August 22, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly has summoned the new country’s ministers of defense and interior over the insecurity in Jonglei state which has according to local officials resulted in the massacre of hundreds of people in Uror county.
This week heavy armed attackers in army uniform allegedly from the Murle community carried out what was suspected to be a revenge attack on members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group.
The UN have confirmed that 58 people died in the fighting. A group of officials from Jonglei told Sudan Tribune that the clashes in Uror county had resulted in 640 deaths, 861 people sustaining injuries, the kidnap of 208 children, the arson of 7,924 houses and the theft of 38,000 heads of cattle.
Security organs in South Sudan have since 2005, when the region gained autonomy as part of a peace deal with North Sudan, done very little to avert the attacks involving the communities. In July South Sudan became independent and the former rebel movement the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) became the national army.
On Monday the national parliament raised a motion summoning the minister of defense and the minister of interior to appear before the
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