Aldo Deng was a former Sudanese politician, elected to the Sudanese Parliament in 1967 and between 1967 and 1989 held various positions including:
- Provincial Governor
- Deputy Speaker
- Minister of Culture
- Minister of Irrigation
- Minister of Transport
- Deputy Prime Minister
In 1988, with the Civil War escalating, Deng sent his wife and children to Egypt for safety whilst he remained in the Sudan. In 1989 Omar al Bashir led a military coup and arrested Deng at gunpoint, keeping him imprisoned for three months. Bashir, who is the current President of Sudan, has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest but there was insufficient evidence to get a conviction. Bashir released Deng to help negotiate with the Peoples Liberation Army of South Sudan, but in 1993 the situation had worsened and Deng fled to England where he claimed political asylum. He then brought his family to the UK and they settled in Stanger Road in South Norwood.
At the end of the civil war in 2005 and with the Independence of Southern Sudan in 2011 Deng returned to Southern Sudan to help write the new country’s constitution.
Deng is also the father of 16 children, some of whom have gone on to become famous basketball players. Deng is a member of the Dinka tribe, who are renowned for their height. His son Luol Deng, was born in the Sudan in 1985 and attended St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School when the family settled in South Norwood. Luol went on to play for the famous Chicago Bulls basketball team in the US. He was also a patron of the Youth Games in 2009.
Two other sons, Ajou Deng and Deng Deng played for the British Basket League and their sister Arek Deng played for the University of Delaware.
Does anyone know if the family are still living in South Norwood or if Aldo Deng is still active in Sudanese politics.