CATHOLIC HERALD REPORTER
REPORTS of more fighting between the Arab armies of Northern Sudan and the African rebels of the south reached London this week from refugees who had fled to Uganda.
One report said the rebels, who want to set up a separate southern state, killed 20 Arabs and wounded six in a battle at the village of Tiringore three weeks ago.
Later, the Arabs came back to the village and killed Chief Valerinano Othuka and his two retainees, although they had taken no part in the fighting.
Then the Arabs burned the village to the ground and went to the neighbouring town of Torit, which has been a trouble spot for the past five months. On their arrival, they found public works labourers lined up to receive their wages. They shot and killed them on the spot.
Meanwhile, the paramount chief of the Lotuke tribe, his assistant, the executive officer of Torit's Royal Council and the assistant medical officer fled. Women and children were shot and the town of Torit burned down.