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S. Sudan: UN condemns tribal attacks, supports peaceful disarmament

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By Julius N. Uma

March 13, 2012 (JUBA) - The UN has strongly condemned the recent attacks in South Sudan border areas with Ethiopia, urging all those involved to exercise restraint and put an end to the inter-communal violence which resulted into several deaths, injuries and lost cattle.

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Hilde Johnson, head of UNMISS (UN)

Unknown gunmen, according to local authorities, reportedly attacked Lou Nuer cattle camps on 9 March, wounding at least 63 people, and wounding hundreds.

Following the attack, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reportedly dispatched patrols with medical teams to Akobo and Wanding areas to determine the circumstances of the clashes and to provide medical aid.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) in the country, described the attack as “unacceptable” saying the cycle of violence greatly undermines the recently instituted peace committee.

The committee, which was formed by the national government, will work on establishing peace and reconciliation between the communities in the troubled South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei.

Johnson’s remarks came a day after South Sudan President; Salva Kiir officially launched the much-hyped voluntary and simultaneous civilian disarmament process in Bor, the Jonglei state capital. Both actions aim at breaking the cycle of deadly violence in the area.

The UN expressed support towards the disarmament, it says the process will only be successful, if carried out as part of a comprehensive approach to peace, justice and reconciliation, and includes protection of the communities by security forces.

“UNMISS will support a peaceful civilian disarmament process which involves communities voluntarily giving up their illegal weapons following sensitization from local community leaders and government officials,” Johnson said prior to the launch.

It urged community leaders, government officials and security forces to ensure the disarmament process is undertaken in an orderly and safe manner, with respect for basic human rights.

While both UN peacekeepers and civilian teams will be present to monitor developments during the disarmament period, Johnson urged communities to cooperate and ensure that these important initiatives are successfully implemented.

Johnson also said the government should effectively carry out its responsibility to protect the civilian population, an initiative she described as key for establishing long term peace and stability in Jonglei.

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  • 14 March 2012 07:51, by Mi diit

    "Unknown gunmen attacked Lou-Nuer?" How do you call them unknown gunmen when they are Murle as we all know it. Or is it because they came with pick up trucks and in uniform.

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    • 14 March 2012 14:32, by Otong

      Hilde Johnson was bribe by Murle that’s why she said Lou Nuer was attacked by unknow gunmen. Let her enjoy only eating our resources than denying the the know case.

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  • 14 March 2012 08:00, by wang

    What this bitch so call Hilde Johnson doing on that screen. Where is your small satellite that was used to track the Lou-Nuer Youths movements in December was not use it last week? And why it took four days for you guys to condemn this attack?

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  • 14 March 2012 08:15, by Wiyual

    This is pathetics! When Lou Nuer went

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    • 14 March 2012 09:39, by long vision

      MRS H,Jonhson
      pls sit down & think which way you should use to disarm,Jonglei which peaceful disarmament do u,mean? pls lat me help u, how to disarm. u, should use two way one is to put SPLA ARMY from both side to protect cattle rasting for almast sixth to see hw is it,second if u, realy condemns you make some thing to parsuiede them 4 Example Project,or u, pay maney inmedeitly they,ll handove

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  • 14 March 2012 09:26, by mohammed ali

    (( wounding at least 63 people, and wounding hundreds.)) What does mean? wounding...and wounding! Previously the death toll was reported to be 500 and wounded 800!

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    • 14 March 2012 10:08, by Ruach

      "Unknown Gunme attacked Akobo area".Well,this lady called Idle Johnshit is a liar and doesn’t know her mission is South Sudan.She is prostitute may be affected by syphillis.Why do u deny the death of our pple and condemned Lou-Nuer when they attacked Murle?Why do u call them unknown gun men?Death to u!

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  • 14 March 2012 16:35, by Wiyual

    This white lay is really confusing the matter. Maybe she has been directed somewhere in Juba (one of her Boy Friend) to say what they like, and not what see observed as an UN official.

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  • 14 March 2012 17:10, by Ya Habibee

    Republic of Equatoria Oyeeee!!!
    Separation is not a bad idea.If it were,we wouldnot have voted for separation from Sudan. Equatorians need their own referendum to declare a separate republic in stead of being murdered in the broad day light by monkeys.

    Republic of equatoria oyeeee!!!

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    • 14 March 2012 18:57, by Dinkawarrior

      Mr. Uma
      “Wounding at least 63 people, and wounding hundreds” it makes no senses all! The bitch called Johnson always acting like she is a president of South Sudan and not only that, she always take aside when there is going like what happened on December between Nuer and Beermurle. I don’t know whether she is a Human Right Activist or a Trouble Maker. After how many days she is responding?

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  • 14 March 2012 19:01, by Dinkawarrior

    Mr. Uma“Wounding at least 63 people, and wounding hundreds”it makes no senses at all! The bitch called Johnson always acting like she is a president of South Sudan and not only that, she always take aside when there is something going like what happened on December between Nuer and Beermurle.I don’t know whether she is Human Right Activist or Trouble Maker. After how many days she is responding?

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