Why Prof Liyong Was Not Altogether Out Of Keel

"There is a difference between inciting people on what doesn't exist and airing out grievances on what can be factually proven or disproved. I would have used a different language and tone but we have a problem that should not be brushed aside and frowned at on the mention of "Dinka."

By Kuïr Ë Garang

I don't agree with Professor Taban Lo Liyong's sweeping generalization because it borders on exaggeration. The 63 against 64 should not come from a person of Uncle Taban's caliber.

There are parameters beyond which renown figures like him cannot go. The talk of "They" that is not specified is also problematic.

People in my home village are suffering from flood devastation and Murle attacks and no amount of "Jieengness" can help them.

The writings of Professor Taban are not equal to the writings of any average Ojullu, Gatluak or Deng. His words carry a lot of power and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Uncle Taban should not forget that he is one of the literary giants in East Africa.

People like Kuirthiy can have grievances; but people like Uncle Taban should always think of solutions no matter how hopeless we feel in the face of Kiir's dictatorship and myopia.
There is an African saying that says that elders do not quarrel if the village is burning. #fact

However, that does not mean that Uncle Taban should be suspended or fired because he has written on a very sensitive issue. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and pretend that what he is saying is not happening.

Is all that Professor Taban is saying factually wrong? There is a difference between inciting people on what doesn't exist and airing out grievances on what can be factually proven or disproved. I would have used a different language and tone but we have a problem that should not be brushed aside and frowned at on the mention of "Dinka."

There are indeed Jieeng living in Nimule; most of the people supporting the 32 states are Jieeng; most of the national decision-making are in the hands of Jieeng elites...

Of course, there are non-Jieeng who are benefiting more from Kiir than the average Jieeng in the villages. Jieeng are killing themselves more under Kiir than even under the Jallaba regimes.

However, we need to get used to the idea of focusing on what is said rather than our pre-conceived ideas about those putting their grievances across.

We need inter-tribal conversations. How can Jieeng in Nimule live peacefully with their host? That's what we should think about NOW not "HOW DARE HE!"

In 1992 in Yondu, there was a time when the relationship between us as displaced people and the local Kakwa people became heated that a meeting had to be called to address the local people's grievances.

When we left Yondu after the Jallaba were capturing towns and we arrived at a place called Kirwa (I think), the local people did not want us there so we had to leave. It was only at Mangalatore that we found a place, not without problems, but relatively welcoming.

But it was also at Mangatore at a makeshift school that an old Pajullu woman told us that "if you Dinka were a piece of cloth, I would not buy you at the market." Let's not pretend there is no problem.

However, we, as South Sudanese, are the ones to solve this. Let's not dismiss problems, and let's not exaggerate them.
 

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14/02/2020, 7:39 AM
 - Posted by Godi
Dear Kuïr Ë Garang,

I've read Ur post to the end........I'm pleased that a south Sudanese like you have such impartial judgement of events and I believe/trust that if such attitude is instilled in the victim's leaders, that Pajulu woman in Mangalotore may reverse her decision and "buys that cloth in the market".
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