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Jonglei: Hundreds feared dead or missing in Akobo county attack


February 9, 2013 (BOR) - At least 103 civilians and 14 South Sudan army (SPLA) soldiers are missing, feared dead, after an unknown group attacked a village on Friday in South Sudan’s Jonglei state county of Akobo, the state governor told Sudan Tribune.

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Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang speaks to journalists in Bor, 12 February 2012 (ST)

The incident occurred in the remote Walgak village of Akobo.

State governor Kuol Manyang confirmed the figures, adding that 14 people, including eight SPLA soldiers were wounded in the attack, while the whereabouts of hundreds of women and children remain unknown.

The attack took place at Mantor between Thakuach and Jier localities, more than 100km north-west of Akobo town and about 40km north-east of Walgak payam (district) during the community’s yearly migration to cattle camps at Sobat river.

In a statement released by Akobo county commissioner Goi Jooyul, he said “unarmed Akobo civilians escorting their cattle were murdered in cold blood” after being violently attacked by a heavily-armed group believed to be criminals from the Murle tribe or Yau Yau rebel group.

The commissioner confirmed an unspecified number of children had been abducted, while thousands of head of cattle were also seized in the attack.

Jooyul said in the statement that the ferocity of the attack had overwhelmed an SPLA force accompanying the people, while survivors had confirmed the use of heavy weaponry including RPGs by the assailants, as well as the use of spears and machetes by some.

Manyang described the incident as the worst-ever attack in the area since March last year, but said rescue efforts were underway to establish the actual numbers of casualties.

He urged the population to remain calm, saying the army is trying to follow the attackers and track them down. However, Manyang expressed fears that thick undergrowth in the area, coupled with the long distances, could hamper the army’s efforts to pursue the attackers.

“Walgak is very far, and [the] bush is very thick, the army might not get them”, he said, adding it was still unclear how many people were dead or missing following the incident in the remote corner of Jonglei.

A disarmament campaign initiated by the South Sudanese government in March last year has been marred by several cases of human rights violations, allegedly committed by the army on civilians.

Manyang, on the other hand, blames sections of the population for concealing guns, which they later use to cause instability in the state.

“These people hide their guns, and always keep telling others that we have given our guns [to authorities], but look at what happened,” he said.

Some of the attackers, he said, were dressed in military attire, raising fears that rebels operating in the state could have been part of the plot, largely blamed on the Murle tribe.

Jooyul said the Akobo community has suffered almost a dozen fatal attacks since May 2012, including one on Christmas Eve in Wanding in which three girls were abducted.

Jooyul called for immediate humanitarian intervention in Walgak following the latest outbreak of violence, saying Juba had continually ignored the plight of people in the region and more needs to be done in terms of recovering the missing people and cattle.

“There is no single road passable road through Lou land to aid the pursuit of criminals or even provide the needed food for the hungry populations. The costs for silence in Juba are enormous for inaction and consequences cannot be reemphasised,” he said.

SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer told Sudan Tribune he had no information on the attack in Akobo.


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  • 10 February 2013 08:22, by master

    mr commisoner
    be frank and say SPLA is weak army and can not pursue the attacker becouse they are afraids

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    • 10 February 2013 12:11, by Suleiman

      Yes Master!!
      The usless SPLA soldier don’t even tell when they afraid.
      If not so they met the Murle crossing Road from where they have attacked back to Pibor last night but fail to do so because of their fearing.
      Shame ob them!!
      Murle have chance now beause the real son of Lou Nuer by Name Koang Banypiny Mijang die.

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      • 10 February 2013 14:40, by Ahmed Chol

        Kuol Manyang, is there a reason to continue governing when you cannot contain problems? Where is Hilde Johnson and Bang’on? Where is the UN? Where is Riek Machar, the one who stopped Lou Nuer from attacking Murle? Only other tribes will disarm Murle not SPLA. These hypocrites are quick yap in the media when Murle get punished and silent when Murle cause havoc. Lou, Bor Anyuak need to disarm Murle

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    • 10 February 2013 17:41, by ngadodo

      Everyone in South Sudan, you should aware that Jonglei state, is for Kuol Manyang with his Dinka Bor, so Salva Kiir is not going to remove Kuol Manyang in the Governorship because people said, that Kuol was the one who gave him Presidency which mean his mixing things up he knew that no one going to remove him. So people of jonglei state they going to finished in the hands of Salva Kiir and Kuol

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      • 10 February 2013 17:44, by ngadodo

        page continues Manyang when ever people jumping up and down no solution at less both of them coming out in leadership that only solution no way out of these.

