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’Calm’ returns to Jonglei’s Twic East after sectional fighting


By Philip Thon Aleu

February 15, 2010 (BOR) – Authorities in Twic East County, where inter-sectional clashes left at least 4 people dead and over 20 others wounded, say the “situation is [now] calm”. Sudan Tribune counted 15 wounded people from both sides in Bor Civil Hospital Monday and “many more” are said to be nursing injuries in Twic East villages.

A victim of Wangulei clashes in Bor Hospital (by Philip Thon ST)

Hand axes, spears and other metal weapons claimed lives and caused injuries in the Wangulei clashes. Guns were not used on Thursday or the death toll could have been different, witnesses say, crediting government disarmament efforts with residents of Twic East and neighboring counties ending last month.

The County Commissioner Diing Akol told the Sudan Tribune by phone from Panygoor, the headquarters of Twic East, on Monday that police forces have prevented “more death and saved lives” by separating the two warring Ayual and Dacuek sections of Nyuak Payam.
The root cause of last week’s clashes could not be independently established. However, conflicting sources from both sides claim having been attacked by another on Thursday February 11.


Both Dacuek and Ayual are contesting ownership of Wangulei Payam center and cattle camps in the Toch (wetland between the River Nile tributaries) west of Nyuak. The case, which had never before caused inter-sectional clashes, was brought before the county authority and a seven-judge committee was formed to deal with it. According to officials, the jury declared that three cattle camps in the Toch belong to Dacuek while the payam headquarters at Wangulei is government-owned. There are more than 3 cattle camps in the Toch. This means that the two sections could share the dry season grazing land as usual as well as the Payam center.

Ayual disputed the court’s verdict and decided to appeal. Then, in an incident that is said to have sparked the fighting, a dancing Dacuek youth started caning an Ayual woman at the Payam center on Thursday and subsequently confronted anyone siding with her, according to attendants of victims of the clashes being nursed here in Bor.

An account from Dacuek side is totally reversed: it claims that Ayual attacked the Dacuek on Thursday evening when they were dancing in Wangulei. Those who talked to the Sudan Tribune from Ayual explained that the court’s decision giving Dacuek three cattle camps of Guar, Pathoor and Pakat is unacceptable. As for Wangulei, Ayual say the government’s ownership should not prevent them from exercising traditional land rights. Ayual strongly denied igniting the clashes that killed three people from their side. A fourth man, also from Ayual, was killed 2 days before the inter-sectional feuding and relatives say his death is related to the latest fight.

Efforts made to speak to chiefs, the accused and defendants, as well as the judges who are settling the disputes, were futile. Their spouses answered phone calls saying “my husband is detained” by the government.

Officials say that “many more people” with injuries remain in Twic East. Of the 15 wounded people in Bor hospital, 4 are in critical condition with one man in his late 50s having had part of his tongue cut during the clashes. Sudan Tribune obtained four names of the deceased but is withholding them out of regard for the Dinka Bor method of making death announcements.


In the hospital where victims of Thursday’s clashes are being nursed, both sides expressed regret over the clashes. They say “we are one people. This fighting is not good.” This statement that has being repeated by Nyuak citizens who reached Sudan Tribune by emails or phone calls from Sudan and around the world.

Commissioner Diing Akol commended efforts made by the government to intervene and dismissed claims that he took one side in his capacity as the county leader.

“We are trying to prevent more deaths. We are saving lives,” he responded when asked to explain the government’s use of military jeeps to chase civilians and arrest them though allegedly not targeting all local people who were involved the clashes. The commissioner cautioned those “magnifying tension” that “this is the election period and we have no [ill] interest toward anybody.” He says the government urgently responded to the situation to halt the clashes that otherwise might have continued three whole days.

Ayual had complained to the media that county and national leaders have sabotaged the verdict in the court and favoring Dacuek’s encroachment of their lands.

But unlike other clashes, some think it likely that the victims will get justice and the tension will subside since there are organized traditional courts and customarily smooth ties between the groups that fought, which are both Twic Dinka Bor.

Jonglei suffered a series of tribal clashes in 2009 which the government attributed to arms in the hands of civilians.


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  • 16 February 2010 05:04, by maumau

    I got many friends in Wangulei, hope none of them is victim to this barbaric act. MAUMAU

    • 17 February 2010 06:32, by Wende Yongaptheeth

      Tell these of Bul Pajieth Bul that whinning, complaining, screaming, scapegoating, blaming and finger-pointing won’t change a thing, it may make you appears as the agrieved or victimized party nonetheless, your bad-mouthing, talkativity and whacking caused you the problems. You love to say that it was the SPLM/A, Commissioner, 7 judges, governor, police and Dr. Lual who were wrong. Sure I sympathizes with your situation and the lost of lives, no one could have ruled or ruled in favor of Ayual stupidity except Ayual itself.

      We are sorry that Ayual did not get any justice so that they take Pathood, Guar, Pajieth de Bior Yool at the Swampy areas or toch. We are also sorry that Ayual was not given Panyang, Panyiereng, Pom-Ahool, Mahat-Jaak and Wangulei. These people are really victims I sympathizes with them, they should have been awarded all including Baping village.

