Ngok Dinka and Misseriya sign an agreement for re-opening of Amiet market
Community leaders from Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities met on 15 July 2017 in Todach village to discuss the security situation in Abyei and the status of Amiet common market. The meeting was facilitated by the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
During the meeting, the leaders agreed on the formation of committees which will handle various issues and challenges facing the operations of Amiet, including reorganization of the market, accommodation of traders, as well as security. Ngok Dinka and Misseriya will have equal representation in the committees. Traditional community leaders, as well as local administration representatives from both groups, have agreed to open Amiet common market after the necessary preparation and formation of the committees.
Since its opening in August last year, Amiet has become a vital economic hub for different tribal groups including Ngok Dinka and Misseriya. On Monday last week, the common market closed-down after several criminal incidents took place in its vicinity.
In light of the recent incidents, UNISFA released its statement Thursday last week condemning all attacks perpetrated by unknown armed groups in Abyei Area. UNISFA emphasized its commitment to implement its mandate to secure Abyei Area and to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence.