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South Sudan says military clashes contained despite continuous gunfire


December 17, 2013 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it has managed to contain military clashes in the capital, Juba, from spreading to its outskirts, despite the continuous sound of gun battles on Tuesday morning.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, addresses a news conference at the presidential palace in the capital Juba, on 16 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Hakim George)

Fierce clashes erupted on Monday evening in Magiri, a military headquarters for the army’s second division, which currently covers the entire Eastern and parts of Central Equatoria states.

The usually busy streets in Juba remain largely deserted as residents fear a serious deterioration in the security situation despite assurances from the government that it is in full control.

A Sudan Tribune reporter said soldiers on foot and in armoured vehicles can be seen patrolling the city, while armed men dressed in civilian clothes believed to be security agents were guarding key institutions, including the ministry complex and presidential palace.

Security forces are reportedly stopping motorists and searching those deemed to be suspicious, while most shops have been closed since Monday.

A joint security operation started last evening after president Salva Kiir announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 6pm to 7am (local time).

Health officials said at least 26 people had been confirmed dead in the hospital, but there are fears the numbers could steadily rise.

The ministry of health, however, said it deployed 70 medical doctors to treat more than 113 people with gunshot wounds at Juba teaching hospital.

Aleu Ayeny Aleu, the country’s interior minister, maintains the situation is under control.

“The general police command, with other organs, calls on the citizens to remain calm as they resume their normal duties. Your government is in full control of the general situation. The disgruntled soldiers are being hunted and evicted from the pockets where they are suspected to be hiding”, he told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

However, citizens have expressed safety fears as gunshots continued to be heard across the city.

“When I came out today I saw bodies everywhere. I recognised two friends and one [of] three women lying dead. So I returned to the house and never went out again until the shooting subsided yesterday afternoon”, Dominic Alfred, a resident of Suksita, said on Tuesday.

Angelina Muite, another resident of Suksita, said two of her children were killed by a mortar fired into her house, destroying her home and setting a generator and television ablaze.

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A miltary tank patrols one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 16 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Hakim George)

“She wept until we decided to call a priest whom we took her to a nearby house to calm down. [The] priest biblically told her that her children have gone to the paradise”, a resident seated next to Muite said.

In a statement aired on the state-owned SSTV, the cabinet affairs minister Martin Lomuro said he had personally visited key areas across the city, including Juba teaching hospital, where he found 70 medical personnel, 10 of whom were trained specialists, including the under-secretary of the ministry of health, Makur Kuriom, busy attending to more than 113 people with gunshot wounds.

“I want to thank our ministry of health for this tremendous job well done. I went to Juba teaching hospital and I saw the work being done by our doctors”, Lomuro said.


Meanwhile, Lomuro dismissed reports that the violent outbreak was tribal related, as has been alleged by some sections of the public, saying it was an act by “individuals with political interest”.

“When I was moving today I saw [a] large influx of Ugandans and our citizens from [the] Nuer [tribe] to UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan). I want to say that what happened had nothing to do with tribe, but [was] an act of by individuals with political interest”, he said.

“Today, the chief-of-staff of our army is a Nuer; we also have cabinet ministers. This is their government”, he added.


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  • 17 December 2013 10:25, by Ram Mi Raan

    this war will be continued until this useless called is removed from the presidency, this fighting will flare up in all ten states to stop this systemic dictatorship.
    These useless dinka will be taught a violence lesson in order to understand it

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    • 17 December 2013 10:34, by wacjak

      Sorry fool. Your chicken brain does not help you to grasp what happened. This is an act of terrorism which all South Sudanese should fight together until the last drop of their blood. Those disgruntled soldiers who started the fighting whether Dinka, Nuer, or from other tribes should be taught a lesson. No tribal line here. Are you not aware that, other tribes are in the military and holding big p

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      • 17 December 2013 10:37, by wacjak

        Inasmuch as we may need Kiir to step now in 2015, your traitor(Riek) should not be alternative. Bravo my dear South Sudanese for restraining your tempers. It is useless to support politicians blindly for their individuals’ interests. Look, their children are the ones studying abroad. Their families are staying in villas. Why should we be fooled by these guys to kill ourselves. Enough is enough.

