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South Sudan declares Jonglei state a disaster area


January 4, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan has declared the state of Jonglei, which suffered intertribal fighting in recent days, a disaster area and appealed to the international relief agencies to help in providing relief assistance to the affected populations.

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A burning tukul (hut) in Pibor, South Sudan (UN)

Fighting erupted in late December when the 6,000 armed men from the Lou-Nuer ethnic group attacked Pibor county, the home of the Murle community, in the latest of a series of raids between the two groups.

Between 20,000 and 50,000 members of the Murle community have been displaced and hundreds are expected to have been killed. Over 1,000 have died in cattle raids, abductions and counter attacks in the last seven months.

Authorities say that the number of the dead in the latest attack, which reached its peak over New Year, may never be known because the casualties from the first heavy fighting in the areas of Nam or Biemni, at the border areas between the two communities, was not assessed.

South Sudan officials say that that it took two days for the Luo-Nuer to fight their way into Murle territory in Nam, before the Murle pulled back allowing the armed group to advance into Lilkwangole payam [district].

After failed attempts by South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar and other senior politicians to convince the Lou-Nuer not to continue their advance to attack Pibor town, move further south to raid cattle, seek to disarm the Murle or seek the return of 180 people they claim were abducted from their community.

Most of the Murle land was affected by the attacks with the exception of Boma payam [district] in the far south-eastern part of Pibor county.

Officials say that 83 members of the Lou-Nuer and 53 Murle were wounded. The numbers are less among the Murle, government sources say, as they may have not managed to escape.

A huge number more are feared to have died when the Lou-Nuer youth attacked Pibor town and expanded their operations to other payams [districts] and villages, chasing and hunting for the fleeing Murle community in the bushes.

Mary Boyoi, a South Sudanese musician from the Murle community, told the BBC that a lot of women and children lost their lives as they were left behind by the men who were able to escape faster.

The revenge attack by Lou-Nuer came as a result of a cycle of violence between communities in the state. In August, one month after South Sudan became independent, the Murle carried out a surprise attack in Lou-Nuer area, killing over 700, wounding hundreds others and raiding over 38,000 heads of cattle. They said the attack was in retaliation to an attack by Lou-Nuer in June 2011.

On Wednesday South Sudan’s cabinet held an extraordinary meeting, chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, during which it was briefed by the Vice President, Riek Machar on the situation in Jonglei state. The cabinet deliberated on the situation and passed a resolution declaring Jonglei state a disaster area.

The minister of information and spokesperson of the government, Barnaba Maria, after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday said the cabinet appealed to the international community to assist in the resettlement of the populations affected in the three communities of Murle, Lou-Nuer and Dinka in the state.

Authorities say that the Lou-Nuer youth have returned and are on the way back to their territories, with tens of thousands of heads of cattle. Cattle are important for status and for bride prices in many South Sudanese communities.

The resolution also called for the disarmament of the whole of Jonglei state to enable the government to address the underdevelopment of the state.

The cabinet fell short of declaring a state of emergency in the state.


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  • 5 January 2012 05:05, by NUER ONE

    Sorry to read that murle wounded 83 nuer and nuer wound 53 murle,That means the number of nuer killed is greater than murle.180 kids are back from murle,God is great.


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    • 5 January 2012 05:34, by Ahmed Chol

      If disarmament is to happen in Jonglei, Murle should be the first to be disarmed. They are the ones that are pushing S. Sudan backward. Neighbouring tribes can get rid of Murle and then our God known as international community will come and act later.
      Problem will not be solved if Salva is still undecided like he is in the following video

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      • 5 January 2012 06:15, by Joseph Canada

        so according to you and the rest of the south sudan Government want Murle to be crushed and disarmed eh? THIS IS A CLEAR HATRATE TO WORD MURLE BY THIS GOVERNMENT. Murle act on what have been done to them in 2011. It is written clearly and said fluently. If you want peace, why don’t you start at home? Riek Machar is Nuer and Salva is a Dinka. Disarm your people first or crush them and set an exampl

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        • 5 January 2012 06:31, by Ahmed Chol

          @Joseph Canada,
          There is nothing wrong with killing Murle so as long as they kill other people. It is Murle that abduct and sell kids, Nuer and Bor don’t want other people’s children. Murle is the first to be disarmed. If you ask Anyuak about who attacks them, they will say it is Murle. In the West & other countries, they put to death those who murder other people & that is what Lou just did.

