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Heglig’s oilfields unhurt by clashes, Sudan’s oil minister says


March 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Three days of fighting between the armies of South Sudan and Sudan around the latter’s border area of Heglig have not affected its oil production despite “intentions” to do so, the country’s oil minister said on Wednesday.

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Sudanese troops and onlookers stand next to a burnt out military vehicle in Sudan’s southern oil centre of Heglig (GETTY)

Sudan’s Oil Minister, Awad Ahmad al-Jaz, told reporters during an inspection visit he paid to Heglig that the production of oil fields has not been hurt by the clashes.

“The oil wealth did not sustain any damage despite the persisting intentions [to do so],” he said, adding that the Sudanese army (SAF) would continue to protect the area in order to ensure that oil production remains intact.

Heglig produces 60,000 barrels of oil a day, accounting for almost half of Sudan’s daily output of 115,000 barrels. The area was attacked on Monday by the army of South Sudan, which took with it nearly 75 percent of Sudan’s former output of 500,000 barrels a day when it seceded in July last year.

In retaliation, Sudan’s army (SAF) bombed the main oilfields in South Sudan’s northern state of Unity on Tuesday.

However, what was starting to look like a return to full-blown war between the two sides eased on Wednesday after the southern army, known as the SPLA, said it halted engagement and withdrew south of the border. SAF, for its part, said it regained full control of Heglig.

Abdullah Suleiman, the Vice-President of the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Co. (GNPOC), the China-led operator in Heglig, also said that the output is unchanged.

"The production facilities were not affected by the events. It’s normal business," he said, as quoted by Reuters.

Suleiman told reporters that an oil field was shelled from the South Sudanese side of the border and that three people were killed in the blast. However, he said that oil export pipeline crossing the north-south border was not damaged.

Land-locked South Sudan shut down its oil production in January following a bitter row with Khartoum over the fees required to transport its oil via Sudan. Juba said the decision to halt production was prompted by Khartoum’s confiscation of oil in lieu of what Sudan claims are unpaid fees.


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  • 29 March 2012 10:50, by Deng

    Why is Kiir so Soft with this hungry hyenas in the North? that was a golden opportunity for South Sudan to destroy all the pipeline and facilities in Heglig so that the North is 100% oil Independent. Fuck next attack between SPLA and SRF should target NCP lifeline, the oil so they have zero income from oil..Good try though SPLA Oyeeee!!!!

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    • 29 March 2012 11:18, by mohammed ali

      Deng, let be crystal clear , you attack our oilfield we will turn your oil fields into rubbles. A message with such a meaning had already been sent, hopefully your SPLA thiefs understood that message! Your president was lying to you when he claimed that he had occupied Heglig; he was was probably not sober when he said that.The attack was used to divert attention from mounting pressure upon...con

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      • 29 March 2012 11:26, by mohammed ali

        ..the SPLA thiefs & thugs from the poor & innocent pple of SS. They are even using tribal differences and engaging tribes with communal war to cover up for their crimes and failures.They are setting SS in chaos, burning of fires everywhere, tribal wars everywhere, students fighting along tribal lines, no food & no electricity. The faied state of commarade theif Pagan is on the show!!!

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        • 29 March 2012 12:06, by Rommel

          Mohammed Ali:

          You are entertaining if not anything else. You come from a country in which the government enlisted and appealed to for assistance from groups (Arabs) who are themselves involved in a conflict initially brought on by environmental factors; Khartoum used the Janjaweed ( Arab tribesmen) in a counter-insurgency campaign that consumed the lives of a quarter of a million people!

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          • 29 March 2012 12:18, by Rommel

            You incessantly brand South Sudan a failed, to which a case can be made... but you do so as if your nation were a diametric opposite of this certain tragedy. An unperturbed patel in the desert. You may be content with inducing yourself into some kind of amnesia in regards to the immense human suffering in your own backyard, but to the rest of us, the persistence of this reality is unremitting!

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            • 29 March 2012 13:00, by mohammed ali

              Rommel, I am very realistic about what we are! I have not got your "delusion of the grandiose" We are a poor country , with limited capabilities and good potential resources.We are very much happy with what have and very much satisfied though we strive to do better.Unlike you, where you want to spend billions on wars, I don’t want to loose a single penny or 1 milliliter of blood on war.We have...c

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              • 29 March 2012 13:13, by mohammed ali

                ..our own political,social,educational, health..and you name it..problems. I never put a comparison between your country and mine. Be whatever is good for you that is good for you! I don’t wish you bad..no & never. But, just leave me in peace, we will be capable of solving our problems.Unlike you & your hate & war mongering hobby,war is not my option, unless as for self defence.Unlike you, ..

