By Deng Lueth Yuang, Alberta, Calgary, CANADA
The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons fronted by those fictitious companies.

The frog represents the country, the Republic of South Sudan; while the crane represents the syndicates of corrupt barons of mediocracy

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —  We, the born SPLA/M members by blood and history, are not happy with how things are going in the Republic of South Sudan. We (you and my type out there) wrote very compelling articles to stop the war when it first broke out in Juba on the eve of that public declaration and denunciation by G11 led by Dr. Riek Machar and Nyandeng Chol, the wife to our late dear leader Dr. Garang.

But to our appallness, no one listened to us. Our ideas were thought of as ‘Noises’ coming from saboteurs, would-be Nyigeetin and exhibitingly the Nyageet of our times.

However, this article or piece of writing is not coming from a political genius but an economic genius who only knows why nations grow, develop or fail. Take that to your nearest cash counter of any bank and you can get a quick change out of it!

The SPLA/M Within: Meritocracy & Meritocrats

Some SPLA/M members sacrificed a lot during those formative years of our struggle in the midst 1980s. Mostly these chaps and lasses gave everything they had to rid our southern region of Jalaba and Nyageetin.

They gave free boys now known as Lost Boys of the Sudan to go for military and academic training in Southern Ethiopia — Panyunduk, Itang and Dima. Most of these people are alive today and fit the description of being born and life ‘blood’ members of the mother party and force.

In whatsoever situations, they will never betray her cause since they ideologically knew why they left their parents, relatives and friends at a relatively tender age of 5-10 years.

In this group are great army commanders like current defense minister, Mr. Kuol Manyang Juuk, Awet Akot, Bol Madut, Yusuf Kwah (late Nuba war liberator), Abu John (late, Western Equatoria), Louis Lobong (current Eastern Equatoria governor, Salva Kiir Mayardit (pres of South Sudan), Ustaz Maker Kur Lueth, ustaz Maker Thiong Maal, and the list is long. I only put the names of those men whom I met and heard of when I was going to (in) Ethiopia.

Those are men and women who deserve the word ‘meritocracy’. They are never warlords or tribal kingpins who champion their individual selfish agenda. They sacrificed a lot to be where they are now. No qualms over their tribal/ethnic identity since the war started with them and ended with them. The rest joined later owing to various reasons that none one of us can vividly explain.

The SPLA/M Without: Mediocracy and mediocrats

These are neither born/life members of the mother party and revolution but saboteurs, opportunists, foodlovers, sales outs, bought ones, Nyigeetin, etc. They jumped the line to become who they are now. Imagine a stupid UN-fed altar boy becoming a general in nanoseconds.

Imagine a warmonger as he always loves taking up gun to make it his means of living – earning livelihoods because he failed to put into his head when growing up that ‘you become who you think you are’ — No doubt, he thought he would be a murderer one day, and he is now doing it.

Imagine good-for-nothing PhD holders holding the young nation hostage for not allowing them their selfish agenda — rule us because they are very educated. Nay, and never will it happen that way.

Meritocracy is the talking point here, not ‘jumping the line’ and wishful thinking.

The mediocrats are 95% hiding in SPLA/M -in- opposition. The remaining 5% is wreaking havoc in SPLA/M – Juba. These guys and ladies are causing us sleepless nights because our current leadership gave them too much power to rule us. Decreeing them out NOW, the better my cows can graze peacefully along River Nile in Jonglei state!

Now Johnson Olony has left with blood of the innocent after massively fooling us that he is a genuine Paul, not Saul, of our times. He has punctured an unsealable hole in the South Sudan boat, and it is now gushing waters overboard like that demobilised gunbarge floating in Melut because of irrationality — ill thinking and short-sightedness.

What does a person of Olony’s calibre want if he is given power in a silver plater like that! — made to be an army general without going through the rank-and-file of SPLA/M born members. Given so much money to quench his thirst for rebellions and resettle into our mainstream life as a baptized Judas Iscariot of our present church, South Sudan.

Hope our South Sudan leadership has learnt one thing for now — don’t buy peace, buy only souls of the innocents wasting away in Sudd swamps, displaced and refugee camps. Economic DEVELOPMENT is their asking price.

