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Nuer community claims 17,613 killed in South Sudan violence


April 6, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Sudan’s Nuer community have claimed that at least 17,613 ethnic Nuers were killed across South Sudan by private guards loyal to president Salva Kiir Mayardit after conflict erupted in December last year.

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Thousands have been killed and more than one million displaced since conflict broke out almost four months ago, in the worst violence to erupt post-secession (AFP)

The allegation was made at a Nuer community meeting, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which brought together 4,561 Nuer members.

The meeting, chaired by Professor David De Chan and funded by James Mabor Gatkuoth, a former commissioner of Upper Nile region in 1982 during the Sudan regime, aimed to highlight ethnic targeting during the recent crisis.

The group has accused government troops of continued killings and rape in areas under their control.

“As community, we are saddened by [the] selective killing of our civilian population based on tribe and political beliefs,” the group said in statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

The community also called on the international community to step in to help end ongoing bloodshed in Juba, Malakal, Leer, Bentiu, Jonglei and other parts of South Sudan.

De Chan, a prominent Nuer professor, condemned the killing of innocent civilians who posed no threat to national security but were targeted solely based on their ethnicity.

“I was shocked to hear the death of 17,613 civilians and in particular a young man whom I was his teacher in America by then; that young man is Mr Lam Chuol Thichot. He was faced by many obstacles in the liberation time but unfortunately he was simply murdered by Kiir’s militias in cold blood,’’ said De Chan in a phone interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Professor De Chan says president Kiir must step down in order for a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, saying failure to do so would result in a massive upraising to oust him from power.

He urged the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to urgently relocate internal displaced people to nearby countries, saying remaining in the capital, Juba, posed a threat to their safety.

He also called on the international community to pressure the Ugandan government to withdraw its troops from South Sudan or impose sanctions on its officials, as the US has threatened to do to South Sudanese officials responsible for rights abuses.


Meanwhile, Gatkuoth, a former Upper Nile region commissioner and current chairman of the National Democracy Forum, says president Kiir has lost his legitimacy after reportedly ordering his private soldiers to carry out targeted ethnic killings following the eruption of violence in Juba on 15 December last year.

The conflict has pitted government forces loyal to the Kiir, who hails from the Dinka tribe, against rebels aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, a Nuer.

Gatkuoth has accused Kiir’s private guards of randomly shooting those who had sought shelter in UN compounds.

“We could not manage to bury them or take them to [the] cemetery without the help of UNMISS personnel for fear of our lives,” he told Sudan Tribune.

“People are still missing even after the government pronounced the full calm in capital city, while wounded Nuer civilians are followed and killed in the hospital,” he added.

Gatkuoth also condemned the destruction of civilian properties in Unity state’s Leer county, which has been under government control for the past two months.


Student and youth representatives, meanwhile, have urged the international community to strongly condemn the criminal acts allegedly carried out by the Kiir regime in Juba and across the country, calling on other South Sudanese tribes to stand up for democracy in the country.

Koang Riak Gatpieny, a representative of the Nuer Youth Union, urged Kiir to step down or face defeat from disaffected youths.

Weirial Gatyiel, one of the Juba massacre survivors, compared the alleged deliberate targeting of Nuers to the Rwanda genocide, blaming both Kiir and Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni for the bloodshed. He has called for an international independent court to investigate ethnic killings and hold those found responsible to account.


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  • 8 April 2014 06:25, by truth to be told in SS

    This article is completely rubbish. There is no evidence of 17, 000 nuers dead in juba. The number is around 200-300 counted bodies. Truth must be told. the dead in Bor exceeded that based on UN report. Nuers gathering in Khartoum will not solve our internal problem as South sudanese. I agree that both Kiir and Riek have lost legitimacy and must pave the way for young south sudanese.

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    • 8 April 2014 08:40, by Big Boy

      Dear Poor’s Nuer and Food-lover
      How many dinka did you killed during the violence when you talked about your peoples being killed in juba?.don’t cry out first you guys are cowardis and food-lover so we have no doubt for that..you had killed double figures from dinka but we’re not crying like you guys?

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      • 8 April 2014 11:35, by Gat Gan Kiir

        It’s good to know the number of Nuer who were killed in cold blood by Dinka militias. 17 thousands being killed because they are Nuer, I believed the worse part of this war is yet to come. Those who killed Nuer may think twice before they celebrated it the news,. Nuer are believe in revenge and when we teach them, the number will be triple from enemy side. No stone will be left unturned.

