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Dinka

 

(self-designation, Jang), a people living in the southern part of the Republic of the Sudan, on both banks of the White Nile and in the basin of the Mountain Nile (Bahr al Jabal). The language of the Dinkas belongs to the northwestern group of the Nilotic languages. Population, approximately 1.8 million (1970, estimate). Most Dinkas have preserved their ancient traditional beliefs; some are Christians. Their chief occupations are livestock raising (cattle, sheep, and goats) and, to a lesser extent, hoe farming (durra, vegetables, and tobacco). A small number of Dinkas work on plantations and in industrial enterprises.

REFERENCE

Butt, A. The Nilotes of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and Uganda. London, 1952.

Dinka

 

the language of the Dinka people. It is related to the northwestern group of the Nilotic languages. It is spoken in the southern part of the Sudan by approximately 1.8 million people (1970, estimate).

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The regime through its propaganda machine has preached to the common members of Dinka community that the community is under existential threat of being annihilated by internal forces supported by the outside world through this claim cannot be substantiated.
It was May 2012 and my journey to the dry season grazing lands (toe) in the flood plain of the western Dinka in northern South Sudan passed the homestead of Chief Madhol.
The conference has reviewed two working papers on the National Number for Abyei Dinka and the organizational structure of the native administration of Abyei Dinka.
The ultimate goal is to create a linguistically valid and culturally relevant version of the HSCL-25 for use in clinical settings and research studies with South Sudanese Dinka speakers.
THE failed coup of December 16 attempted by the ex- Vice- President Riek Machar ( belonging to the Lou Nuer tribe) against the current President Salva Kiir ( from the Dinka tribe) has caused a split in the South Sudanese Army which has dealt a severe blow to efforts at restoring peace amid growing ethnic killings.
Earlier this month the peacekeepers shot dead a Dinka who was among a group of youths who harassed Misseriya leaders visiting the town, a witness said.
The Dinka have been talking about a local referendum they are going to organise on their own outside the framework of the peace agreement between the north and the south," he said.
The book documents the development of Christianity among the Dinka from the first missionary activity, Catholic and Protestant, and explores the reasons for earlier resistance to the Gospel as well as the motivation for conversion at this time of suffering and loss.
Unfortunately, Jok Madut Jok does not lead his readers on any clear path to understanding and relies primarily on already published material instead of the interviews that he conducted in Dinka territory.
In April 1988, Burr and Collins (1995:114) reported hunger-stricken Dinka women "pawning" their children to Rizeigat Arabs for 300 Sudanese pounds in order to stay alive with the understanding that the children would be looked after until better days, not that they were actually selling their children.
Building largely on oral literature from the Dinka in southern Sudan, this paper aims to explore the gap between objective poverty and the subjective perception of wealth.