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S. Sudan: 50,000 displaced as Pibor attacks condemned


January 2, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) called for the immediate withdrawal of the Lou-Nuer from Pibor County and an end to over a week of fighting in Jonglei state, on Monday.

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IDPs from the Murle tribe, wait to receive food rations and other items from the World Food Programme at a distribution point in Pibor town, in the Sudanese state of Jonglei. (file/UN)

The UN estimates that between 20,000 and 50,000 people have been displaced by the Luo-Nuer attacks on areas which are home to the Murle ethnic group. Violence between the rival cattle herding group has killed approximately 1,000 people since June 2010.

Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, told Reuters that the displaced are "without water, shelter and food. They are hiding in the bush".

Medicine Sans Frontier, which provides the only health centres in the area, has ceased working in Pibor as two of their clinics have been damaged and most of their local staff have fled south with the rest of the population.

On Monday 2 January, Reuters reported that according to UN sources around 3,000 soldiers and 800 policeman were being deployed to Pibor. However, South Sudan’s military have said that an extra 2,000 police and undisclosed number of troops would be sent.

Although the UN and government troops were unable to stop the advance of around 6,000 Luo-Nuer armed men further into Pibor county on 31 December, they remain in control of the centre of Pibor town. However they have stated that large areas have been burnt to the ground.

The military reported on Monday that an attack by the Luo-Nuer on an army barracks in Pibor had been repulsed.

The Pibor commissioner has told the Sudan Tribune that he estimates that hundreds have died in the clashes with the Luo-Nuer, who are reported to be moving further south towards the fleeing population.

South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, told the BBC on Monday that civilians had been informed that they would be safer if they moved to specific areas. Meanwhile the UN has advised the Murle population to flee the area.


SSHURSA urged the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and police not to use unnecessary or disproportionate force on the armed Lou-Nuer civilians but rather they should protect vulnerable groups.

The indigenous human rights group asked that the government and UN agencies to work together with the local communities to devise mechanisms to put the tribal and inter-tribal conflicts to an end in Jonglei state.

Investigations to bring the perpetrators to justice should be instigated, the organisation said, adding that the growing humanitarian situation must also be addressed. The killing of innocent civilians, particularly women and children, was a serious human rights violation, the SSHURSA said.

The advocacy group further added that it believed the Jonglei state government to be biased in dealing with tribal conflicts, particularly when it comes to the protection of smaller ethnic groups.

SSHURSA allege that community leaders at a state and national level are "good in making statements publicly but encouraging silently their armed civilians to attack each other”.

“However, regardless of all these obstacles still efforts must be exerted to ensure that this senseless conflict is brought to a halt and the local tribes are encouraged to peacefully co-exist”.

The advocacy group recommended that the government and UN create buffer zones between the warring Jonglei tribes to prevent armed civilians from crossing to attack each other.

“SSHURSA urges the aid agencies to immediately deliver humanitarian assistance to the displaced population in the fighting zones. The life of these vulnerable groups is now in critical danger and must be rescued immediately.”


SSHURSA said it also condemns an attack on civilians in Akobo County on 1 January. The group said that the attack which was carried out by unknown gunmen killed five people and a further five were abducted.

Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011 cattle raiding and revenge attacks have continued despite attempts by the government to disarm the population.

Decades of civil war with north Sudan have left a legacy of poverty and underdevelopment which has led to fierce competition over resources. There is also a high proliferation of weapons.

Cattle are still an essential part of the South Sudanese economy as they demonstrate status and are used to pay dowries in many areas.

The clashes between the Luo-Nuer and the Murle began as cattle raids but the latest attack seems to be as more about revenge than cattle raiding or looting.


The Lou-Nuer armed group are demanding the recovery of 180 women and children allegedly kidnapped by the rival Murle in August during an attack in Uror County.

The Lou-Nuer fighters claim that the attack, which began last week was ’self defense’ and ’retaliation’. The group is now demanding that the SPLA disarm the Murle, before they hand in their weapons.

Statements from the group say that they will not leave Pibor county until all the Murle have been disarmed.


