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November 1, 2014 (NAIROBI) – At least 20 more people have been killed in a renewed fighting over the weekend between various communities in Kakuma refugee camp in western part of Kenya of Turkana district, sources said.

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South Sudanese refugees at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, on 17 February 2014 (ST)

“Clashes occurred again on Friday and Saturday between the Nuer community and the communities of Great Lakes region who have forged an artificial alliance with the Dinka community,” Gai Duop, leader of the Nuer community in Kakuma refugee camp, told Sudan Tribune on phone on Saturday.

The clashes, he said, followed last week’s incident between Dinka and Nuer communities in which 8 Dinka members were reportedly beaten to death by angry Nuer youth after a Dinka man raped a 9-year old Nuer girl-child, leaving her in coma.

The refugees used sticks and machetes during the fighting which involved thousands from rival sides.

Sources from the United Nations, however, downplayed the number of casualties from the last week’s violence, reporting only one person who died in hospital.

However, the Nuer community leader accused the Dinka community of mobilising refugee communities from Congo, Burundi, Rwanda as their allies from the Great Lakes region, inciting yet another fierce clash over the weekend which he said left 4 Nuer members dead. Among the 4 one was shot dead by the Kenyan police, he explained.

11 others were also killed on the side of the Great Lakes and Dinka communities, he added.

“On our side we have lost 4 people. On the side of the Dinka and Great Lakes communities they have lost 11,” Duop said, adding that many more were also wounded on both sides.

He further added that 3 members of Turkana were allegedly killed by the Dinka community who attempted to blame it on the Nuer.

“The Dinka also went and killed three members of the Turkana community. I think their intention was to involve the Turkana community in the fighting by trying to turn them against the Nuer community too,” he claimed.

He however added that their initial contact on Saturday with elders from the Turkana community indicated that the Turkana elders accused the Dinka community in a camp section called Hong Kong, which is predominantly populated by the Dinka, of murdering their members.

United Nations officials in the camp were not reachable for comment on these tribal clashes.

Duop said calm has however returned to the refugee camp after police intervention.

He further said they have already accepted the approach by elders of the Great Lakes region to make peace with the Nuer community and that the Kenyan police had already communicated to the Nuer elders the immediate need for reconciliation.

“Our community has accepted the offer for reconciliation with communities from the Great Lakes region and the Dinka,” he said, adding that the latest clashes started when a motorist from Congolese community overran a Nuer child with a motorbike, an incident which he said was explicitly a provocative move to start the fight.

He however lamented that dozens from the Nuer community were arrested by the Kenyan police and taken to different prisons, calling on the United Nations and Kenyan authorities to release them.

Sudan Tribune could not reach leaders of the rival Dinka and Great Lakes region for comments.

Last week, officials said one person died and over eight others were seriously injured when South Sudanese rival communities clashed at the camp in western Kenya.

The clash between Nuer and Dinka communities, the largest and belligerent ethnic groups in South Sudan reportedly occurred when a 9-year old Nuer girl-child was allegedly raped by a Dinka man, leaving her in critical condition.

Kenyan police arrested the suspect, but later released him, stirring widespread anger among the Nuer youth who went to forcefully capture the freed man. This sparked off clashes between the two rival communities.

A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Kenya confirmed last week’s clashes, saying it was in retaliation to alleged raped of a nine year-old girl in the camp.

“One person was killed [but] we are still trying to find out from the community,” said Emmanuel Nyabera, adding “eight others were injured”.

Kakuma camp is the biggest habitat for refugees hosting 180,000 people from different nations. There are about 90,000 South Sudanese living in the camp.

(ST)

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  • 2 November 2014 06:46, by Mi diit

    Fearing the Nuer, the Dinka community would even ally with the devil itself in order to devour the Nuer community. They started with the British against the Nuer in 19th century. They did with Ethiopian dictator Mengistu in 1983. They did with all tribes in South Sudan, Nuba Mtns, Blue Nile in 1990s. Now they have done it with Darfur rebels, SPLA-N, Uganda army and then great lakes communities.

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    • 2 November 2014 07:43, by Ahmed Chol

      Very soon, the Nuer will find itself fighting the whole world which is a very stupid idea.

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    • 2 November 2014 07:53, by jijury

      Dinka president killed 20,000 Nuer civilians in Juba the US and Europeans keep silence. in fact, president Obama was convinced by John Kerry who was bribed by Salva Kiir to talk on the behalf of his government, but we still condemn that because we never started anything. Salva killed Nuer in Juba. A man from His community rapped a Nuer girl.

