Dinka village on the Nile River in the southern Sudan.—Henriette Grindat

Cattle-herding people of the Nile basin in southern Sudan. They speak an eastern Sudanic language of the Nilo-Saharan family and are closely related to the Nuer. Numbering about four million, they are divided into independent groups of 1,000–30,000 persons. Leadership is provided by priest-chiefs. In recent years they have been involved in civil war. See also Nilot.

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