Juba dismayed over Abyei massacre, dispatched troops to protect civilians and deter aggression at the borders as it prepares to launch diplomatic offensive against Khartoum, official complain to the United Nations, sources.
“About 40 civilians mainly women and children were killed and 15 male children kidnapped after heavily armed men from the neighbouring Sudan stormed Kolom village, 7 kilometres North of Abyei State capital on Wednesday, setting houses ablaze. Khartoum maintains silence over the matter…” Garang John
The Abyei Area is an area of 10,546 km² or 4,072 sq mi between South Sudan and Sudan accorded “special administrative status” by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the Second Sudanese Civil War. The capital of Abyei Area is Abyei Town.
The Abyei status referendum is a delayed referendum that was originally due to be held in 2011 in which the residents of Abyei can decide either to remain part of the Sudanese South Kordofan region or to become part of the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan.