Ngok Dinka chiefs discuss peace progress

Paramount Chief of Ngok Dinka-Bulabek Deng Kuol | Credit: Miyen Ayuong Ajuong | AIRS 2020

Chiefs of Ngok Dinka nine chiefdoms met on Wednesday in Abyei Town to discuss ways to promote peace. The meeting was also attended by CONCORDIS International, a humanitarian organization facilitating peace between Misseriya and Ngok Dinka.

The Paramount Chief of Ngok Dinka, Bulabek Deng Kuol revealed that agenda were evaluation of peace between Misseriya and Ngok Dinka and ways to move it forward. He also added that they thought on the initiative of Misseriya’s Paramount Chief, Mukhtar Babo Nimir.

From his side, a member of peace committee from Misseriya, Dau Mohammed Chanbai said Chief Mukhtar Babo Nimir had allowed peace committee to continue with its work.

Abdelmajid Mohamed Issa said the delay by Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief to allow his team to resume peace meetings is negative to peace progress.

The committee used to hold regular meetings once a week before restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 were introduced. The peace Committees were formed in 2016 to promote peaceful coexistence among communities in Abyei.

The two communities established a joint market which at first, was in Noong in Alal county and later relocated to Amiet due to poor roads. Settlement of disputes and compensation of loss lives, and properties are among the tasks of the committee.

In early June 2016, a peace conference involving traditional chiefs, women, pastoralists, and other groups from Misseriya and Ngok Dinka was held in Noong with support from CONCORDIS international.