My Dear South Sudanese,

Dr. Diing Chol Dau Diing

Dr. Ding Col Dau Ding with Dr. John Garang in the UK

November 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  My family and myself can hardly find words befitting your sympathetic and compassionate response to our despair on the untimely death of our Son, Dr. Ding Col Dau Ding, on the night of the 27th October 2015.

Ding was a highly competent medical doctor and an exceptional scientist. He loved clinical medicine and he had a maxim of using his medical knowledge to make his patients happy and healthy. In fact, we have not come across any of his patients complaining of poor treatment under his care. Just imagine; when no volunteer was available to give blood to a very sick young patient, Ding volunteered and gave one unit of his own blood to his patient. This is medical over-sympathy and humanity at its very highest!!!!

Our love for Ding is immeasurable. We have buried Ding in the grounds of our new home in Juba. Ding’s spirit will forever still give us an aura of his ongoing closeness and nearness to us.

The South Sudanese Police authorities have now officially stated to us, and are now formally reporting, that Ding’s death was murder and an investigation is now ongoing with international assistance and support. Aside from being South Sudanese, Ding was born in England as a British Citizen.

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By Aideed Koryom, Bor, South Sudan

Nhial Majak Nhial

Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule – March 2, 2014.

November 26, 2015 (SSB)  —  As of today, I am suspending my campaign against your corrupt practices indefinitely. Whether they are good or bad, my intentions were not to defame you nor was it a character assassination on you as a person but it was the truth about your corrupt activities as the mayor and a politician. I was telling the truth and I will still stand for that and it is up to you to make your statement about the allegations that I have written against you. Then I will get my sources.

As I have said before, in a civilize societies, politicians are not credited for their official duties but their small mistakes are non tolerable. So what ever great things you have done since you became Bor mayor, the only thing that matters and we the public care and what we want to know are bad things. I am a whistleblower that knows every detail of your corrupt activities as Bor mayor Nhial Majak.

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By Maboor Guem Yol, Juba, South Sudan

Majak Agot Atem

Majak Agot Atem, former longtime adjutant to Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit during the war of liberation

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  I come from Yirol East County in Lakes State- Ciec. I’m tired of this Gwala- Aliab campaign against my distant cousin – Dr. Majak D’Agoot. I’m a real person but I’ve chosen to use your tactics you cowards since you use aliases. I know Dr. D’Agoot will be embarrassed that his grand uncles have also chosen not to raise their heads above the parapet. I live in Juba and even the powerful and sometimes unfairly described as notorious Marial Nuor and innocently sanctioned Gen. Marial Chanuong Yol will not protect me from Kiir’s thugs either.

To my Gwala friends, your betrayal of Dr. D’Agoot is not different from your betrayal of the Archdeacon Archibald Shaw (Machuor) who founded a mission in Malek.  What is, in fact, Dr. D’Agoot’s problem with you and my neighbours – the Aliab – other than confronting the despot to help you to be free? You went for his blood and you failed; your new form of battle after he survived your scheme of eliminating him based on your treacherous “Lirpiou Fatwa” for any so-called Bor to strike him on sight because of some old feud in which he has no hand but involving the death of Justice Martin Majier which he (Dr. Majak) protested and Dr. Garang and Mr. Kiir took it unfortunately personal on him, is to denigrate and pull him down on his political climb, hoping that you will have some reward, of scalding the Warrap fortress of leadership. Watch out, you ain’t getting it right.

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By Ustaz Mabior Rioc Manyang, Juba, South Sudan

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Education is a wider concept with no single standard definition agreed upon by the scholars and academics. Plato defines education as a process of drawing and guiding children towards the principle which is pronounced right by law and confirmed as a truly right by the experience of the oldest and the most just. In other words, education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, positive attitudes and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research.

However, the most agreed definition of education is that, it is a process of transfer, consumption; accumulation and adoption of skills, knowledge ability and change of attitudes among the individuals or between groups of people. It is both a conscious and unconscious process that aims at creating desirable changes in both individuals and the society in which the inhabitants interact. Education may also include informal transmission of such information from one human being to another. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

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By Peter Gai Manyuon, Kampala, Uganda

SPLM House


November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) is a party that was formed in 1983 where Dr. John Garang became the head of the party after eliminating senior comrades within the movement those days.  Moreover, when the death of Dr. John Garang came accidently in July 2005, President Kiir took the leadership of the party and eventually, the mission and vision of the party became looting of resources, manipulating rule of law, killing professional Journalists in the Country on daily basis, abusing human rights, lack of democratization processes in the country, killing of civilians, harassing, intimidating, raping, torturing, cannibalism, carrying out mass killing and genocide in the Juba city and eliminating any one who objects dictatorial Leadership existence in South Sudan. Killing civilians on 16th, 17th and 18th of December 2013 in Juba was because of belonging to a certain ethnicity. Those are genuine points to dismantle the party for good in South Sudan for civilian’s safety unless those who have psychological disorder might disputes the reality.