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        • 17 December 2013 12:24, by Hardlinner

          I only have three words to describe what is unfolding in south sudan, that is "low IQ behaviour". have the people that started this animalistic behaviour ever consider their own lives as being above tribal or political. for your info. every individual that enter the universe made it individually. therefore I urge the reasonable people to stay out of kiir and riek’ s political struggle.

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          • 17 December 2013 12:35, by Dinka Nhialic

            SPlM/SPLA u have the power to win all it take to make sure that this malitia and Nyigat Riek Machar will not forget again in his life, since he did its in 1991, he is brave enough to say that he can come under the leadership of SPLM/SPLA, what are u doing SPLM? Show him so that he knews how intellectual and intelligence u are!

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        • 17 December 2013 13:19, by Ahmed Chol

          Kuol Manyang was rejected shameless and humiliated by Kiir’s Gokrial thugs as Defense Minister in 2009 and now given the job and accepted it, how does this heartless man call Kuol Manyang feels. I wish him death for bring shame to Bor People.

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      • 17 December 2013 11:06, by Tiitrot

        May the God our fathers and that of whose bloods were cemented do its best to restore peace in this country as the government is searching for the culprits that might soon be identified.
        R.I.P to all who have just gone in the name of Killer Riek Machar Teny.

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      • 17 December 2013 12:23, by Dinka Nhialic

        Ram Raan
        Ur stupidity is going to let u going no where here in South Sudan, Dr Riek will now see how powerful the Salva Kiir is, how can u hunt the power in that manner, we are all aware that he is in undisclosed place, u will hear the news soon idiots and this is the ending of Dr Riek Voice m fuck
        Splm oyeeeeeeeee
        Salva Kiir oyeee
        Wani Igga oyeeee
        Mamuor oyeeeeeee
        Kuol Manyang Oye
        Hoit Mai oyeee

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        • 17 December 2013 12:47, by Hardlinner

          Dinka Nhialic, what is the different between you and Ram Raan?. in fact your name justified you mental capacity. you and Ram Raan are just another bunches of Low IQ morons. you lack reasoning to envision the consequences of war relative to you, friends or your relatives. so if you guys want death, why don’t you just commit suicide or something.

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        • 17 December 2013 13:20, by Ahmed Chol

          Kuol Manyang was rejected shameless and humiliated by Kiir’s Gokrial thugs as Defense Minister in 2009 and now given the job and accepted it, how does this heartless man call Kuol Manyang feels. I wish him death for bringing shame to Bor People.

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      • 17 December 2013 12:33, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        whether u like or not the war will continoues till Useless Gogrial president will be kill. All tribes in South sudan was suffering for his leadership
        Down !!!!!Down !!!!!!Useless Kiir

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        • 17 December 2013 12:52, by mathem jech amer

          You mean you are hunting for Gogrial Dinkas only? The women, children and innocent people you killed at Suk Sita, Munuki, 107, Atalabara, Jebel, belong to Gogrial? 70% of these dead and wounded are Equatotians. Nobody will believe your divide and rule idealogy i.e. story of white, red & black bulls.

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          • 17 December 2013 13:06, by Garang Deng

            Mathem J- Amar
            Those who killed the childern are Dinka Bahar-al-gazzal
            How come can Nuer killed Equotoria who fought whith them together?
            Please If u are from Gogrial we will not forgive ur president Kiir b/c u forgotten Dinka Bor & killed them like fishs.
            Nuer Oyeee!!!
            Equotoria Oyeee!!!!!
            Dinka Bor Oyeee!!!!!
            Murle Oyeee!!!!!

