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Pibor and Akobo Commissioners call for peace in Jonglei


January 23, 2012 (PIBOR) - The commissioners of Pibor and Akobo Counties of Jonglei state have called upon their two rival ethic groups to stop retaliatory attacks after a month of violence.

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Akobo youth taking a wounded person into an IRC plane. 23 Jan. 2012 (ST)

The authorities urge the young men involved in cattle raiding and counter attacks to allow state government to bring development into their remote areas.

Around 120,000 people have been affected by raids between the Luo-Nuer and Murle ethnic groups according to the UN.

The commissioner of the mainly Luo Nuer populated Akobo county, Goi Jooyul Yol, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that his county is ready for peace with their southern neighbours the Murle in Pibor.

Over New Year 8,000 Luo-Nuer armed men moved into Pibor raiding cattle and attacking villages in response to a Murle raid on their territory in August 2011. Before the December raids over 1,000 people had been killed in fighting between the two groups.

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Goi Jooyul Yol the commissioner of Akobo County, Jonglei state, in his office. 23 Jan. 2012 (ST)

Commissioner Jooyul said that the presence of the rebel South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSMD/A) in Jonglei had caused a rapid increase in small arms in the area escalating the ongoing tribal conflict.

The formerly leader of the SSMD/A, the late George Athor, was responsible for arming both sides of the conflict in his bid to overthrow South Sudan’s government in Juba, Jooyul said.

The Akobo Commissioner said it was the issue of child abduction, common in Murle raids, that had triggered the massive Lou Nuer offensive into Murle territory.

Last year saw a spike in violence between the groups, Jooyul said, in comparison to 2010. This was due to the increase in arms, ongoing cattle raids revenge attacks and responding to child abduction he said.


The commissioner of Pibor County, Bridger General Joshua Konyi Irer, also called for an end to the violence claiming that the recent conflict had been fuled by politicians seeking to insert their interests.

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Bridger General Joshua Konyi Irer the commissioner of Pibor County of Jonglei in his office. 23 Jan. 2012 (ST)

Konyi urged the six month old government of South Sudan to immediately carryout disarmament in two counties.

Cattle raiding between the two groups goes back years but South Sudan’s two decade civil war with north Sudan left the region awash with weapons and with competition other resources.

In underdeveloped South Sudan, cows represent wealth and prestige and are used to pay dowries, making them essential to life in the world’s newest country.

Konyi claimed earlier this month that over 3,000 people, mainly women and children had been killed in the Luo-Nuer offensive, although this figure has been dismissed by the UN and the Juba government.

The Pibor Commissioner noted that some elements of the Luo-Nuer had described the raid on the Murle as being conducted by the Nuer White Army. Statements attributed to the group threatened the existence of the Murle.

At the height of the fighting the UN advised the Murle to flee the area as they did not have enough troops along with the South Sudanese military to protect them. Jonglei’s governor pointed out at the time that the government could not perform miracles as most of the army (SPLA) were positioned at the tense, contested border with north Sudan.

Since South Sudan seceded in July 2011 Juba has repeatedly accused Khartoum of arming southern rebels like Athor’s SSDM/A. The north denies this instead claiming that South Sudan backs their former allies in their territory north of the poorly demarcated border.

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Aerial view of Akobo county, Jonglei state, South Sudan. 23 Jan. 2012 (ST)

Commissioner Konyi said that as Khartoum had armed Athor, they were indirectly for the bloodshed in Jonglei and the humanitarian emergency it has caused.

Konyi called upon young men from his Murle tribe to stop attacking their neighbouring counties like Akobo and to cease retaliatory attacks on Lou Nuer.

"This is time for peace", he said appealing for the groups to let the government try and develop the area. "I do not want more dead - I say to youth of Murle to stop attacking because this government is yours”.

After conflict for most of Sudan’s post-colonial existence and chronic under investment war affected South Sudan is one of the poorest regions in the world.

Poor infrastructure, especially in Jonglei state, is making responding to the emergency even more difficult for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. which lacks air capacity, and other aid agencies.

Commissioner Konyi repeated his claim that “3,141 people have been killed [in Pibor County] most of them are children, women and elderly people. We have 57, 303 people being displaced”.

Meanwhile, commissioner of Akobo county has not been so quick to give casualty estimates, so far declining to give figures. At the start of the conflict he was in the US receiving eye surgery.


