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Five Killed in Fighting in Sudans' Disputed Abyei Area

A map of Abyei, where fighting this week claimed five lives, including that of a toddler.
A map of Abyei, where fighting this week claimed five lives, including that of a toddler.

Officials in the disputed area of Abyei on the border between South Sudan and Sudan say five people have been killed in clashes between residents and Arab Misseriya nomads.

Deng Mading, who chairs the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) told reporters in Juba that members of a pro-Khartoum Misseriya militia clashed with people at  a cattle camp in Gokmou, around 15 kilometers south of Abyei town, on Wednesday.

A toddler was among five people killed in the fighting, and a seven-year-old child was among the wounded, Mading said. One person has been unaccounted for since the clashes, he said.

"We don’t know whether he has run away or he has been killed and people have not recovered his body," Mading said.

Members of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) recovered some 150 head of cattle, which were reportedly rustled by the Misseriya during the attack.

The status of the 10,000-square-kilometer area of Abyei has been in dispute since the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended more than 20 years of civil war in the once-unified Sudan.

Abyei residents wave South Sudanese flags after voting overwhelmingly in a referendum held in Oct. 2013 to join South Sudan.Abyei residents wave South Sudanese flags after voting overwhelmingly in a referendum held in Oct. 2013 to join South Sudan.
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Abyei residents wave South Sudanese flags after voting overwhelmingly in a referendum held in Oct. 2013 to join South Sudan.
Abyei residents wave South Sudanese flags after voting overwhelmingly in a referendum held in Oct. 2013 to join South Sudan.

Prized for its fertile land and oil reserves, Abyei is claimed by the north and south.

In a unilateral referendum held last year in the area, residents voted overwhelmingly to join South Sudan, but the vote was considered unofficial and Khartoum has contested its legitimacy.

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by: Kuch from: Bor
July 19, 2014 1:36 AM
This is what the international community wants, to give the Misseriya access to Ngok Dinka pasture lands and water during the dry season and when it comes to the time they are about to leave the area; then they steal the Ngok Dinka cattle!

The international court of arbitration ruled it out in 2009 that Abyiei belongs to 9 Ngok Dinka chiefdoms and that was binding and final and still the 9 Ngok Dinka chiefdoms last year voted overwhelmingly with 99%, that they do not want to have anything to do with arabs again and opted to come back to South Sudan.

But some criminals the international circles complicate things by not sticking to the desires and democratic rights of the Ngok Dinka.

I always say, the oil pipe lines is the only thing that still connect the South Sudanese to the cloned so-called arabs in the North Sudan; but once the pipeline from South Sudan to the Kenyan coast is completed.

The link between South Sudan and the cloned arabs in the North would a history. South Sudanese people hatred to these vermins run very deep. And Abyiei will be brought back to South Sudan just like the way russia took back its Cremea region a few months ago.

but for now, let the cloned so-called arabs enjoy blackmailing South Sudan with their pipeline; but what the South Sudan hate and want to pursue, they mean it and they do it.

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