Lou Nuer Youth Advocate For Peace Using Traditional Dance

Lou Nuer Youth have held an exhibition and display of their traditional songs and dance with an aim to use music and dance to bring to an end the long tribal conflicts caused by cattle raiders in Jonglei state.

Lou Nuer Youth Advocate For Peace Using Traditional Dance
Lou Nuer Youth said cultural dance is part of bringing peace among the youth. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

By Jacob Achiek Jok

BOR, 27 December 2012[Gurtong] -  "In regard to peace in Jonglei state and stability in Jonglei state we have organized these cultural dance as members of Lou Nuer youth to show importance of peace to the wrong elements of peace in Jonglei state, Peace is the first priority of the human being in the world," Lou Nuer Youth member, Ker Jek Jock said.

The cultural dance is part of bringing peace among the youth because dancing bring youth together, the dancing is very importance if youth of Nuer, Dinka, Murle, Anyuak and other small tribes of Jie and Kachipo can practices their cultural activities in Bor, said Ker.

He said because of lack of road network they have no way of sharing ideas like other youth in Central and Eastern Equatoria who have access to sporting activities.

"We are doing this because we are thinking about peace in Jonglei, we have ability to disseminate peace message to our people from the grassroots," he said.

Nyawuon Gatwich said peace will come to Jonglei state as nothing is as difficult as the long civil war which was fought and ended in 2005 after the signing of Compressive Peace Agreement (CPA).

"People of Jonglei state will be free by introducing education to the young children because I know the young children are the ones to change their elders in their communities, before there were a lot of fighting but now thing changed slowly and this condition will change itself," Gatwich said.

It is not the first time for the Nuer youth activities to take place in Bor they usually played their activities in every week together with Anyuak community.

During the heroes┬┤ day in July this year the Murle ethnic group carried out their first traditional dance at Bor Freedom Square attended by the state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk.

Peter Gerang Ngarjok also known as Southern Boy said this festive season they are working on remembering the fallen heroes who fought for the liberation of the country.

 "Under my capacity as the secretary of South Sudanese Musicians we have the way of extending this event to all the ten states and because we have no access, we cannot manage to go up to the grassroots level due to lack of financial issues in the association," Garang said.

Ngarjok said that the state headquarters can get their initiatives extended by words of mouth to the grassroots level until a time they will be able to move to the grassroots level.

"We are trying to make sure everyone in South Sudan gets information as South Sudanese Association of Musicians," he said.

He says that the association lacks enough resources to support the peace initiatives at the counties.

"It is very difficult like for me personally I know if I have no income I will not afford it to come from Juba to Jonglei state and this is the same thing facing musicians of Jonglei state that we cannot come together and do things and fight this pandemic," he said.

The team plans to talk to the state governor if there is a possibility to be given a helicopter to move around the counties and spread peace message to the grassroots.

Jonglei state is one of the states in South Sudan considered to be a volatile since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) people have been engaged themselves in cattle rustling and children abduction.

 Last year, tribal conflict between Murle and Lou-Nuer resulted to displacement of about 15,000 people in Likuongole area.

This year the people of Jonglei state where about to achieve peace but was interrupted by renegade David Yau Yau who rebel against the government and attacked the South Sudan army in Pibor County.

 After losing out on a seat in April 2010 elections, Yau Yau rebelled against Juba's government, but accepted an amnesty in June 2011. He later returned to rebellion in April.

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