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Episcopal diocese of Aweil calls for peaceful referendum


By Ngor Arol Garang

January 3, 2011 (ABYEI) - With less than a week before a referendum to go to decide whether southern Sudan will secede or remain part of a united Sudan, the Episcopal church of Sudan in Aweil Diocese on Monday called for the plebiscite to be conducted peacefully.

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Episcopal diocese of Aweil, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, led by Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial, gives training for southern Sudan referendum to 45 pastors drawn from various part of the diocese including Abyei. (ST)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from Aweil town, capital of northern Bahr el Ghazal, Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial, said all political players should ensure that the spirit of love and forgiveness displayed during this festive season should be extended to the referendum campaign as the southern Sudanese go to the polls from 9 to 15 January.

The Bishop said 2011 is an important year and urged all Sudanese people particularly southern Sudanese to uphold peace and unity among themselves and reject violence or evil ideas.

Yel, who spoke to Sudan Tribune shortly after opening a three days referendum training organized by his church to 45 pastors drawn from various part of the diocese including Abyei, said there was a need from religious leaders to preach peace and love as the country goes to the poll.

“Every political campaign should be directed towards a better, honorable life for every citizen. Every campaigner should offer voters uplifting plans, goals and objectives,” he said.

The Bishop also commended government of Northern Bahr el Ghazal for creating a peaceful environment for the conduct of the training and added that the state has earned a dignified position internationally because of the peaceful manner it conducted last April’s elections.

“The peace that we all cherish must not be broken. Our Government will jealously protect and preserve the peace of this nation without fear or favor,” he said.

He said the 45 trained pastors will return to their parishes to go and share the knowledge gained at the training with their congregation before the actual voting begins.

“As I have mentioned earlier, we are training 45 pastors who after completion of this training will return to their places to go and share the knowledge which they gain here with their congregation,” said Bishop Yel.

Yel said their training is specifically about voter education.

"The training we are conducting now is about voter education. It is to educate our people particularly those who registered the importance of voting during the voting day, so we are training our pastors procedures involve in the voting. These procedures need to be extended to the grass root people through our churches," said Bishop Yel.

He said their training focuses on symbols and ballot boxes. "Much of the south Sudan is inhabited by illiterate majority people who do not know how to read and write. They need proper education about symbols and how to vote," he said


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  • 4 January 2011 06:06, by Aleu

    That is a good Idea.

    Certainly, I have a question to all Dinka Malual of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. My question to you all is about the connection between Language and religion issue. Why Dinka Malual let themselves being dominated by Bor language in connection to Episcopal Church.? How came Bor language dominating Aweilan people.? The people of Aweil region are mostly Dinka Rek people or purely Dinka Malual in another word also Monyjang, but why these Aweil people are using the Books that are written in Bor language called Jeing. The Idea of learning God does not mean that, the Episcopal Church was created by Bor people but the founder was Martin Luther from Germany not even Africa nation. Its smart way that, the minority language dominate the majority one, I mean the people who call themseves Monyjang are majority in Dinka than people who said, Jeing people and when I look at them singing songs from Bor language that make me stunning to see how fool they are.

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    • 4 January 2011 07:21, by Anyang


      These are pathetic claims.Too clone to know what Jieng & Monyjang are!Mind your business.

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    • 5 January 2011 02:58, by J G kuol

      > Brother Aleu
      > First of all,the majority of people in villages are not
      familiar with the name Dinka.They know themselves as jieng,
      jiang or whatever you spell it is not a big deal.
      >Language:thong jieng or thong muonyjang which means jieng
      or jiang mother-tongue.
      >Language;the dynamic of the language is a natural thing,
      that’s whay a have vernacular and accent within a language.
      Example:the verb (to see) in english
      Awiel would say ( oi, oei) which sounds ohey
      Bor would say (ngem) which sounds ngehm
      Rumbek would say (ting) which sounds tih`ng
      In english language the verb to see has SYNONYMS which are
      to look,to glance ,to gaze ,to spot,to view ,to peek and so
      on. In arabic;it’s called MURADIFaT SYNONYMS in english.
      It’s really important to learn new words and the synonyms in
      any language.
      Bible:There are two versions of thongjieng Bible interpretation.One is Catholic denomination,thongmuanyjieng
      Rek.So Catholic in Lakes state whose there accent or the
      vernacular is not Rek,have no choice but to read the Bible
      and to worship and sing hymns like their brethren in Awiel.
      Second version is thongjieng Bor Bible which is richest
      Bible interpretation when it comes to the beauty of language
      For example: Messengers (one who carries a message) english
      Russul ( one who carries Rissala) arabic
      Thongjieng Rek (apostle)? not jieng
      Thongjieng Bor (detuuch) from the verb aci toch
      which means to send.
      That’s why the head of Anglican Church from Moro are fluent in thongjieng,Bor accent.And it starts from Gok,Agar,Atut,
      Chiech,Aliab and some of Moro in Mundiri.
      > General Joseph Lago ,our first leader was sent by his Angican family from Torit which is catholic dominant to
      Akot,near Rumbek to spend his primary school in Agar anglican community.And don’t be surprised to know that the
      most powerful man and the leader of the south sudan in that time General Lago is one of those who worship and sing hymns in Bor accent like those of his brothren in Awiel.
      >My friend Aleu, don’t be frustrated!!!
      >It’s alright ,it’s all ok.
      > Take care brother

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      • 5 January 2011 03:05, by J G kuol

        that’s whay a have vernacular
        === correction===
        > that’s why you have a vernacular accent within a language

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        • 5 January 2011 03:49, by J G kuol

          Hey friends
          can anyone from Anglican:protestant,Episcopal provide me with lyrics(words) of this beautiful classical hymn ,
          < What a friend we have in Jesus>

          please write it in thongjieng Bor accent,I’ll definitely appreciate.I’m not a prostestant anglican,but I really love the lyrics tone and the harmony.

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