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Jonglei: wrestling marks the last stage of SPLA/M anniversary in Bor


By John Actually

May 30, 2011 (BOR) - Wrestlers from Eastern Equatoria state (EES), Central Equatoria (CES) state, Jonglei state and South Kordofan concluded Sudan People Liberation Army / Movement anniversary celebrations with a wrestling competition in Bor on Saturday.

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Wrestler from Korim team struggles with member of Murmur team, Bor, South Sudan, May 28, 2011 (ST)

The event was organised by Juba-based, South Sudan Wrestling Entertainment (SSWE) at the behest of Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang.

A team of EES wrestlers called Murmur from the Latuko and Nuba tribes faced Koriom from CES, which was made up of Mundari and Dinka Bor wrestlers. Korim beat Murmur 16-7.

Three points were awarded to a team whose wrestler won and one point for a draw.

The traditional Sudanese wrestling competition was opened by governor Manyang, Murmur team member Atir Sedikand and Gai Tiar Gai from Korim.

Wrestling is a common practice amongst the Dinka Bor in Bor, Twic East and Duk counties of Jonglei state of, Mundari of Tereka county in Central Equatoria state, Aliap, Agar, Chiec and Atuot of Lakes state and Latuko of Eastern Equatoria state. It is also a common practice among Nuba people in South Kordofan.

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Wrestler celebrates victory of his team in Bor, South Sudan, May 28, 2011 (ST)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune after the tournament, Atir Sedik said that his team was prepared to face any team of wrestlers in South Sudan.

State governor Manyang told the participants to start socialising among themselves since the upcoming independence of South Sudan will create a new environment for the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

The north-south civil war that broke out in 1983 with SPLA fighting against the Khartoum government of north Sudan. A peace agreement was signed in 2005. A stipulation of the agreement was the right for the South Sudanese to vote on self-determination. They voted in favour of secession which will be official as of 9 July 2011.

Another stipulation were popular consultations in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei. These have been severely delayed and are potential flash points for conflict.

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Dinka Bor men and their oxen in Bor, South Sudan, May 28, 2011 (ST)

Manyang said that wrestling, which remains a popular local practice in many tribes of South Sudan, will be become a national sport after the independence of South Sudan, to promote peace amongst the youth of the country.

“One day, you may be selected to represent South Sudan in a wrestling competition in other nation in Africa,” said Manyang.

Manyang gave Korim SDG20,000 (US$7,500) and Murmur SDG30,000 (US$11,200).

Manyang commended the efforts of South Sudan Hotel owner, Ayii Duang for paying for the Nuba team’s transportation, providing accommodation and trophies.


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  • 31 May 2011 09:51, by belle loboi

    It is time for war in Abyei, why do you folks talk about wrestling at this time of moment when many people are still dying in some part of our country. please stop this nature within 24hours.

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    • 31 May 2011 10:45, by dakin

      No matter what people of madingbor are fond of wrestling and drinking unsterilised milk from their dirty calabash. Illegal trade is a major practice in this tiny community, in the 70 ’s , they would take fake pencillin injection drug(bottles filled up with wheat flour) to inject the murle people and their cows in exchange for murle cows at pibor.

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    • 31 May 2011 11:21, by WendeMajok

      Hey Belle Loboi,

      Its not wise for you to say that, I guess you are moved by anger and myopic temper in you that drive you to have a say about war declaration, indeed its painful but we got objectives to strive at so that we can achieve the desired goal which will be fruitful to all the Southern Sudanese.
      Abyei will remain for South Sudan in a diplomatic and professional approaches to problems solving no matter the current crises....and it doesn’t mean when there is war other activities can’t work i.e. you were for your studies when there was war, again Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria is comprised of cocky tribes that need to be sensitized on behavioral change. Be careful and analyze your comment before posting it on public site.

      I also appreciate the effort made by those intelligent individuals who came up to form or organize the wrestling teams from different states, to me; its a positive step in creating unity among the youth hence reducing tribal misunderstandings, promoting cultures and tradition, sport countrywide etc...keep it up!!

      Last but not the least, I am not satisfied with the winning awards. In the context, its indicated that Korim beats Murmur 16 - 7. Therefore, Korim would have been given the highest winning prize than giving it to the looser. Anyway, congratulations to the winners, keep that spirit of socialization.....guacheke kee mathaaluuk ke duoor (awulat jubal)!

      ***I love our sweet cultures in South Sudan***

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      • 31 May 2011 18:32, by Waucity

        Why are we always shown the wrestling success and not agriculture success? Years ago, those of Koul Mayang came and collected small children in their villages...Now with this generation they are suppose to buy agricultures and collect them to go farming...I hate these old folks, they are doing nothing at all.We all know how Japan offered to build a pipe from southern Sudan to Kenya, if they had taken the deal, it would have been finish by now..So disappointed..Government wins all the time, how do you give your enemy a chance of economy..you never do that!!!!!!!

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    • 31 May 2011 12:33, by Nhomlawda

      You are an emotional coward.
      Who told you human life activities get shutdown because of war?
      People go to war singing and jumping up while bullets fall on them.
      The remaining ones after a victorious fight will come back signing and celebrating.
      Those activities are not only for time of peace but also in time of war to create morale and to make population active and fit to fight or resist any attempt to invade their land.
      So don’t think being moody throughout South Sudan on Abyei issue and other attacks by SAF and their militias on South Sudan territories can do us better than being joyous and resist SAF and militias’ ill attempts with morale.
      During the 21 years of devastating war between SPLA/M and northern GoS/SAF/militias, dancing and other forms of entertainment across South Sudan were not shutdown by the war. 2.5 millions lives were lost to war and its related causes but life continue for the remaining ones and that is how human beings are able to overcome their traumas on this earth.

