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South Sudan accuses Khartoum of arming Jonglei tribes


January 3, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan accused north Sudan on Tuesday of supplying arms to tribes in volatile Jonglei state, allegedly to destabilise the Africa’s newest nation.

A burning tukul (hut) in Pibor, South Sudan (UN)

A week-long revenge attack by the Luo-Nuer ethnic group against the Murle group has displaced up to 50,000 in Pibor county the UN says.

Cattle raiding between the two groups have escalated into ethnic violence, with 6,000 armed Luo-Nuer entering Murle territory, burning house, stealing cattle and killing around 150 people.

“There is no doubt that there have been casualties,” Lise Grande, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, told the press on Tuesday.

“I would put the number in the tens, perhaps the hundreds, but we don’t know,” she added, pointing out it was too early to confirm the overall number of deaths in and around Pibor.

Over 1,000 have been killed since June 2010 in the conflict.

South Sudan’s army (SPLA) had initially struggled to protect civilians but said it had managed to force the Luo-Nuer to begin to retreat and leave Pibor after reinforcements were sent the area. The military, with help of UN troops, did manage to keep control of the centre of Pibor town and repulsed an attack on an army barracks on Monday.

Colonel Phillip Aguer, spokesman of the country’s army told journalists at weekly press briefing on Tuesday that north Sudan had supplied many of the weapons used the fighting.

“All the fire arms and other type of guns you see at the hands of both Murle and Lou Nuer in Jonglei, were deliberately supplied by the Sudanese government in Khartoum to these tribes through late renegade George Athor to destabilise security of this country”.

Athor was killed in fighting with the SPLA in December 2011.

South Sudan’s minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin called on north Sudan to stop all support to rebels fighting the Juba based government including sending arms and ammunitions. Marial also called on all rebels, especially remnants of Athor’s group to lay down their arms and accept the amnesty offered by South Sudan’s president.

On Tuesday the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, with the Kiir, and expressed appreciation for his commitment to protect civilians. Thousands of extra police and troops have been sent to the region, while dialogue is continuing.

Ban told Kiir that the root causes of the cnflict needed to be addressed, adding that commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights was fundamental.

Kiiir was told that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was fully mobilised to assist the Government in its efforts to ease tensions.

UNMISS humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande, on Tuesday told journalists that thousands of local inhabitants; mostly innocent civilians had fled the conflict before the town was attacked.

"We are worried about their conditions. They are without water, shelter and food. They are hiding in the bush. I think it is between 20,000 and 50,000. This is an estimate only,” she said.

"The situation on the ground now in humanitarian terms is grim, " she said. "Because people fled town, they didn’t take anything with them, they’ve been in the bush many of them for up to a week. They haven’t had food, they haven’t had access to clean water, in a number of cases some of their people are wounded, they haven’t had shelter."

The country’s army spokesman Phillip Aguer said government forces were already controlling general security situation in Pibor although the youth had attempted to fight the army.

“There has been reinforcement. Pibor town is now under full control of the SPLA”, Aguer said, referring to the national army.


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  • 4 January 2012 06:55, by NUER ONE

    SIX THOUSAND GUNS given to Lou-Nuer by north Sudan,I agree with that.

    • 4 January 2012 07:01, by NUER ONE

      More guns are on the way, the next time,murle will receive TEN Thousand from north sudan.

      The rebels have more then ten thousand guns.

      • 4 January 2012 07:51, by Cobra Bior

        @ Nuer one. bring them in brother, we will arm them even women. did they investigated were murleis weapons came from? Iam sick of those dumb leaders in juba. how would you feel when someone invaded your home, kill your wife and take your child, and your cows every time? meanwhile they are out there in juba being guard by other people. selfish motherfuckers. feel somebody else pain some time.

      • 4 January 2012 07:56, by actiongatkuoth

        hi bro.

        Lou Nuer have right to distort murle .
        murle are greed people while they don,t able to protect their land, let the murle tribe face what they are looking for,

        let the murle wailing for help.
        no room for murle .
        Lou Nuer Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

        • 4 January 2012 08:26, by George Bol

          If we give presidency, Vice president, defense ministry, and the judge to Nuer still you will see themselves fighting for those positions. So, you need to know that the Nuer are really born that way. They have no negotiation skills and that make them disagree with SPLM/A, Jallaba, Innocent civilians, and their leaders. If you want peace with Nuer just give them enough food and they will be fine.

