By Hou Akot Hou
A cruel and heartless scene befell residents of Malek-Alell of Aweil South County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, when a man killed his lactating wife, leaving behind a 3-month-old baby.
The paramount chief of the area, Ayom Ateny Wek, confirmed the incident to the No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper on Wednesday morning via phone from Malek.
Chief Ateny said the incident occurred on Sunday when the suspect had a dispute with his wife over farm produce, particularly sorghum.
The suspect, identified by his first name as Geng, was having a problem with his wife’s overdemand to be given a share of sorghum, an idea the man disagreed with, provoking him to beat his wife.
The victim, named Aluet, ran to the neighbor’s house, but her husband, Geng, trailed her and seriously harmed her.
Chief Ateny stated that the victim was rushed to the Malek Primary Healthcare Center, where she didn’t make it.
He appealed to the public to be perseverant and seek advice from neighbors and relatives whenever conflict arises in the family.
“I would like to appeal to the public to ask them to be more forgiving and seek advice from people in your residence to help you address the concerns that bring you into problems with your partner, but getting into fights that lead to spontaneous deaths is not more disastrous,” he begs.
The chief said the suspect is being held in police custody awaiting investigations for the law to take its course.
He said other similar death-related developments have occurred in the past in the areas of Pan-jap and Pan-thou of Aweil South County, all of which are attributable to economic devastation.