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Calm returns in Pibor after days of deadly attacks

Juba, South Sudan, 01 June 2021 – Calm has returned to Pibor Administrative Area after days of bloody and deadly clashes between armed youths from the area and those from neighboring Jonglei State.

Calm returns in Pibor after days of deadly attacks
Armed youths pictured carrying guns in Pibor Administrative Area (photo credit: The New Humanitarian

Authority in Greater Pibor Administrative Area says the situation has returned to normal in villages after a week of deadly communal fighting allegedly perpetrated by Gawaar youth from Ayod County in Jonglei State.

Speaking to the media, Joshua Konyi, the Chief Administrator of Greater Pibor Administrative Area said more than 150 people were killed and over six hundred huts were burned to ashes during the fighting.

Konyi said young men from Pibor managed to repulse the attackers confirming that the number of raided cattle by Jonglei youth was determined adding that many children and women were also abducted.

The Chief Administrator believes that the assailants are Gawaar youth from Ayod County in Jonglei State.

“The situation is calm now because the Gawaar youth who came have started to vacate the area and now they are on their way to their home Areas, so the security situation is now improved “, Konyi said.

Despite the losses, the pain, and scars left behind as a result of the attack, Mr. Konyi called on his youths not to carry out retaliatory attacks.

Meanwhile, Jonglei State Police Deputy Commissioner Brig. Gen. Chol Acheng Deng said he has no information implicating the youths from Jonglei in the abduction of women and children as well as raiding cattle but he said the police will monitor the situation and bring whoever cause instability to book.

Deng only said he received information that 6 people were killed and several others wounded in Pigi County by armed men suspected to be from Pibor Administrative Area.

Deng reaffirmed their commitment to the Jonglei conference that was held in Juba whose aim is to ensure peace and stability in their areas.

He pledged that they are committed to resolutions of the Jonglei conference which allows both sides to apprehend and punish their criminals.

Jonglei State is the most insecure state in South Sudan it is inhabited by five tribes most of whom are fighting against each other.

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