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Over 20 killed in cattle raids in Lakes state


By Manyang Mayom

August 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Twenty one people were killed and six people injured on Monday in clashes over cattle raids in Lakes State an official from the southern Sudanese military said on Wednesday.

Major General Kuol Diem Kuol from the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) told AFP and AP news agencies that raiders attacked a cattle camp in Yirol County killing one person before attempting to steal hundreds of cows.

"Then those in the camp chased and fought back, killing 20 of the raiders," he said.

Kuol told AFP that the attack was not caused by ethnic rivalry and said “the situation is now under control.”

"These were criminal cowboys wanting to steal, and it is not a tribal issue," said Kuol.

An employee at the Yirol West Civil Hospital told the Sudan Tribune that a ten year old was among the six seriously injured patients admitted following the raid on Monday. The witness also said that the hospital was short of medicine.

The United Nations Mission in Sudan estimates that conflict over cattle rustling, natural resources and reprisal attacks in southern Sudan have killed 700 and forced over 152,000 people from their homes so far this year. This is so far slightly less than last year when 2,500 people were killed and more than 350,000 were displaced over the whole year.

Yirol West County Commissioner Diardit Bol had to request help from Lakes state authorities to restore security to the area.

“Fighting erupted again between our youth of greater Yirol West and Yirol East counties, in my capacity as county commissioner; I need strong backup from state high authority to implement traditional chiefs’ peace conference resolutions signed by traditional chief’s authority during Yirol Peace Conference in July,” Bol said.

Soldiers from the SPLA – the former rebels who govern southern Sudan under a 2005 peace deal – and extra police have been sent to Yirol in an attempt to bring security to the area.

The minister for local government and law enforcement in Lakes State, Mabor Mayen Wol said that “we are now sending in more police forces to Yirol counties specially fighting zone – despite lack of police equipment, we will bring all culprits to book.”

Maj. Gen. Kuol said that frequent cattle raiding in Lakes State may be due to the dowry price in region, which is around 100 cows or more.

In January next year the south will have the chance to vote on whether it wants to secede from the north as part of a deal signed by the SPLA and Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party nearly six years ago.

The agreement established a semi-autonomous government in the south run by the SPLA. The SPLA’s attempts to disarm civilians in Lakes State and across the south have often been blamed for violence in the region.


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  • 5 August 2010 02:36, by Dr.Agany

    In order to achieve lasting peace and stability!! Dinka and Nuer cultures need to be restructured by sending all the chiefs and assistant chiefs for more than a year in "leadership instructions, forced marriages and alternative community resource training" as well as "putting the highest dowry price on girls who have gone higher in education" Please get my point as follows:

    In that way and due to Dinka-Nuer cultural pride, the girls who have gone long way in school won’t accept men who haven’t gone to school and in that way, we will bring all our brothers to new world of discovery and the number of cattle rustlers will decline and eventually stop after 10 to 15 years.

    The idea of disarming them and issue threat against any attempt won’t bring any changes!! Wise and knowledgeable people consider cattle rustling in south sudan as historical and they differentiate it from political manovuers.

    • 5 August 2010 05:41, by Dengtaath

      Dr. Agany, your point is valid, but the culture of Nuer and Dinka marriage does not only encourage cattle rustling between these two communities or in all around the South, but it does discriminate other tribes to intermarriage with these two communities simply because of how expensive their girls are.
      South Sudan in the next two years after referendum needs a leader who will think of this issue, the marriage system of these two communities needs to be evaluated, is not how it should be.
      Deng Taath

      • 5 August 2010 07:00, by Dr.Agany

        At Dengtaath,
        Thank u bro for pointing out the point I missed on that discussion but I was confident that as some conservative Nuer and SDinka youth don’t want to embrace changes then their neighbouring youth may take the opportunity and grab Dinka-Nuer girls instead. I know going to going in Equatoria is already a philosopy and if so, then half of our sisters will be in Equatoria and that will create a pull among our brothers (youth)

      • 5 August 2010 08:50, by yirolda

        Dear Deng Taath,
        You and Agany are both correct in that valid point you have dicussed and raised, but remember, how will Dinka and Nuer communities accept that meanwhile the base their wealth to be on girls to whom they gave birth of. If you can compare their culture to the rest of other South Sudan tribes of Shilluk, Anuak,and other more among others, you will simply come and convince that theirs is beneficial then what those tribes have. But the right is that, it does not allow intermarriage to be held among all tribes of South Sudan. If it has been so then there would have been no more clashes which claim their lives in that way.And that shall be tackle later after we own our dear better and ever better Nation South Sudan.

