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16 killed in tribal clashes in Unity oil fields


December 19, 2013 (BENTIU) - Officials in South Sudan’s Unity state said clashes between oil workers from rival clans at the Unity and Tharjath oil fields on Thursday have left 16 dead, while over 200 people from the Dinka tribe are currently seeking refuge in the UN compound in Bentiu town.

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A SPLA soldier walks by an area destroyed by a Sudanese airstrike near the oil town of Bentiu (Photo: File/Reuters)

In an exclusive interview on Thursday, acting state governor Mabeak Lang De Mading told Sudan Tribune the incident took place at about 2am (local time) when oil company employees from the Nuer tribe coordinated twin attacks on both oil fields, targeting Dinka employees in the area.

The oil workers reportedly used spears, sticks and knives in the attack.

Tensions have been building in the Nuer community in Bentiu after it emerged around 500 people were killed by security personnel loyal to South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in an outbreak of violence in the capital, Juba.

The latest outbreak of violence came just hours after state government officials called for calm in a radio broadcast on state-run Bentiu FM 99. In the broadcast officials cautioned communities to refrain from carrying revenge attacks on Dinka tribe members living in Bentiu.

Mading said the government is now working on widening its security measures for the protection of all people.

"We are calling on the general public to refrain from killing each other; as the case in Juba is national issue, it should not be put on tribal lines", he said.

However, Sudan Tribune’s correspondent in Unity State reported hearing heavy gunfire in the Bentiu area from 7pm local time. It has not been possible to confirm the exact location.

About 500 people had been killed in Juba since clashes broke out late on Sunday, after forces alleged to be loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar launched an attack on a South Sudanese army (SPLA) barracks in Juba.

Kiir initially accused his former deputy and his supporters of orchestrating an alleged coup attempt to overthrow the government, although he has since back-tracked on those statements.

Reports are emerging that soldiers specifically targeted people from the Nuer ethnic group as violence spread across the capital.

US-based think tank think International Crisis Group (ICG) warned on Thursday that South Sudan was on the brink of a full-scale civil war, as the conflict increasingly takes on tribal dimensions.

On Wednesday, SPLA defectors believed to be loyal to Machar seized control of Jonglei state capital Bor.

The soldiers are led by dissident commander Gen. Peter Gatdet Yak, who reportedly defected from the SPLA after allegations Nuer were targeted in the current tensions.

South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) said at least 19 bodies were found on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 22, including three children who perished after their boat capsized while attempting to cross the Nile River.

Thousands of people are also taking shelter inside the city’s UN compound.

Bentiu resident Younis Biel says he blames both Kiir and Machar for the current chaos engulfing in the country.

He also urged the international community to put more efforts in to preventing the conflict escalating into civil war.

“If the world leaders would have not forgotten us they would have captured both Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to be answerable on the deadly incidents. Our citizens suffer most on the hand of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar’, said Biel.

Biel said he was concerned that after South Sudan’s more than two-decades-long struggle with Sudan for freedom and independence, the new nation was now at risk of dividing itself along ethnic lines.

In a telephone conversation with Kiir on Wednesday, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon called for an amicable and peaceful resolution to the current crisis through dialogue rather than violence.


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  • 19 December 2013 17:37, by Tiitrot

    Who cares, good that is has again erupted in Riek’s state,
    KIIR Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee..
    SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    DINKAS Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...

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    • 19 December 2013 17:43, by Ahmed Chol

      Mabek Lang "In the broadcast officials cautioned communities to refrain from carrying revenge attacks on Dinka tribe members living in Bentiu"
      Aleu Ayeny instead encourage presidential guard to comb Juba and hunt down Nuer seen as Riek supporters and kill them even if they are not armed and Kiir didn’t say a word about that.

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      • 19 December 2013 17:48, by Ahmed Chol

        I don’t think Kiir and his cohorts thought that this was going to be confined to Juba alone, which was foolish.

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        • 19 December 2013 17:50, by Ahmed Chol

          Any one who believes the false claim about the coup is insane. Take a look at the steps that Kiir has been taking since July by training his own secret army, dissolving the government, Dissolving the PB and NLC. These were all attempts to get rid of a key members of the SPLM who fought the war.

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          • 19 December 2013 17:55, by Ahmed Chol

            Kiir in calculated steps wasn’t satisfy with previous violations thinking that everybody will still be afraid of him and he finally concocted coup claims as a final step to crash all the SPLM key officials. How can people not in charge of the army make a coup, none of them is the minister of defense.

