Juba, South Sudan,
June 24, 2021 – The authorities in Uror County of Jonglei State say at least seven women were abducted in Uror County by men suspected to have come from Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
Speaking to reporters after the incident, Jonglei Information Minister, Veronica William said the abduction of seven women coincided with the visit of Governor Denay Jock Chagor to Uror County.
She said the women were kidnapped while on their way to fetch water at a nearby water source.
“At the time we arrived in Yuai the armed men entered into the area and abducted seven women, we were actually on a tour to the area when the incident happened, we couldn’t do much to help so they took the women by force and ran away with them,” Mr. William said.
William is also calling on the administration of the Greater Pibor to help them in the search of criminals and bring them to book.
“As the government of Jonglei State we say let them ensure the criminals of Pibor stopped killing, abducting women and children and looting from Jonglei State, if there is peace and we continue with the atrocities it means the peace is not there but if all sides commit to peace there will no killing, abductions, and looting then there will be a better peace “, she added.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Mayen Akon, the Jonglei State Police Commissioner said the local young men and police are pursuing the captors despite the challenges they face in terms of uniform and food security.
The new Chief Administrator for the Greater Pibor Administrative Area denied any knowledge of the incident but condemned the incident and promised that he will work in collaboration with traditional chiefs and neighboring communities to make sure that such criminal exercises engulfing their areas are brought to an end.