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Cattle raids still causing insecurity in the country

By Wek Atak Kacjang

An elder from Greater Bahr El Ghazal has appealed to the President to intervene and solve the issue of ongoing insecurity which has been caused by cattle raiders and road ambushes in some states in the country.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, an elder from Bahr El Ghazal Peter Chuut Cornelio said the issue of cattle raiding was a longstanding feature of many youth’s pastoralist issues in any societies.

He said that the availability of arms and the incorporation of this practice has led into the larger political conflict in South Sudan.

“Raiders who once mounted attacks with spears long time ago are now armed with AK-47. We know all guns were collected from the sources including disarmament programs often end up back in the hands of civilians,” Chuut said.

He added that armed youth and unknown gunmen devastating attacks targeting civilians and the community were entirely routine.

He however appreciated President Salva Kiir for implementing the peace process after much progress earlier in 2020, although it is now lagging and there is need for agent attention.

“The momentum for peace implementation in South Sudan’s peace process is linked to the strength of international engagement,” Chuut said.

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