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  • 24 January 2012 06:51, by Cobra Bior

    Peace my ass how many times you call for peace but violent never stop? who will buy into that stinky peace. let all murle hand their guns to government first but if not, for get it.

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    • 24 January 2012 07:05, by Gueth Bidok

      Jashua Konyi may try to control Murle but I don’t think Murle listen to neither of their elders nor leaders. But yeah thumb up Jashua try your best.

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      • 24 January 2012 10:08, by John Bang

        You are correct, Murle can not understand that new Leader,unless we the neighbours to Murle giving all our cattles,and children to them, immediately they will stop abducting children and stealing and that is where Jonglei will enoy everlasting peace.

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        • 25 January 2012 10:18, by long vision

          John bang The time has come for Murle to stop abducted our children because 6% from Murle pupolation re, children that they have been abducting from us, we can not give Murle our cattles which re, our asset to Murle. we pormise this year that Murle will confiss to Lou Nuer and they will return to Lou Nuer what they had taken from them 4 time

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      • 24 January 2012 14:07, by Both Ruach Pur

        Yes Mr Gueth!!
        Joshua himself is not a peace lover but he is just confuse people. If Joshua will be a peace lover I think Lou youth will accept peace because they respect their Commissioners, Elders, MPs and also Government of South Sudan.

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        • 25 January 2012 10:22, by tutchagor

          Your right brothers because those of murle since the creation up to this minute, they are really peoples who create and make the natural environment too worst due to such a cattle rustling and child abduction. to, me if I were agovernment, I would build alot of instutions thuogh am sure they will not follow those.

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    • 24 January 2012 07:23, by Tamongali

      peace must prevail. you two valuable communities,killing from each side is a disaster to South Sudan demographic growth.The SS gov. should establish a buffer zone to separate the warring communities for a while till boiling environment cools down then collect elders of the two communities to iorn out the dispute issues among them under supervision of high level delegation of SS government.

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      • 25 January 2012 09:01, by long vision

        Long vision what was the significance of the peace maker that has been making throught the years? the conflice b/w Murle & Lou Nuer will not end for peace,or GOSS disarment,but Lou Nuer themselves will disarm Murle including cattle and guns by force whether they like or not. we Nuer,we don,t like to take child as has did by Murle, is not in our culture as toll said by Ruach

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    • 24 January 2012 08:25, by Legacy Elites

      No peace untill the genocide masterminds in the US and GOSS are indicted and tried in Hague ICC. Lou-Nuer are called LOU-NUER . . . AND NOT LUO NUER, THERE NO SUCH TRIBE AS LUO NUER AND THE LUO IN RSS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT CRIME. Children were abducted by Nuer. Now you see abduction of children and women in the thousands and the killing of civilians mainly women and children in the thousands

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      • 24 January 2012 09:10, by Ruach

        We didn’t abduct ur dirty children.Abduction is not part of our culture.I know that you ’re not Murle,but just want to fuel up the crises.Go back to your Congolese-Uganda countries.We don’t call foreigners to intervene.If you are true citizen of RSS,why don’t u intervene directly not through media?I didn’t even see ur top officials visiting the area rather they r just barking & don’t even know,,,

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        • 24 January 2012 09:18, by Ruach

          the location of Jonglei,Pibor,Akobo,Uror .etc.If so,how many Counties in south Sudan as whole?How many Counties in Jonglei State?How many Counties in Unity State,Northern Bahr El Ghazal,Warrap,Western Bahr El Ghazal,Upper Nile and Lake state?Don’t bark in the media!Shamlaka!

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        • 24 January 2012 15:40, by Tamongali

          All those rivaling about murle and luo nuer dispute. The rivaling will fertilize the ground for our common enemy to grow the seed of hatred and divide and rule principles. let us be tolerant and accept each other.Yes we can differ but we can solve it by wisdom.

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      • 24 January 2012 09:20, by Legacy Elites

        I know it is peace that we all hope for each other.

        But when the Murle were ready for peace, the Nuer armed youth rejected peace and launched instead operation wipe murle out, which was meant to kill all the Murle. Now we want those 2000 Murle children and woman abducted by Nuer and Dinka back. Let them bring the thousands upon thousands of Murle cows the white army have stolen. The Nuer and Di

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        • 24 January 2012 09:32, by Legacy Elites

          Dinka and Nuer communities will demand their allegedly abducted children and stolen cows if there is any.

