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Warrap state attack: South Sudan accuses Khartoum of arming militia


By Toby Collins

January 30, 2012 (LONDON) – South Sudan’s interior minister, Alison Manani Magaya, on Monday accused Khartoum of arming a militia responsible for killing “over 40” people in Warrap state.

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Women collecting aid supplies, Warrap, South Sudan, 2011 (AFP)

Magaya said the militia from Unity state which “was armed by the government of Khartoum”, also stole cattle.

"More weapons are flowing in from Khartoum ... particularly Unity state and Upper Nile," said Magaya

Spokesman for the Sudanese military, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Sawarmi Khaled, denies the claims.

Magaya was unable to specify the affiliation of those responsible for the attack. The South Sudan Liberation Movement / Army and South Sudan Democratic Movement / Army are Unity states most active rebels, but preceding recent attacks, they have released statements urging civilians to evacuate the area. It is probable that the militia was unaligned.

The attack took place in a tumultuous part of South Sudan at a time when the country is subject to increased security pressures internally and externally.

The South Sudanese army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, was put on high alert on 25 January after reports of bombing raids within its borders, perpetrated by Khartoum; and in an escalation of the ongoing dispute over the payment of oil transit fees.

Jonglei state, to the east of Unity, has recently been the scene of conflict between the Murle and Luo-Nuer ethnic groups. The UN estimates nearly 120,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.

South Kordofan, to the north of Unity, across the international border, is subject to ongoing conflict between Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North rebels which the UN estimates has displaced 200,000.

Both Juba and Khartoum have accused one another of backing rebel movements operating within their national boundaries.

The Small Arms Survey released a report in October 2011 which claimed that weapon seizures indicated that a significant quantity of South Sudanese arms may have come from Khartoum.


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  • 31 January 2012 06:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    It is so bad that there are some brother in the family who let themselves being used by the enamy that we given sanction,

    I was rekon that this time we are all very wise to know the work of segegations in our country,

    Why do I have to be used in order to killed my next helper if i am in crisis?
    this a big shame to us,
    Why are we so easy to follow enamies?
    shame on us,

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    • 1 February 2012 05:33, by NUER ONE

      Being educated or uneducated is one,But put in mind you should respect any human being not a cattle.kill your cattle for for food not a human being like yourselves.

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    • 1 February 2012 05:56, by john agoet

      To Our Respective Interiors Minster
      Let me tell you this, there is a motto says ” to be comfort close the door pass you a wine” we in the south discerned from very start that “the regimes in Khartoum” behind all problems in south Sudan but nothing has been done. to be more specific are using what so call proxy wars strategy against us manipulating garbags forms of individuals

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      • 1 February 2012 05:58, by john agoet

        to do them a dirty job, they experimenting these since independency began in Sudan in 1955 till the minute I am writing this comment, are already in our backyard planting a trebles, political divergences as a centre of their action plan taking disadvantage of literacy and poverty as a core of perplexity sending these people to the south with arms, money to generate conflicts

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        • 1 February 2012 06:00, by john agoet

          regrettably our poor tribes are the victims whiles unaware what may future brought as a result of these actions, we hearing cattle’s wrestling from time to time and that is the plan, seeing Murle tribe attacking Nure or Dinka against other Dinka or Lotoka against Tabossa or Mandari against Barie, rct.. this is a cycle going over and over again and it will never stop until we weak up

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          • 1 February 2012 06:02, by john agoet

            and do something about it otherwise it will goes monotonously to the point can’t put up with and most fear it might lead to Rwandan, Somalis style

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            • 1 February 2012 06:04, by john agoet

              Firstly I have a few suggestions these include the empowerment of our civil society to help and expose publicly these garbage individuals and what crimes they responsible for over the years, the good thing all are here in south Sudan if the case is about those who found their way to snick into the government position we will ask our legislative assembly to expel them out to streets

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              • 1 February 2012 06:06, by john agoet

                and leave the rest to public, it will be one of two either to let them back to their masters in Khartoum or to find a refuge somewhere else not in south Sudan among our tribes, their present in the south is a source of divergences as we have seen today I know some people may argue me about forgiveness but I would say not with these kinds who have lose the point from very beginning

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                • 1 February 2012 06:12, by john agoet

                  once allowing them self to be used against their own people. Mr. Minister these people needs to be shown a red eyes
                  Secondly we need permanent excitant of government in to villages though an effective law enforcement agencies including intelligent community and other sectors expressly in hot spot while we having acknowledge Dr. John Garang idea of taking towns to villages

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                  • 1 February 2012 06:14, by john agoet

                    to create opportunities, engaging everyone into development these will defuse a lot of variances between tribes since everyone busy with its own and gaining a profits at the end of day, by then there will be no card left to any prospective manipulators to play with

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  • 31 January 2012 06:13, by akid malual

    South-Sudan to acknowledge in full this Crime act Against South Oil. North Blinding Interest of Lost Economy Revenues. Criminal El Bashir attempt of Calling His Gangster regime, and gangster are already corrupted in their Combat unit. Does criminal el bashir Wage Atrocity death of Economies in Khartoum against South Sudan. Juba must wake up for wait action on Khartoum robbery gangster call N

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    • 31 January 2012 06:24, by NUER ONE

      Brothers in Warrap,
      You turn those guns against ARABS, kill the arabs only, not our dear brothes and our kids.
      It is too painful for us to kill each others.

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      • 31 January 2012 06:35, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        I believed you come form uneducated background, or may be english is the problem to understand,

        What you wrote has not been said in the artical that they people in Warrap are killing themselves to come up with your claim that don’t killed yourselves,
        who told you that They attackers are form Warrap?

        And by the way you are not great Nuer,

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  • 31 January 2012 07:39, by George Bol

    Nuer militia of peter gatdet, Galuak gai, and Banypiny know only food from civilians. The Militia of the above plus Tanganya militia are being integrated to SPLA In Mapel and the rest are loitering between Khartoum. Why are militia come mainly in Nuer kingdom?

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  • 31 January 2012 08:21, by Madina Tonj

    Juba Administration has to take responsibility for the killing in Warrap State especially in Tonj. When government disarm civilians then, its troop must be present in those areas unfortunately, it did not happen this is why I have mentioned yesterday that, Tonjes people are suffering under president Salva K. Manyardit in all level. Disarment started in Lake and Tonj communities and stop there why?

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  • 31 January 2012 08:42, by Tambura

    If government can not protect it’s people and can not deal with law breaker they should resign. All those groups come after kiir and his gangs stole the election last year. They are not capable of bring security to Unity state or in the country. They are lack of judgement and leadership a lot of them are not qualified to old post or to control their home. We should uprise to move them.....

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    • 2 February 2012 05:41, by john agoet

      To Mr.Tembura
      what you means with a ward uprising? is it by taking arms and fight the government or puplaer uprising in form of deministrations and Strikes? if it is through arms struggle then I would suggested rather then our environment doesn’t Sustain more heat I think we are enough with what we are facing right now

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