20 Oct 2021

 

Dinka Bor In Greater Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal To Return To Home Areas

Cattle keepers from Greater Bor, scattered throughout Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr El Ghazal states will be returning to their homes of origin after an agreement was reached between community leaders, intellectuals and parliamentarians.

By Jacob Achiek

JUBA, April 21, 2015 [Gurtong] – About seven hundred and eighty delegates from Bor County including community intellectuals, Parliamentarians from both states and national assembly attended a three- day conference last month to address challenges facing the local communities in the two states of Greater Equatoria and Greater Bhar el Ghazal.

Cattle keepers from Greater Bor have been accused by inhabitants of Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr El Ghazal for letting their animals destroy farms in the area. They say the presence of their livestock interferes with farmers’ crop.

Speaking to Gurtong on Tuesday, Professor Ajuoi Magot Chol said it is time for Bor cattle keepers to return and settle in their villages.

“We think that it is the right time for our people to go back because there have been a lot of accusations labeled against them. That their cows destroy farms, and even the beehives, that they interfere with the day to day activities of the local people in Equatoria,” Prof. Ajuoi Magot said.

The return of the Dinka to their home areas will not be a simple logistics exercise but requires a multi-faceted approach and extensive dialogue between the ethnic groups and authorities.
Professor Ajuoi Magot said that local chiefs from Bor community are now in cattle camps to sensitize cattle keepers on how they will return home in peace.

A Member of Parliament representing Makuach Payam constituency, honorable Maker Chol Adol, said “We agreed that all the cattle wherever they are in Western Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Bahr El Ghazal should all be returned home. This is what we have agreed as a community, as politicians, as elders of this community.”

Twic East’s Commissioner Dau Akoi Jurkuch said, “They should come and protect their cattle in their own are.”

The relationship between the Mundari and the Dinka Bor has never been cordial due to completion over cattle.

The Dinka, are predominantly pastoralists, yet many of the displaced sought refuge in Equatoria region, an area dominated by agriculturalists.


 

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