THE EQUATORIAN PEOPLE
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs (KJV)
By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia
November 8, 2016 (SSB) — Equatorians are peace-loving people. As you are all aware, Jieng is a tribe; Equatoria is not a tribe. Equatorian is a term coined to denote a person who is a member of any tribe that traditionally populated Equatoria Region. The behaviour of Equatorians varies, ranging from a Jieng-like tribe to a more peaceful tribe. South Sudanese memorable history indicates that Mundari people, a Jieng-like people, have similar features as Jiengs. They had, from time to time, killed a few Bari people as a result of disputes over grazing pasture. Bari people never retaliated violently because they are peaceful people. Furthermore, it is never heard of that Kakwa people waged war against Kuku people. Both of them are peaceful peoples. Most Equatorian tribes are generally peaceful people.
For quite a long time, the Arab Muslims became a common enemy to all South Sudanese. When time came for South Sudanese to take action to liberate themselves from the grip of their common enemy, each South Sudanese tribe saw the contribution of the other tribes to the war efforts through their own tribal lenses. In my previous article, I quoted the information that I had received from SPLA war veteran. It showed that Jiengs’ (the violent people) contribution was the highest whereas the Equatorians’ (the peaceful people) contribution was the lowest. For people who are violent, Jieng for example, it seems there is no other way for them to interpret the low turnout of Equatorians, but as a contribution coming from Equatorian tribes who are nothing but a bunch of cowards.