  • 16 February 2010 05:58, by BUSTA 2

    The 81.2% is the begining of rigging election by Souterners and BIG NO.

    the percent showing for the independence for South Sudan is a very big No because in Jonglese State alone how many people who are dying daily??

    The Auditor should remove that computer game from this web since there is no reality here and one person is voting more than one which is the sign of failing in advance technology.

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

    • 16 February 2010 06:31, by Angelo Kumuko

      Busta 2

      My dear, I a m just worried what will happen after our expected referendum given the way we are killing ourselves, yet we blame the Khartoum Government for our own weakness and violence.

      Imagine the killings in WES, the unpopular governor there said it was NCP and other political parties, when will our politicians admit their mistakes and learn from it.

      We have the SPLA policy which disarms only Equatorians not Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazel, what a govt?

      The failure to disarm these guys properly will continue to terrorize the regions

      These Dinkas and their rivalries need to sit down and solve their differences amicably.

      Sometimes, I ask my self why every tribe in the south disagree with the Dinka?

      • 16 February 2010 06:45, by Dinka Boy

        This problem is only for one payam,not about whole Dinka, know that.
        I think you never read the article.

      • 16 February 2010 06:46, by Deng Thiak Adut

        Not in my door step, not my in family.
        Respect for human dignity and value for our members are important and therefore this incident warrants full investigation.
        Solution should not be limited to reconciliation but full criminal investigation must be follow. People must be punish for this criminal act. Value of human life shall not be compromise by any mean which does not justify justices. I once again urge the department of Legal Affairs to investigate the violent acts. We are the milestone of civilisation and we should be example to other community. Governor Kuol Must initiate this processes.
        Victims must be afford appropriate social justices and equity.

      • 16 February 2010 21:25, by MJriaksdca


        Did you just comment without reading the article or what?
        The reporter said these people had to use hand axes and rods to fight due to having disarmed. How can you say the government is disarming only Equatorians?

        You are a rogue who share same voice with other rogues to incite problems in South Sudan.

    • 16 February 2010 06:56, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      Bustard 2

      There is no riging here old boy. You are making funs of youurself for no reason. Shame your master Bashir and your devilish uncle Lam Akol.

      We are seperating what do you say???? Keep on barking but that shall never stop us from doing all that our hearts desired.

      Be blessed,

      Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

    • 16 February 2010 16:34, by Tony Komayiit

      To Busta 2

      Hello Boy,

      please may dear ,you better shut your mouth and watch on,how can a government intervene on a fool game which will not be term as a political matters,and not even tribal issues which will let the government pay attention on theses madness game! let them kill them self.

      that is their ways of living standard.

  • 16 February 2010 14:11, by Time1

    This is a reminder of the enormous work waiting for Jonglie new governor and government, to enfourse tough LAW and ORDER procedures, work hard with ministry of interior and the Justice system to bring full security and stability.

    This is number one agenda on the Jonglie government lists of priorities, then followed by development, there more development you see the less inter-tribal fighting we will see, because everybody will have something to go, school to go to,activities to work on, so no one will have time for cattle raiding and other nonsense activities.

  • 16 February 2010 14:34, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    It is very unfortunate that the Bor-Dinka are turning against each others’ throats because of Dr. Lual’s stolen projects.

    Even women are among the dead including Alaak Garang de Mabior.

    Unfortunately, Zechariah Manyok Biar has not commented to condemn the violence caused by his man, Dr. Lual A. Deng, whom he praised in his articles recently.

    I hope he reads what is being written by his village colleage on southsudannation.com website.

    Disarmament should be done in Twic East with immediate effect.

    • 16 February 2010 23:12, by Raan Chol

      Gatwech you right this time for what you said on your comment,Lual Acuek is the cause of those civilian’s dead.
      Lual must have to be blame in this civilian violence if he didn’t brought the tractors to dredge toch there wouldn’t had have been no problem occure among dacuek and ayual.This fighting involve dead never happened befor frist time now.Lual must to be deterrence because he is deteriorate civilian situation worse.

      • 17 February 2010 03:27, by Lual Chol Kuir

        heyy Gatwech and Raan

        Guys this’s got nothing to do with Lual, Please I’m asking you guys to keep your stupid politics out of this tragedy, its a heartbreak to all residents of payam around the world because this two communities they have History of living togather without any drama for nearly a centenary.

        @ this late days problems started but we still believe that there re some poliiticans who re behind this tragedy in Twic county. those who re trying to make conflicts within this payam because their unity is really stronge more then other parts of Twic and there re threat to the region Twic county in election if anyone of them contest.

        we praying to God to help state government to find out those who cause this tragedy and those who re behind will be brough to justice with death penalty.

        my condelence to the families of the people.

        • 17 February 2010 07:18, by Raan Chol

          Wally Lual Chol Kuir and primitive Lual Acuek Lual you guys try to erect things that you never had in your life or in twic east histories.Lual Chol can you tell as if you have see this people fought before.You really very wally to support Lual Acuek,example for what lual did:If Lual didn’t brought any tractors to dredge in toch there would had have been no violence happened.Second Lual support his people to commits what have happen now by giving them money to go buy pangers,axes and e.t.c. You entire Dacuek people still have mouse brain,even though your people educate.I will inculcate to you how educators people work ably with out causing violence to civilian or dead even.to make peace with you will take 5 years from the date of violence, in my suggestion.