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                • 29 March 2012 13:22, by mohammed ali

                  ..I know absolutely nothing about arms & weapons..missles, fighters..bla..bla and I don’t want to know. You can’t think of war when you are 6 month old. I never put a comparison between my & your country , as you " all" alwayes do, why? There are so many countries and nations on Earth. Just the like the guy who said, we will soon build our refineries; go ahead, why should that bother us...con

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                  • 29 March 2012 13:29, by mohammed ali

                    ..Are we created simply to compete with you? You want secession, though in my opinion it is wrong & useless, make something good out of it. What the world is seeing now is just rediculous, you like it or not! Pagan who said ..Sudan is a corrupt failed state, had loooooted tens of millions just in few years! In one year 1.5 billions were loooooted. That does not mean we don’t or we will ..con

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                    • 29 March 2012 15:07, by mohammed ali

                      ..not have one; but you have is unprecedented in the world history! It is worst than war!We have our own problems, and it is not necessarly to make comparison,we still have to fight it without remorse.We want peace not ware, so that we can preserve the meager resources to relieve the"immense human suffering "which we have. As long as there are pple living much better than us, our backyard is not o

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                • 29 March 2012 13:36, by Rommel

                  Mohammed Ali:

                  It would *seem* that your sentiment, hopes and dispositions are not in congruence with those of your government. Your government has recently increased what was already regarded as profligate military to the tune of $ 3 billion dollars a year. Spare me your hypocritical speeches, Mohammed... they are getting a tad tiresome.

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                  • 29 March 2012 15:16, by mohammed ali

                    Rommel, I don’t care about what seems to you, it may seem to that the sun rises from the east, and I don’t speak for my government. You may be speaking for your government as you want to purchase the most sopisticated weapons on earth, that is your dream & hope. I have different dreams which you can not deny for me. 3 billions is too much I wich we can spend it in something else; but I can...con

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                    • 29 March 2012 15:34, by mohammed ali

                      ..understand them as long as there are beligerant people like you, fond of weapons & wars, the first thing they think about is: to kill!Why should I be hypocrite with you? What am I going to get from? What " reward " am I going to get from you?!Should I trade with you threats, intimidations & grandiosis so as to be non-hypocrit? I don’t even know you!I not you!

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                      • 29 March 2012 16:37, by Rommel

                        Mohammed Ali:

                        For others and myself to no longer consider you a hypocrite of the worst order, you would have to speak on South Sudan’s afflictions in a way that is not detached and consider that your own Nation, in the region of Darfur has had ethnic determined violence of a nature and magnitude eclipsing that of South Sudan. You have lost a least 100, 000 people in Darfur!

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                        • 29 March 2012 17:43, by mohammed ali

                          Rommel, you are angry man full of hatred, you can’t change and I don’t to change you! Precisly in this last posting where did I talk about SS.You are simply lying to cover up for belligrency and fondness of war in which you don’t dare to shed a single drop of blood. Save your sympathy to Darfurian when you will try to take the land which they are " occupying". You simply want to abuse Darfurians..

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                          • 29 March 2012 17:55, by mohammed ali

                            ..to snatch some land of Sudan, you will fail. I am afraid there is no comparison between what is happening in SS and in Darfur, After-all Darfur is now settelin except the branch of your ally Sheikh & his perished leader, the ameer of the mujahideen Dr.Khalil, they are both belligerent angry men like you.

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                          • 29 March 2012 17:56, by Rommel

                            Mohammed Ali:

                            You are accusing me of lying!? This coming from the most gratuitous and shameless liar on this website is just too funny. I wasn’t merely referring to a specific post, but to your general posts on this website and to your first post on this update in particular. Kafia Kingi and Hofrat en Nahas were part of South Sudan until 1960. The CPA mandated a return to the 1956 borders.

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                            • 29 March 2012 19:37, by mohammed ali

                              Rommel, you called me the worset hypocrite, because according to you I showed care to S.Sudanese.What angry man! What is wrong if I showed care, though I have avoided this intentional so that your paranoia drive you to suspect that I pretend to deceive you.When your lie was chicked, you said that was on previous postings.You are very eager to trade threats, acusations and bad names, because...