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        • 8 April 2014 12:30, by moto

          GAT GAN,

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    • 8 April 2014 09:39, by Juba Lira

      the worse ever fake professor de chand, his writings were and are nonsense ever since, how many Dinkas killed by Nuers.. if we are counting, nuers have killed 2 million dinkas. stop your nonsene, you never stay in south sudan, foolish educated illiterate

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      • 8 April 2014 14:41, by Rami Tot

        to know this figure is correct or not correct we the Nuer in juba have properly counted the our fellows who are missed in juba during the 15-19 dec2013 compare with report UN whave confirm that exact number that is true guys.

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        • 9 April 2014 00:38, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          That number is only half of real numbers on their side, it is good that Nuer learnt that Dinkas kill too.

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    • 8 April 2014 10:56, by Tong dut

      Dinkas will kill Nuer all, they wants to be the only tribes in south sudan, Soon we are going to sent other tribes out.
      Nuer will never come back to south sudan, we have give them blood noise.

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  • 8 April 2014 06:28, by Snipper

    A lesson for the next coup though i doubt the figures because De Chand is a known propaganda machine

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    • 8 April 2014 07:22, by Bentiu son

      Dear true Nuer siblings,no worries at all brave men in East Africa.Salva Kiir’s Koch Bany Private militias had done their parts by massacred 17,613 innocent Nuer civilians cowardly. Notice,that our ancestors whom never never turned their backs to Dinkas in defeats would certainly curse us to death if we fail to compensate,revenge and retaliate our beloved dead kins.

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      • 8 April 2014 07:30, by Bentiu son

        We will fight harder to death for our own survival, dighnity and respect in South otherwise we and our dear kids will be Dinka slaves for life. We will continue fighting till our dear 4 SPLM senior members are finally release,Ugandan Army and Sudan rebels withdrawal completely from our territory,those Nuer assassins are brought to book and lastly the genocidal President Salva Kiir step down either

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        • 8 April 2014 07:38, by Bentiu son

          either peacefully as to give peace a chance across the country or forcefully through barrel of guns.Failure to do so,than South Sudan will be bloodbath nation and failed State dramatically.We South Sudanese at large and targeted Nuer in particular really fed up with Salva Kiir’s brutal/painful/genocidal regime’s pure lies,unfounded allegations, corruptions,rampant insecurity,poor foreign policy et

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        • 8 April 2014 07:42, by Bentiu son

          either peacefully as to give peace a chance across the country or forcefully through barrel of guns.Failure to do so,than South Sudan will be bloodbath nation and failed State dramatically.We South Sudanese at large and targeted Nuer in particular really fed up with Salva Kiir’s brutal/painful/genocidal regime pure lies,unfounded allegations, corruptions,rampant insecurity,poor foreign policy etc

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        • 8 April 2014 08:45, by Mel mosa

          I argue Nuer and Dinka people, you are all mislead by greedy leaders. there is no different between Nuer and Dinka. You are brothers and sisters. The South Sudanese tribes are enjoying watching you killing each other. Please, guys use critical thinking for ur communities, & ur future. If u continue enjoy killing each other, new generation will name u stupid when they united. please, think twice

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      • 8 April 2014 08:32, by deng

        Bentiu Son,
        Stop nonsense here on the website. My nephew was killed in a cool blood my Gadet. He was in division 8 as South Sudan’s army knowing nothing of what is going on in the capital city Juba but him and the rest of Bhar el gazel soldiers who were serving under Gadet’s commands were order to lay down their weapons and where shot dead. What do you called that?

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        • 8 April 2014 09:54, by Bentiu son

          Deng,your nephew was a soldier who cowardly accept to laid down his gun for fear of being killed but my concern is Not about any person possessing machine gun but only vulnerable innocent civilians massacred cowardly by Gelweng militias of Dinkas in Juba.Why Nuer never talk about martyrs frm fearsome White Army whom had been battling with Kiir’s geno regime? Ur Gelweng militias fear them to death

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          • 8 April 2014 16:25, by deng

            Bentiu Son,
            You mean cowardly? You are a sucker with no brain. The boss Gadet himself order them to lay down their weapons and marched forward which is usually common in the army if you ever been to army lunatic! The so call white army is a rubbish. where are they right now leaving Bentiu, unity state, malakal, and Bor? White army were been respected as civilians and nobody pay attention.

