By Olawale Abdul-Fatah with agency report
At least 40 people have been confirmed dead and 19 others wounded during an attacks on rural villages in Jonglei, South Sudan.
Aside the victims, dozens of children and women were abducted during the attack which lasted 48 hours in the country.
The attack came barely six months after the tribal leaders from the oil-rich region signed a peace deal aimed at ending a deadly cycle of inter-ethnic violence.
Jonglei State Information Minister, Jacob Akech Dengdit, told newsmen on Tuesday that armed men allegedly from neighboring Boma state attacked two villages in Duk county.
“They first attacked the villages of Duk Panyang and Duk Payuel on Monday and took several cattle. Then this morning, the attackers killed over 40 people and wounded 19 others. They also took all cattle and abducted children and women,” Dengdit said.
Dengdit urged the central government in Juba to intervene before the latest violence escalated to full scale confrontation between the two communities.
“Hundreds of people have been displaced and nothing is currently functioning. Wounded people are still there helpless because all the houses and health centers have been burnt down. The government should intervene to calm down the situation,” Dengdit added.
The pact brokered by the country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai, recently restored peace to the region which has experienced several tribal conflicts, largely caused by rivalry over livestock and grazing land for decades.
It would be recalled that in 2016, atleast 50 persons died and scores injured during several clashes.