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      • 5 January 2012 06:26, by Lang

        Ignorant fool, genocide of murle or any other tribe will not solve anything it would make the situation worse.
        It’s time we drop our tribes and become South Sudanese.

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        • 5 January 2012 07:02, by Ahmed Chol

          what will make things worse? No single tribe will miss Murle if they are gone from Jonglei. Their contribution in the national government will not be missed either. For they are good for nothing excepting destruction.

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          • 5 January 2012 08:36, by Aarai Baka

            Big tribe vs tiny tribe. nuers are good on looting, destruction of properties. during civil war, nuers went to sided north. these are sons of nuers who went to side NIF, peter Gatdet, Paulino matip, Riak machar, gatluak gai and more lists will go on and on. one murle son went to north, is Ismail Konyi. 6000 nuers vs 190 murle men. take 2 days to enter. they did really hold on to fight looters.

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            • 5 January 2012 08:41, by Aarai Baka

              there is no single tribe that neighbored with nuers cannot fight with them due to their madness like hyena who ate their own babies when no food to eat.
              u need food, dont kills but beg for it.

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      • 5 January 2012 06:38, by Lang

        It’s people like you Ahmed Chol who hold South Sudan back with your tribalism.

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        • 5 January 2012 07:06, by Ahmed Chol

          we need to be tribalist first before we become nationalist. Everything has been tried since 2006 and what Lou has done is the last resort if the government has fail to hunt criminals, then the entire community must pay the actions of some of its members.

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      • 5 January 2012 07:15, by Mi diit

        NUER ONE,

        I hope you are a non-Nuer in disguise. Are you rejoicing over the wounded from both sides? The Murle have only 53 wounded found alive because most of their wounded did not escape like the Lou-Nuer who had time to keep their wounded alive.

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      • 5 January 2012 07:39, by mohammed ali

        Chol, what you said is not true.This is happening between all tribes..all tribes not only Murle.The UN knows what is happening , you cannot fool the world by blaming Murle.Murle was revening to an attack by Neur.See this video, and you will see the same accusation to Khartoum.That time Khartoum was arming Dinka!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncg056mSrB8

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    • 5 January 2012 05:37, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Cruelty is contagious amongst uncivilized communities of Nuer and Murle.

      If nuer leave their abductee childeren from Murle and just took cows with them as a sign of food loving, than they are not different from murle who want to their land for looting,
      What a shame?
      Death to murle and nuer.

      that is why we Dinka are different from those who fought for food and freedom.
      I belive Bol now.

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      • 5 January 2012 07:22, by Mi diit

        Ya like Dinka George Athor who fought for food...

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    • 5 January 2012 09:56, by SSLA/M Supporter

      The corrupted government of Kiir and his SPLA/M thugs must be held accountable for the worsening humanitarian situation in the Jonglei State for not reacting quickly enough to the first massacre of Lou Nuer clan by Murle that led to this current disastrous retribution attack by Lou Nuer which might have claimed the lives of innocent Murle people! What sense it makes for a government.......

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      • 5 January 2012 10:01, by SSLA/M Supporter

        of an independent state to call for the help of the international for such a localised incident that included only a county? Where is the emergency reserve or fund or you used it up for importing alcohol and prostitutes from Kenya and Uganda! Kiir was complaining about oil while his people were killing themselves and he has the gut to call for international help? A country that generates billions.

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      • 5 January 2012 10:06, by SSLA/M Supporter

        of an independent state to call for an international assistance for such a localised incident that involved only a county? Where is the emergency reserve or fund or you used it for importing alcohol and prostitutes from Kenya and Uganda! Kiir was complaining about oil while his people were killing themselves and he has the gut to call for the international help? A country that generates billions..

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        • 5 January 2012 10:10, by SSLA/M Supporter

          of dollars declares a district or a county as a disaster zone and can’t put up with it? Isn’t ridicules! Why Kiir didn’t visit the so-called disaster zone to see for himself, the degree of the destruction and assure the citizens of that area that the government is going to be there for them! Being a government is not just by name but by deed that is why the UN secretary general advises

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          • 5 January 2012 10:13, by SSLA/M Supporter

            the failed regime of Kiir and his SPLA/M mafia to address the root cause of the tribal conflicts in the Jonglei state, because being a president or governor means being capable of solving problems and not to put weight or abusing alcohol while thinking that the great God will come from sky and make the miracle happen in the bling of the eye! RoSS under the SPLA/M mafia is a failed state and half!

