By Kur Wel Kur,

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Dear my beloved country,

As I write this note the strawberry-coloured and woolly-white materials covered the streets and neighbours’ houses, symbolising Christmas, a celebration of enormous power of forgiveness and love of God to humanity. A Christians’ faith!

However, I acknowledge fully, these two colours (red and white) in my homeland in this particular time don’t mean the same thing as in the rest of the world. In my country, South Sudan, the red flag waggles side to side in the hands of blood-thirsty and trouble makers; who even with their Christians’ names cannot respect Christmas! With their ill-intentions, they attacked the trucks carrying civilians’ food supplies on Nimule-Juba highway.

Brig Lul Koang, the spokesperson of rebels, aired these remarks:

“The gallant SPLM/SPLA Forces under the command on General Martin Kenyi marked the day this morning by closing Salva Kiir Mayardit lifeline to the outside world linking him directly to his mentor President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.”

Millions of people in the peaceful continents and countries spent their hard-earned tax payers’ money to fund for South Sudan’s peaceful resolutions to the one-year-old conflict because people in South Sudan are, ‘such friends that they would burn their arms for them’. Millions of South Sudanese in the country and in abroad poured the visible and invisible tears for the fallen loved ones and they shouted at the top of their lungs in prayers to God so that peace may come; however, the bandits ‘with stupid thinking who keep dropping their own handkerchiefs internationally and expect others to pick up for them’.

My country is dotted with dried bones, products of war; a war, which with no peace will claim other vibrant souls; souls full of earthly lives as I scribble this note will pay for desires of securing ‘respectable and wealthy’ seats in the government. South Sudanese can explain and diagnose the conflicts in South Sudan but we need God to come into our rescue as soon as in this month (December, 2014). So I am writing this card to wish South Sudan, a country of my birth, a Merry Christmas.

Dear my country, in the faces of tribal wars, of government officials’ corruption, of power greed, of a life of debauchery, of humans caused abject poverty, and of spreading lies, I am sending this CHRISTMAS CARD.

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People of my country, God chose each of us in a swarm of sperms (4.5 million) (excuse my language) and relayed to us a job of choosing our ways out of 10 million people in our country and in 7 billion people in the world today! So we could wiggle our ways in systems and become leaders who would end up killing their citizens; or we could choose to wallow in pools of citizens’ blood, enriching ourselves with bloods’ money; or would choose to be self-proclaimed writers who shout, pouring out divisive words on other side of canyons; or we would choose none!

I can name all professions or crimes in the world today or in the past, but that’s not the gist of the writings on this card.

As I look back in the history of Christians’ faith, the Grace and Love of The God we believe and worship, is so immense! In this time of the year, God saved humanity by sending the altruistic, wise leader and saviour, Jesus.

In the lifespan of our planet and in the existence of humans, God has continued to send the followers of our saviour, Jesus, to construct nations, our country included, and to instruct citizens to make the world/ nations better place(s). So South Sudan, my country, you will be constructed and instructed by Jesus in this year coming!

With these words, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous year; a year free of bloodshed!

Yrs. Kur Wel Kur.

Christmas Letter to President Salva Kiir Mayaardit

Posted: December 22, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles

“People’s Peace”, not “Leaders’ Peace” is desperately needed General Salva Kiir Mayardit for the Christmas Season and New Year

By Deng Kur Deng

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Dear President General Salva Kiir Mayadit,

I write to you today as both a supporter of your Presidency, but also, as a concerned citizen of South Sudan. You earned the authority to govern South Sudan because of your uninterrupted sacrifices for your people. You fought for us, and we are very grateful for your service. Your involvement in the Anyanya One and in the mighty SPLM/SPLA is the living evidence of why you deserve your post as the President of South Sudan. Many of us know that you have witnessed war after war in response to injustice from the government in the united Sudan. But as we speak, our country has been wrecked by war, and we do not know who it will benefit when in fact it is only killing our people. However, the South Sudanese concerns remain steadily concentrated on war, which is why I must ask you, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, are you not sick of the war? I will leave this question for you to answer, if you have chance to read this letter. Personally, I will not hesitate to express how I feel about war.

