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S. Sudan deploy 1,000 police to tackle Jonglei insecurity


December 27 (JUBA) - At least 24 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in a tribal clash involving Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic communities in Jonglei state, authorities told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Members of an armed group in Akobo, Jonglei state, 2006 (UN)

Akot Mzee, a former Pibor county commissioner and a senior member of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), said in an interview with Sudan Tribune that most areas in his home town of Pibor have been attacked, allegedly by members of his neighbouring Lou Nuer ethnic community. 

“The Lou Nuer attacked Nyergeng village and all areas under Likuangole payam [district] on Monday”, Mzee told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday. 

An anonymous security officer told Sudan Tribune a figure for the number killed is unavailable as the conflict is ongoing, but confirmed that at least 24 have died.

The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) on Tuesday said it has deployed more than 1,000 police personnel to Jonglei. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) also said it was conducting air patrols in the affected areas.

Baba Medan Konyi, a member of the Jonglei State Legislative Assembly, also confirmed in separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that Lou-Nuer youths attacked number of villages in Pibor county, including Nyergeng in Likuangole payam.

UNMISS said on 26 December its air patrols identified thousands of Lou-Nuer massing to attack the Murle communities in the area.

At the time of the interview Konyi said no security forces had been deployed to the affected areas. He appealed to both groups to end the violence.

Alison Manani Magaya, the country’s minister of interior said on Tuesday that more than 1,000 police men from Central Reserve Forces have been deployed to Jonglei state in a bid to prevent more violence between the two communities.

Magaya said some of them have already reached the state capital, Bor, from whence they will continue to Gadiang. He explained the difficulty faced in the fast deployment of troops when dealing with the state’s underdeveloped road network.

Hilde Johnson, the head of UNMISS, appealed to GoSS to act quickly in order to avert a "major tragedy", and said the Mission has placed peacekeepers in the area and continues to conduct air patrols to try to help deter violence.

Johnson maintained that the responsibility to protect civilians lies with the government. "We are doing what we can within our mandate and capacities, but our resources and capacity are limited," she said.


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  • 28 December 2011 06:25, by Kim Deng

    I dont’ think retaliation over and over again is the only solution to bring Murle community to its knees, but occupation of Murleland permanently is the only way to stop Murle un-rest.

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    • 28 December 2011 06:29, by gotutu


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    • 28 December 2011 08:32, by Man manning

      These Murle people have not realized their destiny in the past and in future,otherwise they wouldn’t have been continuing to annoyed their neighbors all along. Let them face it rough this round,after all "experience is the best teacher" Lou Nuer against Murle on Super sport 3 @ anytime GMT AND AFRICAN TIME.’GARMA KEP KE MURLE GARE,LILDE BEE NG’OOM’

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      • 28 December 2011 08:49, by Aarai Baka

        Man Manning, Kim Deng

        Murle have upper hands than Nuer Lou, stop preaching hatred among communities. Murle hit back hard like what happened in June this Year cause an outcry around the world. just tell your nuer people to stop attacking others tribes and let them live in peace like humans. I love the way Murle pimp slap a bitch Nuer face. right up in that ugly faces.

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        • 28 December 2011 09:09, by Gorden Wang

          Araai Baaka,

          Do you have any score to settle with the Nuers on this site?
          If you are a Murle,your priority to help your dear people (Jaabe) should be to go and teach your people how they suppose to leave in peace with their neighbors but not doing your attack here,the Murle way against the Nuers.You know very well that Murle stand no chance to make it in an all-out war with the Lou-Nuer.

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          • 28 December 2011 09:28, by Gorden Wang

            Arai Baaka,

            Then if you are not a Murle,you must be meddling in an affairs you don’t understand.I’m a Nuer,but never been to Murle land or wish them kill, even at time when they cimmit gross human rights abuses in their cattle raiding activities against neighboring communities.Up to this time,no solution seem to be insight despite many peace conferences held to bring to an end the Murle problem..

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            • 28 December 2011 09:35, by Gorden Wang

              The Murle are supposedly the cause of delay and the deterioration of peace in Jonglei.The media here is our witness,reports of Murle attacks in Bor in the recent months indicate the will of the Murle to continue to destablise other communities not caring whether the same would happen to them.For me,I would say,the Lou-nuer attack is giving them (the Murle)back the dose of their own medicine.I do..

