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Sudan renews commitment to provide national identity cards for Ngok Dinka


March 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area has expressed commitment to enable the Ngok Dinka to acquire the Sudanese national identity cards.

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Abyei residents chant “Bye Bye, Bashir”, referring to Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, after the result of an unofficial vote was announced in the disputed border region on 31 October 2013 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

Ownership of Abyei, an oil-producing region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious even after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in 2011. Khartoum and Juba failed to agree on who can participate on in a vote to determine the future of the region.

In February 2017, President Omer al-Bashir underscored that Abyei is a Sudanese territory, instructing national authorities to provide its residents with full administrative services including issuance of identity cards and passports.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) Thursday quoted the executive director of the committee Saloma Yahia Musa as saying they seek to meet the needs of the poor households in Abyei and ensure their eligibility to receive social security.

He pointed out to his committee’s reconstruction efforts in Abyei, saying they provide monthly cash support of 200 Sudanese pounds for every household.

Saloma stressed his committee is committed to enabling the Ngok Dinka to receive the national identity cards according to the instructions of the Sudanese presidency.

There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan in Abyei, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei Area Administration and the Legislative Council. Instead, they call to hold a referendum without the Sudanese pastoralist Misseriya.

Now there are two committees one for the Misseriya appointed by the Sudanese government and another for the Ngok Dinka appointed by Juba government.

The 2005 peace agreement which ended 21 years of war between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) provided for a referendum to be conducted by the people of Abyei to choose between remaining in Sudan and joining South Sudan.

The Dinka Ngok organised a unilateral referendum from 27to 29 October 2013 to say they want to join the Republic of South Sudan.

However, Khartoum, Juba, the African Union and the international community refused to recognise the outcome of the vote.


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  • 9 March 23:29, by lino

    They should called themselves Dinka Ngok of Abyei Area and ask the UN and UNSC to recognize them as an Independent Entity till Sudan and South Sudan Governments come to their senses and agree to conduct an International Recognized Referendum for Ngok only!!!

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    • 10 March 01:44, by Koryom2

      People of Crimea in former Ukraine did their own referendum & voted overwhelmingly to join Russia just as the Ngok Dinkas did & the Crimean referendum results were recognized by the Russians. Countries like the UK & the US made a lot of noises then, but the Russians didn’t a damn about what the idiots in the US & the UK think>>>

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      • 10 March 01:53, by Koryom2

        As for the Ngok Dinka 2012 referendum results, they are tacitly recognized by the South Sudanese people & they are treated just like other South Sudanese. Being recognized by the US, the UK or others isn’t going to make any damn different at all.

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        • 10 March 06:34, by lino

          Big lei Ya Korym!!!

          Up to date the Government and the People of South Sudan didn’t recognized the Community Referendum of Nine Chiefdom of Ngok Dinka of October, 2013. People have been fighting politically to let Kiir recognized the outcome, but instead he lineup with Khartoum and the AU not to do so!!!
          The US under Obama’s Administration was waiting for Juba Government, but no success!!!

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          • 10 March 06:39, by lino

            It looks you don’t know what is exactly going man! The same Russia that let Crimea joint their Federation are the same Russia who is blocking the Abyei Issue in UNSC!!! Ask Dr. Francis Mading Deng!!!
            Khartoum and Juba have a secret dealing for Abyei case with Russian blessings mark my words. We have been working very closely with this case!!!

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        • 10 March 12:52, by jubaone

          Kuch aka koryom2,
          No, the kiirminal and govt of SS DID NOT recognize the Abyei Referendum to join SS and even the SS people have till today not recognized that referendum. Abyei is Sudanese, period. Mobilize your brave jienge fighters and go liberate Abyei instead of letting these luakjienges to rape, kill and rob innocent civilians.

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          • 10 March 12:56, by jubaone

            Kuch aka koryom2,
            Your jienge regime wants to join the Arab League so that you become also a jellaba. So by Abyei being part of Sudan, it would even make things for you easier. Just like Nuers in Ethiopia, Abyei and jienge Ngok can be also Sudanese or jellaba, if they so wish. Period. No more discussion. New topic please.

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  • 10 March 04:50, by Mayendit

    Northern Sudanese must not bothering themselves by claiming Dinka Ngok and its land while, the people of Abyei are Dinka and the region is a South Sudan. I think the Northern Sudanese government are wasting time about claiming the people who are none Arab tribe and they must know that, if you guys have left Juba, Wau and Malakal what do you thinks about Abyei will be?

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    • 10 March 19:15, by jubaone

      Prepare yourself to be a jellaba once your jienge Kiirminal makes SS officially a member of the Arab League. Don’t worry Abyeians are facilitating that for you. Soon you’ll be a jienge-jellaba. Wonderful.

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  • 10 March 07:40, by Eastern

    What’s this hullabaloo that ALL Dinka people must belong in South Sudan. The Ngok Dinka are Sudanese. Case closed!

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    • 10 March 10:14, by Koryom2

      Mr. Eastern, had you not gone out of South Sudan yet? Be very careful chap. We constantly tell you fools that we are not part of your evil corporate America, the UK, their evil juus, their UN, sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy allies in between. Mr. Eastern; the Dinka/Monyjieng of the Sudan are here and we are going to bomb>>>

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      • 10 March 10:20, by Koryom2

        the mighty US, the UK, their evil juus, Saudi Arabia, North Sudan; we are going to occupy Kenya, our Gambella region in the so-called ethiopia, North Sudan and some other countries we don’t want in our region.

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