Dec 22, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from Bor South County of Jonglei State confirmed that an intra-ethnic fighting between the Dinka-Bor sections has left at least 17 people dead and over 30 others wounded.
According to reliable sources in Bor, fighting broke out this morning, December 22nd, in Chueikeer between the kolnyang communities fitting two major sections of the Abiei clans which are identified by the locals as “Mei ke Ayiil” and “Nyarai”.
While the exact cause of these intra-tribal feuds are yet to be confirmed, local residents reports that the youth are fighting over land ownership and names between the Panweel and Anueet sections.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia correspondent in Bor town, Atem Bol Garang, said the “Mei ka Ayiil” youth are fighting in support of Panweel as the legitimate name but Nyarai are for Anueet.
The fighting, which began along the swampy areas, is believed to have escalated to two other locations and by the time of this writing more than 17 people were killed and 30 other wounded youth were transported to Bor Hospital.
“Having talked with right sources in Bor. The figting between the Cueikëër communities which started in the morning has now resulted in more than 14 deaths and over 25 wounded have been transported to Bor. Figures may change because the fighting occurred in two different locations. ” Said David Garang on social media.
“I just came from Bor state hospital where the wounded are being attended to. The governor of Jonglei state has gone to the scene of attack accompanied by two county commissioners. He is expected to persuade the youth of both side to lay down their arms, ” says Radio Miraya Reporter in Bor.
Latest reports emerging from the front lines indicate that hundreds of tukuls were burned down and massive displacement of women, children and elderly continued in the late afternoon.
At the time of this report, the governor of new Jonglei State, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang, has traveled to critical areas to try to intervene.
State government officials in Bor town said it was too early to comment on the situation in Bor South county.
South Sudan has been washed by conflicts, which run along tribal lines, for the past 4 years as its new government in Juba lost controls of security and economy.
While the fragmented SPLA army usually fight over control of natural resources like oil and major towns, tribes fight over resources like cattle and land along the borders.
In other reports, the South Sudanese warring parties have signed Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access agreements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The new agreement is expected to give the warring parties another chance to silent the gun and permanently end the war, however, it is yet to be seen if the SPLA factions will respect this agreement.