The Governor of Lakes state Chol Tong Mayay called for an end to cattle raiding and violence in the state in his New Year address in Rumbek on Sunday 1 January.

Speaking at the Lakes state assembly the Governor called upon MPs to forget their political differences and focus on developing the state.

"The year 2012 will be a year for peace and reconcilition as well development in remote places" he said. "I need a peaceful state, let all cattle rustling stop between Yirol West and Rumbek East as well Rumbek North and Cueibet."


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  • 3 January 2012 08:16, by E. Defense Forces

    I think it’s time for Equatoria let go of the rest of RSS. We want development but you animals are busy killing each other.

    Kokora Oyee
    Viva Murle

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    • 3 January 2012 09:09, by Ayuen deng

      Those who are displace by this war shuold blame thier fathers or brothers who are used to kidnapping child and killing people from Lou Nuer and greater Bor.you enjoy that suffering as you usually enjoy your father’s victory in killing and looting cows.

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      • 4 January 2012 06:08, by Dut Monybor

        Hi Ayuen Deng.
        Don’t support that massive killing it will bring depopulation in Jonglei state and time will come for people to compete between state with other state .What will you do if all murle died?they are part of Jonglei population.

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    • 3 January 2012 09:22, by Aarai Baka

      Did I heard it that Akobo have under attack while they youth are in Murle Land? Kim Deng, Gorden Wang must have to call back they youth to come and deal with what going on back at nuerland. Nuer fans will laugh for now and cry later. Murle will hit harder than what happening now in their areas. shameful, nuer coming back without any single cow or children that Murle have taken.

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      • 3 January 2012 11:01, by Makeethy

        @ Ararai,
        You seem to lack wisdom. You talk shit because you are aware of SPLA involvement, otherwise this would have been the end of murle.

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        • 3 January 2012 11:37, by Aarai Baka

          To Makeethy

          the only thing I can reply to you is just to spell my name right, it not ararai but Aarai Baka. there is nothing call the end of Murle. Murle still will be existing for ever no matter Nuer with Bor dinka wish them to be wipe off in the face of earth, that will not going to happen at all. u attack murle in their homeland, and they are going to attack your place behind u.

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          • 3 January 2012 16:01, by biarawieu

            shame on president and his government of enjoying civilians killing themselves while you are conforable stealing money, drinking beer, hunting for bitch.

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          • 3 January 2012 18:27, by ding dang

            you are right brother ,that they wanted 2 eliminate murle, let me tell the fools that only God almighty will finish the entire tribe not these flies

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      • 3 January 2012 18:16, by ding dang

        It has really been a sad news for the murle, however i believe they did not get much losses in terms of life coz the nuer attack was noticed ryt from their land, da fact is their attack is a liability to them coz they lost more lives and gained nothing atall on top. minority but gifted wit skills of fighting just like israelites. u nuer should migrate early coz u will face it rough.

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      • 3 January 2012 22:08, by Benson Gatkech Reath

        Please,if you are Murle you better join your people and fight with Lou youth,if you will not die,instead of you fighting with your mouth,ask your youth if they come here,they use to have how many hours or days? and Lou youth have spent how many days there now? you better seek peace for Lou youth please,otherwise they will finish all of you.

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        • 4 January 2012 11:17, by ding dang

          facts are always bitter, da fact is when murle attacked akobo, dead were reading in thousands, now look at urs only 150 in both sides n majority are nuer who always deserves dead, u will continue 2 be killed by murle da worrior 4 life n know dat they will eliminate u till akobo. came wit nothing and gained nothing coz u really smell blood

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    • 3 January 2012 11:54, by Aarai Baka

      it just Tom & Jerry games. Tom want to crash Jerry by all means but he is too little to be crashed. Tom loss all the times. nuers should just realized that they cannot wipe off Murle by any mean. Murle are not well educated but they are too smart than nuers. chest game, murle gives a check to nuers now, later on no move or u lost.

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      • 3 January 2012 14:21, by Acamtelaau

        Mr. Aarai,I know you are a one part supporter according to what I have seen in your comments since the begin of this ethnic war. You need to stop mouth fighting. You’re like a barking dog. Think about the consiquences of fighting each other very often. Your chest game you’re talking about is nothing. I didn’t see any Check death that has been made by either tribe. I don’t want to see. Do you?

