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UN commends South Sudan leadership for active role in ending violence in Jonglei state


January 6, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, has appreciated the active role played by the government of South Sudan to stop the fighting between the Lou-Nuer and Murle communities in the troubled Jonglei state.

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Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), meets with South Sudanese church and civil society leaders, 15 July 2011 (UN)

About six thousand armed youth from Lou-Nuer community, one of the ten major sections of the greater Nuer tribe located in Jonglei state, carried out what they said was a retaliatory attack against the Murle community. The Lou-Nuer were attacked in August by the Murle, killing over 700 of their members, abducting some 180 children and raiding over 38,000 heads of cattle.

The Lou-Nuer youth, in the recent revenge attack, threatened to capture all the towns and villages belonging to the Murle community, disarm the population by force and recover the 180 children abducted. The large scale attack affected “most of the Murle land” including the county’s capital, Pibor town, according to officials.

The number of the dead could not be confirmed, up to 50,000 people were displaced into the bushes and they were being hunted by the attackers, according to the United Nations (UN).

The government dispatched the Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, on 28 December 2011, to Pibor County where he told the Lou-Nuer youth to stop the fighting and return to their territories. Though the appeal was resisted for sometimes, the Lou-Nuer youth have now returned to their territories.

Hilde Johnson announced her appreciation on Thursday during her meeting with the Machar. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon also commended the efforts exerted by the government to stop the fighting, in a phone conversation with President Salve Kiir Mayardit, but said there was further need to address the root causes of the conflict.

The top UN diplomat in South Sudan, Johnson, said her organisation hailed the personal intervention by the Vice President on the ground in Pibor County, during which he visited the affected areas and talked to both the Lou-Nuer youth and Murle leaders to stop the fighting.

Machar also briefed the UN Special Representative on the decisions taken by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, declaring Jonglei state a disaster area and to appeal for humanitarian assistance for the affected populations. He said the government will also carry out disarmament throughout the state and initiate a campaign for peace among the rival communities.

Johnson informed Machar of her organization’s plan to deploy more forces of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in areas of Lou-Nuer in addition to the forces deployed in Pibor county.

The government has officially confirmed that the Lou-Nuer youth have already withdrawn from the Murle areas and were moving back to their territories.

Machar said the huge number of armed Lou-Nuer youth should be talked to on how to conduct themselves while at home as the government is concerned of the coming dry season which may prompt their movements into other areas in search of water and pasture for their tens of thousands of looted heads of cattle from the Murle community.


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  • 6 January 2012 06:52, by NUER ONE

    MURLE will not do that again.

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    • 6 January 2012 08:44, by The Commissioner

      Thank you Hilde Johnson and UN peacekeepers troops. The peace keepers defended the civilians only. The fleeing Lou Nuer were not chased after. So the UN did not seek to destroy them and they proved to be neutral, unlike some of you suggested. As for the question why did they fail to do the same when Murle attacked Nuer in Nuerland, you can remember how they first failed to defend the civilians in Pibor two day earlier when they didn’t take radical action, moreover they have now promised to deploy more troops in Nuerland to defend Nuer civilians

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    • 6 January 2012 13:12, by Pure Nationalist

      That is their duty which doesn’t need any appreciation, urge them to act more and collect all the fire arms owned by all the civilians in S Sudan, arm is not allowed to be own by untrained citizen where there is effective gv’t.

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  • 6 January 2012 07:09, by J P Puok

    UN is then bias, these bunch of fail leadership deserve no praise in the first place. they fail drastically from protecting us. why not disarm all communities long time ago by hooks or crooks? RSS need to be condemn not praise because they have morale and political responsibilities to protect the rule of law. any one violeting should be deal with squarely whether Murle or Lou-Nuer or any citizen

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  • 6 January 2012 07:13, by J P Puok

    look at the report that came out of lakes state, mahdi versus Acholi, Dinka IDPs in WES versus Moro, rebels plus North invaders. God serve us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 6 January 2012 08:02, by athor deng

      After houses were burned down and many innocent people left homeless...SPLA DID NOT DO ANYTHING, YALL SUPPOSED TO PROTECT MURLE, BOR AND NUER..#FAILEDGOVERNMENT

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  • 6 January 2012 08:31, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    The Murles are even attacking others counties despite them being attacked like in this week they had killed four people abducted a child and take away a huge number of cattle in one of Jonglei state so Murles need to be inform to stop that stupid acts otherwise the whole state will launch war against them let Juba government do something to stop this if not so there will be no state call Jonglei

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  • 6 January 2012 10:29, by Madut Tong

    I think the peace process should begin from where it stopped in November. And the stakeholders should address the root cause of this long conflict between the Lou Nuer and Murle as well as other communities.