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            • 20 December 2013 06:03, by mathem jech amer

              Ahmed Chuol not Chol
              Kiir has private army because he is a president, Riek has a huge private army called "NUER WHITE ARMY" what is it for, even the word army is used and they are getting salary from own corrupted money.

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          • 20 December 2013 08:46, by Mayom County Boy

            My people let us allow peace to our country south sudan .
            because if there is no peace in the country we will be like
            somalia country !

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            • 20 December 2013 11:33, by Hardlinner

              Both kiir and riek should retire from politic for good. The same apply to gadet yak. The guy is a total shame to the army. Even five year old kid would rethink his/her action. I’m pretty gadet as an IQ 50 that why he always resort to violence as mean to defend himself.

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        • 19 December 2013 20:00, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          This situation was unavoidable by all means, it will rage for a while before people come back to their senses.

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      • 20 December 2013 21:00, by Monyjang

        I don’t know what this guy call himself ahmed chol still preaching here and nuer bor town

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    • 19 December 2013 17:51, by sweettea

      Those who has been killed in unity state are all dinkas you dump ass,

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    • 19 December 2013 19:01, by Tong dut

      We want more killing, so that Kirr may run away with his Dinkas.The tribe of Kirr must be clear out of south sudan.
      Welcome DAVID YAUYAU TO JUBA,we are ready for you to take over from kirr the dinka devil.

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      • 20 December 2013 11:41, by Hardlinner

        Don’t mix kiir action with his tribe. These are different things. Rek are part of dinka therefore any attack against them would mean attack against dinkas in general. So be mindful about what you said.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:02, by Tong dut

      We want more killing, so that Kirr may run away with his Dinkas.The tribe of Kirr must be clear out of south sudan.
      Welcome DAVID YAUYAU TO JUBA,we are ready for you to take over from kirr the dinka devil.

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    • 20 December 2013 00:59, by Predicted

      We no longer have a national government. We have Kiir’s government. A country where political rivals are detained and killed against the norms of international law. Citizens are harassed and killed for voicing their concerns against such government. The constitution of the citizens of South Sudan has become what Kiir makes of it. It has become Kiir’s constitution. Citizens are murdered in the stre

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  • 19 December 2013 17:58, by sudani ana

    My God, this country is going to pot, never mind Ngundeng, Jallaby’s prophecies seem to be happening. He had always said Dinka and Nuer will fight and kill each other. This is exactly what is happening.
    I wish peace to prevail in South Sudan because I have friends in SS, also because what happens in SS affects Sudan and vice versa.

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    • 19 December 2013 18:24, by Sir King

      Dear South Sudan, please don,t be killing yourselves for nothing. This nation is for all of us and we must respectone another so that we progress. Please stop killing one another.

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    • 20 December 2013 06:28, by South South

      Sudani ana,
      Son of Mohammed, you need to worry about your poor country called Sudan which is facing many civilian wars. You need to think about : "GATHA JAMARA", leave South Sudan alone son of Mohammed.

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      • 20 December 2013 11:10, by sudani ana

        South South
        Although I find you a very vile and disgusting individual, on this occasion I have to thank you for bestowing this great honor on me by calling me "Son of Mohammad". Thank you very much I feel humbled and very honored.

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  • 19 December 2013 18:34, by dude

    The Dinkas always act like little babies when they are in power. Why killed innocent Nuer in the first place.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:00, by Dumodit

      Be careful if you are not foolish yourself. Why abuses Dinka tribe in general.nobody among Dinka tribe is against Nuer tribe anyway
      Only Kiir and Machar missed up and chaostic tension emerge as result of pride and self-seeking leadership interest.

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      • 19 December 2013 19:53, by dude

        Dumodit, you are right, I do not like Dinka Bar Elgazal. They are the one who coause fighting. We need a new government for all South Sudanese. Salva Kiir must leave the country if he wants south sudan to have peace.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:04, by Sir King

      Listen Nuer coomunity, just call and ask in Aweil, more than 10 people were arrested in Aweil alleged to been supporters of Dr. Riek Machar while you are killing Dinka people there. Just send your inteligents to confirm from Aweil.

