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Activists warn of "genocide" in S. Sudan’s Jonglei conflict


December 16, 2011 (JUBA) — The lack of political will to resolve the
persistent tribal conflict between the Murle and Luo Nuer communities
in South Sudan’s Jonglei state could spark an outbreak of "genocide"
in the region, activists have warned.

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Prof. Alfred Lokuji, a Juba university don speaking during the Murle/Luo Nuer briefing in Juba, December 15, 2011 (ST)

The caution emerged out of Thursday’s round table discussions on the
Luo Nuer and Murle conflict organized by Minority Rights Group
International and Boma Development Initiative in Juba, the South Sudan

Afred Lokuji, a Juba university don, who was the key presenter
at the occasion called for thorough investigations on the perpetrators
of the conflict, beyond mere reporting on the victim, mainly children
and women.

"The political feelings and passions that may have originated from the
war times could be one of the major causes of this conflict. [Thus]
Those reporting on the conflict in Jonglei state need to find more
details on the perpetrators rather than the victims," said Prof.

He also blamed the weaknesses in the judiciary system, which he said
remains largely incapacitated to handle culprits suspected in the

Lokuji, also described as “disastrous” South Sudan government’s
alleged failure to merge the traditional laws with the existing
constitution and statutory instrument, which he says exacerbated the

Timothy Taban Juch, the Akobo South county lawmaker advocated for
widespread disarmament, and strongly denied reports that the conflict
in Jonglei is an instigation of politicians from the region.

"Let’s get the records straight," he said, adding that, “The conflict
between the Luo Nuer and the Murle is not a making of lawmakers as
many people have been saying. It’s a complex issue requiring strong
political will.”

Edmund Yakani, a civil society activist warned that disarming the
population in the two communities without taking into the account
their livelihood aspects would serve no purpose. He called for
empowerment of local government authorities as the most ideal remedy
towards handling community disputes.

At least 3,000 people, Jonglei state officials say, are believed to
have been killed in the ongoing inter-ethnic conflict in 2011 alone,
while the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA) reported that about 2,500 people were killed in violent
conflicts in 2009 throughout the whole of South Sudan.

A recent briefing on, "Communities Perspectives on the Nuer/Murle
conflict in South Sudan" urges the UN mission in Africa’s newest
nation to strengthen its presence in the state and develop effective
monitoring mechanism to the conflict.

It further calls upon the judiciary and the police to carry out
effective investigations into all acts of violence and prosecute
perpetrators in accordance with the internationally accepted

Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Jonglei peace talk, which was
earmarked for Monday in Jonglei failed, according to a statement
issued by Ismail Konyi, the chairperson of the Murle mobilization
team. No reasons were, however, given for failure of the talks.


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  • 17 December 2011 06:41, by Gueth Bidok

    I know onething though, all South Sudanese are peace maker before they go to the pailement where they’re hssed by Kiir and his vice president with lump sum of money. I know Southerners are genuinly peace maker, especually this guy talked really great and he meant it, but if he is in judicary, he would be just as soft as the others.

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    • 17 December 2011 07:02, by George Bol

      Mr Gueth,

      Here is your assignment.
      You have 4 open door houses that your dad prohibited you to block always. But your dad wants you to prevent thieves from entering these houses, while in your community; you have thousands of thieves loitering. So, now how can you prevent thieves from entering into these houses?

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      • 17 December 2011 17:44, by Ahmed Chol

        Bor and lou were disarm. when Murle was about to be disarmed , Riek said that let Murle chiefs collect guns because of fear of clashes between SPLA and Murle. No guns were collected. Riek started making the same noise in 2007 when Murle was about to be disarmed. Why does do this? Riek has lost his support of Nuer Community, so he has incited this fear of minorities [cont...]

