South Sudan: Tens of thousands displaced in Jonglei ethnic fighting
|Publisher||Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)|
|Publication Date||7 September 2011|
|Cite as||Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), South Sudan: Tens of thousands displaced in Jonglei ethnic fighting, 7 September 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e69e45a2.html [accessed 26 October 2014]|
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Almost 27,000 people were displaced and at least 600 were killed in Jonglei state by a clash between ethnic groups on 18 August. The attack by members of the Murle ethnic group against LuoNuer communities apparently came in response to a reciprocal attack in June. Cattle raids and revenge attacks between the neighbouring tribes have resulted in the death of 1,000 people since January, according to the UN. The UN reports that tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in this period.
The violence has disrupted the provision of essential assistance to vulnerable communities in the state. During the attacks the World Food Programme warehouse in Pieri was looted, and a clinic supported by Médecins Sans Frontières severely damaged. In response to the crisis, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has sent troops and civilian experts to Jonglei to help deter violence and foster reconciliation between the ethnic groups.