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South Sudan to enact child adoption policy


By James Gatdet Dak

January 2, 2009 (JUBA) – The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) resolved to workout a policy that would legalize child adoption by non-biological parent(s) in the region.

The policy will make it possible for families in need of child to legally adopt children through the consent of their families and application of the law.

It is aimed at giving chance to neglected children to be adopted through legal processes and to minimize the practice of child abduction by those who have no other legal means of getting a child.

The resolution was passed in the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday one week after five children were recovered in Pibor County of Jonglei state after they were previously abducted from Central and Eastern Equatoria states by a group of cattle raiders from the Murle community.

The Community has been widely accused of the practice of abducting children by other neighboring communities, and efforts previously exerted by the Government to halt the practice that has gone on for decades failed.

Among the recently recovered five children in the County during the visit of the Vice President, Riek Machar to the area, two of them are identified as children of a relative of Madam Agnes Lukudu Loro, Minister of Wildlife and Tourism.


In their encounter with the Vice President in Pibor County, the Murle community leaders condemned the practice but defended the origin of their action and argued that they were “accepting and bringing up children rejected by certain societies” in order to give them to their childless families.

In the Pibor’s meeting the Jonglei state government was represented by the Minister of Finance who was delegated by Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk to tour the state counties with the Vice President.

The Murle particularly accused their Dinka Bor neighbors of allegedly being a party to the origin of the child trade in the state that has now become a crime widely condemned by both the Government and other communities in Southern Sudan.

To the Murle chiefs, the practice started decades ago as a free non-commercial adoption of Dinka Bor children who were rejected by their families mainly because they were initially born out of wedlock and then brought to the Murle community who accepted them for adoption for childless families.

They further explained that the non-commercial adoption gradually turned into a commercial exchange of Murle cows with Bor’s rejected or stolen children, until it became a full blown direct stealing and forceful abduction of children by the Murle from the neighboring communities.

However, the Dinka Bor community chiefs have been dismissing as unfounded the claim by the Murle community on the issue.

The policy to adopt a child and which is being processed by the Ministry of Gender, Social Welfare and Religious Affairs before it is discussed and passed by the parliament will give chance for adoption to neglected children through legal processes and may minimize child abduction practices by those who are in need of children and have no other legal means to get them.


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  • 3 January 2009 05:29, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Good move Law will judge everything if being practice on the hands of the right people not junglese, but for the dinka children i think that there is no for complain since they sold their children to murle because of cattle. Its their business Goss does not need to put his hands on this matter. This is thesame that they are trying to trade with Equatoria with land, but we’ll never sell our land with moron kids.

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    • 3 January 2009 08:57, by Gatwech


      Is it the well known traditional greed and slave mindedness of the Dinka Bor people that resulted to selling their children to the Murle tribe? I used to hear about this story before but I couldn’t believe it, but the people were really telling the truth. The Murle were led into this criminality by the Dinka Bor themselves and so both communities are responsible for this inhumane crime. Even the Arab child traffickers were also telling the same story that the Dinkaweed were selling their children to them, but later would cry that they were abducted by the Arabs in Bahr el Ghazal. Such people with this inhumane, barbaric and greedy weak hearts cannot build a good nation. The Dinkaweed should be told by other tribes to weed out such barbaric culture.

      I also congratulate the South Sudan government for making child adoption legal so that neglected Bor children can be adopted by Murle and other communities through legal process not through Bor stealing the children and selling them to Murle or Murle stealing or abducting Bor’s and other people’s children. Weed out this barbaric culture Dinkaweed!!!!!

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      • 3 January 2009 10:13, by Jacob

        Stealing childern is AMURLE’S culture and they are proud of that.This culture came about due to Murle being sicked of syphis which could not allowed them to produced children of their own. There are no pproves that Dinka sold their children to them. What about these children from Equatoria related to the minister of wildlife. Who sold those children to Murle.Please those write on this wetsite give respects to other ethnic group.You will not be unkown at all when you disappeared on earth.Pleaes be constructive and work for your clans or relatives and South Sudan at large instead of diving people on tribes bases.

        JK GAMR

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        • 3 January 2009 10:39, by Gatwech


          I know that truth hurts you most of times, but should be told. Unless you have not read the article as I read it, the Murle are abducting children now, true, but they said it was started as child adoption and exchange with cows between them and Dinka Bor until it developed into stealing by both sides and abduction by Murle. The Dinka Bor can be blamed for introducing this inhumane child trade that consequently made the Murle go wild to abduct children. Can you get it right, or am I reading invisible paragraphs that you don’t see?

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          • 3 January 2009 20:38, by Positive Hendrik

            Hallo my friends,

            We are talking about children!!! Juveniles.
            Do you have children ???????
            Children do not have a glue about the Law. They do not have any possibility to defend or to use any force.
            We as adults have to look in the mirror. When you should be involved in abduction as a child victim, what are your possibilities??? Nothing.
            What can we learn about this tragedic subject:
            If you have information about a child, suspect, criminal groups or else connected with abduction/child trade, pls inform your police or CIE. Ever heart of Child Rights???, also a chapter of the CPA. Let’s start with the prevention, and in a positive way.

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            • 4 January 2009 00:49, by black man world

              I let this haters hate me until they fade away lol for u bewich son of whore u need to hate by it aint gona take u no where but fade away like aches, u will never prosper u are jst a caurse to this planet earth bro. Late God bring his judgement to the table and sinners like u will be burn lol man i wonder if u ever go to church or moques not gondeng thou lol because jesus says they are false prophet so i wonder if u learn the book of bible or anything with truth in it lol man u r curse to ur mama and to black man, ni99aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa get an education to ur self bitch

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              • 4 January 2009 02:27, by Emo Tongun

                Bor community,

                I am really shoch, from the beginning, i don’t uderstand this issue is like that. I thought maybe Murle were just thieves stealing and abducting these children from where-ever they could found because they have disease syplis, that causes them to have childless problems.

