Nuer massacre: Blood money feeds in bad history

“There is time for everything, time for sadness, happiness, poverty and a time for having wealth.”

BY: Diu Tut Deng, JUBA, FEB/17/2014, SSN;

The elaboration on the South Sudan Seven weeks’ conflict tells us that the war was because of irresponsibility that means it is a baseless war which has caused 10,000 lives. The war broke up with the ethnic cleansing for the first time in the history, since old Sudan.

Nuer were targeted simply because they are Nuer together with Dr. Riek Machar, the current SPLM/A in opposition leader. The president Gen. Kiir Mayardit started to plan this senseless war since 2006 and evaluated his planning in 2012-2013 when he found that the presidential guards unit was dominated by Nuer NCOs and he has got no way to relieve them.

Mr. President was advised by kinship advisers to train Special Forces for the target, especially Riek Machar and his Nuer people, Kiir implemented this and ordered Paul Malong Awan and Bol Madut to recruit 15,000 youths from Dinka Rek of Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

The Special Forces were recruited and trained illegally without consent from Chief of General staffs General Hoth Mai who is Nuer and the SPLA Director for training, General Thomas Cirillo who is from Equatoria.

These forces were trained in Warrap state, the home state of Mr. President Kiir and later transferred some to Juba Luri, the great farm of the President where his cattle are camped and a private barracks for Mr. President.

These private guards completed their training in Luri with nothing in mind except against Nuer a target because they’re a threat to Dinka Government (this is the way they call Government of South Sudan as Dinka government).

Because Riek Machar declared his intention to run for SPLM chairmanship in 2015 elections as SPLM flag bearer, they’re told Riek would change the system which many had termed Dinka dominant system or Dinkocracy or whatever name you call it.

Dr. Riek also wanted a federal system of governance and liberal democracy and against corruption, which a good number of elite Dinka opposed.

The rift grown up within the special army of Mr. President Kiir, trust no one except Dinka tribe and speak Dinka language, after the training their military weapons were brought from Uganda toward the end June 2013 and beginning of July the same year.

SPLA spokesperson appeared on SSTV announcing to the public that “you will hear sound of the big Gun at the side of the Luri and don’t get frightened, it’s part of military training.”

In the middle of July 2013 President Kiir graduated his private army privately without knowledge from his Chief or Director of training, he addressed them in Dinka till the end of the program which eye witnesses said that he was talking about Nuer…Nuer …Riek..Riek..1991… and the new reshuffle underway.

On 20th July 2013, he brought 7,000 of his special forces into Juba, most of whom are found rooming around J-2 and the president’s residence in Hai Amarat and others in Jebel and Southern Barrack.

President was well aware that even if he dissolved the Cabinet his army would have to calm down the situation plus the addition of the army brought from Uganda, UPDF.

For this reason Kiir gained the momentum and on 23rd July 2013 he fired his Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

Tension started immediately because Pres. Kiir had the intention to arrest Dr. Riek, who’d spoken out about the weakness of the President before he was removed.

In the mean time, tensions increased between the original presidential guards composed of a good number of Nuer commanded by Maj-Gen. Marial Chinoung, a Dinka and deputized by brigadier Yien Makuach, a Nuer, and the newly recruited all-Dinka presidential guards.

Now Kiir had to silence Riek Machar by using State powers and his special forces of his tribesmen to arrest this “notorious man who wanted to compete against me,” according to him.

On the scheduled date of SPLM National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting the tension had risen and the president even had refused to shake hands with Dr. Riek who is his deputy in the party.

This let Dr. Riek to boycott the meeting with his group on the second day. Then on that second day of the meeting Kiir ordered Marial, the commander of the presidential guards, to disarm Nuer soldiers and the following day arrested all those who had boycotted the meeting.

The execution of the president’s order took immediate effect; Marial started to move from meeting venue Nyakuron Cultural Centre to the Barracks and armed Dinka soldiers in the units and at 8:40pm they were done in the rearming.

At the meantime, the rumors of the rearming was already detected by Nuer soldiers in the same units but they knew where their rifles were, being in the third store which was dominated by Nuer guards.

But then one of the Dinka, a major, moved toward the store and told Nuer store keepers to stay back from the rifles store and said “this is the order from the major General Marial that those in the afternoon have to be replaced by others now.”

The Nuer soldiers dishonored the major order and became totally alerted on their disarmament. At 9:39 pm the same major with five soldiers came back to store keepers and fired at store guards.

