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Church Delegation on Fact-finding and Peace Mission Arrives in Eldoret, Kenya.

By Emmanuel Malual Makuch, Eldoret, Kenya

Bishop Deng Bul (in red), praying with President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Church fostering peace in South Sudan Bishop Deng Bul (in red), head of the Anglican church in the Sudan and South Sudan, praying for President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A high delegation composed of Chairperson RT Rev Isaac Dhieu Ater, Rev John Chol Dau and Rev. Dr. Joseph Bilal on a church fact-finding and peace mission for South Sudan Diaspora Congregations has arrived in Eldoret, Kenya, to meet the congregations and the religious leaders in Eldoret and to find out the division in the churches in Kenya

The church delegation says that the reason of this mission is to establish the key reasons and challenges facing the churches in- and out-side South Sudan. Kenya was chosen as the first leg of their mission because the country has been hosting large numbers of South Sudanese since the time of struggle for independence with over fifty congregations of South Sudanese mainly Anglicans spread across the country including Kakuma refugee camp. Such congregations have become instrumental places for promotion of peace, reconciliations, unity and positive values among the South Sudanese in Diaspora.

Of late, however, Anglican Communion has learnt with regret that the churches in Diaspora have divided themselves into regions and tribes. “That is the main reason why we are here in Kenya today to find out the group of rebels in the church who are dividing people of God according to the tribes or regions,” said the chairperson, Rev. Isaac Dhieu. It has been reported that some towns such as Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret have formed some tribal and regional churches like the Greater Bar el Ghazal Church, the Padang Church, the Dinka Bor Church and the Nuer Congregations.

This unfortunate proliferation of tribal and regional churches demonstrates the acute lack of unity and harmony among our people as one family of one God. Rev. Isaac Dhieu says “as the church leaders we are bringing people together under one God.” At the meeting, the RT Rev Isaac Dhieu Ater has asked: “what can we do to bring people together and what is the problem of dividing the churches into regions and tribes?”

Some members of the church such as Mary says that the problem in the churches is hundreds clergymen (Abuna) whose status or circumstances of their appointment were either not properly established or institutionalized. Secondly, there is lack of proper structures within the churches especially among these South Sudanese Anglicans congregations. The delegation told the Anglican congregations to liaise with the Anglican structures of the hosting countries such as Kenya.

The divisions within the churches in Kenya have prompted some members of the Anglican congregation to complain about the leadership of Bishop Ezekiel Diing Ajang, asking him to be removed from leadership. His leadership style brought a lot of rebellions in the churches in Kenya according the congregations views.

The delegation is calling upon the Christians to put all their differences aside and work together for peace in our country because the church has been playing good role since the time of the struggle for independence of south Sudan.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Malual Makuach from Eldoret, Kenya; Editing by PaanLuel Wel from Juba, South Sudan)

South Sudanese are very Hard to Acknowledge their Mistakes

Posted: November 28, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

By Bol Garang

The current South Sudanese civil war will take lengthier to end because our people are very stiff to acknowledge their mistakes. If Riek Machar and Kiir Mayardit could accept that they have failed the country and they will not participate in South Sudan coming election simply.

Our ordinary citizens can comprehend themselves and reconciliation;peace, stability and development could come easily to our country. However, both leaders doesn’t implicit what’s factual and iniquitous and this is why we’re fighting ourselves started from Great Equatroia, Bhar el Ghazal up to Upper Nile region because our ideologies are the similar.

The same thing to Ajak Deng Chiengkou of SBS Dinka radio in Australia, when South Sudanese Australians tells Mr Ajak Deng Chiengkou that you have failed Dinka community and you have lost vision and mission or code of conduct of SBS Dinka Radio and you have involved your political interest in the radio while serving community with different opinions. He denied those facts.

When people tells him that Dinka radio wasn’t given to Dinka community by Australian government to be used for individuals or friends and also and radio wasn’t given to be used to interview people who will never add anything to the Dinka community in Australia or Australian community at large.

Mr Ajak replied to concerned members with unpleasant month like of Michael Makuei Lueth and Malaak Ayuen of SSTV full of insults. People told him that SBS Dinka radio wasn’t given to us by the government to be used to interview South Sudanese rebels or government official every time and radio wasn’t given to be used in Eastern state and left out the rest of states and territories in Australia.

He doesn’t accepted the veracities instead of him creating fabrications on social media that there are people who intimidated him or wanted to kill him, What for to kill him? Why would people kill him when they’re telling actualities about the radio? Therefore, in that scenario any person can ratify that South Sudanese are very hard to acknowledge their blunders.