                But the reality was totally different: OOOOHHH!!!. actually it was the Bor Dinka community that started the business of selling or giving out their children in return of cows!!! OOOHHH My goodness i can’t believe that. This is totally Madness, inhuman, practices, Oh God save my soul!!!.

                Is late Garang knows that??!!! Oh, maybe i don’t know.I see, that is why? he rejected Murle in the SPLA yes! Oh it’s true. And Murle have no option only to seek protection from SAF. This evil practices Bor Dinka even make it officially, They give you a child, and you give them a cow. That is why they love cows to death. If a cow dies they will cry, cry, cry; But if a human dies they ran away from that Mora leaving the dead body inside their Racoba for the Vultures to eat the skin and borns.

                That is why even Bor,is the short form of BORN: BOR. BORN TO Murle for COWS. Then they turn it to born to rule, they take Murle name out,Oh, Oh.

                I think Murle got a lot of informations a but BOR.

                Then, why are they comlaining, if their great great great grand fathers value cows than humans. that is their problem.

                But we in the South will not allowed Bor Dinka to remain primitive: government of South Sudan must work hard to let Bor Dinka get civilized quickly, because they are trying to pull other civilized tribes to act also tribalistically.

                Cows exchange for child made me sick in my stomch.!!!

                we don’t want a bank in the South: ( Child For Cow )or CFC. we need only NCB.


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          • 5 January 2009 08:49, by Jacob

            Gatwech, Thank you for your response.I appreciated the writing but,sometimes you look as if you are bias to one side.Incase you are an eye openner thank for that but let support positives developments


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  • 4 January 2009 04:15, by WomenPower

    Dear Brothers,
    The question of adoption is not as easy as it is posted here. Once a law like this is passed you need to ask what will come next. Yes it looks like they are trying to resolve an area problem, but I believe that in Sudan no one is an orphan. We all have extended families who can step in. Furthermore any real orphans should be the responsibility of the government.
    Why I say this, we are in a country that may have( on paper under the desk somewhere) but dose not practice any children protection laws, once these children are adopted the question is for what?
    What are these adults going to use them for? who will monitor that? And now lets go further, will we end up selling these children for organs, into sex slavery etc... why are you so closed minded, look at the world what is happening to children and we are talking about societies that are fully functioning with all the support systems in place yet they can not stop the abuse that happens.
    The government in areas like ours should step in, enforces laws that will punish these malpractices of abduction that should be the focus not making adoption laws, but of most have the best interest of these children at heart.
    After all the children are our only hope and gateway to peace and stability, you can not change the old corrupted, outdated and green minds but you can cultivate the new fresh minds that can finally bring the long awaited dream to the nation.

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    • 4 January 2009 05:56, by black man world

      LOL i call this DUMB report from who ever report this. my first question to this pathetic politician is were did you collect your informations? and if you does did you talk to any Bor community or Murle that BOR sell kids to them lol bro u are so stupid with your report you need to go to hell, first of all how dare would any of my dad for me to my 18 great great parent sell a human being to none father or none bilogical father if you not truly sick to beleive this lol you guyz dont have mind to think soming if its true as it sound or is lie, think about if Dinka Bor were selling their kid were could great khorom the army come from it should be from MURLE and that should have make murle a big community for God sake you guyz need to stop your dumb politic and be clean that will be understandable to other
      may God bless u and ur pathetic beleivers

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      • 5 January 2009 04:01, by Emo Tongun

        My friend.....

        This information of Bor selling thier Children in return for cows is true, and i think anybody believe it now. Because said that they were in the past not even interested in children; they need only cows. But Bor Dinka are the one who started the exchange of Child for a Cow. because they have some unwanted children born by mistake; my be illigal pregnancy, then they will decide to "give it a way" in return of cows. because they don’t use the word "sell" but give it a way: Is that true?, can some one tell us what is true?.


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        • 6 January 2009 04:08, by black man world

          first of all you talk of want to educate DINKA BOR lol state ur phrase and read it again ur self u jst make me laugh man. again am so young, if you see me you couldnt beleive it my brother me born as Dinka Bor with high diginity and respect in me for anyone that respect me, So if you are here talking about eduaction that make me laugh because in this sudan or make it southsudan were in hell did you see or heard of anything important with out Dinka Bor my brother lol and matterfact come here to abroad man and see how man of this people you talk trash about are here. only your eyes will beleive and finally respect this people sooner or later, and my friend there will be no southsudan with out this Bor community you hate. man me i been in school with kids from madi, kakwa, kuku, pagulu, lokoro, zande, even neur lol and none of this kids got grades higher than mine since i start what u call education lol and i was born there DINKA BOR baby lol so supprise will be your give in coming centuries. Do you think John Garang Die for nothing lol he died but he live here in abroad my brother lol jst come here man take a look in every united state cities and see sudanese communities how many DINKAz or DINKA Bor native graduate every summer my brother before you talk of illitrate about thy people
          God is the truth not any man in this world but trut God and he will trust you, praise him and he will give you what you need. and above all respect athers and you will be respect, and i advice you not to hate for what you dont really know because politic is lies and thatz what exactly going on i n sudan so go ahead and beleive what you heard but it wont take you no where. AMEN

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