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Sudan Abyei becoming a “ghost city” after deadly clashes: tribal leader


May 16, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — The oil rich region of Abyei on the borders of North and South Sudan, is becoming a “ghost town” following fierce clashes, a tribal leader said today.

“Ninety percent of the city was destroyed and since most city buildings are made of straw fire quickly swept though them” said Mohamed Omar Al-Ansari who is a leader of a group called Abyei Liberation Front”.

Thousands of civilians fled clashes between Sudan’s former north-south civil war foes in the Abyei last Thursday sparked by local dispute, Reuters reported.

The spokesperson of the Sudanese army (SAF) Mohamed Osman Al-Agbash said that 4 soldiers were killed. Al-Agbash blamed the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) for provoking the fighting saying that its units attacked one of the SAF checkpoints.

The Abyei region has been described as Sudan’s Kashmir by the ENOUGH project against genocide, saying that it may develop into a “national war with regional implications and historically devastating repercussions”.

Al-Ansari told the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the SPLM of caused the clashes saying that the appointment of Edward Lino “complicated matters”.

Last January the semi-autonomous southern Sudan government has appointed Edward Lino to administrate the disputed oil rich area of Abyei, only to revoke last month after tensions ran high from the Arab Misseriya tribe in the area.

The SPLM and the National Congress Party (NCP) have yet to resolve the issue of the oil rich region with both sides claiming ownership of the area.

Kiir told the semi-governmental Al-Ahram daily last February that the NCP is the party blocking the implementation of the Abyei protocol which is part of the Naivasha agreement that ended two decades of the civil war between the North and the South.

Under the protocol a commission known as the Abyei Boundaries Commission (ABC) was to “define and demarcate the area of the nine Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905, referred to herein as Abyei Area”.

However the president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir said that the NCP is committed to the Abyei Protocol only with the border of 1905. He further said the government is not concerned with the ABC report and that the latter is of no value to them.

The SPLM signed a peace deal in January 2005 with the government of the National Congress Party in January 2005 ending two decades of civil war in Southern Sudan. The peace deal made the SPLM, the ruling party in the south and the NCP the ruling party in the north.

In 2011, southerners will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether they want to be independent or remain part of Sudan.


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  • 17 May 2008 05:19, by THE GAME

    common stupid people of arab, cant you people ever thinks of stopping making crimes in other people land. sudan it’s not your country or land as you ncp already know that, you were arrived as a business people but now, ncp you like grudy of everthing and thinks its your land totally you are wrong people go back to where you came from(ancesters are from).

    al bashir do you want SPLAM/A to leave the oil with you to drink,have a show and cook. that aint gonna be happen stupid ass president albashir. nah hell no its will not ever occures.

    NCP why you terrorists tribe alway blamed the clashes,fights on SPLA/M.


    • 17 May 2008 08:12, by tokwaro okeny okello

      The incident that occured in Abyie will be the begining of the down fall of NCP forever in Sudan,
      If southerners began fighting the NCP from the south and JEM from the north, Khartoum will be smashed into Ashes more than what occured in omdruman LAST WEEK.
      fellow commrades
      time for diplomacy is now over,


  • 17 May 2008 15:11, by Gatwech

    Dear Compatriots,

    What a shame on the incompetent Salva Kiir. Why back down on his bold decision which he proudly announced on the day of the opening of the SPLM National Convention that every position is open for elections including his Chair.

    Now some people from Warrap and Abyei are lobbying so that the Constitution which allows for elections be amended to forbid this to happen in order to save Kiir’s position. What undemocratic process is this?

    Kiir and his supporters have just realized in the last 24 hours that they are going to lose the elections definitely. Now they want to rig the process and make it half-democratic.

    Their cry, begging Dr. Riek Machar and Nhial Deng not to contest for Kiir’s position will not work this TIME!

    I said this ’time’ because he rejected the idea in the first place. Greater Upper Nile community suggested to him that the three leaders: Kiir, Riek and Wani should join as a team to collectively defend their current respective positions by mobilizing all their supporters to elect Salva for Chairperson, Riek for Deputy and Wani for the third position. This was also suggested by General Paulino Matip to Salva Kiir.

    Mr. Salva proudly refused this thinking that those who suggested the idea were desperate and feared elections. He thought he got the opportunity to remove Dr. Riek Machar. He initially conspired to allow elections only in the position of Dr. Machar and Secretary General but refused to allow contest for the position of SPLM Chairman.

    Dr. Riek Machar intelligently decided to accept what Kiir wanted and declared his candidacy for Chairperson. When it came to mobilization of supporters, Kiir has now realized that Dr. Riek will definitely win the elections. Instead, Kiir has now mobilized his supporters to lobby people to amend the Constitution to save him from being kicked out. Today, 1520 delegates are deliberating on the Constitution. We will see whether Kiir will be allowed to scape the elections as he begs people that this would save ’unity’ of the SPLM. Why would he think that his defeat would create disunity?

    Too late, incompetent Kiir. You are not capable to face Beshir on the CPA because you are giving in every time in the Presidency. Who knows, you may even agree with Beshir to rig referendum to fail. This is why Khartoum-NCP sponsored newspapers are calling you unionist and easy person to deal with in the CPA. You fail to face Beshir in the Presidency, ran away from your position in Khartoum and left him to destroy Abyei, etc. Face democracy incompetent, Kiir!


    • 17 May 2008 16:17, by Mr Point

      Abyei is burned.

      the people are all run into the bush. No food and no water.

      What is the GOSS planing to do? Why no word about this from Juba?

      Where is the leadership?

  • 17 May 2008 16:06, by Perfect

    If Dr lam Akol was too close to NCP to be removed from the office, How about president Kiir who declared merger between SPLA and SAF against JEM.Kiir should buy alot of jalabia to people of Abyei and give their land to Arabs as long as their Dinka president can not save them because he handed over the authority of southern sudan Army to NCP.
    bottom less pit.

  • 18 May 2008 07:04, by Wilson Kur Lual

    The dirty plan been carrier out by NCP in Khartoum will take us back to the War. Anyhow let be ready and defends our civilians. together

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