To tell you frankly, SBS Dinka radio was created to close the gap between Dinka community, indigenous and none indigenous communities in Australia.The radio was given to Dinka community to let news or any other important information reaches the oldest and other people whose English language is too low. The SBS Dinka radio was given to our community to educate ourselves about our rights and freedom in Australia.

Additionally, Dinka radio was given to us to let Dinka people learn basic things that they needs in their life like Australian laws, childcare policy, education for kids who drop out in school, old people and new arrivals. Other important things like Centre link issues, health issues, transport issues, drug and alcohol the big challenge at the moment.Culture awareness, domestic violence on women and integration of our community into Australia lifestyle.Mr Ajak have little or never come across those things community needed to be aware of them.

To sum up, Ajak Deng Chiengkou need to listen to the members of Dinka community who have raised their voices high because of their worries about our future in Australia. Also, Dinka community leaders in all states need to question Ajak Deng because Mr radio presenter has fallen the community and community be the victim in any way round.

When time comes for the Australian government to review radio policies and found out that nothing has been delivered to the community there’ll be high chances of losing our Dinka radio. But why do we want that mistake to happen to our radio when people can prevent it earlier?

I’m not against interviews he makes with those pervert South Sudanese politicians but not always. Mr producer need to balance program because there are several sectors need to be tackled. Ajak Deng need to bring Australian communities together so that people can exchange new ideas about theirs living in Australia and also to strengthen their unity within the country.

“Understand is the way forward” by Bol Garang

Bol Garang @2014


By Kur Wel Kur

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Dear Chol Joshua,

I read your article, which carried biblical scribes’ voice (style) about the Messiah; when Herod inquired Christ’s birthplace. They verbatim quoted the Bible:


“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.” {KJV}

I must acknowledge that you did an outstanding job. The habit of trying to convince one or groups of persons set us apart from the rest of animals; I believe you achieved it with no doubts.

However, I believe in your article, you stated some insulting statements, if not all statements! Together, we will examine the statements you made in your article. Somewhere in your article, you wrote this:

“… Looch was executed unjustly back in the day when the British were the colonial masters, it is said that all the Chiefs from Bor agreed to let him be executed…”.

Execution of some innocents affected all people of South Sudan. Khartoum regimes executed Chiefs of high profiles  in Bor. Someone or person(s) betrayed them; so brother, mentioning a single chief, places you on the same level with those who scan around for cheap evidences to support  their arguments. Off course, I do condemn those who falsely accused others to meet their deaths. But we cannot do anything about it because such behaviours exist even today, our valued relatives died during the liberation because some idiots accused them of one thing or the other; however, we blamed their deaths on the struggle, and no doubts that their blood as a sign of demarcation, smeared our borders and resources, so Looch’s blood streams in the same vein.

Your good intention that turned bad due to low-priced arguments in your article spared you not; this quote appeared in your article:

   “…Thany contributed 300 boats to SPLA with 600 volunteers to row them for 15 days…” and “…those who could dive for 6 hours…”

Cholda, you insulted Thaany more than anyone because you localised them as helpers or victory road cleaners, while for sure, they gave the precious and last prices like the rests in the course of the struggle. They died in combats. However, if we can think cheap like you do; then mentioning people like late Akol Bol whom SPLM/A depended heavily through his gift of treating broken bones, will deter you from presenting petty evidences. My message to you and those who liked or shared your article is that, our individual’s contribution amounts to our collective contributions, which gave us a country. So the more we stop selfishness of counting our contributions, the least we have no other revolution.

In your article, you uttered this:

“… no one could accept to wrestle with the champions of Thony such as Noonliel, Nyalueth Abiar and the rests, because they were so powerful and people used to scare them not to come near, because there were attitudes developed that a person defeated by Monythaany will be overlooked…”

You aired untrue statement because a son of a then, paramount chief, a legendary wrestler, Achiek Mabior Ngueny wrestled with ‘Mony thaany’ (Thaany ke Akuaak), Malou Tuoot. Achiek’s statuses of being the greatest and strongest wrestler and the greatest chief’s son didn’t bother him.

And so did Garang Mathiang, when he wrestled with Beekadit!

So where in our homeland did you find your statement?

