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Jonglei abductee decides to marry her abductor in Uror County

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September 13, 2012 (BOR) - A woman with her two children from the Murle ethnic group, has decided to marry the Luo Nuer man who abducted her in December last year and live with him in Jonglei’s State Uror County.

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Commissioner of Uror County, Simon H. Duoth with a group of children and women brought from Yuai in Uror County at Bor Airport, September 13, 2012 (ST)

The woman, who has not been identified, was one of the hundreds of women and children abducted during the cycle of violence between Lou Nuer of Uror County and Murle of Pibor County between December 2011 and February 2012.

The woman is believed to already been married to a Murle man, with whom she had the two children.

The commissioner of Uror County, Simon H. Duoth, who received 11 children and five Murle women who had been abducted from Pibor and held in his county, said that the woman has decided to stay with her abductor rather than return to her husband.

“This woman was abducted with her two children in December 2011 and she has now loved her abductor. They have decided to live as husband and a wife”, said Duoth

Duoth said there was no "law to force her” to return to Pibor.

Inter-marriages between Murle, Nuer and Dinka Bor are not common. The rival ethnic groups, who have a long history of raiding each others cattle, often preach bad things against another one to discourage intermarriage. Abducting women and children is also common practice during raids.

The raids over the New Year were in response to violence earlier in the year which killed over 1,000 people.

In December 2011, around 6,000 youth of Lou Nuer, calling themselves the “White Army” organized themselves and attacked the areas inhabited by Murle ethnic tribes. In January the Murle began launching retaliatory attacks on the Lou Nuer and Dinka, a fight which continued till February.

Hundreds of people were either killed or injured and tens of thousands others were displaced and many others including children and women were abducted.The UN estimate that over 100,000 people were displaced in the Luo Nuer attack on Pibor and the subsequent reprisal attacks.

Following the fighting a disarmament campaign was launched and 15,000 extra police and soldiers deployed to the area. Over 10,000 weapons have so far been collected but the Army has been accused over human rights abuses in process and some groups have avoided handing over their weapons.

Despite a rebellion in led by David Yauyau - a disaffected Murle politician - security in Jonglei, in terms of clashes between ethnic groups, has improved since the campaign began in April. Commissioner Duoth said that the collection and return of the women and children was the "fruits" of the relative peace in the trouble state.

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The commissioner of Uror County, Simon H. Duoth, speaking to the press at Bor Airport, September 13, 2012 (ST)

The eleven abductees were abducted from Pibor County during the turmoil between Murle and Lou Nuer Between December 2011 and February 2012.

The peace recommended that the children abducted by the tribes should be collected and returned to their parents without any conditions.

The minister of Social Welfaare, Rachael Anok Omot Obal, said they were able to trace the abductees from both Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic tribes who abducted children both children and women from each other in the course of retaliatory attacks.

Obal said that they had worked with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to reunite the children with their parents. In Pibor County 24 abducted children have been discovered. Of the 24, 19 of the children were from the Lou Nuer tribe.

According to Obal, the children will be hosted at Jonglei states “child care centre until they are flown to Pibor to be reunited with the parents”.

Over ten other children believed to be from Central and Eastern Equartoria states, who were also recovered in the hands of abductors in Pibor in June, are still under government care at the child care center, while their parents are traced according to the minister.

The commissioner of Uror County, Simon H. Duoth said they have set up what he called “a special body” to secretly trace those who are keeping abducted children and women.

He said his county is working hard with the police to observe the recommendations presented in the Jonglei peace accord, signed earlier this year between the state’s many ethnic groups.

The children and women recently returned to their communities brought called up on their parents and chiefs to collect and return abducted children still in Murle custody. Some of them broke into uncontrollable laughter after arriving at Bor airport where they meet some of their relatives.

One boy is said to have sneaked away at Uror Yuai airstrip when the abductees boarded the UNMISS Helicopter on Thursday. The commissioner pledged that they will do their best to find and bring him back to Bor to join the rest before they are flown to Pibor County.

“The County executive director is tracing where he went and we will arrange for another flight to bring him back soon”, the commissioner acknowledged.