First, I have been a member of the SPLM/SPLA since I was a little boy, so I have been devastated by the war like everybody else. In all honesty, I was already sick of war twenty years ago. I am not the only person who is concerned; in fact, I know for sure that our people are indeed sick and tired of war. All I have ever known, like so many other South Sudanese children and adults alike, has been war after war. I am sick of it. As a person who served through it all, you bore the desperation of our people on your shoulders for peace. After our people fought hard for the independence, many of us thought it was the end of struggle. Unfortunately, now, it is very easy to get mobilized by the politicians/generals who fantasize about war, yet in doing so, we forgot to remind ourselves of what we fought for collectively as South Sudanese people.

Many of us know that you, President Salva, care about the welfare of the people of South Sudan, which is why you fought in both brutal civil wars. Those who have indirectly and directly sparked this current crisis are not interested in the welfare of the people but rather in the blood of the people. They rallied our people behind them, but in the end, they butchered these very people, without fear of any repercussions from the legal system. In fact, the system allowed them to do more damage. That is the true tragedy — that this damage was carried out by our very own people.

All of us in South Sudan seemed to have a common wish: to be safe, to protect ourselves, and to prosper. However, these wishes are just fanciful dreams for many South Sudanese people. Most of us are extremely concerned that children are no longer inspired to attend school amidst the violence in the country — a choice that puts our country’s future at risk. So I am compelled to ask you, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, to bring back Dr. Riek Machar in order to allow the country to stabilize. I understand that reinstating many of the generals is equivalent to inviting more killing, but Mr. President, we have no other choice if we want to avoid another civil war and stem the recent resurgence of violence in South Sudan. Machar’s return may also help address dysfunctional structures in our government, and shift our nation’s focus away from ethnic differences and onto economic growth, education, and health care — institutions that are constantly threatened by violence.

At present, our country is handling the current situation by acting as if people have not been hurt by the crisis, which, sadly, has become the norm in South Sudan. Political greed is not problematized by the average citizen, because fear is rooted so deeply in our people by the ill-informed politicians and military leaders. Given that it is still very hard to distinguish between the rebels and the people who support the government, our people are scared for their lives. This fear reflects the faulty logic employed by those who are currently manipulating people for their own interests.

At some point, when Dr. Riek decided to run for office, I became one of his supporters. However, like many others, I thought Dr. Riek would seek a fair election. When he decided, instead, to take a shortcut, he lost the support of many people who he had recently won over, solely because he took us back to war. He has restored domestic turmoil in our nation, and since many of us do not endorse violence whatsoever, we no longer can singularly support him. His actions have taken away any empowerment whatsoever that children may have developed over the last few peaceful years. The loss of hope among the South Sudanese youth is enough of a reason, in and of itself, to take a stand. It is your obligation as President to restore peace in the country.

Mr. President, this may not be the right time to talk about corruption, but many of your constituents are certain that greed had already infiltrated the political system before the war, and now, the results are before our very eyes. There is no trust between the people, the politicians, and the military leadership (namely the generals), so it is time to restore trust by starting to hold greedy politicians and generals responsible for their actions. If a leader breaks the law for selfish reasons and is, whether directly or indirectly, destabilizing the country, that leader must be handed a punishment that is fitting of the crime — be it anything from a formal reprimand to an execution, whatever is appropriate.

During our country’s first days, I dared to complain about these consistent pains that our people continuously endure, but in our less progressive society, I’m not sure anyone was listening. Even today, I feel like whining to a different person almost every day may not solve our problems in South Sudan, but YOU and many South Sudanese can. So many of your people still believe in you. However, we feel that you must be part of sincere change, and soon, in order to have a positive effect on the rising turmoil.