Again, I am so sure it is high time for Mr. Pres Kiir and like members of his leadership to give back our mother party and force to its rightful owners — the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Kids, the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan to chart new better ways of changing lives and conditions amid all these chaos.

God bless you all and our beloved nation, South Sudan!

From a Patriarch and Kid of Junub e’ Thudan.

Facebook: Deng Lueth Yuang – holds BA and MA in Economics.

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REVOLUTION MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL SALVATION (REMNASA)

(Office of the Secretary for Information & Document)

REMNASA would like to repulse claims of SPLM-IO on the destruction of the SPLA convoy in Mvolo County, Western Equatoria State on 19th, May 2015

Press-Release: (23th May 2015)

May 24, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The brilliant forces of Revolutionary Movement for National salvation (REMNASA) would like to repulse the claim of the SPLM-IO under the leadership of Riek Machar, pronounced by the person of comrade Nyarji Roman, D/Spokesperson and director of media Office of the chairman, dated 22dn, May 2015; regarding our victory over the SPLA on 19th, May 2015 when we successful ambushed, and destroyed SPLM convoy on Rumbek raod, between Mbara and Meyewe in Mvolo County, Western Equatorial State; where as we destroyed two vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Fuso truck carrying military supplies, living a soldier dead and injuring several others.

We would like to say that, revolutionary victories are earned by actions but not through propaganda and fakery because it takes blood.

The fact is that, the incident of the destruction of the SPLA convoy happened on 19th, May 2015 and SPLM-IO is claiming the responsibility on 24th, May 2015; after the incident in Mundri is something I can confess I don’t understand. However; where have they been all these days? If they were slept, then they should not wake up with baseless claims to steal victory that are not theirs.

I would like to stated to our supporters that, what SPLM-IO is saying about this particular incident is what they want their supporters to hear and to believe and what so ever they want their supporters to hear and believe is total strange and it is their desperateness for victory in the face of national revolutionary struggle against dictatorial, corrupt and tribal regime of SPLM under the leadership of Salva Kirr, a regime that we are fighting against too.

AS REMNASA, We do not arm ourselves for publicity, or to claim victory for ourselves in wrong manners; but to save and serve South Sudan from regime in Juba.

In regard to the claim of SPLM-IO having captured Mundri yesterday on 23rd, May 2015; I would like to inform the general public that, that is what we don’t know, but we are around and when we will be in Mundri Town, we will inform the world of who is in control of Mundri.

Indeed; the political and security situations in Mundri West remains alarming due to tribal conflicts that started between the locals and Dinka tribesmen on Thursday 20th May, 2015, followed by the incident of Friday 22th May, 2015; at 8AM in Faragasika which is about 5KMs away from Mundri Town, where group of unknown assailants fired on local civilian population, killing the Executive Director of Mundri West County, Mr.John Cleopas.

We would like to caution the civilians within Mundri to remain in demilitarized zones because it is about to be a Tea Party; SPLM-IO is around, the Government troops are around and so are the brilliant forces of REMNASA; and all in party moods; just waiting for the music to start.

REMNASA would like to state once again to the general public that, we are not fighting against any tribes (group) or individuals but against odd policies and practices of the SPLM regime under the leadership of Salva Kirr that is affecting us all as Nation.

Signed:

Col. John Sunday Martin

Spokesman –REMNASA

E-mail: guerillalinks@gmail.com

Cellphone: +236-75172511


By Malith Alier, South Sudan

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

Marial Benjamin, minister for international affairs, with Philip Aguer Panyang, SPLA spokesperson

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  Once a rebel, always a rebel – anonymous

Q: What does the SPLM and the SPLA have in common?

A: Forgetfulness and gullibility

Q: What do Peter Gatdet, Johnson Olony and David Yau-yau have in common?

A: Rebellion multiple times

The latest “friendly” fire in Malakal and the environs is a result of forgetfulness and gullibility of the SPLA to trust a militia leader who ascended in to the military through dubious means. We only wait until time is opportune to pass judgment on situations in the country as is the case now.

That is our view as ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with power and its games. The power games have not been played appropriately in the past and will continue to be so deeper into the future as long as the current slow learners in the SPLM and the SPLA persist.

