No community is the enemy to other community, a wrong choice of words by enemies of peace

BY: John Adoor Deng, Australia, JUN/27/2014, SSN;

The choices of words continue to add insults into the already worsen situation in South Sudan. All we hear daily are people saying that, Dinka is a bad community, Nuer community is bad, Murle community is worse and even generalise that Equatorian (combination of multiple groups) communities are obnoxious just to name a few. However, not only did these culprits stop from there, they mouthed that Dinka community is the enemy to Nuer community, Murle community is the enemy to Dinka, and so are Equatorian and Shilluk communities enemies to both Dinka, Nuer and Murle and vis-versa and the list is endless.

Thus, a foreigner who is fed with this vague information could realistically see no sense of cohesion and hope of a united country. Some of the badly fed foreigners go to their countries to project bad image of our country. Of course, this piece is here to demystify such fallacious.

Day and night I argue that no community is the enemy to other community, and there is no such thing as absolute community collective enmity towards other groups.

Indeed, I do not disbelieve that there are conflicts that in some cases partially involve the above communities, either in the forms of cattle raiding, child abduction or recently politically motivated conflicts.

However, the correct definitions of such conflicts are intrinsic motivation of individuals wanting to achieve certain ambitions or goals. Arguably, these communities to some extent are collided by few elements that waged assaults to achieve not community collective goals but their individual interests.

For example, the cattle raiding initiatives are concocted by young people outside their communities’ conventions, in other words, community opinion leaders do not play a part in such acts. The chief in Murle, for example, deal with cases of his chiefdom, priests in murle deal with his evangelistic ministries and both have nothing to do with cattle raiding if the case of cattle raiding was launched by elements of murle youths.

In politics, some actors used the communities as their shield and cover to achieve their goals. In recent conflicts, there was no need to massacre innocent civilians in Juba who’ve nothing to do with Riek Machar or the detainees.

Also, the massacre in Bortown was baseless as those civilians killed in Bor had nothing to do with Kiir Mayardit and his inner circles in specific terms. These elements who killed civilians on both sides of the conflicts have this fallacy in mind that, “they are Nuer, and we are dinka, we must kill them, they are dinka, and we are Nuer we must kill them.”

All these acts were done outside of communities’ conventions. Apparently, the Dinka community and Nuer community continue to work together socially; they intermarry each month despite these conflicts. In Juba and Australia and elsewhere marriages between Dinka, Nuer, Murle and Equatorian are taking place. No community is the enemy to any community, and the choice of words must change in order to delimit the context of the conflict.

We cannot afford to be referred to as enemies to one another. We are naturally placed on one piece of land religiously, conditioned to work together as brothers and sisters inhabiting this proudest land of Cush, South Sudan. The word choice of words and the demonic generalisation of conflict must be got rid of from those brothers and sisters who only, unfortunately, found comfort in talking, inciting conflicts between our blessed communities.

The Author is John Adoor Deng, BA, BTH, MPRL, MPPP(current) and director of South Sudan Support Foundation. He is reachable by emailing: johnadoordeng@yahoo.com.au


3 Comments

  1. Eli says:

    John Adoor,
    Very profound and sense of nationhood, I agree with you in your article. But words of peace and harmony don’t mean a lot to our people at this point, the whole nation of South Sudan is in mourning, the nation is bleeding, the nation is weeping, the nation is going through an unimaginable human sorrows and pains, the nation lose trust in the very government they voted for, the leaders who sing songs of liberation not as their people’s prides but the pride of one party system the gluttonous, selfish, greedy, arogant, divisive, looters, land grabbers, tribalist, undemocratic, unpatriotic, evil government of hopeless Kirr. The damage was done and all the above atrocities committed will not go away just by mere few words, there has to be genuine reconciliations, there has to be asking for forgiveness and there has to be consequences and penalties for such deeds and then we can talk of unification and peaceful co-existence.
    It is a nice attempt by a concerned citizen like yourself, but I think those kine kind of articles need to come from the ruling elites like the sitting president and his rivals.
    Adoor, I am sorry but I don’t think our people are ready for peaceful coexistence yet.
    But this is just my opinion.
    Eli
    SS

  2. Ogalam says:

    John Adoor,
    I think your attacked on foreigners is totally misguided. The level of hatred and bitterness among the South Sudanese communities has reached such higher that we had not experienced before. This is a reality and we have to talk about it. However people like you what us to believe that it is a propaganda from foreigners. Let us stop from making us scapegoat to our own making. Our country is breaking into pieces in front of our own eyes and we still keep on blaming others. So do not be surprised soon if you hear SPLM is divided into communities namely SPLM-Dinka, SPLM-Nuer, SPLM-Fartit, SPLM-Bari, SPLM-Zande etc.

