South Sudan

Juba: 2 dead, 12 hurt in fight over girl


A pregnant girl stands in front of her home in a UN camp


Two people are reported dead while 12 others sustained injuries in a battle that broke out within the UN base this evening in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

Martin Kueth Gai, secretary of the managing committee at Protection of Civilians (PoC) site 3 inside the base, told Radio Tamazuj that a brawl took place involving the Bul section and Haak section of the Nuer tribe of Unity State over the weekend.

He added that the fight erupted after a Haak girl was impregnated by a young man hails from the Bul section.

He said the fight started on Saturday in PoC 1 but spread to PoC 3 today, Monday between the Bul Nuer and Haak Nuer of Unity State.

The man from Bul reportedly refused to marry a girl from the Haak section after impregnating her.

Bul Nuers, according to the report, lost the battle to the Haak Nuers during the Saturday fighting inside the PoC 1.

After the humiliation, Bul Nuers raided PoC 3 and attacked Dok Nuers, escalating the conflict.

Lang Hoth, the chairman of UN youth camp in Jebel, a Juba suburb, told Sudan Tribune that: “When the parents of the girl approach the Bul community, they failed to settle the dispute amicable, and then later has forced the brother to beat the boy responsible for pregnancy.”

Meanwhile, another fighting reportedly occurred in Bentiu among Bul-Nuer community who support the armed opposition faction led by the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar and those backing president Salva Kiir’s leadership.

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