SUDAN WATCH: Why did SPLA look on as Lou Nuer Youth attacked Murle town of Lekwangole near Pibor, S. Sudan leaving 750 people dead?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why did SPLA look on as Lou Nuer Youth attacked Murle town of Lekwangole near Pibor, S. Sudan leaving 750 people dead?

Shocking news from American artist Rob Rooker in Juba, southern Sudan re the March 8, 2009 attack by Nuer Youth on Murle town of Lekwangole near Pibor, southern Sudan leaving 750 people dead. According to a report copied here below, the Government of South Sudan's SPLA just looked on and did nothing to intervene. Excerpt:
The government inability to halt the aggression, made people to think the Nuer Youth is acting with full knowledge of the Government of Jonglei State and GOSS. It is the government who disarmed Murle population and it is now the same Government who could not protect the people they have disarmed for the purpose of peace and harmony in the region.
Why did the SPLA army in the town just look on and not intervene to help stop the aggression from the Nuer Youth? See following report copied from Rob Brooker's blog post dated March 20, 2009 - not good news:
i probably should have posted this the other day. But i’ve been slow when it comes to the internet lately. sorry mom, will work on an email soon.

The region and tribe that my wife comes from was attacked by a rival tribe just a little over a week ago. Some really horrible news is coming out such as the fact that at least 750 people have died from the fighting.

Here is a report I found from someone who visited the area just a few days after it happened:

1. THE COVERED TRUTH

Report on the attack on Murle town of Lekwangole

Date 11/3/2009

Pibor, South Sudan

“On Sunday, 8 March 2009 at 4:00 PM Nuer Youth armed to the teeth with G3 rifles and automatic machine guns, attacked and captured the Murle town of Lekwangole 30 Miles north of Murle provincial town of Pibor

The attackers killed 213 people including Lekwangole town clerk Mr. Nur Gayin and left 120 wounded 39 men were captured and taken alive. 28 children and 11 women were also abducted Government officials in Pibor counted the number of 9,773 displaced people which are being hosted in primary schools in Pibor town without food, shelter and medicine.

An estimated 2,000 head of cattle were taken. I visited Lekwangole on the 10th of March, two days after the attackers left the town with their looted possessions. I was horrified with what I saw in my own eyes. Bodies were laying everywhere in Lekwangole town. The whole town was brought to ashes. The only two NGOS in the area namely COOPI and MSF Belgium compounds were destroyed and looted of all the valuable items including medicine in MSF Clinic. I even saw two decomposed bodies near COOPI Compound. I was warned by the natives not to go further into the bush where a lot of dead bodies were laying because the Lou Nuer fighters were still combing the bush. They kill whoever their eyes could see in the area.

I was able to bring some wounded to the clinic in Pibor town including a young woman who was shot from the back and the bullet came out just near her upper breast. Up to this moment, many women and children are still missing. The local authority that went and did a thorough assessment after me put the number of dead toll to 400 people. The fighting was still raging north of Lekwangole town when I left the place.

The capture of Lekwangole town by what is so called cattle rustlers is a new phenomenon in history of cattle raiding practices in South Sudan. I condemn this aggression. The cattle’s raiding was always done in cattle camps. But capturing the town like Lekwangole and destroying everything including hospital and NGOS properties, is not any longer cattle raiding. It is an aggression against development in the South Sudan.

Lekwangole was captured and held for two days. What baffled me most was that the SPLA army in the town was just looking on. They did not intervene to stop the aggression from the Nuer Youth.

It is now almost two weeks since the fighting began and nothing is done to contain the situation. As I report this incident, the fighting is still burning in Manylangirach village North of Lekwangole town. If the international reporters could be dispatched to the area, they could confirm what I am reporting about I am calling upon the Government of South Sudan to intervene and stop this fighting. Already 213 people have died and many more are still missing in the bush

It is unbelievable to see people are killed 4 years after CPA was sign. Southerners should not die again after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This lawless act on Lekwangole may drag the Government of South Sudan to the state of inability to solve its own domestic problems.