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        • 17 December 2011 17:54, by Ahmed Chol

          being dominated by Majorities, this is the only way he can get support politically. How come Riek never say anything when Lou were massacre in 2008? Why didn’t he say anything when Bor were killed recently if he cares about peace in Jonglei?
          Riek is still not satisfy with the destruction of Bor in 1991 and still seeks to destroy it through a proxy war by using Ismael Konyi and Murle.

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          • 17 December 2011 18:01, by Ahmed Chol

            to activists aka Riek’s recruits
            doesn’t the number of people and children abducted and sold like slave every year add up to a genocide? The only community that is still committing an international crime of slave trade is Murle today. Nowhere else are people abducted and sold like cattles. We dealt with Arabs and I think we can take out another 21 years and deal with Murle.

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            • 17 December 2011 18:04, by Ahmed Chol


              Jonglei [and maybe S. Sudan] will never be stable and peaceful when Riek and Ismael Konyi are still alive.

              Bor and Lou and Anyuak need to do what is necessary to put to an end this chronic atrocities of Murle

              Ahmed Chol, whatever begins in anger ends in shame

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        • 18 December 2011 04:22, by Murle Intellectual

          You are giving false account of the story. Rieck did not say that. Murle were disarmed by force when the SPLA looted Murle cows, raped the women and killed the disarmed men. Then the Lou Nuer came and killed 1000 Murle and many crimes against humanity were committed. Bor and Nuer are heavily armed to this very hour. Murle should be rearmed to defend themselves

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          • 18 December 2011 14:27, by jiengda

            i think if you are not suffering from severe mental disorder,then your mind lack oxygen!concerning your comments, those are deliberate falsification.you should not have favored your people,shouting to be re-armed again? who are you? not to let peace prevails in the S.Sudan.let the government prevent genocide in Jonglei

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    • 17 December 2011 07:47, by Oduko

      There a coup which is well plans by Athor and SSL/M and even somes top official within current government to overthrow the Kiir government but DR. Riak is safe due of his secretly support to SSL/M. and after that Juba will remain capital NO need of Ramcials and Riak and Athor secretly signs this agreements. love to all citizens but deicide kno to join us in bush or you will be victims.

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      • 17 December 2011 09:31, by Yanga Wani

        Dear Oduko, why don’t you just join Khartoum there is food there. One more thing, you and your dummy leader (Athor) never try to come to greater Equatoria; you run with four legs. I hate weak hearts people who are only looking for food. Where is Dr. James?


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      • 17 December 2011 15:32, by SSLA/M Supporter

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        Merry Christmas and happy, peaceful and a prosperous 2012! To everybody on Sudan Tribune; Christians, Muslims and Naturalists, both my fun and opponents alike! I pray that Sudan and RoSS peacefully resolve their differences and manage to establish brotherly and diplomatic ties for the betterment of their resilient masses!

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        • 17 December 2011 15:34, by SSLA/M Supporter

          I also pray that each country resolves its own internal conflicts peacefully for peace, prosperity and development to prevail in the greater Sudanese Land! our country is huge and rich with natural resources and blessed peaceful masses, God bless us in every single sense of the word but it was us that make the wishes of our foes to destroy our country to become true! But let us hope for the best..

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    • 17 December 2011 08:46, by Diu J.Kuek

      Activists warn of genocide in Jonglei conflicts this is not far from the truth such cycle chronic conflicts will resulting to genocide if serious action not be taken.but Prof Alfred quoted that is weakness Judicial system nothing like that Judiciary Interpret the Law not enforce the Law he should blame the Govt to put the Law in order such culprits should brought for trial before competent court.

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  • 17 December 2011 06:42, by George Bol

    The conflict in Jonglei, unity, and upper Nile states are cause by self- interest politicians. The wide spread of militia in these states is the main cause of instability.
    The SPLM must disarm Murle and Lou Nuer because they are still having guns on their hands. If they don;t have guns then why hundreds die for revenge attacks.Where did those guns come from?. We fighting the war of primitive here.