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              • 28 December 2011 09:41, by Gorden Wang

                not approve of it though,there are other alternatives that should have been given chance first such as disarmament which should have been done directly by the SPLA with the involvement of Murle Chiefs.But now what is done is done,I think we should now focus on, what is to be done next after this attack to prevent any further escalation of the violent to unaffacted areas of Murle land.

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                • 28 December 2011 09:55, by Gorden Wang

                  ARAAi BAAKA,

                  My last question to you is,are you now happy to see the Murle stinking and ugly asses being bullet-fried by Lou-Nuer youth? This is in response to your stupid comment against Nuer.

                  Sorry for any hurt this comment may cause to any other person apart from ARAI BAAkA.

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                  • 28 December 2011 16:16, by Aarai Baka

                    To gorden wang
                    nobody will bullet-fried murle at all man, even all others nuers combined against murle will not be able to bullet-fried. Murle can be able to bullet-fried your that butt hole at no time. my only wish to all tribes across South Sudan, is let live in peace, or government must have to take control of cattle so that other tribes cannot attack other due to cows.

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                    • 28 December 2011 16:33, by Gorden Wang

                      Araa Baaka,

                      You don’t know what you are talking about,you ought to be excuse from your utterances.

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                      • 28 December 2011 16:42, by Gorden Wang

                        I’m not preaching Nuer being the best in fighting here,but truth need to be said.The Murle are no match for the Lou-Nuer,how can you even think of all Nuer to get involve.You really don’t know Nuer as a tribe.Your ignorance is so rotening.

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                        • 28 December 2011 16:52, by Gorden Wang

                          I agree with you on one thing though,we need peace,but the way to achieve it should not be at the expense of any party.Peace must come genuinely because we need it and work for it.The Murle must abandon their way of raiding cattle and abducting children from their neighbors.That is all we ask for peace to prevail in Jonglei and Murle must response to this urgently if the need to peacfully coexist.

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                          • 28 December 2011 16:57, by Gorden Wang

                            with their neighbors.I assure you,Lou-Nuer will abide by any agreement that bring peace, so long as it’s not in expense of any one.

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          • 28 December 2011 11:46, by Murle Intellectual

            Murle and Lou Nuer are all Southern Sudanese. If you think you can chase Murle away from their land, you better be aviced here and now that you cannot finish all Murle. Murle cannot finish all Nuer or Dinka. Hitler tried it before with the Jews and failed. We better preach peace and civilization. Patriotism is what we need. If you don’t stop your aggression against my people the Murle and lift up

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            • 28 December 2011 16:19, by mon-mandhal

              To murle or( Beer )intelectual.U need to know that what your ppl did to us all thoes years is enough.we did turn our back to your unresting killing of our ppl,the Lou -N $ Dinka during war time upto date thought that u wuold chang,but the situation is now getting worst on daiy bases. So what do u thing pp can do inorder to end that,it is war sinc war is away to real peace. WAR OF RETIALATION OY

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          • 28 December 2011 16:26, by Aarai Baka

            To all Gatnaath(Nuer)
            stop attacking others tribes and learn how to behave in such a good manner. acting all time likes baboon is not good. try hard, hard and hard to live in peace with your neighbors and stop looting their belonging. try hard to produce your own food than live on others people food. try hard to get educated n stop acting like wild animal.

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        • 28 December 2011 15:48, by mon-mandhal

          Aarai Baka, i want to assure u that there is atime upper handed come to lower handed noticed that. Your longed unrest killing of neihboring counties has been problems. now the victim communities have vowed to wage more retaliation on u so that your sturboness is brought to end. u and whoever behide killing of Lou-N and Dinka will meet his or her end now and latter.

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    • 28 December 2011 08:40, by Aarai Baka

      Nobody is going to occupy Murleland at all. Nuer are such a wild humans that their life base on looting others people properties and destruction. Murle are stand still people and they do pay back when they got hit. the only good way or solution is Riak Black Teny to do peace between these communities, others than that, no solution. Nuer loots when no food to eat.

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    • 28 December 2011 09:28, by Man manning

      TO: SPLA AND UNMISS Contingent,deployment here is not the solution,the legitimate and securing solution here is "THE PASTORALIST MUST TOTALLY REFRAIN FROM RAIDING and be CONTENTED WITH THE LITTLE THEY HAVE"through your inspiration,Otherwise the tribal war wouldn’t cease despite the government contingents intervention.

