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21 people killed during fresh clashes in Gogrial State

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May 4, 2017 (JUBA) – Youth leaders in Gogrial State have called upon President Salva Kiir to intervene in his hometown to stop the cycle of inter-communal fighting between Apuk and Aguok.

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Women from a cattle camp walk near Gogrial (Photo Tim Freccia/Enough Project)

At least 21 people have been killed and an additional 22 people sustained gunshot wounds. A University graduate was killed in the clash.

“The communal fight within Gogrial claimed the lives of 21 people, leaving another 22 wounded.

In Kuac, four people were killed, among the four, an old lady and her seven-year-old grandchild were killed at night and three others were wounded in Akac-Kuac village.

In Apuk, 12 people lost their lives and seven others were wounded. Another five people were killed in Aguok community, leaving seven wounded. An SPLA soldier was killed and Titweng youth also wounded five others and one person from Twic State was wounded,” said Simon Machuar Manhkeracnaak, President of Gogrial State youth union in Juba.

Manhkeracnaak, said that the incumbent Governor Gregory Deng Kuac is unfit for the office he serves in and to state affairs. The youth leader alleged that Governor Deng was trying to create an “Apuk State” as part of destabilising the state mutual relationship.

The youth leadership put their position clear saying that President Kiir was to remove the governor and a neutral committee was to visit the scene of the conflict under investigation.

“We are re-appealing to the President to remove the governor of Gogrial State in order rescue the lives of the innocent civilians that are suffering. We are also begging our President to form a neutral committee to go to Gogrial to see the crisis and then investigate the causes of the communal fighting and bringing to book those responsible for masterminding the senseless fights,” said Manhkeracnaak.

He went on and added that “we urge our elders to intervene by calling rescue meetings to stop the escalation of the fighting by advising youth and politicians who use communal fights for their benefits. We are appealing to Humanitarian Aid and UN agencies to grant humanitarian assistant to our populations who were affected by the incident of April 27, 2017, in Apuk South County, which resulted in the burning of more than 200 households and the displaced of over 500 households.”

Several youth and politicians have been detained because they have been accused of inciting inter-communal violence. Former Commissioner of Awan-Chan, Peter Matem Yak was arrested alongside youths in Aguok area. The youth leadership called for immediate release of the youth and termed them as innocent.

“We are appealing for the release of Hon. Peter Matem Yak, Hon. Madut Akucpir, Mr Mayak Wol, Mr. Bona Makur Awet, Dr. Bul Madut Geng, Mr. Mariak Agim Buoi and the twelve members of youth who were arrested in Apuk west by the state government because they have done nothing wrong to be arbitrarily arrested, tortured, starved and imprisoned without trial,” said the President of the Gogrial State youth union.

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  • 4 May 22:48, by First observer

    This is really bad

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  • 5 May 03:36, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Firstly my heart felt to the family of beloved ones.Scaning through this article;It sound that this is politically motivated, youth ’re the future generations n shouldn’t be used as tools to fight senseless self interest conflicts.Aguok and Apuk clashes has been their even be4 I was born, n it got nothing to do with change of governorship!my countrymen do not be use as tools just what have had hap

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    • 5 May 05:50, by Malakal county Simon

      All these unnecessariness killings that happened in every corner of this country, is a clear signs that the current unwanted president Kiir is rejected but it seemed many Jaangs/slaves don’t understood such indirect rejection of their tribal chief!!!!!!

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      • 5 May 06:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Kuac, Aguok and Apuk. who is fighting who?

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        • 5 May 07:22, by DumoMakuachdit

          This is your foolhardiness you need not to tell us about it, you are very people that betrayed dinka to other tribes in South Sudan. Really stupid like Kiir himself.

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          • 5 May 07:26, by DumoMakuachdit

            Exactly stupid like their wives, cows, dogs and sheep! A shame on you Kiir ’s state mates.

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  • 5 May 14:26, by Awei-ngok

    Manhkeracnak,just few questions for you! When the night drum was attacked at Panror and innocent children killed 0n 20th March,2017 was Governor Deng there? Did he give orders to your current allied politicians using your names for their political gains? When exactly did you become the chair of Apuk Youth Union in Juba apart from Bol Deng Akeen?Who told you Kuac community is part of this conflict?

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    • 5 May 14:34, by Awei-ngok

      ..almost the areas of Apuk South County are razed to ashes, have you ever heard any reprisal from Apuk? The frequent attacks launched during day and night on Apuk soils, have you ever heard them doing a tit-for-tat? The current use of military uniforms by your die-hard friends to camouflage themselves,The killers of 3 students on 16th April, 2017? Did Apuk sons in SPLA did that? Or Apuk civilians?

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      • 5 May 14:40, by Awei-ngok

        ...your allegations on Apuk State, did you ever hear Apuk State being decreed by the President? What is the evidence? Please come home and see for yourselves the level of destruction done in Apuk. The people you claimed were killed in Aguok are those killed when they carry out day attacks on Apuk soils. If you come now and visit Aguok, you will never see any house burnt down by Apuk sons.

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        • 5 May 14:48, by Awei-ngok

          As of now, Apuk is suffering from continued provocations. Ror Manyiel and Mading Akot Anei are being set on fire today the 5th of May, 2017 by Aguok armed youths. Panror was burnt the day before, 3rd of May, 2017. These are all Apuk territories.

          The areas of Jakbuot and Jongchar were burnt on 27th April,2017. Look now? Who is the victim? Goats and people burned inside houses? Painful!!!

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