David Yau Yau

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David Yau Yau
Born South Sudan
Allegiance Murle
Years of service 3
Rank Major General

David Yau Yau is (as of January 28, 2013) the leader of a Murle insurrection against the South Sudanese government in Jonglei state.

Early life and education[edit]

Yau Yau studied theology at Emmanuel Christian College in Yei from 2004 to 2006.[1]


In 2010, Yau Yau was employed as County Secretary by the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in Pibor County. Yau Yau ran in the April 2010 Sudanese general election for the Gumuruk Boma seat in the Jonglei State Assembly. The SPLM candidate Judi Jonglei Bioris won by a wide margin.[1] Yau Yau is alternately reported to have been an independent candidate[1] and a member of the United Democratic Front opposition party.[2]


After his failed bid for the state assembly, Yau Yau accused the SPLM of fraud and voter intimidation. On May 20, 2010 he led an armed group in a clash with the SPLA. One casualty was reported by the SPLA. Yau Yau indicated that he was in contact with George Athor, another failed Jonglei candidate who had rebelled for similar reasons.[2]

Yau Yau signed a ceasefire with the GoSS in June 2011, which integrated him and his militia with the SPLA. In April 2012 he defected again, and has been leading a Murle militia in the South Sudan internal conflict since then.[3]