More than 40 killed in South Sudan ethnic clash


TOPSHOT - South Sudanese civilians flee fighting in an United Nations base in the northeastern town of Malakal on February 18, 2016, where gunmen opened fire on civilians sheltering inside killing at least five people. Gunfire broke out in the base in Malakal in the northeast Upper Nile region on February 17, 2016 night, with clashes continuing on Thursday morning that left large plumes of smoke rising from burning tents in the camp which houses over 47,000 civilians. / AFP / Justin LYNCH (Photo credit should read JUSTIN LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Over 40 people were killed in clashes between ethnic groups in South Sudan’s Western Lakes, a local official said.

The attack was launched against the Ruop by the Pakam fighters on Friday, in retaliation for attacks earlier carried out by the Ruop youth.

“It was a very heavy fighting, it has left more than 45 people dead and many injured,” said state information minister, Shadrack Bol Machok.

The army, he added, have been deployed around the state capital, Rumbek to help contain the violence.

Machok said the fights resulted from disputes dating back to 2013, although it was not clear what exactly sparked the grievances.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan says it has dispatched a military patrol to the area to establish the level of destruction caused by the clashes, amid fears the death toll could rise.

“We hope to engage the leaders of the fighting parties to press the need to refrain from revenge attacks. We will also intensify patrols to deter further violence,” UN said in a statement issued on Friday.

Violence between rival communities is common in parts of South Sudan is often caused by quarrels over scarce grazing land, cultural as well as political grievances.

The population in the sate have requested President Salva Kiir to remove the incumbent governor Matur Chut Dhuol whom they accuse of failing to address their problems.

The South Sudan leader was also requested to declared a state of an emergency in Western Lakes and appoint a new governor to impose rules of law.


  1. Subject: “More than 40 killed in South Sudan ethnic clash”, By ST, Dec 10, 2017

    Commentary, 10 Dec 2017
    It is OUR way of Life in Africa — killing each other, as we do not seem to have the knack or the aptitude, or the know how to develop our Agriculture System and feed ourselves, our Health System to keep ourselves sane and healthy and appropriate Education System (as opposed to mimicking) to liberate ourselves. by ourselves, for ourselves. Alas! WE ONLY KNOW TO DEMEAN and DESTROY OURSELVES as if we are inflicted by mysterious psychological phenomenon which implants INFERIORITY complex deep within us.

    And our dear African Intellectuals of the Highest Order, with Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (Ph D), graduate of Ivy League Western Universities are as helpless as the next destitute, but with expensive neckties and glittering paraphernalia from head to toe. THAT IS MY BROKEN RECORD TUNE. THE END

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