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        • 17 December 2013 13:19, by Majongdit

          Pinyin Gatkuoth,
          To remove Kiir then please gather enough votes to unseat him, not guns. Ok?

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      • 17 December 2013 12:37, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        whether u like or not the war will continoues till Useless Gogrial president will be kill. All tribes in South sudan was suffering for his leadership
        Down !!!!!Down !!!!!!Useless Kiir
        form pet message commentaire• forum titre

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    • 17 December 2013 10:34, by Mayom County Boy

      To" Raam mi raan are you together with those forces who are attacking juba city ?
      because you can not support something doesn,t relat to you
      fine we are trying our level best to sort out the attackers who are still attacking juba city while president is around with in juba

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    • 17 December 2013 10:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      People are tired of military confrontations by militias, let finish the war part, so the weak will only negotiate on term of surrender. always threat, threat and threat now is time to prove your strength.

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    • 17 December 2013 10:38, by Snipper

      Hahahaha "in all ten states"! Let me tell you that in Downtown Kuacjok, people are seeping their tea normally and listening to news about atrocities in Juba! No insecurity! So hang your head in shame and suck your blood you cursed tribe!

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      • 17 December 2013 11:09, by Maguangdit

        Mr. Snipper, let these criminals taste it well. We want a peaceful South Sudan but if idiots want war, let them taste it. Riak and his groups should know that "Rule of Law and Justice must prevail" this time. No joke anymore!

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    • 17 December 2013 11:10, by Nyachebe

      Shocking news:
      I am totally paralyzed, Dr.Riek, Chol Tong, Alfred Lado, John Luk, Gier Chuang Taban Gai, Ezekiel Lol are all just been killed!! May God rest their souls eternally? The Nuer generals after they learnt Riek’s death become so wild and started killing everything across the nation, and Kiir may be soon announce dead.

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      • 17 December 2013 11:17, by Maguangdit

        Your source please?

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      • 17 December 2013 12:39, by Hardlinner

        Nyachebe. south Sudan is not jungle. your jungle trait is only fitted for people with low IQ. in fact what would be your gain from aftermath of war?. supposedly one of your relative end up getting killed, would be happy?. kiir and riek do not represent the life of any one. what they do is none of our business. in fact they are just after public money. they don’t care about your life nor any one.

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      • 17 December 2013 12:52, by Dinka Nhialic

        SPLM must rule for 50 years than the next party will come in, but not now really, what are we doing to let the defector and Malitia make noise in our ears than to kill him. SPLM have the power do all ur power tp bring this atrocities done by Dr Riek come to an end and he ended up being fuck my SPLM/SPLA.

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    • 17 December 2013 11:24, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS dear South Sudanese,the killer Salva Kiir had ordered his Guelweng militias from Gogrial to carried out mass killing against Nuer n Shilluk civilians around Juba.Last night they had killed about 500 civilians alone hunted them from their houses.What the shame to Nuer bought traitors: Gen Chief of Staff James Hoth,Dr Marial Benjamin NCP’S agents Dr Hassan Riek Gai,Dr Nguen Monytuil

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      • 17 December 2013 11:26, by Bentiu son

        and Manasseh Magok Rundial plus their Nuer boys commanders who led the yesterday war against their fellow Nuer in Bilpam,Newsite n Giada Jenubia defensing their husbands Dinka Gogrial thieves who bought them with their own oil money.Those bought betrayers are:Gen Bapiny Monytuil,Gen Thomas Duoth Guet,Gen Gatdor Makuac and Gen Gatdor Kiic Wuor.Ya traitors you sold your bros n sisters alive to Dinka

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        • 17 December 2013 11:33, by Bentiu son

          Gogrial thieves for money,ranks n to maintain your current positions within Kiir Brutal regime.Shame Shame ya gluttonous(camjiec Nuera).Thugs from today onwards your useless names had already been blacklisted by Nuer people in General n you clans in particulars.We are coming to you soon than later to crash your asses with your husbands Salva Kiir’s Guelweng militias.

