26th October 2020
Make a Donation

Nine killed in Terekeka communal clashes

Author: Priscah Akol | Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A cattle keeper protects his herd with an AK-47 in South Sudan | Credit | bpnews.net

At least 9 people have been killed and 500 houses set ablaze in an inter-communal conflict at Tali in Central Equatoria state.

According to Zachariah Loku Elia, the Secretary-General of the defunct Terekeka State, the fighting was triggered by a disagreement after traditional wrestling at Golo cattle camp on Monday.

“Someone ran to cattle camp and started shooting randomly,” Loku told Eye Radio on Wednesday.

“He shot a 12-year-old girl and the following morning the relative of the late retaliated and killed 6 people. When these armed youth withdrew from the battlefield, they went to Mijiki village and set the entire village on fire where 500 houses were brunt and a small boy around 8 to 9 years was brunt in the house.”

He says many people have been displaced to neighboring villages.

“The fighting as stopped, we are now trying to engage the two sides to make the kind of traditional swearing so that they do not go back to fighting again,” Loku added.

Communal conflicts over land, livestock, and water are common in some regions across the country, mainly fueled by the presence of illegal arms in the hands of civilians.

Support Eye Radio, the first independent radio broadcaster of news, information & entertainment in South Sudan.

Make a monthly or a one off contribution.