chapter  19
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Dinka moral quest for justice

WithFRANCIS M. DENG

Whatever the merits of legalistic arguments of the Parties on the ABC Report and whether or not the Experts had exceeded their mandate in demarcating the Abyei borders in accordance with the provisions of the Abyei Protocol, the Dinka believe that there is a higher moral code embodying principles of right and wrong. They also believe that since indipendence from British rule, they have been the victims of gross injustice by sucessive governments at the center that have persistently and systematically denied them their rights, the border issue being only the latest in the pattern of extreme mistreatment and their unwaivering faith in God. The Dinka are an exceedingly religious people. According to the Seligmans,

“The Dinka, and their kindred the Nuer, are by far the most religious people in the Sudan.”1 As Lienhardt observed,

Divinity [God] is held ultimately to reveal truth and falsehood, and in doing so provides a sanction for justice between men. Cruelty, lying, cheating, and all other forms of injustice are hated byDivinity, and the Dinka suppose that, in some way, if concealed by men, they will be revealed by him.2