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    • 5 January 2012 13:57, by Waucity

      Don’t ask international support..Have some dignity, these people cause wars and abduct people children and kill their parents..If to support them, you should use your own resources instead...There are many hungry people in the world due to natural causes but not human cause. Let them not have what to eat for days and die, so the will know what’s up with war.

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    • 5 January 2012 22:24, by Born-to-Rule

      Mr. Nuer One,

      Did you really read the article, Murlei had killed 700 Nuer the frist time the attacked. Why Nuer are so complacence in their respond to hedious people. Murlei must be tame effective immediatly. Murlei are hedious, savages beings. I am really being polite in my wording.

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  • 5 January 2012 05:48, by E. Defense Forces

    Equatoria and Murle get to split from the rest of the animals.

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    • 5 January 2012 22:31, by Born-to-Rule

      Mr.E. Defense Forces,

      In your dream dude, the Murlei will those little tiribe in Equatoria like little pigs. Equatoria and Murlei spliting from south Sudan, it will not happen in your life time dude. Be careful what you whish for it might just happen.

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      • 5 January 2012 22:34, by Born-to-Rule

        E. Defense Forces, I meant ... Murlei will kill the little tribes in Equatoria like little pigs.

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  • 5 January 2012 05:57, by Sundayw

    Declared a disaster area? The government of South Sudan could not stop this disaster from happening even after they were given information that Lou-Nuer youth were amassing and planning to raid Murle land. That is some government you got there. Riek himself was in Lukwangole and could not convince his tribesmen from carrying their heinous act!

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  • 5 January 2012 06:23, by Joseph Canada

    well, Sudayw, it seems to me that this government get more income through dead people. They watch uncivilized people to massacre themselves so that they can cry to the world bank for money and coffins to put money and head to Uganda. Do you see the leader of that resource Kual Manyang saying anything? why? coz he’s getting a raise!! very soon you are going to hear another fight from that state.

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  • 5 January 2012 06:30, by E. Defense Forces

    Split South Sudan into three countries and see who is going to develop fast.

    Equatoria Oyee

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    • 5 January 2012 06:49, by Martin Kat

      E.defense force proberb say dog barking and camel keep moving.

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      • 5 January 2012 07:16, by E. Defense Forces

        I get no idea what you talking about bro.

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    • 5 January 2012 11:26, by SSLA/M Supporter

      E defend forces!

      No one stops you from breaking away because you are contributing anything to the economic of SS! so it’s useless to keep people like you! Go and join your apes called brothers in Uganda,Kenya,CAR and DRC! take Murle with you if you wish!

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      • 5 January 2012 13:50, by E. Defense Forces

        Come with your dinka rebels to Equatoria and see if who is going to hell first.The rest of the seven states(wild animals) are dragging us backward because of corruptions.

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  • 5 January 2012 07:18, by Mi diit

    NUER ONE (SPLA/M dominated),

    The Murle have only 53 wounded found alive because most of their wounded did not escape like the Lou-Nuer who had time to keep all their 83 wounded alive as they were chasing the Murle. The Murle left behind most of their wounded people and could not carry them as they ran for their lives. That is a disaster in Jonglei state.

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    • 5 January 2012 09:21, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Mi_Dit i would be foolish to called myself Nuer One because that name Nuer resembol evil wickedness to me. i will never relat myself with anything connected with nuer eventhought they have good people like Hoth Moi

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      • 5 January 2012 23:08, by Born-to-Rule

        Mr. Dinka D. spla/m, I think I know what your beef is with many of the cowards. You must use psychology to bring them back online with everyone.

        The word "NUER" is a Dinka word, Nuer are actually Dinkas. Dinka call them Nuer because they speak slightly different dialect.The Dinka and Nuer are 99.9% in their DNA. Nuer population is only 78000, Dinkas need to help protect Nuer from Murlei.

