CSOs caution Ethiopia: don't invade Pibor

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(Juba, South Sudan) A group of South Sudanese civil society organizations is urging the Ethiopian government not to carry out military operations in South Sudan, saying that a group of abducted Ethiopian children can instead by returned through a peaceful process.
More were 100 Ethiopian children were reported abducted after a raid in the Gambella region by a group of armed men who included mostly ethnic Murle on 15 April.
Today three civil society groups, all operating in the greater Pibor area, the homeland of the Murle tribe, strongly condemned the deadly raid into Ethiopia carried out last month, while also cautioning that “an invasion by Ethiopian forces to retrieve the abducted children will lead into another aggression which may claim lives of innocent women and children.”
Ethiopia’s government has vowed to pursue the perpetrators of the raid into South Sudanese territory if necessary, possibly as part of a joint operation with the South Sudanese army.
In a press statement, the civil society organizations advised instead that Ethiopian authorities dialogue with South Sudan’s national government and the Boma State government on the matter.
The statement was signed by Initiative for Peace Communication Association, Stop Poverty Communal Initiative and Agenda for Growth Organization. They said that a dialogue process could result in a “peaceful” process for retrieval of the abducted children.
“The Government of South Sudan should speed a coordination mechanism with Boma state government to retrieve the abducted children from Gambella region of Ethiopia,” say the civil society leaders.
They also urged the South Sudanese government to consider compensating victims in the Gambella region.
“This group of civil society organizations is working to realize a lasting peace in South Sudan and contribute to the continental efforts to achieve peace in Africa, so the decision of the Ethiopia Government to enter into South Sudan to pursue the attackers may affect the underway efforts to achieve peace in Africa,” adds the statement.
Joseph Edward signed thstatement on behalf of the Initiative for Peace Communication Association and Lucas Okuku signed on behalf of the Stop Poverty Communal Initiative.
Source: radiotamazuj.org

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  1. I commend the initiative. Criminals must be brought to equitable justice. Indeed, victim families must be compensated and written apologies should be recorded by both governments: the Ethiopian government for not protecting its borders and citizens, and the South Sudanese government for its negligence of its border and allowing untamed tribal raids.
    Any future atempt by both peoplle may lead to all out war. So, the governments should establish intertribal cross-border commission consisting of all stake holders including tribal (ethnic) leaders, elders and religious leaders.
    I am requesting this as a concerned human, Africanist and a Christian leader advocating for peace, justice and reconciliation. No lasting peace is won by shear revenge; so, forgiveness through restorative justice must be sought. God’s mercy should usher healing and lead the way forward. Not to forget the past a preferred statue or symbol should be laid where local community leaders remind the younger generations through moments of periodical prayers or appropriate local events.
    Lest we forget the past…!
    Tariken anniresa, endandegim!
    God bless the victim families.

  2. Both the South Sudan and Ethiopian governments are known to be war mongers . Both spend most of their resources on weapons and other military expenses while their people die from lack of simple basic necessities. They both are in a habit of war for the wrong reasons making their people go in exile at a higher rate than any other African country in the year 2015. children in Ethiopia are engaged in child labor including in agriculture and in the worst forms of child labor, including in domestic work. If it is up to the children they might prefer to be adopted by European or American foster parents than returning to Ethiopia and the South Sudanese civil society organizations should work to make that happen . Ethiopia still lacks a compulsory education law which leaves children vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Social programs to combat child labor have not sufficiently targeted sectors with a high incidence of child labor in Ethiopia that is why Ethiopian children account for 25% of the total international adopted children of the world.

  3. Tegga Lendado, I completely agree with you criminals should brought to civil justice. But TPLF is the killer. It should be brought to justice. A criminal knows no justice otherwise.
    Based on my analytical evidences, TPLF itself has committed also the recent genocide in Gambella. The South Sudan armed forces myth is TPLF’s brand new ‘AKELDAMA’.
    Ethiopians, this US/UK installed cancer in the land of the just people should be trimmed off. Ethiopians need to be very strategic. They should start taking actions. TPLF central committee members and their core cadres should be targeted.

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