    • 5 August 2010 06:27, by Maruon Ayiei

      This is about time criminal are called criminal; There is no reason to condone bad behaviors and stealing cattles or call it cattle rustling is a bad behavior. I am sorry that people lost their life’s but there is no reason to steal. Anyone who is a thief has the short-cut to hell and no different with this case.
      Anyway, good cause are alway improbable and this case might be improbable base on the life’s that were lost. If they did not stealed other people cattles, they would had not been killed. The intend to plan to steal is the probable cause to be kill. simple as that, and I have to blame the SPLM for being reluctant to quell all those madness in the region. What constitute a representation if member’s of parliament cannot do anything about this probelm? Where does the cattle go after they are stolen, Kenya, Uganda or inside the South Sudan? How they reached those distination without being caught by the SPLA, or the Police? IS there a gangland where is it prohibited to send SPLA to retrieve the stolen cattles? what role does the GOSS has in governing the south and maintaining stability? Why we (people of south Sudan) harboured the thieves in our mist? I alway called people with such intend criminals and this is how they should be call rather generalizing them as A and B or C which give them a spinning fan to carry on those activities. If such incident occur with regard to stealing cattles, call the actors what they should be called thieves or criminal and no blood compensation because you don’t reward bad behavior.

      • 5 August 2010 09:03, by Antiphas Wenyin Paul

        Hello There,

        Dear brothers,

        To start with, I am most gratiful to whatever you have discussed above, and those are the realities and of course the term "Thieves or Criminals" can’t be a brother or relative to any body and infact these people are being hiden by the community Elders,Leaders and so forth, so how will the problem get finished.
        As the Yirol Community Peace Conference stipulated, such elements should be brought to book by any means, even before asking for backups like computers, people are dying for no cause and is due to Livestock.

        The two commissioners have to pull up their socks and do some thing, and in other words , other people fall victims of such arogant behaviours like the said man who have been looted with an amount of SDGs 54,000, what a hell.

        Apparend the culprits on both sides and let the Law takes it course on them.

    • 5 August 2010 08:56, by mathem jech amer

      Lakes State

      These Agar people become too stupid that cattle rustling doesn’t need to stop. It is months now that I didn’t hear anything in Jonglei State about cattle stealing but Lakes seem to be replacing Jonglei.

      I advised GOSS to relocate Dinka Agar people and put them between Murle and Nuer Nasser and watch them how they will perform.

      Jech Amech can be reached at kookdoor@yahoo.com or amongdoor@gmail.com

      • 5 August 2010 09:11, by Antiphas Wenyin Paul

        Hello brother Jech,

        Let me just say very unfurtunate of you saying such words, Great God knows into why he created these people and place them in this side of the Nile, can you remember the attack being taken to Pibor in 2008 by the Nuer and Bor ? And do you know how many lost their dear lives ? Do you also know what was the cause that time ? one answer, the cause was Livestock and I you can ask me of where I was that time , I will tell you I was station in Lankien in Nyirol County (Lou) of Jonglei State.

        With these few words I think, I have answered you your bombastic words.

      • 5 August 2010 09:27, by Akook


        It seems you have a deadly chronic hatred to Dinka Agaar brother. Agaar unlike where you came from, can survive anymore you may want them located in S Sudan. They have so far resisted Nuers repeated and organised invasion since their existence. And not anyone else but Nuers themselves respect Dinka Agaar very well than any other Dinka subsection.

        Those raiding each other by the above article are for your information not Dinka Agaar. They are Dinka Atout, Ciec verses Nuer. Agar are far from here and you seem to be so much obssessed with them. Good lucks

        • 5 August 2010 09:42, by Dengtaath

          The problem is not about one community, it is about all southerners or if not Nuer and Dinka who are adicted to animals as the only sources of life. Well, yes its the only source of life but some of the use of animals needs modification a part of keeping it for milk and meat, that modication will reduce competition of animals a little bit.

    • 5 August 2010 15:37, by Mou Magok

      Why God?

      I got shock when I hear the clashes in Lakes state, what gone wrong with our people God, curse or what? Help them God. The issue of cattle and politics had become the cause of death in our communities in Lakes. Oh God!Help them now they don’t know what they are doing.

      The lost of more than twenty people God made all of us shame, our leaders where are you? The community of greater yirol is finishing on nonsense wealth.

      State and GoSS government where are you? Disarm the illegal armed civilians to safe the lives of the rest. Knock the target instead of beating and torture the innocent citizens. Please act now.

      May their souls rest in peace.


      Yirol boy

  • 5 August 2010 10:02, by Urbano Tito Tipo

    Where did the civilians in the cattle camp get the guns when they have been disarmed to attack the cattle raiders. The raiders must have been some sort of militias otherwise the SPLA spokeman wants to tell us they are favoring some civilians to own weapons in the south.

    • 5 August 2010 13:49, by Atungdiak

      Mathem Jiec Amer,

      I don’t you know which communities live in greater Yirol. No single Agaar Dinka bro. It’s unfortunate some of you jus bark; and bark.


      This act must be condemned in strongest terms possible, no matter who did this against who. Its time our communities stay in peace. Its shocking that even small Dinka sub clans are now raiding each each other. This is a different dimension. In the past, raiding was said to be inter tribal; but now; its intra. We need to do something here.

