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BREAKING NEWS: Lou-Nuer armed youth enter Pibor town

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December 31, 2011 (JUBA) – Armed members of the Lou-Nuer ethnic group today attacked Pibor town, home of the Murle tribe, in defiance of efforts by senior politicians to diffuse tension in Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

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Lou Nuer youth listen to VP Riek Machar at Linkuangole on Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011

Vice President, Riek Machar, and other senior members of the South Sudanese government met with the leaders of both groups this week to try and prevent further violence.

Around 3,000 youth entered Pibor town today setting fire to houses, according to acting Pibor county commissioner Allan Keriri.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that the Luo-Nuer youth control most of the town including the airport. They have made the main county hospital their base inside the town.

Machar, was still in the previously captured Likwangole town trying to negotiate with the Luo-Nuer youth by phone when the attack occurred.

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Lou Nuer youth listen to VP Riek Machar at Linkuangole on Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011

The youth who entered the town at around 3pm said they will continue to capture other Murle areas in search of 180 Luo-Nuer children they claim the Murle abducted in August.

The Luo-Nuer say there offensive is in response to an attack in August, blaimed on the Murle, in which more than 700 of their members, mostly women and children, by armed youth from the Murle community in a village called Pieri in August.

This year over 1,000 people have died in Jonglei state in reciprocal attacks, which began as cattle raids but have escalated into retaliatory violence along ethnic lines.

More to follow...

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  • 31 December 16:31, by Mi diit

    Oh my God. The Lou-Nuer youth have captured the Murle headquarters. That is a real disaster. I don’t know what Jonglei state will look like from tomorrow as January 1, 2012. What will the new year bring to Jonglei?

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    • 31 December 16:45, by Gorden Wang

      That doesn’t sound good,I urge the Lou-Nuer to show restrain and not to advance to other Murle areas.It’s useless fighting people who could not face you,it’s a waste of time and resources.The Murle killers will never come out to fight,that’s what you should know.Withdraw now and let the government handle the Murle disarmament with the help of their chiefs,that seems the only possible way to get...

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      • 31 December 17:59, by Quol Quot

        The government failed to disarmed Murle, no nobody should hinder the disarmament. This thuggish criminals that live by selling other peoples kids need to pay for their sins.
        While our youth is busy liberating South Sudan from Arabs, they come behind us to kill our mothers, fathers and children. They are so stupid. Only God knows Murle’s fate.

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      • 31 December 18:00, by Gorden Wang

        guns out of their hands and to pacify the notorious county.Nothing much to say,but thing never gotten this worst between the two communities.The Lou-Nuer have never been to Pibor before,it’s the first time in the history of the two communities.This show the level of enimousity things have got.

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  • 31 December 17:06, by Cadaai ?o?

    The Greater Upper Nile Dinka, the Greater Upper Nile Nuer, and Murle people need to be treated with good managing system between modern leaders in Juba, State leaders, Counties’ leaders, Payam’s leaders, and their counterparts, who are traditional leaders. There is a big gap between these two branches of leadership in South Sudan. Both need to leave ignorant, they just need respect each other.

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  • 31 December 17:16, by Cadaai ?o?

    The word, "tit for tat" to me wouldn’t help by the way when it comes to peaceful communities in South Sudan. Especially, the tribes of the Greater Upper Nile region. Good strategy is need it through diplomatic ways. I am worry that politic ideology and mistrust among the tribes would be amended soon because of this incidental conflicts unless government has other ways to ease the issue.

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  • 31 December 17:21, by Cadaai ?o?

    according to my view, Vice President Riek Machar. It was not a good time to intervene after the blood had already been spilled. The good time I thought it might had helped your intervention would been when Nuer tribe still in Nuer’s land.

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  • 31 December 17:59, by mohammed ali

    Where is UNIMISS?Where is the Mighty SPLA? Where is Helda Jones? This is genocide in front of her eyes.My god this terrible.The poor people are dying for nothing and the real culprits , the looters are nowhere to hear of.

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