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Lakes state: Girl killed in forced marriage dispute


By Manyang Mayom

February 11, 2011 (JUBA) – A girl from Rumbek North county was beaten to death on 11 February by her uncle’s son in a dispute over her forced marriage. The girl is reported to have been killed after she demanded to be given ivory jewelry, a symbol of marital status in Dinka culture, before the wedding.

The marriage had been negotiated by the families with a dowry of 80 cattle agreed to be given to girl’s family.

The murdered girl, Agok Monyman Apach requested her parents to be given and ivory and other traditional marital gifts before she was handed over to her future husband. The gifts are seen as part used by the girl to honor the girl and confirm her new social status in Dinka culture.

The girl’s cousin, Kamic Mabuong Apach, is accused of killing her after she refused to marry the man before she received the traditional gifts.

He is alleged to have dragged her along the ground to until her clothes were torn off and she had bruises all over her body and beat her to death. Kamic Mabuong Apach ran away when realized the girl had died local citizens told Sudan Tribune.

The commissioner of Rumbek North county, Daniel Deng Mathiang, condemned the killing describing it as “barbaric” and against humanity. He said that the girls needs should have been met before she was married.

Commissioner Deng has ordered for immediate arrest of the accused. He said that people who commit such gross crimes must be brought to justice.

Lakes state has seen several cases of gender-based violence in the last few years. In June 2010, a father beat his daughter to death in Rumbek East county after she was allaged to have become pregnant by her boyfriend. The father had told the girl to openly denounce for the boy and to marry another man but she refused.

On 31 December 2010, another girl was beaten to death by her uncle’s sons in Rumbek East county when the girl was said to have been conceived by other man. The girl was taken to bush where she was beaten to death. All her uncle’s sons were arrested and are awaiting trial.


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  • 20 February 2011 05:53, by Jerie

    My Lakes will stop being the laughing stock of South Sudanese. My Lakes will get better. My Lakes will be the "flower" of South Sudan.

    • 20 February 2011 08:13, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hello Lakers plus reporter Manyang Mayom!

      It isn’t a pleasing news to keep hearing of devastating news. I wounder why Manyang is always fond of exhibiting things that don’t need external change but should be addressed locally. You need to improve on reporting news that doesn’t bring bad image to our society of Lakes State. Do you thing that there is no such happening from other states unlike killing due to force marriage? Why not even a day, we don’t hear from other world a news that is very strange and against the norms, culture, beliefs and traditions as it is prevailing here in Lakes State.

      By the way it isn’t a good attitude and manner to kill a girl for the sake of parent choice. A law must be proposed and endorsed against it without failure so that such people who don’t fear God should fear the law.

      It won’t work out such killing effectively by only reporting but by bringing all the culprits to justice based on proven national constitution ammendments.
      May the souls of all those killed of forceful marriage rest in eternal peace.

  • 20 February 2011 06:07, by Ajok Garang

    The commisioner should look after the uncle who killed her and ran away ,it is actually an abused of Human rights and we need to wake up from doing such cattle are nothing but life is the major thing that we need to respect .

  • 20 February 2011 06:15, by Stephen kuach

    Lake state should impose some laws based on marriage,especially girls should not have to be force into something they don’t like.marriage should be decided by the girl and not their parents or close relative such as like those cousins whom are murdering their own cousins.it’s against humanity and big shame for muonyjang in all.stop women abuse my people!

  • 20 February 2011 06:43, by Maker Costa

    These are the Gelwong/Titweng savages; typical of their behavior and disregard for human life. They are a traumatized bunch who will always cause havoc in this state since they are fully armed.

    Maker Costa

    • 20 February 2011 07:22, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      Sorry true Maker Costa! Another Southern Sudanese life lost in the name of marriage and cattles! What surprises me is the "away" in Southern Sudan. Where is the away where rule of laws can not reach?

      Wal Muoranyar Biet

  • 20 February 2011 07:14, by James Garang

    Is bad to hear that the girl was been killed in Lake State when she demanded to be given Ivory jewelry as a symbol of marital status in Dinka culture. The girl is right because in Dinka culture those thing are given to the girl before married even when the family of girl are poor the girl should wait until her married cows arrived to her family hand and than the girl take one or two cows from married cows and sell away and buy all those thing she want and than after that she will be taken to her husband house so I do not know why this man killed the girl in her right. so it is suppose by local government to search this man and after catch him immediately taken to the justice and totally condemn and hang him immediately

    • 20 February 2011 09:16, by Victory

      Lake state brethern,

      Surely your state have proved her self to be a faild state among the rest of the south Sudan states sins they still force marrigs, arrang...etc,why always be a websit Heros creating alot of talkings while your girls are being finished by your own brothers because of wealth?my advise to you is ’rise up & intervin otherwise your education will be waste,thanks.

    • 20 February 2011 16:55, by John Ruei

      Dear readers
      Please you better to differentiate people of Lakes state and know who are those people who always made their daughters as their main income and a source of wealth to them. people of Greater Yirol are not included they don,t kill their daughtres if they refuse to be married by their consent.
      Some of you might heard the state customary laws which was set up recently in Lakes state and these laws made some people to killed their sisters and daughters if they refused to be married by man of their own choice.
      Commissioner will not condemed this killing but they were people who encoraged it and contributed to make customary laws in the state inorder to make laws which may discourage that killing they made what encouraged the killing.Don,t cry this was behind the customary laws you have passed last year

  • 20 February 2011 09:57, by monythai

    It is very disgrace to hear every time from Lake state the killing of our sisters because of marriages, why they chosed to killed their sisters and daughters because of animals.

