More than 20 people die in new intermunicipal clashes in central South Sudan

In clashes in the southern Sudanese state of Warrap in the center of the country, around 20 people have died and more than 30 have been injured, local authorities have confirmed.

East Tonj District Commissioner John Deng Kok told Radio Tamazuj that several villages were burned to the ground in clashes involving members of Adoor, Luachjang and Thiik parishes.

For example, it was detailed that the incidents occurred on October 29 between members of the Adoor and Luachjang communities, but later spread in a series of revenge attacks in the days that followed.

More than 20 people die in new intermunicipal clashes in central South Sudan
More than 20 people die in new intermunicipal clashes in central South Sudan

“Young armed men from the Thiik community set fire to villages in Romich, Gokloch, Turagot, Malek and Piokjiak and destroyed the water tank that supplies the residents,” he said, emphasizing that he had ordered the Luachjang to withdraw from them to avoid larger tensions.

However, he stressed that the Luachjang launched fresh attacks against the Thiik and set the village of Rai on fire before accusing local politicians of fueling tension between the communities and urging the central government to send reinforcements to contain the situation.

The incidents follow the deaths of more than 30 people in cross-community clashes between the Thiik and Luachjand in East Tonj in early October, despite Warrap Governor Aleu Ayeny Aleu warning against those responsible for the events.

These clashes are often motivated by cattle theft and disputes between shepherds and farmers in the most fertile areas of the country, particularly due to increasing desertification and displacement of the population.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, called for an end to these clashes in late December 2020 in order to restore peace in the African country following the 2018 agreement between the President and former rebel leader Riek Machar. “There is no place for tribalism,” he stressed.

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