s only mission in the field is to help the people of South Sudan in the face of this enormous, man-made, crisis”, she added.

NPA has also demanded investigations in to the killing of their staff and that the perpetrators should fully be held accountable.


The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it was extremely concerned by the outbreak of fighting in the northern South Sudanese town of Bunj in Maban, where increasing violence compromised the security and well-being of over 100,000 Sudanese refugees and those of humanitarian agencies’ staff assisting them.

According to the agency, sporadic grenade and gunfire from the town’s military barracks, have led fearful civilians to desert the town of Bunj and take cover in and around the Doro refugee camp adjacent to the airstrip.

Doro camp reportedly hosts over 49,200 Sudanese refugees and is the largest of four Sudanese refugee settlements in Maban where over 127,700 people found sanctuary after fleeing from Sudan’s Blue Nile region to escape from violence.

“UNHCR appeals to all parties to the conflict to refrain from harassing humanitarian agents who are dedicated to saving lives of people in need”, said Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR’s South Sudan chief.


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  • 5 August 2014 16:57, by Malakal county Simon

    Warning!!!!! to the traitors.... That’s small tribe called Chai with only one county called Maban, should think twice to know where their location is, otherwise, they will pay severer consequences by messing with powerful tribe called Nuer, because they they are all at the same region.... Advice to you , take notice from Shulock tribe at the moment....

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    • 5 August 2014 17:03, by Malakal county Simon

      At this moment, Maban declared itself to be sided with Juba SPLM Faction under Kiir, the genocidal regime..... Which mean Maban now is now is the one of ghost town Upper Nile just like malakal!!!!

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      • 5 August 2014 19:01, by Rommel

        Malakal county Simon:

        Do you realise just how incredibly irrational you sound? This was an unfortunate incident, perpetrated by a small handful of individuals... And you want to issue threats against an entire tribe!? How exactly are the people of Maban country ’traitors’? You stole Longechuk from the Burun around 1981-2. They are under no obligations to regard you with love.

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        • 5 August 2014 19:08, by Rommel

          You are beyond pathetic. You are actually gloating at the depredations that your militias unjustifiably inflicted upon the Chollo [Shilluk] kingdom. This is precisely the reason why the Chollo created their own defence force. Source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50548

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          • 5 August 2014 19:15, by Rommel

            This unfortunate incident transpired after Nuer soldiers defected and engaged government troops in combat in Maban county. Maban civilians may have sustained casualties or injuries. This may be the reason behind what has taken place. At this point I don’t know exactly what took place and neither do you, so you really should reserve judgement until the picture is complete.

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    • 5 August 2014 17:21, by Hardlinner

      Malakal county simon, if it won’t because of stupid people like you, yien wouldn’t have been killed. Seriously what is wrong with nuer. that fucking primitive animal named riek is not worth dying for. You nuer are menality unstatble. What the hell is that low IQ moron/riek gonna provide to dead nuers or the suffering one?. Get life nuers....

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    • 5 August 2014 18:56, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      We have lost very great man, not only to South Sudanese but to the world that Gabriel Yien tried to serve its people, children and women through humanitarian services but the Dinka perpetrators and Salva Kiir supporters will pay huge price, we should not cried when we know who killed Gabriel.
      May God grant his soul eternal life.
      Addis Ababa

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      • 5 August 2014 19:05, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

        Gabriel was a gift to us and eventually to the world but Salva denied God by inciting killing on innocent people like Gabriel who never thought of killing fellow South Sudanese, this killing was not in any other mean but everybody should know that Salva and his supporters must be held accountable to this particular targeting killing.

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        • 5 August 2014 19:10, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

          This is the weak government that incited every tribe to fight against one tribe but they should also know that we will resist every perpetrator and their father who think they can eliminated Nuers on the face of earth.

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          • 5 August 2014 19:19, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

            Adolf Hitler of Germany killed over 6,000,000 Jews thinking that he was eliminating Jews on the face of earth but yet he failed and finally died in the Ocean, take this example on with you Salva thought he was going to eliminated Nuers on the face of earth exactly like what Hitler did but Salva also completely failed to accomplish his planned and soon Salva will be in exile.

