Who is Nuer in South Sudan context?

By Peter Gai Manyuon

January 19, 2014 (SSNA) — The Nuer people are a Nilotic ethnic group primarily inhabiting the Nile Valley and now they are the one who are in Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile States respectively. They are concentrated in South Sudan, with some representatives also found in southwestern Ethiopia known by the name Gatjaak. They speak the Nuer language, which belongs to the Nilo-Saharan family according to the history.

Historically, the nature of relations among the various southern Sudanese tribes was greatly affected in the 19th century by the intrusion of Ottomans, Arabs, and eventually the British. Some ethnic groups made their accommodation with the imperial attackers and others did not, in effect pitting one southern ethnic group against another in the context of foreign rule. For example, some sections of the Dinka were more accommodating to British rule than were the Nuer. The Dinka treated the resisting Nuer as hostile, and hostility developed between the two groups as a result of their differing relationships to the British.

Looking at the way God almighty created the Nuer society in South Sudan, you find that, they are gifted by the God with some fours things that, every human being globally have acknowledged.

First of all, they are very strong in the Republic of South Sudan, they have resisted the British colony up to date, most of the tribes including Dinka were colonized and no one will deny the facts unless those whose their intellects is low, because in South Sudan context there are those who want to make shortcuts which is not the reality in the history.

Secondly, Nuer are peace loving people, they like to stay with their friends and other tribes without any problem. They don’t have big heart of other people properties, they are not thieves but they don’t like to be humiliated in one way or the other in their lives globally.

Thirdly Nuer are people who were born democrat , truth must be stay here my dear compatriots globally, they have what is call chiefdoms , which are all elective in the Nuer society beginning from Unity State which most of the historians regarded as the place where all Nuer were created place called “ Thaar Jieth Liech”. They give each and every one his rights and obligation no matter whether you are a lady, man in the society.

Fourthly, Nuer are people who like sharing, no matter how small of the food you have, they can divide equally without any problem in heart. And that is why globally most people love them so much

Coming to 2013 December when Nuer were Massacre in Juba

The number of the people that had been lost in the South Sudan crisis from the December 15th, 16th, 17th 2013 will not be recover by the Nuer Community in the Republic of South Sudan and the world at large, if am not mistaken. The question is who will be responsible for the killings that happened among the President Kiir groups in Juba?  Some people thoughts that, killing of Nuer tribes was a joke which is not the real because Nuer are human beings created by the God almighty and they should also be protected and respected as well by the International Community.

The killing that happened mostly in Gudele, Newsite, Manga, 107 , Khorwilliam area ,Jabel Market new National Security of South Sudan and Jabel Kujuor need good investigation from the International Community especially the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. And if the criminals who were ordered to kill Nuer are not hung in The Hague, that mean there might be another killing because Nuer might revenge unless otherwise, something should be done.

Who can deny if Nuer can rule themselves where ever they are?

God had given Nuer fertile land with a lots of minerals that are within Unity State, Uppernile even Jonglei has got a small oil compare to the Bharegazal Region which had nothings to help people. Can you say that, those very rich people cannot rule South Sudan? The live of the Republic of South Sudan is within the territory of the Nuer without doubt.

The Author is the Independent Journalist who had written articles extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan; you can contact him through,[email protected].

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