Akobo peace conference ends with call for punishing perpetrators of child abduction

A week-long stakeholders’ peace conference concluded in Jonglei State’s border town of Akobo on Monday with a call to punish perpetrators of child abduction and cattle raiding.
Delegates attending week-long stakeholders peace conference in Akobo County of Jonglei State [Photo: Coutesy]

By Awan Achiek

A week-long stakeholders’ peace conference concluded in Jonglei State’s border town of Akobo on Monday with a call to punish perpetrators of child abduction and cattle raiding.

The dialogue brought together representatives of traditional leaders from 11 counties, government officials, youth, and women of Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA).

It discussed the end of abductions, cattle raiding and revenge attacks between communities of the two neighboring areas.

Puok Nyang, Akobo County Commissioner said the conference resolved to put in place punitive measures to stop criminal practices.

“As a government, we also agreed if anybody is found to have killed a person, child abduction and cattle raiding should be apprehended by the government and brought to book to answer the reason why he is doing this,” Nyang told The Dawn in an interview on Monday.

Nyang said criminals from Greater Pibor Administrative Area have been ordered to go back to their home of origin for peace to prevail in Jonglei State.

“The criminals who are terrorizing the community, especially from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area should go back to their homes and leave the communities to be peaceful in their areas,” he said.

Nyang said the conference helped cement the commitment made in the past for peaceful coexistence between Jonglei State and GPAA.

“They agreed to cease killings, child abduction and cattle raiding and destruction of property.”

Jonglei state has been mired in rampant communal violence characterized by cattle raiding, revenge killings and child abduction.

Authorities in Jonglei state have blamed some incidents of violence on armed Murle youth from the neighboring Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

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