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Rumbek Correspondent beaten brutally by SPLA soldiers

July 22, 2008 (RUMBEK) — Manyang Mayom, the Sudan Tribune correspondent in Rumbek, has been brutally assaulted by some Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers on July, 20, 2008.

The assault occurred while he was back to Rumbek from cattle camps at two kilometres from the capital of the Lakes state after covering the ongoing six month disarmament operation in the state conducted by southern Sudanese army troops.

The SPLA soldiers, who are belonging to some former militia leaders from outside the state and mostly do not speak Arabic or Dinka, stopped Manyang while he is back home during the night and asked him to get out of his car.

When the journalist who is known by the local authorities introduced him self, the soldiers immediately started to beaten him with guns without any exchange.

Late on the day after the attack, SPLA officials from Rumbek brought the journalist to Rumbek Hospital where doctors decided his referral to Khartoum for further treatment.

Manyang is the son of a SPLA soldier who scarified his live for the cause of southern Sudanese people and he is one of the first journalists working with the Sudan Tribune.

"Although this could be said to be an isolated incident, we condemns in the strongest terms such attacks on our staff members, who are doing their best to keep up with their reports about the daily implementation of peace in the country,” said Mohamed Nagi the Editor in Chief.

To put and end to decades of armed violence and cattle rustling, the Government of South Sudan has recently started a six month campaign to forcibly collect firearms from southern citizens. The forcible disarmament started in the Lakes State on July 10.