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UN urges S. Sudan to protect of civilians in Jonglei


December 27, 2011 (JUBA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday urged the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) to take all measures necessary to protect civilians in Jonglei state.

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UNMISS peacekeepers deployed in Jonglei. (UN)

UNISS says its air patrols last week identified “thousands of armed Lou Nuer youth preparing to attack Murle communities near Likuangole in Jonglei state.”

Hilde Johnson, the special representative for the secretary general of UNMISS remarked on Tuesday, “I am deeply concerned to learn of reports of this imminent large scale attack on civilians in Jonglei State. The Government must act now if we are to avert a major tragedy.”

Johnson said UNMISS has reinforced its peacekeeper presence in key areas in Jonglei, warning that their resources are limited.

Johnson also observed that over recent months the mission has been deploying its limited resources to reinforce efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict in Jonglei.

Aleu Ayeny Aleu, a senior member of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who is currently a caretaker of the Specialised Security Committee in the National Legislative Assembly, observed that UNMISS has a mandate to protect civilians from the "imminent" security threat.

Alue also said GoSS has always protected the civilians of Jonglei and that the national assembly has recently recommended the deployment of more police and troops to insecure areas of the state.

UNMISS also continues to support and promote reconciliation between the various communities, and in particular the inclusive peace process led by the Sudan Council of Churches.

Johnson said that GoSS must increase efforts “to prevent a tragedy and avert large-scale violence”.

Both Aleu and Johnson were reacting to reports that Lou Nuer, an ethnic group prevalent in Jongeli, particularly around Uror and Akobo, staged an attack on a neighbouring Murle ethnic community based in Pibor.

Pigi county of Jonglei state has been subject to recent insecurity with an indiscriminate shooting at a church on 24 Decemeber, perpetrated by the South Sudan army and the recent killing of rebel leader, George Athor.


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  • 28 December 2011 06:18, by Kim Deng


    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are ready to face any force that may be on its path be it SPLA or UNISS.

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    • 28 December 2011 07:38, by George Bol

      We SPLM/A will sided with Murle and chase you like rates. The criminals of Nuer militia can never be allowed to enter Murle areas. You will hear what happened three days from now. Thanks

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      • 28 December 2011 08:04, by Zeki

        George Bol

        Do you know what you are talking about?
        SPLM/A will not ever support Murle and attack Nuer, if SPLA/M attemp to interfere with Nuer by attacking them, we Dinka will joint Nuer and we will cleare Murle out of Jonglei, otherwise UNMISS have to respect their mandate.

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      • 28 December 2011 08:24, by Daniel Buolmawei

        George Bol, I think you are a Murle. There’s no reason to cry this much while I didn’t see you concern this much when innocent lives were lost in Jale Pagam. I am not supporting Nuer brothers do such evilness as advocated by another evil Kim Deng, the man I wish his death happen very for peace to be realized between Nuer and other communities in Jonglei. Kim is the most dumb Nuer I have ever met.

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  • 28 December 2011 06:50, by sober

    UNMISS resources are limited and their sergeants can do nothing except sexual trespass against teenagers in the area.

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  • 28 December 2011 07:10, by mohammed ali

    Helda Jones know that SPLA thugs are not concerned with death of the poor, innocent and marginalized civillians.They are concerned only about the oil money to loooot and transfer it either to Kenya, Australia where their families live in luxury.Since UNIMISS has the mandate according to ch7 they should act to protect these marginalized civillians from an eminnent genocide.

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    • 28 December 2011 08:31, by Daniel Buolmawei

      You Mohammed Ali and MP Aleu Ayeny Aleu are really stupid. Who told you SPLA has no capabilities to contain civilian violences and conflicts in Jongeli and other insecure areas in South Sudan? Aleu Ayeny should know the security of the new NATION is in their hands not in the hand of the UN. Who are the UN stupid Aleu? Sudanese are included, do you think such soldiers including Sudanese can protect

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      • 28 December 2011 08:38, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Civilians in South Sudan? Why are so this dumb like my leaders. Please get your butts up from Juba and do something as UN Representative Hilde Johnson said. You think you can just have huge salaries and let other people of the world fight for your security, what a shame?

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        • 28 December 2011 15:04, by Wen De David Kuol

          UMISS must protect the Civilians being Murle, Nuer or Dinka, they all deserve peace.
          I remember when GOSS planned forceful disarmament for Jonglei Civilian, Lize Grandy fall short to greenlight the proposal and citing mass disturbances. now, what is happening shouldn’t be put on GOSS but on UNMISS that failed the state due to execessive human rights issues. If rights are abuse by Civilians.

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  • 29 December 2011 06:05, by Odingo

    The NGunDeng White army is ready for any stupid force against them.
    When Lou Nuer were attacked by Murles in August, killing thousands of people,and Jale attacked by Murles killing 41 people mostly children and were women, SPLA and UNMISS forces were present in Jonglei State. Why Salva Kiir and idiot Riek Machar did not send SPLA forces to stop Murles attackers before they kill Lou and Dinka?

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