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      • 2 November 2014 13:07, by Hardlinner

        Jijury, keep selling you cheap lies on internet. If 20,000 nuers were indeed killed in juba, then what about 20,000 plus nuers living UN counpound. Or are they just nuer zombie?. 20,000 nuers in UN are almost entire nuer population in juba before war. All I know is , 20,000 dead nuers were killed in jonglei, upper nile and unity when they thought,they could install riek to power thru rebellion.

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      • 2 November 2014 15:47, by Rommel

        jijury:

        Ah, so you people are actually capable of thought, child-like, convoluted and bitter as it is. The reason the United States, the European Union and every actor of international significance has not spoken about the supposed deaths of 20, 000 Nuer civilians in Juba, is quite simple... your estimates are beyond ridiculous.

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        • 2 November 2014 15:49, by Rommel

          Where did the Nuer get the 20, 000 figure from? The Nuer have come up with their own numbers... And so one necessarily has to adopt a healthy dose of skepticism with regards to their numbers. What methodology was used to arrive at these fanciful numbers? How could they possibly have assessed the number of Nuer civilians killed in Juba on their own?

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          • 2 November 2014 15:51, by Rommel

            No sane individual is suggesting that innocent civilians were not targeted in Juba in December, but you have quite predictably exaggerated the numbers. Your absurd estimates range from the ’hundreds of thousands’ to 50, 000, to 30, 000, to 27, 000 to 20, 000 and finally 17,613... something that is supposed to have happened within a 2-3 day period. Does that seem plausible?

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            • 2 November 2014 15:53, by Rommel

              Why didn’t International embassies and the many NGOs [stationed in Juba] give credence to these fanciful numbers? I don’t think that less than a 1,000 civilians died, but the numbers peddled by the opposition are obscene. Those numbers would make the Nazis blush. The rebels shouldn’t be surprised when impartial investigators come up with significantly lower casualty estimates.

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    • 2 November 2014 07:58, by Mayom County Boy

      dinka are fighting my fellows communities nuer in Kakuma ,shit for that,peace must come soon !

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    • 2 November 2014 08:39, by Kur William

      Majority of peopel are not aware that what they said can expose their safety to the danger tomorrow there is no point that great Lake region have combined with Dinka against Nuer the incident was between South Sudanese themselves.Also arrogant claim of braveness is a huge factor which always ignite retaliation in the community feud.

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    • 2 November 2014 14:54, by Rommel

      Mi diit

      You ’people’ have the cognition capabilities of apes. You seem to be wholly incapable of processing information and retaining it. I have debunked every one of these lies that you keep sprouting out of desperation and mule-like stubbornness. The Dinka as a whole did not establish any kind of alliance with the British. In fact, the Dinka resisted the British during the Condominium period.

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      • 2 November 2014 15:01, by Rommel

        The Dinka resisted both the Turks and the British; a wealth of information attesting to this historical fact can be sourced from the archives and in particular from a great book aptly titled, ’Dinka resistance to condominium rule’. I’ll take historical evidence on the matter at hand over puerile, mindless hate. The Aliap Dinka fought the British quite extensively under Kon Anok.

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        • 2 November 2014 15:02, by Rommel

          Only one Dinka section [Duk] worked with the British after they came under attack from the combined force (s) of multiple Nuer sections. By contrast, how many Nuer sections joined Khartoum? Virtually all of you joined with the Arabs. All of you.

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          • 2 November 2014 15:09, by Rommel

            Ah, I get it, all the tribes in South Sudan were on the side of the Dinka during the war, even after the split. Is that what you’re trying to say? What does "all" mean in your language? What tribes were part of this "all" pro-Dinka alliance? Were the Murle on our side? Were the Didinga on our side? What about the Toposa? Were the Lotuka on our side?

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            • 2 November 2014 15:16, by Rommel

              Were the Kresh, Yulu, Shat, Balanda, Feroghe, Buja, Boya, Acholi, Kara and Banda on our side? We also had to deal with the Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army and the Mundari militia. Now, how does this constitute "all" the tribes of South Sudan supposedly siding with the Dinka, you low IQ chimp?

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              • 2 November 2014 15:18, by Rommel

                We had no allies in the South. The Nuba and the people of Blue Nile were our only allies... But you had the SAF, PDF and the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arabs as your allies, so why complain? Your allies were better armed and you still couldn’t win.

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                • 2 November 2014 15:19, by Rommel

                  The allies of the Dinka [the Nuba and the people of Blue Nile] had far less troops to offer, little to no heavy weaponry, no steady stream of supplies, no resources and no military industrial base. Your alliance produced a numerically superior force and was furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry. You had a far stronger ally. You should have won... Comfortably, completely!

