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Border peace committee seeks return of stolen cows in Aweil

The border peace committee, comprised of Rezigat and Dinka Malual representatives, pleads for the return of 40 stolen cows belonging to nomads as efforts to locate them intensify amidst concerns of escalating conflict in the region.

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A border peace committee set up by Rezigat from Sudan and Dinka Malual of Northern Bahr El Gazal State in South Sudan is calling on the local residents who might have found the 40 heads of cattle that belong to pastoralist nomads from the Rezigat community.

One of the nomads’ representatives, who spoke to Hot in Juba via phone from Kiir-adem in Aweil North County, which borders Sudan, said they have lost the forty cows but have been searching all but in vain.


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Ibrahim Mustafa, who is a member of the nomads and resides on the Kiir-Adem border, where he herds cattle with the rest of his colleagues, said he visited Gok-machar, which is the headquarter of Aweil County, to report the matter to the peace committee.

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Mustafa revealed that they have come to the border peace committee to help them in the search as their cattle have gone missing for days.

He described their relationship with the local residents living along the border as amicable but felt anxious about whether they would get their cows.

“We reported to the peace committee since Saturday and now no report of having seen the cows has been available to us,” said Mustafa

“The next step now is to see how the border committee, which is composed of the two groups, one of Rezigat and the other of South Sudan, will make this matter of our lost cows come to positive fruition,” he implores.

According to Mustafa, they do travel south in search of pastures, and this year the raging conflict in Sudan has made the situation worse.

One of the local residents in the area, Dut Makur, said their cows have different identities on their bodies, and if they were seen mingling with cows of the host community, they would report it to the border peace committee.

Makur alleges that the unscrupulous people may have taken them and sold them far away from the county, adding that authorities should employ other means, such as using the local Criminal Investigation Department personnel to help them in the search.

The secretary of the Dinka Malual peace committee acknowledges the loss of the nomads’ cattle by reaching out to the border peace committee that Rezigat and Dinka Malual established.

Mr. Majok Deng Akuacdit said plans are afoot to apprehend the culprits. He spoke to this outlet via phone from Gok-machar on Tuesday evening and disclosed that reports reached them on Saturday and they would do all they could to trail the cows.

“We are working around the clock to apprehend them, and if a person is caught keeping the cows, then he would be fined SSP 100,000 to send a warning message to others,” he warned.

The Rezigat nomads frequently move to the South Sudan border annually when the year begins, especially in January–February, as they have peace pacts that allow them to stay at an agreed time and drive back to their original homes in and in the northern and southern Kordofan areas.

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