Petition to President Kiir to stop Human Trafficking and Massacres in Jonglei State

Petition to President Kiir to stop Human Trafficking and Massacres in Jonglei State

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Human trafficking and massacres in Jonglei State, South Sudan in the past 48 hours

For years now, Murlei in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA, formerly Boma State) has conducted raids on villages in Jonglei State, South Sudan, and elsewhere, causing instability and destruction where communities have been trying to rebuild after years of multiple civil wars. A recent VICE News report published May 20th of this year references the human trafficking incidents that have plagued the people of Jonglei State. These attacks have been continuous and severe, and have gone unanswered from the central government in Juba, South Sudan. Within the past couple of weeks, large numbers of the youths from Jonglei State have moved towards Pibor in order to reclaim stolen cattle and victims while also aiming to apply pressure to the Murlei to cease their raids. As a result, a new tactic has emerged from the Murlei.

Attacks have increased in severity and frequency, with an incident in Greater Jonglei area from Pamom, Makuach, Patiou village and Patiou (the village was burned to the ground), Cattle Camp (twice), Makiir Cattle, Panyigoor (twice), Poktap, Duk Padiet that resulted in not a skirmish or raid, but a full-scale massacre and razing of the village. Every hut was burned down, there are reports of children being burned alive and of others drowning in the swamplands to the West, which were their only means of escape from the attackers. The body count is unconfirmed, but reports of armed militants between Duk County, Twic County and  Bor County in groups of 50-100 are increasing. In Patiou, an eyewitness reported that they heard national military songs being sung by the attackers who were all wearing national combat fatigues.

Everyone in the Village of Maar, where we operate an American-owned healthcare facility alongside other American organizations, is staying awake through the night on alert. They have no adequate defenses in place and suspect that at any minute they will be forced to defend their livelihood with what little means they have while the rest of the village runs for cover in the swamplands. The government in Juba has shown no inclination of stifling the attacks and has even refused evacuation routes for people wounded in the fighting. To be clear, this is not another version of tribal conflict and standard attacks. This is human trafficking and massacres. Our ask is clear: it is imperative that Salva Kiir’s administration be held responsible for their willful negligence and that appropriate pressure be applied to ensure that the government of South Sudan condemns this violence and takes immediate action to ensure its peaceful dissolution. This can be done through the introduction of peacekeeping forces from Juba or from the UN. Additionally, we are asking that whatever limitations the administration has placed on UN peacekeeping forces be lifted so that rapid aid and medical evacuations can be conducted for the hundreds wounded and displaced in the fighting across the country. 

Background Information:

Geographically, the only retreat for people in Twic East county is to the West where the swamplands from the Nile provide a reprieve. However, flooding is a major issue in this region, which resulted in the drowning deaths of multiple children from these attacks.

65 or more civilians massacred from 7 attacks in Twic East, Duk, and Bor counties of Jonglei State (SS) by Murle attackers. 

1. Attack (7/3/20) in Duk Padiet left 38 civilians dead  and 44 injured

2. Attack (7/3/20) in Patiou/Maar in Twic East left 3 dead and unknown civilians wounded

3. Murle Attack (7/1/20) in Paliau left 5 civilians dead and 18 wounded

4. Murle Attack (7/2/20) in Poktap/Duk left 4 people dead and 9 civilians wounded.

5. Murle attack (6/30/20) in Patiou/Maar left 4 people dead and 1 wounded.

Last month's attack in Bor left 9 civilians dead and there were other attacks (2 from Panyagoor and Duk)  and we are trying to locate the report of casualties. 

Other villages of Jonglei State's : Pamom, Makuach, Ayod, Yuai, and Akobo, and Pibor Administrative Area also recorded the number of civilians killed and wounded.

Duk Padiet Death Toll:

1. MAWUT RIAK CHIIN
2. GARANG MARIAL ATEM
3. MATIEN DIT MAKUACH
4. NAK DAU NAK
5. MALOU TIOP CHAKOCH
6. DENG JANY CHATH
7. MAJONG YONY MAGANY
8. MANYUON RIAK DAKBAI
9. KUOL GALUAK BOL
10. MAWUT ABIEL GAACH
11. CHOL MONYKUCH ARUU
12. MAJOK GARCHAK MAGONG
13. KUOL MALUAL CHUOL
14. CHOL PATUOR AMUOM
15. AWEL MAKER MAKUER
16. NYAWUTUEL
17. MALOU CHOT MALOU
18. YAR MALOOCH
19. MABIL CHOL KAN
20. KUJIEK KEDIET DARWEI
21. NYAJUK CHOT DIT
22. GARJANG MANYOK DENG
23. NYANWUT BAYAK LUK
24. NYANKIIR MAJAK AYUEN
25. AMOU MAJAK AYUEN
26. ALUET MAWUT KUOL
27. JUACH BANY BADENG
28. NYAYOD MAKUER ALUENG
29. ALUET GARANG MARIAL
30. GALUAK AYUL MAYOM
31. NYAYIEI DIT
32. AMUOR GARANG MARIAL
33. MAWUT PIOT RIEK
34. NYARING DENG AWER
35. MALUK NHIAL DENG
Plus, three people whose names are not identified from Lou Nuer.

Patiou Death Toll near an American-based health clinic in Maar, South Sudan:

  1. Thiak Magong
  2. Biar Riak Biar. (Deceased with burns and spear wound, Image #1)
  3. Thon Buol Kuach (Child)
  4. One girl (death by drowning)
  5. One person is not identified.
  6. Ajer Kuot- (Missing believed deceased)

Patiou Wounded:

  1. Malual Lueth Kuoldit  (shot 3 times while running away)
  2. One girl (wounded in the arm) 15 years old.         

In the profile picture above is Mr. Biar Riak Biar who was blind and live in Patiou. When the Cobra militia attacked, he was inside a hut and blind and couldn’t run, so the Murlei/Cobra Militia speared him in the heart (you can see the spear on the left side of this picture). He was burned inside the tukul hut. We do not know which occurred first.  

 


 

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