South Sudan government tasks leaders to explain ongoing violence

South Sudan’s government has summoned the governors of Jonglei and Boma states to Juba, following an attack that left 44 people dead.

Authorities in the capital want explanations for the deadly violence between the two communities, which occurred despite a peace deal signed in May.

The Tuesday attack in Duk Payuel, Jonglei State in the eastern part of the country, and youth from Jonglei’s neighbouring Boma state are suspected of being behind the incident.

Aside from the dead, the number of wounded, missing, or abducted – including women and children – remains unknown.

The attackers also looted property including more than 1,000 livestock, and tensions remain high in the area.

The unity government has been trying to restore peace between the communities of Jonglei and Boma states.

In mid-2017 South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai visited both areas which led to the signing of a community peace deal.

Analysts say this latest attack shows just how difficult it is to bring peace to South Sudan at a time when there is proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of the civil population.

Nearly four years of conflict has fueled ethnic divisions and inter-communal conflicts in the country.