The people’s lack of trust in their leaders is a frightening signal, especially when many of those people are not supporting either side; regardless of who is in power, our people mistrust all authority figures. As the war drags on, this lack of confidence is becoming even more overwhelmingly ridiculous, given the scale of mass murders of innocent lives. You would think that as casualties only increase, more people would try to support the government’s response to violence, and yet that is not happening. I could be the next of many disenchanted South Sudanese to target to those so call politicians and generals who are known criminals and who bring grief and anguish to the people. But when we only talk about these select few criminals, especially those who regularly appear in the public spotlight, it’s as if we are blaming the majority (of those in power) for the criminal actions of a minority. It is just the odd nature of reality, but many leaders on the ground are ill-informed about the corruption of a few South Sudanese politicians and military personnel. We cannot completely understand a lot of what is going on right now, because the country only recently emerged from civil war, before and during which, many innocent people suffered under the Sudanese government. Now we are back at it, only now, even less-informed politicians and generals are trying to make useless bids for power by killing their own people. They believe that they gain power by outdueling their opponents, but the innocent citizens pay the price for this violence. Without adroit action, we cannot do much on the ground to correct many of the problems facing the country. With that in mind, we the people still feel numbed and confused by the strategies these generals and politicians are utilizing.

Those who are preaching peace are often doing the opposite. Many South Sudanese have only just realized these individuals calling for peace are using the same ideals and methods as those who are killing other South Sudanese people. In such a mess, there is no radiant future for the whole country, only for those who subscribe to the same political and culturally ideology. Politicians and other leaders are tearing down their rivals in gatherings that are intended to be platforms for peaceful discussions. Consequently, these private disagreements have provoked a public outcry, because the country has not reached, what many countries would call, “self-sufficiency” due to constant violence. When leaders preach the language of violence, it only does more damage to people. We remain very confused, torn between what we hear and what we see.

For that very reason, peace is absolutely critical for the revitalization of the country. And for that reason, your citizens are asking you to lead us by securing that peace. We are impressed by how you have thus far handled the crisis in the country, but there is more to be done. Security measures have widely changed in Juba since for number of months, as people reflect on the conditions in the streets, markets, and social areas. Citizens can see these improvements to security, and there is an overall good feeling about Juba. I want to personally extend a special thank you and to those in charge of security in the capital for making Juba a safer place.

However, the distribution of power remains a serious concern. The considerable, often unchecked, internal authority given to leaders is often the very reason why many of the generals are carrying out the worst attacks on their own civilians without any restraint. There is no other powerful body to hold them accountable, which makes the public vulnerable. We the people have delegated you to take ownership of the country’s responsibilities, so we must insist that you raise the bar and hold your deputies accountable. In fact, we are quite disturbed when you let people who speaks on behalf of voiceless suffers. For example, Deng Athuai’s voice embodied importance of the democracy in the country, so protect Deng Athuai. Charles Handy had once said, “Few will thank the leader when things go right, but many will blame the leader if things go wrong”, so many of us are blaming you for something you have little control over. We have stumbled, but we have not fall yet as a country. Life still has a meaning.

On our part, we the people of South Sudan knew that supporting the war from any side would be counterproductive and would eventually turn against us one way or another. Yet we are still filled with anguish for the same reason; we could not comfortably support the war even if we wanted to, because of its self-inflicted components. It is degrading that so many citizens are barred from participating in the development of the country, when we were the ones desperately hoping to change things for better. It has been very hard to ingratiate ourselves with people who are not up for change, but we are persistent with our cherished hopes. Even though war has drained much of the hope from abled bodies, our country desperately needs us — and we, in turn, desperately need you.

Our country is still unorganized, as war has scrambled everything that we fought for. War has wholeheartedly overshadowed the efforts made by the leaders we admire. Our doubts are many, especially since the services our country now offers are not well-aligned with the promises made by our leaders — promises introduced over the course of the civil war. In general, Mr. President, most of us are not asking for a highly precise governmental system at this early stage, when the political structure is not yet stable, but securing and maintaining peace is our ultimate desire. You are capable of recognizing what is unsuitable for South Sudanese people, and therefore you have a responsibility to mobilize people to take appropriate action against anything that threatens the well-being of the South Sudanese people. Mobilize us around PEACE. You may have signed a Cessation of Hostilities (CoH), but it has not materialized because people are not taking it seriously, which defeats the purpose entirely. My point is simple, Mr. President: Please sign a real peace — a PEACE for people, not PEACE for the leaders.

