All the Preparations on the 4th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Are 100% Ready

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Dear all,

Greetings from Juba, the Republic of South Sudan,

All the preparations for the 4th Anniversary of South Sudan Independence are 100% ready and the security situation in Juba is 100% okay. There are a lot of enemies of peace creating roomers that security situation in Juba is not good, this is a big lie, everything in Juba is running smooth and again the security situation in and around Juba is 100% OK.

May God Bless South Sudan

Comrade Larco Lomayat
Juba – South Sudan.

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan's independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan

Preparation for the 4th anniversary celebration of South Sudan’s independence at full swing at the Dr. John Garang Mausoleum, Juba, South Sudan


Game of the Strong: Whoever has Physical Strength Gets in First for Check-in at Juba International Airport

By Marko Madut Garang, Juba, South Sudan

Dinka wrestling“As I write this opinion article, I am full of different emotions and bad feelings so I haven’t concentrated but I thought it will be good to speak to the public so that my feelings come down.”

July 7, 2015 (SSB)  —  As we count down to the 4th anniversary of South Sudan Independence, many South Sudanese citizens including foreign nationals continue to suffer in their various capacities and Juba International Airport is one of the institutions which is proving to be a temporary “hell on earth” because the principle applied there is that “whoever has physical strength gets in first for check-in.”

Today July 7th, I saw three women falling down as a result of pushing by the strongest to get inside the domestic terminal for check-in. This tradition tells that if you are a woman,an elderly person, sick, child etc. Then your life is at risk of getting killed as a result of a pandemonium at JIA. You may need to think twice whether you want to travel or not.The situation is not improving instead it continues to rise like the demand of dollar or commodities in the market.

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The Position Paper of the Nuer Community in Government on IGAD’s Key Provision and Justification for the Agreement and the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan

Introduction:

July 7, 2015 (SSB)  —-  We the Nuer Commissioners of Counties in the three states of Greater Upper Nile Region are profoundly concerned about the recent IGAD’s peace proposal on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. The proposed agreement asserts that “The state Council of Ministers in the states of Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile shall be reconstituted and appointed at the beginning of the transitional, and not later than a month, as per the following power-sharing ratios: GRSS: thirty-three (33) per cent; SPLM/A-IO: fifty-three(53) per cent; SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees): seven (7) per cent; Other Political Parties: seven (7)per cent”.

The rationale of IGAD in proposing that the SPLM/A-IO should be awarded 53 per cent of the state Council of Ministers in the three states of Upper Nile Region is yet to be explained by the mediators whether it was based on military realities on the ground or on false assumption that the SPLM/A-IO represents the Nuer ethnic group despite the presence of a big number of Nuer on the side of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.

It is also difficult to fathom how the IGAD can award a percentage of power-sharing to SPLM- Former Detainees and other parties in the three states of Greater Upper Nile Region without a proper investigation to ascertain which party has a presence and support in the three states.

The only party that is known to have Members of Parliament in Upper Nile state is SPLM-DC which constitutes 25% of representation in Upper Nile State Legislature. The SPLM-DC, although it doesn’t have Members of Parliament in Unity and Jonglei states, does have party’s offices and staffs, whose presence can be verified even before December, 15, 2013. How would the SPLM-DC that has 25% of legislative power as a result of the 2010 election in Upper Nile state accept the IGAD’s peace proposal that reduces its power-sharing to less than 2%? It seems that the IGAD’s peace proposal lost touch with the realities on the ground in South Sudan because SPLM-DC cannot accept such an arrangement.

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By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Juba, South Sudan

July 7, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Although distance learning offers more people an opportunity to attain higher education, it is not all advantages and benefits. Distance learning has costs, requires compromises and self-motivation is essential for success.

It would be a great shame for young nation like South Sudan to have thousands of students who graduated via distance education system. South Sudan will lack Medical Doctors and Engineers! Distance learning does not always offer all the necessary courses online. Students pursuing a specific certificate or degree program may not have all the necessary courses available through distance learning so it is not suited for all subjects. For example, you can study a history lesson completely online but you cannot perform nursing clinically online. For some courses, physical classroom attendance will be mandatory to complete the course.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Baping Association for Development (BADE): A Fundraiser to Build a Secondary School in South Sudan

Baping Association for Development (BADE)

Baping Association for Development (BADE)

  

July 7, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Friends, we are writing on behalf of the Baping Association for Development (BADE) and the entire community of Dachuek in the United States to invite you and your family to participate in our planned fundraiser, aimed at building a secondary school in our village back in South Sudan.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Autism Center of Nebraska, located at 9012 Q Street. Omaha, NE 68127. Start time will be 2:00 pm till 1:00 am. A final community meeting will be held on Sunday August 16, 2015, at Messiah Lutheran Church.

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By Ajo Noel Julious, Juba, South Sudan

July 6, 2015 (SSB)   —-   The other day I was at my favorite tea spot by the roadside at Mahata Yei, sipping hot kerekede – hibiscus tea – as speeding bikers and motor vehicles moved by. In local, Juba Arabic, this location is famously known as BARLAMAN – or Parliament in English. It earned this name because both employed and unemployed youth love coming to discussion politics of the day every evening after work. Of course for those who know it, BARLAMAN has history that dates back to the days of the liberation with its ancient spot in Yei town, then known as DNC. Today there are many Ministers and Honorable Members of Parliament in both State and Federal government who pride themselves on having been members of the BARLAMAN. It moved to Juba when the CPA was signed and all these promising young men came to the city and continued it.

As I sat there drinking my hibiscus tea with the traffic throwing dust on us, the discussion intensified around Transitional Justice, Judicial reforms and what really needs to be done and how we should go about it. “It is common knowledge that the Judiciary is understaffed, poorly financed and corrupt. Young well-educated lawyers like you must rescue us,” one of my colleagues asserted. We all know that South Sudan needs Justice but this can only be achieved when we have genuinely reformed our judiciary and enhanced its capabilities. I have had a cocktail of ideas swarming my mind on how I can contribute to make a difference in this search for judicial reform and Justice. So, in the interest of bringing BARLAMAN and its important debates to the public, I’d like to share my thoughts on where to begin with judicial reform in South Sudan.

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By Sunday de John

July 5, 2015 (SSB) —- A country floating on political sentiments like South Sudan, characterised by political anarchy and specious political groups basing on tenets of tribal jingoism is destined to achieve, if any, very little success.

With continued grooming of warlords and dishonourable political chitchats, there is a glimpse of hope for a prosperous nation. It hurts a lot for a country as young as South Sudan to be this deeply submerged in unending politico-social turmoil where innocent civilians are penalized for crimes they have not committed.

With unending death, tortured mental state, physical harm and a tangible anxiety, it becomes unbearable to an innocent victim to acknowledge that a country acclaimed in the national anthem, one theoretically depicted to be a land of great abundance exist in this continent. Read the rest of this entry »