youth_from_the_murle_ethnic_group_dancing_in_bor_jonglei_state_south_sudan_30_july_2012_st_-1-75ceaADDIS ABABA (Sudan Tribune) – A massive and coordinated attack by combined military and armed Mulre civilians from South Sudan’s Buma state [Jonglei state] has left at least 221 people dead on both sides.

The deadly attack occurred on Friday morning when heavily armed thousands of men, most of them reportedly in South Sudan’s military uniform, crossed into Ethiopia and simultaneously attacked about 10 different villages inhabited by the Nuer ethnic group in Ethiopia.

The attacked villages are inhabited by the Gaajaak-Nuer sections who are Ethiopian citizens.

At least 170 members of the Nuer ethnic group, mainly women and children, are feared killed, many others wounded and some children abducted.

At least 51 members of the Murle were also counted lying dead on the ground from the different villages.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that the dead were identified to be members of the Murle community.

“They are from Murle community. Their dead have been identified. They have killed a lot of people, about 170 now confirmed dead. Majority of the dead are women and children. They have also abducted a number of children. It was difficult to resist them because our populations have no guns. The Murle came heavily armed, some with RPGs and in military uniform of South Sudan,” said Chuol Gach, one of the survivors who witnessed the attacks.

“They attacked about 10 villages in Jekow and Nyinenyang woredas [counties],” he said.

Other sources also told Sudan Tribune that at least 51 members of the Murle attackers were killed, 16 in the early morning of the fighting and 35 others were later killed in the afternoon when they were trying to retreat with over 600 heads of cattle and fell into ambush from the Cie-Nyajaani sub-section.

Most of the heads of cattle were recovered, he said, and the attackers have been pursued back into South Sudan’s territory.

Gach blamed the authorities of Gambella regional government for not responding quickly with security forces to rescue the “unarmed civilians.”

It was not the first time for the Murle armed men to carry out such attacks across the Ethiopian border. But eyewitnesses said the Friday attack was the first of its kind in decades due to the huge number of Murle forces involved and the number of the villages affected, in addition to the death toll.


4 thoughts on “Hundreds feared dead after Murle massive attack on Nuer of Ethiopia

  1. Actually, the Murles are a very small tribe like many others tribes in South Sudan except Dinka and Nuer the majority tribes in South Sudan. One cannot compare Murle with Nuers the majority, but I believe there is something behind Murle which left them cross into Ethiopia for attacking. May be they are siding with fellow Anuaks which are in South Sudan to take revenge on Nuers in Ethiopia who are harrasing the Anuaks in Ethiopia.

  2. It’s what TPLF doing to cleanse Gambella people from that land. Because, as they (Tigree people) planed to take all western part of Amara, Beshangul, Oromoo (west Wallagga and Gojjem) and Gambella after the DAM start working. If all Ethiopian people stand beside Oromo people we can save the rest people. otherwise, the Tigree fascist will destroy not only Gambella people but also all people those who are living in Ethiopia. Once Meles said “The minority will be the majority” it means, Tigree can kill all Ethiopian people and became the majority.
    Oromo people can defense themselves. but for Gambella people it’s too difficult. Because of this, all Ethiopian people from the globe must stand beside these voice less people.

  3. “When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    because I was not a communist.

    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent; because I was not a social democrat.

    When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out;
    because I was not a trade unionist.

    When they came for the Jews, I remained silent;
    because I wasn’t a Jew.

    And then at last when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” Pastor Martin Niemölle 1946 🙂

  4. This shows their weakness. this make believe country will become like Nigeria. with so many no go areas for the government forces that is incapable of taking control of it’s entire territory because of big population and it’s vast land with so many different ethnicity. Lets see how long this government can run around putting out all fires in every corner of the country.

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