Ngok Dinka to hold Abyei referendum this month
Source: Sudan Tribune
The Ngok Dinka have openly declared their intention to conduct the Abyei area community referendum, saying they see “no light at the end of the tunnel”.
The decision emerged after Friday’s general conference for the Ngok Dinka community, which was held in Abyei town.
The move, which was inadvisable by African and international bodies, would put the area at high risk of communal violence between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya who claim also the ownership of the region.
The referendum, the community said in a statement emailed to Sudan Tribune by the former Co-Chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee Luka Biong, should be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, while calling upon the international community, media houses and relevant organisations to monitor and observe the process.