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                              • 29 March 2012 19:58, by mohammed ali

                                ..you ran out of argument to defend your belligrency & hatred!I specifically mentioned that we don’t want war because we need our resources to develop our country and it is up to you to decide for you country22Mainly to avoid triggering your paranoia.I have alwayes tried to avoid your persistent trials to drag me to bad bad names calling,swearing & cursing. I will not allow myself to descend that

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              • 29 March 2012 13:31, by P.K.M

                Mohammad, if you’re very happy with what you have then why are you struggling to have four rights in South Sudan?

                What is in South Sudan that you don’t have in N. Sudan that you need those four rights for?

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                • 29 March 2012 15:38, by mohammed ali

                  PKM,are you talking from another planet? It is your government who is striving to have the 4 freedoms!

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                  • 29 March 2012 17:51, by P.K.M

                    Mohammad, you could always be respected when you tell the truths, but all that diminished when you lie.

                    Here is the truth; If South Sudanese were the ones struggling to have four rights in Sudan, why did they vote then 99% for separation?

                    Look, I don’t have to portray myself as someone telling the truths but the sound minded people here in the forum will have the judgment.

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                    • 29 March 2012 18:02, by mohammed ali

                      PKM, that is a good question. You better ask them. 4 freedoms don’t affect us. It affects about 1 million southerners living in Sudan. Your government requested Sudan to let them stay untill the 9th of April, which is coming soon. Now your government is worried as how they could accomodate the in a country which already 50% of it’s population are starving.

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        • 29 March 2012 16:04, by Lokorong

          Mr Mohammed Ali, Honestly I have never been interested in responding to your negative and positive comment you make on this website.But I would just love to correct you on the issue concerning tribal hatred in South Sudan. It’s your own brother who sowed behaviour of evil between our once time peaceful people. You Arabs brain wash the Bari Speaking tribes during your illigal invassion of Juba city

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          • 29 March 2012 20:35, by mohammed ali

            Lokorong, come-on, is this hatred with the Bari only? Yesterday you were blaming us for the Murle, now the Bari.What is going to be next?!

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        • 30 March 2012 15:22, by John Yak

          I hate your message Mr. minister because you have no right over Heglig’s oil production. This is a robbery and looting in a broad daylight. Remember, you will refund us back by days we spent since July 9 2011 then multiply by 60,000 barrels. This amount will move your economy to hell, just continue stealing it!

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    • 29 March 2012 11:59, by Anti Dinka’s

      Very good News
      i don’t care for food today
      Knowing that we have now come-together, Burning of Khartoum is on the way
      we will hand it over to God almighty SPLM/N

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  • 29 March 2012 10:53, by Mapuor

    Hegilig is a Dinka land,its a part of Pariang county.Its Dinka name is Panthou.These two names mean one thing,they both mean a desert date tree.Dear readers which community claims this land in the North.Arab nomads have no justifiable claim over the area.Nuba have never claimed Heglig.Numeri use Arab nomads to drive out ’Awet’ clan of Pariang to the east towards Miagnyang.

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  • 29 March 2012 11:00, by Land-of-Cush

    This article full with covering of realty, the encouragement of jihadist to come and fight south Sudan army will meet with their rebels on the way before they reach south Sudan territory. This car is from pervious photo. I talk to young man on phone from Heglig that reveal to me that SAF run away and they are very scare of us but the challenge is bombardment affecting their staying in Heglig.

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  • 29 March 2012 11:11, by Luke

    Good try but SPLA should not try and evacuate back again. the SPLA high commander should not sit in Juba doing nothing, they should come down to mobilise their armies and supplies heavy weapons.

    i think our army evacuate the area because of heavy bombatment and we have none. please get us even one warplane and anti-warplane to fear Khartoum Jets and Antono

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    • 29 March 2012 11:23, by Mapuor

      Nuer thugs who have dominated SPLA for money have weaken the SPLA that was once strong & used to fight defensive operations.Bombardment has never scared the SPLA when it was divest of Nyagaats.

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      • 29 March 2012 11:41, by Land-of-Cush


        We the rest of south sudanese are understood that you single Dinka are having a big problem betwen you with Nuer that always come across your heart and for get about Arab who affect the life of land owner,but Nhialic will deal with your emotions in the term of peace between you and Nuer.

