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Practice inter-tribal marriages, South Sudanese advised


September 25, 2018 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese have been advised to engage in inter-tribal marriages and avoid cultural diversity, a practice regarded one of the causes of its civil war.

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South Sudanese citizens perform at the inter-cultural dialogue organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Kampala, Sept, 22, 2018 (ST)

The call, barely a month after South Sudan’s warring factions inked a peace agreement to end conflict, came during the South Sudanese inter-cultural dialogue event held in Uganda last week.

The well-attend occasion mainly focused on positive role of cultural diversity in South Sudan and how to use it to make the recently signed peace accord practical.

Donnas Ojok, a Programme Officer at Konrad Adenauer Stifting (KAS), said culture is one of the most underestimated social tools in conflict resolution.

“Cultural diversities can be easily blamed for conflict. But we don’t share this thought. We think that it’s an asset and can help South Sudan to acquire peace. And what this country needs the most is peace!” he said.

In 2013, barely three years after its secession from Sudan, South Sudan witnessed the outbreak of a bloody civil, which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions into neighboring nations.

The involvement of regional leaders, through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), saw a peace deal signed between President Salva Kiir’s government and various rebel factions.

Daniel Joul, lawyer, acknowledges the roles culture plays in societies.

“Different cultures have different values, but all cultural values mean respecting human rights within the context of their own culture. Those cultural values keep us from killing each other,” said Joul, who is also the Executive Director of Joth Mayardit Centre for Peace and Justice.

In South Sudan, he said, the divisions within tribes and various cultures remains a problem, and instead encouraged South Sudanese to start identifying cultural similarities rather than focusing on their differences.

“Right now, our cultures prevent us from pursuing what is best for the whole country. We have turned our politics to matters of cultural conflicts. First we should decide on the similarities, then we can set the law!” stressed Joul, adding that “Therefore, the government should enable an intercultural dialogue as a precondition of democracy!”

Job Anyieth, a South Sudanese anthropologist, said there was no need to force 64 different tribes in South Sudan to conform to singular cultural practices, but rather these tribes can come together in their diversity to work together for peace and progress of the country.”

On the other hand, Grace Andrua, a representative of the South Sudanese Development Agency (SSDA) said there is need to put together a common culture, language and a national dress code.

The event, based on the theme “Cultural diversities in building and promotion of peace in South Sudan,” was organized by KAS in partnership with the International Youth for Africa (IYA), the Network of South Sudan Civil Society Organizations in Uganda (NoSSCOU) and Makerere University South Sudanese Student Association (MUSSSA).


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  • 26 September 06:23, by Eastern

    Let the Ugandan lawyer, Mr. Donnas Ojok make this proposal to Kiir so that he can DECREE that all Equatorian men must marry Dinka women and vice versa. Equatorians will only pay chicken, cassava and some dried monkey men in lieu of dowry. This is another project of ETHNIC ENGINEERING in the offing.....!

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    • 26 September 11:21, by Pakuai

      Eastern we have married a lot ’Equatorians’, they are South Sudnese like the Dinkas/Jenges, but many Equatorians cannot affaor to marry the Dinkas/jenges girls because many Equatorians cannot the Dinkas/Jenges cattles as dowries. There are some Dinkas/Jenges who married Equatorians Mr. Eastern chap. Mr. Eastern, the owners have taken back their country.

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      • 26 September 11:29, by Pakuai

        Mr. Eastern I even miss used the word ’breeding’ in last week. I used "interbreeding" instead of ’inbreeding’. We inbreed like you low lives in North Sudan or Arabs. The owners are back.

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        • 26 September 21:19, by Eastern


          My wife is a Dinka Malual.....How did I get her if Equatorian men cannot afford Dinka women..? I am here with my wife in Juba, Munuki Mia Saba.

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  • 26 September 07:38, by Games

    Hell to that lawyer, nobody wants to marriage into that criminal community

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  • 27 September 03:58, by One grandson

    Pakuai and Eastern,

    Dowry is the thing of the past. Why would you trick that old grandpa into accepting collateral if he’s not interested. Sell those cows,build your ancestral land instead of wandering all over the place, wasting resources in luxury, dying after beauty and much more.

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