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  • 28 December 2011 06:27, by gotutu

    thi will be the end of hostility in murle land , they are the only society which donot when the peace .

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    • 28 December 2011 06:49, by Sir. Nostalgic

      Revenge is not the solution to this fighting but just a matter of aggravating the situation between or among the communities. It needs people who are softhearted, so that the crime reduces. Also, the government should not deploy only 1000,but should be more than that so that criminals in communities are tackled.

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  • 28 December 2011 07:17, by mohammed ali

    These calls for genocide coming from SPLA families in Australia should stop.It is shameful and criminal. Murle are human beings and blaming and killing them will not solve any problem.It is not one tribe which practice cattle rusttling, they all do it.The problem is poverty, because the money is loooted and transfered to Australia where you are enjoing peace and security.Give them money, bread

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    • 28 December 2011 07:22, by mohammed ali

      to eat and medicine and nobody will fight.They donnot want to live in luxury like you but very simple life is enough for them. 100 police is not enough, they can do nothing, meaning GOSS is not willing to protect marginalized civillians and involved in preparing this genocide.UN should declare SS as a failed state if they donnot act vigrously to stop this genocide in action.

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    • 28 December 2011 08:05, by Lang

      Mohammed al-idiot. You should be more worried for your own citizens being ethnically cleansed not other countries. What a joke a person from a country known worldwide for ethnic cleansing is more critical of GOSS than his wn government such a joke ahaha.

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      • 28 December 2011 08:42, by Gorden Wang

        George Bol,

        What are you talking about? It’s like you own SPLM or the SPLA.Your regular rubbish talk about Nuer has gone far.One thing you should know is that you can never use SPLA against Lou-Nuer whose members constitute a great number of the institution.You are inviting more problems than you could solve.

        Solution to current communities conflict,more specially in Jonglei,lies with .....

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        • 28 December 2011 08:52, by Gorden Wang

          the people who prepetrate the killing and at the same time become victims to it.None in Jonglei is holy from the violence there,not even the Bor.

          These communities have to come togather to resolve their differences in a peaceful way, or the violence continue and surely one of the player will extinct.

          I do not condone any killing of any humanbeing but Bol,your hatred has no place in solving ...

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        • 28 December 2011 09:01, by Gorden Wang

          the conflict in Jonglei.I bet, no SPLA soldiers will be there to protect the Murle.Maybe some Bharelgazal guys,but do they have the gut? I don’t think so.I’m in the SPLA but will never put my life on the line for people who don’t understand what peace mean.

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      • 28 December 2011 13:20, by mohammed ali

        Lang, why donnot you worry instead of me? or because you are away in Australia in peace and security recieveing your regular share from the blood money of the marginalized southerners, you will be more than happy to see them all dead.Soon the UN will call to repatriate the stolen billions of the poor marginalized southerners and only then you will feel the suffering of these pple.

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        • 28 December 2011 13:39, by athor deng

          Mo, Thank you...All these tribes are fighting one another because they have nothing to eat and our government dnt care at all....everyone who is suffering in Sudan is in my prayers

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        • 28 December 2011 18:13, by Lang

          Please Al-idiot use your brain, every south Sudanese who can speak, write and read English is not an Aussie or an Elite. Get your mind together.

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    • 28 December 2011 08:45, by Man manning

      To hell with those allies who sympathize with Murle. Because they(Murle) have neither chosen to be Jongleians nor have they even participated in the autonomous regions of South Sudan following the two decades civil conflict in Sudan that eventually ended, as a result of 2005 comprehensive Peace Agreement.

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  • 28 December 2011 07:31, by George Bol

    We SPLM/A will protect Murle 100%. These militia-the previous enemy must know that Murle are not alone. Thanks

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    • 28 December 2011 07:41, by mohammed ali

      That is well said, that is great.