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      • 19 December 2013 19:13, by Sir King

        Please you are spoiling Dr.Riek legacy again, because this is not a tribal war but the problem is that we do not have professional armies because they work along tribal line. Please stop killing on tribal line.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:43, by Dumodit

      Where are you Nyandeeng? See your home has been captured by your inherit husband Dr. Riak machar who killed hundred of thousand Dinka Bor, a bad record in lifetime. You better offer your Vagina to Dr.Majak Agot instead of couple yourself with traitor Dr.Riak. Why did You married Riak the enemy of Dinka Bor? Shame on You! Dr. John will condemn you, the souls of Bor Dinka massacred in 1991 will judg

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      • 20 December 2013 06:30, by Malakal county Simon

        We avoid twich East county which is home to Nyandeng, but we did indeed caputred Bor Town, because of Kuol Manyang who siding with unwanted president....

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  • 19 December 2013 18:46, by Joseph Canada

    Let the president haves what he saw. He inserted hatred and Nepotism in the Government of the republic thinking that it will help him win the presidency. Wrong move. Now Minorities will become majorities in South Sudan. Thanks to dump president. He will soon be in Court facing crimes against Humanity, Madder and tribal cleansing. Leading by blood will haunt you. You dress in army gear was wrong

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    • 19 December 2013 22:03, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      @Joseph Canada,
      The slave remains a slave even if he/she goes to America or Paris, you can not see any changes @all because he/she is used to a slavery mentality.
      Look @you and your childish and folly comment in the Western World, can anyone believes that you are from where you claims to be and calling yourself as Joseph Canada.
      Call back home and you will be told about the Husband of this Nati

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  • 19 December 2013 18:46, by hellonearth

    in order to solve this issue Kiir should just step down and leave this country otherwise the rest of South Sudan will fight the Dinka Government. otherwise in the next 2 days you will not like what you started and it will wipe off all the smile i see in your face for what happened here in Juba

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  • 19 December 2013 19:43, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some fact: Dinka tribe men being jailed are: Madut Biar-Dinka Malual, Deng Deng Nhial-Rek Dinka, Chol Tong-Agar-die-torture, Deng Alor-Ngok Dinka, Pagan & Oyai-Shilluk, Gier-Padang, Majak-Twi Dinka, Alfred-Bari/Mundari, Ezekiel-Nuer, etc.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:50, by Joseph Canada

      South Sudanese view, thats what you think and thats how Kiir want to cover it up. The Jailed are the patriots and are put there to justify to the public that he’s not tribalist. But the Dying are Nuer under Dinka. I can tell you how all this happen. don’t cover it up. The whole World already knew it. Presidential tribal army started the fight against the SPLA Army.

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  • 19 December 2013 19:43, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some fact: Dinka tribe men being jailed are: Madut Biar-Dinka Malual, Deng Deng Nhial-Rek Dinka, Chol Tong-Agar-die-torture, Deng Alor-Ngok Dinka, Pagan & Oyai-Shilluk, Gier-Padang, Majak-Twi Dinka, Alfred-Bari/Mundari, Ezekiel-Nuer, etc.

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    • 19 December 2013 19:56, by Joseph Canada

      The Dinka only presidential guards (which were illegally trained) by the president purposely to protect him (even though the country law prohibits the private security in which kiir Broke) went to the Army head quarters and demanded the keys to open the ammunition store to take bullets and raffles. when denied they started killing Nuer legal soldiers. This alone is a crime. Luck of Education.

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      • 19 December 2013 20:03, by Joseph Canada

        He did all this in the name of making the country peaceful. really? Imean seriously? . Now the country is back to bloodshed just because of ignorant and nepotistic president. He think he can act like Vledmire Puton of Russia or North Korea’s president. see poor innocent people killed on both side? those poor women and children killed have no business with the Govt. But they perished. God!!!

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    • 19 December 2013 20:07, by hellonearth

      SS i think you are as damn as the person who said that what happened in Juba on sunday night was a coup, it was a continuation of plans of Kiir to continue ruling South Sudan without Opposition. first it started with the reduction of Powers for the former VP then removal from office then suspension from the party and now for some damn reason allegation of coup. read between the line people

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  • 19 December 2013 21:16, by Gatluak

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....Gen. Killer will think twice. Luo Nuer are coming to Juba

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  • 19 December 2013 22:52, by Jubawe

    if Dinka touch any Equatorian citizen we will definit join Nuer and pick all Dinka from Juba one by one from their house we don’t care about Kirr, we will go back to 1983 kokora, but we wish the problem to be reslove peacefull and let Kirr leave the seat and let Parliment part elect their Leader they want.