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    • 3 January 2012 12:54, by Lokorong

      fuck off with your kokora. Dare try it this time if you mother fuckers will Not end up seeking refugee in Uganda again. All of us want development, did you understand that mr animal?

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    • 3 January 2012 13:54, by Waucity

      Do you have oil, You Equatorians do you have oil..Talking of development why didn’t you first fight during so you can actually have development in your land..That is what I hate about you so call equatorians, the fact that Murlei has been the one killing people and kidnapping children does not mean anything to you..Cowards are always one sided.

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    • 3 January 2012 14:07, by Waucity

      Murlei are ugly people with no honour to respect their leaders, now that SPLA has involve to help them, they will belittle this generous decision and before you know it, they will be killing, raiding and kidnapping again...Murlei are the only embarrassing thing that exist in Southern Sudan.

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    • 3 January 2012 15:18, by SSLA/M Supporter

      What are you defending? Whenever you decide to join your brothers in Uganda, DRC, CAR and Kenya, please go for it without any hesitation because you will never hear any single gunshot from us in an attempt to prevent you from seceding! Break away quickly before those apes you call brothers in the above cited counties, bring us HIV/AIDS, crimes and prostitution through you because they resemble you

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    • 3 January 2012 16:05, by SSLA/M Supporter

      your clones, making it hard for us to differentiate them from you! Remember that we aren’t fun of you too and it’s not like your Equatoria region which is poor of black gold and with its only dense tropical rainforests or jungles, which make it unsuitable for agriculture, is important for the economics of our country! The powerhouse of the S. Sudan’s economic is our oil-agriculture-rich..

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      • 3 January 2012 17:53, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Savanna climates in our Greater Nilotic region, so what do we need from your poor Equatoria region?! Don’t be misled by all the green dense tropical rainforests you are seeing around you in Equatoria region as that doesn’t means wealth, unless you are going to do logging business with disastrous environmental consequences! Possessing tropical rainforests doesn’t mean abundance!

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        • 3 January 2012 18:06, by SSLA/M Supporter

          Look at those of northern ugnada, eastern DRC and eastern CAR, who live in those dense green tropical jungles but are still too poor to afford even a pair of jeans or daily breads! What will make you different from them? Equatorians are not contributing or going to contribute anything to the development of SS because they aren’t producers but just Macrophages! So what is the point of keeping you?

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    • 4 January 2012 00:35, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      Dear readers, I might be agree with some of your comments made on this website. For example,I hear people talking about the peaceful environment of the Greater Equartoria region in South Sudan. Why are they in peace among themselves? It is because 85% of their citizens are well being educators people compared with the percenage number who are less educated in the other two regions of South Sudan.

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    • 4 January 2012 00:41, by vision

      You are right people for development I greed with you, but don’t mentioned the Equatoria defence force, because you were working with Northern Government, remembered when E. defence force recapture Torit from SPLA and brought back Jalaba. I am so sorry but I appriciate that you become aware of the importance of land, and the people now.

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  • 3 January 2012 08:18, by George Bol

    SPLA must confront those who attack civilians. The strong law against those who raids others must be annexed in the constitution of SS. What? condemed the Akobo attack while not the brutal attacks against the Murle. The nuer Lou and Jikany youth is coordination with their leaders. The communities leaders must be investigated because they knew the raids.

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    • 3 January 2012 08:28, by NUER ONE

      Were did they get so many gun from?

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      • 3 January 2012 08:48, by E. Defense Forces

        @Nuer one They got it from Nuer generals in the government. The top military brass are held by Nuer. Murle the few the warriors, right now are in Nuerland kicking a**. Those Black/yellow/white Nuer kids army better go home or they gonna get lost in Murleland.
        Done worry Murle just go to Nimule you will find alot of cattle over there with no own, consider a gift from Madi.

        Viva Murle

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        • 3 January 2012 09:14, by monydu kudu

          Luo-Nuer, don’t you think you are killing your own fellows humans and country mates,can you fear God, what will you gain in killing Murle, inocents children and women.if you just want cattles take the cows and don’t kill them.one day one time God will punish nuer for their stupid behaviours.