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    • 29 March 2012 11:35, by mohammed ali

      LUKE,your president said he recovered Heglig,meaning that he had no intention to withdraw.Therfore , they did not evacuate, they were severly punished and had to flee away. I don’t blame the innocent soliders who had to carry orders without questioning; but the SPLA theifs thugs relaxing in their conditioned homes or offices , while sending poor pple to die for no good reason in an unnecessary war

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      • 29 March 2012 11:57, by Rommel

        Mohammed Ali:

        Did the SAF ’withdraw’ from Jau or were they pushed out!? Did it ever occur to you that the same thing happened to your armed forces? Or do considerations of fact play second-fiddle to vainglorious chest-thumping!? Your conventional strength is not as great as you *imagine* it to be.

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        • 29 March 2012 15:59, by mohammed ali

          Rommel, Jau is not your land and if you are there you will be flushed out. The difference is that your president went on tv to declair with false pride that he recovered Heglig , while foot steps of his "peace envoy" are still heard in Khartoum!What type of state you are runing?! We are strong enough to defend our country against your belligrancy. That is more than enough for us!

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          • 29 March 2012 16:03, by mohammed ali

            Rommel, hundreds of your soldiers perished unnecessarly in this attack could you tell me why? Certainly, you know that Heglig is not yours, or you are going to ask me about the eveidence!

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            • 29 March 2012 16:32, by Rommel

              Mohammed Ali:

              The words of a liar mean absolutely nothing and carry no attendant weight. You have consistently proven yourself to be a pathological liar, unwilling or unable to provide evidence for overwrought claims and so... it’s fun watching you make a fool out of yourself with each reply. Forget about evidence - you have none. Jau & Heglig belong to South Sudan

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              • 29 March 2012 16:49, by Rommel

                And we didn’t attack you, you attacked us from both the air and the ground in tandem with auxiliary militias... and were repulsed. Your attack on South Sudan mandated a response - a response that had our forces pursue the SAF 30 kilometers from the point of your initial attack.

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                • 29 March 2012 22:07, by mohammed ali

                  Rommel,Readc to understand "the two sides eased on Wednesday after the southern army, known as the SPLA, said it halted engagement and withdrew south of the border." This is on this article! Read and tell me who is the pathological lier! I won’t allow myself to descend to the level of name calling! make your own judgment, while you are still in Heglig!

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                  • 29 March 2012 22:15, by mohammed ali

                    Rommel, watch & have fun as you are fond of war, tanks, blood, dead bodies, missles. Watch Heglig is still bumbing oil!


                    By the way from which gazette you are going to give eveidence that Heglig is yours!You are just a man killing himself with anger and burning with hatred!

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          • 29 March 2012 17:20, by zulu

            How consistant is the Sudanese government who announced that Heiglig was not occupied by the spla, and yet 3 days later, they came to show that it was not? Why does it take 3 days when you can fly easily the same day to prove otherwise? \\\\

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  • 29 March 2012 12:00, by E. Defense Forces
  • 29 March 2012 12:26, by wad balad

    This is want happens when your despreate. You start to act without thinking and end up hurting yourself. SPLM has long been accusing Sudan of wanting to overtake south oil fields and now it has become clear its the south who want to take Sudan oil. Unfortuently SPLM doesnt have the capabilities. Weak SPLM is running out of options. SPLM has been on the offensive while SAF keeping them in check con

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    • 29 March 2012 12:31, by wad balad

      if the SAF decides to go on the offensive it will be the end of south. SPLM know that very well. They have enough references to look back to. Even without the SAF goin on the offensive the south is already crumbling. Its just a matter of time and the SPLM will fall. Just as expected !!

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      • 29 March 2012 12:58, by Umoja

        wad balad

        21 years you were not able to do anything and at last we separated south before your eyes, what do you think your government will do? Your government is excellent in sending to heaven through south and at last losers.

        The same will happen you will loose but win in going to heaven through south.


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  • 29 March 2012 15:52, by wad balad


    And what did u do in these 21 year beside hide in the jungle and run from one place to the other? The CPA wasnt signed out of weakness, the SAF is now stronger than ever. But it was signed in the hope of peace for sudan. Now u seceded but still want to come and attack higlieg. And look what happend?? SPLM will never learn. Thats y SSLA will be victorious soon.