The government inability to halt the aggression, made people to think the Nuer Youth is acting with full knowledge of the Government of Jonglei State and GOSS. It is the government who disarmed Murle population and it is now the same Government who could not protect the people they have disarmed for the purpose of peace and harmony in the region.

I call upon the UN and the entire humanitarian organizations to intervene and stop fighting in Lekwangole and to bring food and blankets to these 9,773 internally displaced civilians from Lekwangole Payam.

I also call upon Murle leaders and youth to refrain from any retaliatory act or revenge. Let the law take its cause. The cycle of violence will not lead us anywhere. God is against the killing of human beings by his own fellow human. Let us together make South Sudan a better place to live in

Continue praying to God for Sudan such that lawless killings as such will not occur again”

For the record the fighting seems to have stopped. It looks like a few folks and agencies are trying to get in and give some support to folks on ground.
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See related post at Sudan Watch Monday, March 16, 2009: Hundreds killed in South Sudan cattle attacks Sun Mar 15, 2009 Reuters report by Skye Wheeler: The head of South Sudan's U.N. Office of Humanitarian Affairs Andy Pendleton confirmed officers had received reports that a large number of people had been killed in the fighting. "The situation is rather alarming," he told Reuters. "Usually the fighting is between cattle-guarding combatants. But this time it's different. You also have people caught in the middle and they lost their lives."
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APPREHENSION by Rob Rooker

APPREHENSION by Rob Rooker

Painted on a wall in Maridi, Sudan. The image is of a young Nuer boy looking up among a crowd of people. Cards & prints available at Imagekind.com
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From Sudan Tribune Saturday 21 March 2009 by James Gatdet Dak:
One killed, two injured during attack on Murle cattle traders near Juba
March 20, 2009 (JUBA) — A group of unknown gun men attacked Murle traders near Juba town, killing one and critically wounding three others, according to the Chairperson of Murle Traders, Kuju Mazi.

The cattle traders who arrived four days ago at Gumbo area, about 3 kilometers away from Juba town center, were attacked at night where they camped with their cattle which they brought from Pibor County of Jonglei state.

Kuju said about 350 heads of cattle were also looted by the attackers. The two wounded are admitted in Juba hospital.

Kuju suspected some citizens from Jonglei state to have carried out the attack. He wondered why the SPLA forces nearby plus other organized forces could not come to their rescue or pursue the attackers until they are arrested.

Kuju added that the Murle traders have reported the case to the police headquarters in Juba town. (ST)
18 Comments

21 March 2009 by Mimama
Thanks to attackers,
Murle need to be taught more than enough lesson. I urge the Jonglei tribes to continue the tough attack on murle to learn how bad a nagging neighbourhood is. They must be attacked on every corner to let them know that the Jonglei people are not happy with them. Teach them to follow a good neighbourhood. They must be attacked by all Jonglei people because they have no friends in Jonglei.
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by Mjr. W’t K the 2nd
Hey Mr.Mimama,

Get lost. It seem in your writing that you are one of those who encourage in ternal issues like tribalism to grow horn in South Sudan.But that was not the issue of our struggling. What will you gain by saying that............

...."They must be attacked by all Jonglei people because they have no friends in Jonglei" or by saying that...... "....Thanks to attackers, Murle need to be taught more than enough lesson. I urge the Jonglei tribes to continue the tough attack on murle to learn how bad a nagging neighbourhood is. They must be attacked on every corner to let them know that the Jonglei people are not happy with them"....................................................

