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11 people die in a cattle raid in Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State

Dec 4, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — At least 11 people were killed and 5000 herds of cattle stolen on Thursday morning in a cattle raid in Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State.

A herd of cattle in South Sudan(Photo credit: unknown)
A herd of cattle in South Sudan(Photo credit: unknown)

The incident happened at a cattle camp in Tindilo Payam on the outskirts of Terekeka.

“Eleven people have been confirmed dead, including a girl and a young child. Five other people were wounded,” said Manyang Chappa, an activist from the area.

The activist further claimed that the raid allegedly involved raiders from Terekeka County who had gone to steal the livestock.

Manyang said that about 5,000 herds of cattle were stolen from the camp that belongs to herders from Awerial County.

The area is prone to revenge attacks especially when cases of livestock raiders are involved.

He raised fears of revenge attacks being carried out by the opponents as there was tension in the area.

The Activist appealed to the Central Equatoria government to deploy forces to deter revenge attacks from happening.

“My appeal to the government, more especially Hon. Adil Anthony is that there is a need for intervention as the situation may escalate. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow,” he added.

UNMISS had warned that revenge attacks and cattle-related killings remain the biggest insecurity challenges after political violence subsided in the country.

In November, UNMISS head David Shearer called for dialogue between communities to address the issue of cattle raiding in the country.

He said UNMISS would deploy peacekeepers to several temporary bases in some of the hotspots for violence. 

Observers have warned that the communal violence risked derailing a peace agreement signed in September 2018 to end the war that killed nearly 400,000 people.

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