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SPLA-IO welcomes Arrow Boys to its fighting force

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November 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudanese armed opposition fighters (SPLA-IO) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, said they welcomed the declaration of the youth fighters in Western Equatoria state, known as the Arrow Boys, to join the opposition forces in the country.

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Arrow Boys seen here in May 2010, patrol a village in south Sudan in an attempt to defend themselves from attacks LRA rebels (AFP)

The Arrow Boys, according to opposition leader’s spokesman, commanded by their leader, Alfred Karaba Futiyo Onyang, have declared joining the SPLA-IO and vowed their allegiance to the leadership of the SPLM-IO.

“SPLM/SPLA welcomes the Arrow Boys in Western Equatoria state under the command of Alfred Karaba Futiyo, in their recent declaration to join the Movement,” said James Gatdet Dak, in a statement he issued on Saturday.

The commander of the arrow boys, Futiyo, also told Sudan Tribune that over 10,000 armed youth composing the arrow boys under his command from various communities in Western Equatoria state, have on Thursday declared joining the SPLA-IO.

Opposition leader’s spokesman, Dak, welcomed the decision of the defection by the arrow boys and blamed the government of President Salva Kiir for pushing the youth fighters into making the decision.

He said the government was not committed to peace and had been carrying out attacks against the SPLA-IO and other armed groups in the country.

Last week, clashes occurred between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and the Arrow Boys in Tombora area, resulting to killing of Tombora commissioner by suspected elements from the government forces, when they were ambushed on their return from a peace mission in an attempt to reconcile the government forces and the armed youth fighters.

Dak also said government forces have continued to attack opposition’s bases in the oil rich Unity state.

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  • 14 November 2015 20:53, by Morthon Akol

    Mr. Alfred, that is not true you have no that number in your what so call Arrow boys 10000 are not a easy number to join you simply like that. secondly Dr. Machar is coming back to Juba are you going to come with him or you will continue to fight?

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    • 14 November 2015 21:32, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      why welcome them! are you not for peace!!!

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    • 15 November 2015 09:28, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s shameful now a day to call foolish Kiir, my president!!!!!!

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  • 15 November 2015 06:24, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Akol it can be true because the large number of Zande,western Bar elgazal people. During 21 yrs of war they did not joing and a young number of young people to fight. Everybody is Upset by the way GOSS is running things. It can be more than 10000-25000 and more.

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  • 15 November 2015 11:12, by Kalo

    Where were Arrow boys when Western Equatoria was liberated from Jalaba in 1990s by Commandos brigade made up of 90% from Nuba people,i could remember CDR Samuel Aujohn with few Zandes &some Moro men,the rest in DRC and CAR,It was because they don,t know how people suffering when struggling,they spoiled the land easily.
    Son of Nuba.

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  • 15 November 2015 16:16, by Paul

    Not to worry. We have already seen the arrow boys’ fighting skill in assault of Torit in 2000s. There were 40,000 arrow boys involved in that attack and it was a nightmare.

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    • 16 November 2015 07:33, by Redeemer

      Riek Machar has taken his decision to remain a commander of destructive forces for the rest of his life

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