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                  • 2 November 2014 15:29, by Rommel

                    Where was this phantasmic "fear" that the Dinka supposedly have for the Nuer when our counterattacks penetrated deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod in 1991-2? We were far more concerned with your Arab masters and you still couldn’t win despite the fact that your masters had aircraft and rocket artillery at their disposal and despite the fact that your alliance was much larger.

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                    • 2 November 2014 15:31, by Rommel

                      The events outlined in this article are clearly from the empty ’mind’ of a Nuer. This article doesn’t even attempt to hide its bias. I very much doubt the veracity of virtually everything outlined in this pathetic excuse of an article.

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  • 2 November 2014 07:45, by Planetmars

    People in the region seem to favor dinka over Nuer. There are enough evidences to say when dinka talk, people listen and when Nuer talk, people don’t listen. Poor Nuer don’t know how to make allies in the region. The one who talk loud last week end did not get allies and the one who was quiet, have more allies. Good politics for the dinka.

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    • 2 November 2014 08:57, by Mi diit

      Ahaha...Dinka politics of betrayal and cowardice. Why involve the whole region into your own war with the Nuer? Do you want the whole region to be unstable? They will hate you for it. And you are advertising the Nuer to the world as number one fighters against the whole region. Cowards!

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      • 2 November 2014 09:22, by Peacocktail

        Nuer myths of being Warrior shall lend them in treble situation and likely not be accepted by African countries as unfriendly community, they fought in Canada and Canadian Immigration is rejecting more asylum seekers from Nuer community either being Ethiopian or Sudanese. Now they are fighting every Refugee in Kenya,the Kenya Govemnt should Deport them to South Sudan to face the War at home.

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      • 2 November 2014 15:38, by Rommel

        Mi diit:

        This accusation of ’cowardice’ coming from a people that formed the largest, most well equipped anti-Dinka alliance during the war is hilarious. You even had the LRA on your side. Was that not regional? In addition to the SAF, the PDF and the Murahaleen of the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arab tribes, you had the Equatorial Defence Force and the Popular Resistance Movement/Army.

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    • 2 November 2014 12:44, by Hardlinner

      Nuer violent attitudes is putting them at odd with every nationalities that they live with. Well it is time for nuer to check their behaviors. Soon even earth itself will say enough is enough with nuers.

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  • 2 November 2014 09:03, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear Dinka.
    For how long did Dinka will keep fighting the lion heart Nuer?

    For how long did Dinka will keep shouting to the world for help?

    For how long did Dinka will staying with allies?

    For how long did Dinka will keep lie to the media as they are politicians?

    For how long did Dinka will keep running from mighty tribe Nuer?

    Think Big and answer my questions. N3m3 3 Gat Garabong!!!!

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    • 2 November 2014 09:33, by Peacocktail

      SOn of Ngundeng,
      Do you really know the reason why the World is fighting Terrorist,, Soon Nuer community shall be branded as ’’Terrorist’’ by Intn Community, soon IGAD shall brand Riek Group as out-law forces which required ’’effective confrontation’’ to quell it behavior of War slogan down. Soon Nuer seeking refuge in Eastern African countries will be opted for forceful repatriated back.

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  • 2 November 2014 09:37, by wang

    Funny, isn’t….Cowardice community are the Majority in the areas and they still left their homes for UN compound….Face the Nuer because there are no Ugandans troops in Kenya…

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    • 2 November 2014 10:14, by chol

      The only funny thing is Nuers are on suicide mission.What stupid community.there is a different between been brave and just fight without thinking. You can’t win this war

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      • 2 November 2014 10:33, by wang

        @chol
        I will pray for you to be a live for the next 10-20 years and witnessing by yourself about how to mess up with Nuer in general is a wrong decisions at the first place…this war is not a weeks or months war….it is a generations war….

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        • 2 November 2014 10:54, by Mi diit

          Now those of Turkana will Dinkas like dogs. Their evil plan has backfired. I can assure you that the world will soon realize that Dinkas are the cause of this war and the region will hate them.

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        • 2 November 2014 12:54, by Hardlinner

          You nuer have check your behaviors. To day world is not about how violent you are but how smart you are. Ask every community that have live with both dinka and nuer. They will tell you they rather stay with dinkas than nuer. Nuer are indeed low IQ and hover primtive traits like chimpanzees.

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        • 2 November 2014 12:58, by Frak Cho

          mi dit, wang, kim deng, son of ngundeng and mayom county boy, why are you killing innocent Nuers? propaganda war as well as website war comments will never redeem you. even if You insult me, I will laugh because I will consider you all to be like my 2.5 years old son who doesn’t understand that am his father.

