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Nearly 30 killed in Jonglei’s Kolnyang attack


February 6, 2014 (BOR) - More than 25 people killed in Kolnyang district (payam) of Jonglei’s Bor county on 5 February by armed men suspected to be associated with rebel loyal to South Sudan former vice-president Riek Machar.

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One of the mass graves in Bor where more 100 people buried. (Photo: Jonglei state government press officer)

Eleven other people, Bor police told Sudan Tribune on Thursday, were still missing from the attack reportedly carried out by more than 300 armed men.

Maluak Pach, a native of the area said his relatives had put the death toll at 34.

Manyok Ayuen Malou, who reportedly lost his father during the attack narrated how heavy artillery was used by the unknown gunmen who stormed the area at about 5:30pm.

"Our family is no more, they killed my father and step mother", said Manyok.

"They came at exactly 5.30 in the evening. They fired RPG [Rocket-propelled grenades] to [my brother] Malou who tried to escape with one vehicle [a track], but they missed him three times," he added.

The country’s largest state of Jonglei has been one the three regions worst affected by conflict between the government and a rebel group consisting of army defectors and armed civilians loyal to Machar.

Although the conflict was triggered by a power struggle within the country’s ruling SPLM, much of the violence has been along ethnic lines, mostly between South Sudan’s largest ethnic groups, the Dinka and Nuer.

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Manyok Ayuen Malou in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. February 6, 2014 (ST)

Manyok claimed that the men who attacked his village were Nuer, adding, "They came with women. They had surrounded the whole village. My father was killed while trying to run to the other side of the village where our mother was."

Police officials in Bor said they had not yet received clear details about the incident.

"What we are earning is the that 11 children are still missing. About 30 killed. [The [attackers] went behind Anyidi payam this afternoon but we don’t know where they have reached now. We also heard that the army is following them", said Atong Jamus, a police official in Bor.

The state capital changed hands between Machar’s rebel force and the government - backed by the Ugandan military - four times since fighting began on 15 December.

Two people, including pastor Deng Yaau, whose wife and child were killed in the same attack, were among the wounded in Bor hospital.

"When the problem began in Bor in December 16, we ran to the bush behind Kolnyang. We felt safe in the bush till we returned to the village when the SPLA entered Bor. I did not know that this would happen," Yaau said.


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Bor town’s Marol market, which has been almost totally destoryed in recent fighting. February 6, 2014 (ST)

At least 30 people, mostly women and children, died in Kolnyang district (payam) of Jonglei’s Bor county following an attack on Wednesday, commissioner Agot Alier said on Thursday.

’’The attackers killed people indiscriminately and most of the victims are children, women and elderly villagers," Alier told Sudan Tribune from Bor.

Kolnyang, which is around 30km northeast of Bor, was attacked by armed men from west and south, commissioner Alier said without saying who attackers could have been.

No shops are functioning now in Bor to provide food for those who have returned to the town since it was retaken by the government.

Many people who were displaced to Lakes state returned to Bor by boats on Thursday morning but returned to the afternoon.

The United Nations says that 873,800 people have been displaced by crisis, 130,400 of whom have fled to other countries, including 29,100 to Ethiopia.

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Ruben Kok apartment in Bor with gravitee and writing on it. Jonglei State, South Sudan (ST)

About 90 per cent of the shops in Bor Marol market have been destroyed, including premise hired by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Most houses and some of the best shops that were not destroyed during the conflict now bear names of Nuer men in an apparent effort to claim them.

Tot Gok from Pieri payam of Uror county whose Ruben Kok Alat apartment in Bor Marol market as his and Bol Matai were some of the names witnessed by Sudan Tribune.


The collection and burial of dead bodies in Bor town is still continuing almost three weeks after the town was retaken from the rebels on January 18.

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One of the mass graves in Bor where more 100 people buried. (Photo: Jonglei state government press officer)

One of the three mass graves in the state is located near Bor cathedral where 22 bodies of women and old men were collected and buried in the church premises.

A local youth leader, Ayar Monywach has called upon the youth to embark on town, as cleaning "it is the top priority now".

More than 1,000 civilians from the Dinka and other tribes, including Ugandans, Kenyans, Sudanese, Ethiopians and Somalians that lived in Bor are believed to have been killed since the war begun.


About 150,000 families displayed from Bor; settled in Mingkaman [Guol-yar] of Awerial County are getting little support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other humanitarian agencies. Over 70,000 households had received food aid and non food items from ICRC there.

