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Jonglei returnees organize cultural show to help reintegration


By John Actually

February 26, 2011 (BOR) - Hundreds of returnees from Khartoum who have settled in Twic East, Duk and Bor counties of Jonglei state organized a cultural show at Bor secondary school, February 26, through Bor Youth Association, to show they were still in touch with their ethnic roots, in order to win the a acceptance of local people.

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Young men & women showing Dinka cultural dances at Bor Secondary school, Feb. 26, 2011 (ST)

The Bor Youth Association (BOYA) was formed by South Sudanese living in Khartoum in August 16, 1994 to unit people and keeps Dinka Bor cultures alive while in exile. Sudan second civil war (1983-2005) saw four million people displaced. Many fled to Sudan’s capital, where many lived in settlements and camps on the outskirts of the city.

South Sudan voted to become independent in July as part of the 2005 peace deal that ended decades of conflict. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have returned to the South in the last five years and have had to adjust from living in an urban to rural or less developed environment.

Different groups of women and men performed cultural dances of various kinds and wrestling. Wrestling was recently commercialized by the government of South Sudan in Juba in January. Jonglei’s ‘Freedom Stars’ were the winner of the South Sudan wrestling competition, beating Central Equatoria and Lake state teams.

People from South Sudan and Jonglei in particular fled their homes between 1983 and early 1990s when the war between Khartoum government forces and South Sudan rebels, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), was at its worst.

Bor was under heavy aerial bombardment in 1989, after it was recaptured by northern forces, killing many people.

Most of the returnees arrived from Khartoum ahead of January’s plebiscite in which South Sudanese overwhelmingly voted for independent South Sudan, which is soon to be in July 9.

Young women who have returned from Khartoum have received little or no courtship and have found looking for husbands difficult. Men who have returned from East African countries have also found there to be cultural differences upon their return. Language barrier is one of the main problems.

One young woman, Ayor Akech Kuai, told Sudan Tribune she has been shocked by the lack of engagements among young people. She urged young men to forgive girls who had bleached their skin while living in the north.

Having lighter skin is popular in the north and many girls use creams to make their skin lighter. The politics, media and culture of promoted by the Khartoum government is predominantly pro-Arab and Islamic.

Kuai said that young men should look past their whitened skin, saying that the girls will regain their original black color as time goes by. Identity was one of the issues that caused Sudan’s north-south civil war.

The commissioner of Bor county, Maker Lual Kur, welcomed the returnees to get reintegrated into their families and clans. He urges them not to commercialize marriage. Marriages in South Sudan often involve valuable dowries of cows and livestock.

The minister for Jonglei state local government, Diing Akol Diing, a disabled former member of the SPLA expressed his gratitude to returnees for voting for independence. He also called upon the government to give returnees residential plots in the state to make them feel at home.


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  • 27 February 2011 06:40, by Omoni Atari

    Look at our beautiful and rich culture in southern sudan,these are peace loving people, but Athor and kuol disturb them everyday.Maybe God bless you .

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    • 27 February 2011 23:13, by Alier Mareet

      Many thanks to Bor Youth Association for organizing this event in the heart of Borland. It’s crucial and vital for any human kind to preserve his or her own culutures, traditions, and customs because they are rich sources of pride and happiness. Equally important, keeping your own identity is a symbol of freedom and dignity. Keep it up and encourage others to do the same in entire new country.

      Furthermore, war has left us with foreign and abnormal behaviors and identities that will require decades to correct them but, they are doable so long as we have will, courage, and patience to tackle them one by one.
      Alier Kuereng

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  • 27 February 2011 07:00, by H5N1

    Intellectually malnourished Dinka reporter, has got nothing else to talk about.

    Foolish Majority AKA Food Warriors

    Life Without Food/Dinka Will Suffer (LWF/DWS)

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    • 27 February 2011 07:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      Monyjangdit/Dinkas/man of Men are unstopable in Sudan thanks so much Dinkas you are the eye to see the life. Dinkas you are the way to freedom and any one who is against you will suffer from their childrent to their grant childrn.
      Thank God i am Dinka With nothing to wurry.
      SPLA for DINKAS and few other. leadership for Dinkas with other people.
      If you don’t like Dinkas Go to hell and Dinkas are now on heaven.

      The superpower of Dinkas and their strategy MONJANG/DINKA cannot be deceived easily otherwise we would have not reached this golden opportunity. Hope and willingness can bring you bright future. A superpower is a state with a dominant position in the international system which has the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests. A superpower is traditionally considered to be one step higher than a great power
      To all southerners, this is a time to thank the great leadership of Dinka for this freedom of today. May God bless south Sudan and their brave leader

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      • 28 February 2011 06:58, by Born to Lead

        I dispute the philosophy of Dinka dancing because we fought for our freedom to get our own nation, at this crucial time we should focus on infrastructure not cultures.
        That stupid Governor make a dump idea, with his creativity and miltary mind South will remains undevelop. It is a time to resharp the Nation, many clashes are currently in Jonglei State and why this happens in his leadership as State governor.

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    • 27 February 2011 07:14, by Peter Elia Kuzee



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    • 27 February 2011 07:19, by Nhomlawda

      Dinka holds key to your success and dignity.
      When you left them in 1991, you were reduced to little monkeys, not able to control themselves, and think better, and the eventual result was to surrender to Khartoum to use you.
      Those guys are intellectually better than you with your rotten mind that only think disaster.
      Shame on you son of a traitor and a brainless traitor by default.