Think and rethink please Mr.Mimama, we were fighting for our freedom so just to come and turn oursleves to each other as enemies like the way your are encouraging it. Issues like "TRIBALISM" should alway be discourage and not to be supported. So please if you are an outsider, coming from North probably or wherever the wind blow, Get Lost Sotherners don’t support, encourage or like such issues happening between In-law Murle and Uncle Lou.!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by MANKIND
Heavily armed Lou NUER youngmen waged an attack on the murle cattle camp near Juba,the report said. The attack was a revenge to the recent Lounuer-murle fighting in which 300 Lou Nuer were killed and 53 surrendered to murle when the fighting reach its’ climax. Therefore, the Lou nuer vented their anger of defeat on murle traders.
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by MANKIND
300 Nuers killed and 53 surrendered to murle,(NEWSUDANVISION.COM),

Following the recent fighting between LouNuer and Murle the Lou Nuer were miserably defeated by murle warriors. 53 Lou nuer surrendered as captives to murle and 300 were killed. Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa!the women surrendered to murle men. I Was lucky to meet one of the Lounuer man who was among the people to attack murle and here is what he had to say" Never ever will it happen again", we met the real men he added. For anyone who want to attack murle ask us the Lounuer first, he warned. I couldn’t help laughing when i interviewed him as one of soldiers in our SPLA barrack. The Lounuer waged the poorly planned attack on murle as a result of their cattle confiscated by murle warriors. However, the attack taught Lounuer unforgettable lesson in which they respect the murle dearly.

Indeed they Lounuer women were taught a good lesson though they seem to be manipulating the story in the media.
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by Gatwech
Dinka attacked the Murle traders,

I heard this on UN radio in Malakal. The Murle chairman of traders said plainly that he suspected Dinka criminals for the cowardic attack on the Murle near Juba town. He said the Dinka are used to attacking few Murle traders in darkness during the night. He said this is the habit of Dinka because they feared to attack during the day or in the warfield. These are barbaric coward murderers, Kuju Mazi said that. Unless you guys did not listen to his interview over Miraya FM radio yesterday. May be he did not tell the reporter that, but he said it for all to hear in South Sudan over that radio. So, it is clear that the Dinka are known for starving people at the back at night and cannot afford to face during the day time. Thanks to Murle for studying the Dinka well. The Nuer would face you in day light.

As for the so-called newsudanvision website, you could tell that it is a clannish website of bor. You will find all those with crooked teeth, gloomy ugly faces and rough faces with long lines pointing up like the horns of wild deers, some like gazelles. All those marks on their ugly faces, crooked teeth and gloomy faces are bor dinka. They have lost their credibility as professional journalists and compromised their neutrality. They lie every time they put news on their defunct new sudan website, quoting always the unkown so-called security officer which name will never appear. These are cooked lies by determined liars who know nothing about ethics in journalism.

What they don’t know is that fabricating so-called surrounder of Lou-Nuer fighters will never work. Nuer in general do not entertain to surrender unlike the dinka who always quickly surrender to attacks. How come the Nuer destroyed 17 Murle administrative units, took more than half a million cattle, killed 453, captured 106 and then can be said to have surrendered at the same time with out a source telling the truth. Even the so-called three hundred killed is just a guess of the so-called nameless public security officer. The Nuer count their loss ones after war, section by section, family by family. So, where did those come from?

For the one who ones to call Nuer tribe as Dinka-Nuer, that is good for you. We don’t have any problem with the Nuer having the Dinka as its son. Dinka-Nuer, would be like Lou-Nuer, Jikany-Nuer, Bul-Nuer, Jagei-Nuer, etc., etc. So, the Nuer would be like the father to the Dinka as it is the father to the rest of Nuer major sub-tribes. There is a difference between Riek-Machar and Machar-Riek in that order. So, Machar is the father of Riek, but not Riek the father of Machar. First name is always the son or daughter and the second name is the father. Those Dinkas the Nuer called Dinka-Nuer are those Dinka clans who have been acculturated into the Nuer culture by adopting the Nuer cultures and their marks like the Dinka Ngok and Agaar like those of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Paul Mayom Akech. When I saw him in Malakal I thought he was from Nuer because of Nuer six lines on his forehead. But I was told by a friend of mine that he is a Dinka of Rumbek, but his clan has adopted Nuer marks. Wou! Welcome guys, this is the beginning of a long history of acculturating Dinka from their being called Dinka to being called Dinka-Nuer (Dinka of Nuer). Common my greedy sons, let us tame you and become Nuer. Wow, I will love the future generation!
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by Kim Deng
Mankind,

This cowardic act was committed by coward Jaang/Slaves who cannot confront Murle in warfield rather than ruthless killing. The Mighty Naath cannot only wage invasion in day light, but warn and tell you we (Nuer Warriors) are coming for D-day.

