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Yau Yau in Gambella to diffuse tension with Ethiopian army and regional government

GAMBELLA – South Sudan’s deputy army chief, Lt Gen Daivid Yau Yau abruptly flew to the Ethiopian region of Gambella on Friday to convince the governor there to cease attack on Murle over the abduction of over 108 Ethiopian – Nuer children, kidnapped more than 2 weeks ago by heavily armed Murle gunmen.

Yau Yau is accompanied by the Governor of Pibor State, Baba Medan. The two are worried that their Murle tribe would be wiped out if negotiations in bringing back the Ethiopian children cannot produce tangible results.



In a closed doors meeting yesterday at a governor palace in Gambella, Yau Yau and Medan urged the regional government to give them time to recover the kids. They disclosed that through chiefs in Pibor’s Likwangole, they have recovered about 39 kids and still pursuing some more.

The governor of Gambella Ato Gatluak Tut however said the Ethiopian army’s mission is to recover all the kids and nothing will change until all the kids are brought back. Governor Gatluak and the head of Ethiopian army in Gambella presented 3 demands to Yau Yau and Governor Medan:

  • Return of all 108 abducted kids in good health.
  • Return of all 2000 cattle taken by the gunmen
  • Compensation of the victims

The Ethiopian army and the regional state underlined that anything short of the above “3 minimum requirements” is not entertained.

The Ethiopian army is currently in Likwangole waiting for orders from their government and to clear the way for peaceful negotiation of the kids return.

Lt Gen Yau Yau and Governor Baba Medan will return to Juba today.



Philip Gual: An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.