This was believed to be the first bullet which has escalated to something different now, when the bullets were exchanged the major was killed on spot and the Nuer Soldiers managed to break the store and arm themselves.

Then the fights were on and the Nuer Soldiers in the presidential guards took control of the Barracks in the first place and the Dinka soldiers with the other Nuer soldiers who thought it should be government fighting the mutinies retook from them and then the retake continued till Monday 16/12 2013 at 2:00 pm which marked the last withdrawal from the Nuer conflicted Presidential guards.

What happened in South Sudan on the December 15th-2013 clearly doesn’t qualify as a coup d’etat, which in military doctrine should be plotted by military powers not political powers; there must be military commanders who were involved in the coup.

The most problematic was that the country’s policy was overlapped by a Dinka policy and Army policy was also overlapped by the Dinka policy as well as SPLM party is overlapped too.

Second issue was that the Dinka fear to lose the independence dividends which are only enjoyed mostly by them if there was to be political change in the country.

In the context of this provocative war President Kiir termed it “failed coup,” in the fact that he would want to gain international support which was unfortunate.

After he has seen the lack of international support he begun to plan and use money to cover the tribal cleansing that was done in Juba which almost half of the Nuer tribe was butchered in Juba.

Many analysts and other political commentators in the world termed it the killing of Nuer tribe by the government forces (President’s Special Forces) is the “mere genocide like Rwanda genocide of 1994”, but my personal viewed is not like Rwanda genocide simply because, the Tutsi and Hutu had killed each other.

But the reality came differently for the South Sudan case, because Nuer were killed in cold blood; if it was to be coup those victims have nothing to do with the military coup because most of them were civilians, children and women and if it was to be war between Dinka and Nuer they would have to depended themselves.

It was triggered in the funny way to let Dinka massacre the Nuer in the Name of the government disarmament door-to-door search of guns which is in fact developing Dinkocracy, according to ElHag Paul (the system which promotes Dinka interest and cleansing of non-Dinka).

I have also learnt something that the Nuer massacre was not from the blue, it was usual system of south Sudan government whenever there is a threat to government from any figure whether politically or otherwise, the reward would be the killing of the members of so and so tribe.

The good example for this was the mutinies of Johnson Uliny (Shilluk) and David Yau Yau (Murle) whom their tribe members were massacred respectively and now the Nuer massacre which is overall.

President Kiir has faced some challenges after Nuer Massacre which he thinks some of whom have survived his mass killing, and he doubt whether he will be free at the end or not.

Then the only best way is to use money to be given to Nuer Politicians and generals so that they would never mind of who died in his/her family members or his former voters and cover the image of trickier tribal war which he has fuelled.

This has done some moves from the Nuer politicians and generals who have received a lot of monies which we called now the blood money that feed in the bad history.

The President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has also received these monies and let the Sons and daughters of the Republic of Uganda to die in mass just simply to gain millions of dollars of the blood money to feed for the selfish wealth in the future after losing power.

The issue now is on the people who were licensed by their own people to go and talk on their behalf in the South Sudan National legislative assembly (SSLA) as well as state assembly contrary to the mandate, the legislators has discarded in surprise disguise of the massive death of their constituencies members.

Nuer were butchered while their MPs were silent with Dollars and S. Sudan pounds after and before the mass killing in Juba.

The fragile situation was specifically on them (the Nuer), none of the Minister/MPs from Nuer sons and Daughters resigned with the exception of the members of the state council and august house who were personally targeted because of their ethnicity.

No matter how best they were supporting Kiir in the Parliament and in the National Liberation Council (NLC), all their effort were in vain and now they have gone into exile.

Nuer will asked some questions to their elected MPs, one of the time, if they are told vote for me, they will reply who are you? I am so and so, I don’t know you, when we were killed you didn’t says anything while investing with our blood, please die out.

When we fought in the bush, we fought for democracy, what happened now the Cde, C- in -C and the President of the Republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit dictates people like nothing?

This showed that the Party led Government under Salva Kiir has abandoned the core value in which this organization (SPLM) was formed and fought for it in 1983 up to independence of South Sudan.

His dictatorship tendencies swayed leadership tribally, which has driven the tribal lobbing in ministerial positions to every South Sudanese politician.

This is the spirit of divide and rule policy which rifts the communities and causes annihilation in South Sudan.

Inclusion I would like to urge those who called government of south Sudan our government (Akuma bi tana ) we will not give this power( Akuma kene, a ca bi gam) that this God gift Land which we call now Republic of South Sudan is not for one tribe neither one region nor one man show.

