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Abyei - Clashes Between Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya

05.03.14

AFTER BLOODY CLASHES IN ABYEI, SUDO CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RECONCILIATION TALKS

On Saturday 1 March 2014, a group of armed Misseriya attacked Maker, 20 Km west of Abyei town. During the attack one person from the Ngok Dinka and 13 from the Misseriya were killed and dozens were injured from both sides.

According to the Misseriya, Maker is a camp for Nagok Dinka militias who regularly shell the Misseriya cattle that are being watered in Umbero, a branch Bahr-al-Arab. Misseriya say that they have complained to UNIFSA (the United Nations Security Force for Abyei) several times over these attacks. UNIFSA sent a battalion to guard the watering place, however, it was removed after three days following which the Ngok Dinka continued shelling their cattle. Later the Dinka collect the dead cattle for eating. The Misseriya believe that the shelling is meant to force them to withdraw from the area around the Bahr-al-Arab.

The Ngok Dinka deny that Maker is a camp for armed militia. They assert that it is a village and the Misseriya attacked the village in the morning when the villagers were going out to do their usual business.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF SUDO

SUDO UK calls on Misseriya and Ngok Dinka:

SUDO UK calls on UNISFA to fulfil its mandate “to protect civilians in the Abyei area under imminent threat of physical violence” and intervene immediately there is risk of loss of life.

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