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BOR - 13 Feb 2018

Rival communities in Jonglei state agree to end fighting

Rival clans in Bor South County of Jonglei State have signed an agreement ending hostilities and embracing peaceful resolution to their conflict.

Representatives from sub-sections of Abii clan who were engaged in fighting over the ownership and renaming of a village in Bor South County in Jonglei State also agreed to create a buffer zone between them and allow more deployment of security forces as peacekeepers.

According to a document seen by Radio Tamazuj, the agreement between Nyara and Nyichak, Manyayiel, and Biong was brokered by the Defense Minister Kuol Manyang and signed in Bor town.

“The community of Nyara shall move to Nyan-Majok and Jam area. While Nyichak, Awan, Mach Ayiel and Biong communities shall relocate to DDR, an area between Pariak and Goi,” reads the document in part.

The agreement further adds that the evacuation shall take place within 72 hours.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj today, Jonglei state information minister, Jacob Akech Dengdit said the government is happy with steps taken by the rival clans, adding that strict measures will be taken against the violators.

According to Akech, members of Nyara clan and other clans of Abii have been fighting over the ownership and renaming of a village in the area.

One group wants the name Panweel maintained, while the other wants it change to Anuet. Since the first fighting on December 22, at least 39 people have been killed, 40 injured and 40 others arrested for having a hand in the inter-clan fighting.