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South Sudan reports mass displacement in Abyei


May 27, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A South Sudanese official on Friday claimed that 150,000 people have fled the country’s flashpoint region of Abyei since it was seized over the weekend by north Sudan army.

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Internally displaced people gather in Turalei, in the south’s Twic county, about 130 km (80 miles) from Abyei town, May 27, 2011 (Reuters Pictures)

James Kok Ruea, South Sudan minister of Humanitarian Affairs, told the BBC that people had been fleeing Abyei since the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of north Sudan occupied the region in retaliation for an ambush blamed on South Sudan army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

SAF troops were ambushed as they were being escorted out of the region by peacekeepers from the UN Mission in Sudan.

“The situation is terrible - they are running in fear from brutal violence, without shelter," Ruea was quoted.

But the figure put forward by the southern minister significantly exceeds that of the UN, which puts the number at between 30,000 and 40,000.

The UN said, in an assessment report released on Friday, that its air and ground patrols over 10 villages north and south of Abyei town showed that the area was empty except for a "heavy presence of armed men.”

"No displaced populations were observed… burnt tukuls in several villages were reported," it said.

According to Sudan’s 2008 census, the sparsely populated region of Abyei has only 52,883 people, including the populations of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms, the Messirya Arab nomadic tribe as well as other Sudanese residents in the area.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) on Friday said that thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) have poured into Southern Sudan’s Warrap, Unity and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states.

IOM said it had registered four truckloads of IDPs who arrived in Turalei in Warrap State on May 25th in addition to 1,000 IDPs who arrived on May 26 in Wunrok, south of Turalei.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Human Rights Watch on Friday accused the Sudanese government of mobilizing its forces to loot and destroy civilian property in Abyei, one day after the UN reported that items of emergency relief at its premises and those of other NGOs in Abyei were looted.

The Sudanese government “should immediately end the mass displacement of civilians and other abuses by soldiers and allied militias [in Abyei],” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Abyei region, the site of north-south tribal overlapping, is a major point of contention in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended more than two decades of civil wars between north and south Sudan in 2005.

The status of the oil-producing region was supposed to be determined through a referendum vote in January but the plebiscite never materialized due to disagreements between north and south Sudan over who can vote.


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  • 28 May 2011 06:55, by Marco A. Wek

    Things will be different after July 9th.

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    • 28 May 2011 07:22, by Original

      yes thanks and keep on supporting our people , we know after 9th July 2011 we shall be given official document of using aircraft and other heavy weapons by the international community.as we be come new born country.

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      • 28 May 2011 09:16, by Mr. Truthteller

        Ridiculous! Why inflate figures like that?

        How come 20,000 reported by UN has become 150,000 over night?

        Does that include the people of Warrap state? Or is it the usual way of inflating figures in order to get more money, more food assistance?

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        • 28 May 2011 12:11, by Supporter of Naath Cause

          Mr. Truthteller.

          That is funny. Al Jazeera reported that the total population of Abyei as 10000 people but now people are starting to talk about hundreds of thuosands fleeing Abyei when SPLA itself is saying its militia has no present in Abyei so who is fighting with SAF friends? and why civilians are fleeing Abyei when there is no fighting there? This situation is being created as a game by SPLM syndicate to make the international commnity feel sorry for them as innocent and condamn or even take military action agaist north sudan. but UN is not stupid and above all they know that SPLM is telling rubbishes and you can note that from the way t is being played down by countries like USA and UK simply because they know that there is no real humaniterian need of that size. all is a tactic from SPLM syndicate to gain the support of UN and nothing more or less.

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      • 28 May 2011 11:43, by Supporter of Naath Cause

        where are you going to get the fighters jets from. do you have a clue about how much a F16 costs !!! if wisheus are horses the beggers drive. suppose we get rid of Kiir and his SPLM syndicate. still we will need time and money to spend buying tanks and F16 plus building southern Sudan from ground zero and get rid of corruption aquired from SPLA syndicate six years in office before we even think of fighting any one.

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        • 28 May 2011 12:35, by Marco A. Wek

          Supporter of Northern Mamaliks Cause, "if wishes were horses, the beggars drive". Your saying sounds like you. It is poorly written and so are you poorly educated. Read it again and rephrase it in good English or you write your mother tongue Arabic to spare word to word translation.

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          • 28 May 2011 17:35, by Supporter of Naath Cause


            I am not claiming to be an English Man like you haahaahaja. but just want to tell you that you are not better than me educationally. this is a fact that you should know mate.

            Plus people are chating here and no big deal about some missing spellings. i.e. you can umderstand my message anyway and that is it.

            I am Nuer and not a Northerner. plus you can not compare yourself with Northerners like those who comment on this social network. but how could you accept that hard fact and you are a Dinkey.