          Wally Lual Chol and primitive Lual Acuek please watch out your cabal before sensible person got your degenerate bad behaviours will make your situation deteriorate!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • 17 February 2010 07:48, by Raan Chol

          Dear readers,to let you know that Lual Acuek is one of nyagaties
          for example:You entire Southern Sudan can see by corruption we have in south Lual have hand in this corruption,why? because he’s one of high offices responsible of southern Sudan’s money.So he use southern Sudan money to erect his own politic so that he can indefinite be come leader of corruptionties.

          Thank by sensible southern Sudan person.

          • 17 February 2010 08:00, by Raan Chol

            Lual Chol Kuir.Lual Acuek Lual is the one who is responsible for this violence mass my friend to be honest with you and every readers on this website too.I can tell also civilian including victims and witness can tell too,so your comment is indefensible my friend get your brother ready for justice please thanks!!!!!

            • 17 February 2010 15:28, by Wende Yongaptheeth

              The conflict was not caused by anything or anybody else then Ayual Community envy, backwardness, jealousy of anything positive in the Payam, talkativity and whacking all days like women.

              These folks called Ayual are very provocative and coward too. Remember, they used to provocked Awulian at Kakuma and when Awulian come, they will run like chicken.They did it more then three at Kakuma and Dacuek just ignored their childish behaviors after all Dacuek knows they are cowards.

              Now that they have brought their same stupidity to Dacuek, they will be discipline properly because with Dacuek Youth, there is no joke with whacking, goofy and chicken like women who called themselves men.

              You provocked folks and when they response, you blame the commissioner, gov. SPLA, Police, Awan Ajang, the 7 judges and Dr. Lual Acuek.
              Why don’t you blames yourself or do you thing you were the only wise person who can see your right?
              Ayual, not knowing one own wrong and right in a case is why we as human have a neutral person called a judge it is simple as that.
              Blaming all the neutral parties makes you really Ayual that stupid community whom no one see their rights except themselves.

              • 17 February 2010 15:56, by Wende Yongaptheeth

                Are these places in toch Ayual’s land, Guar, Pathoor, Pajieth Bior Yool?

                At home are these villages and wutyiath are Ayual land too?
                Panyang, Panyiereng, Pom Ahool, Mahat Jaak and Wangulei?

                Are they Ayual’s land? wow!!!!!!!!!.
                Panyang of Dacuek is Wutyiaath of Dacuek like Pakou of Ayual, Pabiec of Kongor, Pawoi of Awulian.

                Who can come from another section of to claim Wutyiaath of different sections were it not stupid Ayual?

                • 18 February 2010 04:32, by Raan Chol

                  Yongaptheeth you got this name and is not belong to you,this my uncle names that one mistake from dacuek primitive people using some name will bring you to justic!
                  Second is your indefensible commet on toch,where were you all this time before lual came back from USA to Sudan,this show that you guys paid judges and SPLM/A commissioners,relatively lual did it.

                  You Dacuek still behave in the same way as mouse behave cause you,your generation were feed by mouse meat that why you guys have no human dignity you half way human being not full!!
                  Relatively Ayual in wangulei are peace lovers where you dacuek people no nothings about human relationship,if you were,you wouldn’t involve pangers and axes to finish off the injures people.

                  Now where you dacuek people run to safe your lives because ayual is not gonna need you in wangulei no more even entire twic east get tired of your behaviours in twic.I think what can help you only is to wade in to mouses hole. I know you will do that some of your people know the holes that dacuek can feed in.My friend you call ayual coward because you your people don’t know the benefit of being brother and neighbour!
                  So you mouse eaters find your way early by now today when you finish reading this comment inform your dacuek people right away.Thanks.

                  • 18 February 2010 04:42, by Raan Chol

                    Ah one things left the name you using here won’t make you to be kongoor,to let’s you know too I’m here with yongaptheeth’s son so please justify your self first before he got you wally behave!! Thanks!

                  • 18 February 2010 11:16, by Wende Yongaptheeth

                    of what? bring it on Dacuek is ready for what Ayual brings. Oksy war peace or any?

  • 18 February 2010 09:32, by Controller

    To Ayual people

    Do not give up for your right.

    Those three cattle camps in toch are belong to you.

    They are not owned by Dacuek people.

    Those judges and comissionor were wrong for denying Ayual people for their right.

    Keep fighting until your voice is heard, if Dacuek people are humiliating you.

    Overall, toch is belong to nobody.

    Lou Nuer, Dinka, Murles and other tribes can go to toch with their cattle and live peacefully as people of Jonglei State.

    There is no need of fighting over the toch which is belong to everyone


    • 18 February 2010 11:21, by Wende Yongaptheeth

      name is nothing and that is my name. But this time round Dacuek is waiting Ayual for war and Dacuek has agreed for Ayual war. Dacuek needs Ayualo to come, fight and stay foot, not runs anymore.


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