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Rescuing Jonglei’s abductees


March 3, 2012 (BOR) – Nurah Borotus spent 18 days walking to Waai and four days there before escaping to a police post and being reunited with her family on 7 February in Pibor.

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Abductee Nurah Borotus, Bor, February 6, 2012 (ST)

She was among 12 former abductees who have so far been returned to Pibor county with the help of Jonglei state’s Community Security officers.

Aguti Adut, the director of Community Security in Jonglei state, said the Murle women and children in the Lou Nuer counties of Akobo, Uror and Nyirol were identified by his officers with help of local leaders. Adut expects Pibor authorities to release kidnapped women and children from neighbouring tribes.

“We are going to Pibor [county] next week and if we get a child or a woman who is not a Murle, we shall bring them,” said Adut in Bor having brought three women and two children from Ayod and Akobo counties.

The abduction of women and children and cattle raiding between Lou Nuer and Murle tribes in Jonglei state intensified after years of civil war, which ended in 2005, left the state awash with small arms.

Armed Lou Nuer youths launched a revenge attack on Pibor county on Christmas Eve 2011. An estimated 6,000 Lou Nuer youths, ravaged Pibor villages saying they intended to rescue 180 children and women abducted in August 2011.

According to the account of Sirah John, a Murle woman who said she was abducted in January around Pibor town by Lou Nuer and taken to Ayod county with her child, she escaped and brought herself to the commissioner of Ayod who handed her to Community Security officers to be transported to Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, from where she proceed to Pibor to be reunited with her family.

Another woman, identifying herself as Kaka, said she was abducted in 2009 by Lou Nuer and taken to a village in Akobo county. Director of Community Security, Agut Adut, said he identified her during a surveying questionnaire.

“I saw her name on a paper and I said this woman seems not to be a Nuer,” Adut said of Kaka. “She was called and she narrated her story that she was abducted in 2009 [by Lou Nuer youth] and so we bring her here [to Bor] to take her to her relatives in Bor,” he added.

Kaka, Sira and a third unidentified woman with two children are the third group of abductees to recently escape or be rescued from Lou Nuer areas.

Another abductee, Nurah Borotus, said her child remained with an abductor. She escaped on 22 January from Uror county headquarters, Waai. A second girl came to Bor in February. A third group of three women and three children landed to Bor on a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) flight on 28 February.

“God bless the Government of South Sudan and Jonglei state,” Sirah said. “If there are children in Murle who belong to other tribe, I will ask for their release,” she added.

Nurah said her abductor had not been arrested and had attempted to remove her from the police station in Waai.

Nurah said she was abducted from Vertet payam [district] south of Pibor town and travelled for 18 days to Wau.

There is concern about the community security services; many of the abductees allegedly being held in Pibor are yet to be rescued and many of the abductors are yet to face criminal charges.

On 29 February Mading Alier, a Dinka Bor boy, escaped from abductees in Pibor and headed to Bor to be reunited with his parents. Alier was abducted on the Bor – Juba road in December when the car he was travelling in with his father was ambushed.

Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang said the South Sudan army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which is mandated to conduct disarmament in the state, officially notified his office that the exercise was under way on 1 March.

“I briefed the [State] ministers, members of parliament, commissioners of the counties and paramount chiefs of the state [about disarmament] and they very much appreciate the [disarmament] move,” said Kuol.

With its limited road network, travel in Jonglei state is difficult, limiting the army’s disarmament programme to dry season months, which will end in April.

The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, in his February speech in Bor impressed upon the citizens his commitment to potentially forceful disarmament.

Previous disarmament programmes have become violent; in 2006 Lou Nuer were involved in clashes with the SPLA. This programme did not cover Pibor county which led the Luo Nuer to claim that they were forced to rearm themselves for defence against the Murle.

Several other assaults on Bor villages including Jalle’s attack on 5 December 2011 was blamed on members of the Murle ethnic group. An attack on Gurumuk payam in Pibor on 7 February was blamed on Dinka Bor putting greater pressure on the government to start disarmament.


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  • 4 March 2012 09:00, by MKee

    I know nurah cann’t access this web but she would be the best person to narrate the badness of kn 2 their sub-human murle that what they are doing to other tribes is not good and should be abolished. the practice of kidnapping in international coummunity is a big crime and is punishable by number of years in prison to those who do it and murle or those who practice it should stop it as we are in 2

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  • 4 March 2012 09:09, by MKee

    ...in 21st century and those who use to set each tribe against other are now gone and it is just us the black Africans. If any tribe especially murle or nuer continue these practice of kidnapping they will always face the full force of government of south sudan as of protection of civil is not only state government duty but national gov as well. So guys from murle if there are few of you who can..

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  • 4 March 2012 09:19, by MKee

    ..who can read and write please try to inform your fellow tribemen that old practice be abolished. try to let them learn how to earn living without looting or stealing. one of the cheap way of earning your living is cultivation and murle in particular should learn this and be away from bad practices. Should they don’t change there are always consequences and this time around they will be tought a

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  • 4 March 2012 10:08, by mohammed ali

    Why call them sub-human Murle? Why Sudan Tribune says it was a revenge attack on Christhmas 2011..why you call it "revenge attack" while you mentioned there was a Murle women abducted in 2009 by Luo Neur? You are trying to incriminate only Murle with cattle rustling and abduction of children & women. Accusing them of having sexually transmitted disease causing infertility, is not true and laughabl

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  • 4 March 2012 10:14, by mohammed ali

    It is not only Murle, who do cattle rustling and child and women abduction. They all do it, even Dinka against Dinka or Neuer against Neuer.This is the fact which is known by the whole world.If this fact is not admitted and Murle & small tribes are not treated equally as humans and not sub-humans, this will not stop and killing and abduction will continue.

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    • 4 March 2012 14:11, by Ruach

      She will look dirty after few days

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      • 4 March 2012 20:48, by Gumbulla Junior

        Ruach...liel mor/mor mur/son of a bitch!

        You comment like ur asshole.Is your own household clean? right from ur ugly dad with ’railway lines’ on his face and ur toothless mum clean and smart like this woman? jonkoz learn to coexist with others...penya amok!.liel ngac!

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  • 5 March 2012 02:25, by wang

    She doesn’t wants to go back to that community anyway, but the SPLA gangs force her to do so

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