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Cattle Raiders Kill Women and Children


More than 30 people were killed and several others wounded in a Sunday morning cattle raid in Mayendit, Unity State. Authorities in the area said the attackers are believed to have come from Warrap State.

The county commissioner of Mayendit, Gatdiet Jah, said 49 people are still missing following the deadly attack in his area. A local chief in the village where the attack occurred said the South Sudan army, belonging to Division Five Command in Warrap State, has intercepted the attackers, but there are no details of any arrests.

VOA'sreporter Bonifacio Taban visited the area of the attack today and describes the scene around the villages affected by the raid.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon