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Freedom fighter Fr. Saturnino’s remains reburied in Torit


By Isaac Vuni

January 31, 2009 (JUBA) — The remains of Fr. Saturnino Lohure
Hilangi were reburied Friday in Torit town, Eastern Equatoria, 42
years after he was assassinated by a Ugandan soldier on January 22,
1967 at Lokung Kitgum district.

Lohure (also "Ohure") was a Catholic priest who led guerilla
separatists during Sudan’s first civil war. A Lotuko from Torit,
Lohure continued to play a role in the leadership of the Anya-nya
insurgency even after civilian rule came to Sudan in October 1964.

The remains, brought from Uganda, were accompanied by Bishop John
Baptist Odama of Gulu and received by Bishop Johnson Akio Mutek of
Torit along with many senior government officials.

But many committed followers were disappointed by the action of
Governor Alosio Emor Ojetuk, who did not bring the remains on the day
coinciding with Lohure’s assassination. Southern leaders such as Hon.
David Mayo, Hon. Natisio Loluke, Hon. Peter Bashir, Joyce Kwaje of the
human rights commission, and Prof. Bureng of the national parliament,
among others, failed to participate in the historic occasion as the
day was reduced to the level of only Eastern Equatoria.

Fr. Saturnino is credited with suggesting that Joseph Lagu, who was
from the Madi ethnic minority, lead the Anya-nya movement in its early
stage because of Lagu’s military background and training as the only
southern officer. Lagu later became a leading national and regional

It is on record that on receiving news of Fr. Saturnino’s death, the
Khartoum government sent a congratulatory message to the Ugandan
government for its collaboration in the assassination of someone they
termed an outlaw leader.

On the other hand, Sudan’s First Vice President and President of South
Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, a staunch Catholic, has ranked Fr.
Saturnino Lohure Hilangi with other legendary heroes of South Sudan’s
freedom struggle.

These include William Deng Nhial, assassinated on
May 5, 1968 in Bahr el Ghazal, Joseph Akol killed in 1970, Lado
Lokurnyang killed at Boma training camp in July 1983, Nyacigak
Nyacilluk killed in 1986 after capturing Boma garrison, Joseph Oduho
assassinated on March 27, 1993, William Nyuon Bany assassinated on
January 13, 1996, Kerubino Kwanyin Bol assassinated on September 10,
1999, and John Garang, killed in a plane crash on July 30, 2005, among


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  • 1 February 2009 04:05, by Nuer

    What is this historic nonsense from my brother Equatorians? This stupid historic event should have written in the 60s & 70s to generation who were alive by that time and involved in the movement. This historic Equatorian baselss has nothing to do with us here in the 21st century. What rhetoric Equatorian attemp to put themselves in the historic square. I’m Nuer. I defected. I’m alone. No with anybody. Equatorians and Dinkas.

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    • 1 February 2009 05:06, by sossa

      Nuer, people like Fr saturnino will be remembered by all nationalists, but defectors(look up the meaning), hmmm? Judas.

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      • 1 February 2009 05:29, by Nuer

        Should have been remembered long time ago. Don’t distract southerners from reality. It is not time for remembering but time for moving forward. We moving on.

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    • 1 February 2009 05:30, by Madhod

      Dear Mr. Nuer: please don’t be an idiot, we know that you are not a Nuer, and the Equatorians people also do know that you are not a Nuer. Why do you try to foul people. I do know that you are trying to recruit an army who can fight on your behalf against your rivals, because your are such a coward humanbeing who can’t even face his own rival face to face. We know who you are, you have been messing around in this website for so long trying to divide people. I have done an intensive research about you, only one piece of information is missing and you be surprise to see me knocking on your door my friend. This time there is no joking, truth must be spell out right, otherwise our people will be mislead by people like you. So refrain from your lucrative behavior, because we are getting sick of you. No Nuer, Equatorian, Dinka, Shilluk or any other tribe is a enemy to anybody. We stand United, and shall fall together and we shall win together! And for you, the only place you deserve is hell!! If we decide to spare you, we might send you to the Arabs, ok!

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      • 1 February 2009 14:52, by Luke Kuth Dak

        Dear Nuer,

        Fr. Saturnino is considered a hero all across the South. It’s self evidence... that our lack of knowlege about our history, is a major reason why we’re fighting one another, instead of fighting together agaist our common enemies. We need to appreciate those who have paved the way- with their lives- so that you and I will have a better future.
        Thank you!
        Luke Kuth Dak.

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      • 1 February 2009 20:08, by Nuer

        Why you crying? Stupid fools. Nuer liberate your asses and now you want to turn against us. Don’t even try. Those rhetoric events are useless to be written at this time. Anyone who died at that you not just be written about even they were not in the struggle. Anyway, your brother went and died in Uganda after running away. You are really stupid fools. We want to hear about current events and the future. Forget about the deads.

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    • 1 February 2009 15:07, by Luke Kuth Dak

      Dear Nuer:

      Late Fr. Saturnino Hilangi is considered a hero, all across the south. However, it’s self evidence that our lack of konwlege about our history, is indeed, the reason why we often fight with one another, instead of fighting together against our common enemies!

      We need to cmmomorate and appreciate those who have put thier lives in harms way, so that you and I may have a better future.

      It’s too bad that we seem to judge people by their tribal background, and not by who the really are!!

      Thank you!

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      • 19 February 2009 08:46, by 13012 Shepherd

        I respect him as a God’ servant (priest) and nothing more

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  • 1 February 2009 04:21, by Justin Chicago opiny

    Another Fr.Rufuldo Anywar was also murdered in Palabek Kitgum District around the same time. Father Anywar was a close friend and colleaque to Saturnino. He was also a very active person as far as the Anya-nya movement was concerned.
    Is there away also that his remains could be brought home?. Father
    Anywar is from Magwi county in Eastern Equatotria.

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  • 1 February 2009 11:57, by Jonglei Kuereng

    Why not mention Akout Atem, Gai, Tut Arok Thon Arok, Majier Gai and Yusuf Kuw if you are talking about the freedom fighters

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  • 2 February 2009 15:19, by Patriotic Bull

    Dear Mr Luke Kuth and Madhod,

    It`s always pleasant to have people like you who understand and focus on Unity of South Sudanese.
    I encaurge the way you address the divisive word said by this Visionless Mr Nuer as he called himself.
    Division always destroys and Unity makes power and prosperity.
    Please keep advising him such that he comes back to his senses, otherwise he may mislead Southern Sudanese.

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    • 3 February 2009 01:21, by Nuer

      Luke Kueth is a traitor.

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      • 19 February 2009 08:01, by mutesa

        I enjoy Nuer’s lunatic articles.Nuer is a nut, I encourage him to continue writing.People should not bother with a person who is unable to differentiate between good and bad.

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