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    • 20 December 2013 04:11, by dengdanger

      @jubawe hahahaha nobody is worry about nyamnyam u saw the other day none of u guy were on the street so plz we not afraid of no one Nuer rebelled before and the same time all nyamnyam were at jellaba side and we still here so try and see the out come this not kokora time ,Dinka were out number but now we are deep in juba core , so so keep beating drums of war

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      • 20 December 2013 08:11, by Jubawe

        Dagander whatever ur name is, of course no one on street for their safety, Try and touch any Equatorian this time, Kirr himself is worry about Equatorian now if we join this fight, the outcome wilbe all Dinka will Kill one by one from Juba and Kirr will not long stay in Juba because of his safety he’ll run

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  • 20 December 2013 02:32, by Naath Raani

    Bor Community is out of this mess up by criminal Kiir, but if Bor try to join those of Gogrial is fine and Nuers will finish them at one. Please, Dinka Bor, stay calm and let Nuers face Bhar El Gazel criminals. Kiir will face ICC soon. Human Right Watch is serious now. Check the news.

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    • 20 December 2013 12:05, by Hardlinner

      Raani naath, you comment like some with no analytical reasoning. In general sense who do you think will qualify the ICC indictment between kiir and riek. There may be good nuers out there but I totally lose trust in most nuers in general. I wish you guys should be given your own country such that go and practice your endless defection and savagery. You guys never admit your guilt.

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  • 20 December 2013 06:04, by Dengdittueny

    Where is mii diit? Has been killed. He is the bad man who incites Nuer. I hope peace will prevail between Dinka and Nuer after killing mii diit the most tribalism man

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    • 20 December 2013 06:36, by Malakal county Simon

      Naath Raani
      Not all Dinka Bor should be trusted, but maybe only Nyandeng county Twic east and Duk county are on our side.... But the Bor capital of Kuol Manyang should pay the price of thier son Kuol Manyang who is siding with unwanted president, and who is enjoying killing innocent Nuers in cold-blood in street of Juba....

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      • 20 December 2013 06:41, by Malakal county Simon

        Those of Bor county and those Dinkas from Bentui, should be kills instantly.... In a revenge of those innocent Nuers childrens/disabilities/women/elederly people’s who have been kills in cold-blood for being a Nuer as reason!!!!

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        • 20 December 2013 06:46, by Malakal county Simon

          Here in Upper Nile State, all the Roots have been close and no escape this time....Dinka must pay the price for supporting vision-less leader on tribal lines, and for starting a sense-less war against the bravest tribe in South Sudan....

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          • 20 December 2013 07:45, by Konkooc

            Let nuer announced publically that the war is between nuer and Dinka. do not talk of Upper Nile which included Dinka counties Renk,Maluth,Baliet and Akoka. we will kick nuer out of Paloch Dinka oil field soon like what they have done in Bentiu

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            • 20 December 2013 08:04, by Malakal county Simon

              FYI; Upper Nile State Dinkas in those counties you just mention, are panicking and they don’t their fate.... We in Division 1 here in Malakal, we have a good number of Nuers soldiers alone. But the shulluk tribe also want to joins their Nuers brothers for unfair of their leaders being detain!!!! (Pagan and OYai Ajak).

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  • 20 December 2013 13:48, by 4Justice

    I will never ever attend any tribal meetings. Tribal meetings and festivals are energized by DEMONIC POWERS. Traditional beliefs, ritual, ceremonies, idol altars and related practices are all rooted in Satanism ie.(Idol and Ancestral Worship).The ancestors (Demons) must be appeased with gifts, such as the ritual killing of a cow, a goat or a chicken, a dish of porridge, the pouring out of a libation of sorghum beer, and other rituals as demanded by the ancestors (Demons masquarading as Ancestral Spirits).They ignorantly seek protection, counsel, provision, and blessing from Demons. They do not realize that all of their needs can be met by finding and maintaining faith in Jesus, the Son of the living God.

    God abandoned his people because they had acquired superstitious influences, habits, and ways of life that were being practiced in the East (Syria and Chaldea). Their reliance and trust were no longer in the One True Living God. They now relied on superstitions and divinations. They turned away from God even though he had made a covenant with them that promised protection from all their enemies, provision for all their human needs, and permanent residence in a land that was bountiful and flourishing.

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    • 20 December 2013 17:33, by John Costa

      This is true, I agree with you...

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