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      • 27 February 2011 07:31, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        Nuer must learn from their surrendered leader Mr riek machar tenydog.
        I heard that he [mr nassir gang leader] has been told about my writing critise him and called death against him everyday then he asked that if anyone know me he \/she can told me to go and talk to him.
        Well mr Nyagat you will never talk to me and you will never set you wicked foot in my state evnthought they called you vice president you will reain as a foolsh PHD with monkey barn death to you dr riek machar tebydog.

        My simple advice to Nuer writers is that they should forget trying to fix the past and start engaging themselves with genuine ideas for their upcoming generation. Time cannot be turned back; history is an event from a time that has gone by. As we speak we are making history. Stop writing primitive thoughts and start writing like a responsible citizen
        This will keep you under the shadow of mighty

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        • 27 February 2011 07:47, by Land-of-Cush

          Thank Dinka Bor for showing us your culture dance that you never forget.

          Dinka D S

          I think you are upnormal brother the way you alway talk against Nuer; the educated person who wish to be a leader in future can’t run politic in surch a way. Please see your doctor we don’t want to miss you!!
          God said love your nearest person as you love your selfe. If you are so kind toward human being God will increasing your days and internal life in the end of ages.

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    • 27 February 2011 08:54, by mayom maboung marek

      Mrs little H5N1, what scores have you got now of insulting people on the web, as saying goes little knowledge is a disease, you are qualified for that.

      coming to our Sisters who bleached their skin, gentlemen of the south do afraid of them.

      they do not stick to one man, they don,t hear what their parents say, they like night dance [discos]

      they are lazy, they don’t work hard, they like sleeping very much, they like eating every now and then, small food and fast food in market, they like Sweets, Tania, kisra, ful mesra [Egyptian beans]

      they like big money like 50 SDG for one day meal.
      they don’t like friends/visitors to be with you at home.

      they do complain of headace every day, they fake sickness like malaria, typhoid, Diarrheoa and Nausea etc.

      they want to attend every occasion in any place,
      they have many friends [girls] usually saying that she want to visit her one friend today and tomorrow for the other friend.

      they say 60 will go and 60 will come [men]. they like gossiping how one loiter from one Bar to an other Hotel.

      they are dethoothers, if you have money you own them if your pocket is empty they leave you.

      they don’t like journey probablly to cattle-camp to see the wined child, only they like to stay in town centres.

      their life is acustomed to those who speak Arabic, but we have few boys who know that languages, if one is there, then you are lucky to pick from them.

      they are malnourished [doing Rejim] south Sudan version is Nani.
      they don’t know style of talking, they talk like babies
      they don’t know one who is flirting and the serious mr Right man.

      they don’t like cooking big family food, wanting the family to buy fast food in the market.

      have I gone far, I pray for God blessing and forgiveness.

      mayom mabuong marek

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      • 27 February 2011 09:05, by Bol Deng

        Dear Mr Mayom Marek,

        You had made me laugh to tears.

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    • 27 February 2011 10:53, by Xeno


      You still rem. LWF....and the time you Nuer moved close to UN compound because you believed moving closer to the Compound will give you an opportunity to salvage first the trash thrown out from compound every morning before the Turkana kids arrive...hahaha

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    • 27 February 2011 15:37, by mayombo

      Thankxs for being honsest to your self it true we are the Water, food, selter,and life of Southern Sudanese without us life will become hard for the entire Sudan, we are the way the true and the life who ever want peaceful life in Sudan shuold come thruoght Dinka

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  • 27 February 2011 07:09, by Bol Deng


    I thought that you might have depressed otherwise you would appreciate the culture of Southerners.
    If not then there might be something that bother you in your dwelling. thanks

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  • 27 February 2011 07:13, by Jeti

    Dinka-Bor, I’m very proud of you for you are the only community still keeping Dinka culture. Ayor Akech Kuai, thanks for admitting that bleaching is not liked in Bor. I know it wasn’t your interest to bleach but it was due to arabization. Natural skin is beautiful.

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  • 27 February 2011 08:12, by unityfirst1

    Welcome back to your own ancestral land,i love your dancing style and the way you have preformed your culture.keep the good spirit highl and enjoy the everlasting freedom.

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  • 27 February 2011 10:49, by Aristotle

    Dinka bor, your greatness is beyond appreciation from within and outside, your only problem is that you are sharing the state with monkeys.however it is a burden given to you by nature, you have to do much to correct their lifestyle of robbery,child abduction and reckless defecation. Aristotle, is an european expert in southern Sudanese socio-economic and political arena.

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  • 27 February 2011 13:34, by Liberator

    Dengcol Malual

    I know exactly what’s you were tried to say, even though, the article talked about raped and tortured...

    I wanted you to reveals yourself, since I know that you’re from United States Air force reserve(may be active now).

    So, you’re defending Gier Chuang about the report provided by the same people who are facilitating the training of South Sudan police forces.

    Please this isn’t U.S Army, Air force or Marines boot PT/ and did you psyc-opt training.

    The police isn’t only PT but tactical training which involves various law enforcement techniques.

    But this isn’t U.S Navy special op elite(Know by only their ACRONMY(SEALS) where a potential candidate goes through a rigorous training i.e swiming in negative degree temperature..or Marine Force Recon, Army Rangers,,or the Delta force of Air force..in each of this they goes through rigorous training according to the needs of each branch’s need.

    So, Please don’t mixed orange with apple..stay in your profession or go back home and help build a professional air force..but with such comment from you, you’re degrading yourself.

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