Sincerely,

This letter was written by Deng Kur Deng , he can be reached at: pananyangajak@gmail.com.

The Christmas Letter on the Quest for Peace in South Sudan

Posted: December 22, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary

By Deng Lual DeNuun

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The great blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach and the real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments, but let have patience and give peace a chance. While it is an unfortunate fact that people must secure peace after preparing for war, it’s now high time to stick to love, hate is too great burden to bear. Just like Martin Luther King said, “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him or her to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and confuse the true with the false and the false with the true”. The quest for peace doesn’t need petrodollar to purchase neither it nor believing in the strength that peace is achievable when a tribe expanded their ribs to fight the nation but through understanding. Not just peace but the one with justice for all.

The land with great abundance natural resources, land of the blacks, rich and blessed in diversity realized its dream and finally saluted their martyrs’ whose their expensive bloods cemented the foundation as coated in the pride of our national anthem of the Republic of South Sudan. Sadly, something that started like a political rift within the party turned out to victimized innocent children, women and all the villagers in their huts, cattle camps and farms and most entrepreneurs in big towns butchering numbers and forcing many to flee again to seek refuge either internal or external without their knowledge… what they were expecting to pay back in huge debts from their leaders ironically cleansed or deprived them of their hard earned living while the fruits is being harvested in big foreign cities by these very leaders causing havoc.

We are not the makers of history, we are made by history because this world came first, after hard gained struggle for liberty we returned to war within ourselves, the Killing of Nuers in Juba triggered the war and led to the subsequent genocidal atrocities committed in Bor twice in history and elsewhere, December 15th will ever remain another D-Day in history of South Sudanese people. Just three days after Juba blast, December 18th , That night I had forty wink completely innocent to think of big heart throbbing sounds of heavy artillery will befall me again after decades since the last one I had in Kapoeta back 1991, suddenly I was wrong, my friend Ojulu Ochalla whom I was working with and had that night together just at the west of the riverbank woke me up vigorously Deng, Deng wake up, fighting in Bor, then I woke up figuring what could my next hope be, then I said, God have mercy on your people.

This 2nd rebellion in history (of the SPLM) spearheaded by the former Vice President, Dr. Riak Machar Teny Dhuorgon will ever go down, the man who is determine to robe Peter to pay Paul in the name of democracy….. Riek Machar who believes that he is more democratic than any other South Sudanese simply because he is the giant of blood of the South Sudanese people. You must know that nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity, while I understand that wars, revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves to its service and I must stand tall and say “RIEK MACHAR IS TOO EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN”, South Sudanese must know this. You simply failed a simple test set to you by God, when it was almost to forgive and forget the memories and the scares of 1991 that were still vivid and the cleansing you did in Juba, no doubt that you have NO difference with the pig and the coconut tree, one of the trees that gives NO shading at all hence people don’t rest under it. Just after Juba 15th, you went straight to Nasir and exhumed the archives of the 1991, same people murdered again, same towns set on fire, capturing or recapturing and the tactical withdrawal filled the air.

Dr. Riek Machar reinstatement to the SPLM on the ground to allow CPA be signed in unity of the Southern People became a privileged to the SPLM top leadership that they became too drunk like a cock when is drunk, he forgets about the hawk and I reiterate the quoting by the VP Wani that, when the big dogs are fighting over the bones, another intruding dog snatch the very bones they are fighting for. In real sense, why would these politicians/leaders claim for reforms in pretext to positions?,… too why would they demand reforms just after their reshuffled and last not the least, why would they claimed that someone has failed when they were the very ones serving in their capacities or hypocrisy in disguise?, these questions and many others makes the very civil population at the grassroots lingering and questioning their rebellion. It is vivid that Kiir government underperformed and continue to do so in maintenance to these greedy bullies, most of them if not all were involved embezzling the public money, some were Ministers and failed to link feeder roads to our remote villages, poor health system surrendered to Donor money and carried out by the government in the name of (NGOs), the ministry of Water and Electricity were nicknamed by the citizens as ministries of water tanks and generators respectively and eventually wants to believe them that they are good and their complain are just? No, the witness of a rat is another rat.