Hundreds of Dinka Ngok civilians from Pigi County, who have spent about a month in the bush are now seeking humanitarian support in Upper state’s Maluit county.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone, Santo Deng, one of the displayed persons in the camp said Pigi commissioner and officials from Maluit recently visited their two camps.

"We have not receive any assistance or even see any humanitarian agency here since we came. People are suffering," said Deng, adding "There is "no food".

He accused Ga-jak and Lou Nuer clans, among those responsible for devastating their areas.

"They killed all the elderly people. we were caught unaware. They took everything, including any thing that moves[ all domestics animals], only trees were left standing in the villages", he said.


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  • 7 February 2014 08:26, by Konkooc

    those looters hungry nuer do not know what is called ceasefire.
    is tit for tat game
    Dinka youth every where in Dinka land need to be equiped upto teeth and attack nuer in their land now.nuer land need to be a battle field
    nuer may win the battle but not War

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    • 7 February 2014 12:51, by Whortti Bor Manza

      The level of arming the ethnic Dinkas by Kiir has reached a saturation point whereby giving more arms to them will only prove more detrimental to the Dinkas themselves. Guns do not have brains to fight on their own. They have to be used and operated by human beings. No matter how deadly the Dinkas are armed, they will be defeated at the end.

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  • 7 February 2014 08:30, by Konkooc

    this real fight between Dinka and nuer
    nuer is still provoking Mighty Dinka to full war scale in which chicken head nuer will not win it.

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    • 7 February 2014 09:19, by Paul Chadrack

      don’t call for all dinkas to defence kiir regime, let his few bhar el gazels fight for him until they finish. please don’t mislead people that it is dinka nuer war, it is corrupt kiir’s few dinka bhar el gazel not all of them against the needed democratic system in south sudan.

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      • 7 February 2014 13:12, by Tiger

        Mr.Paul Chadrack.
        I don’t want you to think that I’m a tribal man no I’m not because I love S.Sudan,but I support brother KONKOOC idea"DiNKAS youths should standby guarding their land from Riek Machar brutal forces.Riek is using Nuer against Dinka.

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  • 7 February 2014 09:36, by NO PEACE


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    • 8 February 2014 08:22, by Dinkawarrior

      NO PEACE?
      Did you said "you don’t need Dinka Bor?" Are you serious about this yaa donkey? First you need to remove your ASS first before runing your demn mouth. If you don’t like Bor then you need to remove your eyes. Fuck you.

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  • 7 February 2014 10:29, by Marco Bul

    Paul Chadrack
    This was is no longer for power.Look at what Nuer are doing in Jonglei.Foolish Malual Ayom refused to chase Nuer upto Ayod or Waat.They are also refusing to arm local youth.

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  • 7 February 2014 12:20, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    May Almighty God blessed those deceased people in Kolnyang county of Bor? As a point, did bitch Nyandeng Garang, Majak Agon Atem, and drug dealer mother-fucker Mabior Garang seen the disaster that happened in Bor as a result of their supportive to stupid Riek Machar Teny?
    By AUGUSTINO DENG. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 7 February 2014 13:16, by Deng II

      Augustino Deng
      Man,quit profanity language to ward Nyandeng,majak,and Mabior.We haveto blame the cowardice President guards that resorted to killing civilians in Juba.A really warrior helpless human being.There must be an opposition that can tell a visionless,corrupts,thieves administration to stop that,it doesn’t mean coup or rebellions.We doesn’t have evident that Majak and Nyandeng endorsed Rie

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      • 7 February 2014 13:17, by Deng II

        - I meant a really warrior cannot killed helpless human being.

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        • 7 February 2014 13:27, by Deng II

          - As much we doesn’t like Riek to be a President of SS because of killing spree he initiated in 1990s, so do we doesn’t like Kiir to killed citizens in cool blood and behave like a dictator. When I pointed out bad things that had been done by Kiir administration, does it made me a supported of Riek? no, not at all. Corruption has to be pointed out by any courageous person in the country.

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          • 7 February 2014 13:43, by Deng II

            - How many people President guards killed before December 15 2013? It would be many than what we think,and no accountability.The notable people like Isaac Abraham,and some people I don’t need to mention from Apadang Dinka. Does it mean the Government is for the people and by the people?no,it is for an individual to enrich himself,what why few individual are millionaire in a short period of time.

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