SUDAN WATCH: South Sudan: Communities in Jonglei state have began to participate in a disarmament exercise

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

South Sudan: Communities in Jonglei state have began to participate in a disarmament exercise

Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang told Sudan Radio Service on Monday that most civilians are getting tired of the climate of insecurity in their areas and this has contributed to the success of the disarmament exercise.

Since the beginning of the year, Jonglei has seen an upsurge in inter-ethnic attacks and counter-attacks. Dozens were killed and hundreds more have been forced to flee their homes.

From Sudan Radio Service, Monday, 30 November 2009:
(Wau) - After months of inter-ethnic fighting, communities in Jonglei state have began to participate in a disarmament exercise.

Jonglei state governor Kuol Manyang told Sudan Radio Service on Monday that most civilians are getting tired of the climate of insecurity in their areas and this has contributed to the success of the disarmament exercise.

[Kuol Manyang]: “The program of disarmament in the state was launched and it has been well-received by the civilian population because the arms in their hands were a source of insecurity to themselves. Now we are continuing to mobilize them through their chiefs, politicians, community leaders and youth leaders. We are urging the people to register their weapons with the authorities. Some have already given up their arms, especially in Duk and Uror counties.”

Since the beginning of the year, Jonglei has seen an upsurge in inter-ethnic attacks and counter-attacks. Dozens were killed and hundreds more have been forced to flee their homes.

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