(Previously published at http://pacodes.blogspot.com/)
On February 10th, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhur-gon, the Vice-President of the government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), flew from Leer to Ganyliel to attend the Late Ruei Kuong’s funeral service. The Funeral, which was to take place on February 09th, was adjourned for a day to accommodate Dr. Machar’s schedule delays.
Late Chief Ruei Kuong who hailed from Nyuong Nuer sub-clan, passed away last year on December 31st at age 92. The Late was a former Anya Anya I movement veteran and was a person of unique character. He loved and embraced all people he encountered. The Late called all people his brothers, sisters and beloved “children.” Known as “Gat-Kuong,” the Late was a champion of fair treatment and equality. He was often known by equal treatment of his wives, which earned him the popular saying amongst the Nyuong Nuer, “par ke juoch cha mahn Ruei Kuong,” in English language meaning “equal as the wives of Ruei Kuong.”
His funeral service was scheduled 40 days after his death as Nuer culture demands. Presence of Dr. Machar at the funeral was a grand respect for the Late and his contributions to the Southern Sudan liberation struggle. It also signaled that the Late has a place amongst the greatest elders of the Paramount Chiefs of the Nuer tribe. The funeral was attended by the late Gat-Kuong’s children who some had travelled from Australia, Kenya and various parts of Sudan. The Nyuong people and guests at the funeral were grateful for the contributions of Gat-Kuong to the Nuer and entire Southern Sudan family.
Dr. Machar also had a chance to meet with another ailing Nuer Paramount Chief Malual Wun Kuoth. After the funeral service, Dr. Machar left Ganyliel for Thar Jiath Liech (place believed to be the birth place of the Nuer people), in Koch County.
Forwarded by Sam Lony Geng.