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S. Sudan army, rebels blamed for Jonglei violence


March 26, 2012 (JUBA) - As South Sudan’s disarmament exercise enters its
second week; a Swiss-based research group has largely blamed the
national army -SPLA- and the members of the police forces of allegedly
providing both the Murle and Luo Nuer tribes with arms and ammunition.

According to Small Arms Survey, in the final days of 2011, 6,000-8,000
mostly Lou Nuer youth, calling themselves the White Army, carried out
a large-scale attack in villages occupied by the Murle in Pibor in
what has been described as the worst cycle of violence the region
witnessed in recent months.

To-date, however, the exact figures of those either killed or children
abducted still remain unknown, although United Nations estimates
indicate over 100,000 people have been displaced in Jonglei.

“What is clear is that the inter-communal attack demonstrated an
unprecedented level of organization and scale of violence in South
Sudan,” the 22 March report partly reads.

The group also accused rebels belonging to then leader, George Athor
of allegedly arming scores of Nuer youth as a way of recruiting
additional soldiers to strengthen his forces as they planned attacks
on SPLA basis. Athor was killed late last year by the army unit while
reportedly attempting to recruit people in Morobo county, Central
Equatoria state.


Phillip Aguer, the SPLA spokesman on Monday dismissed the Small Arms
Survey report as “baseless and untrue”.

“How can the SPLA which is trying to maintain peace and stability in
Jonglei again arm the very group causing violence? It does not make
sense at all,” Aguer told Sudan Tribune by phone.

The SPLA spokesman, however, said in 2009, that the army handed over
about 100 guns to the youth in Pibor County to fight alongside the
army, adding that the armed youth are still part of the SPLA to-date.

He largely blamed the Athor’s forces of fueling the vicious cycle of
violence in the region, especially its alleged involvement in arming
the Lou Nuer tribe.


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  • 26 March 2012 08:09, by George Bol

    Guest What? who are best leaders in Nuer kingdom?

    Here are few of their good leaders: and tell me if you will not belived it. Weapons can come from nyagats mentality. Check it out!
    Gai Tut, Akuot Atem, Riek Machar, Lam Akol, George Athor, Panypiny, paulino matip,Ngundeng, Wurnyang, gatdet, omar Bashier, Galuak gai, Gordon Kong

    • 26 March 2012 08:16, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Comrade Philip Don’t dismissed the researcher, they guns were not give in the knowledge of Gov. but individual in the army provided their tribes with weapons to fight their neighbours,
      You should also know that the SPLA/M of today is not the same with the one that we got promoted according to what we do, but the SPLA/M of today is full of nyagateen and those who are under our amnesty so there is

      • 26 March 2012 08:18, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        no surprise to hear brother,
        Bol Akuot Atem was a Dinka bro ahaha ahaha just saying, he is a lost Dinka anyway

  • 26 March 2012 08:14, by Diu J.Kuek

    What said by Swiss-based research group 99 per-cent must be true we are familiar for this conflicts some elements are commissions such an activities they arming others community with intention of causing death please Mr Philip Aguer don,t deny the fact.

  • 26 March 2012 08:16, by omoni jr.

    Nonsense as Aguer said,.
    How about Janja weeds gangs who massacred 300,000 Darfurian within 3 weeks??
    How about Paramilitary of NIF/NCP,who are totalling 100,000 ready to wipe out Nubian people,who talk about them???
    It is actually baseless surveying carried out by Anti-south sudanese/SPLA.

  • 26 March 2012 09:04, by wang

    Dr. Dictator John Garang, Nyuon Bany and D.D Corruption who was recently accused of raped a woman and stealing at the Pariak village were also responsible for Jonglei State tribal conflicts. They are the main supplied guns to civilians worse than Khartoum

    • 26 March 2012 13:45, by Emporio


      how would you call ideology mentality behind your freedom a dictator,you must be responsible of what you write or otherwise you a monkey school graduated,,,,

  • 26 March 2012 09:30, by michael Nhomlau

    Wang, you must be a crazy man, how can you called your eye opener a dictator. If it was not him, you would have died, without knowing or commenting in this website. Please I want to advise you, do not comment when you are under incfluence of alochol, it will make you write what you do not mean to write. I do not blame you, I blame the person who gave you alochol in the very early morning.

  • 26 March 2012 10:00, by Anynya One

    Murle, Dinka, Nuer, whats the matter? can’t you stay calm like other Southern Sudanese? Monkey Junk Junkies!

    • 26 March 2012 15:21, by General -GG ism

      Hello bro,
      You are very right why, why these tribles eating when they killed each others? "you quoted""word Monkey junk junkies""

      Thanxs, that is stupidity of Juur pple,
      don,t just generealist pple while others are not envolved in fighting.
      Okay!!! your words are really nice man.

  • 26 March 2012 14:41, by Thiang Geka

    philiph aguer is a lair by saying that civilians are not being provide with ambitions by the spla in bilpham

  • 26 March 2012 22:11, by Puok Tut

    It will be unwise action taken by SPLA soldiers if the report presented by Swiss-based research group was true. the SPLA is now existing as the only mean to save the lives of those who are still on ground because we lost thousand of thousand during the war b/n South & North.
    If the information from Swiss group is baseless, it would be very great. SPLA should know that they re the back ground 4 RS

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