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      • 10 February 2013 17:45, by ngadodo

        page continues Manyang when ever people jumping up and down no solution at less both of them coming out in leadership that only solution no way out of these.

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    • 11 February 2013 05:56, by Amantiel Kem

      Kiir must resign, his weak leadership will finish citizens of this Republic of South Sudan. This useless SSLA must impeach him and bring in capable guy. If he cant resign then why did he sack the elected governor of Lakes State?

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  • 10 February 2013 09:03, by Jalaby

    I believe Jonglei governor, Mr. Kuol Manyang will soon die of heart attack since he already suffers from hypertension, Jonglei state is full of troubles and no doubt is a failed state!
    Visionless leaders in Juba are doing nothing other than watching the conflict that getting bigger and bigger in Jonglei and its fire will soon reach out to them in Juba!!

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    • 10 February 2013 09:14, by Moral Agent

      jalaby,,,alawys your jugdment is on individual death of kol will not solve anything i think kol is a lot better than you dead president hummaar al basher will die first,stop nonesense and worry about your country who is on the verge of collapse
      long life for south sudan

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  • 10 February 2013 09:04, by Moral Agent

    SPLA become useless like its own leaders any little thing happening blame yau yau [reble] shame on whole organisation , I thinks south Sudan independent landed in wrong hand a bunch of idiot don’t know how to control the situation

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    • 10 February 2013 10:17, by Peacocktail

      Moral Ag,
      What I know about the SPLA is not a fail but lack ofTaugh policies in Jonglei and Upper Nile and Unity where are rebels. Western Equa rebels of LRA is under UNSC. what The Jonglei, Up Nile and Unity rebels? should the Juba parliament not have discused and endorse taught policies to safe guard the SPLA operation to use execessive force in areas harboring rebellion and game shall be over

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  • 10 February 2013 09:36, by Mapuor

    Do people in Juba really know Jonglei.I fear they don’t know this state.Sudan-tribune should stop reporting on Jonglei.Death toll in Jonglei is alarming and the attention is on Lakes were 25 people lost their lives.Give the same attention to Jonglei proportionately,I wish English is understood in this context.

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    • 10 February 2013 09:56, by Peacocktail

      Sad News for Jonglei State, another Lives lost simply because of cattle and child abduction. Murle Youth must be deal with, South Sudan security should react agressively on Murle land either to sent away or kill them all. They should be WIPE out Of JONGLEI and SOUTH SUDAN POPULATION.New Country shall be better without Murle tribe. SPLA must use excessive force of shot to kill and No wounded Murle

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  • 10 February 2013 09:52, by Peter Nhiany

    This is sincerely a tragic news, and I feel really sorry for our people in Akobo for this barbaric attack. I just do not understand why and why does the government take this issue between tribes so lightly. Large presence of SPLA soldier be in that area. How long she this continue?

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    • 10 February 2013 10:16, by master

      your gov play with fire so they don’t want to let SPLA north go
      NCP play the same game with.them
      the devil is better than NCP when it come to plots
      i promise you that SS will turn to hell if south gov not disenage SPLA -N

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      • 10 February 2013 10:22, by Peacocktail

        You speak the trust some time if your mind is free from presumably substance. Rebels within South Sudan are sponsoreed by NCP as World devil no ONE. they hosted Devil Osman Bin Aldan to terrorist the World. Now they do it to SOuth Sudan with FOolish Yau Yau and Olonyi both minor tribes Shilluk and Murle can be deals with agressively by SPLA. NCP shall fail because they have no resources

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        • 10 February 2013 10:33, by Peacocktail

          SPLA-N is supported by the World not Suoth Sudan. they have very clear contextual agenda of change and unite Sudan, NCP devil party declear Citizens as rubbish and can be brush and kills like flies.... Dfur, Nuba, BN and hunger in Portsudan state... Severe punishment on earth what will happen in heaven? God Knows....The World should invest in SPLA-N now to topple NCP in Khartuom.

