Imminent cyclic violence in Greater Pibor Administrative Area
Imminent cyclic violence in Greater Pibor Administrative Area if the government do not intervene in the ongoing attacks in the area.
Authorities in South Sudan’s Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) say tensions remained high over the weekend following attacks by armed Jonglei State youth in GPAA’s Nanaam village on Friday.
Some areas in Greater Pibor have been under attack since Friday morning. Youth groups from Ayod, Fangak are the ones carrying out the attacks. They captured villages of Kongoor and Tanyang.”
Thousands have been displaced, many are in the bush hiding. And according to the authorities in the area, urgent humanitarian assistance is need for people fleeing from inter-communal violence. The number of casualties remains unknown.
The government official, however, pointed out that details into the clashes remain scanty. There are claims that youth groups from Jonglei are fighting in Pibor to recover their cows.
Government intervention is highly needed and government should not allow such attacks to continue. Some authorities also confirmed that they have tried to prevent the clash but all their attempts weren’t successful.
David Ngero, the external secretary for Pibor Youth Union, urged the national government to intervene by convincing the Jonglei youth to withdraw, saying the ongoing clashes may trigger more cyclic violence.
For his part, Joseph Mayen Akoon, the Jonglei state police commissioner, condemned the attack by Jonglei youth on their neighbors in GPAA. The police officer urged the Jonglei youth to seek a non-violent approach to address their concerns.