News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Eleven detained over Aweil North land dispute

By Hou Akot Hou


Authorities in Aweil North County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, have detained eleven individuals involved in a land dispute that erupted into a clash between two clans on Tuesday.

County Commissioner Kiir Chan Wol swiftly responded to the incident to de-escalate the situation.

State Governor Tong Aken Ngor also travelled from Aweil to Korok, the site of the conflict, to address the tense situation.

Commissioner Wol expressed concern about the potential for escalating violence in the previously peaceful area, attributing the conflict to two individuals who triggered the problem.

He confirmed the detainment of eleven individuals suspected of inciting the clash.

“We have detained eleven people to prevent further fighting,” Wol stated. “This is not something we want these people to be involved in. They will be brought before the court to face the consequences, as several individuals were injured. The law must be upheld.”

The disputed land in Korok has become a source of contention, prompting Commissioner Wol to initiate discussions with local chiefs to foster peaceful co-existence between the two clans.

Land disputes have become increasingly prevalent in the region, with a similar conflict erupting in Aweil West County last month.

The state government urges all residents to embrace peaceful means of resolving conflicts and refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

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