S. Sudan gov’t to probe the resurgence of the century old conflict between the Dinka Malual, Rezigat, and Misseriya nomads.
Conflict has raged for years between the three ethnic groups of Dinka Malual, Rezigat, and Misseriya nomads.
According to the Vice President for Service Cluster, the unity government will investigate the recent violence in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, which reportedly left scores dead.
Authorities there said last week that repeated attacks by suspected Misseriya tribesmen killed at least 24 people and displaced thousands more to neighboring communities.
Because of the frequent violence, the state government has closed the western border with Sudan indefinitely until the dispute is resolved.
According to Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, the Juba government will work with border authorities to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
“We need to find a peaceful solution to the problems between us.”
“We need to find a peaceful solution to the problems between us and the people of North Sudan, especially the crises among the Bagara, Rezigat, Dinka Malual, and Misseriya,” Abdelbaggi said on Friday in Gok-Machar, Aweil North County.
For years, residents in the Bahr el Ghazal region have been at odds with Misseriya tribesmen. Fighting has been linked to disputes over grazing land, water, and animal pasture.
Several peace conferences between the Dinka Malual and the Misseriya have previously taken place, with the two sides agreeing to maintain peace, monitor crime, and pay blood compensation in the event of murder.
Despite the efforts at peace, conflicts have continued.