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Family of Riek Machar celebrates wedding of their son in Poland


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A group photo after the successful wedding ceremony, Poland, 17th August 2013 (ST)

August 20, 2013 (JUBA) – The family and friends of South Sudan’s former Vice President, Riek Machar Teny, said they had a wonderful time celebrating the wedding of their son, Teny Riek Machar Teny, who got married on Saturday, 17 August 2013, in Poland.

Machar, his wife, Angelina Teny, and a number of relatives and friends on Friday left Juba for the Polish capital, Warsaw, to participate in the wedding, as they were also joined by another big group of South Sudanese from England.

Teny Riek Machar Teny, eldest son of the former vice-president got married to a Polish young lady, Edyta, at a Roman Catholic Church in the town of Bronislawow where subsequent reception celebrations took place at Hotel Magellan.

Both parents of the couple blessed the colourful wedding, saying it was also a uniting factor between the peoples of Poland and South Sudan.

Participants said the night long party danced to the tunes of various musics by Polish and South Sudanese artists including Gordon Koang and Emmanuel Kembe, among others.

The former Vice President’s Press Secretary, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that Machar had returned on Monday after the three days absence from the South Sudanese capital.

Machar in his earlier announcement in June this year on the wedding arrangement told the church congregations in Juba that he and his family respected the choice of their son, adding that love always transcends racial and tribal differences and crosses international borders.

Dak added that Machar also used the occasion at the churches to encourage the various communities in South Sudan to intermarry and overcome any racial or tribal differences.

Another planned celebration for the wedding is expected to take place in September in Juba.


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  • 21 August 2013 07:31, by Mach Achiek

    I encourage intermarriage, however, the fact remain that South Sudanese are still a very conservatives people. The speed that Riek Machar and his family members are running to change the face and culture of the country is worrying to me at least. Emma, Becka and now a Polish Whites European.

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    • 21 August 2013 07:46, by Xeno

      Machars used to Concubines......

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      • 21 August 2013 08:15, by Mi diit

        Don’t worry. The Nuer bring the foreign girls they marry to Nuer culture and not the other way around. At least the two have wedded in the day time unlike the daughter of incompetent Kiir who was impregnated in the streets by that Ethiopian foreigner. Intermarriage is good and should be done openly with whoever God has created on this earth. But no to impregnating girls by foreigners!!!

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    • 21 August 2013 09:46, by Adok Wolu

      freedom of choice can not be restricted, given the fact that, it is made publicly and they have now become South Sudanese not polish National, shame on who is not interesting.

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    • 21 August 2013 10:19, by jijury

      We should keep marriage a way from politics last year Salva Kiir was blamed simply because his daughter choses to married Ethiopian man. That shouldn’t have been an issue. the only thing people should have pay attention to was impregnation not whom she was married to. Same goes to Teny Machar and his Polish wife they felled in love and got married congratulations to both of them

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    • 21 August 2013 14:16, by Ayuen deng

      Love does not know races, so don’t blame anybody.Dr Riek has no choice in the marriage. This is not 1940s or 50s where fathers chose wives for their son and husbands for their daughters

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    • 21 August 2013 16:36, by jubaone

      Given their ugly and scary scarifications on their foreheads with their near horizontal biting teeth, perhaps mixing that "bad" blood would make some change. It would bring some degree of "civilization" and urban-look to their offsprings. Which sensible man even in Equatoria would go for a Nuer or Jenge woman? Uuhh!

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  • 21 August 2013 07:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yes, good news. Is better to leave politic and do your things.

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  • 21 August 2013 07:44, by Marco Bul

    I didn’t have to read the whole article coz I knew z like son like father.Now they have 3 white thighs(Emma,Becky and this one).Heh heh heh heh.Their families are in Europe but their cannon fodders don’t see logic behind this.Nyaliad!!

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  • 21 August 2013 07:48, by dinkdong

    Married to a young Polish girl? He has followed his father’s legacy. They are fond of light skin chicks.

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    • 21 August 2013 09:07, by wisemen.

      People who have eyes can see and those who have ears will start to listen and the deaf will have sense of what is happening around our newest nation.
      Our kids are poorly Educated,Sanitation,Security BUT other are in foreigner countries enjoying in the name of South Sudan
      some tribes are taking us no were

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  • 21 August 2013 14:18, by Redeemer

    Congratulations Dr. Machar for not being an obstacle to your son’s choice. That is being a good Dad.

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  • 21 August 2013 16:01, by Malakal county Simon

    Mach and others:
    Congratz to both of you, Teny! and the new family member.