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            • 29 May 2011 06:36, by Marco A. Wek

              Supporter of north, it doesn’t mean if you could read and write somehow then you are educated. Real education is when you know how to comprehend in a civilized manner a feature that is not in you based in the way you always comment in this site.

              I am a pure South Sudanese not a white man as you correctly put it but I know how to comment positively and sometimes better than some white man like you. You too can improve yourself if you chose to do so and that all you need to do is read more but read good books and you will avoid using street lingual.

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              • 29 May 2011 07:37, by unityfirst1 unityfirst1

                Marco A wek!
                supporter of naath shit shall be sucking some of the spla dicks very soon,but i will order my squads to spare his mama ass for me so i can satisfy her with my Dick,i will make sure that my dick is loaded in tight to supporter of naath shit til she ready to vomit her baby.oh i forgot to remind you about his mama,i have knock the fuck out of her pussy so now she’s getting heavy with my baby.i hate the arabs because they have been curse by GOD,birds of the air hate the arabs.

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  • 28 May 2011 07:20, by George Bol

    SAF will leave all their belonging after the South make their full decision. Those tanks will be ours,just a matter of time.

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  • 28 May 2011 08:27, by mohammed ali

    The last census showed that Abeyei population was about 55,000 both Dinka and messeriya and other residents.
    How come now that there are 150,000 displaced?!

    Triple the population of Abeyei.. give me a break!

    It is not good to displace a single person, but exaggeration in such a way is a lie!

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    • 28 May 2011 08:48, by Land-of-Cush

      mohammed ali

      This time we are thinking about Abyei people that get kills or their property where burns and looted by your government who just need oil only but not the owner of that region.
      For your information the figure given as 55,000 for both of Dinka and messeriya and other residents was conducted wrongly as the majority was living in the north at that time while there was no enough mobilization for them to turnouts for registrations. This number can be reach after they migrate back home for expectation of their own election that taken off by two parties NCP and SPLA.

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      • 28 May 2011 11:51, by mohammed ali


        Do you mean that they were not permenant residentes of Abeyi?

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    • 28 May 2011 11:50, by Marco A. Wek

      Mohammed Ali, you seem to comments on selective topics that have nothing to do with your northern Kizans criminals. How much are they paying you to keep watch on southern website?

      Arabs in Tunisa like the rest of the Arabs do not consider Sudanese Arabs but Africans. What do you think about although those of you still claim Arabism when true Arabs think otherwise?

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      • 28 May 2011 13:25, by mohammed ali


        The difference between me and is that argue without hurting you or try to insult or provcate you to divert you are attention , because I am sure of strong arguments!

        Suppose I claim Arabism or wan-be arab or whatever, why should it bother you? why should it offend you? why shoud it make you hate us?Suppose the rest of the Arabs don’t consider us Arabs, why should concern you? Why should bother you?I am really buzzeled! ARABS..ARABS...ARABS..so what.

        For your information Arabs are the first to give the name of ARFIQIA to Tunisia.

        I real donnot care about all this nonsense. Race has no meaning in my dictionary. Idon’t think that Arabs are superior to neither they are infrior to any. You have a problem with race and ethinicity.
        It is not only Arabs or non-arabs.. it is Dinka ..Neur..Shuluk ..All of this to me is stupid garbage!Racial hatred based on race had been instilled in Africa by the white man, to divide and cnqure. Once you believe in it , you will disminate in all directions and this what is exactly is happening in the south.What is difference between burning 7000 home by the SPLA and the allegedly done the SAF?

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      • 28 May 2011 21:12, by Supporter of Naath Cause

        Marco A wec
        Moron. I thought you are an English man. Now learn how to spell Tunisia and not Tunsia like you wrote. Now look how floosh you are Abyei orphan

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        • 29 May 2011 07:20, by unityfirst1 unityfirst1

          SHUT THE FUCK UP supporter of naath shit!
          you claim to be call an arab nation while the arabs people doesn’t want you to be arabs.what do you know about your ancestral if you was an arab,i don’t think so motherfucker.come suck my Dinka Dick or do me a favor please by holding your mama ears for me so i can teach her how to get fuck by Dinkaman.

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  • 28 May 2011 08:29, by Land-of-Cush

    Abyei citizens we never forget you and will never forget.

    You are purely south Sudanese native and your interest will not be disgust by Arab government with its SAF under NCP.

    We know that the north Sudan government never care and will never about you instead of oil. They have distorted your property and looted all your belongings.
    Even if this weak government SPLM will not provide you with any support our spirits will be with you as you are belong to us. Your being running to Southern Sudan’s Warrap, Unity and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states for safety Will show the world that you are belongs to south but not north.
    Just stays there and be patient until 9th July.

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