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            • 5 August 2014 22:46, by Rommel

              Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek:

              *Sigh*! I don’t know where you people learn ’history’ from, but Hitler did not die in the ocean, he died in a bunker. God, it’s almost as though as you all have one terribly deficient collective mind. Nobody wants to exterminate you. That accusation is a bit far-fetch, don’t you think?

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  • 5 August 2014 17:32, by Hardlinner

    Nuer should know by now that their rebellion is not welcome in none nuer areas. This is the message to nuers wherever they are. Keep your nuer violent to your own turf. Your primordial behavior does not find ground amongst people that uses minds to thinks and reason. Everyone in south sudan knew by now that majority of you nuers thinks through your asses not your minds.

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    • 5 August 2014 17:40, by Malakal county Simon

      If you tell me who started the sense-less war, than i wlll response to your saying above, otherwise, i,m done here....

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    • 5 August 2014 20:15, by Thokidine

      Soft liner or whatever, the shame is that u don’t reveal ur real name so that we show u who nuer are. Don’t be fool by these few winning victories, it doesn’t grantee that ur father Salva have won. Germany has almost conquered Europe yet he was defeated. If ur father has defeated the IO, why should he cries day and night for peace? Simple crush them and rebellion is gone. Us would be ashamed

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  • 5 August 2014 19:02, by Kim Deng

    Warning to Chai (Burun),

    You are not nuetral any more, which means you have lost your nuetrality for your cowardice act against innocent Nuer person by the name Yien. The Shilluk Kingdom that decided to fight alongside coward Jaang have got their lesson in Malakal. Now, it is time for Mighty Nuer Warriors to give you a tough lesson, which you will never forget for the rest of your life.

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  • 5 August 2014 19:07, by Kim Deng

    North of the Sobat River, the British faced even more formidable and intransigent opposition from the Eastern Jikany Nuer who lived along the Ethiopian frontier. They were well armed with rifles and ammunitions from Ethiopia and raid neighbors, the Burun and Koma to the North, the Dinka and Anyuak to the South – as well as Ethiopian tribes in the Western foothills.

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  • 5 August 2014 19:12, by Kim Deng

    It’s a matter of time before the Might Nuer Warriors burn down this tiny Burun’s villages to ashes.

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    • 5 August 2014 19:20, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      LOL! ’Mighty’ this and ’mighty’ that. Give it a rest you incorrigibly repetitive little sod. Where was this bravado when we routed you from our lands in the counterattacks of 1991-2? Where was all this talk of ’might’ when Riek’s forces experienced defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod!?

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      • 5 August 2014 19:25, by Rommel

        Why couldn’t the ’mighty’ Nuer win with all the great deal of support that they received from Khartoum!? You had the Equatorian defence force on your side as well. You had Khartoum as your ally. The Baggara tribes in the form of the PDF and Murahaleen, devastated the Dinka tribe. The Equatorians joined your myopic surrender to Khartoum. The Murle [like you] worked for Khartoum.

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        • 5 August 2014 19:35, by Rommel

          The Muslim ’Fertit’ tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal worked in tandem with Khartoum against us... and you still lost. You remind me of a particular statement from Peter Adwok. He said this: ’Governments like Nuer chaos because they can be easily manipulated. The Nuer are like bubbles. You can blow them easily. They are changing sides like nobody’s business.’

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  • 5 August 2014 19:21, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are capable of facing over 60 tribes in South Sudan.

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    • 5 August 2014 20:40, by Marco A. Wek

      Kimberly Deng, when will that happen cousin? And are cousins quick to generalize any small matter? When will you people be responsible and treat matters on one to one basis? You cousins use this collective agitation even among yourselves.

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  • 5 August 2014 21:16, by Mel mosa

    You guys are lacking reasoning and make your writing logic to audiences. I read all article, I just see ethically target but nothing show as a clues. Do you really know (writer)the meaning of ethically target. Is it the way you want to rule country? With lies? propaganda?

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  • 6 August 2014 00:46, by wang

    White army wills soon pay visit to the Maban County…

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