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One killed, 8 injured as S. Sudanese refugees clash in Kenya


October 27, 2014 (NAIROBI) – At least one person was reportedly killed and more than eight other seriously injured when South Sudanese rival communities clashed on Sunday at Kakuma refugee in western Kenya.

South Sudanese refugees at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, on 17 February 2014 (ST)

Sources said the clashes between Nuer and Dinka communities, the largest and belligerent ethnic groups in South Sudan, occurred when a 9-year old Nuer girl-child was allegedly raped by a Dinka man, leaving her in critical condition.

“The clashes happened on Sunday evening when a Dinka adult raped a 9-year old girl-child, ripping her genitals and leaving her in coma,” Gai Dup Wur, one of the Nuer community leaders told Sudan Tribune.

He said the child was rushed to the medical center in critical condition while her father initially calmed down the situation, asking the Nuer youth not to take the law into their own hands as the police arrested the criminal.

Wur, however, said the community was surprised when Kenyan police authorities set free the accused on Sunday evening.

A complaint, he said, was then launched to the Kenyan police by the community leaders to re-arrest the criminal, but the police officer on duty tore the complaint paper, stirring anger among the Nuer youth who went to forcefully capture the freed Dinka man.

“The Dinka community in a section of the camp named Hong Kong resisted the attempt to capture the criminal and this led to the clashes between the two communities,” he said.

A spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Kenya confirmed the clashes, saying it was mainly in retaliation to the camp incident in which a nine year-old girl was alleged raped.

"One person was killed [but] we are still trying to find out from the community," said Emmanuel Nyabera, adding that “eight others were injured”.


Wur, however said, that eight members from the Dinka community were beaten to death by angry youth and 11 others were injured.

Among those killed was a member of the Didinga community, reportedly beaten to death by mistake, sources told Sudan Tribune.

Reports from health workers attending to the wounded at the medical centres confirmed that nine people died from the violence.

The Nuer community leader explained that until the occurrence of the rape case, the two communities had been living peacefully side by side in the camp, stressing that the situation would have been treated as an individual criminal case had the offender been arrested and brought to book.

So far members of the Dinka community have fled from various sections of the camp and sought refuge in schools run by the UN.

Wur said the situation had however remained calm on Monday as Kenyan police have been patrolling the camp, which is the largest in Kenya with the population of refugees nearing 150,000 people.

According to UNHCR, over 80,000 South Sudanese refugees currently live in Kakuma, with at least half of them said to have fled the country’s ongoing conflict.


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  • 28 October 2014 09:07, by Peter Marko

    May the almighty God make the innocent little girl recovers quickly, and rest the souls of those innocent people who were killed in revenge attack in peace. What a coward grown up man who could rape such a child. I do not know what is wrong with our brothers from Bor community.They usually provoke Nuer, but run away like like trapped rats, nuer retaliate,leaving other dinka fight for them.

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    • 28 October 2014 09:16, by Peter Marko

      Our brothers from Bor, if u do not know how to stand your ground, please do not provoke the other, while expecting the members of the other Dinka community fight for u. Personally, I could blame our brother from nuer community for take the law into their own hands,if the account of the story turns out to be true. This heartless child molester need to be arrested and hung in public. Pathetic!!!!!

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      • 28 October 2014 10:12, by Malakal county Simon

        So far members of the Dinka community have fled from various sections of the camp and sought refuge in schools run by the UN.

        Funny how coward Dinka community start sense-less fight, but later lost and run a way leaving their valuable property behind...... Shame to have such people’s in South Sudan society period.....

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      • 29 October 2014 16:51, by Mading Makuac

        Peter Marko,
        It is all lies brother .There is no one who raped that Nuer girl .The problem is that Nuers are crazy.They have that mentality of war and this will never help at all.

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    • 28 October 2014 11:02, by Wendemagangdit

      The story is told upside down. By the way, ST is compromised and have lost credibility.There was no rape and it was confirmed by the Medics at the Hospital in Kakuma.The acused person was not released. This was a planned scandal by the nuer comunity to get some sought of revenge. Whoever coined this must be very cunning! Congratulation guys!!! You have won!! Dinka Bor fights for a reason not rape

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  • 28 October 2014 10:37, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Dinka Bor are very cowards and useless peoples in our country , look Majak Agot who was brought up by president Kiir turned enemy to Kiir imagine, I personally dislike them completely, my advice to other Dinka members don’t associate with Dinka Bor for good ,they are like chameleon, Wish death to Majak Agot and alike

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  • 28 October 2014 14:57, by Kim Deng


    Don’t mess with Mighty Nuer Warriors, otherwise your lives would be in danger.

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  • 28 October 2014 15:00, by Kim Deng

    It is also quite clear that Nuer military domination of the Dinka and other Jurs was grounded in their capacity to field a numerically superior fighting force, and in the organizational features through which mobilization on a large scale was effective. Other aspects of the Nuer advantage were secondary and derivative. Nuer Warriors tactics are relatively simple and straightforward.

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  • 28 October 2014 16:17, by Monyjang

    dinka bor, dinka bor ,you start the problem then run away with it . where are you guys gone run again? you leave your home because of nuer again the chase you out from the camp, why don’t you guys stop running and fight? nuer is human like you they can died too .i don’t like dinka bor at all.

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    • 28 October 2014 20:56, by Peacocktail

      Monyjang, That lady wasn’t under age but pretext of revenge, normal culture of elopement which was politicize by Nuer to lore their revenge against on Juba killings.
      The issue was not Dinka Bor who eloped that pussy but you know those who love ‘’Women pussy’’ Dinka just becomes targets on unknown case. All Nuer men fledge to Kakuma but Dinka men’’ Bor’’ are in fighting defending Kiir Government

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    • 30 October 2014 18:10, by Mading Makuac

      Foolish Monyjang,
      How can you compare Nuer and Dinka Bor?Dinka bor is just a subtribe within Dinka commmunity if your mom didn’t tell you.Also no one has rapped that prostitute of Nuer .It is Nuers who coined it so that they have a chance to loot properties in Kakuma.And very soon you will hear bad news

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  • 28 October 2014 21:59, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors have right to make an alliance with anyone including the Devil himself. But the coward Jaanng/Slaves have been in enslavary since 1800s. How Jaang/Slaves were assimilated into Nuer community, how many were sold into slavery my Mighty Nuer Warriors since 1800s?

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  • 30 October 2014 07:20, by Naath Raani

    Dinkas knew that their man raped the child, but don’t want to admite it.In the world, when deny what you did, then there is no mercy. When you admite your wrong deors then you will be forgiven. Where in the world you guys will get the human that support that action to rape the kids. You Dinkas start the fight and run? What the fuck do you want? Are you men or ladies? Why running to UN school?

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  • 30 October 2014 07:24, by Naath Raani

    Dinkas in Kakuma are doubling Nuers and they still running? If there is food where people are fighting, there your manhood will show up. Dinkas are strong when there is food and money to loot

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