    They forget that we can get cows on other mean, not only from giving girls to marriage? they supposed to do another work to make money and can buy cows with their money. They can cultivate well and sell their crops and buy cows.

    All these ways let to get cows, they are lazy to work and wait only to get cows through girls, that is disgusting tactics of geting wealth, better to change now. As Iam Mounyjang from Aweil state we don’t have that kind of culture of killing girls if one refused to get marriage to one who offered many cows asking hand in marriage. We supposed to love sisters more than animals or wealth, suppose to give advice to them regarding to responsibilities and that all I can recomment as a brother.


  • 20 February 2011 10:10, by manh Nyanluel

    Dear poeple of Lakes,

    you should forget of ideologies of cattle this days all the southern sudanese think of how to educate thier girls for the bright future not that they will bring drowry.

    Today is Today


  • 20 February 2011 10:10, by kaci-banno

    I’m really, really very sorry about this wrong culture of cows ideology and such a culture need to be strongly addressed. I think the human right and value human being is not exist in the lake state community. Dinka should have to know that they claims to born to rule with wrong culture.
    sorry to loose the important girl because of cows riches.


    • 20 February 2011 18:24, by Peter Elia Kuzee

      Mr daniel deng, kindly help them.
      We dont wants killing by force,either you wants or not for marriege,Ajok manyman apauch was killed for 80 cows.
      Select, cows or human being?

  • 20 February 2011 14:25, by Tambura

    Lakes State are giving bad names to south Sudan. In February relative killed girl, the police beat people of the way they looks now kill another girl because she ask for are right. Dinka have to leave this culture which girl have to be slave. We are living in 21 century girl should have right to marry who she love not by force.I am here asking all girl and women in south Sudan to support me in next election, I have a lot for women of south Sudan I will give them all power. Nobody will force any girl to marry by cattle or money. I will put law nobody will allow to marry more than one wife or husband. Women will have right to divorce their husbands if they abuse them and he is the one have to leave the house if they have children together I will collect 12% of his income to children support. Before any man get marry, he have to know that what ever he own half of it will go to woman incase of divorce, and if they have children together his half will go to his children, women will always have right to have children under 18 years old. Nobody will put hand on woman I mean beat women, any man slap woman can be send to jail for six months and will be put in his record. Girl over 18 years old will decide for herself what she want to do with her life.Vote for me and be sure that nobody in south Sudan will abuse you or leave you with children without payment, under my leadership every women will get pay they work or not I will create system how we will use our money so that everybody will get pay if they don’t have job. I will build what is call children home around the country where government will take care of children if they parents abuse them because they are the future of country and will make school campassry for children age six to fifteen parents can mis right to have children if they don’t take good care of them. I will create best health care for every citizen where every citizen will get free treatment if they can afford to pay.
    Our women should be in top and I will do that if women elect me. Without women we couldn’t get country will call South Sudan they voted 67% in referendum. If women of south Sudan want to have great live in Africa Vote for me in next election.


    • 20 February 2011 17:26, by unityfirst1

      I like your statement!women’s rights should be reconized and respected because they were the supporters to the spla/m movement.whom were the people spla used to find their food from?only the women.they have also played a fantastic and wonderful support during the referendum,so why should we forget them easily?women abusers will face the justice system where they can be taugh a good lesson.it’s also better for any individual tribe within the south to keep their own culture for not to loose their own idenities,but it’s not gonna be that easy to kill someone and walk away with it like the old timer of course not,everything will be amended by the law and everyone should acts in a limit way knowingly that there’s a law.and especially killing of women will carry upto 85% time doer in the penitentiary,either way,any man who killed his wife or sister will serve most of his life in the joint.marriages of too many wifes will be amended,if anyone attempt to marry more than one wife that will be a violation to the constitution of southern sudan and to the state of their residency.

      • 20 February 2011 19:00, by Tambura

        If you like my plan for south Sudan you can join New Generation I created last year we didn’t reach one thousand yet because I am out of country but I will be back soon. We are new generation must of us are members of SPLM. we want to bring ideology of 21 century to our new country to fight corruption, tribalism and unite our nation under umbrella of one tribe call South Sudan. We are going to bring our own constitution or add.


  • 20 February 2011 14:46, by Jeti Leek

    I don’t know when will people from Lake State leave their girls alone and adopt the way people from Jonglei State especial Dinka Bor treat their girls. They need to know that girls are not the only source of acquiring wealth.

  • 20 February 2011 15:27, by Alfredo christiani

    Jeti leek
    You’re a great lair. , Bor communities are more serious guys after their girls’ .I will not blame anybody but manyang mayom wants to destroy image of lake state citizens, Now in Bor cultures, children are being sold to Murle with cows and they just report it as abduction on website. Fools who eat eyes and fear head

  • 21 February 2011 12:57, by Willsonyoung

    Coward Dinkas
    Is this what you want to show the world that you are tough and brave by killing your own girls? Folks, I don’t know when Dinka will full their legs together and think like human being.

    This girl should not be killed because she was just demanded what she deserved to have before she get marriage, but her cousin killed her knowingly and purposely for his stupidness for just simple thing.

    This is a crime a human being can not do, but the Dinka did it several times because they are still far away behind from civilization.

    I my prayer and my thought goes to the fimaly and relatives of deceased.

    • 21 February 2011 20:22, by Tambura

      Stop generalise people. One person act stupidly thats not mean all tribe is like that, your tribe is not perfect either. It was sad news I couldn’t stop thinking about it last night. Dinka tribes have like five stats why only Lakes State is the only state that kind of thing happen all the time? I think governor is not doing his Job well he should sake from this Job immediately if our new country have human right.

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