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Wau governor downplays fighting amid reports of ethnic killing

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April 10, 2017 (JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan’s Wau state, Andrea Mayar Achor has downplayed the intensity of fighting that took place between ethic lines on Monday.

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Wau state governor Andrea Mayar Acho (ST Photo)

After a briefing with President Salva Kiir at the State House in Juba, the governor told reporters that fighting with rebels started over the weekend.

“The fighting happening in Wau is a result of unknown gunmen who ambushed soldiers from division five and killed six soldiers yesterday [Sunday],” said Achor.

The governor said local leaders were “working very hard to maintain the situation.”

Wau residents said the soldiers, whom are mainly members of the Dinka tribe, were carrying out a house-to-house search, killing Lou and Fertit tribesmen. Residents say at least ten people were killed by Monday morning.

“The town is on a general lock down. There is no movement from one point to another,” said a resident who identified himself as Dominic.

The fighting spread to Wau and other parts of South Sudan following the collapse of the peace agreement in July.

Residents say the latest clashes in Wau started on Saturday and were being fought by South Sudan army (SPLA) soldiers on one side and rebels on the other.

Some sources have warned that the fighting in Wau would escalate into a mass killing, urged authorities and the international communities to intervene.

(ST)

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  • 11 April 09:54, by Kush Natives

    Mr. Governor, Hon. Andrea Mayar Achor, the governor of Wau state, I hate saying this, but the current condition forced me to react poorly. What I am saying is this, let those youth in Wau face it sourly! I haven’t heard any civilians or unarmed groups could use a show off force to their own army! That mean some of us believe at the finish line is the answer___! Well, let face it!

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    • 11 April 10:02, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Your uncompromising position to the bitter end is what I like: It is either the jienges or the rest this is why you jienges can stick the current ARCISS 2015 into your butts and shit on it. No national dialogue, no peace lets all fight and destroy this jienge junk state and form our own republic

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      • 11 April 11:54, by Eyez

        Jubaone
        People like Kush Natives are primitively stupid by default and culturally deprived of common sense and plain logic. They are subhuman and have no consensus at all. They need to be alienated and vanquished, because their attitude is just violent.
        Thank God the whole world now knows what sort of species they are, and soon their honeymoon will turn into an ugly nightmare.
        X1

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        • 11 April 12:47, by Dalta Cirea

          It is very sad to said this Mr, Kush, I thought we would be together to advise general in the field to stop mass killing. 2013 mass killing in Juba is enough. those boys and girls are South Sudanese at the end we are destroying SS future.

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          • 11 April 19:46, by Kush Natives

            Dalta Cirea,
            We’re all human, isn’t? Therefore, we tried many means in order to stop this useless war in our very best possible, but, it seem that we in the government are the losers. The more we push for peaceful solutions, the more bandits are getting away with their hands full of blood of an innocents children and elderly women in their cold blooded war. We run out of patience as I am speaking.

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      • 11 April 19:40, by Kush Natives

        jubaone,
        We’re already in it, leave balahbalah! I know so far from you and Eyez, its because you already fleet the country four years ago and still acts like you’re in the country. Nonsense, we in the government will not tolerate any terrorists acts. All you have is the story, that you used to be a South Sudanese. You MUST choice the nearest sanctuary to hide in. Stay in the refugee camp calmly!

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    • 13 April 14:47, by Midit Mitot

      Those are Mathaing Anyoor, I hate those tribal militias,

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  • 11 April 21:42, by Work force

    Mr.Kush Native,

    You indeed don’t have human heart but let me inform you that whatever you Dinkas are doing now will soon backfire to you!! you guys will regret throughout of your life and you will have no space or rest in South Sudan just see what is happening to your chief of staff and the chief of JCE (Kiir tdrunkard) they are spiritual dead just waiting to be buried your time is already at han

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