The fundamental objective
of the Gurtong Peace Trust Project is to foster peace,
harmony and reconciliation among the peoples of South
This stems from the realisation that,
apart from their political and resource-based causes,
some of the inter-community conflicts were triggered
by ignorance and lack of respect for each other’s
social and cultural values.
The Gurtong Peace Trust Project and
its cultural pages aims at raising awareness of ourselves:
who we are; where we live; our history; how we relate
to one another in the context of building a multi-lingual,
multi-cultural and multi-religious society that enriches
In the cultural pages, we would like
to depict - as much as possible - the essence of our
diversity and have that used for peaceful reconstruction
and socio-economic transformation of the relics of nearly
one century of war and conflict in our country.
The information in each page may not
be exhaustive. However, we are continuously working
at gathering and compiling as much information as possible
on each and every ethnic or linguistic entity we know
while constantly maintaining high levels of accuracy.
Some of the information currently presented
is largely historical and based on anthropological research.
Now that peace has been achieved and continues to thrive,
communication is improving in the vastness of Southern
Sudan, it is Gurtong’s desire that our researchers
will be able to reach out to remote areas and communities
to further boost our knowledge on their cultural and
The Gurtong Peace Trust Project invites
critical yet constructive evaluation of the information
on the peoples of South Sudan. This will assist in verification
and updating of information on each community such as
pictorials and cultural heritage.
It is imperative that we better understand
each other as we embark on building a country based
on Social Equality, Justice and the Rule of Law, Democracy
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(Update: October 1, 2006)