We as members of Bor County Diaspora in the United States are heartbroken by the enormity of what happened on Thursday at Jalle Payam, Bor County, Jonglei State. We strongly condemn the renewed atrocious and heartless acts by the members of Murle Tribe. As members of Bor Community, we are a family, and what took place on October 22, 2015 was unspeakably difficult to every one of us as a community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, families, and the entire community over the horrible tragedy at Jalle Payam that claimed the lives of 27 innocent people in the village of Juet in particular (and in Bor County, Greater Bor, and South Sudan’s Jieng as far as Agaar in general) at this tumultuous time when our country is in its quest of pursuing a permanent peace within its borders.
The Bor County in particular (as does the entire Greater Bor Community in general) mourns this senseless loss of our loved ones. Such terrible tragic attacks are becoming far so common in our people’s daily lives back home in South Sudan. Even with our saddest moment, we want to express our deepest condolences to the bereaved and we as a community are coordinating to provide any help in any way possible as we continue to monitor this tragedy and responses from the relevant authorities on the ground in South Sudan. At this juncture, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims back home in South Sudan and around the world.
Unbecoming as such, in September, 2013, the USA-based Human Rights Watch documented in a report entitled “They Are Killing Us: Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County – ISBN: 978-1-62313-0541,” claiming that major tribes and government forces were killing members of a minority group of Murle Tribe. Unfortunately and unashamedly, the same organization is silent on this unfortunate tragedy and on other attacks committed against our people and other neighboring communities by the alleged minority group purported to be targeted by major tribes and government forces. A clear example of double standard and selective memory by the so-called Human Right Watch. It will be fair if this incidence is also reported by the Human Rights Watch as a clear case of human right violations against innocent Bor people in the hands of Murle Tribe.
On the same token, we advise our people against naming the victims of such tragedy on social media and in particular on Facebook even before the affected families are informed of the ultimate fates of their loved ones from this unfortunate tragedy. We call upon our people to restrain from being the first to go public with the names of those who have lost their lives until right procedures are taken to inform the relatives about the loss of their loved ones.
In closing, we extend our deepest thanks to our leaders: Hon. Dengtiel Ayuen Kur; Hon. Deng Dau Malek; Hon. Dr. Benjamin Malek Alier; Hon. Kuol Bol Ayom; Maj. Gen. Malual Majok; Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom Dor; and the rest of the leadership team for visiting the devastated scene of deadly attack in Juet, Jalle Payam, and for quick transportation of the wounded to Bor Civil Hospital for emergency treatment. This is what ultimate leadership means to the affected innocent civilians as well as to those who sacrificed to defend the community and its property. We will do everything in our disposal to ensure that those who commit such atrocious acts and/or those who aspire to do likewise in future are brought to account for their actions!
Akol Aguek Ngong, Chairman
CC: Ajok Atong Ajok, Vice Chairman
Matier Mayom Mayen, General Secretary
Manyok Maluil Joh, Secretary of Information
Majur Deng Nhial, Press Secretary