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Jonglei: Displaced persons fear children school out-drop as opening day approaches


January 31, 2012 (BOR) – Mary Ayen ran away with her two sisters and a brother from a village due to the recent insecurity in Jonglei state and settled in Bor town in December but now face the dilemma of where to get education when primary schools open in two week times.

Ayen, 17, said her parents remained in their village 20 kilometres east of Bor town, the capital of Jonglei state, hoping to reunite with them if government provides adequate protection to the area.

Jonglei state government say disarmament, deployment of police in “buffer zones” separating ethnic communities and creation of mobile military patrol unit will restore safety and argues villagers to be hopeful for the future.

At least 1,000 people were killed in 2011 in Jonglei state alone according to UN figures in cattle rustling and counter-raids along ethnic lines.

In December 2011, an estimated 6,000-8,000 armed Lou Nuer youth launched what they called a retaliatory attack on Murle villages in Pibor county killing hundreds and displacing thousands of people.

Exact figures have not been confirmed but the Commissioner of Pibor has said the figure is over 3,000 dead but the UN have dismissed this. The UN say that over 100,000 people have been affected by the raid and consequent attacks by the Murle in early January.

Prior to the Pibor attack, Jalle Payam [district] in Bor county inhabited by Dinka tribe on 5 December, 2011 was attacked, allegedly by Murle raiders, killing at least 50 people according to officials.

Other villages in Bor county came under a series of attack in late December, including Kapat Boma (sub-district) in Makuach Payam that left three people dead on 28 December, 2011 leading to displacement of many people including Mary Ayen and her sisters and brother.

Like other young displaced people Mary faces another dilemma: whether to stay in the town with expensive tuition fees and soaring prices of food items.

“My major fear is failing to go to school when fist term opens on February 15, 2012,” said the primary six teenager.

Her story is reflected in Bor as the number of street children has surged in January due to increasing migration from rural areas to urban areas, accelerated by a series of attack in villages remote from Bor town where Jonglei citizens believe there is better protection.

Older people remained in the villages to look after cattle and this year’s crops. Parents, who cannot afford to pay higher schools fees in town, hope that government will be able to provide security for rural areas soon.

“In a village school, the fees is only twenty South Sudanese or less but here [Bor town], it is something over fifty SSP a term,” Chol Deng, a father of four who fled from his village in January, told Sudan Tribune.


South Sudan’s government has labelled Jonglei a “disaster area” following what is thought to have been a heavy attack on Pibor county at the eve of Christmas. Both local and national authorities say comprehensive disarmament will be carried out in the troubled state “very soon.”

Jonglei state says the police have less armed men and women compared to the number of armed civilians who acquired guns during the south-north two decades of civil war.

Jonglei state minister for local government, Diing Akol, told Sudan Tribune that he is against the desertion of villages saying it was “shameful” that South Sudan’s army and police were not able to provide then with security.

“Now it is a question time and soon the situation will be normal in Jonglei state,” said Ding Akol.

“We are going to deploy forces in every Payam [district] and we will have mobile patrol units,” he said.

South Sudan became independence from Sudan in July 2011 following a January 2011 referendum, promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended two decades civil war between mainly Muslim north and South Sudan, most of whom follow Christian and traditional African beliefs.

Maintaining security in South Sudan is one of the major challenges facing the fledgling nation. The government is attempting to stop the killings through disarmament but some groups say that leaves them vulnerable to groups who have not been so well disarmed.

South Sudan’s poor road network also hinders responses to incidents, such as those over the last six weeks.


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  • 1 February 2012 07:53, by manyang mawech

    We will teach them a lesson ugly Murles.Second attack on way believe me we will use what ever resourches to make it work.If the peace is not their desire then leave us a lone. we do not need help from any one even our sons in southsudan army we dont need their help.we encourage them to stay on their duty

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    • 1 February 2012 08:16, by John Bang

      My appeal to the government of South Sudan not Jonglei gov’t.We are a part of South. S which we to be protected as citizens.Why Salva Kiir does not order the army to disarm all the civilians in the whole South? Insecurity in Jonglei is expanded to other regions in the South. What is your idea Kiir? if u have no meant to manage the citizens give the chair to Riek Machar.

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      • 1 February 2012 09:06, by Ruach

        Child abduction and trafficking was introduced by Dinka Bor to Murle.They used to steal the children among themselves,Murle/Jeb & Nuer/Naath and then sold them to Arabs who used to come to their areas by boats and ships.For more informations,u can contact Kur Alak at Bor South believed to have practised this evil acts at the time.Murle had no idea of child trafficking as they lived in Eastern Nile

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      • 1 February 2012 09:09, by Ruach

        Child abduction and trafficking was introduced to Murle by Dinka Bor.For more informations,contact Kur Alak believed to be one of the guys who at the time used to practice this evil acts!!

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      • 1 February 2012 09:31, by NUER ONE

        @ John Bang,
        My brother, this case is not the problem of our president,He protecting all southerns,even if his tribes who are his first enemy.

        This problem comes from those taking care of cattle,they think that, they are too important than any other tribes,any small case,killing will be the solution.What can our president do?
        To kill all cattle or human being? No, Let you respect human being onl

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      • 1 February 2012 13:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        The Jonglei Children,even if they do not go to the school no different,because the Educated one are still behaving like the un Educated one,better let them remain in the Cattle Camps this year for correction


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  • 1 February 2012 14:18, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    The state and national government need to do something in order to put to an end this insecurity in the state such that the entire communities go back to their homes because it is better to bring town to people not people to town as it was said by late John Garang

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  • 1 February 2012 14:56, by Waucity

    I hate Sudantribune writers, who gave them right to alter the name of the capital city of Jonglei state. It is call Mading bor...You can’t call a captial city a town...Please educate yourselves. This is why I say that english will make smart people stupid because they will never it well..Shame to call it official language.

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  • 3 February 2012 05:25, by Odingo

    RoSS is full of corruption
    children should not be charge with school fees,because many parents don’t have jobs to pay school fees for their children. Education should be make free from grade one to grade twelve. If I were president I should make it happen by allowing all children to go to school free with no cost. That is why I will be runing for presidency in twenty fifteen. Thank you all.

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  • 3 February 2012 05:39, by Odingo

    The Disarmament without border protection, is not the solution.
    I don’t think Nuer White army and Dinka Duk,will accept disarmament if Murles are not disarm first.Salva Kiir and Riek Machar must move their headQ to Murles and make sure that Murles Youth are disarmed before they come to disarm Nuer White and Dinka Duk and Dinka Bor. Otherwise, the 1991 will repeat by it self. Thanks

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