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38 killed in tribal clashes in S. Sudan, UN orders probe

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August 9, 2017 (JUBA) - At least 38 people were killed when the Apuk and Aguok clans clashed in the north-west of the country, an official has disclosed.

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The deputy governor of South Sudan’s Gogrial state, Agoth Mel said over 30 people were injured during clashes between the two clans.

South Sudan was plunged into a military conflict when a split between Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated in December 2013. Since then, tens of thousands have been killed and about 3.8 million displaced, according to the United Nations.

The United Nations said on Monday it was investigating reports that 25 people were killed in South Sudan‘s central Gok state in clashes between two tribal factions.

A U.N. official in South Sudan‘s capital Juba was quoted saying they had received reports on Saturday that 25 civilians had been killed and 27 wounded in clashes between Waat and Ayiel, two ethnic groups that are part of South Sudan‘s Dinka Gok tribe.

Until now, it remains unclear what could have caused clashes between the two clans.

Baipath Majuec Riel Puop, a legislator from Gok State was quoted saying clashes begun with the killing of a member of one of the two groups by another, thus causing retaliatory attacks.

Puop blamed the violence on the area local authorities whom he said had failed to arrest the perpetrators of the clan violence.

“The role of the state is to protect the people and when something like that happened, it is they to arrest,” Puop told the U.N sponsored Radio Miraya Tuesday.

Ethnic violence in South Sudan has a long history among its varied ethnic groups. South Sudan has 64 tribes with the largest being the Dinkas, who constitute about 35% of the population and predominate in government.

Most conflicts in South Sudan are reportedly aggravated among nomadic groups over the issue of cattle and grazing land and is part of the wider nomadic conflicts.

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  • 11 August 2017 05:59, by Senator Y

    Everybody is not happy with Kiir’s leadership in South Sudan that why the Gogrial cowboy needs to bring Apuk and Aguok clans into national dialogue for reconciliation before they finished themselves.

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    • 11 August 2017 17:56, by jubaone

      Senator,
      Sorry that you are a jienge. How can the Kiirminal talk about peace when his fellow Jienge relatives are savagely killing themselves like barbarians? He should read the bible first. Remove the log in your own eye b4 you remove the speck from your brother’s. I think he’s a jienge kaffir

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  • 11 August 2017 06:00, by Senator Y

    Everybody is not happy with Kiir’s leadership in South Sudan that why the Gogrial cowboy needs to bring Apuk and Aguok clans into national dialogue for reconciliation before they finished themselves.

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    • 11 August 2017 09:52, by Resolution

      PRESIDENT KIIR IS KEEPING EVERY COMMUNITY FIGHTING EACH OTHER NOT TO ALLOW PEOPLE EYEING HIS SEAT FAKE CHIEF OF WARRAP

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      • 11 August 2017 18:12, by jubaone

        Resolution,
        I hear the gov of Warrap Gen Gregory A. Deng went to Yei to resolve the state chaos and anarchy cos he can’t do that in his state. Now his brother in law, the Kiirminal is telling us stupid stories about peace. No ARCISS 2015 no peace, that simple. Dr. Riak MUST assume his rightful place and not fugitive Taban.

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