On Monday, clashes between the two communities displaced the elderly, women and children.
Several properties were also destroyed and lives lost
Authorities in the area traded accusations with each blaming the other of having been the aggressor.
The United Nations interim security forces for Abyei (UNISFA) received civilians and unarmed persons seeking protection within their premises.
But the situation outside the vicinity of the forces deteriorated, with some authorities and local officials describing it as dire and horrible.
Social media showed footage of people put into a hole used for burial. Some sustained gunshots. Others were hacked. The conflict started in February 2022 when the two communities intensified and exerted territorial claim over a stretch of a local market following reports of a south Sudan-appointed Abyei administration as having deployed armed groups to carry out surveys despite calls and protests to suspend the activities.
President Salva Kiir on February 10th, 2022 formed an investigation under the chairmanship of the vice president for the services cluster, deputised by Unity State governor Joseph Nguen Monytuil and the Minister of Investment, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol as the secretary of the committee to investigate and establish the facts and to make a recommendation on the way forward.
The committee carried out the investigation, analyzed the situation, causes, and motivates, prepared the report, and presented it to president Kiir for action. The president took time to act. On October 11, 2022, clashes resumed.
On October 12, 2022, the president responded and troops were deployed to the area in which the clash occurred. These forces will now operate in the territory either defined and considered as belonging to Abyei or in south Sudan. Their main objective is to contain the situation from escalating.
South Sudan’s minister of investment, Dhieu Mathok who is the secretary of the facts-finding investigation committee lauded the deployment of forces to stabilize the situation on the ground and to avert further escalation of violence between the two clashing communities as part of the implementation of the recommendation of the report which the committee had prepared and presented to the president for implementation.
Mathok used the opportunity to announce postponing of holding the conference which the committee had planned to take place in Aweil town, the administrative capital of Northern Bahr El Ghazal.
No new date has, however, been fixed.
“The investigation on Twic- Ngok inter-communal clashes, held an urgent meeting chaired by His excellency the vice president and the chairperson of the committee to examine the area and resolved to Postpones the upcoming peace and reconciliation conference scheduled 0n 17 October in Aweil, Northern Bahr El Ghazal until further notice,” reads the statement.
“Applauds the deployment of forces to stabilize the situation on the ground and to avert further escalation of violence between the two clashing communities as part of the implementation of its recommendations”, the statement carrying the signature and names of the minister of investment and secretary of the committee Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol adds in part.
The statement condemned in the strongest terms possible the continuation of clashes by what it described as the two sisterly communities and called upon them to recommit to the cessation of the hostilities agreement they signed in Aweil, in April 2022.