      Genttlemen from greater Yirol; wake up

    • 5 August 2010 13:56, by Atungdiak

      Mathem Jiec Amer,

      I don’t you know which communities live in greater Yirol. No single Agaar Dinka bro. It’s unfortunate some of you jus bark; and bark.


      This act must be condemned in strongest terms possible, no matter who did this against who. Its time our communities stay in peace. Its shocking that even small Dinka sub clans are now raiding each each other. This is a different dimension. In the past, raiding was said to be inter tribal; but now; its intra. We need to do something here.

      Genttlemen from greater Yirol; wake up

      • 5 August 2010 15:48, by Thonkiir

        Lakes State reporter Mr.Manyang Mayom needs training of journalism how to reports the issues arise amongst different community sectors accurate to the public and audience shall understand what each an article has says. However, being journalist or reporter isn’t easy for someone to be pretended!

        As a result, I am getting confused this afternoon at Sudan tribune website about a report been publish. You cannot differentiate who they really attackers try stealing the cattle?

        At the same time Manyang, failed to describe an attackers as from (Atuot) of Yirol West whether from (Apaak or Atuut Gual) they have to know themselves. Not to lie they are just cattle raiders or cowboys without their community background and place they came from. That great number, which lost 20 lives persons to death wouldn’t be just thieves at all. Instead of pointing them out that they are Yirol West cowboys were made assault on Yirol East Youth overnight with their cattle this should better sound,

        Another quote from Yirol West commissioner Diardit Bol requested for backup from Lakes State government. To provide him with more troops or even some polices to control fighting zone area. He stated the reason he wants much supports, because the fighting between Yirol East and Yirol West has erupted again. Dear readers’ can you look into statements above being post by Manyang Mayom? Neither seems the cattle rustlings are from Yirol west nor Yirol East it seem like they thieves just come from different State or county according to reporter.

  • 6 August 2010 10:20, by Daniel Juol Nhomngek Geech

    It is a very sad affair to see such a great number of people being killed for no reason at all. I am very much saddened for such news. However, this issue of cattle rustling seems to have no solution at all or the solution to be found for it is something very far in the future. But what should be done to curb such immoral, pervasive and repugnant activities?

    The best way to stop such mindless individuals who have no way to continue in a honest way of living but instead keeping moving around to steal cows is for the law to get tightened on them. But someone may ask that: why the law has been applied on them but it couldn’t work? That is true but I want to clarify here that there is a lot of loopholes in the law in Southern Sudan which leads always to the miscarriage of justice and this keeps people bitter and ready to raid as a revenge of what was done to them previously.

    The government of the South in order to stamp this practice out of the southern Sudan once and for all is to device a means to create a missing link between the cattle-keepers, especially the youth in the cattle camp who cannot be managed any longer with young children at home. This should be done in making education compulsory for children in all over the south and if anybody found not following this rule he should be fined heavily and that child has to go to school after that fine.

    This can help to cut-off the continuing cattle raid because many people deny to take their children to school because they want them in future to protect their animals and if all the children are sent to school there will be no such excuses. It is too much and this issue of cattle rustling will never end in Cattle keeping communities which is very discouraging.

    • 6 August 2010 20:12, by Thonkiir

      This is true reports from Diardit Bol, the Commissioner of Yirol West county “Rumbek: August 5, 2010.The brutal exchange of gunfire between the armed youth of both Yirol East and Yirol West Counties has claimed the life of 20 people confirmed dead from both sides of Yirol Counties.

      Speaking to sosanews the Minister of information who is the official spokesperson of the state government Mr. Marik Nanga Marik said, “Twenty people are reported kill from both sides and 5 others wounded”

      He mentioned that the situation is now calm as the security forces are now in the control of the area and no other fighting is expected yet.

      Nanga pointed out that the government is now acting to bring the situation to normal and to carry out a comprehensive disarmament for the youth possessing illegal arms in the state.
      Adding that the referendum will not be conducted with widespread arms in the hands of civil population that he said will jeopardize the smooth conduct of referendum in the region.
      Sosa news journalist who spoke to the commissioner of Yirol West County by phone quoted Mr. Diardit Bol as saying, “The fighting erupted out on Monday morning when armed youth from his county carried out cattle raid attack from the neighboring county of Yirol East where at least 22 people are reported killed from the attackers and one person killed from the attacked and 5 others wounded”

      He added that one person is reported killed from the attacked. He appeals that more move of possible attacked is being undertaken by the youth from Yirol West County.
      Bol said the fighting took place in the cattle camp of Nyiguemkot where the attackers went away with 26 cows raided.
      On other news development Mr. Diardit mentioned that other man was killed two miles away from Yirol head quarters on a separate attack.

      He pointed out that unidentified gun men attacked the vehicle going to Yirol West County and robbed a trader a sum of 54000 Sudanese pounds from businessman Mr. Abraham Malual Makuac and wounded one person.
      Bol said that some cattle raided have been recovered by the owners and some few cows went away with the attackers.”

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