By Dhoal Larjin,
Feb 02, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- A bombing of TTI in Gambella is arguably the act of terrorism. I don’t know local government is reluctant to account penetrators of this attack as terrorists. We cannot watch this inhumane happening because many of our young people are studying in this college. The attack is terrorism because it is like the bombing of any learning institution and other public places in the world. It is the same as bombing and killing of Garissa University students in Kenya by Al Shabaab militants a few months ago. It is probably we have no much literature about the group. Victims of this attack need quick help, and the government should control the conflict from escalating because it will affect the entire region. I am sincerely appealing to local Ethiopian government in Gambella to immediately stop the bombing of the Nuer students by terrorists in Gambella, the capital of Region 12 in western Ethiopia. The action is believed to have been committed by Anyuak terrorist groups, and it can be described as an active of terrorism in Ethiopia because they are using illegal bombs to commit mass killing of the Nuer. Local people believe Anyuak tribal men start the conflict by throwing a hand bomb killing some students in Teachers Training Institute (TTI). The hand bomb killed didn’t distinguish a few Anyuak from a laarger group of Nuer students, the Anyuak students died too as the result of the evil act. Terrorists attacked TTI and carried a random shooting for every student. The situation is still unstable, and it needs attention of the local and federal governments to overcome to calm it. Local government should deploy more armed military to save innocent people in Gambella.
It is innocent people that are murdered to death, and some have gone missing in the region. The public opinion in the region dictates that what has taken place in Gambella is nothing short of evil act terrorism by a few group in the name of Anyuak tribe. Their inequitable motive lies behind the land issue. These terrorists are groups of Anyuak claiming land reform from the Nuer. They resorted to terrorist killing style because they are incapable to face the Nuer in actual combat, the same way Salva Kiir used UPDF when he knew he incapable in facing the Nuer in the battlefield.
It has been leaked out that Kiir’s Government instigated the whole thing that Anyuak from Puchalla should push the Nuer out of Gambella for the reasons best known to Kiir and the Anyuak; a strategy orchestrated to make the Nuer homeless the same manner Kiir killed the Nuer kicked them out of Juba en masse . Ethiopian rebels are suspected of using Anyuak groups to restart rebellion against the Ethiopia. I argue that there should be a proper investigation of this attack to prevent further incidents. Nuer are majority in Gambella as well as they are in South Sudan while the Anyuak are the second largest tribe in the region. I think Anyuak minority are struggling for fair representation in the local government. It will get worse as they use violent to make their issues heard by the local government.
Our history will becomes a continuation of the tribal war if it is not managed by the local government. The tribal conflict can produce sever fight in the region. The fighting is said to have left a few dead and shifted between the two tribes the Anyuak and the Nuer. We know that the conflict between the Nuer and Anyuak has been there for decades. Anyuak attacked the Nuer several times because they have been politically mobilized against. Last year, they made a foolish claim brought to their attention by Jieng Council of Elders that Akobo County of Jonglei State in South Sudan is for them when actually no single Anyuak lives there. Akobo is the heartland of the Nuer. It’s persuasive for Anyuak to protest underrepresentation in the County because they share the administration with the Nuer but they have no right to claim the land because the history denies them of it. Anyuak are fighting because they want some rights in Gambella because they falsely believe that the Nuer marginalized them in their township.Their poor action will provoke the Nuer to reciprocate forcefully.
Anyuak ethnics groups will not in any way mange to fight the Nuer. Ethiopian Government has yet not taken any action against the Anyuak terrorists as they are currently at large. Governor Gatluak Tut Khot and Ethiopian Prime Minister should quickly intervene to rescue the Nuer of Gambella that the Anyuak are exterminating. All the Nuer who fled conflict in South Sudan are also affected by the conflict. Mr. Gatluak Tut, the current Governor of Gambella should save the refugees from the daily attacks and the world should condemn the Anyuak actions.
Finally, it is sad condolence to the victims. My petition to the Anyuak ethnic group is that they should use nonviolence, the policy of the civilized world, if they believe their ancient land has been unlawfully occupied. If the Anyuak want the land from the Nuer, they should seek it through legal ways. We don’t want any violence to surface in the region because it will take us back to odds and ends and the same violence will erase the hard earned gains. The land now belongs to the governed so any one should live anywhere if affordable. I appeal to Ethiopian local government, government of Republic of South Sudan and all other group around the area to investigate the motive behind the Anuyuak’s devilish actions bring the penetrators to the account and enforce the law.
Dhoal Larjin is a leader of SPLM-IO II can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org
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