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Snake bites kill 19 people near Unity State capital


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

October 7, 2012 (BENTIU) - A 300 metre man-made lake in near Unity State capital Bentiu has turned into a hazard with snakes living in the water suspected to have killed 19 people over the last three years.

The lake was created in Biemrouk village in 2004 by companies building a road from Bentiu to neighboring Rubkotna County. The lake used to be one kilometre outside Bentiu town but the state capital has expanded with the return of South Sudanese to the area after South Sudan’s independence last year.

The village community has reported the problem to the County commissioner but complain that they have been ignored according to Biemrouk resident and village leader Peter Monytuel Majoak.

Majoak asked that top officials take notice of the issue and contact non-governmental organisations and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) "to find way to poison" the snake.

He also called for police to be deployed to the area to warn children from enter the lake. Many children have been killed while playing or bathing in the lake.

Such is the fear caused by the snake some residents describe it as "evil" and have even claimed it comes out at night and cries. Residents say the dangerous snake is between five to six metres long.

On Friday afternoon a snake bite killed 13-year-old Lam Gatkuoth while he was bathing in the pool. Gatkuoth Thach the boy’s father told Sudan Tribune that the area had become a threat to the whole village and urged the government to act to save the lives of children in the area.

Despite the alarm over the deaths many women and children still use the lake to wash clothes, bathe and collect water for cooking to as there is no other water sources in the area.

Nyibol Gatkeak Jangluak who washes clothes in the pool says she risks going there because there is nowhere else to find water for washing.

The area is surrounded by 9 blocks, each with 300 homes. Community leaders from the 9 blocks reported the latest case on Saturday demanding that the government immediately fence off the area.


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  • 8 October 2012 07:15, by Jalaby

    Although these snakes are so dangerous and need to be taken away from this man-made lake immediately but we also need to concentrate on the real big snake -Mr. Taban (lazy) Deng- who bites the whole people in Unity state and left them slowly dying of hunger and diseases! No doubt he is much more dangerous than the man-made lake snakes!

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    • 8 October 2012 07:36, by George Bol

      Stop talking against governor Taban Deng. He has done a lot in the state;infact; he stop nyagatism,so what do you want from him?

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      • 9 October 2012 16:20, by The Republic of South Sudan

        Dear George Bol
        For your information Mr. Bol, Taban Deng has done nothing. People of Unity state have suffered from him, he is a cobra himself let a lone that recent snake. Taban has employed SPLM strategy, abusing state/nation power. He sleeps with all beautiful girls/ladies in Unity state.
        Because he is illiterate like his uncle Salva Kiir,University degree graduate are receiving 200SSP/mont

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    • 8 October 2012 07:41, by Nibs

      What then do you want to be done to him?what about Ahmed Haroun,is he not more then just a snake?

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      • 8 October 2012 19:11, by panchol

        The. people must be sensitized about deadly creatures in standing water or otherwise fence.
        we really lost good number of people.
        May God Almighty rest their Soul in internal peace.
        Amin !

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    • 8 October 2012 08:03, by Ruach

      Jallabi:You deviate from the topic.Taban did not send a snake there!There is no snake(Arabs)like Jallaba in this world.We will never allow snakes(parasites) called Mesiriya to our land this year!They are destructive to our Forest and looting our forest products like gums take it to the at the end of their 4months spells here.The fake Arabs will take it to the world markets and give it a fake name.

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      • 8 October 2012 08:24, by Ruach

        Con....The fake Arabs will take it to the world Markets and give it a fake name "Gum Arabic!" Where do you have forests ya Jaalin? Don’t cheat the world,your areas have no forests at all! It is a dry desert zone!

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        • 8 October 2012 08:44, by Northern Sudanese

          Yes sudan is mostly desert, but large parts are not! south and north kordofan , blue nile and south and west darfur are not all greenery, in sudan we have 64 milion hectares of arable land, before separation we had 80 milion.
          don’t mess with desert nations, don’t forget that desert nations are more richer than your bushes down there lol

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          • 8 October 2012 17:28, by Ruach

            Northern Sudanese:No no Jally,you have no forests.Nubians and Blue Nile will be annexed to South Sudan sooner than later.The only problems is calling our forest product in the world markets "gum Arabic!" If is in the Darfur,Nuba Mts and South Blue Nile,it shouldn’t be "Gum Arabic!" as they are not the owners of those mentioned forest lands.You are richer because u looted our resources,but poorerno

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    • 8 October 2012 09:36, by Dinkawarrior

      It’s Ngundeng who change every now and then! If you’re aware about the so called Gatluak Manguel, you don’t need to be wonder and ask why? It’s the the same Ngundeng who had such shameful behaviors. So don’t be surprise about it, it is the same Shameless Nuer Profit Ngundeng who did that. Shame on you Mrs. Ngundeng for killing our children. May God Almighty provide hope to the victims families.

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      • 8 October 2012 17:36, by Ruach

        Dinka Warrior/thief:Gatluak Panguel is not Nuer!He is from Malual-Agongbeer(Dinka Agaar)in Lake State,but we gave him that name to stop stealing Nuer children and olds or disable!He was a great Carnival at the time,but we killed him and Dinka carnivalisms stopped up to dates which circulate only in your areas.Common Dinka Warrior!You remind me now.The so called snake which killed 19 people in.....

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        • 8 October 2012 17:42, by Ruach

          Bentiu is not a snake.It is a carnival from Dinka Agaar(Malual-Agongbeer)killing our children!We must capture him/her and bring to justic or kill him/her.Common Gaat Geka in Bentiu,why do u let a carnival/Leet(Peer)kill our children?Kill him/her!He is a hired Dinka carnival Dinka Agaar(Malual-Agongbeer).I know it is a big snake called Peer which sometimes cries like a goat!But don’t rule out Jaang

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    • 27 November 2012 10:47, by matwqma

      This post has helped me for an article which I am writing. Thank you for giving me another point of view on this topic. Now I can easily complete my article. Cheers

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  • 8 October 2012 08:19, by Gabriel KK

    State Government must act immediately to save life.

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    • 8 October 2012 14:50, by Loko El Pollo


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      • 9 October 2012 09:32, by Ruach

        Loko:Is that the way?Come to Bentiu and show us your braveness to the snake

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  • 8 October 2012 09:16, by Samuel Malual

    Jalaba- You have dogs attitudes, you can hit the dog harder, but still returning looking for the bones to feed on. So for you as a Northern Sudanese, what exactly do you want from our land particularly Bentiu? Now we own the oil and won’t get any single bone out of it retarded.

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    • 8 October 2012 17:26, by Northern Sudanese

      Samuel Malual
      loooool what do we want from bentiu? and where have you been dude? oil dispute is over, petro dollars are coming north for the next 3 and halve years looooool
      yes you own the oil, but you don’t benefit from it if we don’t get from it! keep that in mind day dreamer

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      • 9 October 2012 08:43, by Ruach

        The same oils you always steal is in your minds!!

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