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  • 28 December 2011 08:37, by Man manning

    These Murle people have not realized their destiny in the past and in future,otherwise they wouldn’t have been continuing to annoyed their neighbors all along. Let them face it rough this round,after all "experience is the best teacher" Lou Nuer against Murle on Super sport 3 @ anytime GMT AND AFRICAN TIME."GARMA KEP KE MURLE GARE,LILDE BEE NG’OOM"theyhavebeenparasitesidiotswhocan’tbeself-reliance

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  • 28 December 2011 09:01, by Daniel Buolmawei

    You said perfectly Hilde Johnson, responsibilities to protect civilians lie on Kiir’s government. Let them just sit idle in Juba until they will be caught up, by that time, they will learn to react.
    Also Akot Maze has hand in this mess. I suspected him having accepted bribes from Khartoum. Akot need to be arrested and investigated.

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  • 28 December 2011 09:10, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Baba Medani Knoyi wants to contact his dad Ismail. He’s also suspicious. Ismail Konyi has been secretly sponsored terrorist activities in Jonglei for so long through money acquired from Khartoum. It is time to hold Ismail accountable for the deaths of many civilians in Jonglei.
    I am again urging Nuer community to think before acting. Nuer chooses to act irresponsibly like animals.

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    • 28 December 2011 12:30, by Murle Intellectual

      You don’t know, Baba Medan is not the son of Ismail. They are SPLM parliamentarians and not supported by Khartoum. I know them personally. Don’t mislead people deliberately

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      • 28 December 2011 12:59, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Murle Intellectual, whatsoever, you intellectuals and politician leaders of Murle community are all useless. There’s no way a tiny community like Murle sprung out of your control, and you have no shame to still speak in public. How can you be regarded as representatives of Murle community if you don’t even control a single person? Please have a control over your community and we will listen to you

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  • 28 December 2011 09:18, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Please you (Nuer) are a great community if you choose to think before action and act responsibly you will not only bring peace and unity to Upper Nile, but you will make Upper Nile become a paradise among the other regions of South Sudan. Talking of wipping out small and helpless communities like Murle is nothing but fruitless because we will not recognize your heroicism ---------

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    • 28 December 2011 10:06, by Gorden Wang

      Denial Bulmawei,

      It’s not about heroism as you think,the Lou-Nuer action is an attempt to get justice to the Murle victims.The RSS have had enough time to disarm the Murle but nothing has happened so far as disarmament is concern in Murle land.It was only a matter of time before the Murle could strike again at the unsuspecting Lou-Nuer.Now they have taken the fight to the murle land for simple...

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      • 28 December 2011 10:14, by Gorden Wang

        reason,’protection of their loved ones’. You can not put the responsibility of the stability of Upper Nile on the single shoulder of Nuer,you are irressponsible for saying that.Talking of acting wild,I guess you are from Bor,can you tell me what justifies or make the killing of Murle patients in the hospitals in Bor civilised? Man,you need to try harder than that to bring understanding between....

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        • 28 December 2011 10:21, by Gorden Wang

          our communities.An irresponsible insults can not bridge the gaps we have.No sane person or society would want to be the scarficial lamb for whatever reason.We surely want peace but we have to collectively work for it.Accepting our own guilt rather than blaming is the beginning of that peace.

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        • 28 December 2011 12:19, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Bro Wang, you may associate me with Bor but that will never impact me in defending Bor. I am not here to defend Bor as you think, I am here to bridge gaps and bring unity among my communities in Jonglei in particular and Upper Nile in general. Wang, truths are to be told in order for peace to be realized. You have seen transquility and stability in both greater Equatoria and greater Bhar el Ghazel

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          • 28 December 2011 12:29, by Daniel Buolmawei

            regions. This is because the bigger tribes in such regions like Dinka, Bari, Latuho, Zunde and Acholi observe their duties, obligations and responsibilities and behave responsibly among the other little tribes. Upper Nile is predominately Nuer and that why I turn to my Nuer community to work for peace and unity in Upper Nile. Instead of accepting being responsible and do something, ---------

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            • 28 December 2011 12:40, by Daniel Buolmawei

              you disrespectfully turned my appeal down. Who do you think will call us over and make us sit down for negotiation and reconciliation that are recipes for peace and unity if Nuer chooses to be out of self-control and out of mind like this? Please, I urge you to abandon those bunch of illiterate warlords, kick them out of Nuer community, pick up your responsibilities and renew yourselves-----------

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              • 28 December 2011 12:50, by Daniel Buolmawei

                assume the great past spirit of Nuer community and work hard to bring peace and love again to Upper Nile family. Quarrelling me with is really childish and unforwarded. We want to look ahead as brothers and sisters. The only way I think we will bring justice to the victims of Murle’s attrocities is to educate Murle. Education will change them from backwardness to civility, etc.