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The tones in your article portrayed many assumptions; you mentioned everyone claimed relation with Ajang and Ajith, besides all wish a photo with them. Brother, you know that it’s not true because not everyone is a wrestling fan! Greatest and strongest wrestlers came and went in entire Bor community, and people didn’t migrate to forge relationships with those wrestlers. For your information, Ajang is not a great wrestler, Achiek Mabior owns respect of his generation and Majhok Jokriir owns respect of this generation.  To earn respect as a wrestler outside the wrestling field is important and it comes after many tests. Just in last couple of months, Majuoc Nyandiar from Jueet wrestled with Ajang Garang; Ajang won but he slapped Majuoc’s face! An act meant for inexperienced and naive wrestlers; an incident, which can cause death!  So brother, in this sense, are Thaany marginalised?  I believe, they’re not, because Thaany have protection of other communities in their respective payams, for example, Thaany ke Pariar enjoy protection from Nyicaak or from the whole Abii or Kolnyang payam and so do  Thaany ke Malek and those of Malual agorbaar, they have Gualla to protect them.  Those of Akuaak communities, Baaidit backs them in their difficult times.

Chol Deng, the empty sympathies such as those in your article convey nothing to Thaany but a continuation of insults or belittling. For your benefit, reading your article to grasp its gist, no doubts that you need updates about Thaany and relationships of other communities (Athooc versus Gok, Athooc-Gök versus Twi or Jieng of Eastern Bank versus Jieng of Western Bank).

From outset, Thaany had and are having their equal share in South Sudan through their hard work not through sympathy, like what you tried to convey in your article. Makwei Deng Majuoc commanded SPLA in liberation war and after the war, he occupied the history books of South Sudan, centrally and squarely as a first chief inspector of police. Honourable Makwei Deng governed our wellbeing and kept us safe from criminals. Makwei is ‘monythaany’. Akim Deng Majuoc is a deputy mayor of Juba, our capital city; Akim Deng is’ monythaany’! So brother, smearing your article with biblical tones and verses will add nothing to the evolution of Bor people, Thaany in particular.

Secondly, Athooc versus Gök; when it comes to considering others as people of low classes, Athöi and Gaak don’t spare one another. I don’t know where you come from, Athooc, Gök or Twii? But I guess you know where this paragraph heads. Athöi and Gäk went to the scope of creating sayings/idioms about themselves, for example, “a divorcee from Gök will make a good wife in Athooc, while a divorcee from Athooc will have nowhere to stay as a wife!” The surface meaning of this saying from Athöi’s perspectives, reflects this: “Gäk don’t care for women”! And on the same coin, Gäk despise Athöi, even cows, which originate from Athooc. You normally hear people verbally abusing cows, calling them ‘Athöi ke hök’!  To cut it short, Athooc-Gök versus Twii or Jieng of Eastern Bank versus Jieng of Western Bank. They despise themselves. So my brother, singling Thaany as a victim shows nothing but your opinion about them.

Closing this rebuttal, I would like to advise you that someday if you want to appreciate some people for their hard work and generosity, you must state concrete evidences and not insults.  The tones in your article revealed nothing.


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a)-  "I want more Presidential Powers than those of the Prime Minister".  b)- "No, I want more or equal powers between President and Prime Minister, else the president step down!"

a)- “I want No Sharing of Executive Powers with the Prime Minister. Let him enjoy just ceremonial position!”
b)- “No, I want more or equal powers between President and Prime Minister, else the president perform just ceremonial powers!”

It’s complicated! It looks like the pre-December-15, and/or post-July-23 administration. It looks not. It tries to date back to post-July 23rd, but it misses a little point in such a way that the Juba Proposal is three-pronked: President, Vice President and Prime Minister, besides the Council of Ministers. The debate is still hot, hotter in Juba’s rub hall (Freedom Hall) than in Pagak. While Pagak’s Peace Consultative Meeting is gathering the storm, let’s have a brief glimpse into today’s (Nov. 25) meeting in Kiir’s Camp. There are four but three points. These are they, according to the MC, Hon. Elia Lomoro, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, in Juba.

1- POWERS BETWEEN PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER

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Foreign ministry walks back Kiir’s allegations against Hilde Johnson

A senior official in South Sudan’s foreign ministry has distanced the government from remarks made by President Salva Kiir accusing former UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson of playing a role in the escape of the former vice president, Riek Machar.

Machar fled from Juba in December 2013 and later became the leader of the rebel group SPLM-IO. He and his wife have said they were fleeing for their lives. Salva Kiir says that Machar fled after initiating a failed coup attempt.