It’s for all south Sudanese and it needs democracy which we will see ourselves in the mirror of the good governance.

The war itself will not help Dinka government or Nuer, I believe the Nuer massacre in Juba and the burning of their houses by the government forces in Malakal, Bentiu will not help and will not make them surrender.

I know very well that if the rebels fought Ugandans and North Sudan based rebels to the last man, surely, they will reach Juba if the barrel of the gun is the solution.

For now I don’t see the signs of reconciliation which the majority have spoken about, but it’s nothing but just on the lips, president cancelled it and no more no less.

The writer is the south Sudanese and a survivor of the Nuer Massacre in Juba in miyethaba(107 area) and slept for two good nights with 180 dead bodies in the room where they were collected and roasted with bullets in my elder brother home in miyethaba area and on 17 I was arrested on my way again when I tried to escape to UNMISS for safety but luckily enough I was save by man which I was told later to be Geng Mathuok Gengdit by his former colleague who is soldier with him. But I thanks God that my spirit is still safe. And may God bless Geng. And can reach by email:


  1. waaaaaaaaaaw what a factual opinion!!!

    DIU TUT DENG, you got the point brother.
    the so-called Nuer MPs has never condemned the massacre of their brothers, fathers in tribes simply because of the bloody money they received from kiir mayardit.
    incompetent Magok Rundial went to UGANDA and appreciated the Ugandan parliament instead,
    i think they will be going to WARRAP went the time comes.

  2. Majongdit says:

    This boy is a mere liar. You can see that stories in this piece are all fabrications. The last part here indicates all when he arrogantly states that the Nuer rebels will fight and surely reach Juba. Juba is a neutral ground both for rebels and Dinka but they it running with their own feet on 15-17 Dec. How did they leave Juba in the first place to think they can easily move back to Juba?
    Riek is spoiling the country and he is doing worst to the Nuer. What they call rebels are mobilized civilians issued with guns and directed to go attack and loot towns. And no doubt, they stand losing more everyday and every single move.
    Instead of continuing with this useless war, it is better to accept one another and embrace peace.

    • Tom Kijana Lodu says:


      No jenge will ever accept any Nuer narrative of what happened whatsoever. Dinkocracy is real and has broken the social togetherness of South Sudan. What has happened to the Nuer was only a start which the jenges want to extend to Equatorians. The earlier the Equatorians woke up the better. Dinkocrracy must be defeated by all means, if not South Sudan must break apart. I am not sure if the jenges were aware what their actions would lead to. I am convinced all Equatorians must now cleanse all their lands from these people (no jenge IDPs in Equatoria, no food transport to jenge heartlands, no social mixing, get guns whenever possible, be ready). An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth that is their languageIt is great that all 3 Equatorian governors are mobilizing their people not to attck but to defend. But if jenges want a show down, then equatorians must be ready, otherwise they will be slaughtered like the poor Nuer civilians in Juba.

  3. Kikiji says:

    Dear Tut,
    I equally share the sorry and the pain which our brothers the Nuer went through in Juba. Indeed a lot of people died for no cause. Simply put because of being a Nuer. Being a Nuer is not by choice but God given. So to kill people without any reason is a crime against humanity. It’s an open secret in Juba and known by all the people that Nuer people regardless of age, gender were killed in cold blood. People who have nothing to do with the government, they fend for themselves have nothing to receive from the government. Our government loss track.
    I also condemn killings in cold blood of Dinkas in Akobo. These are simply people who have gone work. Employed by NGOs to serve the Nuer community. As the say goes, two wrongs can nerve make right. The Nuer youths should have not acted in such a barbaric way. Taking blood of an innocent person should be condemn by the peace loving people.
    Radical reforms are urgently need in South Sudan. Being political, Civil service, military, we need reforms to be instituted. Our leaders have messed up this country. The president has ran out ideas he need to step down now and pave way for competent leader to take over. Every thing in South Sudan is wrong. There is no army in the world that resemble the structure we have here. Thousand of officer. Hundred of generals without foot soldiers. Where are we heading to?
    The Civil Service is rotten up to the core. Fake academic documents are used for recruitment in to public service. The public service has no mechanism to verify academic transcript. This let most top decision making position to be occupied by quacks. This is the source of loss of money. Contracts signed are not value for money at all.
    The election that brought Salva to power was sham. He competed alone. Dr. Lam was not given opportunity to sell his ideas to the electorate. How you say, you were elected with landslide victory when your opponent was lock/prevent from traveling to some locations in the Country? The supporter of Dr. Lam were hunted and beaten in broad day light a case in point is Dr. Funda. He later died. His death might have come as a result of the beating.
    Tribalism is rooted in all sector of the government. Find out the owners of those companies that supplied dura, over 90% of them are Dinka from Warap and NBG.
    If we need change, then the change must start from up. Salva should resign to save his good name for him to enter into his books and walk with his up in pride.