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                • 28 December 2011 17:08, by Gorden Wang

                  Daniel Bulmawei,

                  Man,your response is good although your argument of finding peace in Upper Nile follow the same line.Probably that’s how you see it and want the instability in Upper Nile to be resolve.Nuer to be the first to make the initiative because of their number in the region,well that doesn’t sound bad at all,but I disagree on the Nuer to make hard sacrifices such as losing lives to......

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                  • 28 December 2011 17:14, by Gorden Wang

                    criminal activities yet remain calm as nothing had happen because we want to mantain peace or initiate it.You know Nuer always pay tooth for tooth and an eye for an eye,that’s how Nuer managed to mantain peace with their neighbors for centuries.There is no other way to matain peace rather then giving the neighbor his own treat.

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      • 28 December 2011 11:03, by Daniel Buolmawei

        "It’s not about heroism as you think."

        Well, that what some like Kim Deng think. the Mighty Nuer warrior. You should better address that point to those of Kim not me.

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  • 28 December 2011 09:23, by Man manning

    TO: SPLA AND UNMISS Contingent,deployment here is not the solution,the legitimate and securing solution here is "THE PASTORALIST MUST TOTALLY REFRAIN FROM RAIDING and be CONTENTED WITH THE LITTLE THEY HAVE"through your inspiration,Otherwise the tribal war wouldn’t cease despite the government contingents intervention.

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  • 28 December 2011 09:36, by Martin Kat

    The situation of Gonlei state will be contiue unstable if Brig. sultan Ismael Konyi is still a live.
    The day you hear that he has died make sure that Gonglei state will be most stable state and peopl of state will be reunited again.
    Murle become a threat in Gonglei state because they have been supporting by their leader Konyi, but God know he will die anytime that God has arrange.

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    • 28 December 2011 15:39, by gotutu


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      • 28 December 2011 16:04, by Aarai Baka

        u really wishing all Murle are going to finished by nuer wild food lover, that not going to happened. Murle are very few in number but nuer will not be able to finished as their wish.Nuer want to killed all Dinkas, nuer want to killed all murle, nuer want to kill all others Southern Sudanese people. come on devil ngundeng dont have that power nuer wishing to finished others tribes.

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    • 28 December 2011 17:02, by mon-mandhal

      Yes, u are right Martin K what is taking place in G-state not a cattle raiding,but it,s a power and independency struggle.This has been evidencd by Kony,s proposal of Murle or( Beer) independent state.An other prove is his last mobilcel call found in late Athor,s phone. All these are ground facts.,but i wonder what a hell do SPLA wait for to eliminate this rebell?.

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  • 28 December 2011 16:46, by Kim Deng


    The Mighty Nuer Warriors declare D-day and come in broad day-light unlike you coward Jurs (Dinka, Murle, Anyuak, Burun...). Yes, the Mighty Nuer Warriors did not only take Akobo from Anyuak, but also Nasir, Wanding, Tiergol, Jekow, Chotguur, Bilpam, Makuach, Tiel, Maker, Achua/Itang, Akodo, Abol, Gambella toward Tieregak. How many Anyuaks were assimilated into Nuer community since 1800s?

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  • 28 December 2011 16:48, by Kim Deng

    Yes, the Mighty Nuer Warriors (Jech-in-Bor) did not only occupied some lands from Anyuak, but also from Jaang/Slaves and Burun/Chai. Mayom, Fangak, Waat, Ayod, Urol, Maban, Yom, Maiwut..., two-third of Nuer population is compose of other tribes who were assimilated into Nuer community one way or the other.

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  • 28 December 2011 17:46, by Kim Deng


    The Citizen Juba, 28/12/11- Juba. In a copy of a press release that a group calling itself Lou and Jikany Nuer White Army (Dech-in-Bor) has allegedly issued a copy sent by them to The Citizen that they have killed 80 SPLA soldiers for intervening in the fight on hahalf of the Murle.

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  • 28 December 2011 18:24, by Okach Philip-obang Ojway

    It hurts to see my fellow Southern Sudanese killing each other, violence is not the answer. We should have strict laws to punish those who promote tribal conflict. This is a shame!

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