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By David Lony Majak, Kampala, Uganda

Riiny Thiik

Justice Ambrose Riiny Thiik, chairman of the Jieng council of Elders

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  — Just to residue unapprised majority of South Sudanese celebrating the political failure in the Country. The so called Jieng Council of Elders is the genesis and the downfall of Dinkas’ legacies in the history of South Sudan, the tribal advisory committee. A nation brought to luminosity in the course of blood of mass in the longest war between Southerners and Sudanese the then, it is at this instantaneous centered in the heart of tribal troupe and extremists.

President Kiir and his tribal advisers; has made detrimental achievements to Dinkas by murdering and killing of innocent Nuer civilians and lastly smashed the political roadmap of South Sudanese at the level of international and regional relationships. A country leads by illiterate leader is like unrestricted resting center, it is now true that, SPLM is assumed to be for majority Dinkas who believed in Salva Kiir calling national government Dinka’s government.

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Are our Women in South Sudan really empowered?

By Mading Abraham Majur, Kampala, Uganda

Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba

Hon Jemma Nunu Kumba

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  I deplore the absence of women at the negotiating table in the democratic alliance; my condemnation is a concern for all who have a stake in this country and those that want the rights of women to be realized.

In fact the women themselves should explain why they are missing, were the bullied ignored, timid, or are they not interested? We need an explanation. Yes, we should have women at the negotiating table but they should not be mere static.

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GBC-USA: General Elections & Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Founding of the Greater Bor Community Association in the USA


November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  The Greater Bor Community (GBC-USA) electoral committee is here by officially announcing the conduct of its 3rd Presidential Election and 5th Birthday Anniversary Celebration.

When:  September 3rd to September 4th, 2016

Where: Grand Rapid, Michigan (Birth Place of the GBC-USA, 2010)

Physical Venue: To be Determined at the arrival date

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The final report on the Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) Conference (PDF)

How would Majak be a leader if he has no vision and no principle that he believe and stand for?

 By Aideed Koryom, Bor, South Sudan

Majak Agot Atem

Majak Agot Atem, former longtime adjutant to Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit during the war of liberation

November 25, 2015 (SSB)  —  Majak 44 minutes speech to the greater Bor USA youth, seem like old days when we were jesh amer in Ethiopia and Sudan displaced camps. Majak doesn’t know that these groups are educated, intelligent and understand the world politic better than before.

Why did majak and his group address the power sharing in the upper Nile region only and left the powers of the JMEC clause out? The most lethal clause in this compromise is the JMEC and security arrangement clause and he, Majak does not understand them. Majak and his group sold the hard earned sovereignty of south Sudan away and want to be the next leader.

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By Sunday de John, Nairobi, Kenya


President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, first president of the republic of South Sudan

November 24, 2015 (SSB) — When the peace agreement for the resolution of conflict in South Sudan was brokered by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a number of issues were tabled, discussed and agreed upon even without adequate consent from the government.

The signed Peace Agreement came as a consequence of unwarranted compromise. It wasn’t a demand so tangible so that rebels could claim the superiority on the negotiation table.

It was accepted as a result of feasibility and the fact that the sufferers of the war aren’t the wealthy rebels but innocent South Sudanese who have suffered unmatched damages either mentally, socially or physically following a destructible war fought in the last 35 months.

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“Never ever give up in life, fight forward don´t give up’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management

Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

November 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Politics is defined as activities associated with governance of a country or area. From etymological enquiry, the word politics derives from the Greek word ‘politikos’, which means ‘of, for, or relating to citizens.’ Thus, Wikipedia defines politics as ‘an art or science of influencing other people on a civic or individual level.

More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance.’ Politics, therefore, is about the people-exercising power or influence in such a way that there is equitable allocation and management of limited resources, opportunities, and privileges for the happiness, peace, security, good health, and general prosperity of the people.

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By Mayen D.M.A Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

burden of nationality

The Burden of Nationality

November 24, 2015 (SSB) –-  In the last three articles on “Safer paths out of our wartime economy,” I argued, inter alia, that closing a budgetary deficit has rarely been used by governments as reason for currency devaluation. Instead, the balance of trade economic considerations are the main reasons why central banks devalue local currencies.  It is done when a country wants its industrial goods to be cheaper and more desirable, hence exporting more and benefiting through an economy of scale.

If a country is in actual need of a local currency it just prints it, then controls its allocation through relevant monetary and fiscal policies. Hence, a deficit in local currency should have no direct relation to the U.S. dollar, unless the deficit in question is in dollars, which is possible for a country which is dependent on imports of goods like South Sudan. But then devaluation will not get you more dollars.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan


May peace and reconciliation prevail in South Sudan!!