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  • 8 April 2014 06:29, by Akol Liai Mager

    For sure, Nuer Community knows that other Ethnic groups have been targeted by Riek Machar affiliated armed youth and Militias including 470 Ngok-Lual Yak at Bailiet’s County alone in a single intentional attack. But the matter is not how many innocent lives are lost, the question is why SPLM’ leaders failed to protect those people on both sides?

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    • 8 April 2014 06:35, by Akol Liai Mager

      Now, all South Sudanese communities must join voices and hands to call on both President Kiir and Riek Machar to step down, leave South Sudanese to elect their new leader so that his/her team will start working with the victims and the whole nation to create a secured atmosphere, reconcile so that the real healing process begins.

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      • 8 April 2014 06:40, by Akol Liai Mager

        Working for peace, reconciliation and reforms of all South Sudan’s government institutions is the only way that will help the victims to heal. So, putting up higher or lower number of deaths will only prolong the pains in victims’ hearts and more new victims and this is not in anyone’s interest. May God comfort the grieving families.

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      • 8 April 2014 09:14, by Wicdail

        Akol Liai Mager,
        Let us be realistic here, how do you expect Dr. Rick to step down when he is a rebel’s leader fighting for change? You guy must know how interpreted hypothesis into reality. Let Kirr step down, to give way to the SPLM in govt. and the SPLM in Opposition, plus other parties to form interim administrations which will take us into election. Failing to do that is a mocker.

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    • 8 April 2014 06:48, by John The President

      De Chan, raises his voice for the impossible, Kiir will not step down, a common villager knows this truth that a full scale war will start should Kiir step aside. I wonder how a professor could not comprehend the consequences everyone is seeing. another wild claimed that 17,000 killed, a report that is contrary to UN finding.

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      • 8 April 2014 06:54, by John The President

        Here is what I said last month for those misleading the Nuer youths and taken away by a fright that nuer are worriers, " in the end of the war, the nuer who took their time to study the nature of this conflict will testify to their fellow Nuer that they lost a great number of youths in a meanless war". let continue make it tribal, untill those who were murdered in Bailiet, Bor are account for.

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  • 8 April 2014 06:38, by truth to be told in SS

    South sudan will be a better place without Salva Kiir and Riek Machar. These two warlords are the worse Africa has ever produced. I urge south sudanese to support a new and clean south sudanese to lead our nation.If Riek killed his way to power, south sudanese will be in tumoil and bloodshet forever and the same thing applied to Kiir. Both of them are the worse leaders God has ever produce.

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  • 8 April 2014 06:55, by panda

    Why this article failed to mention Nuer killed Dinka too in cold blood, please try to rationalist the problem in South Sudan that is only way peace will come.although the whole world is with Riek Machar try to be very careful, does not mean that Nuer are been supported by the west. Therefore no killed will take us nowhere, peace only is the solution.

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  • 8 April 2014 07:03, by Snipper

    Equatoria is busy opening schools and stepping up gold mine in Kapoeta and so many development taking place but the people with "BIG but EMPTY MINDS" are pouring to refugee camps for food! Nuer are disgrace to South Sudan.Everybody rebel within two days, running around with wild suggestions as if they have done anything meaningful for the last 22 years of the war. Stupid people! Where was De Chand

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  • 8 April 2014 07:21, by Akuma

    I wish Nuer Community should think wisely before making any comment therwise what happen in Juba was not base on tribes and those die in Juba, some die because of crossfire among the fighters.
    It can’t all be counted to South Sudan president, also Riek Machar has a hand on it. There are some families now without living one in greater Upper Nile but due to Riek’s ambition...
    Dr. Akumadit

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    • 8 April 2014 07:38, by Frak Cho

      A Professer in Khartoum exaggerating death toll to 17,613 is a clear drumming for more war than peace. Nuers should have a fear of God. Nuers have killing Dinkas since 1984 to date. The 2.5million lives lost during just war, 2million killed were Dinkas killed by both Arab and Nuer militia. When Nuer attact town, everything is killed including towns. Lets be realistic plse Nuers!!

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    • 8 April 2014 07:54, by Bentiu son

      Sons of Jieng/slaves,I do wonder why Dinkas became lies manufacturers from their top President Salva Kiir to laymen/women/boys/girls in South Sudan current History.Dinkas in their owned SSSTV do feed public with pure lies,fabrications reports,unfounded rumors,hearsay,false accusations against Nuer Society and UNMISS personals.It really become monotonous and boring indeed to watch SSTV nowadays.

