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BOR - 13 Sep 2018

Rival communities in Jonglei agree to bury hatchet over grazing site

Rival communities in South Sudan’s Bor town of Jonglei State on Tuesday agreed to cease hostilities over a grazing land during a peace conference.

The two clans of Ater in Makwach County and Palek of Anyidi County have clashed for years over ownership of a piece of grazing land located along the Nile.

The tensions among the rival clans often escalate during the rainy season as both communities claim ownership of the grazing site.

On Tuesday, the Inter-Church Committee ICC facilitated a peace conference among the two communities. Father Edward Joseph Deng, the chairperson of the committee for greater Jonglei told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday that the two communities agreed to reconcile.

“The conference was between communities of Makwach and Anyidi counties. The elders and community chiefs from the two communities agree to spread messages of peace among their youth. It was also agreed that those who committed crimes be held accountable,” he added.

Father Joseph pointed out that the church will continue monitoring the implementation of the resolutions agreed during the conference, adding they will pray for peace among communities in Jonglei.