Eventually, Mr. President, the civil population is watching you, they know your government has completely failed to deliver but they remain firm in support for your legitimacy, all the politicians accepted that they have all failed, you been favoring them to loot the public fund now its high time to pay back to us, a decade is gone and nothing much has been realized, long-term frameworks have occupied the ministries, you have the rights to listen to us, a cobbler always wears the worst shoes. Both of you must accept peace as tool to prosperity. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The Author, Deng Lual DeNuun can be reached by mail denglual86@gmail.com


THE AMAZING STORY OF ANEI DENG DE NGOOR

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By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

In most socio-historical headlines, we do find sensational stories of important people who have helped shaped social and cultural order of our time.

However, none of the recorded stories have deservingly showcased histories of our great women that are considered to be cultural icons such as Anei Deng de Ngoor, Apul-Magengdit, Commander Ageer Gum Akol, to mention but a few.

These extraordinary women, unlike some of our women in this generation, didn’t just show up and find a historic voice in a gender-conscious generation and time. Behind their fame and credits lurked great obstacles that were either cultural, political, social or economical.

Yet, these pioneers didn’t just prevailed at all odds arrayed against them but also excelled to be the most influential women whose determinations and courage and stories can be used as a model to inspire today women to pursue their dreams.

Unfortunately, many remarkable stories about South Sudanese women went down the history unrecorded. Hardly any of our books or newspapers has published the untold stories of this unprecedented group of women from different places in South Sudan.

No one has adequately recorded the amazing stories of our great women whose combined legacies are a testament to the feminist spirit among our people. Their pioneering, courageous works broke through the male-imposed gender chained that had, and continue to, deny our sisters and mothers their rightful and God-given roles in the society.

Though our people are yet to recognise the sensational contributions of these revolutionary women, there is still hope out there that our today opinion writers, book authors and historians are gathering stories that will be remembered and debated later by future generations.

Had we this group of gender-conscious writers in the past, I believe the extraordinary story of Anei Deng de Ngoor would have long been a guiding post for young South Sudanese feminists of today.

I was six years old when I heard about Madam Anei Deng de Ngoor from Twic East, Nyuak Payam, Ayual clan, Roordior section of Paan-Kueer. I can only remember her coming to my house to pay visit to my dad. Someday it could be a mere visit and someday it can be to discuss some administrative cases at a time when my dad was Nyuak’s chief.

Very often, Madam Anei visited our house but never sat near my mom. She always proceeded to dad’s room and would discuss, and discuss, till noontime with some other local chiefs from Twic East.

One afternoon I ask my mom: “Who is that woman and why does she always sit where men are?” Mom said her name is Anei Deng de Ngoor, a representative of certain section in Ayual. “She is not a woman, she is a man,” mom whispered.

I was lost for word. I didn’t completely understand what the heck she meant. Physically Madam Anei was a woman, she was wearing skirt and blouse, sometimes a dress. I stared into mom’s eyes looking for more information.

After few minutes of deafening silence, mom started again and said, “menthdi (my child), it is rumoured that Madam Anei didn’t have any brother in her family and for her father’s name to reign she decided not to get marry off but to marry a wife for herself instead.”

It was, however, today that I learnt that Madam Anei have brothers. She was married but for some reason her marriage didn’t work (or didn’t manage to have children) and therefore she had to come back to her family and started a brand new life with new thinking full of determination that ultimately helped her have wives and children of her own.

When Madam Anei returned to her parents, she decided to enter into business to earn some money and livestock so she can marry her own wives and have children of her own. She was also given a privileged place by her brothers to be one of them. That is, she was entitled to be given a cow from any of her sister or nieces’ marriage.

