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77 South Sudan Refugees Arrested After Inter-Clan Clashes Leave Three Dead :: Uganda Radionetwork
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77 South Sudan Refugees Arrested After Inter-Clan Clashes Leave Three Dead

According to security reports, the revenge attacks that happened between Sunday and Wednesday last week left at least three refugees from the clans of Boul and Fangak under the Nuer tribe dead.
A police officer leads some of the South Sudanese refugees suspects for screening at Palabek Refugee Settlement Police Post in Lamwo District.

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The Police in Lamwo District have arrested 77 South Sudanese refugees in Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo District following revenge attacks between clan members of the Nuer tribe.

According to security reports, the attacks that happened between Sunday and Wednesday last week left at least three refugees from the clans of Boul and Fangak under the Nuer tribe dead.

The Police have identified the deceased as Kong Riek 29 from the Fangak Clan who was stabbed with a knife, Lam Mot 26, and Gatwich Machar both from the Boul Clan who were hacked. 

John Pasquale Udo, the Refugee Welfare Council Chairperson of Palabek Refugee Settlement told URN in an interview the revenge attacks stemmed from fights between two pupils from the Fangak and Boul clans while at school.

According to Udo, one of the parents of the children from the Boul clan later mobilized their clan mates for revenge leading to the stabbing to death of a member of the Fangak Community in Zone 5, Block 6 on Sunday last week. 

He notes that Fangak clan mates in revenge later mobilized and attacked the Boul clan community, killing two of their members.

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Udo notes that out of the 27 Tribes within Palabek Refugee Settlement, inter-clan conflicts are persistently being registered among the Nuer tribe and called for the urgent intervention of both security and humanitarian agencies.

Just four months ago according to Udo, clashes between the Boul and Fangak clan members left two refugees dead within the settlement while the third victim was followed and killed from neighboring Kenya, where he had fled.

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Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner notes that the intervention of security personnel comprising both the army and police helped to quell the bloody tension among the two clans adding the situation is now calm.

He says a total of 77 male suspects among them 11 Juveniles are currently being detained at Palabek Refugee Settlement Police Post for interrogation and screening. The suspects were arrested between Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Oceng explains that there is a need to beef up security within the settlement including adding six police posts to address the manpower gap.

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According to Security reports, out of the 77 suspects arrested, 26, the majority being youth were found not to have been registered as refugees at the Palabek Refugee settlement.

Oceng however says such discoveries reveal a much bigger security threat within the settlement and the district adding that there is a need to have a fresh verification of refugees to weed out illegal settlers.

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The latest incident brings to six, the total number of refugees from the Nuer tribe who have been killed in  inter-clan revenge attacks since December last year in the Palabek Refugee settlement.

Palabek Refugee Settlement in Palabek Ogili Sub- County opened in April 2017 and currently hosts a total population of 80,898 refugees, the majority from South Sudan.

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