Mugali, 25 April 2022; At least 500 people have fled from homes in different villages in Mugali Payam, Magwi County Eastern Equatoria state.  

Some of the displaced persons who spoke to this publication said that the cattle herders from Bor who have been camping in Mugali Payam located approximately 19 km from Nimule since Saturday night have been storming villages, looting foot items and other valuables and raping women, girls and children as young as 8 years old. 

The accusation of rape, looting, and intimidation by the cattle headers have been backed by the press statement released this afternoon by community leader one by the name Athanasio Mogga Mark. 

In the press statement seen by this publication, Mr. Mogga Mark said, " the people of Mugali are currently trapped in the grip of an unprecedented violence which include beating, raping, looting, etc., perpetrated by armed Dinka Bor cattle herders and their illegal IDPs and land grabbers" reads the letter. 

Mr. Mogga further accused the herders of pillage destruction, " The herders and illegal IPDs have gone on rampage immediately after the meeting which was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation being facilitated by UNMISS on date 19 April 2020 in Magwi County Headquarters to end the brutality of the armed Dinka Bor cattle herders and illegal IDPs in Magwi particularly in Iwire, Pajok, Nimule, Mugali and Lowoi of Torit County." 

Mr. Mogga says the civilian population in the Mugali are in a dire situation, the community is constantly subjected to harassment, beating, looting of properties, rapping of women and girls, and civilians are banned from accessing their farms, women were stopped from going to collect firewood. 

Mr. Mogga says the most affected areas are Masindi, Bilinya, Sau, and Avumadrici Bomas, he said the displaced families currently are congregating in open spaces in Ganzi and Nimule town since 21 April. 

Mr. Mogga says on 22 April 2020, the herders gang-raped a 15 years old girl after she was abducted by the herders from the village of Avumadrici, she was left unconscious to die. 

Mr. Mogga said the people of Magwi and Torit Counties without any reservation have the right to self-defense against any group/s who choose violence against our people. 

He reiterated the resolution of the Magwi meeting held on 19 April organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs being facilitated by UNMISS, which resolved the immediate exit of Dinka Bor cattle herders and their illegal IDPs without further delay from Madi and Acholi lands. 

So far the state and national government remained lips zipped and no government forces have been deployed to help the indigenous. 

Andrew Olweny 


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