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      • 8 April 2014 08:04, by Bentiu son

        Dinka Rek President Kiir lied to world and South Sudanese people at home and in diaspora that ’’Failed Coup attempt’’ was carried by Dr Machar and his senior SPLM colleagues while it was ’’Failed Assassination Attempt’’ against them.Second, Dinka lied to world they were only former freedom fighters who liberated South Sudan alone minus 63 ethnic groups in South Sudan,which was untrue and pure lies

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        • 8 April 2014 09:24, by Chol A.

          @Beatiu nyagat, what do you really expect to happen when you start war? Your rebels leader Nyanriek miss calculated the army and stage his failed coup and some blindfolded guys in your community like you supported him so these are consequence of war. You have killed many Dinka in 3 states but Dinka don’t talk about it. Why you start it and always crying here? What a fool stop crying please!!

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          • 8 April 2014 09:39, by Bentiu son

            Chol A,son of bitch,I know u are from Dinka Bor Gok are well known for their flattering,gossiping,inciting chronic hatred,jealousy,cowardliness,womanizing,and conspiring others.Your chronic hatreds led into rebellions and insecurity in Jonglei upto date.Notice,in South Sudan History,during brutal regime of their son Abel Alier, Southern Region split into three regions because arrogance and ’kokora

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            • 8 April 2014 10:44, by Chol A.

              @Beatiu Nyagat, if your community don’t adjust themselves to be like other tribes in Southern Sudan you be no place and you will based in various refugees camp or being militia as your usual business. South Sudan had no one own it, any tribes have voice, but your community attitude toward others had creates this hole. Please if your Nuer continue more death will occurred believe me or not.

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        • 8 April 2014 15:52, by Awei-ngok

          Bentiu son, Dinka liberation of South Sudan is provable in the Revolutionary Morale war songs VIDEOS.

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  • 8 April 2014 07:34, by philipdit wol

    I wish I were you I could have managed to talks to Riek Machar and others leader to consider you what ever they decided as a youth of Nuer. And let,s them sleeping dog lay.

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  • 8 April 2014 08:58, by Majongdit

    What was Prof. De Chan teaching in USA, Lies? There he is a simple-minded lying professor. Does de Chan think that by virtue of being a prof then everyone accepts whatever he says? We have many others we truly trust. If Prof. becomes too exact in saying 17613 Nuers were killed leaving out no margin of approximation then another Dinka prof. should lie tomorrow that exactly 35,226 Dinkas were killed

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  • 8 April 2014 10:31, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    this unbelievable figure the death toll in Juba did not reached even 1000 leave alone that this is only to provoke the situation and make the conflict go on but it will not happen

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  • 8 April 2014 10:32, by Awei-ngok


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  • 8 April 2014 14:22, by Yorwin Otor

    You Nuer, you have a lot of damage to other innocent tribes like Shilluk in Malakal who were part of your power struggle with Dinka. Will ever live in Malakal again? Those of you who now talking live either in Khartoum or Kampalal. Why don’t go to Juba to over throw Kiir. How will your tribe rule South Sudan under Riak Macar. I think your political ambition has come to an end. You Nuer will never

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    • 9 April 2014 06:02, by Bentiu son

      yorwin Otor, bravo we Nuer have no problem with our in-laws Chollo but we have a problem with pro Dinkas supporters from Chollo tribe like Dr Lam Akol and his militias Commander Johnson Oliny whom are trying hard to carrying with them Dinkas cross whom massacred 17,613 innocent Nuer in cold blood in Juba frm 16-19/12/2013 cowardly.Let Dinka carry their own cross NOT Chollo than we will live peacef

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  • 8 April 2014 16:23, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer (the only threat to Dinka Kingdom in the South) patience for their unquestionable love to the mother land (South Sudan) gave Dinka all the opportunity they needed to expand their power in the South. The more wealth and powerful the Dinka become, the more able they are to further expand their empire. Such, we have seen that the Dinka Kingdom has been using the SPLA not only to...

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  • 8 April 2014 16:24, by Kim Deng

    eliminate Nuer leaders, but also to destroy/reverse Nuer History [Nuer Conquest/Expansion-Nuer resistance against colonial rule.] By 2016, the non-Dinka tribes across Dinka Kingdom especially the Nuer who never surrender to any colonial or Kingship will be subdue to the maximum.

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  • 8 April 2014 16:26, 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.

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  • 8 April 2014 16:27, by Kim Deng

    Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire took. Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions.

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