When the war is fought in your land, the great damage is always on your side regardless of some few lives you might waste as a result of war. Women and cildren can suffer more plus destruction of the properties.

We don’t know where you got that figer while Nuer Warriors know that only less than a hundred lives were wasted from that war. But brought children, young ladies and countless cattle back to Nuerland with them. What a victory!

As a result of invasion the Mighty Nuer Warriors carried out against tiny Murle ethnic group, your coward commissioner asks SSRR & NGOs for relief for over 5,000 displaced Murle population arround Pibor. Don’t hesitate to open the following file.

http://anyuakmedia.com/sudnews_temp...
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by Jay
Kim, you have been singing of coming to Bor as you people did in 1991 when you slaughtered unarmed defenseless civilians. Coming to Bor should have been your first option other than Murle.

Bear in mind this time, there is no Bor young men under Juba operation as they were in 91. We were expecting no enemy behind us to terrorize civilians beside Arabs. Should you be metally blind to do it again?

Please, that’s the moment we can’t wait to happen one more time. Make no mistake about it that will be the time you’ll no longer call Jonglei your State.
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by Tony
Hi bothers! iam very happy to what had to those f*cken parasite of murle and ihave to tell them even though your ismael went back to Bashir he have rooms in sudan. thanks the attacker , because your are always doing it . for the understanding of human kind through alife is so lowed by the power of knowledge.and let murle cry this time and it will be like what we did to you recently. f*ck you ber,
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by AUGUSTINO DENG
Hey Mr Mimama,

I really understand your dilemma that you are not delightful indeed about Murle’s idiosyncrasy behaviors, but let us not try to bring divisionalism into our community in Southern Sudan as a whole. First of all, as a human being, you get to think deeply on how such tragedy bring painful emotion toward you and other person who may feel the same things you may feel when your endear friend lost his life in such manner as it happened to Murle Community.

I believe that the best solution to do in order to mollify this kind of situation is to bring those suspects who are entitled to this mess and have them face the trial. If not happened like that, then Murle people will not stop until they make reprisals on behave of their endear one. So, my dear brother Mimama, I’m advising you that let us not make any kind of segregation, toward our people. Second to that also, I’m not encouraging Murle people to applied the same sort of treatment which happen to them.

I know and even you yourself Mr Mimama,that losing your endear person in way that is inappropriate is not good and it should not be good either in my heart, your heart and the hearts of those people who will read this article of mine. So, Mr Mimama, let us treated our people equally with courtesy and dignity as well as respect and fairness. In contrast, it is not good for you to said that "Murle needs to be taught more than enough lessons" which is sound very strange full to me because death is not entitled to Murle people alone. It is something that happened to everybody no matter of what. So, what if for instance, Murle people go and do the same revenge like what happened to them, do you think that it will be good? If I’m not wrong, then I think that it will not be good at all.

Murle people are they people in the Southern Sudan like other people including Zande, Digdiga, Taposa, Anyuak, Nuer, Dinkas, Shilluk and so many others. Then by the way, why are we just only segregated or raised chaos on Murle people alone? Currently in this month of March,2009, Nuer emerged in Murle County so call Kwangla with vigorously attack which lose the life of 453 people from Murle Community. Mr Mimama, do you think is fair enough to jeopardize the life of the people in simple way like that?