          As for you the so called Ruach or Nyaruach, JIN CHOLE DI? Maal madiid. I am not a Congolese or whatever. If you have a mental problem that let you call South Sudanese other names, that is your problem and seek medical advice. I see you call many people here Cogolese Ugandans et

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          • 24 January 2012 09:43, by Ruach

            I’m not Nyaruach.That name is for female.There is nothing called chole di? instead of coali di?Nothing called Maal mi diid instead of Maale mi diit.Like the one of the very wise guy called Mi Diit in our Forum.Tell to ur Murle to leave the jungle and learn to stay at homes,cultivate,go to school,enjoy the poletics of this nation.If u are not & bark on their name, shut up

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      • 24 January 2012 09:21, by John Bang

        Mr.Legacy Elite,
        What a damn name you are! read the history of your Great Leaders very carefully will help you.It never happenned to the mighty tribe of Nuer and Dinka to abduct the children. Peace will never let you hear anything,but death will clean you dirty minds to listen the views of the nation

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        • 24 January 2012 09:53, by Legacy Elites

          Sudan Tribune’s editorial team were very clear. No offensive language, therefore if I don’t respond to those of you with offensive words, I am just abiding by the rules. You may deny all your crimes against Bor Dinka, Anyuak and now Murle which included genocides crimes child abductions rape and cattle rustling

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        • 24 January 2012 15:29, by Tamongali

          Mr Ruach, legacy and John Bang, such hard words among our selves will make the land very fertile for our common enemy to grow seeds of hatred among us.Let us tolerate each other and work together to solve the problem between lou nuer and murle communities.

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    • 24 January 2012 13:37, by Both Ruach Pur

      Iam realy appreciate what Akobo commissioner said to have peace between Pibor and Greater Akobo but am not trusted Mr Kony because there was a time when Vice President Riek and Ismail Kony came to Akobo in the year 2008 to nogetiate peace between lou and Murle, Unfortunatley murle came and attacked lou while Vice President and Ismail were in the meeting with lou.
      Futheremore, Murle are liers.

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    • 24 January 2012 19:26, by NUER ONE

      Dear all murlei,
      please stop attacks my tribe.All of us are sudanse,no need to kill your own people.DO WHAT YOUR COMMISSIONERS AT BOTH SIDE will SAY. STOP WAR.

      I new I am a nuer, now my brother had hate me for ever,But i will go back to them soon.
      NUER ONE.

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      • 25 January 2012 14:22, by Ruach

        We don’t need ur fake name,ur -ve mind.You are not Nuer,but want to spoil our name with bad comments

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  • 24 January 2012 07:03, by LL Reuben

    Cobra Bior:

    I clearly understand your frustration but peace remain the only true mean to solve any sort of conflict. Murlei, Lou Nuer and Jonglei Dinka will one day live in peace and harmony that is a fact. It will take some times though but in the end peace will prevail.

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  • 24 January 2012 07:15, by Ruach

    Murle are ready for peace?Very interesting to hear that.What I know is this Jebe/Konyi is a liar.He fully equipped his men with food,Arms to kill Lou-Nuer and Eastern Jikany-Nuer,Dinka Bor & Anyuak.Those SPLA defected officers killed were found carrying UN food distributed in Pibor.Murle are not ready for peace as the youths are in the Jungle hunting the people in their villages.Only that commissi

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    • 24 January 2012 09:19, by Aarai Baka

      To ruach

      what so interesting about u hearing that Murle are ready 4 peace? is akobo commissioner asking 4 peace too? Murle dont go to war with a big number but small with lot of tactic strategies that wouldnt let lot of lives lose. go with peace or war, Murle are ready with whatever u come with.

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      • 24 January 2012 09:30, by Ruach

        Don’t bark on behalf of Jebe/jabaar my friend.You r not needed to intervene in our land.You are a congolese or Ugandan wo disturb & fuel up the crises in RSS.I don’t even need to talk to foreigners.How many Counties in South Sudan as a whole?Don’t insult me,just give the answer.