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          • 17 December 2013 11:37, by Bentiu son

            Salva Kiir militias targeted Nuer n Shilluk youths,women,elders n kids.What a cowardice n conspiracy? Well,you had started it,don’t cry of later for genocide or mass killings when Nuer warriors reach your useless ends,We shall revenge soon by using the same tactic of using tit for tat retaliatory.We are very close to you around Juba,Warap n beyond.Soon,South Sudanese will celebrate for victory.

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            • 17 December 2013 12:08, by Maguangdit

              Bentiu Bastard,
              Keep preachng your lies and nonsenses but you know very well how painful it becomes when you lose your ground. Riak deserves death indeed and I pray that he is dead!. This monster has no sense of humanity though he misled some generals into his crimes without deliberation before following Riak into his crimes.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:11, by Hardlinner

      seriously, what the fuck is wrong with Africans?. why do we always care about junglists with animal characters such as kiir and riek. these animals have nothing to change or add to any southern Sudanese lives. they are just thievse that care about their own pockets nothing else. for all morons out there, you should put your own personal life above your tribe or political affiliation.

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  • 17 December 2013 10:57, by Chol A.

    Fuck you! Why are abandon juba? We always told you and go on your dumb ears now you feel the heat. Dr R splitter you will not escape justice am sorry for innocent Nuer but who behind this mess will deserve death.

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    • 17 December 2013 11:46, by Bentiu son

      Dinka cowards, was it because Nuer fought Nuer you alone won’t do anything to Nuer warrior celebrate your bought Nuer n Equatorian boys’victory but mind you that u will mourn badly soon than later,We Shall come to you in Juba n your useless States,payams n bumas. South Sudan under incompetent Salva Kiir won’t come together again. Mark my words

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      • 17 December 2013 12:52, by Rommel

        Bentiu son:
        These bravado induced rants are getting old. You people always have some facile excuse. This may come across as divisive, but the unfortunate *FACT* is this: After the 1991 split, the military contribution (s) of the Nuer to the SPLA was very small; the Malual Dinka — just [1] of the [12] Dinka sections, provided more troops than the entire Nuer tribe...

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        • 17 December 2013 13:05, by Rommel

          .. But the Dinka dominated SPLA recaptured Gogrial, Rumbek, Tonj, Aweil, Achwa, Magwi, Yei, Kapoeta, Torit, Kurmuk, Kor, Yabu, Zanziber and many others. Where were the Nuer when these towns were captured!? The only Nuer that remained firmly in the SPLA after the split, were the small handful of eastern Jikany Nuer soldiers, under the command of James Hoth Mai.

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          • 17 December 2013 13:12, by Rommel

            The Dinka had to contend with an enemy [your erstwhile ally] that was well furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry and over 200, 000 men, accompanied by bombers, jets, helicopter gunships and tens of thousands of aligned militiamen — the PDF and the Murahaleen and tens of thousands of Nuer militiamen.

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            • 17 December 2013 13:15, by Rommel

              We handled ourselves in the face of such overwhelming odds... so what makes you think that former militiamen with AKs, RPGS and mortar rounds would present a greater challenge!? The Dinka have faced tougher odds, against smarter enemies, who have inflicted infinitely higher casualties... so keep your pathetic little threats to yourself.

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              • 17 December 2013 13:30, by Majongdit

                Correct: Dinka is divided into 13 major sections, not 12.
                I agree with everything else you mentioned to that semi-illiterate Bentiu Son

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                • 17 December 2013 13:44, by Rommel

                  Tribal hatred is the signifier of their cowardice, by which they foolishly believe they can evade reality and argue for fantasy. They hate people like me because I expose their lies and historical alliances with the Arabs, and their irrational anti-Dinka bias, and stomp them into nothingness.