In business, Madam Anei succeeded remarkably and became one of the richest icons in her clan.

Right now she got five wives with a great number of children that called her daddy. Madam Anei’s brothers are the sperm donors, but Madam Anei herself is the real father. She carries out all the fatherly responsibilities and duties.

Madam Anei gave up her romance and sexual needs. She got no husband but wives that she barely kiss, hug or touch, yet she remains faithful to them and maintains her role as a father and husband to her wives and kids.

Madam Anei’s decision to have wives was not inspired by western culture of gay rights or lesbianism since at a time the Dinka people didn’t even know what that concept was. It was engendered by a pure selfless love and honour to her father’s name and herself. Without such sacrifices, Madam Anei’s name would have been extinct by now in her family lineage.

Rather than thinking too much about the biological side of the story, we should all be humbled and inspired by her selfless love to her father.

Nonetheless, the most important case in point is that, Madam Anei’s story, like other untold stories of women of her kind, is the first standout story among other extraordinary stories that would surely serve as inspiration for generation of women to come.

It does not only educate us about how to fix a broken glass but also how to look for other potentials when the old glass is completely broken.

Do we still think that our women are not great? Do we still think that they have not contributed and sacrificed so much in family and clan, and at the state and national levels? If you think that they are great, and have contributed their fair share in building our society, then give them their rights.

Because Madam Anei’s choice of life was duly supported and appreciated by the male members of her clan, she performed outstandingly well. Our women need that support and recognition to be vital members of our communities.

Bor Town: The City of Great Wrestlers

Posted: December 21, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier, Juba

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Traditional wrestling is a multilateral cultural event popular among cattle owning communities of South Sudan. It is the most popular event among the Dinka on the eastern and western banks of the Nile. The Dinka and Mundari in Jonglei, Lakes and Central Equatoria States practice it all the time.

Traditional wrestling is truly a multilateral event accompanied by dancing, singing as well as courtship among young people. It is the test through which young people assert their strength and fame that comes with it.

The up and coming potential wrestler(s) invite the well known existing wrestler(s) so that the contest decides who the next top wrestler is. If the existing wrestler still has some steam, he continues until next time.

In a period of one week I was in Bor, I saw more than five contests organised among several sub clans as preseason rehearsals. The coming dry season will see tens of contests organise going forward to 2015.

Wrestling among the promoting communities is a sport like no other. The modern sports like football and other games are just an addition to this traditional muscle sport.

Many wrestling sports activities were organised in Juba from 2011 and the attendance was phenomenal. The wrestling triangle of Jonglei, Lakes and CES showcased their wrestling talents to the whole nation before and after the Southern referendum of 2011.

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A few names of wrestling greats are still in memory. Majok Jok, Ajang Garang, Deng Adol, Muor ci Kueng, Jada, Gore Mapak and many more still generate interest in wrestling.

Wrestling as a sport has many benefits. It is where people meet with friends. The wrestlers can also meet new friends and acquaintances.

What is very interesting with wrestling is that many songs are composed against opponents on the one hand and for self praise on the other.

The hit song for the year 2014 in light of Riek’s rebellion goes like this:

……………….( ran de abi dhuk ror ci Riek Machar) meaning another gentleman will go back to the bush like Riek Machar………….

Though Riek and forces have caused so much destruction they were forced out to the bush just like in 1991. The power of Riek forces cannot match that of the government just like the power of one wrestler against another is not the same.


Mekonen Tefere, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In event organized by Gajiok Nuer Community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Gordon Koang Duoth and Micheal Pal Rik raised their concern about the last year massacre in Juba through newly composed songs.

Gordon Koang who is a lead musician in South Sudan elaborated his heartfelt about the incident that happened last year in Juba.

The Chairman of Gajiok Community in Addis Ababa, Mr. Wiw Tung Wiw who organized the commemoration urged the whole Community of Jikany to remain united and appealed to any Jikany Community members to honor the lives of Nuer who perished in Juba. “Do not support the genocidal regime in Juba.” Wiw warned loudly.

