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UN local staff member killed by peacekeepers as tension rises in Abyei


November 13, 2012 (JUBA/WASHINGTON) – A United Nations local staff member was accidently killed by a peacekeeper in the contested region of Abyei following the rise of tension between the Misseriya and Ngok Dinka communities there.

Zambian peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) patrol streets in Abyei 24 May 2011 - (file/ UN photo)

Tension is building up in Abyei following the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) of 24 October to endorse a proposal by the mediation calling for a referendum to be organised in Abyei in October next year if the two parties fail to reach an agreement on the basis of the same proposal, which excludes the participation of Misseriya nomads

Recent statements by President Omer Al-Bashir rejecting the AUPSC’s decision also contributed to poison the atmosphere in the disputed area. The Misseriya are reassured by Khartoum’s position and the Nogk Dinka are boosted by the African Union position.

Sudan Tribune received unverified reports from the area saying the tensions mounted on Monday evening when a group of Misseriya riding a number of buses and cars crossed Abyei heading to the town’s mosque.

"They came shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great) and went straight to the mosque inside Abyei town. This irritated youth in the area and started asking how this group came. So we went to United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to find out whether they were aware," a local source told Sudan Tribune.

The Mission told them they had no information about the group.

The source said the Ngok Dinka youth decided to go and ask the Misseriya about the reason of their coming in the town but UNISFA forces while youth were on their way to the mosque moved the group to their camp in their tanks.

On Tuesday, the Ngok Youth decided to protest the decision of the United Nations to host the group of Misseriya and asked the UN to return the Misseriya to where they came from. During this incident a UN peacekeeper accidently shot the South Sudanese national.

Reacting to the death of the UN national staff member, Ban Ki-Moon released a statement condemning "the series of incidents that occurred in Abyei in the past 48 hours" and urged the Abyei communities to return to calm and resolve their disputes through dialogue.

"The Secretary-General remains extremely concerned that the Abyei Area joint institutions, including the Police, have not yet been established and urges the parties to quickly address the issue," further said the statement.

This week, the South Sudanese agreed to form Abyei interim institutions as agreed in a deal sealed on 20 June 2011. Juba wanted assurance that Khartoum would appoint a Ngok Dinka from the membership of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party as the head of the Abyei Legislative Council.

In Juba, sources say the circumstances of the death are not clear but stressed that the UN soldiers were the only group with arms. Also, Consultations are taking place between, UN officials, Juba ,and Addis Ababa over how to investigate the incident.

Mario Kuol Monyluak, an SPLM official in Abyei regretted the recent incident saying they are in contact with Juba to contain the situation and prevent further deterioration.

"It is an unfortunate development but we are confident that it will be handled," he said, expressing hopes that "the UNISFA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in the force commander and the men and women of the UNISFA who work every day to keep our area safe," Monyluak told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir reiterated last week Khartoum’s rejection of AUPSC’s decision, saying that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and nobody can decide how to conduct the referendum there. He added that any amendment to the Abyei referendum law can only be voted on by Sudan’s National Assembly.

Local sources from Abyei claim that the Sudanese army is massing troops in Kej (Difra), Lenger, and Magenes, which are all areas inside territory of the Ngok Dinka as per the ruling of the permanent court of Arbitration. Also Misseriya are accused of behaving violently with Ngok Dinka in the northern parts of Abyei.

On Wednesday 14 November, UN Security Council will hold a consultation meeting about South Sudan, Sudan developments. The incident is expected to be discussed between the 15 members of the council.

Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie arrived in Pretoria, to brief South African officials about the position of his government from the AUPSC decision. Also Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef met Tuesday with a delegation of NCP members of the Dinka Ngok to assess the recent developments in the area.


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  • 14 November 2012 09:01, by Ruach

    I hope they clear those donkeys from Abyei! Wake up Ngok,it is your times to clear them away before the rest of South Sudanese come and kill them all! death to those trashes of sub humans called Mesiriya

    • 14 November 2012 09:25, by Big Boy

      My dear Abyei Citizen ,UN denied and apolgize that they are not the one who killing the staff, it mean how those Messirya camein with arm, while you are fuke monitorin the area. ashame on you all Ethiopian.my condels goes to the family there at Agok and Wau.

    • 14 November 2012 09:45, by mathem jech amer

      Those Ethiopians in Abyei called peacekeepers were bought by Bashir from late (former) president of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi.
      When Ngok Dinka asked peacekeepers about the coming of Messirya, they denied.
      If they didn’t know, why should they rush to hide them in the camp? Is there any logic?

    • 14 November 2012 10:41, by Robot


    • 15 November 2012 01:24, by Bolman

      I was never see the groups of Abyei on fight before upto now they wouldn’t maked they just ringingbell for you to responding back the fight which can turn between S&N like and they will just watching the scence those of Ngok Dinka they clarified themselves as pure Muslim Islamism State let them deal with their Muslim North

  • 14 November 2012 09:13, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    UN National Staff killed by the peacekeeper in Abyei is really something to be adress very quickly, otherwise there ia no use of peacekeepers in Abyei,if they are pro- Misseriya communities.

    • 14 November 2012 10:43, by Paul Ongee

      The words "group of...came shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great) and went straight to the mosque inside Abyei town…Mission denied any information about the group while UNISFA forces moved the group to their camp in their tanks. During this incident a UN pkpr accidently shot the South Sudanese national” do not make sense. Pathetic. May Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace. Amen.

