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UNMISS prevents inter-communal fights in Greater Lakes State

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July 16, 2019 (RUMBEK) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently organized a forum to sensitize communities in the Greater Lakes region on the dangers of inter-communal fighting.

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Map detail showing South Sudan’s Lakes state in red

The forum, UNMISS reported on its website, was an early warning response to what it described as a potential revenge attack by the Rup community on their Pakam neighbours in the Greater Lakes.

“It is not easy to convince these youths not to seek revenge when their cattle have been stolen, but constantly engaging with them is yielding results. Every day we talk to them about the importance of peaceful co-existence with other communities,” Matur War Wang, the veteran executive chief of Among Piny county told UNMISS.

Having reportedly lost two sons during violent cattle raids, Matur is steadfast when explaining the danger caused by revenge attacks.

“If they [Rup youth] go for revenge, then the other people [Pakam community] will do the same and there will be no end to this violence,” he said.

According to UNMISS, frequent tensions and cattle raids, often claiming multiple lives, between the Rup, Pakam and Kuei communities saw the three groups sign a local peace deal.

In March and April, however, there were attacks aimed at stealing cows, which were a violation to the agreements that were signed.

“We are here to ensure that the earlier peace agreement that was signed by the Rup, Pakam and Kuei communities is not violated. When we got the early warning, we decided to come in and prevent any possible revenge attack plans from happening,” said Gibril Allan Toure, a civil affairs officer with UNMISS.

Meanwhile, for security reasons, the youth cattle keepers have reportedly moved their animals to the Among Piny county headquarters, where government forces can provide protection should they experience attacks from neighbouring communities.

Youth leaders at the forum also decried the continued existence of illegal arms in the area.

Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, cattle raids and revenge attacks have claimed many lives.

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  • 17 July 16:34, by Khent

    Will we have people celebrating UNMISS doing what the ’government’ should be doing? God, this is pathetic! What is Juba doing to effectively end this sectarian violence? I really don’t understand what’s wrong with these (Lakes) people; they (as well as the Murle) are people that should not have their own police force, as they’ve proven themselves to be partial -> part of the problem...

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    • 17 July 16:52, by Khent

      ..The sections of the Lakes area should come under Federal jurisdiction until this ends; a large military cordon sanitaire should be established between all warring sections ; a series of checkpoints should be strategically placed all over the Lakes areas and drones should cover the sky; you could launch miniature drones from helicopter pylons and arm them with rubber bullets...

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      • 17 July 17:01, by Khent

        ..in order to reduce unintended casualties and to ensure due process when these savage cattle rustlers have their day in court; this is infinitely better than elevating them to something akin to martyrdom. Education will also be key to ending this madness.

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        • 20 July 07:29, by Anthony

          Khent.

          That most likely will never happen unfortunately.

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    • 18 July 15:23, by Midit Mitot

      Khent,

      Illiteracy will kill many people from that side of BGZ, do you remember that Lake state, Awiel and Warrap are the original homes of Mathaing Anyoor?

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      • 18 July 15:35, by Midit Mitot

        Khent

        Juba government and those villagers are all Mathaing Anyoor, they have no capacity to resolve that conflict. instead of, they are fueling it supporting their kinsmen Sorry!!!!!!!

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  • 20 July 07:28, by Anthony

    Cattle raiders should be considered terrorists like al shabab in Kenya. They simply need to be killed.

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