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Over 9,000 rifles collected in Jonglei as disarmament enters third week

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March 29, 2012 (BOR) - South Sudan’s army said Wednesday that it has collected 9,326 illegal rifles from civilians in Jonglei State as the tense disarmament campaign enters its third week.

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Rifles collected from Waat, Uror County as part of the Jonglei State diarmament campaign. 28 March 2012 (ST)

The campaign started 14 March in Bor, Jonglei’s capital, after South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir officially opened the campaign two days earlier. The process was started in response to large scale clashes between rival cattle herding groups in what is South Sudan’s largest state.

South Sudan’s army (SPLA) was unable to stop the advance of 6,000 armed men, mainly from the Luo-Nuer tribe into Pibor County home of the Murle displacing thousands, setting fire to buildings, and steeling cows.

Reprisal attacks on Luo Nuer and Dinka areas followed. Over 100,000 people were forced to flee the violence over December and January after previous spikes in violence in June and August last year, which killed over 1,000 people.

The head of the disarmament operation in Jonglei State, Gerenal Kuol Dim Kuol, told the press at Malualchat SPLA camp in Bor, peace could not be achieved while civilians were better armed than the army.

“When civilians are armed like this", he said pointing at the newly collected rifles from Waat in Uror County, "you don’t expect such a place to be peaceful."

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The head of disarmament operation in Jonglei State, Gerenal Kuol Dim Kuol, standing infront of the rifles collected from Waat, Uror County. 28 March 2012 (ST)

Uror County, is home to some of the Lou Nuer community thought to be responsible for the December and January raid on Pibor County. As well wanting to return stolen cattle, and abducted women and children the group calling itself the Nuer White Army (NWA) also said it intended to disarm the Murle themselves.

Previous campaigns in Jonglei have seen some groups unwilling to disarm for fear that they will be vulnerable to attack from their neighbours.

Kuol announced that the SPLA had collected 862 Ak47 rifles and 16 modernised Kalashnikov (PKMs).

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Rifles collected from Waat, Uror County as part of the Jonglei State diarmament campaign. 28 March 2012 (ST)

During the NWA raid on Pibor the SPLA and UN troops were only able to secure some areas of town centres as they were overwhelmed by the number of Nuer armed men. intent raiders intent on retribution and

Kuol admitted that in some instances the number of illegal weapons in South Sudan means that the army fears being challenged by civilians.

“They are even superior to some infantry divisions. People can challenge the army when they are more armed than the soldiers,” he continued.

Kuol said the disarmament process was going well without resistance.

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The head of disarmament operation in Jonglei State, Gerenal Kuol Dim Kuol, standing infront of the rifles collected from Waat, Uror County. 28 March 2012 (ST)

A week ago the SPLA clashed with supporters of the self-proclaimed prophet of Lou Nuer in Uror County but Dim said he had escaped with some armed men to Ethiopia.

“General[ly] it is peaceful. The only person who is resisting the disarmament is the magician who is claiming himself to be a prophet from God. The magician who committed atrocities in Likuamgule, he has run to Ethiopia and with him are some few youth”, Dim said.

“We have informed the Ethiopian Army, they either they arrest them or they chase them away from Ethiopia to South Sudan. Our forces are respecting the territorial integrity of Ethiopia, I have ordered them not to enter into Ethiopian territory”, he continued.

SPLA ACCUSED OF CRIMES

The forces conducting disarmament have been accused of committing various offences since the process began including rape and looting. Communities have also accused the army of failing to avail them protection once they have disarmed.

The youth of Bor County on Saturday called on the army in Jonglei state to protect civilians as they disarm the population.

Bor Youth secretary general, Riak Majak Riak, acknowledged that disarmament had been successful but locals have been left vulnerable to external attacks.

“About 7,000 rifles are reported to have been collected from the civilians in Bor County and people are left with nothing in their hands. I would urge the government to come in and provide us full security so that our people would this time go to the villages and cultivate in the near coming months. We are urging the SPLA to provide maximum security to our people.”

MURLE YOUTH RAID ETHIOPIA

General Kuol also said on Wednesday that over 3,000 Murle youth had crossed from South Sudan’s Pochalla County into Ethiopia going as far as the Bonga area.

Dim said the army has communicated the issue to the Ethiopian army and that the raiders had stolen large numbers of cattle. He expressed fears that cycle of raids and counter raids could become international after the Murle incursion into Ethiopia.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 2012 08:07, by LL Reuben

    They better pursue those 3,000 Murle youths who’ve skip disarmament and infiltrated into the Ethiopia borders. Otherwise the whole world need not to blame the Lou and Dinka youth later if they take matters to their hands in case the Murle youth will try to repeat their insanity. Guns collection is a good initiative but buffer zones need to be installed afterward. Thanks to Gen Dim and Yaka.

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    • 31 March 2012 11:56, by Akobo River

      I have been in one of the disarming centres a week ago, believe me most of the arms collected from Lou Nuer and Murlei are useless and not functioning, also most of Lou Nuer youth currently speaking are in Ethiopia with thier arms. That means once dissarment process conclude, the cycle will start again. SPLA should monitor border with Ethiopia. Jonglei & Upper Nile state should take this seriuos.