    • Jimmy says:

      Mr. Tut
      You can post any bias article on this web as long as the free speech is a right.
      Your words are all propaganda Riak is not better than Kiir 100% I sure you. Riak is fighting unnecssary war don’t think we don’t know what we are donig. We Suothern Sudanese are waiting for election of 2015 which is around the corner and we know exactly who to vote for in a peaceful manner.

  4. Kidepo says:

    Very Bad situation. I almost shade my tears after reading this article!

    May God curse dinkas forever, dinkas should never stay in peace with any community because they are unfit!

  5. Malith Alier says:

    I can see a big love for what is Nuer. However, Nuers have been tolerated enough as seen with the following people who have switched sides several times i.e. rebel countless time.
    1. Gatdet 2. Tanginye 3. Gatwich Dual 4. Riek Machar 5. countless others.

  6. Mading says:

    Kidepo Get it clear that the one who saved his life, if you believed that history is not Nuer, he is a Dinka. So what is taking place in our country today is not a war between Dinka and Nuer.

  7. Majongdit says:

    Mi Diit changes his screen name from web to web and from post to post…that is it for a desperate man…now we sleep. He does nt sleep. Go on boy it pays you so well! But forget your Riek being the President of South Sudan. The next President of South Suan after Salva Kiir is going to be an Equatorian. Period!

  8. Chol Dau says:

    You “slept for two good nights with 180 dead bodies in the room” Mr. Diu?
    What a sad way to discredit your own article!

  9. flora says:

    So many lives have been lost in this useless war. Should many more continue being lost or should we give peace a chance? South Sudan belong to more than 65 tribes and Nuer and Dinkas should humble themselves before God and give peace a chance.

  10. Joel says:

    These two tribes will never manage to steer this country in the right way. They are birds of thesame feather given their criminal records. Equatorian will be the solution but NOT the Comedian. Mr. ‘W’ith ‘A’ll ‘N’itional ‘G’ross ‘A’ttrocities.

  11. Arop Ater says:

    Which democracy will Riek bring to south sudanese when he has been in this government for eight years and failed to do tangable achievement that he can be seen best off then Kiir. Riek has led down south sudanese people for a long time, so its better one can sleep with a snake in the same room then to be rule by Riek Machar. you should sugest a six year old child to lead the country then this murderer Riek. Nguondeng predicted when he was about to die that Riek will never rule south sudan instead he will reduced Nuer to be a smaller last tribe in sudan.

  12. Santino says:

    Mr Tut
    You should also narrate the atrocities committed against Dinkas in Bor, Malakal and Bantiu by Nuer soldiers. Why did you reduce your intellect to ethnocentric analysis? Try to be intellectual enough by balancing the stories and do not bend to tribal mindset. This cannot help our young nation. One thing I want you to note is that you should not trust or support self-inspired rebel leader Riek Machar. We South Sudanese cannot be fooled again by the 15 December of Riek Machar. Mr Riek Machar will not succeed in his quest for leadership of South Sudan. If you want to remove Dinka President as you want it be, please try to replace Riek and promote different personality within Nuer tribe. I think this will help you and Nuer tribe to convince South Sudanese that indeed there is something wrong in the leadership of Dinkar. How many Dinka killed in 1991 in Nasir (Ketback), Fagak of Maiwut County? How many Dinkas killed in the mascare of Bor communities in 1991? Was it not the same Riek Machar who personally ordered Lou Nuer and Jikeny youth to invade and mascara innocent civilian in Bor town? Are you telling us that Riek Machar was killing Arab Bor in 1991?
    My brother we hate tribalism as South Sudanese. Even Mr. President has repeated it in most of his speeches that he does not want tribalism in his leadership time. In contrary, Riek Machar is not only a tribalist but he is also a failed leader.
    Was he not the same man who reduced Nasir revolution to Nuers revolution even he was supported by many tribes in SS? He reduced Nasir revolution to something less than an autonomous entity called Southern Sudan Coordinating Council in Khartoum where eating and shameful greedy was exposed to Arab..Please let me repeat that you intellectual Nuers do not support a failed leader in the person of Riek. Try to enthrone someone else and you will get support otherwise.

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