(ST)

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  • 14 September 2012 06:22, by Kideopo Boy

    OH My God what type of marriage is this in African Culture. Mr. Commissioner this is NOT marriage with Love. The woman decided to marry that criminal who abducted her because of pressure under gun point. How can you beleive that as a leading figure in the government?. Who blessed that marriage? The woman was abducted with her two children from Pibor under gun point. Bring the innocent woman and ch

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    • 14 September 2012 07:03, by omoni jr.

      Jesus,we are not very far from dumbness ...
      Mr.Commissioner is a really criminal in jonglei state.
      How come lost and found woman supposed to be left with rapist,criminal,abductor as husband and wife,
      Pathetic, there is No law in jonglei state that protect women right and human right.

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      • 14 September 2012 10:35, by NO PEACE

        people, what was done by commissioner of uror county it’s something new to ever body in the world not in south sudan because to collect somebody in the hand of criminal is not simply.

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      • 14 September 2012 13:50, by Loko El Pollo

        ROSES ARE RED,VIOLETS ARE BLUE.WHOEVER FIND LOVE FIND A BEAUTIFUL THING.THIS WOMAN HAS FOUND HER UNEXPECTED LOVE.HER HUSBAND FROM MURLE MIGHT HAVE KISSED THE DUST DURING THE FIGHT.THAT IS THE REASON WHY SHE REFUSED TO GO BACK TO PIBOR.MURLE WOMEN ARE TIED OF UNNECESSARY WIDOWHOOD CAUSED BY THEIR HUSBANDS SEASONAL RAIDS,OF WHICH SOME DIED IN VAIN.THE WEAPONS OF LITTLE PUNK FROM CHUKUDUM BY NAME

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        • 14 September 2012 13:56, by Loko El Pollo

          OMONI WILL PROSPER AGAINST WHAT GOOD OLD LORD ORDAINED.THE MURLE BOYS ARE FREE TO POST GARBAGES HERE,BUT THE FACT REMAIN THAT THESE COWARD DOGS WILL NOT EMMANCIPATE THESE POOR WOMEN FROM ENSLAVEMENT AND THEIR BENEFICIAL FREE SEX TO ABDUCTORS.

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          • 14 September 2012 14:05, by Loko El Pollo

            OMISSION,WILL NOT PROSPER

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    • 14 September 2012 07:12, by Nibs

      Boy,
      Indeed you are.the woman has find the real gentleman,during her hostage period she was treated like a relative rather than slave.her previous life in pibor was misery without love.look there are some other women going back to pibor and she personally told the commisioner she doesn’t want to.simple sheer love, i wish you a happy marriage.

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      • 14 September 2012 07:28, by allan

        keep ur wife man u lucky u dont have to pay shit and she doesnt wanna go back to jungle where she can suffer no food
        where is stupid murle agent that ur mom man some nuer guy is nailing her really good poor murle
        im on my way to pibor to go get my dick suck too hahaahhha

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      • 14 September 2012 07:31, by George Bol

        That woman must be force to go to Pibor. I think the commissioner is the one who want to hide the matter. She must be force and if not that is not marriage.

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        • 14 September 2012 08:30, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          What a shame? We Will tract that criminal down without delay, there is nothing like that in marriege otherwise, this commissioner is himself a criminal and Great Awen Chan and Dinka Bor will never accept that primitive culture of kidnaping of human being,

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          • 14 September 2012 10:41, by NO PEACE

            DINKA, you are really dinka what was done by commissioner of uror county it’s was not done by Dinkas specially your gran-father and your father please short-up.

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          • 15 September 2012 00:40, by wang

            D.D.Corruptions
            You had raped a woman at the Bor-Town in the name of disarming. Wasn’t against the Dinka Culture?

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      • 14 September 2012 09:22, by Kideopo Boy

        Nibs who told you that the innocent woman and her children were staying in misery in Pibor? Did she when to Nuer land according to her will or life condition or she was taken hostage to unkwown destination and finally she found herself in Nuer land????
        How comes you called a criminal a gentlement? Or your a supporter of criminality in this new Country?
        I think it’s better for you to condenm it.