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  • 2 November 2014 18:08, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

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  • 2 November 2014 18:09, by Kim Deng

    Although a substantial portion of this grant represented an uninhabited no-man’s-land between the Nuer and the Dinka, the Nuer were also required to relinquish territory under active occupation. The Nuer undoubtedly viewed the transfer as a government-sponsored Dinka invasion.

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  • 2 November 2014 18:11, by Kim Deng

    Lacking the capacity to mount an offensive counterattack, the Dinka, Anyuak, Burun… had no recourse other than withdrawal. Under these circumstances, the rapid Nuer Conquest/occupation of the vast Western Dinka region [Mayom, Mankien…], Southern Dinka region [Nyuong Nuer territory], Central Dinka region [Fangak, Ayod, Waat…], Eastern Dinka, Anyuak and Burun region [Eastern Jikany Nuer...

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  • 2 November 2014 18:13, by Kim Deng

    and Lou Nuer territory] is not difficult to understand.
    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

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    • 3 November 2014 07:24, by Rommel

      Kim Deng

      What importance do you think I place upon dynamics that are centuries in the past? Are ’Westerners’ [who are now the most powerful people in the world] suppose to feel dejected by the fact that the Arabs defeated them during the crusades? Are the Chinese suppose to feel lesser in the face of the Mongolians because the Mongols conquered and controlled large swathes of China at one point

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      • 3 November 2014 07:26, by Rommel

        What can the Arabs do to the ’West’ in modern times? What can Mongolia do to China? Dynamics change. Have you forgotten how the Shilluk routinely defeated the Nuer in battle? Of what importance is that today? Dynamics are as fluid as water. Evoking the events of the 18th Century will not help you...

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        • 3 November 2014 07:27, by Rommel

          ..Your posts are a scream for relevance. You’re essentially saying, Please, be in awe of me, fear me and accord me the respect that I feel I deserve for events that took place centuries in the past. Respect me because I *was* [past tense] able to prevail against a divided enemy. That doesn’t impress me. If you had defeated the Shilluk [and not the other way round]... I would be impressed.

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          • 3 November 2014 07:27, by Rommel

            There’s not a population on the face of the earth that hasn’t experienced subjugation and dark moments at some point in their history. The past cannot be mended, rewritten or reprised... it can only be used as a reference to learn from past mistakes. What ultimately matters is what you can do for yourself in the here and now...

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            • 3 November 2014 07:28, by Rommel

              ..So you can keep on harping on about dynamics centuries in the past much in the same way that Arabs keep on talking about their victories over the Europeans during the crusades. Arabs keep on talking about Al Andalus [Spain] and how they want it back... but what can they do to modern Spain? What can they do to NATO?

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              • 3 November 2014 07:29, by Rommel

                The words of a bitter man, anchored to yesterday’s glories, desperately holding onto what he used to have and what he has since been deprived of - vicariously living through his ancestors... are but comedy to a man who has power in the here and now. You haven’t accepted the new order, have you? You haven’t accepted the fact that the Dinka are no longer hopelessly divided...

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                • 3 November 2014 07:31, by Rommel

                  .. They now know their potential. The war with Khartoum tested the limits of their endurance. The requirements of survival silenced the voices of division and removed the clouds of doubt. They stand tall and proud of their achievements; they are now the country’s most powerful ethnic group... and this pains you. This is why you feel the need to remind them of a time in which they were underfoot.

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  • 2 November 2014 19:14, by Naath Raani

    The ladies always run for help. Dinkas are our ladies in South Sudan who always start talking like ladies and later run for help. What the fuck with you? Why start and then run? Shame on you Dinkas! How come raped a small girl and run and bribed the others communities to help? Dogs and useless community? I don’t know who you are and why God created you motherfuckers.

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    • 3 November 2014 07:17, by Rommel

      Naath Raani:

      You mean the same way that you ladies ran to the SAF, the PDF, the LRA, the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arabs of the Murahaleen and the way that you made alliance with the the Equatorial Defence Force and the Popular Resistance Movement/Army? You were the greatest cowards during the war and your alliances did not help you win.

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      • 3 November 2014 07:33, by Rommel

        There’s not a single tribe in all of Sudan [North & South] that doesn’t know that you formed desperate and shameful military alliances with the various regimes in Khartoum, with a clear emphasis on forming alliances with the SAF, PDF and the Misseriya and the Rizeigat Arab tribes. You’re the cowards. Stupid slaves.

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  • 3 November 2014 12:56, by monyomiji

    That Dinka man was not mistake simply because Nuer GIRL always said this worldly kus/mur can not be prevented give not only that she has to be fuck by a man who is hygienically clean so that she may feel it good. i missed Nuer kus since i left Malakal in 2012-2013.

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