    Kiir has sown seed of hatred among communities when he openly discriminate and ask his community to kill others. As I write, a plan by your community to kill Equatorians around Juba for supporting federalism has been uncovered. Kiir continue to turn community against each other but you guys have kept quite on this. How can South Sudan know peace when Mr. Salvadore is busy arming his community to kill others.

  3. Eli says:

    Ogalam
    Thanks for your enlightenment about what is forthcoming, I for one had already warned Equatorians about what is about to transpire in Equatoria over and over on this very website. We Equatorians are not immune from genocide about to take place in our own cities and towns and villages, the indication is very clear when you go around and see most Dinka citizens are carrying guns and they are not soldiers, the recruitment of Kirr’s Bahr Ghazalian special militia forces.
    Besides, we are very aware from its inception, SPLA was formed to destabilize Equatoria, to divide and control the Equatorians by them the Dinkas offering positions for few out-of-touch and non patriotic Equatorians who are self-serving, this is not new, the Jalabas did it for many years.
    Although we Equatorians fought in the Anyanya movements and we supported the SPLA since its inception, our objective was one; to get independence from the North Sudan. We new from the beginning that we can not get alone with the Born-to-rule mentality of the minority Dinka spearheads.
    The question is what are we going to do? Should we settle for the status quo just because we got our independence from the North? The Answer is a big NO, we refuse to be controlled or downtrodden, not especially by people who for the most part depend on us for their own survival from their enemies.
    You see radical dinkas are pushing their agenda to intermarry with Equatorians, to have as many mixed blood children so as to claim their validity, so as to abandon their own land and move to mingle with Equatorians to spare them from being annihilated by the Arabs, the Nuers, Murles and all those hostile neighbors of theirs.
    The solution here is only one; WE MUST START OUR OWN REBELLION RIGHT HERE IN EQUATORIA, WE NEED TO ARM OURSELVES, BEING IT LOCAL WEAPONS AND THE MODERN STYLE WE NEED TO FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR NOT ONLY OUR RIGHTS BUT OUR SURVIVAL LIKEWISE.
    I concur with GRECOR founder Prof. Wani Lokitari, in his speech on http://www.nyamile.com, that our people need to rebel and fight Kirr’s dinkocrazy kingdomship, we either start military resistance now or we will be forced to act after the next genocide about to take place VERY SOON again in Equatoria, by the Salva Kirr’s dinka militias to our armless civilians.

    BREAKING NEWS
    Speaking of genocide; our three governors, our most educated people, our politicians, our Equatorian inside (SPLA) military elites and the youth groups are already on the list of targeted assassination by Kirr’s militia who are blood thirsty and are armed to their teeth just waiting for an order to start massacring inside the three Equatorian states.

    The first move is we need to alarm the International Communities, the troika (USA, Norway, Britain), the ICC in Geneva, the Europeans, and our African friends about what is about to happen in Equatoria;

    “GENOCDE IS LOOMING AGAINST EQUATORIANS”.

    I URGED ALL DIASPORA PEACE LOVING SOUTH SUDANESE AND YOU EQUATORIANS TO COME OUT ON THE STREETS OF INTERNATIONAL CITIES TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE NEXT GENOCIDE SOON TO TAKE PLACE IN EQUATORIA, LET ALL YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND CHURCH CONGREGATIONS AROUND THE WORLD TO KNOW THE COMING PLANS BY PRESIDENT KIRR TO START KILLING AGAIN IN EQUATORIA.
    PLEASE PRAY FOR THE ROTECTION OF INNOCENT VICTIMS SUCH AS THE ELDERLY, CHILDREN, WOMEN, OUR YOUTH, THE SICK AND VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETIES.

    RISE UP AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. NO TO GENOCIDE.

    Eli
    SS

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