To be honest with you my dear friend Mimama, whether I don’t know you physically, I’m not from Murle Community, but when things happen in this way, we should have some sorts of solutions with which we can use to cease the incident, but not only one tribe can be accused of the blame or the calamity. Lastly, if you think that I touch your nerves or your feeling very badly about what I wrote here to you, then please treat it as a friendly advise and let me know it sometime in form of writing when possible.

Thanks a lot and I encouraged you to take a deep breath and have love on your brothers so call Murle like I do have love on them too.
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by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy
This are the junglese who did the attack. None of Equatoria have ever been harmful to anyone in South, if Equatorians where mad like the junglese, I think that they could have made a revenge to the abducted childrens who where released during the visit of Riek to Murle villages. This lost and jungle tribe of dinkas is one of the worse tribe ever in this world, they are mad, barbaric and absolutely dangerous to anyone including themsleves. They are just like wild animals who act rude to each other. It is because of their visionless government which made them to act like superior, but oneday at a single time you will see dinkas/junglese ranning nake from Equatoria to bor.
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by MANKIND
Logic,

Nuer are not Dinka though they are sometime mistaken for Dinka-Nuer due to our superiority in the South. They have even started to name themselves after our names like Kim Deng,machar,garang etc. It is a matter of time and the history will assimilate them into our society.

Anyone like you logic must talk of Nuer when you want to talk of the Lounuer-murle case NOT Dinka because they are merely historically called Dinka-Nuer. Stop mentioning Dinka whereever our reasoning capacity does not fit. We can not wage a war and afterward surrender when the fight reach its’ climax, that is not our nature.
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by GatNaath
Mankind,
Please!! Have a moral obligation and stop engaging in moviting white lies.

Facts: we all live in Southern Sudan and we know our distinctive culture of our tribes. We know which tribe is able to do certain things, which others do not.

It’s true. this is your tribe Dinka, who committed this senseless act by ambushing innocents Murle traders and stolen their cattles. Dinka don’t have stomach to confront Murle tribes in warfield. This is fact: You just don’t have gut to confront Murle ethnic group in direct battle field. Every body know that in the South. You innated Cowards. Even Equatorians will chase your Cowardic asses from their land when fed up of occupation of their land. They can defeated easily your corrupted asses, if it’s not SPLA who protected you.

These Dinka who killed and looted Murle cattle near Juba city are internal displace Dinka who live in Equotoria and roaming that land free of charnge.

There are no Nuer civilians in Equatoria, except those who live in the city of Juba. Beides, Naath don’t ambush innocents people. Naath can invade you in your vilages, and give advance warnings.

Regarding New SUDAN Vission, a mouthpiece of Dinka papaganda. They involved in disgrace and immoral act of journalim, and are not to be trusted. They are just tribal website, whose only function is to promote Dinka agenda.

No Jenubi would considers their lies. There is no such figure of death in all Lou Nuer sections who invade Murleland, never. It’s an illusion. Lou Nuer casualties is in low hundreds, but it doesn’t matter, one loss of life is precious. Also, no such that 53 Lou Nuer are surrender to Murle. This is funny, even for Dinka NEW SUDAN WEBSITE, engaging in this such low class lies.

I won’t bother since this is pure manufactured lies by Dinka elments.

They can run, but cannot hide.
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by kaiko
Hey wrongs,

this is juba not jungle.we use to live in peace,no gun firing, no killings but now u want to bring ur jungle behaviours to disturb the peace we r enjoing in equatoria.so plse u better go bact to ur jungle states b4 we kick ur ass out of equatoria.

wrongs we want to live in peace as we use to be.
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by WARLORD
All of u guys are not a leader, when u guys gonna finished talkin abt tribe. when u guys gonna grow up and talk likes a man , what is in ur brain is tribe nothin else. u guys got no life at all. y can we juss writ sumthang dat make sense to another people or our young generation dat comin next. bee a good aleader think b4 u act dont bee pussies.
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by Hillary B.M.L,M
Caution! They should not bring the fight near to the peaceful PEOPLE, let them kill themselves far away.
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by Gatwech
Dinka attacked the Murle traders,

