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Jonglei residents smuggle gold to Ethiopia for sale, says official

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March 28, 2013(BOR) – South Sudan’s Jonglei state residents have started illegal gold mining and smuggling into neighbouring Ethiopia for sale to make ends meet, a local government official said Thursday.

Logudo Johnson speaks during the interview in Bor, March 28, 2013 (ST)

The practice, Johnson Logudo told Sudan Tribune, has improved peoples’ living standards, despite its illegality.

He said gold smuggling is mainly common among the Kachipo; a minority tribe living in Jonglei eastern border with Ethiopia.

The group, he added, largely depend on agriculture as their main source of livelihood.

“Whatever little gold we get, we first of course sell it for money and then buy cloths”, said Logudo, stressing that the gold market was at its border with Ethiopia.

Landlocked South Sudan, which became independent in July 2011, possesses large mineral deposits, which remain largely unexploited. Gold spots, in the country, official says, stretch from its Eastern Equatoria state, which borders Kenya and Uganda, to eastern Jonglei’s hilly areas and valleys of Boma, where the kachipo, Jie and Ngalam communities live.

It remains unclear how much quantities of the mineral are smuggled by residents annually, with cases of illegal gold dealings, reported last year in Kenya and Uganda by Eastern Equatoria residents.

With an economy largely dependent on oil revenues, South Sudan looks towards diversifying into other sectors, such as agriculture and other non-oil resources to enhance its financial base.
(ST)

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  • 29 March 2013 09:19, by 4Justice

    It gives me joy when people are able to find ways of making ends meet. They can’t just sit there and die from hunger and disease while the imbecile leadership is busy looting public funds.

  • 29 March 2013 10:12, by Fundamental Change icon

    4 Justice you are absolutely right,the neglected Kachipo people should go ahead and make life simple by using locally available resources for their own good.My only worry is that when Kiir’s tyrants n looters realized that its a lucrative business they will forge laws and turn the whole thing Dinkarized.Dheu "Manyi ito kon"

  • 29 March 2013 11:00, by Gabriel Ajak

    Bro Icon.
    Are you back again,you welcome but don’t talk about Dinka if you want to survive for a long.

  • 29 March 2013 11:22, by Fundamental Change icon

    Bro Ajak thank u for welcoming me back however as a learned person pumped with modern ideas,i want u one night 2 medidate on the behaviours of Dinkas and come up with a conclusion.I dont hate Dinkas but their actions are worth to be condemned if they are 2 change.As a member of a civilized community its my duty to educate and transform any southerner including an insane Dinka man.Dinkas are curse

    • 29 March 2013 12:07, by DDooggaa

      Ajak
      Ask yourself, out of all the tribes in South Sudan why only Dinkas are being hated??? You should have this question before launching your complain. Otherwise the hatred shall never end if you Dinkas did not leave your stupid behaviours

      • 29 March 2013 18:37, by Konkooc

        If not Dinka that save you and liberate for you a country arab would have fucked all minor tribes in South Sudan.

  • 29 March 2013 15:58, by Marco A. Wek

    Well to the self proclaimed educated, look back at the topic, it is about gold smuggling by our citizens for their survival and not about Dinkas.
    And as for some of our people who hate Dinka as s tribe in South Sudan, they are lighting the war they Will not win. The best thing to do is take about things that will unite us as South Sudanese citizens.

    • 29 March 2013 20:59, by athoreyemodobong

      Author of the article:
      Ur writing style shows that u r one of Bor Dinkas driven by greed to stage wars of all kind against the Murle, the authentic inhabitants of the mineral rich Boma area. Hiding the truth will never serve your satanic plans of future occupation . The strategy of renaming Murle of jebel Boma as Ngalam to create false idea that the Murle are not in Boma will only hurt u much.



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