In a speech on Monday the president accused the then head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Hilde Johnson of helping Machar to escape.

This was apparently the first time for the president to publicly accuse Johnson of helping Machar to escape, though in January he charged her with conspiring to become “co-president” and in March his government organized a demonstration in which supporters called for her expulsion.

On Tuesday, however, the undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation disowned the statement of the president.

“It is not everything which is said or heard is what should be reported. There are things which you people in the media need to understand the context first,” said the diplomat, Abdun Terkoc.

“You also need to understand that the president is a human like of any one of us to slide from the focus. So what happened yesterday was a slip of the tongue.”

Terkoc, a close political ally of President Salva Kiir, regretted that the sentiments expressed were “inconsistent” with the foreign policy of the government.

President’s exact remarks

The president’s remarks on the matter came during an address to senior party officials at a consultative meeting on Monday. He said that the former UNMISS chief not only helped Riek Machar to escape but also was his “best friend.”

As reported by Radio Tamazuj, Kiir’s exact words were:

“These are the people [UNMISS] he [Machar] has been using. The first woman who was here was the best friend of Riek Machar and was the one who took Riek Machar away from Juba. For the current one [Ellen Loej], I don’t have any comment about her because so far we have not proved that innu she is following the steps of her predecessor.” 

Kiir was explaining the reasons why he chose to refuse a request by UNMISS for flight clearances to transport commanders of the SPLM-IO faction to a consultative conference in Pagak, where they were to deliberate on a proposed peace deal.

Riek Machar’s ‘escape’

Riek Machar has previously been asked directly about how he got out of Juba in December 2013 and replied: “I walked. I walked through forests and crossed at Kuda to Mangala. I then walked to Bor.”

He has said that he arrived in Bor on 24 December, when the town was still controlled by a general allied to him. Other accounts have him arriving in Bor by boat, prior to that date.

According to a human rights report by UNMISS itself, Machar “departed Juba in the early hours of 16 December,” without saying how.  

The former vice president’s compound was attacked by Kiir’s personal guard – the ‘Tiger Division’  — on 17 December, after Machar had left and after his bodyguards at the house complied with orders to disarm, according to a UN human rights report.

At least ten unarmed people were shot and at least five people died, the same report says. “Multiple sources reported that the attacking security forces shot at unarmed individuals,” reads the UNMISS human rights report. 


By David Aoloch Bion

There are three moral wrongs that will escalate the war in South Sudan for 50 years now if they are not handled wisely . One wrong is  already committed and two are yet to be committed.  These  three moral wrongs are   1 . Killing or the so – called Juba Massacre  2.  Accountability or so – called trial of the war criminals  3 . Responsibility to protect or so-called UN military intervention.

The Juba Massacre was administered by President Salva Kiir on December 15 2013  , this is moral wrong  number QNE , that started the war .

The civil society,  NGOs  , human rights groups , activists  and politicians are calling for accountability , or  the trial of war criminals , the war criminals are the one who carried out  Juba massacre  or the killing in other places like Bentiu and Bor ,

it is  said the African Union Commission of Inquiry led by former Nigerian President  has identified three categories of war criminals , The first  category will be tried by  ICC in the Hague  , the second category will be tried by the African Union Tribunal in Arusha ,Tanzania ,  and third category will be tried in Juba , these include the soldiers who executed the orders . This is moral wrong number TWO, that will escalate the war for 50 years.

The civil society, NGOs and politicians are lobbying for South Sudan to be placed under United Nation protectorate to establish the Government of Trusteeship  . This is moral wrong number THREE that will escalate the war for 50 years .

It is true war crimes are committed in South Sudan but the questions are , How are you going to try these crimes ? Are you  going to try the suspects when President  Kiir is in power  or after he leaves power ? if President is still in power he will not  surrender himself to the court to answer charges relate to his quarrel with Dr. Riek . On the  other hand , President Kiir do not  and will not arrest Maj .Gen Marial , the Commander of Tiger and hand him  over to the court , because Maj. Gen was either defending the Constitution or defending President Kiir , there was no power to be taken from Marial therefore , why should Marial go on trail before Prsident Kiir . Should the so-called pressure from international community mounted on Prsident  Kiir and he succumb and cooperate.