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    • 17 December 2011 12:37, by Ajok Garang

      Way today there political analysis are advocating for peace ...but where were they when Murle have been distabilising the whole state for many decade..???..me i am ready to preach genocide .the Nuer ,lou ,Bor should join hand a clean out murle with no peace this time...many life have been lost through murle before the civil war and now..head of cattle every where have been taken to murle..and more

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  • 17 December 2011 07:53, by Man manning

    Hey you!!!!! these stupids acrobats in the parliament and in the government institutions should always stop nonsensical peace deals and talking but take the necessary actions against the renegades(Athor and Murle konyi group)otherwise Konyi is trying to blackmail you in this government and Betrays Jonglei residents by backbiting them.DON’T YOU ALL BE IDIOTS BE REALISTIC AT ONE POINT OR THE OTHER!!

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    • 17 December 2011 13:37, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Mr. Manning you said it all. Ismail Konyi is now rallying every body behind Murle community in Juba. Those activists and politicians who have been now showing concerns were alive all these years Murle has barbarianly destroyed lives, cattle, houses, and the most primitive of all activities of adducting and slave-trading children, burning elderly people alive and cutting into halves---con

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      • 17 December 2011 13:46, by Daniel Buolmawei

        or throwing babies into fire. And now you see people like the so-called "Murle Intellectual" thinks it is "braveness" rather than view it as "primitiveness." If you think stealing cows, goats, and killing the powerless is heroic, then what kind of nation will be shared with this too-dumb-to-understand community?

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  • 17 December 2011 12:23, by Murle Intellectual

    Kiir and Kuol are seeking Murle disarmament prior to their secretly planned genocide against Murle people in Pibor. They are using their other enemy, the Nuer to use them against Murle as they see that Nuer people are brave enough to face Murle, but should they perish in Pibor, that would a desired end for Dinka

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    • 17 December 2011 17:37, by watchdog-alanilson

      @Murle intellectual, The people ofgreater Ala-nil need peace and stability. Kiir and Kuol are insane politically, Killing all murle is not solution in Jongeli.. Our sons and daughters like Riek, Athor, Lam and Kuol have sabotage the will and our future. Greater Bar el-G will always led us by majority vote, and that’s the driving force against Ala-nil peace intiative, Kiir likes our death.

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      • 17 December 2011 18:11, by Ahmed Chol

        Murle Intellectual,

        If all goes well, your people will made to hate child abduction and raiding.

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    • 17 December 2011 19:21, by Ajok Garang

      Dear murle Intelectual ....i think you are the only intelectual in the whole murle and you need to tell your people how kinaping of children is an abuse of human rights and also robery is not a sign of peace ....you are saying that Dinka will finish but culture matters this time you will get starve with no cows to steal and kid to kinap trust me..backwardness is bad..

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    • 18 December 2011 06:59, by Green

      If people really belive in truth! Did u heard any community in s.sudan attacking murle? Nuer Lou, they only respond when murle attack them and took their cattles and children. Revange is natural instrinics thing in human. Is it logic murle has to keep theirs guns so that they can attack any community in s.sudan? Do you know what happen in Rwanda? Murle are fuel it now in s.sudan!kidnap ki

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    • 18 December 2011 14:42, by jiengda

      at murle intellectual

      my friend your conspiracy against Dinka, especially BOR will never happen!it is like telling you to sleep with your own mother whichever way you think.Although the conflict seemed not ending,we as BOR will see other way of ending it.

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  • 17 December 2011 18:09, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Goss can not disarm civillians now as I observed, Goss have a huge problem of rebellions against itself. Guns are become weapons for protection as old spears are absolette. Disarm others and will be attack by others group. Guns community must havesome where. because the Goss will not deploy police every in the rural areas. the rural should have Guns to protect themselves and theor proverties.

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    • 18 December 2011 01:50, by Akuma

      How do you write now? I wonder!

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