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15 people die in Tonj inter communal clashes

Feb 15, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — Last week, a fight erupted in Tonj North County killing at least 15 people and left many families homeless as their houses were torched to the ground.

Unidentified cattle herders in Tonj county,

According to the Executive Director of Tonj North County, the area is currently experiencing an upsurge in violence.

“Some of the villages were also burnt and some people were burnt in their houses as result of that incident of date 9th,” Aduot Ayieng stated.

The county official added that the fighting that broke out on 9th left 10 others injured.

“Armed youth of Atogo area attacked a Boma called Duliet in Rualbet Payam but the incident resulted in the death of 15 people of different ages.”

Those killed include children and the elderly.

Earlier this week, another communal conflict erupted between Luanyjang and Lou Paaheer communities at Romic area left 3 people dead and six others wounded.

In August 2020, about 148 people were killed with more than 140 injured in Tonj East intercommunal clashes.

In October the same year, the governor pleaded with the warring communities to refrain from fighting as this will prevent delivery of services and impede development in the area.

“What I can tell the civilians who are fighting is that fighting will not give you anything. This fighting will not allow medicines to reach you, it will not allow roads to reach you, and it will not allow other things that can benefit you as citizens. So I am appealing to them to stop fighting and focus on things that will bring development,” he said.

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