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Activists march in Juba earlier this year in protest against the government’s slow response to ethnic violence in Jonglei state. Fresh fighting in the troubled state has claimed more than 200 lives, officials said on March 11. PHOTO | FILE |
By MACHEL AMOS, Sunday, March 11  2012

More than 200 have been killed and several others are missing in fresh fighting between two rival ethnic groups in the troubled Jonglei state of South Sudan officials said Sunday, raising stakes ahead of a disarmament exercise set for mid this month.

The fighting erupted Friday morning in cattle camps in Akobo County when armed men from Pibor in the same state crossed in from the Ethiopia borders and attacked the area, Jonglei state Local Government minister Duop Lam said.

“This was big fighting and more than 500 are killed or missing. I heard that there are more than 200 patients. If you have fighting with 200 patients like this, people who died will be more,” Mr Duop said.

“They mobilised themselves in not less than 3,000. They are moving back to the Murle land. The army was in Akobo and this people went through the Ethiopian border,” the minister added, referring to the attackers who he said came from Pibor.

The Murle of Pibor and the Lou-Nuer of Akobo hold longstanding hostilities over cattle, grazing lands and water points.

Major attack

The army spokesman, Col Philip Aguer Panyang said “many have been killed and many cattle were taken.”

“I am told that the attack was big. It was a big attack by the armed Murle,” said Col Aguer on Sunday.

Earlier, the army said it had deployed about 10,000 soldiers in all the 11 counties of the state to carry out disarmament and provide protection to the already disarmed communities.

Col Aguer said it was not clear how the SPLA in Akobo failed to buffer the attack.

The prevalence of the clash and the magnitude of the damage caused have been exacerbated by the presence of illicit arms in the hands of the civilians.

Friday’s deadly clash comes at the heels of a voluntary disarmament exercise mid this month in which President Salva Kiir said he would not tolerate resistance from the armed tribal youths.

More than 3,000 people are reported dead in such waves of violence in Jonglei state since January.

Ethnic hostilities have threatened to undermine stability of the Africa’s newest state since the euphoric independence last July.

Jonglei: “Over 500 people killed or missing” after Akobo attack – commissioner 

March 10, 2012 (BOR) – Jonglei State’s Akobo commissioner says between 500 and 800 are missing some of them feared dead following Friday’s dawn attack on cattle camps and villages by armed Murle tribesmen.

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In this UN file photo of 2009 tribal attacks in Jonglei, the family of a SPLA officer who was killed during the fighting in Duk Padiet mourn him at a funeral at the family homestead.

“About 500 to 800 people have either lost their lives, missing or abducted,” Akobo county commissioner Goy Jooyol told the Sudan Tribuneby phone Saturday evening.

“There are reports that many children are abducted,” he added. Due to the remote location Sudan Tribune has not been able to independently verify the claims.

Commissioner Jooyol repeated his calls for “help from well—wishes and friends of Akobo because our resources” are overstretched. Jooyol described the situation as “a real disaster.”

He said: “There are no medicines and it is very difficult to reach” Dengjok Payam (district) which is about 90 kilometres north of Akobo town.

Joshua Konyi, the Pibor County Commissioner, where the Murle tribe are from, told Sudan Tribune that he was aware of the attack. However, the chairperson of Murle youth in Pibor, Nyany Korok, said that the Akobo attack had not come to his notice.

After 6,000 Luo-Nuer attacked Pibor County over December and January Konyi claimed that over 3,000 people had been killed in the raid, although this figure has been dismissed by the UN Mission in South Sudan.

“The number of people who dead in any attack can’t just be estimated. But for sure the death toll be high”, Jooyul said.


The clashes in Pibor triggered revenge attacks in Luo-Nuer and Dinka Bor areas caused and has led the government to deploy 12,000 soldiers to the state in preparation for adisarmamentcampaign that is expected to begin in the next few days.

The Akobo County attacks are likely to make the process more complicated with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir already indicating that South Sudan’s military will use force if weapons are not handed over voluntarily.

Kiir is expected to visit Jonglei State capital Bor on Monday to officially begin the disarmament process.

Cattle raids, like the one in Akobo on Friday, often occur in remote areas with poor roads making it hard to the South Sudan army (SPLA) and peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS), to respond.


Akobo commissioner Goy claims that the attackers withdrew from the Dengjok area with 500,000 after occupying nine cattle camps on from Friday morning until Saturday. He said that several of the raiders had been killed and that armed local youth were pursuing the raiders.

Sudan Tribune has not been able to independently confirm reports that up to 290 dead bodies have already been discovered.

Some Jonglei State MPs visited the area today using UNMISS helicopters on Saturday but they did not give any statements to the press upon their return to Bor.

The Akobo Commissioner has told Sudan Tribune that due to swampy nature of the area and the many rivers many people had nowhere to escape to. Some people had drowned in rivers as the fled the attack which began 5am on Friday, Jooyul said.

Cattle are kept in the swampy Dengjok area to the north of Akobo County during the dry season.