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    • 14 September 2012 07:50, by WiseMonyBeer

      Jonkoz ass fucken commissioner. How jönköz can support slavery and shamelessly talk about marriage, when the situation is about war crimes, murder and sexual slaver. Yet he is their commissioner. Imagine if this story were to be in Pibor with Nuer lady and Murle man, you would hear that Kuol Manyang and Salva Kiir begin to shoot the people randomly. Jonkoz must be taught another lesson

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      • 14 September 2012 10:47, by NO PEACE

        wisemonybeer
        LOU-NUER OYEE!! LOU-NUER OYEE!! YOU, YOU TO SAID FUCKEN COMMISSIONER IT WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM IN THIS FORUM.

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    • 14 September 2012 09:57, by Good Citizen

      hahah,this is commissioner has proved that there are no beautiful women in Nuer/Dinka.look how they force Murle Woman,somebody’s wife,to marry them ? Equatorians are proud of Murle who are very hardworking and kind hearted people. let these apes,still in stone age, use their jungle law for a while, change will come in Jungle Jonglei.in that jungle land, everyone is an idiot, rotten to the core !

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  • 14 September 2012 07:33, by George Bol

    I agree with Omoni indeed.
    Nuer wake Up! you can not see the beautiful wife of someone else and decided to hide her because you upduct her.
    Useless news! if the government leader talks like that then where are we in the Nation of South Sudan.

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  • 14 September 2012 07:57, by Suleiman

    There is no law stated a woman who is not divorce from her husband will be marriage.
    Second to that what force woman to be saperated from her husband is because of insecurity.
    Please, don’t bring the system which will not be in the South Sudan.

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  • 14 September 2012 08:01, by WiseMonyBeer

    This is the real situation in South Sudan. Salva Kiir and Riek Machar together with Kuol Manyang the murderer are the ones behind such crimes. How come, there are hundreds of laws agaist murder, war crimes, abduction, slavery and theft. But this criminal say no law, how on earth?
    Kiir and all his supporters must be shot dead immediately

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  • 14 September 2012 08:17, by Murle Intellectual

    Cheer up, don’t worry. All Murle kept as slaves in Nuerland and Dinkaland will be freed soon. They are still there in thousands. We will hear good news very soon, just watch and wait. It is always guns that brings freedom, and not complaint or crying. Murle warriors you need more guns to free your women and children in Nuerland. It is also the time when criminals will be shown justice. They must be shot dead since they say no law including their commissioner. Preserve one red bullet just for that Uror County fake and criminal commissioner

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  • 14 September 2012 08:18, by Murle Intellectual

    Cheer up, don’t worry. All Murle kept as slaves in Nuerland and Dinkaland will be freed soon. They are still there in thousands. We will hear good news very soon, just watch and wait. It is always guns that brings freedom, and not complaint or crying. Murle warriors you need more guns to free your women and children in Nuerland. It is also the time when criminals will be shown justice. They must be shot dead since they say no law including their commissioner. Preserve one red bullet just for that Uror County fake and criminal commissioner

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    • 14 September 2012 08:34, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      That is really criminal act with no doubt but your words do not contribute positively to let the concerns people take an action,
      What a shame? We Will tract that criminal down without delay, there is nothing like that in marriege otherwise, this commissioner is himself a criminal and Great Awen Chan and Dinka Bor will never accept that primitive culture of kidnaping of human being,

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      • 14 September 2012 20:14, by Ruach

        Who are Awan Chan are u talking about?Mangor!Your days are numbered.Your useless Awan Cheth are nothing to DD3(Dak ka Diook).Bor can’t even talk.You will find Dok Geka fucking you in the western Bank of the Nile.Death to u son of primitive society

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    • 14 September 2012 20:09, by Ruach

      Wise Monyliel,Murlee/Jebe Intellectual.Fighting with us is not like to chew boiled beans or fighting with coward Bor.We all know that you still hunting Bor and Lou Nuer.What is the benefit of killing Lou Nuer or Dinka?I don’t like Dinka Bor,but I have no reason to kill them.I don’t like Murle,but no reason to kill them.We are brothers and sisters.Let us just build our State.Peaecccccccc!!!