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  • 6 January 2012 10:33, by Madut Tong

    Water and grazing land for the Lou Nuer is one of the major problems especially in the dry season. therefore, the government should not just leave them like that, they have to be shown where to go with their cattle. Otherwise they will go wherever they choose which will cause another chaos in the region.

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    • 6 January 2012 11:00, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit


      The root cause of fighting between Lou-Nuer And Murle is over water point and grazing land is a revenge on the raided cows and abducted children and women by Murles like as you heard that 25 children & 80,000 cattle had been recovered ’’SO IT IS NOT WATER ISSUE’’

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  • 6 January 2012 17:10, by Good Citizen

    The Nuer Wicked Army, NWA, has witnessed the biggest failure of all times! the Murle should be declared the most BRAVEST and strongest community allover the world,equal only to israel. 12,000 under reported as 6,000 ARMED combined Nuer and Dinka were dealt with by only 190 men of Murle. you can calculate the ratio yourself.also,SSNA has declared Nuer and Dinka communities as savages......

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  • 6 January 2012 17:15, by Good Citizen

    SSNA has declared Nuer and Dinka as Savages and should isolated from the rest of peaceful south sudanese,investors have declared Dinkas and Nuer as subhuman and should not be assisted,No development etc. Greater Equatoria has declared Dinkas and Nuer as ’’animals’’ and good Equatorian,Fertit,shilluk, should not associate himself/herself with them.any Equatorian giving, selling,leasing,renting LAND

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  • 6 January 2012 17:16, by Good Citizen

    Any Equatorian giving, selling or renting/leasing a land/house in Juba,Torit,Yambio to a Dinka/Nuer will be responsible for his/her own actions.Nuer and Dinka will regret what their savage,lawless behavior.No Nuer or Dinka will ever become the president of south sudan again because they conspire to eliminate the minor tribes through genocide....more sanctions on Nuer and Dinka are under way....

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  • 6 January 2012 21:50, by mohammed ali

    Come on Helda Jones!3000 at least are killed in just few days!Are you trying to commend yourself or z SPLA?You both faild to protect civillians while the killing is still going on.Those who escaped to the bushes are still searched & killed.More than 3000 perished and your commending!What a shame.A town comletely turned to ashes and you are commonding.This is just a cover for you miserable failure

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  • 6 January 2012 23:21, by The Commissioner

    I have not yet confirmed this, but I guess probably true, over 2000 were massacred, 1200 children abducted with number of women, over 1000 men killed, more than 370,000 head of cattle stolen. That is the latest breaking news. Your blood will not go in vain. We shall see

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    • 7 January 2012 00:11, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Mr. Commissioner, you need to advise your community Murle, or else you will be astonishingly shocked come next round. The reported cattle aren’t 370,000 but 80,000 and these are not stolen cattle but real cattle of Lou-Nuer and Dinka, your community stole for years. So they are not stolen, they returned to their rightful owners. For your revenge noone cares at the moment what you think, just do it

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    • 7 January 2012 01:01, by mohammed ali

      Comissioner, this was confirmed in Al Gazeira and the MP of Pibor" a lady" was interviwed and confirmed the number and added that Murle who escaped to the bush are still being chased and killed.For 3 days and up to now she does not know where is her family and has lost contact with completely.She criticized the SPLA for it’s failure to protect civillians.

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      • 7 January 2012 01:18, by mohammed ali

        interestingly they showed more 200 child who lost their mothers.All around 6-7 years and about another 200 with their mothers , even new born.How could the President of SS say the Murle are infertile, I donnot see any infertility here!!Again Gazira confirmed the number.http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FCE89690-0D9F-4CF3-A239-A0A03651E412.htm?GoogleStatID=9

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        • 7 January 2012 01:24, by mohammed ali

          Commissioner, let me tell you that: there is a conspiracy of scilence including the UN.Nobody wants to tell the real number, and Helda is commending the SPLA.For what? After the killing had finished!It is just a cover up for an ugly mascara and a typical genocide which happend infront of her.Probably the number is far above 5000!Pibor was completely burned out, and you say 3000 only!

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  • 7 January 2012 03:19, by The Commissioner

    A genocide has now been confirmed. It was planned and well co-ordinated. A number of top government officials are now confirmed they were behind this planned murder

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