More than 90 civilians Dead as Tribal and Clan Fighting Engulfs Warrap State
Oct 15, 2015 (Nymilepedia) – Fierce tribal fighting has left nearly 100 civilians dead in Warrap state as different clans turned on each other in competition over land and government positions.
Warrap State which is a home to South Sudan incumbent president has been engulfed by fighting for several weeks since the beginning of October between the Thiik and Luacjieng clans in Tonj County.
Within the last one week, the newly appointed governor of Warrap State, Akech Tong Aleu, survived assassination with serious injuries after an ambush on his convoy killed all his bodyguards and his driver. Other close aide were also killed as clan fighting engulfed the troubled state.
According to the Warrap State information minister, Arech Mayar, more than 92 people were killed and more than 144 others have been seriously injured and need urgent medical help in a state that has no airstrip.
The Minister said Police and Army has now been deployed to help stop the fighting between the dinka clans.
“The organized forces are deployed in Tonj East where the fighting occurred to stop the continuous inter-clan fighting over land ownership” said Minister Arech Mayar
Meanwhile governor Akech Tong says he has met with member of different clans and called for immediate stop of fighting.
A senior member of government from Tonj said one of the main causes of the fighting was where the boundaries lie between the two counties, warning the issue of the boundaries could jeopardize Kiir’s new state if not properly handled.
“They are fighting because of the borders, where is the border? ….. we don’t know it, the president,… he knows it?” said the official calling himself Mr Malual.
It’s not the first time the home of President Salva Kiir has seen deadly clan fighting. 6 month ago fighting broke out between Gogrial East and Gogrial West Counties living dozens killed and injured.