More than 40
houses have been torched and dozens of refugees injured in Palorinya settlement
camp in Obongi district following ethnic clashes between the Nuer and Kuku
The fight erupted around 7 pm on Monday night after a Nuer teenager from Itula
Sub County was accused of stealing maize from a garden belonging to a member of
the Kuku ethnic group in Dama village. He was assaulted and rushed home crying,
which attracted the attention of his tribes mates.
They mobilized and launched a revenge attack against the Kuku. The situation degenerated into a large scale fight
throughout the night of Monday spilling over to Tuesday. The fight forced hundreds
of Nuer mainly children and women to flee the camps
and seek refugee among the host communities, Itula Sub County and a local
Hassan Kaps Fungaroo, the Obongi County Member of parliament
rushed to Palorinya and spoke to URN about the clash.
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Cue out...to say don’t fight.”//
Ali Lomure, the Itula Sub County LCIII chairperson, says police fired tear gas
at the onset of the fight to try and stop it without success.
//Cue in; The army and police...
Cue out… in the settlement.”//
Titus Jogoo, the Refugee Desk Officer Palorinya, says the army and police are
currently managing the situation, adding that the Office of the Prime Minister will sensitize the
leaders of the refugees once the fight subsides.
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Cue out…from both sides.”//
This is the second time the two communities are clashing. Early this year, the
Kuku and Nuer community members clashed after a Nuer man stole a mobile phone
belonging to a member of the Kuku clan that was charging.
The situation calmed down
following the intervention of security. According to reports from security circles, since the character of violence and aggression is deeply rooted in the refugee communities, more fights are expected.