      • 14 November 2012 10:48, by Paul Ongee

        The question, how and why, is not clear here. More explanation is needed from UNISFA. The group of Messeriya that UNISFA forces claim that they had no idea has temporarily won the “shouting game” of Allah Khabar. The group is certainly armed, came running to kill those Dinka Ngok who are praying harmlessly in the Mosque. Nomadic/Resident Messeriya can be easily used to disrupt peace.

        • 14 November 2012 10:50, by Paul Ongee

          Do not be surprised. This is a sign that something destructive is in the making and will surface soon since Khartoum is comfortably amassing troops inside the Northern part of Abyei in the presence of UNISFA forces who deny any knowledge of a “group” and the “shouting game” but "accidentally kill" whoever questions them.

          • 14 November 2012 10:56, by Paul Ongee

            Nomadic/Resident Messeriya can be easily used by Khartoum’s NCP to disrupt peace so that the Abyei Referendum scheduled in October, 2013 never take place because it will definitely be part of South Sudan where it belongs ancestrally, culturally and linguistically.

      • 15 November 2012 05:51, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Those address like a UN were Northern sudan Army soldiers. North have many Abyssianian people in their Army ranks. They have paints the Tanks like a UN Vehicles. In North sudan have many population Eriterian-Ethiopian in them that look exactly like the Ethiopian peace keeping forces. Do not be confused of that,if anyone of you knew North sudan population has Abyssianian in them. This can happen

  • 14 November 2012 10:22, by Fire7

    Dear all,
    Let go back to the history of late Zanawi and his counterpart NCP Basher, during 1990 Ethiopain war NCP Basher supported zanawi millitarilly, then the overthrown the Gov’t of Haile mariam who was the allied with SPLA,SPLA millitary equipment which was in Ethiopia zanawi handover to Khartuom,how possible do you think NCP can’t dress the messareya in UNISFA uniform and starting killing Ng

  • 14 November 2012 10:38, by Makunon

    Unfortunate, UNIS-FA should name the killer and attach charges.

    • 14 November 2012 10:56, by Nibs

      This is absolute rubbish!it is not accidental killing since the national work for UN.these peacekeepers killed him deliberately for protesting against mesiryia coming to abyei.the government must demand the arrest of that’peacekeeper’.justice may be restore.what will Hilde Johnson said now,since she like talking nonsense?

  • 14 November 2012 12:45, by 4Justice

    It’s like saying, Hitler is the judge on the Nuremberg trials.

  • 14 November 2012 13:41, by Makunon

    Hilde talked breach of law and against human right over dismissal of staff and this one to her is a construction of laws.my mouth is wide open and dry

  • 14 November 2012 15:00, by ngomrom

    Hilde Johnson now talk we would like you to condem this in thestrongest term and the traitors has to be brought to book or else you do’nt know what you are doing. Last time in Jongole you talk of the so called human right vailation by the national army against civilian who guns and in cobat to civilian withought gun shot at by your own force what a mass is that
    Ngom Rom

    • 14 November 2012 16:37, by Peacocktail

      Abyei Situation shall deteriorate as this devil call Bashir is alive. Dinka Ngok Civilian specially Volunerable groups should be relocated to Aneet as soon as Possible before they are massacre against like 2008. If SSNPS present there, I will urge Ngok Leaders evacuate those Women and Children ONLY Strong MEN to Guard ABYEI NOW. SAF is arming Janjaweed... SPLA should do alternative. SAFE ABYEI NO

      • 14 November 2012 16:46, by Peacocktail

        Since UNISFA have no idea of Morralina Infiltration, then the Worker was shot dead by Murralin(Misseryia) armed by SAF to destabilize Abyei befor referendum in Oct 2013.If UNISFA have no out post to monitor Military and Militia Movement across Abyei? why Force Battalion are they relaxant to Monitor Abyei as they Strategies.Ethiopian forces have never have story of failing but leadership to be bla

  • 14 November 2012 18:10, by Kim Deng

    Intead of confronting these rats (Misseriya/Baggara youths), you run begging for outside help. What a coward community!
    Wake up and stand your ground before you get outside back-up.

    • 15 November 2012 01:09, by panom lualbil

      KIM DENG?
      Do you know how many HATERS from your DISHONOR COMMUNITY were killed by SPLA during war against North? Think of GATWEC DUEL of yesterday first b4 you called jang slaves. You are slaves of SPLM and NCP otherwise you dont have any Government. Lawless community of stooges.

  • 15 November 2012 05:42, by jongatong

    Abyei problem become tideous to the Nation wide of which South Sudanese lost their life. if it’s very hard for both the government of South Sudan and North Sudan to finalise the issue of Abyei with united nation security council. lates them tell the rest of south sudanese national to go back for war. CPA came through war but not through dialogue of which south sudanese are being killed.

  • 15 November 2012 05:49, by jongatong

    No compensation, the one who killed must killed wether the like it or not. we don’t money or any other nonese for compensation what a fucken peace keeping mission? doing businees with north sudan and preturn that the are keeping peace. fuck you and we are going to collect you.

    • 15 November 2012 06:30, by agwait majok

      Good morning everyone, what is going on in Abyei today, It is not a new thing to the people of Abyei or south Sudan in general the Misseriya are the people who been use by north Sudan government they don’t know where is their future going to be soon.Dinka Ngok are going to be part of south Sudan in the future but what about messeriya they going to miss the grass and water soon.

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