          Monydu Kudu

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          • 3 January 2012 21:56, by Benson Gatkech Reath

            My friend,are you not hearing things.It is known to every corners of South Sudan that Murle are the people who started raiding cattle of Lou Nuer,killing their children,women and abducting them and now you are blaming Lou not to that.No blame from God or human being,is only person ,who don’t know anythings,who blaming Lou.You have not heard Pieri and Manreng attacked.

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      • 3 January 2012 08:49, by From the South

        Nuer One guy, this is a very good question indeed, you don’t know where you get your many guns from? thinking that u will destroy Murle, we know there are some people out there behind this Act, and who are enemies of Murle, we know how jealousy you are, and how shameful you feel that this very tiny tribe are well known for their bravo heart. unlike u robbers, criminals, accusers but the whole

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        • 3 January 2012 08:53, by From the South

          world knows all about this. One day the truth will prevail. and your Government who support all this atrocities will be brought to Justice. How come you dont know exactly where you get your gun, since you mentioned in your earlier post that you are one of the fighters? God Forbide.

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          • 3 January 2012 10:53, by Makeethy

            @ from south sudan,
            you are just a fucking shit. Are you not aware of the attrocities your tribes men cause all the time? Bear this in mind: major wars with Arab north are over; it’s now time to deal with murle. You talked about Murle bravary, why did they flee, allowing their land be invaded? Has it not been fear of God, you all deserve to die.

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            • 9 January 2012 09:07, by From the South

              @ Makeethy,

              Think of me as a fucnking shit, while you are just a fucking idiot. No Murle have fled, the truth is well known while your top leaders managed to disarm Murle inorder to uses silly people like Nuer to try to wipe Murle, hahahaha its justa failed attempt. just wait and see the result. If nuer were brave, they would not come as many as they are just to fight some 10peoples. shame on you

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      • 3 January 2012 08:53, by athor deng

        Nuer...ahaha "Were did they get so many gun from? Good question, 6000 armed Nuer Lou...Everyone in South Sudan owned a gun,i guess

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      • 3 January 2012 08:54, by The Commissioner

        From Top political and military Nuer leaders. They are targetting women and children only and massacring them all in the bush, while abducting some. Mr. Wang, if you are a Mr, I am not an official whatsoever

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        • 3 January 2012 09:55, by Dakkin

          Hi Mr Commissioner,
          Too bad if the Lou youth are killing Murle children and not the other way round as you fancy. Parasites! Parasites!

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          • 3 January 2012 10:24, by The Commissioner

            Dakkin, How are you my old friend. In 1991 these criminals targetted and massacred women and children in Bor. Now the same gangs are targetting children and women mainly to massacre or abduct. They are after Murle cattle so that they can eat some and steal more for their hungry children back home in Lou and Jikeny

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            • 3 January 2012 12:51, by Dakkin

              Hi Mr Commissioner,
              I was just hoping that the Lou can abduct Murle children they way you do but who knows maybe they want your mother instead

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              • 3 January 2012 14:17, by The Commissioner

                Primitive Dakkin, How do you feel if I tell you now I am going to fuck you and your mother. Therefore mind your manners when on-line and respect others. There is no any need of mentioning mothers because they are the ones who bore us all. Do you understand now little animal dakkin

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                • 3 January 2012 15:30, by Dakkin

                  Hi mr commissioner,Little parasite community called Murle need a bullet injection.
                  Who told you that we need your children or your sick mother? You are a midget.

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      • 3 January 2012 15:47, by Ahmed Chol

        @Nuer One,

        They got guns from George Athor, and from John Garang. That was before they both die.

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    • 3 January 2012 10:22, by Gueth Bidok

      Goerge Bol

      This is about human right not about who you might personally dislike. It’s also about to stop tribal conflict not about who got hit harder!! Akobo and the rest of attacks that took place while Lou Nuer in Murle land have to be condamned. All of these CRAPS are the result of government’s failure to rule its people!!