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    • 31 May 2011 16:09, by saban John

      this is a great move, but where are the arabs in this celebration? we refuse to invite them because they will defeat our people when it comes to wrestling. Arabs are more stronger than anybody else in this world.

      Congratulations to the winners anyways

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  • 31 May 2011 12:00, by belle loboi

    against and against it is not time to enjoin the luxury when Bor are happy and Ngok, Nuer, shilluk and many tribes are not satisfy for own lives in South sudan

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    • 31 May 2011 12:09, by onlysonmabi

      Belle Lobol you seem to be sick please can you come to me as doctor,iam in Juba Teaching Hospital.

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    • 31 May 2011 13:09, by dakin

      @ Belle these people use wrestling to escape from their cowardness,infact,they would prefer the issue of abyei to be squared on the ring. the more you argue with them the more they will wrestle with you.

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      • 31 May 2011 15:42, by WendeMajok

        Hello Dakin,

        The more you point finger on individuals negatively, the more you lag behind. Think wise than making your ignorance overcome your intellegence.....when are you going to stop weird approaches and clean-up your dirty minds? Infact, one can easily know where you come from through your senseless comments though I can’t be a fool to point finger on whole place of origin but you.

        Do you mean when people commomerate SPLA day they should mourn or do you want the day to be postphoned? Talk sense and make yourself sound sensible. Do you think the SPLA will not have a say after July 9th 2011 on their territory? The mandate to secure their territory and defend its own people no matter what is the set objective ahead of July 2011. Think responsively.

        Jonglei is famous of tribal clashes but they are trying possible means to create unity among the youth to bring an end to those destructive measures and create harmony with the neighborhood.

        We are freedom lovers unlike you, what do you guys understand in Abyei Protocol? It was a wise idea made by the SPLA not to heavily retaliate because we will end up being blamed by the international communities concerned in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for driving the country back to war when we have made the Arabs/Mundukuru signed what they don’t know though you who seem to be ignorant of your own country’s affairs just singing war-war-war on the internet.

        Abyei is our own land and will always remain ours if patience and smart ideas prevails in us as Junubin.

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        • 31 May 2011 21:54, by DeltaBravo

          I think the Abyei problem will be solve in diplomatic solution. Second it has been in our Culture to support ourselves during the war or after the war.We cannot sit down crying becuase there is war, it make us look stupid in the eyes of the World. we have to go on with our activities we did that during the civilwar and it will go on and on to next generation. stop complaining fellows That celebration is not for Bor only as some people put it. This is all our brothers and sisters ,young and old who die during the civilwar across SouthernSudan.

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        • 31 May 2011 22:15, by dakin

          SON OF MAJOK,
          Sincerely speaking illegal business has been a legal means of life in bor. I too prefer a moment of silent in memory of our fallen heroes from 1955..... to wrestling. People of madingbor don’t cultivate too, Here is their way of life:
          a.wrestling is a pass time sport even during cultivation season.
          b. Illicit trade as selling and injecting the murle tribe and their cows with fake penicillin (wheat flour)
          c. They run out of grain supply soon after harvest as they don’t cultivate enough, so frogs are also an alternative delecacy.
          d.migrating to equatoria or nuerland when grain surplus is exhausted.
          As for abyei it was a big mistake from yesterday to date.In parliament it is a dinka affair no any other opinion is respected but now you call it a south’s problem. I may ask myself why should I have to fight over a matter I have no say in? You see !!!
          Kuol manyang will not give jonglei security bcoz he has no moral authority over the people. Does he visit pibor, pigi or uror? He is more to me a bor governor NOT JONGLEI. The ingenius mind of kiir is trying to conceal his failures by using khartoum as a scapegoat. Find, maybe for high food prices due to the blockade but what about corruption and insecurity? he must be drank. When the nuer fight it out against the murle,they two are left to the mercy of God. When it is dinka now you see the dinka spla. This is absolute rubbish! This gentleman may only warn praise from non other but those who are benefiting from his corrupt system be it nuer, equatorian or his fellow dinka

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          • 1 June 2011 04:04, by Jiengdor

            Great job Governor Kuol for organizing the wrestling event. Guys don’t crack your minds but think about how to overcome the situation of the South. That’s a politic to bring Nuba to participate in our activities to tell them that they are our brothers. They are our true brothers because they never ran away during the war they fought inline with us and therefore, we must help them in any case. If you were in SPLA during the war you should remember Nubians! During the war, all these wrestlers were wrestling while fighting the enemy at the other hand. This is the sign of the warriors. People never stop dancing and wrestling even during the war mr. Dakin, you are out of your mind or you just came to Southern Sudan from your hiding. You must be one of those stupid people who joined hands with arabs during the war and called the war a Dinka’s problem. Learn the history before you talk nonesense. Farming case, it’s going to be hard for farmers/agriculturers to start farming because nowhere to get loan to begin with. Money goes to the hands of big fishes and big fishes don’t care about agriculture. Tell those big fishes to stop stealling money and establish a banking system using ATMs and modern equipment to secure and manage money then start development projects such as agriculture, road construction, frustrature, etc.

            In the next event, please invite Darfur and other African brothers in the north. We need to tell arabs that time for slavery is over. This is the time to accept being African and work for the interest of developing Africa. There ar no arabs in Sudan, those who called themselves arabs are the sons and daughters of slave girls who were taken during slavery. Real arabs are in Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Lebonan, some in Tunisea, some in Morocco etc. We need to help our brothers in the north so that our slave brother so called sudanese arabs will stop the abusive they are doing in Abyei.

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  • 4 April 2013 15:57, by dennishobson

    1xbgvDPrwmcmobAjiPVrzbOZuULEHlssanyong madeira plastica composite decking An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics

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