Gordon Koang directed his concern to Gordon Buay Malek Chol and advised him not to interfere with musician. “I dismiss Gordon Buay’s statement which claim that God instructed me [Koang] to quit singing on the current crisis.” Koang warned Gordon Malek to refrain from his words and urged him to withdraw his propaganda as soon as possible. “It’s not good for my brother Gordon Buay to jealously act like this!! I’m a musician, should he choose to deal with me, that would be more dangerous for him.” Gordon Koang warned.

Gordon Koang appeals to IGAD and International Communities to address the root cause of the conflict and question why the truce take longer. Gordon Koang Duoth openly said that ‘Federalism’ is the best style of leadership to govern South Sudan. “I support Federalism and I need it”, Koang commented.

In separate interview, Simon Gatwech Met Koryom questioned the leadership that exists in Juba and inferentially underlined that the atrocities were committed by Juba regime from 16-19 December 2013 on innocents Nuer civilians. “Although things fall apart in Juba, now it’s time to find an amicable solution for this war.” Met Koryom narrated.

Meanwhile, Gajiok community has been mourning the death of more than 20,000 Nuer who had been killed in Juba. The commemoration started from 19-20 December 2014 in which Gordon Koang and Micheal Pal joined them.

Both [musicians] declared Salva Kiir as an illegitimate president and urged the International Community to closely monitor the crimes committed by him [Kiir] in order to get ready for International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Chairperson for South Sudan Nuer Youth Union in Ethiopia, Mr. Koat Gatkuoth Thoat welcomed the proposal by Gajiok community for appealing to [the] Nuer community around the World to remain united and for the root cause of the conflict to be addressed by IGAD. Koat commented in public gathering at the second day of commemoration in Addis Ababa.

“Although the community had been hurt, we need to keep the spirit of unity among ourselves.” Mr. Gatwech Ruach Bol, a South Sudanese Canadian added.

Furthermore, Gatwech Tut who studied Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University was among the attendants. He urged the warring parties to drop their demands and work for peace.

Godon Koang Duoth said that if this war is to be used as a tool for self-benefit, two things are luckily to happen. These are:

The regional war and punishment from God – on those states who are responsible to calm the senseless war, but silence while kids, women and elderly people die every minutes in South Sudan. “We, as musicians need nobody to die. We neither need Riek Machar nor Salva Kiir to die, but we need Kiir to resign for peace to come”, the King of Musician Group represented by Gordon Koang finalized.

Both warring parties are progressing on the negotiation table in Addis Ababa in which their discussion trapped on the position of two ministries and control of the armies’ forces during the would-be Transitional Government of National Unity.

Finally, the Head of Security and Organizing Committees for the Commemoration Day, Gatwech Hoth Wal appreciated his friends who voluntarily work during the last two days and Gajiok community for commemorating the December 15 Nuer massacres. “You mad it! The days were calm, clear and safe”, Hoth Wal said.

The author can be reached on: mekonentefere@gmail.com

Tribalism is not Profitable to our Nation

Posted: December 20, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël in Featured Articles, Machar Dhieu

The Spirit of Nationalism

One Nation, One People

One Nation, One People

By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba

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I have a duty to share my thoughts on tribalism with those who look up to me for guidance in the spirit of One people, One Nation as our president initiated to us from the beginning of violence until now, for the benefit and stability of this nation and also tribe has nothing on development but as the main cause of the crisis. Furthermore, I salute all comrades who made it possible to defense this country from coup plotters of 15th December 2013 despite of your tribe; you really make it and defeat those who did it.

To those who revolt against the government with the aims of dividing our nation into tribal state you are completely condemned by the die-heart of this nation. On other-word, the mentality of being loyal to one’s tribe than to one’s country or other social group is wrong. I am proud to be born and raised in South Sudan this is my homeland and I will make sure that I help my country in developmental insures. However, I am not proud of the fact that tribalism has found a fertile ground in our country. In other words, there is nothing wrong to belong to a tribe but we should not destruct our nation using our own people to disgrace our independence that is not our mandate as citizens of this country.