          • 5 January 2012 02:59, by Chagai Lokuno Bai

            Mr.Geroge Bol, I don’t really know what is wrong with common sense in this case. I believe you are one of Murle crimials. I hate the way you commented against Lou-Nuer all this time on this matter. If you are a citizen S.Sudan, you would have known the root cause of fighting. Don’t blame Lou-Nuer for nothing. Have a better jugement in common sense.

        • 4 January 2012 20:23, by Ahmed Chol

          Murle mus surrender the 180 Children or they all suffer as a tribe. People worry about genocide against Murle, but they don’t know is that Murle has declared genocide against all neighbouring tribes. if they kill families and take 180 children and sell them, is that not genocide? What are the UN and GoSS plans to stop this hideous crime? Murle must suffer or else they stop child abduction

      • 4 January 2012 08:34, by Darkangel


        An Australian aid worker in the troubled new African nation of South Sudan is warning the brutal tribal violence sweeping the country is set to worsen.

        "given the South Sudanese government’s limited capacity to address the violence, it is set to worsen further"

        • 4 January 2012 08:35, by Darkangel

          "The level of brutality in this fighting is far above anything we’ve seen before," the Sydney woman told AAP from the South Sudanese capital Juba on Wednesday.

          "If you are in South Sudan, you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so."

    • 4 January 2012 07:19, by mediing mut

      Do you have evidents or says,

    • 4 January 2012 09:21, by Pure Nationalist

      A country with her own army, her citizen are still armed by another country, where is her army? Ans me.

  • 4 January 2012 06:59, by omoni jr.

    Both SPLA/M and NIF/NCP had/have been arming civilians since 1983,so w should not blame anybody here.
    Last year, the governor of jonglei state, Hon,kuol manyang juuk armed Murle from the toes to the teeth.
    what are talking about now? Lets stop blaming everything to khartoum government.There will be no solution if we keep accusing each other like this.Lets find the solutions and solve it for good.

  • 4 January 2012 07:04, by splmloyal

    After hearing George Athor death,his Nuer militia attack Murle to get rich with cattle before going home with shame of following selfish person. Athor has abase in Lou land( Uror,Akobo, Nyirol, Fangak, Ayod). He armed these militia tribes to fight SPLM.Their motive is to guns for stealing.Who does not know Lou Nuer militism/Nyagatism?

  • 4 January 2012 07:12, by mediing mut

    Philip, Aguer
    You are the first lies spokes person in Southern Sudan history. Lou- Nuer territory is located in the middle of Southern Sudan, in what way, Sudan Government can army them? Please let us be honest and put the lies aside. Salve kiir leadership and Kuol Manyang in the state have failed to protect this civilians.

    • 4 January 2012 07:30, by splmloyal

      They join Athor Deng, Gabriel Tang, Riek Gai, Gordon Kong, and SAF and latter go home for good to hide his guns. Also, helicpter land in Akobo , Khrofulus, and Fangak to deliver weapons to the militia/White Army. Didn’t you heard the Plane captured by SPLA in Lou Nuer area?

      • 4 January 2012 08:00, by Darkangel

        Colonel Phillip Aguer - is a joke. All he ever says is Khartoum is to blame - does anyone see a pattern ?

        Silva Kiir is on record stating that disarmarment has failed with tribes. They were never disarmed since the war ended. That since 2005 is the SPLA/M/GOSS fault Mr. Aguer.

        SAF cannot supply all that weapons in a single helicopter you idiot. Find another escape goat - Athor is dead !!

  • 4 January 2012 07:40, by Cobra Bior

    What wrong with getting arms from Khartoum? selfishness is another death with our leaders in juba. i cant believe some elite from juba would say that. where were the security you provide to Nuer and Dinka in junglei after disarmment ?.we out here do not have bodyguards like you guys leaders in juba, i prepare to protect myself in any ways if government doesn’t help. is that simple.

  • 4 January 2012 08:10, by Lang

    Before people can give up their guns they need to feel safe. If SAF can just bomb a town and GOSS does nothing about it why should people be disarmed? We need to protect ourselves if the government is not capable yet.
    Our military and police need to be trained very well, and we need a good law system before people start feeling safe to give up their weapons.

  • 4 January 2012 08:29, by mohammed ali

    I think SPLA should respect the brains of the people of SS.People are fed up of blaming Khartoum for everything.Even an elemintry school can easily discover that this is a lie!

    • 5 January 2012 00:50, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Mohammed, the guns in the hands of civilians came from Khartoum, period. You can deny this fact, but it will not help you prove anything point at all.

  • 4 January 2012 08:50, by Apolloos

    People don’t waste your time to blame Khartoum of distabilizing the South,they can do because they are our prominent enemy. Am only blaming the foolish South Sudanese communities who are made to fight their own brothers and sister.

