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More than 20 civilians massacred in Akobo county: MP

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November 23, 2015 (RUMBEK) - At least 25 civilians were massacred in cold blood in South Sudan’s Jonglei state county of Akobo county on Sunday, an area lawmaker said.

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“According to reports on ground, the Lou Nuer assisted by rebel groups managed to massacre the few remaining civilians of Anyuak minority group in Akobo town," said Barnabas Okony, a member of parliament from the Anyuak community.

"The main aim of the massacre was to chase away the Anyuak community from Akobo so that they [the Lou Nuer] take the land by force," he added.

Among those killed, he stressed, were men, a young child and the older women in Akobo.

"According to the commanding officer, they ordered all the men and children who are boys to be killed, leaving girls and some of their mothers with the intention of raping, misusing them and sexually harass them", Okony further disclosed.

The lawmaker’s claims could, however, not be independently verified by Sudan Tribune.

Over the years, Akobo county has been awash with reports of human rights violations in the form of sexual harassment and injustices inflicted on civilians by armed elements.

Akobo originally belonged to the Anyuak ethnic communities, but has now been overtaken by Lou Nuer, known for their brutal acts against other tribes in South Sudan.

“The Lou Nuer wanted Akobo for many years and the killings of the innocent Anyuak civilians had been in the process since the 1980s," the MP claimed, but blamed the South Sudanese government for alleged failure to resolve the historical impasses in the county.

“We the minority need to talk by peaceful means because violence is always not the answer to the problem but if that is the case then we shall try that," added the lawmaker.

Jonglei, South Sudan’s largest state, was one of the three regions badly hit by the mid-December outbreak of violence that killed tens of thousands of people in the young nation.

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  • 24 November 2015 23:43, by Malakal county Simon

    Nonsense!!!!!! This claims is designed to turn the two peace communities who have lived side-by-side for centuries, against each other....... Juba interests!!!!!!

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    • 25 November 2015 03:26, by Khent

      Malakal county Simon

      Typical Nuer response... just dismiss clear evidence with retarded conspiracy theories in order to justify your criminality and imperialism. Contrary to your barefaced lie, the Anyuak have not peacefully coexisted with the Nuer for centuries... in fact the Nuer have been tormenting the Anyuak for centuries...

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      • 25 November 2015 04:23, by Mi diit

        Khent,

        The tribal war you always want to occur between Anyuak and Lou Nuer over Akobo may backfire and turn Lou Nuer against the Dinka Twic East people. Don’t jump too high in celebration of the 28 states or you will break your legs.

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        • 25 November 2015 07:15, by Khent

          Mi diit

          Oh shut up, you desperate dolt. You’re retarded and I really can’t believe that the Nuer consider you to be an intellectual. How many times must I express my opposition to Salva Kiir’s illegal and unilateral decree for you to stop making these stupid false accusations? Your threats are ridiculous.

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    • 25 November 2015 06:15, by Son of Ngundeng

      Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

      Malakal County Simon.
      Government lost control of war in the field, and lost war politically, now government begin to bring war to the neighbours which will be not considered by our citizens.
      Dinka Kingdom lost direction through Jieng Council of looters,
      Anyuak and Lou Nuer are one family since 1925.

      Son of Prophet
      New location front line.

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  • 25 November 2015 04:27, by Jonglie

    These coward Lou Nuer know how to loot and kill innocent civilian only, bitches. They claimed to be returning back, let them not make mistake, December 15 is around the corner make no mistake, so you better be in the bushed like wild animals because you are wild animals too.

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    • 25 November 2015 10:18, by chuol

      25 NOVEMBER 04:27, BY Jonglie

      These coward Lou Nuer know how to loot and kill innocent civilian only, bitches. 

      Stupid Jonglie ah ah ha ha lol
      Mighty Lou-Nuer are number one in term of bravery and peaceful coexistence with the minority

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