Jooyul said the numbers of dead would be made public in a few days time once local administrators had given him a comprehensive report.


At least two people were killed and two others survived with injuries in a separate attack on Twic East County at 2am on Saturday, Twic East commissioner Dau Akoy told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Akoy said 65 cattle were raided by the attack in the Nyang area of Twic East. The attackers killed a woman and a man while they were sleeping, he said.

Disarmament is perceived by most people in the state as the only way to achieve peace and reconciliation in Jonglei.


Hundreds killed as fresh ethnic clashes erupt in South Sudan’s Jonglei

Daily Nation – ‎
Photo/FILE Demonstrators appeal for peace and an end to ethnic violence in South Sudan in the country’s capital Juba on January 9. By MACHEL AMOS NATION Correspondent JUBA, Sunday Hundreds of people have been killed and several others are missing in 
Reuters AlertNet –
March 11, 2012 – Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps is responding to a recent outbreak of inter-communal violence in South Sudan. Following a violent cattle raid in the village of Romyereh in Upper Nile State on March 9, – ‎
Bor — Jonglei State’s Akobo commissioner says between 500 and 800 are missing some of them feared dead following Friday’s dawn attack on cattle camps and villages by armed Murle tribesmen. “About 500 to 800 people have either lost their lives, 
Africa Review – ‎
Activists march in Juba earlier this year in protest against the government’s slow response to ethnic violence in Jonglei state. Fresh fighting in the troubled state has claimed more than 200 lives, officials said on March 11.
Anyuak Media – ‎Mar 10, 2012‎
BY THE AKOBO ANYUAK COMMUNITY, This is the first time the Anyuak of Akobo appear in your office as a Community. This is a serious interruption during your tight work schedule. Thank you so much for allowing us to present ourselves to you. – ‎Mar 10, 2012‎
Bor — Armed raiders alleged to be Murle tribesmen have taken control of cattle camps and villages in Dengjok Payam (district) of Akobo County, Jonglei State killing many people, sources have told Sudan Tribune. The fighting, that began at 5am on Friday 
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South Sudan MPs Take Lessons From Govt
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Bringing water to thirsty South Sudan
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Jonglei State Governor calls for perseveration of wildlife resource
Sudan Tribune
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South Sudan officials say over 200 killed in fresh Jonglei fighting
Africa Review
PHOTO | FILE | By MACHEL AMOS in JubaPosted Sunday, March 11 2012 at 16:56 More than 200 have been killed and several others are missing in fresh fighting between two rival ethnic groups in the troubled Jonglei state of South Sudan officials said 

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Dear all,

While the RSS is in the process to start the disarmament, communities in Jonglei are slaughtering themselves. Yesterday morning, the Murle community attack Jier, a district within Nyirol county. They came in good number with RPG-7, and many military weapons. The fighting took place while children and women were in the villages. They wounded many women and children and left 13 dead on spot. They took all cattle.
Similiarly, two days ago, they attack Uror county cattle camps and they fought with youth. They youth in Uror defeated them and killed seven Murle members. Its unbelievable for the government to disarm people who are being attacked in dially bases. If the other communities are disarmed and murle are not disarm because they are in bush, they will returned back and slaughter all Jonglei communities. The government should think of finding those Murle who are currently in Bush…..the SPLA Murle defectors.
The commissioner of Pibor has announced that there are no Murle men in the villages. A position clarification that the government should think about rather than telling people that you must bring your guns. Who will bring the guns of Murle? I think these two communities should be given a chance to do what they wanted; otherwise, inappropriate disarmament is not a solution…………….I believe after the Lou Nuer are disarm, and then the government will fail to protect them, it will be a biggest blast, and finding guns in South Sudan is simple. More options should be explored before the disarmaments. It would be a good thing to analysze the challenges that will happen after. If the Nuer, and Dinka are disarm, then Murle are not disarm well, what will happen? Let said the Murle turned against the community that were disarmed and slaughter and take their cattle, what would the other communities do?
Our government is not doing much. In Decemeber, they called the youth that the government will deal with Murle to bring 180 children from Lou Nuer community back and leave cattle to Murle. This agreement has not been fulfiled. The youth thought that there will be a dialogue between the communities before the disarmament take place. However, the approach made by our government in Juba has not been materialized as to bring the children back or mobilize Murle to accept peace. My fear is that when the Dink Bor, The Nuer and perhaps the Anyuak are disarm by the government, the Murle community will get a big opportunity to finish all these tribes. Government has a policy of “No internvention into tribal conflict.” Murle usually come close to the SPLA military camps and chase people around but the SPLA forces never intervent. So the question will always be, who will protect people from Murle?
Murle are in bush and the issue has been confirmed by the commissioner himself that “there are no men in the villages in Murle areas.” Now, they are even using a route to the area of Malakal. As soon as the disarmament finish, the Murle men will kill all people and this is the worse part of it because all civilians in the region will seek guns again within the limit time and then carry on offensive attack against the Murle. I would only love if the government try to use dialogue and delay the disarmament until the rainy season because Murle do not go to bush in the rainy season.