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  • 31 March 2012 08:09, by Michael Angelo

    This is a waste of time because those guns will return soon to civillians. It’s the same SPLA & Kharoum who armed the civillian in order to kill themselves.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:39, by George Bol

      Michael,

      This disarmament is not a waste of time but a great work done by general Dim. Can you guys see how te militia of waat, Uror, and Akobo hold the modern weapons that were given to them by Khartoum. Check their guns! that Nyagat magic plus his militia need to be capured and tortured better.

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      • 31 March 2012 15:36, by Cobra Bior

        Kuol got it all twisted. we being knowing kuol poor planning since we were in the bush. 1000 guns from murle in 3 weeks disarment??? compare to 7000 from Dinka Bor? oh poor boy!! we need our guns back so that our civilian would protect themselves on any possible attack. my advice to Dinka Bor Nuer lou youth, you are left vulnerable to murle attack by this poor planned disarment.

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  • 31 March 2012 08:12, by viper

    Those wild youths fleeing into Ethiopia have to be pursued couz there is no safe heaven this time for criminals. Kuol Dim and his staffs have to execute the orders of the president by making sure that all are disarmed and Jonglei is peaceful

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  • 31 March 2012 08:15, by Gogrialboys

    Guys, I’m not surprise to see this sophisticated machine guns and thousands of Ak47 in the hands of Jonglei citizens. Where in the world can you find citizen arms than their national army? I know Jonglei have two notorious tribes, and those are Nuer and Murle. It is a fact that this two communities always turn their guns to their fellow southsudanese and not Arabs. See the migician run to Ethiopia

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    • 31 March 2012 08:30, by Gogrialboys

      Guys, I’m not suggesting that Dinka has no weapons in Jonglei, but they don’t attack any tribe to get children or cows for that matter. That is why many of you Nuer and Murle take advantage of them with the assumption that they are coward. I know people hate dinka not because they do any thing wrong to them, but because they lead them. It is the fact, Dinka cannot form militia to kill civilians.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:43, by Ruach

      Gogrial boy.A blind man blames another blind man that he is a rightous man!What about chaos u are creating in Warrap against Bentiu-Nuer and among yourselves?Don’t blame Nuer & Murle.What about Dinka Bor with 7000 illegal guns?Where did they get these guns? Thinking that u are better person will simply force u down!!

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      • 31 March 2012 10:42, by Gogrialboys

        Mr. Ruach, it is the Arabs sponsor militias from Unity state that fighting us always in Warap. Ruach, if dinka has to do what you people have been doing, I think we could have not made it to this country we call a nation today. I’m sorry that the good Nuer people and leaders have no voice in your community, only the militias, uneducated and antimonyjang thugs are the one popular.

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      • 1 April 2012 08:42, by MKee

        ruach or whoever you called yourselves, Dinka Bor gave everthings they have and that why you see that 7000? Do you know how many guns could have been collected in your community and murle if they were willing to give up their arms? It could be hundred of thousand...but your uncle ran to ethiopia to resist disarment, what do you expect from your youth if the their leader don’t coorporate with SPLA?

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  • 31 March 2012 08:20, by Isaac Khamis

    The peace lover communities comprised of Dinka, Anyuak and Nuer are now been disarmed and they are been vanerable and Murle is still at large with their weapons where some 3000 youths have now looted from best friend Ethiopia. what next if Murle are refusing?

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  • 31 March 2012 08:28, by George Bol

    Nuer machine guns work when raiding other communities but when the real war come,they started joining our really enemy and think that they will get some rooms. Good that we are collecting Gabriel Tanganyang and kordon Kong machine guns. We need these guns because we are gong to used them agaist the real jalaba/enemy than looting citizens cattle.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:51, by Ruach

      George Bor.Ci gaar ku cie gaar muoor.Coli Naath i Malitia.Liel muoor.Who armed Dinka Bor with 7,000 rifles?Bor are known for their unproductive dirty poletics annexed with tribal interests.Your interest is not very far from this.Blaming Nuer every time.If Lou-Nuer youths had no guns,u could kill them all!Coward mi liel ceth

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    • 31 March 2012 10:56, by Gogrialboys

      George Bol, this is what I told mr. Ruach before that no community in southsudan that have RPGs, and machine guns in their villages. The problem with our brothers Nuer, is that they don’t face the real enemy as you put it with their guns. If you look back in the history of southsudan, you will find Nuer waging war against monyjang. They will never stop collecting guns from their husbands Arabs.

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      • 31 March 2012 13:11, by Ruach

        Gogrial Boy.Your wise enemy is better than your stupid friend.Judge your activities.When leaderships will be taken from u,u will look and become poor with no visions.

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    • 31 March 2012 19:28, by Nuer

      This dog called G. Bol, will never reveal the true on this web till the end of this world. Is those guns collected from Waat, and Uror were not given to Lou by your uncle George Athor? when Kuol arms Murless and leaving Lou vulnerable as a part of his governorship project which he only implemented in the State? How come a governor could arm civilians to protect sovereign State? Kuol is behind al

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      • 31 March 2012 19:30, by Nuer

        Kuol is behind all the mess in Jonglie. However, if u G. Boll will not shut your ass up, things will turn worst in Jonglei as u wanted.

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  • 31 March 2012 19:43, by somebody are Tonj

    Far too much babbling in this comment box. These attacks are simply a case of revenge. Most conflicts started many years ago and have gone down the generations and hostility against other tribes is constantly present with cattle keepers.

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