  • 4 January 2012 12:56, by Good Citizen

    Ban Ki-Moon,
    You talk as if don’t know anything about this.who will address the root causes? the president your talking about is the chairman of this conspiracy.he talked of crashing Murle and going allover the Media that the whole community of Murle is Barren,infertile, without any prove whatsoever.are you telling people that such a person with ill intention to exterminate the whole ethnic group

  • 4 January 2012 13:00, by Good Citizen

    It is not the issue of abducting kids.All these warring communities abduct each other’s children; Dinka Bor abduct Mundari kids, Nuer abduct Murle kids,Anyuak abduct Murle kids,Dinka Bor abduct Murle kids and so Murle do the same.what the media is biased and reporting on ONE SIDE of the story.this is not a surprise because there are indeed plans to WIPE the other fellow citizens.we are sorry Mr.SG

    • 5 January 2012 00:24, by Cadaai ?o?

      Good Citizen

      I hope know that Twic Dinka, Hol Dinka and Nyarweng Dinka don’t do that within that region. They always do revenge. I am worry about the above tribes sometimes being smeared through wrong identity.

  • 4 January 2012 13:02, by Good Citizen

    We are sorry Mr Secretary General,Ban Ki-Moon, we still savages in this part of the world.what we need from you is holding accountable those genocide perpetrators,whether intended genocide or actual genocide,they must be brought to book, those in the army and in the government.

  • 4 January 2012 16:44, by Kim Deng

    In 1912, the Eastern Jikany Nuer and Lou Nuer undertook their own reprisal against the Anyuak. The Nuer Warrios invasion/raid was directed against the Anyuak villages on the North bank of the Baro/Sobat River from the Ethiopian border to Itang/Achua, a distance about fifty miles. Later reports indicated “All the villages in this formerly prosperous neighborhood have been devastated.

  • 4 January 2012 16:46, by Kim Deng

    The capture of 372 young women and girls a year during the period of 1818 to 1905 would remove 32,625 productive females from the Central Dinka and Anyuak population and thus eventually decrease that population by 110,915 individuals. The capture of 125 boys a year over the same period would decrease the Central Dinka and Anyuak population by an additional 5,250 persons.

  • 4 January 2012 16:47, by Kim Deng

    In sum, the proposed rate of capture would effectively transfer 116,165 persons from Central Dinka and Anyuak population to that of the Nuer.

  • 4 January 2012 16:49, by Kim Deng

    Lacking the capacity to mount an offensive counterattack, the Dinka, Anyuak, Burun… had no recourse other than withdrawal. Under these circumstances, the rapid Nuer Conquest/occupation of the vast Western Dinka region [Mayom, Mankien…], Southern Dinka region [Nyuong Nuer territory], Central Dinka region [Fangak, Ayod, Waat…], Eastern Dinka, Anyuak and Burun region [Eastern Jikany Nuer and Lou Nuer

  • 4 January 2012 16:50, by Kim Deng

    Eastern Dinka, Anyuak and Burun region [Eastern Jikany Nuer and Lou Nuer territory] is not difficult to understand.

  • 4 January 2012 16:57, by Kim Deng


    The Murle community doesn’t deserve to have cattle at the first place if not because of Nuer mercy. The Nuer Warriors fight like mad dogs when they declare "Kac-lora/Mut." It’s not right or losing lives that matter when waging a war, but victory. Don’t disturb the sleeping Lion, otherwise your life will be in danger.

    • 4 January 2012 19:08, by omoni jr.

      You are very funny and crazy young man or boy.
      why are you always encouraging and inciting tribal conflict among those communities you mentioned?? Can you explain to me why you want Murle not have or own cattle like you??
      The victory of the war within the country and is tribal conflicts is always Useless,No benefits at all.Do not concentrate with useless history.

  • 4 January 2012 20:32, by Kim Deng

    Murleland is burning under Nuer mercy.

    On Sunday the Nuer Youth White Army who called themselves Nuer Power issued a statement vowing to "wipe out the entire Murle Tribe on the face of the earth as the only solution to guarantee long-term security of Nuer’s cattle."
    The statement said, "We the Nuer Youth have decided to fight the Murle, SPLA and the UN."

  • 5 January 2012 00:28, by Cadaai ?o?

    ood Citizen

    I hope know that Twic Dinka, Hol Dinka and Nyarweng Dinka don’t do that within that region. They always do revenge. I am worry about the above tribes sometimes being smeared through wrong identity.

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