AUTHOR: Monyping Marial | PUBLISHED: August 2, 2023
Cattle in South Sudan | Credit | Courtesy
A cattle-related attack has left 4 people dead and four others injured in Uror County, Jonglei State, an official has said.
The incident occurred at Ulang Boma in Yuai Payam on Martyrs’ Day.
Among those that succumbed to gunshot wounds during the Sunday attack were two women, one elderly man, and a boy.
State officials decline to read out their names, claiming relatives are not yet aware of their demise.
The four injured persons mainly adults are now nursing wounds at Yuai Primary Health Care Center.
John Samuel Manyuon, acting minister for information in Jonglei, said the attackers drove away 600 heads of cattle toward Pibor and the area youth are still pursuing them.
“As we talk now, there is no security steps that have been taken, because we don’t have the army there. The area people have started deserting their areas because they know that similar attacks may happen,” he told Mingkaman FM.
“We condemn this act of attacking people when the region is working on ways to bring lasting peace. We call on Pibor to talk to the armed youth to desist from violence.”
Attempts to reach the Greater Pibor Administrative Area officials was not immediately successful.
In July, UNMISS brought together 11 commissioners from Greater Jonglei to meditate on ways to resolve cattle rustling, child abduction, and revenge attack in the region.