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    • 29 March 2012 17:16, by Abyei Soil

      Heglig belong to people of Abyei 100%, the withdrawal of South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAFs) doesn’t affect the ownership of the land. Why mohammed ali become so desperete about the South’s strength? You jumps even blaming Pagan Amum, Pagan is not the only one capable of doing the best for South Sudan as you thinks he is yet we’ve more than the person talked about.

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  • 29 March 2012 16:13, by mohammed ali

    I am really missing Mr. LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOGIC! I want him tell me the pussy cat SAF ran away, while Heglig is unscathed, and the damaged vehicle & the undamaged tanks were held by the " pussy cats" SAF. Hundrends of SPLA poor soldiers died unecessarly, while their " pussy cat " leaders enjoying the life in their coditioned office & homes!

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  • 29 March 2012 19:33, by Kim Deng


    If a country is run by coward leader, don’t expect victory, but defeat. That part of the world is belong to South Sudan, but Mr. coward cowboy Slava has no guts to order the South Sudan’s army to bring that land back to the mainland.

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    • 29 March 2012 22:30, by acuil deng

      Kim Deng,
      Our president might have been misinformed when he went on air, and misinformed our people about what happened in "Heglig". However, we don’t call him an idiot, a coward, or a cowboy. That’s ignorant and disrespecful for a man who spent more time in the bush than you spent on Sudan tribune’s pages. What do you call the SSLM leader, stabbing our counrtry on the back? NCP’s best friend.

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  • 29 March 2012 20:40, by acuil deng

    South Sudan has the oil while Sudan has the land and the infrastructure. The two countries have mutual economic dependency; however, boarder clashes will only exhaust their resources, and ruin their chances of having peace and stability, and developing their two nations. Neither South Sudan, nor Sudan wants to go back to war; therefore, they should go back to the negotiating table.

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  • 29 March 2012 21:13, by zulu

    We, South Sudanese need to develop our strategic approach by developing our military, give so much for defence irrespective of all other goals and then declare an all out war to face-out these guys from our territories. We have abundant resources to develop and utilize its purpose to safeguard our future.

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  • 29 March 2012 23:20, by mujtaba

    Salvkir has made joke of himself ..only a few hours and he sucked his humilated joke. You guys need to care of your starving people instead of blaming North for every failure
    90% of southerners are below poverty ..have less than one dollar a day while millions dollars go to senior splm pockets

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    • 30 March 2012 06:01, by Emporio


      the poverty of southsudan is the consequences of what you guys done to people of south ,you still don’t want to leave us alone because of your jealousy to south and now you destorying the people of blue nile and nuba mountian if you were doing well sudan wouldn’t split,keep your advice to yourself and take care of your own issues

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      • 30 March 2012 09:59, by mujtaba

        jealous of what? The corrupted officials who spend south money in other countries ! Or z wide spread of tribal clashes or the Zero infrastructure .. Splm ruled for 7 years now and got billions of dollars but health,water,electricity service is completely absent (except their houses and offices of course)
        seven years of failure. not a single asphalt road between two cities. I wonder how th nationa

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      • 30 March 2012 10:10, by mujtaba

        I wonder how th national income goes to one party whose officials send their families abroad ,kids to study in kenya while the majority of southerners cannot find two meals a day..
        do you know you are the poorest country
        in the world though you are rich with natural resources !

        The bad mechanic always blames his tools for his failure and that’s applied on u exactly

        although all cities duri

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      • 30 March 2012 10:19, by mujtaba

        although all cities during war were held by SAF , sudan government made peace with you and pulled their army
        and then made refrendum successful and accepted it and finaly participate in your festivals of secession.

        In the past you used to blame sudan but now it’s time to wake up
        simple peoples of south began now to talk about how south was stable safe before the thieves rule you
        now ignor

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  • 30 March 2012 06:01, by E. Defense Forces
  • 30 March 2012 06:27, by somebody are Tonj

    I think we did attack them. Kiir was also right to attack Heglig. Affirmative action is the right way.... we may as well continue the war struggle and remain undeveloped for the time being and once we win OUR Abyei and Heglig (I REPEAT, HEGLIG AND ABYEI IS OUR LAND, ARABS) then we can continue with development, for now SPLA should win the disputed lands before it turns into Arab mess.

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