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          • 10 February 2013 11:56, by Marthayi

            I wish God helps our people who have been dreadfully suffering, please peace must immediately be called among citizens of South Sudan.

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          • 10 February 2013 13:40, by Nuer Empire

            I’m very sorry for primitive Murle who like to cry and hide at UN compound when they are retaliated!! What is the useless UNIMISS gona say who always accuses people of killing the Jonglei Cancer(Murle)!? According to Nuer culture,killing armless person is like killing a woman! They were killing women and children.When Dak Kueth resisted disarment,he has never attacked any one but under many attack

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            • 10 February 2013 13:46, by Nuer Empire

              Look at Philip Aguer who always knows everything regarding SPLA,but today he had no information about what has happened.For me he the greatest liar for every information he always displays into the media.Death to any Murle/Jebe for killing innocent women and children.
              The Nuer Empire

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        • 10 February 2013 14:36, by Gumbulla Junior

          @ peacock-ass
          What do u mean by wiping minor tribes such as murle & shilluk out of the face of s.sudan? what is SPLA that u’re so proud of? just keep day-dreaming.God alone can wipe any race or species out of the face of the earth.plz go to school and cook ur English...no one is afraid of ur tribal militias called SPLA...

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  • 10 February 2013 11:53, by Suleiman

    Sorry for the Government which secure only where money is.Human life is better than securing money banks.
    What a usless KuolManyang saying that only 14 wounded?
    What a useless Salva Kiir whose aim on Reshuffling without good govevnant and accountibility.
    There was a say from Nuer stated that: ("Lion is not dead, it will eat my children cow")

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  • 10 February 2013 12:04, by wang

    Is it a right time for us we Lou to leaves those soundly pretty liar words Kiir and Riek Macher had promised during that fake disarmament last year behinds us and move on to deal with Murle people till we have end their hostiles attitudes towards us?
    Comeback later:

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  • 10 February 2013 12:05, by wang

    And reminds you against, since 2008 to date, we have had lost more innocents lives directly to Murle and indirectly our be-loving sons and daughters serving at SPLA in a region than those we were lose during the long-struggle civil war.

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    • 10 February 2013 15:09, by Peacocktail

      If fund come from our Government treasury then there is need of prioritizing the people needs, citizens real needs is better security,fund should be used for disarmament in South Sudan which is better in term of Citizen Security than reconciliation, Do Murle Youth care about reconciliation? They continued killings people in Jonglei villages. recruits more policemen tasked for disarment

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  • 10 February 2013 17:46, by Pif Paf

    Did he say the army probably wont catch the attackers? what a way to put confidence into the people. The rebels are getting stronger, the people are getting hungrier, ethic tension is increasing and the government is getting more broke with no solution. As long as SPLA continue to support SPLA-N the situation will only get worse.

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    • 10 February 2013 19:33, by dad1

      Since Nov last year up to now SPLA never return raided cattle from murlethey are just there for nothing, forget of Kuol and SPLA actions. Nuer and Dinka Look for other way of protecting yourselves instead of SPLA and Kuol otherwise you will get finish,the government doesn’t gave lives, it has been defeated by Yau Yau, it dry seasons and they are doing nothing to him,look for other way of protectio

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  • 10 February 2013 19:28, by master

    103 killed and 14 of them SPLA weak insects
    they are hangrys and sicks and cowards
    SPLA days numbered
    we made them and we will distroy you

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    • 11 February 2013 07:19, by Nuer Empire

      Master:Don’t put it unnder your silly drama and behavior.If you have any problems with SPLA/M, go and fight them and you will get the consequences.
      Nuer Empire

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  • 11 February 2013 19:16, by wulu selector

    i think its time Mr.Cowboy Kiir should decree the removable of governor Kuol Manyang Jok since he failed to restore peace in Jongelie state since he sacked Chol Tong For failing to maintain security

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  • 11 February 2013 21:40, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    I think the problem between Lou nuer Community and Murle has become a project for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, and if not, some people somewhere are behind this reqular killing. Only God will help because the Government has failed.

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