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  • 21 August 2013 16:16, by Malakal county Simon

    Mach and others:
    Why are you guys so concerns, about Dr Riek son personal love life? Otherwise, you guys are making Sudantribune’s become a lame website. Because Sometime we need to let’s thing go, that are not important to us. You guys supposed to congratulates the newly wedds, instead of insulting. What’s an uncivilized manner.

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    • 21 August 2013 16:30, by Mach Achiek

      Malakal County Boy,
      You are politically naive

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  • 21 August 2013 16:34, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer "Proverb" it doesn’t matter for a Nuer man to marry anywhere in the world provided that the lady he (Nuer man) married will bear him Nuer children, and she will be assimilated into Nuer ethnic group. The Nuer married many girls from other tribes (Anyuak, Shilluk, Dinka, Burun...) across South Sudan. They even cross borders, married from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, America, Asia... Europe.

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    • 21 August 2013 16:43, by jubaone

      Kim Deng. Then there is nothing as a pure Nuer. If you marry from without, who then would marry your women? It appears you also dont like your own girls, Eeh? Are they ugly, stupid, dirty or what? Please love your own, bcoz no other will want them, perhaps only a Jellaba or Darfuri.

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    • 21 August 2013 16:50, by Mach Achiek

      Kim Deng,
      If a Nuer person who comes from a influential political family both the son and father marry outside Nuer, is that not call insane?

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  • 21 August 2013 17:50, by Kim Deng

    Yes, it’s very difficult to fine who is pure Nuer in Nuer Nation. Nuer Nation considers itself like America where you can find people from different backgrounds (English, French, Germans, Polish, Russions, Chines... Native Americans). All these mentions groups consider themsleves as Americans rather than their countries of origins.

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  • 21 August 2013 17:51, by Kim Deng

    Persons of the Dinka decent form probably at least half the population of most [Nuer] sub-tribes. These Dinka are either children of captives or immigrants who have been brought up as Nuer, or are themselves captives and immigrants who are residing permanently among Nuer. They are “Jaang-Nath,” “Dinka-Nuer,” and, it is said, “caa Naath,” “they have become Nuer.”

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  • 21 August 2013 17:52, by Kim Deng

    There must also have been pockets of the original Dinka, Anyuak and Burun occupants of the country overrun by the Nuer Warriors who submitted and gave up their language and habits in favor of those of the Nuer. At any rate, there are today in all Nuer sub-tribes many small Dinka lineages and village are often named after them (Dinka, Anyuak, Burun…)

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  • 21 August 2013 17:53, by Kim Deng

    The capture of 372 young women and girls a year during the period of 1818 to 1905 would remove 32,625 productive females from the Central Dinka and Anyuak population and thus eventually decrease that population by 110,915 individuals. The capture of 125 boys a year over the same period would decrease the Central Dinka and Anyuak population by an additional 5,250 persons.

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  • 21 August 2013 17:54, by Kim Deng

    In sum, the proposed rate of capture would effectively transfer 116,165 persons from Central Dinka and Anyuak population to that of the Nuer.

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  • 21 August 2013 18:04, by Kim Deng

    It’s very hard for a Nuer lady to accept another man outside Nuer community to be her husband. The Nuer ladies are very conservative in this regard. On the other hand, the Nuer ladies are too expensive for other Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai, Nyam-Nyam...) to afford dowries. All in all, it’s Nuer ladies who still keep Nuer culture alive.

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  • 21 August 2013 18:41, by Kim Deng

    A Nuer lady gets married outside Nuer community only when she is ugly, disabled, divorced, and/or widow. Then, these Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai...) would have chance to marry those ladies. But at one point, these ladies are given free of charge (dowry), and in this way some Dinkas, Anyuaks, Buruns are attracted to duel in Nuer country.

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    • 21 August 2013 19:19, by jijury

      To those confused Nyam Nyam and Jang, Nuer customary laws allow Nuer men and women to marry anywhere. in fact, there is a Nuer saying which stated "A Nuer’s girl has no boundary" meaning she can marry any tribe anywhere in any place. But for the last century or so Nuer men have been the ones getting marry outside than their women counterparts. Like my friend Kim said, Nuer women r very conservativ

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  • 21 August 2013 19:00, by Kim Deng

    "Kim Deng. Then there is nothing as a pure Nuer. If you marry from without, who then would marry your women?"
    Don’t worry about that. Don’t you know that a Nuer man can have more than one wife? I’m sure you know that Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has more than one wife, two from Nuer community, while the other two are outside Nuer community.

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  • 21 August 2013 19:00, by Kim Deng

    "Kim Deng. Then there is nothing as a pure Nuer. If you marry from without, who then would marry your women?"
    Don’t worry about that. Don’t you know that a Nuer man can have more than one wife? I’m sure you know that Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has more than one wife, two from Nuer community, while the other two are outside Nuer community.

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