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      • 3 January 2012 10:33, by athor deng

        We finally got our independ and we are still killing ourselves.. Kiir government should be blam for not protecting the three communities

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  • 3 January 2012 09:42, by Lang

    The media is going overboard with this story. The government and UN have control of the town but they just go on and on as if their is still fighting. If murle in the bush don’t come back to the village for free food, if they die it’s their own problem.

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  • 3 January 2012 09:46, by Lang

    The government needs to learn how control where the people move to safety next time, and not let them get lost in the bush.

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  • 3 January 2012 14:33, by The Commissioner

    What makes me be certain of the conspiracy against the Murle even in the news is that. They don’t mention all the facts. The story is usually told one-sided. Here is the truth: in June, the Lou Nuer overwhelmed the Murle, killing 1000 mostly women and children. Thousands of cows were stolen. In August, the Murle retaliated killing some 600 and said to have stole cattle. Now Nuer attacked again claiming to look for alleged stolen children while they keep the children the stole earlier from Murle

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  • 3 January 2012 16:42, by Kim Deng

    Nuer raids/invasions always resulted in the capture of substantial numbers of young women and children. Captives taken by the Nuer always includes boys, girls, and young women of marriageable age, but the captives always outnumber the casualties inflicted on Dinka, Anyuak, Burun… by the Nuer Warriors. The loss of a single productive female is thus estimated to reduce her natal population by 3.4

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  • 3 January 2012 16:43, by Kim Deng


    The loss of a single productive female is thus estimated to reduce her natal population by 3.4 individuals several generations later, and to add a like increment to the population she joins.

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  • 3 January 2012 16:47, 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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    • 3 January 2012 18:21, by ding dang

      fight like mad dog? they are really dogs that why they are killed like flies using a doom, the heartless nuer with no tactics of fighting, a murle will finish 30 bullets on 30 people also. go home may be one of your relative is killed

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  • 3 January 2012 17:15, by Kim Deng

    We cannot differentiate our target from the SPLA army at this time. So to protect ourselves from being hurt by our enemies, we warn the SPLA troops to avoid returning our fires, so we know they are the government troops; otherwise, we will consider any one returning our fire as our enemy and we will proceed our way.

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  • 3 January 2012 17:18, by Kim Deng

    Yesterday evening in Pibor County, the SPLA forces have start shooting at us killing several of our youth, while we were matching toward our targets looking for our kidnapped children and stolen cattle.

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  • 3 January 2012 18:28, by Kim Deng

    Mr Boloch, from the Murle community, said people who had fled Pibor had since been hunted down and killed near the River Kengen, south-east of Pibor.

    "Children and women were massacred in that area - it was yesterday on the 2nd [of January], up to the 3rd," he told Sudan Catholic Radio News.

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  • 4 January 2012 00:59, by Lang

    Lise Grande:
    go to unmultimedia for Lise Grande in the Jan.3rd daily briefing for more info. The media is trying to make this situation worse than it really i

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  • 4 January 2012 01:15, by wang

    Lou were returned home with a lot of cattle, but not mention the uncountable deads Murle kids and women. Hope Murle will learn from their chlidish behaviours. Chapter is closed

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  • 4 January 2012 01:29, by wang

    Another breaking news- Due to this recent conflict between Murle and Lou.The Citizen of Murle are decided that they don’t want to be part of the Kuol government in Jonglei State nor the Kiir government Juba anymore, which is Fantastics. Murle are Equatorians orginally and they most welcome if they are willing to follows their ancesstors, they different from us anyway.

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    • 4 January 2012 03:32, by George Bol

      Murle are tribe in the citizens of Jonglei state. do you know the meaning of Pibor? It means the land in the flooded area. The same thing to Bor because the people living in the flooded area. So, now I think the Nuer are the one that should go to Upper Nile because that is where they come from.
      The government will persuade them to stay in the state. Murle are not food seekers than Naath sure

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  • 4 January 2012 03:38, by never

    time for murle community to keep chicken instead of keeping cattle. all cows came from bor and nuer. also these worries from lou need to set up another team which with those who have been kidnaps all years of murle behaviors.

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