Then ,  this is how the event will unfold , Maj .Gen Marial will go  to Yirol , his hometown  and says  , my people am being scapegoated by President Kiir , Am I not your son? Why am my being humiliated like this  ? Look , People of Bentiu fought because Dr . Riek was removed from the Government, cant you fight  because am being taken to be hanged or  imprisoned  for life  . my people,  every dog  on the street has the owner , if you beat it , the owner will question  therefore am your dog , am being hanged . When he is about to be arrested ,  Maj. Gen . Marial  will  run to the bush for his own life as Dr . Riek ran for his life on December 15 . From there , the accountability has created another war instead of preventing it .

Now , it is Mr .  Kiir , from Bare el gazal , who is the President of South Sudan.  It is Mr .  Riek , from Upper Nile , who is the leader of the rebellion . If UN intervene, Kiir will be removed unconstitutionally, people from Bare el gazal will be angered   like people from Upper Nile were angered when Dr Riek was unconstitutionally removed from the office. . People will fight because Kiir is removed unconstitutionally , and if  Kiir supporters  can’t manage to  fight UN because UN has sophisticated weapon , they will wait until the UN leave South Sudan ,from there  they start the fight as a revenge for the defeat they got at the hand of UN . because people from Upper Nile  will celebrate the fall of Kiir , it will be interpret as defeat to people from Bare gazal . UN intervention  will anger Bare gazal as Riek removal angered Upper Nile .

What is the durable  solution to political crisis? . First , South Sudanese and international community agree to restore peace . From there what next? The international community says accountability, South Sudanese say forgiveness , healing  and reconciliation.

Another issue is, if there should be accountability,  it should be  whole SPLM leadership that will go on trial not individuals. President Kiir with his group must go on trial for Juba killing including Aguel Chot because she sang provocative songs.  . Riek Machar  with his whole group must go on trial for rebellion ,  including his wife Angelina Teny because Angelina is civilian but she was in military uniform , that means , she is leader of the civilian White Army .Pagan Amum and his  SPLM G10 must go on trial because they call for the war in country , on December 6 , 2013 , and indeed on December 15 ,  the war came as they predicted ,the trial  will include  Mama Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior  because she was in December 6 meeting  though she was not detained, and  if no accountability no accountability for all SPLM members whether Juba faction or bush faction or G10 faction , all must go unquestioned.

In 1991 , Dr Riek administered Bor Massacre , he was not  tried but forgiven . In 2013 , President Kiir administered Juba Massacre  therefore he should be forgiven too in the same  spirit  Riek was forgiven then . It is as Dr Majak  Agot  put it that past is past and no one  should revisit it , it was 1991 but it is 2013 therefore it was 2013 but now it is 2014 . we should not  talk of crimes of  2013  when we are in  2014 or 2015 . 1991 is past  therefore  2013 is past  too because we are in 2014  ,  let open  new page and write  new law that will punish anyone who shall commit a crime after that law is passed because you cant try old crimes by the new law. The law must precede the crime

South Sudanese people

Let forget 2013 as we forgot 1991 and open new page with new law., which  is presidential  term limit that will  allow the peaceful transfer of power from one president  to another .

Let stop call for accountability because it will worsen the situation.

Let stop call for United Nation intervene but find a solution within South Sudan.


You, DINKA rude sellers; is it marriage or business? Please regulate your matrimonial dowry to the moderate one!

By KON Joseph LEEK

Girls from the side of the bride attend the wedding in Lakes state, South Sudan, May 2011

Girls from the side of the bride attend the wedding in Lakes state, South Sudan, May 2011

When it is a hen that has started eating its own chicken, what do you think it can do to other hens’ chickens? (African proverbs)

If they are the fathers that have started looking at their own daughters at the image of foods, goods and money, don’t you think they are chasing away the market of their very own daughters?

And of what good is it if your daughter grows grey hair, lose the shape of her breast, her eyes reddened and shrunken, face disfigured, skin withered and emaciated (lose its softness), and feet cracking in your homestead simple because men are scared away by the way you look at them?

Daughters’ fathers have long dropped eyes and hearts to look and study their daughters’ husbands-to-be and uses mouth to look and study them instead. Nobody love to be swallowed knowingly!

In the past, a good hearted, hard working and respectful person were the ones chose by the girls’ parents as their daughters’ husbands but now, good heartedness, hard working and respectfulness have been shifted to the fat-pockets’ folks.

It does not matter whether you are a hyena, donkey or even a frog who divorcing women is your hubby and your wallet always carries cash; do not worry, be happy for you are carrying a free ticket of kissing a prince and breaking some few hearts of the poor princesses’ boyfriends.

