Former seminarian turns rebel leader in the Sudan: The Church of England Newspaper, January 20, 2013 p 7. January 24, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Episcopal Church of the Sudan.
Tags: Davud Yau Yau, Diocese of Bor, Ruben Akurdit Ngong, Sudan People's Liberation Army
A former Anglican seminarian has emerged as the leader of a rebel militia in South Sudan allied with the National Islamic Front government in Khartoum.
David Yau Yau, who attended theological college from 2004-2006 in Yei, has emerged as the head of rebel militia at war with South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement [SPLM].
After being sent down from Emmanuel Christian College for failing to receive his Diploma in Theology, Yau Yau entered politics, but lost an election to the Jonglei State Assembly in April 2010 when South Sudan received its independence. Yau Yau charged the vote was rigged and took his supporters into the bush. The government offered Yau Yau a pardon in 2011 and a commission as a general in the SPLA. However in April the South Sudan government announced Yau Yau had defected to Khartoum and had launched another rebellion in the Jonglei State.
Yau Yau’s former theological college principal, Bishop Ruben Akurdit Ngong of Bor Diocese, told the Sudan Tribune that as a seminarian, Yau Yau had asked for prayers to help his tribe, the “Murle to change their way of life.”
Now the champion of the Murle people had become their “enemy” the bishop said. “This self-promoted rebel general is killing people.”