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    Yien

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    Jonglei's death toll

    Post  Yien on Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:31 pm

    Jonglei’s Twic death toll reaches 43
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    By Philip Thon Aleu

    August 29, 2009 (BOR TOWN) – At least 43 people have been killed and over 60 others severely injured in Jonglei’s Twic East County when raiders from neighboring Lou Nuer attacked at dawn a Payam headquarters on Friday.

    State Govornor Kuol Manyang Juuk told the Sudan tribune on Saturday that "security is being strengthen in the area [Lith Payam]" to prevent future "hostile killings."

    Wernyol in Lith Payam, inhabited by members of Dinka Bor ethnic community, is the first administrative unit to be targeted in the latest attack from Lou Nuer of Uror County. Area representative to state assembly Abel Manyok told the Sudan tribune Friday that "preliminary report [casualties] were low and would increase."

    Mr. Manyok was speaking at the time when only 7 people were reported killed and 4 others injured.

    The reversal of figures to 43 dead was confirmed by victims of the contest. Of the 64 wounded, 15 in critical condition are being nursed in Juba as 13 remain at Panyagor; the headquarters of Twic East County. Civil Administrator (CA) is among the wounded.

    Among the 43 people dead, 38 are from Twic East, 1 from Duk and 2 from Lou Nuer who are said to be the raiders. Wernyol Archdeacon and a student from Dr. John Garang Institute of science and technology are among the dead. 7 South Sudan army (SPLA) soldiers are also killed.

    "We condemn these hostile activities which are destructive," said Gov. Kuol when asked to comment. "We argue the leadership of local communities to reframe and restrain wrong elements from carrying out atrocities. We shall work hard [collectively] to apprehend the perpetrators," he added.

    On contenting anticipated attacks Gov. Kuol says "we are strengthening security in the area."

    The state governor who has being engaged in trying to solve cattle rustling and child abduction since he took office 20 months ago maintains that the conflicts in the state will end only by forceful disarmament.

    But for the main time, he says, UN agencies and South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission should provide necessary support to the victim in Wernyol.

    At the time of interview with Sudan Tribune in Governor’s office in Bor Town, people detached from fellow family members were reporting to Panyagor; the Headquarters of Twic East county. Some people remain unaccounted for.

    According to the United Nations, more than 2,000 people have died and 250,000 been displaced in inter-tribal fighting across southern Sudan since January.

    Jonglei state was one of the areas hardest hit in Sudan’s two-decade-long north-south civil war, which ended in 2005 with a power-sharing deal between the Muslim north and the Christian and animist south.

    Last month UNMIS Coordinator for Southern Sudan, David Gressly, said the inter-tribal violence in the semi-autonomous region is the result of local conflicts over water and pasturage and lack of rooted state institutions as well as infrastructures.

    However Southern Sudanese officials say northern Sudan ruling party is to blame over the increasing violence in the region and Jonglei particularly. Some Western diplomats say SPLM officials speak about seized newly fabricated arms to illustrate the involvement of the National Congress Party (NCP).

    Khartoum government is accused of working to stir unrest ahead of a 2011 referendum on self-determination.

    Ali Tamim Fartak, Sudanese presidential adviser and leading member in the NCP, described these accusations as "false and baseless."

    "The SPLM is trying to divert attention from its failure in bringing security to the south and preventing security spoilage there. The SPLM is running in the south and it has the responsibility to maintain security there," he further said.

    Local authorities in Jonglei struggle to maintain order in the vast state. All the parties agree that the region is awash with weapons and it is a good example for the failure of disarmament campaigns in southern Sudan.

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