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January 10, 2017 (RUMBEK) - Youth militias in South Sudan’s Western Lakes have agreed to lay down their weapons, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

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Dharuai Mabor, who represents Western Lakes state in the country’s national assembly, the youth militias will disarm in designated areas.

He said the move will ensure the youth and army do not clash in future.

“When the army starts to actually announce the disarmament, they will be found in a canton organized so that they can be able to hand over their guns,” Mabor was quoted saying.

In December last year, South Sudan President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in Western Lakes state after the Rup youths clashed with militias of the Pakam ethnic group, leaving dozens dead.

Kiir also ordered deployment of government troops to restore normalcy in the region and immediate disarmament of the militias. Over 1,000 soldiers have reportedly arrived in the state capital, Rumbek with more expected in coming days.

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  • 11 January 06:50, by Eastern

    They better do so; it will save the lives of many young dinka people....

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    • 11 January 08:18, by John Head

      it will save the lives and properties of greater Lakes state citizens if not interrupted/spoil by the same politicians on the ground and at national level. disarmement starts from the hearts to the hands.

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    • 11 January 12:35, by South South

      Eastern,

      You are right this time and I agree with you, but it’s killing me to agree with someone who has hatred toward Dinka tribe even though he claims to marry a Dinka lady. Is she your boss at home? You said all Dinka are bad, how could live with a Dinka in the same roof? Funny?

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      • 11 January 12:38, by South South

        Eastern,

        We are so close to know your name and where you live in US. You used to live in Aweil. You are about 57 or 60 years old. You have a Dinka wife from Aweil. We are going to contact Aweil ladies in US who have husbands from Equatoria, they are very a few, we will know you man and your wife should know what kind of person she lives with.

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        • 11 January 15:58, by Eastern

          South South,

          You are very close indeed. Just trudge on. Good luck!

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    • 11 January 23:39, by Kuch

      Lakes states’ people, give your arms to SPLA, they will store them for you. And you will get them when you need them, given to you by your SPLA. However, for now, give it a rest fellows. Asked Salva Kiir, James Wani Igga, Daniel Akot, Kuol Manyang, Paul Malong, Michael Makuei & others as to what is the business of the UN, the US, the UK, their NGOs & our own IGAD>>>

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    • 11 January 23:44, by Kuch

      Lakes states’ people, give your arms to SPLA, they will store them for you. And you will get them when you need them, given to you by your SPLA. However, for now, give it a rest fellows. Asked Salva Kiir, James Wani Igga, Daniel Akot, Kuol Manyang, Paul Malong, Michael Makuei & others as to what is the business of the UN, the US, the UK, their NGOs & our own IGAD>>>

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  • 12 January 05:33, by Eastern

    Dear People of Rumbek,

    Don’t allow yourself to be used as firewood by Salva Kiir. Join hands with your community members in the diaspora. Join hands to push Kiir out of the way

    http://www.southsudannation.com/open-letter-from-rumbek-community-in-diaspora-to-president-of-republic-of-south-sudan-mr-salva-kiir-mayardit-and-the-international-community/

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