The words appeared on Luol Deng's Twitter feed at 4:05 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Eating outside by the Nile River is so peaceful.

Deng sat there, on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, dining with his father, brother and best friend. The sun warmed. The wind calmed. Eventually, his friend, Adam Andre, even jumped in the river. Deng teased him about getting eaten by alligators.

But no. On this day, four months into South Sudan's remarkable independence, with four of Deng's eight siblings and his parents having returned home for good, only peaceful moments prevailed.