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      • 14 September 2012 22:48, by panom lualbil

        What make you hate ’DINKA BOR’ fucky? Is it becos the Late President liberated you from slavery? Love it or not, Mr. Kiir is another Garang. So go to Khartoum where your President belong and leave us the fuck alone, slave ass.

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  • 14 September 2012 08:33, by malieng

    Get to understand that those abductees where said to be release back to Pibor free where the right woman refues coz of better life she get from her abductor man

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    • 14 September 2012 08:39, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      No man you are wrong but you just in war with reality , deep in your human brain you disagreed with this shameful criminal act and somebody who does this is guilt without witness, specially commissioner, no one will do that crime and says it in his mouth, but don’t worry we are coming for this matter and it will be resolve soon,

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    • 14 September 2012 09:15, by Kideopo Boy

      Malieng what better life are you talking about? Understand the below points whether you like or not, but put them in your mind. 1-The Nuer gangs attacked Pibor and abducted many women and children including the one forced to marry her abductee. 2- The woman innocently agreed to stay with the abductee due to condition force on her but NOT through her will (Gun Love or Gun Point Marriage)stop lying.

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  • 14 September 2012 09:25, by Suleiman

    Very stupid words from Hoth Duoth who said that the woman should not be forced to go back to Pibor.

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    • 14 September 2012 10:55, by NO PEACE

      People, commissioner of uror county have righ to return those people according to the peace signed by all tribes of jonglei state that was witness by president of south udan Salva kiir mayardid.

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    • 14 September 2012 13:05, by NO PEACE

      SULEIMAN
      To said stupid shame on you please and i think you will not righ this possion.

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    • 14 September 2012 13:09, by NO PEACE

      SULEIMAN
      To said stupid shame on you please and i think you will not righ this possion.

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  • 14 September 2012 10:12, by Good Citizen

    to Nuer/Dinka reporters,
    there is no way you can portray good image of Nuer/Dinka by vilifying Murle day in day out.you will never turn a person by forcing words to people that you a good community.we want to see your deeds,not words.from what i have learned from you, words are totally different from your deeds.please can you learn something from good people of Equatoria ? that would be quite help

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    • 14 September 2012 14:32, by Hardball

      Good citizen, people who called themselves good citizen or good people are always the opposite of what they called themselves. You don’t tell me you’re a good citizen, person, people or whatever names you called yourselves! I don’t know it, we don’t know that! Let other people praise how good you’re or you risk yourselves looking imprudent!

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  • 14 September 2012 15:19, by Edward Marshall

    OH GOD!SAVE SOUTHERN SUDAN.My dear brothers of Lou Nuer,Murle of pibor n other community from Dinka.You need to comedown n settlle peace among you.We know some innocent pple,soon will lost their life due to this sad..news of marrage.The comissioner Simon H.Douth has proved out that,he is unable to protect any of your abductee in Uror conty etc.The comissioner must accept this shame.S.SUDAN GOVE..M

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  • 14 September 2012 17:06, by Kim Deng

    Persons of the Dinka decent form probably at least half the population of most [Nuer] sub-tribes. These Dinka are either children of captives or immigrants who have been brought up as Nuer, or are themselves captives and immigrants who are residing permanently among Nuer. They are “Jaang-Nath,” “Dinka-Nuer,” and, it is said, “caa Naath,” “they have become Nuer.”

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  • 14 September 2012 17:07, 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.

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  • 14 September 2012 17:08, 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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  • 14 September 2012 17:51, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Calm down people, it is something original in every culture. Both couple are not done anything wrong. The Greater Upper Nile Dinka /Eastern Nile Dinka and Greater Upper Nile Dinka/East Nile Nuer, Murle, Anyuak, etc. It is a common practice.

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  • 14 September 2012 17:53, by JohnGarangFreedom

    This idiot who always report in that region don’t use his/her name. It is abuse of Journalism ethics.

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