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AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE DIED IN INTER-TRIBAL FIGHTING BETWEEN KUKU AND NUER IN PALORINYA CAMP MOYO DISTRICT

Moyo, 15 July 2020; Deadly inter-tribal fighting broke out between Kuku and Nuer tribes, in Palorinya refugee camp, Moyo District West Nile, Northern Uganda.  

The deadly fighting that paralyzed most of the activities in the Palorinya camp located close to the bank of Nile River, started on Monday evening. 

According to a source from a humanitarian organization operating in the camp, the trouble started when a 16-year-old Nuer boy stole 4 cobs of maize from the garden of a Kuku man a fellow refugee from war-torn South Sudan. 

After arresting the 16-year-old Nuer boy, the Kuku reported him to the refugee welfare committee who are their leaders, and later the matter was taken to the police, whilst in the police custody, the young man was given some strokes and slashing as punishment and released him home. 

The punishment, however, according to the source who spoke to this publication was not well received by a section of the Nuer community in the camp, so after the boy got home his fellow Nuer took the punishment administered as unfair and decided to attack the Kuku indiscriminately and in self-defense the Kuku resiliently and decisively fought back, outnumbered and overpowered the Nuer. 

The same source divulged to SSLN that at least five/5 people were left dead and score others have sustained serious injuries, while small businesses were burnt down, more than 90 local huts were torched as a result unspecified numbers of people were left homeless and are in dire humanitarian support. 

However, calm has returned to the camp after UPDF and police have deployed in the camp to separate the two communities. 

Last year similar clashes broke-out at Nyumanzi, settlement Adjumani District between native Madi of Uganda and Dinka. It took the intervention of UPDF and Police to stop the fighting. 

Opio Okello Onen 

SSLN 

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