November 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  Right now, we have our President who holds the executive powers, the legislative powers, power over the military, and the power to veto the drafted constitution or create another constitutional committee if he wishes. If this alone wasn’t disconcerting enough, let’s add to it the fact that there is no organized opposition to him, he seems intent on continuing the time-honored tradition of hiring loyalist unqualified hacks and lackeys for important government positions, he doesn’t seem to have any intentions of being democratic or even create a government out of the coalition that he created, with his supporters viscously attacking anyone who criticizes him, sometimes with religious overtones.

One would think that our president must have a huge mandate to be able to pull this kind of crap on all of us, but surprisingly enough, he doesn’t. He won with 99%, with almost half of his votes coming from secular innovative voters who simply didn’t wanted Dr. Lam Akol to win. In reality, if someone did the math, one would realize that at least 7.5 million of the 8 million voters who voted in the presidential elections in Southern part did not vote to have the war again in the country.

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Nimule calm after sporadic gunshots

Posted: November 24, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Reports


November 24, 2015 (SSB) – Residents of Nimule had their morning breakfast interrupted at 7:25am when sporadic gunshots sent shocking waves across the border town but normalcy is now restored, officials say.

The shooting started in Abila suburb and children from Loqilili primary school had to disperse in panic. Soldiers from the Tiger battalion, the troops from the Presidential unit guarding the strategic border town, were involved in a shootout with unknown gunmen. It is not clear who the armed men were but residents give contradicting accounts of the event.

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By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala Uganda

john luk

Minister John Luk at press conference in Juba, 7 April 2011

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  Before I start to put my comment on what the people used to talks about daily that, the former Minister of Justice John Luk is the one who formulated Transitional Constitution which killed civilians in the country.

First of all, I want to let most people know that, the current constitution we have, permitted students to have rights to critics any politician in the country. Students have rights to direct all politicians by criticizing them and that is an evidence, the Juba University students used to debates politically.

From today on ward, I want to defend the former Minister of Justice John Luk for false accusations which the people of South Sudan started accusing of him. John Luk is the peace lover person who always want the people of South Sudan to remain peaceful and he does not instigate violence since he joined politics in the country.

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Living in the Shadows of Darkness: The Invasion and Annexation of Anyuak Land of Akobo by the Nuer Community

By Peter Okello, Nairobi – Kenya

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  From the onset of the “so called” NUERS, coming into the blessed land of “Anyuak” – in particular AKOBO in earlier 1930s, nothing good had been prevailing. The policy of tricking our people, which they claimed to be peaceful migration into the interior of AKOBO, the claim that “their land is dry and no grass for their cattle is the deadliest agreement if not the least outrageous reasons that our ancestors granted to these “inhumane culprits”. The Akobo elites and historians perfectly knows the evolution of “pathetic Nuers” into the land of Akobo.

I am not interested to narrate the chronology of the Nuers exodus into our land but for the record, allow me to give you a glimpse of the darkest days of our people. During the Anyanya I civil war, most of our peoples’ villages in Akobo town were brutally burned down, massive killing of our innocent civilians by the then Government of Sudan, claiming that the Ciro Anyuak members were collaborating with the Anyanya I regimes.

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By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

28 states

November 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  There are many women’s activist groups in Juba and hundreds nationwide championing women’s and girls’ rights. Their objectives include, but not limited to girl child education but there seems to be little impact if any at all.

In South Sudanese communities, girls and women play central roles. In most of our traditional settings, women take care of children from birth to adulthood. And I should say mothers continue to shape our characters till death part us. This is because many communities practice polygamy and men have little control over individual children. Every woman therefore grooms her children. The stress that comes with many wives overstretches man’s ability to influence his children. Even in monogamous communities, women also play central roles in uprising children as men search for food, defense the territory and take public services.

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“A man can truly be blind if all his senses are completely death’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Atlabara, Juba, South Sudan

emaciated victims of the South Sudanese conflict

emaciated victims of the South Sudanese conflict

November 22, 2015 (SSB)  — The youths are the leaders of tomorrow, a tomorrow that can only be imagined by the elders of today of which they may not be part off. The youth form the powerful strata of any society, the youths in any society plays an indispensable role in the dynamic changes that occurs in that society. The power the youths hold is usually seen when they need a change in the order of things.

The South Sudan youth must rise up as a matter of urgency and not continue on their slumbering bed and believing in the everyday statement of our dear political class “The youth are the leaders of tomorrow”. The same political class that has embezzled the treasury, destabilized our economy to enrich their families and associates with the resources meant to create jobs and social amenities that would have made life worth living for the South Sudan youth.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Kampala, Uganda

Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok

November 21, 2015 (SSB)  —-  In the first quarter of the year 2007, H.E. President Salva Kiir visited the counties of Greater Bor. Prior to his address to the public in Panyagor, Chief Dau Reech Deng was asked by the other chiefs to express the grievances of the community to the President. In his presentation, Sultan Dau elaborated how the community was being affected by Murle cattle raiders who are also kidnappers.  He asked the President to make a decision that could end the atrocities that are committed by cattle raiders who are supported by their malicious politicians.

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