Lou Nuer Youth Association Condemns Murle’s Attacks on Greater Akobo area

Posted: February 16, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Letters

Ref: Condemnation Letter by Lou Nuer Youth Association of Repeated Murle Attack on Bieh State

Murle dancing

February 16, 2018 (SSB) — The Lou Nuer Youth Association in Juba would like to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, a series of provocative attacks launched in the territory of Bieh State by marauding armed Murle men. On the 28th January 2018, Paak, Nyiew and Nyiing payams of Muotdit County were attacked by the armed Murle Youth,3000 heads of cattle were stolen,2,500 of which were recovered after a fierce battle.

On the 6th of Feb 2018, heavily armed Murle Youth attacked Uleng Payam in Padiek County, killing two men and looted more than 500 heads of cattle.On the 4th Feb 2018, the same Murle Youth attacked Pow Bor Payam of Majok County, killing 28 people on the spot, 7 children abducted with a number of people still missing. The stolen cattle were recovered after a heavy engagement with the White Army.

Yesterday, a group of armed Murle Youth again attacked Guer Payam of Pading County in which 270 heads of cattle were raided, 5 people killed, 4 men and 1 woman.

We would like to bring this issue of great concern to the attention of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, UNMISS and other concerned security organs that these attacks are uncalled for at the time when the President of the Republic H.E, General Salva Kiir Mayardit has initiated the National Dialogue aimed at reconciling South Sudanese.

We also call upon Boma State Government and local authorities there to discipline and rein in on their Youth. There will come a time when the Lou Nuer Youth would not continue to tolerate such barbaric attacks. They should not be expected to sit with their handed folded while their properties are being destroyed, people mercilessly killed, children being abducted and their cattle being looted.

 It is to be recalled that the conflict between the Murle and Lou Nuer has been there ever since and it is connected with the Murle culture of child abduction and cattle rustling. The Murle Youth are known for always violating the resolutions of Peace conferences conducted among the Lou Nue r,Dinka Bor and the Murle themselves.

 We, the Lou Nuer are peaceful-loving and would always want to remain peaceful with our neighbours but this should not be translated for weakness and indecisiveness.

Finally, we prevail on the Boma State government to ensure that the abducted children and stolen cattle are brought back without preconditions and in the shortest possible time. We call for the unity and peaceful co-existence among South Sudanese communities. The Government of Bieh state and the Lou Nuer Community shall continue to support and stand side by side with the President of the Republic of South Sudan.


Dr Duop Roam Kok


Lou Nuer Youth Association/Juba/RSS.

Contact: +211955772291/+211911444299.


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