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              • 17 December 2013 13:33, by Rommel

                It was Dinka soldiers, under the command of Kuol Manyang that defeated Riek’s troops in a large and unforgettable battle at Gut-Makur, a village just outside Mongalla. Riek’s forces were then defeated at Wuor Baar; we then entered Dinka territory at Gem, defeated all opposing forces in Nuer territory at Kuac Deng...

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                • 17 December 2013 13:38, by Rommel

                  .. Riek’s forces were defeated after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Ask the Arabs just who it is they consistently encountered on the battlefields. One assailed and disabled the oil facilities of the enemy — while the other protected these facilities on behalf of the enemy. 2004-6 returnees should really keep their mouths shut.

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  • 17 December 2013 11:07, by Gat-khir

    Just a beginning. Hahahahahahah,. i was there and i am still here.

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  • 17 December 2013 12:09, by Guandong

    Kiir is doing genoicide to Nuer. Now the Dinka army are killing Nuer from house to house thus the UNMISS collected women n kids.we thought that it was government war,but now it became tribal war. I call upon all Nuer in the army, civil n police services to not accept what Kiir is doing come out all n fight that tribal man.

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  • 17 December 2013 12:17, by garang kerubino

    well done president Kiir,you really did a very good job and we are proud of you,show Dr. Riak how a real man can response to such a violence. for those who always refuse to be deputized will now go to hell or change their citizenship from being south Sudanese. dead or a live is what coup is all about so Riak should go.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:21, by Guandong

      Garang kerubino,
      Is good today for u won the victory bcoz all Nuer army are still fighting along side with u. But tommorrow u will cry. I don’t cry nor appreciated what Kiir is doing since all will fall under his responsiblity. He must held accountability. But tommorrow u will cry.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:44, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Garang Kerbino
      whether u like it or not the war will continoues till Useless Gogrial president will be kill. All tribes in South sudan was suffering for his leadership
      Down !!!!!Down !!!!!!Useless Kiir
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  • 17 December 2013 12:17, by Guandong

    Honestly there is no coup attempt it was Kiir ordered Marial to go n capure Riek as well as the keys of ammunition stores to be handed over to him. Then Marial ordered his Dinka army to shot on Nuer soldiers since they refused to give him key. Dinka has prepared themselves to wage war against Nuer.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:35, by garang kerubino

      Guandong, this is not the tIme for gambling you did it and the so call army of South Sudan response to protect its citizen across the country. but now if yo think you have Nuer army as you put it, than you continue otherwise the SPLA will face you,we don’t have Dinka army but the army of SS. SPLA OYEE.

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  • 17 December 2013 16:10, by Dengdittueny

    Iam regretting for tribal comments on this article. I personally am not happy about the running of the country from Kiir but I cannot support violence to take power, if you want him go home shame, wait for elections to teach him a good lesson. Riek and his thugs have narrowing thinking, they should have been patience and wait to make Kiir go home in democratic way. Most of you fuels this conflict.

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  • 17 December 2013 16:36, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer of today are not the same as the Nuer Warriors of Padiet Gakgak, Waath Bilieth, Lajor, Mut Dung... of 1800s,it was William Nyuon Bany who secured the first King’s Empire, Garang, and now Lt. Gen. Gathoth and Lt. Gen. Bapiny are doing the samething.

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  • 17 December 2013 16:37, by Kim Deng

    When Nuer value is not longer adequate to hold the community together instead of self-interests, the community faces big challenges. In other words, putting nationalism above Nuer interest, Nuer interest faces the gravest crisis it has never encountered since 1800s. Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire took. Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be...

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  • 17 December 2013 16:38, by Kim Deng

    deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions. Nuer occupation towards other Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) is demonstrated that there is no any single ethnic group in East Africa let alone South Sudan that can face Nuer in war. Latjor, one of the Nuer warriors’ leaders in 1800s declared, “When waging a war, it is not right that matter, but victory.”

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  • 17 December 2013 20:49, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:49, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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  • 17 December 2013 20:50, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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