Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sudan: Fears of violence as land tensions increase

UN Humanitarian News Service (IRIN - East Africa)

NIMULE - Nimule, a Southern Sudanese town on the border with Uganda, has boomed since war ended three years ago, but tension is brewing over land between returnees who fled the area years ago and more recent settlers.

"They chased me away," said Cizarina Lindio, who returned after two decades only to find people from a different community living on her land. "They said, 'We liberated this place [Southern Sudan] with guns and I will use this gun on you if you don't go'," she said, sitting on a plastic bag outside a mud home built on a small patch of land given to her by relatives.

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