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Raiders Killed Five On New Year’s Eve

Suspected Murle raiders killed five people, abducted two children with one adult as they stole cattle on New Year's eve in Two payams in Bor County, Jonglei state.

Raiders Killed Five On New Year’s Eve
Philip Thon Ayuen, a Bor County youth leader has said the raiders attacked during the celebrations as Christians were matching from Kolnyang Payam to one of the bomas within. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

By Jacob Achiek Jok

BOR, 02 January 2013 [Gurtong] – Philip Thon Ayuen, a Bor county youth leader has said that one person was also wounded during the raid at Kolnyang and Makuach payams on Tuesday.

He said the raiders attacked people during the celebrations as Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) Christians were matching from Kolnyang Payam to one of the bomas within and killed one Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier and abducted two children.

Thon said in the same day the raiders killed three people including one SPLA soldier, and escorted one person with some head of cattle in Makuach Payam.

The security forces were deployed on the grounds in every payams in the county to protect the communities as they ushered in the New Year.

 “People should have to look into peace rather than fighting, adopting issues of child abduction and exercising cattle rustling because those communities conflict cannot take them to have peace,” he said.
 
 Gai Jok from Kolnyang, a resident from the area told Gurtong that they did not fear the New Year celebrations as there was a better protection of the people during the marching.  

Jonglei state is one of the states in South Sudan considered to be a volatile since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) people have been engaged themselves in cattle rustling and children abduction.

 In 2011, tribal conflict between Murle and Lou-Nuer resulted to displacement of about 15,000 people in Likuongole area.

Last year, Jonglei state was about to achieve peace but was interrupted by renegade David Yau Yau who rebel against the government and attacked the South Sudan army in Pibor County.

 After losing out on a seat in April 2010 elections, Yau Yau rebelled against Juba's government, but accepted an amnesty in June 2011. He later returned to rebellion in April.

More than 2,600 people have been killed in Jonglei in the past 20 months, according to the United Nations.

Over 600 people were massacred in Jonglei's Pibor area after an 8,000-strong militia force went on the rampage in December 2011, according to UN, although local officials reported the figure to have been even higher.

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