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S. Sudan journalist killed in rebel controlled Akobo county


May 21, 2015 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese freelance reporter has been killed in what relatives and local officials said was a targeted revenge attack.

Pow James Reath, who left Bor, the capital of Jonglei state at the onset of the conflict, was a freelance reporter with UN-run Radio Miraya FM and most recently worked for Radio Tamazuj and Gurtong website.

Reath, who held a diploma in journalism and mass communications in Uganda, was allegedly moving to a nearby non-governmental organization (NGO) base to get internet access when he and Yohannes Pal Kuek, a master’s degree student who was on research mission, were killed.

“The killing of two young men in Akobo county on Wednesday has been strongly condemned,” said Gatwech Koak Nyuon, a peace activist in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

A displaced pro-government’s Akobo county commissioner, Taban Juoch, who is based in Juba, confirmed the killing of the two young men. He said there were no details.

“We are told this was a revenge attack,” he said when contacted for comment on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that the victims were killed on Wednesday in a revenge attack between the Chie-Tot and Chie-Majok of Akobo East county in Lou-Nuer territory which is all under the control of the rebel forces led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

Inter-clan revenge killings are common in South Sudan where justice is not often available for victims and civilians resort to taking the laws into their own hands.

Activist Nyuon called for justice for the victims who were well educated and died under unclear circumstances.

“I appeal to authority in Akobo to critically look into situation so that civilians are aware of the importance of an educated person,” he said.


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  • 22 May 2015 08:43, by Eastern

    The culture of revenge killing must stop if South Sudan is to move forward.

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    • 22 May 2015 09:43, by Mayom County Boy

      this is really a breaking heart news to me
      when i hear it .
      my condolence message to family of Pow James Reath
      who was kill because of revenge attack in Akobo county
      this week.
      justice must prevail accordingly .

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    • 22 May 2015 11:06, by Juma El-Saidi.

      The revenge attack will only stop when Dinka, Nuer and Mundari are out of this nation. Otherwise shame to them all.
      In other words Cattle Raiders are having that stupid mentality. Am so sorry to call myself a south Sudanese because of the above personalities even outside south Sudan. When will you learn you stupid people?

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  • 22 May 2015 08:47, by Thyinka

    Every human life is important whether the person is educated or not. But in South Sudan people die like flies because human life does not matter.

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    • 22 May 2015 10:42, by Panda Odhie

      Haaa I thought people that are living at the rebel’s camps can’t kill each other, where is Riek and his generals. Riek is now fighting because of tribalism and bad governance ,why civilians are still kill at his administrated areas, shame. That mean the problem of South Sudanese is not for bad or good governance but something in our blood is ignorance of justice

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