Canadian author details rise of Dinka ‘ethnic nationalism’ against other tribes

President Kiir flanked by members of the tribal Jieng Council of Elders (File photo)
President Kiir flanked by members of the tribal Jieng Council of Elders (File photo)

April 7th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A Canadian author and scholar has detailed what she said is a ‘rise of ethnic nationalism’ from South Sudan’s majority tribe, the Dinka, in a new document she said she did not gave permission to be published.

Dr. Carol Berger, a Canadian scholar said in the document tittle: “Ethnocide as a Tool of State-building: South Sudan and the Never-ending War,” that a well-organized Dinka plan to change South Sudan’s demography is led by the country’s security sector.

“This ethnocide, led by the country’s ‘organised forces’ (the national army, police and irregular militarised groups), is charaterised by the indiscriminate killing of civilians based on ethnicity and the systemic use of rape against women and men,” she partly said in the document.

“The title of this paper, “Ethnocide as a Tool of State-building: South Sudan and the Never-ending War”, speaks to the rise of ethnic nationalism among South Sudanese from the majority Dinka ethnic group,” the document added.

The document went on to quote prominent members of the the Jieng Council of Elders or the JCE as admitting to the plan aimed at weakening and defeating the Nuer, the second larges ethnic group after the Dinka.

‘Hate speech against the Dinka’ 

In reaction, South Sudanese scholars clashed after the document surfaced with some strongly opposed to the document they said was blaming the Dinka ethnic group for mistakes committed by ruling Dinka elites.

Dr. Jok Madut Jok, a renowned South Sudan scholar and co-founder of the Juba-based think tank, the Sudd Institute, called it a hate speech against the Dinka community.

“Dr Carol Berger, a Canadian former journalist wannabe Anthropologist of South Sudan, has produced some garbage she called ‘’Ethnocide as Tool for State-building,’’ nothing more than hate speech against ‘the Dinka’,”  he wrote on his twitter account. “I am waiting to see who publishes this as academic paper, damn.”

For his part, former South Sudan Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, said he don’t think “the paper could be worst than what it is describing. Let’s be intellectuals. Being defensive will not get us out of this situation. Truth will always sprout despite attempts to hide it. South Sudan is not a desert island where one does what pleases.” 

‘Stolen’ document 

Reached by the Nyamilepedia, Dr. Berger, the author, said he did not give the permission for the circulation of the document but said she stands by what she wrote in the paper. She said someone requested a copy from the yet-to-be published document and circulated it without her permission.

“The paper in question was not circulated by me. It is unpublished. Someone acquired a copy, cracked open the PDF file, removed the top matter (recipients, date) and then launched it without contacting me to request permission,” she said.
“I stand by what I wrote in the paper. But, no, I am not comfortable that the paper has been circulated without my permission. I do not wish to become the story. The story is what has occurred in South Sudan,” she added.

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