The Tribal thinking differences Between Dinka and Nuer.

By Gatweach Naath

Nuer-Dinka sign in the UN camp in SouthSudan, which The Washington Post debates here, is also explained here by the UN: The United Nations has defended the decision to erect the sign as necessary for security and at the request of those seeking help. “As you know, when the UN supports large numbers of displaced persons in this sort of situation, UN personnel work closely with the community leaders of those in the bases,” a U.N. spokesperson told Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch. “UNMISS informs that UN staff working with the displaced people at the base were told by community leaders that tensions between communities were high and they requested to the UN that community members from each of these two ethnic groups be allowed to gather in separate areas for security reasons.”

Nuer-Dinka sign in the UN camp in SouthSudan, which The Washington Post debates here, is also explained here by the UN:
The United Nations has defended the decision to erect the sign as necessary for security and at the request of those seeking help…..

March 31, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– To write about the differences between these two tribes, is a complete study by itself. Any comparison is difficult even between twins. Being a member of Nuer family with relatives from Dinka, it may not be very difficult for me to stick only to few habitual differences between these two tribes.

Dinka and Nuer historically and still up to now are having common grounds of linkages socially. This is clear in the way of their worships e.g. 1- Earthly powers and 2- The almighty God after the emergence of Christianity in south Sudan. You can also refer to the marriage process and bravery in fighting a war which justified by its reason(s).

I personally, cannot claim the full knowledge of the cultural differences of these two tribes. So I left the rest of the whole lot to others who have had a privilege to live together with members of these tribes in our country, to add what they know about the differences between these two

I can also say, there are differences between tribes in our country and not only between these two tribes mentioned above. My reason for writing about their thinking differences this time is because of the situation we were in since 2013 up to 2015. Many unfortunate bad evens took place because of the unnecessary civil war in our country. Regretfully, one can say, there is no good war, because it is destructive and inhuman. During this war many participants did bad things to the innocent civilians from both sides of the conflict as we all know. Nothing was secret because some people all over the country were eye witnesses and some were victims of bad deeds of various. When adding global means of communications, the level of secrecy will be zero to those who were committing bad crimes throughout the country.

In short let me start with Nuer thinking of fighting a just war: they immediately and quickly kill their enemies. They also take whatever they got and stay or go away with it. Even in tribal wars they don’t kill women, elders and children. They don’t know the habit of torturing their enemy/enemies. According to their traditions, it is not logical to talk insult or beat a person who is in title for death as an enemy. They only kill instead of wasting time for anything else. That is what they did during this unfortunate civil war in our beloved country. It is their tribal thinking concerning war against their enemies.

The Dinka have had their chance of doing what they can do in the civil war according to their tribal thinking.

They prepared themselves from the top level of their leadership through Jieng Council of Elders down to the national/tribal army SPLA and tribal militias to illuminate the Nuer tribe in south Sudan. What is worth mentioning is what you see on you-tube if you click war crimes in south
Sudan or Juba genocide of December 2013.

There you can see for example people who were burned alive, slaughtering parade/s in Juba where the victims are seated down and ordered one by one to the slaughtering grave to be slaughtered like a ram and pushed to the big grave while the Dinka killers dancing after pushing every dead Nuer to the grave. In some cases some victims were ordered to eat human flesh and drink human blood. These victims became mad in UN compound in Juba. All of us are familiar to these stories as citizens of this country who may hear about what took place. Globally many got some important human rights violations in The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan civil war. All the above undeniable inhuman crimes are committed by Dinka in Juba
and other places in our country during this civil war.

Iam not recalling back what is considered simply to be the past, but Iam only making a comparison between the Dinka thinking and Nuer thinking when unfortunately dealing with their false enemies. The Dinka thinking in dealing with their enemies is different when compared with the thinking of their partners in the conflict, the Nuer.

This indicated that, those Dinka who did these inhuman acts are behaving like cowards who were pleased to get revenge on those they feared a lot. Indeed many Dinka were killed and nobody were tortured and ordered to drink human blood or eat human flesh. Not to generalize the blame this is done only by Dinka tribal SPLA soldiers and militia of Bahr El Gazal region. Those who did all these inhuman behaviors from the Dinka community may be
carnivorous in their nature.

It is for the first time in southern Sudan to compel somebody through gun point to eat human flesh or drink human blood. Since it was a government policy to illuminate a certain tribe, Dinka
soldiers and militias can kill as they can, but they should not humiliate an unarmed civilians by compelling them to do these inhuman behaviors. I had an enough chance to roam the YouTube and found unimaginative inhuman films about the Dinka crimes which were committed during the past civil war in our beloved country.

Away from any tribal hatred as some may immediately assume , this is to indicate that, the Dinka thinking now a day is completely lenient to inhuman behaviors so let us we the southerners handle anything common with them with care for the sake of our country.

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  11 comments for “The Tribal thinking differences Between Dinka and Nuer.

  1. April 2, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Your comparisons are just awake of feelings you have towards Dinkas as a tribe Mr. Gatweach as you know every well that the way Nuer handle issues towards others is totally brutal. They were thinking 1991 war will be the same again as you recall the crimes committed by your tribe was totally unacceptable in humiliating Dinkas in past war. The feeling was unforgettable and primitive thinking that you were brave than others particularly Dinkas Bor alone managed your Khartoum support. In the Bible God said if someone do wrong to you leave revenge for me…….that what i can see as Dinka Bor people.


    • marquak
      February 13, 2017 at 7:46 am

      like how is I’m getting information from this stuff really ok ok ok ok ok ok huh right I thought sooooooooooooooooo


    • October 11, 2018 at 10:14 am



    • October 11, 2018 at 10:16 am

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      • Gumby
        January 14, 2020 at 9:06 am

        one of my friend said you where a whore


  2. marquak
    February 13, 2017 at 7:44 am

    like how is I’m getting information from this stuff really


  3. Brendan Clifford.bc
    June 15, 2017 at 4:23 am

    This is primaval.


  4. August 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Comparing Dinka and Nuer is not a solution to address the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan since we all have witnessed their inhuman acts but framing the possible solutions to their brutal and tribal acts is the only way to go about. let’s forget of their differences and focus on what unites them considering themselves as people of the same country with the image of God


  5. 2
    October 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    is this information reliable


  6. October 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    sadly this information is not reliable


  7. Claire
    February 10, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Please just summarize it. Not a lot of people want to waste their time reading paragraphs.


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