JUBA, 13 March 2021 – Ten people have been killed and nine others injured in clashes between the Pakam and Gok communities in the Lakes State of South Sudan.

AK47s Facilitating Cattle Rustling in South Sudan - Photo Radiotamajuz.org

AK47s Facilitating Cattle Rustling in South Sudan – Photo Radiotamajuz.org

Four people from the Gok community were killed and two injured, according to Makuac Chol, the executive director of Cueibet County.

Six people from the Pakam community were klled with seven others critically injured, according to Chol.

In addition, rustlers from the Pakam community – mostly young men – made away with 70 heads of cattle from the Mabor cattle camp in Rumbek North County.

Youth Warriors Lead Communal Clashes - Photo Gurtong Trust

Youth Warriors Lead Communal Clashes – Photo Gurtong Trust

“They might even be more [heads of cattle rustled] because people are still reporting that their animals are missing,” Chol told reporters Friday.

Members of parliament representing the two communities strongly condemned the mindless bloodshed and outright disregard of human life, blaming it on senseless communal strife.

Since its independence in 2011, South Sudan is battling a new civil war.

Ethnic tensions, the struggle over the management of the country’s oil resources and the power struggle between the political elite continue to fuel clashes, most of which turn deadly.

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