I heard this on UN radio in Malakal. The Murle chairman of traders said plainly that he suspected Dinka criminals for the cowardic attack on the Murle near Juba town. He said the Dinka are used to attacking few Murle traders in darkness during the night. He said this is the habit of Dinka because they feared to attack during the day or in the warfield. These are barbaric coward murderers, Kuju Mazi said that. Unless you guys did not listen to his interview over Miraya FM radio yesterday. May be he did not tell the reporter that, but he said it for all to hear in South Sudan over that radio. So, it is clear that the Dinka are known for starving people at the back at night and cannot afford to face during the day time. Thanks to Murle for studying the Dinka well. The Nuer would face you in day light.

As for the so-called newsudanvision website, you could tell that it is a clannish website of bor. You will find all those with crooked teeth, gloomy ugly faces and rough faces with long lines pointing up like the horns of wild deers, some like gazelles. All those marks on their ugly faces, crooked teeth and gloomy faces are bor dinka. They have lost their credibility as professional journalists and compromised their neutrality. They lie every time they put news on their defunct new sudan website, quoting always the unkown so-called security officer which name will never appear. These are cooked lies by determined liars who know nothing about ethics in journalism.

What they don’t know is that fabricating so-called surrounder of Lou-Nuer fighters will never work. Nuer in general do not entertain to surrender unlike the dinka who always quickly surrender to attacks. How come the Nuer destroyed 17 administrative headers, took more than half a million cattle, killed 453, captured 106 and then can be said to have surrendered at the same time with out a source telling the truth. Even the so-called three hundred killed is just a guess of the so-called nameless public security officer. The Nuer count their loss ones after war, section by section, family by family. So, where did those come from?

For the one who ones to call Nuer tribe as Dinka-Nuer, that is good for you. We don’t have any problem with the Nuer having the Dinka as its son. Dinka-Nuer, would be like Lou-Nuer, Jikany-Nuer, Bul-Nuer, Jagei-Nuer, etc., etc. So, the Nuer would be like the father to the Dinka as it is the father to the rest of Nuer major sub-tribes. There is a difference between Riek-Machar and Machar-Riek in that order. So, Machar is the father of Riek, but not Riek the father of Machar. First name is always the son or daughter and the second name is the father. Those Dinkas the Nuer called Dinka-Nuer are those Dinka clans who have been acculturated into the Nuer culture by adopting the Nuer cultures and their marks like the Dinka Ngok and Agaar like those of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Paul Mayom Akech. When I saw him in Malakal I thought he was from Nuer because of Nuer six lines on his forehead. But I was told by a friend of mine that he is a Dinka of Rumbek, but his clan has adopted Nuer marks. Wou! Welcome guys, this is the beginning of a long history of acculturating Dinka from their being called Dinka to being called Dinka-Nuer (Dinka of Nuer). Common my greedy sons, let us tame you and become Nuer. Wow, I will love the future generation!

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by Arthur Bulo
The JIU Bor Dinkas are putting all of us in great emarrassment as they continue to rape women and shoot at defendless civillians around Gumbu area where they enjoy living on what they loot from Ugandans and other communities.Bor Dinkas are presently lacking in one unified central leadership to help them out from the state of disarray and panic these people ran into when Garang died three years ago.

Sincerely speaking, things may fall apart with the whole south unless speacial programme is intiated by the Goss for counselling of Bor Jiing so as to control that destructive psychological epidemic which can affect others as well.
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21 March 2009 16:58, by Makeer
With my little spare time, I want to remind you with this;

They said and I paraphrased that a dog, a monkey or an idiot could obtained certificates, diplomas, degrees and the likes, and will remain a dog, the monkey or an idiot.

What do we gain from uncalled-for name calling skirmishes? Non...

You there! Read and you won’t see our differences.

Think big and silence will be placebo on trivial matters.

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