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      • 24 January 2012 09:33, by John Bang

        You are a real Murle and a honest Murle.Murle will accept peace when they are finishing in this land of Jonglei, Murle are not wariors like the mighty Lou,but thieves who never attack at daytime,smuggling at night and steal, abduct and kill, this means Murle will not accept peace.Step by atep untill they all finish will make you hear the situation.

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        • 24 January 2012 20:00, by Aarai Baka

          To john bang

          replying to ruach cannot made me really Murle and honest Murle. there is called nothing mighty lou. as u said that murle are thieves, what about nuer who go to n attack and looted Lakes, Warrap, NBS how do u call them? stop denying trust at day ligtht. Murle take no food but cattle and does killing for revenge. no matter what this war is, nuer n Murle will not win each other war.

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      • 25 January 2012 13:49, by Green

        Aarai Baka it’s not b/se Akobo county commissioner is more interested about peace.It is b/se of tomuch cry that you are apply to the world.If so,let both Murle and Lou-Nuer ask Ross for two months with out involement of the Government and no cry for calling help.We want to see tactic you said above. We are ready with war,are you?

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      • 13 March 2012 15:20, by Nimber

        Am 100% That Akobo Commisioner like peace but Kony does not like peace because he was saying by his mouth that unles lou give all their cattle to Murle otherwise , no Disarmament in Pibor.
        if not talk to him in Pibor he will tell you what is on his mind

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  • 24 January 2012 08:28, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    If Murles listen to their commissioner then Jonglei will be the most peaceful state in the South but what know Mr Joshua will be like Ex-commissioner Mr.Akot because the only good Murle was the late ’’NYACHIGAAK’’ but the remining Murles were formerly raider and join the government when they were old ’’LET’S WAIT AND SEE THAT PEACE’’

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  • 24 January 2012 14:34, by Both Ruach Pur

    Yes Majongdulthii!!
    You are right, Joshua will be like his Ex- commissioner Akot.
    There is no person from the entired muurle Who love peace rather than abducting children and raiding cattle.
    As Mr John Bang said that unless all Nuer Children, cattle give to Murle is true but it would not happen.
    Otherwise, let them accept peace.

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  • 24 January 2012 15:05, by south boy

    shame on you pibor and Akobo commissioners, you deserv death instead of calling for peace/ you need to risegn from commissioners ship,or you need to go to court which is ICC, I don’t know you, but I think your plaining is an arab plaining, why are you killing your people, why are you holding position of being commissioners and you don’t know what to do, Am so sorry for you.

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  • 24 January 2012 17:53, by MoMur

    don’t just call dear commissioners, call at the top of of your voices. I know your voices are low but let me give you a hint on how to increase your voices; put your background behind you and view all south Sudanese as your people and serve them with a clean heart. when you do this believe me your voices will have am huge impact. am i right dear citizens? let me hear what you think

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  • 24 January 2012 20:09, by panom lualbil

    Mr.Joshua Konyi comissioner of Pibor, I was inspired by what you said ’’ recent conflict was just fuled up by politician seeking to insert his interest’’ whom I beleive as one of most wanted by government. So why won’t you recapture him leaving your community safe sir? You are discharge or talk to me soon sir!

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  • 24 January 2012 20:37, by Good Citizen

    yes we need peace but we cannot have peace when genocide campaigners keep on collecting Welfare money in order to wipe others.you either want peace or you stop pretending.if you want to wipe me out of the face of the earth, why do you call me to have peace again when you swore to annihilate me? it is not the same as the normal fight/conflict please.by the way guys,your behavior are known to be un.

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  • 24 January 2012 20:48, by Good Citizen

    by the way guys ur behavior are known everywhere as unacceptable.ask any foreigner and he will tell who the real people among south sudanese. you have brought unimaginable shame to our country.Murle fall under the category of peaceful and kind south sudanese.you may say all nosense of ’’MIGHTY THIS MIGHTY THAT’’ but even foreigners know this. u have/know ZERO principle of christianity.ZERO!

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  • 24 January 2012 20:57, by Good Citizen

    and Sudan Tribune journalists who are nuer and dinka should stop demonising Murle all the time in their nonsensical reporting.there is no way you can tell people to stop writing bad comments when you cannot stop writing and demonising others all the time.aren’t you inciting violence? please you either go with peace or go your own way.may peace prevail.

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