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Cairo South Sudanese gangs deadliest violence


By Akot Marial

June 22, 2008 — It’s yet another bad season for Southern Sudanese community living in Cairo in the aftermath of all hell let loose without interference from the Egyptian government.

Last week cast a dark shadow on those who have fallen victims of the so-called "Lost Boys and Outlaws" sects or rather, well-known as the Cairo gangs, who are notorious of robbery with violence and terror on their fellow South Sudanese and other black Africans.

It was on Saturday, late in the evening, when a group of "Lost Boys" and "Lost Girls" gang members took to the streets of Cairo armed with machetes, pangas and knives in the realm and characteristic manner of what they call "rob and slaughter" to ostensibly make a living due to the scarcity of jobs and constant exposition to racism in Egypt.

Moreover, since all their attempts of fulfilling the American dream by immigrating have failed due to CPA peace deal signed in 2005 between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M), these groups can not come to terms with Government of South Sudan and the United Nations call for voluntary repatriation home to the Sudan.

Instead, hundreds of Southern Sudanese youths are willing to either live the dangerous gangster-ism or take the risky trip to Israel for the sake of a more affluent life.

Last Saturday’s gangs raids were the deadliest of all and among the casualties were Mr. Dhal Noy Dhal of Awiel State and a student of St. Andrew’s School, and Mr. Juma of Central Equatoria, who were seriously hacked with Machetes all over their bodies and are now under intensive care in one of the Egyptian hospitals.

Scores of other people also sustained serious injuries when they were confronted by a group of about 75 "Lost Boys" gangsters, led by a Mr. Lado Angelo Tobi, otherwise well known as ’Ronald’ and his deputy, Jiel Deng Thokbang.

The above same group had also in the morning just outside the office gate attacked an Egyptian Journalist lady working in the GoSS Consulate in Cairo, where she sustained minor injuries and also she lost her jewelry and some cash to the attackers. This is not the first time they are targeting staff in the consulate— it has been a routine, anyway.

Following President Kiir’s and his entourage recent visit to Egypt, the decision was made in conjunction with the Egyptian national security to crack down on both groups where a handful of them were arrested and taken back to South Sudan but a good number of them are still at large and continue terrorizing South Sudanese and other black African Communities.

Many people have blamed and accused an ’invisible hand’ of being behind the formation of the two groups ostensibly to weaken and portray the very bad feature of the Government of south Sudan in the world political arena.

Government of South Sudan has to do something drastic to put to an end these inhumane acts being frequently and heinously committed by these south Sudanese gangs with apparent impunity.

The author is a Sudanese based in Cairo.

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  • 25 June 2008 05:54, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Jesus,i wonder why our brothers and sisters who are suppose to be our future generation are doing such stupid things in Egypt.What is the problems of those crazy Lostboys/Pigs and Outlaw,i though that may be they are there with same studies yet they are just dying on the streets killing themselves like animals.What is the matter with you?,do you think that when you killl other Africans,than arabs will give you same credit shame on you?.I don’t understand what is your particular aim of being against yourselves by mean of targeting each other?,is there anything to achieve or any reward?.This is absolutely crazy and stupid,i will never support this idea,if your angry in fact you mis the a chance of going to USA due to the CPA,please we have a beautiful land in South,why don’t you come back with knowledge,build our nation and soon you will have chance to buying a ticket for going to USA as real man beside those who were taken as refugess.please brothers and sisters i urge all of you to live with hope,meaning to say you must come back to South and join us to rebuild our region,i know most of the problems comes as the result of being raciest in Eqypt by those arabs,but i advice you to tolerate with peacefull behaviours,can you imagine now those police in Egypt are targeting you by shooting you always whenever any of you has attempt to cross to Israel,so if your always shooted like animals what is the future benefit of South from you?.Mr. Lado Angelo Tobi if you have any access to this web,please and please stop such actions against your fellow Africans and i want you to live with unity,respect,tolerences and proudness for being a Sudanese like everyone else with his/her own nationality.Stop spoiling the name of Goss and our nation of South around the glob,we need you back in South.

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    • 25 June 2008 10:46, by biarawieu

      This is how we are, some people don,t understand why we have been escaped to many foreign countries. please brothers and sisters stop doing that, to killed another person at the end you will be kill whenever necessary and why do we lost our life for nothing. if you have nothing to do come back to South Sudan there are so many thing going on here. further more if you feel overwhelmed that you are crazy or too young to work for the community to make change, then you are limiting time. or if you like killing you are wellcome war is still going on here in the other part of Sudan. Biar manyuon Bul(Australia

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  • 25 June 2008 12:56, by majak wei ayuen

    Shame on activist,instead you should be united and find your way forwards for the future of your country than bringing shame to us.It is unbecoming,stop that brothers.We are expecting you to potray our image in good manner not bad manner.

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