Wanh Alel Dinka customary law of years ago documented it and followed there after that, the number of cows to be paid for dowry should be 31 cows and Dinka Bor of Tui, Nyarweng, Hol, Athooch and Gook made it 30 – a different of one cow with that of Wanh Alel.

Last week, the affected group – the youths of greater Tonj called for the reduction of the number of matrimonial dowry and called for revisiting, revising and moderation of Wanh Alel customary laws to the fair price it has long contained but broken afterwards. Dinka Bor (where I belong) is yet to call its meeting against the number of dowries.

Up to 1991 when Riek Machar defiled and ransacked Dinka Bor, the matrimonial price was still at its best – 30 cows.

From 1992 – 2000, girls were given freely because cows had long been taken away by Riek forces and Bor were banished from their lands and were now dotted in the land of farmers of crops – Equatoria region who keeping of cows is not akin to them except goats, planting of cassava, sweet potatoes, and other crops.

2000 – 2005, South Sudanese Lost Boys came back in to the market (then later followed by the Dinka – Canadian and Dinka – Australian). They began flooding refugee camps and Internally Displaced Camps with American Dollars and began paying tenth of thousands dollars for girls as dowry. This prompted many fathers of girls to channel their appétit to the direction where they were seeing the light.

Others went as far as bringing their daughters from pande-Monyjang and other places inaccessible by lost boys to those camps in search of market. A dollar – boy (how they were nicknamed) could come all the way from Saskatchewan, California, and Tasmania and so on where he had manually worked for 5years when he has been there (not even studying) and come to Africa where he gathers his relatives to decide for him a girl to marry (and in modern civilization copied from the WEST, you need to choose a girl yourself and first love yourselves and thereafter proposes marriage but we were seeing the opposite from our Dinka brothers – perhaps elites, how we could see them then… coming from the Western world).

This has in several occasions injected jealousness, bitterness and hate in some souls who were robbed off their love ones by those dollar boys and caused divorce many times because the few souls robbed by the dollar boys snoop and dogged their former girl friends where their robbers (already husbands to their girl friends) have rented them houses in the cities to resides, and rock up again.

This latter led to pregnancies that turns out to be adulterous pregnancies which provoked girl’s parents to more or less burry themselves alive or hang themselves. The response to the offender (the pregnance-er) is always almost grave. Many parents have been heartbroken many times by their daughters (turn rebels) and lost boys by their wives (turn villains), and the heart breakers have been punished several times but the results always remain the same especially to the determined ones.

When we began sensing money in Juba, the shift began from America (as generalized by the Dinka whether from Australia, USA, Canada, Cuba etcetera) to South Sudan.

When you are after a girl, the inquiries always are, where is he working? Is he a son to which General? Is his father an Undersecretary or a Director General? Oh! Is he a tharaf (accountant) of the military? And many more… and the inquirers are sometimes not tharafin taa jesh (accountants) or Generals among other positions they adore

The most favorite ones were military accountants and some other robbers of public fans (since accountability is still a nightmare in this Country) for you could see them dashing monies out over anything, driving themselves in the latest cars and drinking like fish in any expensive hotels discussing government this and government that…. in an assumed wisdom of liquor (many of whom are less-intellectuals). They began paying 300,000 – 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds as dowry hence drowning the girl’s parents with wealth got on ghost – names (far much distant than that one of lost boys)

I believe when Dinka decided that the dowry should end at 30 and 31, I think they know what they really meant. They wanted everyone even the poor ones to marry but this is making the poor ones to stay unmarried forever and other girls aging in their fathers’ homestead in expectation of el-tharaf bitaa jesh and so…..

The only better Dinka now is Dinka Malual of Aweil and Padang (Ngook Dinka) but they are currently being misled by their brothers from Bor, Rek, Agaar and Yirol.

In Dinka Bor, people of Duk county were the first to start giving their daughters freely during the war (and later cheaply) but now have sped pass almost other Dinka Bor because they learned that from them, and for that case Aweil and Ngook will drive pass all the other Dinkas soon just like Duk’s people – that is the worth and worse of learning from others!

Let’s borrow a leaf from Tonj youth and call upon the elders and state government to regulate the amount of dowry. Everything has now become loose that everyone is not married and everyone is not getting married. We are all getting old in our parents homestead because we are not affording the dowry
………………………..to be continued

The writer is an independent journalist and a Commentator on Contemporary South Sudan, Currently living in Juba; he can be reached on j.konleek@gmail.com & 0955091449