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  • 5 January 2012 07:35, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    The only solution to inter-tribal fighting in Jonglei is to disarm the local communities immediately otherwise this will go on and Jonglei become less populated when census come let’s sit down and brig peace to this state because we are at the third stage of government of South Sudan due to constant fight

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  • 5 January 2012 08:00, by Dinkawarrior


    The Vice President of Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar had ordered SPLA and the Country’s police forces to short any men walking around the Courts in Bor Payams.

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  • 5 January 2012 08:01, by Dinkawarrior

    According to the sources “six people were shorted dead yesterday evening in separate attack, two from Makuach Payam, three from Mar Payam, and one from Duk County. Nine other people were seriously wounded in both Payams and in Duk County attacked.”

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  • 5 January 2012 08:02, by Dinkawarrior

    After three days of closing door meeting with the Murle Commissioner, the State Authority, and the Vice President himself. He declared the war against Bor for the second time, the VP desire to end the so call Bor community. May God Almighty bless and hoist the souls of the Six Bor sons who dead with uncertain war in peace.

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    • 5 January 2012 09:09, by Mi diit


      You people are born to lie...

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  • 5 January 2012 09:35, by Letigolight

    Dear South Sudanese again, this "E. Defence Forces" is a pure Taliban of Khartoum. Keep away from his comments. If you want to see his true colour, lets talk about united South Sudan and getting the Crocodiles from their headquarters in Juba for an offensive in Abyei, you will see him talk of peace and good neighbourhood!!!

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    • 5 January 2012 13:57, by E. Defense Forces

      @Letigolight do you get an prove that am khartoum Taliban? wish you luck with Abyei.The Dinka Abyei are sold out anyway,even their music sound like Arab music.

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  • 5 January 2012 14:26, by Simon Deng

    Dear South Sudanese,
    Lou invation is not bad. It is Legistmate thing that any Nation should do in term of dealing with criminals.All S.Sudanese know the cause and we need to support this solution which brought to us by Lou youth.Murlee are coward fulish criminals that need voilence Act to Stop their Voilen Act.Murlee will never-ever defeate Nuer but who ever support them will paid the price now.

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  • 5 January 2012 16:37, by Kim Deng


    The Murle community doesn’t deserve to have cattle at the first place if not because of Nuer mercy. The Nuer Warriors fight like mad dogs when they declare "Kac-lora/Mut." It’s not right or losing lives that matter when waging a war, but victory. Don’t disturb the sleeping Lion, otherwise your life will be in danger.

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    • 5 January 2012 18:09, by Aarai Baka

      To kim Dog

      bro u dont know what u r talking about,sleeping lion?? so u think nuers are sleeping lion? nuers are wild like lion,just based on attacking others animal because of food to eat. I knows nuers very well, if no food to eat, they got wild like lion, attacking anything moves just due to food. dont proved what Dinka Dominant SPLA said, nuers got wild when no food or will side the enemy.

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  • 5 January 2012 18:49, by Simon Deng

    Taliking is over. If there is any bloody tribe in South Sudan, which can help this dying community, we waiting for you, and we need the game now not later b/c the development will soon follow! Lou, Gaatjaak and Bentui brothers has shown their idenity. Now, we need Nasir and the rest to speak up loud and we silent our women. Murlee are not yet dead but waite for Gaatjaak to attack them.

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  • 5 January 2012 23:10, by Daniel Buolmawei

    This is a good lesson for Murle. Now is a right time for camps to be put up and put them into camps and their children must be taken to schools, so they will be taught some new ways of living. Those young men who are above schoolage and strong enough must be taken to the military camps for training and be absorbed to the military as south sudan professional soldiers. The older ones must be left---

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  • 5 January 2012 23:13, by Daniel Buolmawei

    there in the camps to wait for their sunsets. It is time to create a new Murle community out of this reckage.

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  • 6 January 2012 03:30, by Daniel Buolmawei

    BREAKING NEWS: Lou-Nuer-Dinka operation against Murle has ended. 25 Nuer and Dinka kids recovered, over 80,000 stolen Nuer and Dinka cattle returned, about 900 Dinka fighters involved in the operation to coordinate military intelligencia (i.e. as military intelligent agents) accroding to the report, and 95 fighters wounded and 15 killed on the side of Lou-Nuer-Dinka. Source: SouthSudannation.com.-

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