There is nothing wrong to practice as per the constitution of the Republic the cultural and traditional norms of that particular tribe. However, it is wrong to use one’s tribe negatively and retrogressively and this is where we are seen by our fellow compatriots as possessing monopoly of tribalism in South Sudan.

Let us face it. Tribalism is not profitable. It is a fact that, not everybody specializes in tribalism. The authentic tribalists are numerically few but very tactical. These are disgruntled members of our community found in Public Service, in Political Parties, in Villages and even in Church of GOD. They have a strong say and influence within their community. They have many supporters whom they mislead and sometimes they acted negatively toward nation building.

To them, tribalism is in their heart-point and it is their second religion. Most of them are highly educated and are able to mislead traditional authorities to act as they wish. They target traditional authorities because traditional authorities are the custodian of values and norms. They use the tribe as a vehicle and people as tools to achieve their desired individual goals.

The reasons for practicing tribalism is always centered around competition over limited natural resources such as land dispute, grazing area, competition over government position, competition over government services, competition over political positions and even competition over church positions. They refuse to solve conflicts peacefully instead they resort to tribal conflicts.

Tribal conflict is not in line with the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan or any country. Tribalism has the potential to disturb peace, political stability and derail socio-economic development because no one will want to work or invest in a conflict area.

It is unfortunate that instead of us investing our energy and time in eradicating poverty, hunger and diseases we are tribally sorting each other out as enemies of their owns. Our brain size is overloaded with tribal thoughts of how to destroy each other.

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In actually sense tribalism has block our route to development and has totally make us build selfishness in the government. We see no good in each other. We see evil in each other. We mistrust each other. We mistreat each other. We misuse our position of trust. We misguide, misdirect and dilute the minds of the young people with tribal indoctrination. We make tribal mistakes but we do not learn from them. We misunderstand each other and yet we must build South Sudan together.

Tribalism invites misery. Our highly local leadership, including our able Regional countries such as east African countries and international communities such as United Nation (UN) and united State of America (USA) and other few genuine international agent Leaders are on record in warning us the people of South Sudan to refrain from tribalism instead we switch-off our ears and switch on tribalism network. I would wonder, if our president Salva Kiir and rebel chairperson Dr. Riek Machar are to meet in Ethiopia Capital, would they run from each other or would they embrace each other as people from the geographical origin of South Sudan? It is a question? And I need an answer, now.

Further, as a citizen of this nation and independence Journalist I have already observed that South Sudan a new state has a high number of registered both local and international Companies compared to other countries. Economically, it is employment creation which is good but security wise it is a security threat. Imagine a situation or should they remain on tribal war as by now, surely some of the owners of these Companies will use their guns and ammunitions for self-defense against other tribe especially there security companies that got registered to our government such as KK security agent and many more on list. The end result will be loss of life, revenge killings, untold suffering, displacement of people and the list is long. This is a serious national security threat and the state must think twice.

As a young person and Journalist of this nation, I want to humbly and respectfully appeal to my elders at the left side of my body and the right side of my body because my body is them and I am them to guide me and all young people of South Sudan towards a progressive platform of Anti-Tribalism Movement and say no, NO to tribalism and yes emphatically YES to unity and nationalism. It is possible.

I want every people to return back into history and copy the good / hard times when those who were in Anya-Anya 1 and Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army could seat together and plan about freedom of black people of South Sudan. This is our time and the future is ours. We need to change the minds of some of our elders who are highly intoxicated with tribalism.

The growing distance of animosity between president Salva and Dr. Riek Machar must be solved by themselves. As such I propose a Joint national Conference to talk about tribalism, its manifestation and how best we can expose hostile elements who brew tribalism within our community. The national conference resolutions could mount a more anti-tribal movement concrete programme of action for a better South Sudan and for a better future.

So let us organize the conference ourselves and leave our government to achieve its set priority areas of its demand. I remain open for new ideas or better alternatives from any progressive South Sudanese.

The writer is a student at South Sudan Christians University in Juba; you can reach him through machardhieu@gmail.com