Peter Gatdet rebelled 10 times, Johnson Olony and David Yauyau two times each. However and because of the party and the military wing gullibility these rebels continue to roam and cause mayhem to the country at will.

Questions are still unanswered why Gatdet was allowed to go back to Panpandiar Division 8 headquarters after having been accused of actively planning and organising rebellion in the state of Jonglei? Why was David Yauyau allowed to snick out of the country to travel to Khartoum via Nairobi in 2012?

And finally why was Johnson Olony trusted, promoted armed to the teeth only to capture very important towns and killed thousands of people in the destruction. Seeing is believing. It is often said that these people never hear through the ear but through the eye. This is the assumption from now onward.

The SPLA is a true risk taker. It had been doing it since 1983. Millions of people, military and civilians had died from preventable causes. Some of them were just collateral. Nobody can accuse the military strategists because they are not in the office.

On the other note the generals are marrying more wives, building new schools, procuring latest weaponry, studying for higher degrees, checking damned records for promotions all while investing their 40 percent pension surpluses in Bonga buses and tractors.

And the SPLM? You know it has signed Arusha Reunification agreement and is following up in Dar El Salam, Abuja, Pretoria and Addis Ababa. It has unfrozen bank accounts of Pagan and group on second hand and Riek and group on the third hand.

Peace has to come at all cost to avoid total collapse. All criminal charges are forgiven. Come home, SPLM and reunite!

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Those Who Learn Not from History are Doomed to Repeat it: We Must Learn from our Troubled History.

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-  The government has reportedly retaken the town of Melut, about one-hour drive away from the oilfields of Paloch in northern Upper Nile state. The rebels had captured the town on Tuesday evening, 19 May 2015. Since the eruption of the civil war on 15 December 2013, this is the closest rebels have come to disrupting the oil supply and deny Juba oil revenues.

Had the rebels succeeded, the resultant reverberations would have haunted South Sudan for decades to come, akin to the self-immolation of Somalia after the departure of President Siad Barre in January 1991.

So what transpired in the city of Malakal, leading to the defection of Johnson Olony? For those who have been following the news since or even prior to 2005 when the war ended, there have always been disputes pitting the Shilluk and Ngok Dinka communities over the ownership of Malakal town.

It is this land dispute that gave birth to militia leader Johnson Olony. It is also this land dispute that led to the killing of Olony’s deputy, James Bwogo in April 2015, by armed Padang Dinka youth. Malakal has not been the same since the death of Bwogo. The subsequent heightened tension and mutual suspicion resulted in the killing of the bodyguards of Governor Simon Kun Puoch.

The escalation of fighting between the bodyguards and Olony’s soldiers culminated in the defection of Olony on Friday, 15 May 2015, in spite of many spirited attempts by the government to patch up frayed military relations between Olony and the state government, which included efforts to persuade Olony to report to Juba.

Apparently, while negotiating with the government, Olony was also surreptitiously coordinating with the rebels on how to strengthen his Agwelek militias. The combined forces of the rebels led by Gabriel Tanginye and Mabor Dhol teamed up with Olony’s men and captured Malakal on Saturday, 16 May 2015—the SPLM/A Day.

And as the government troops tried to reorganize and to retake Malakal, the rebels sneaked out of Malakal and marched towards the Paloch oilfields, taking the towns of Akoka and Melut on Tuesday.

For years to come, whenever Junubeen have sobered up enough to document the history of this ongoing war—and their many other bloody conflicts—many will hotly debate what transpired in Malakal that took the rebels to the brink of capturing the Paloch oilfields, where over 98% of government revenues come from.

More specifically, many questions will focus on how the government could have put so much trust in a former militia leader, Johnson Olony, who became famous for fighting the government. How could such a figure have been entrusted with amphibious tanks, military barges, heavy artillery, and other assortment of armaments?

In other words, how could the government have relied on Johnson Olony to execute its war against the rebels in Malakal? For the military strategists in Bilpam, Juba, the military debacle in Malakal is a shellacking with a teachable moment. It is said that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is what happened in Malakal.

President Salva Kiir Mayaardit commenced his leadership in 2005 with a “big tent” philosophy in which every Deng, Gatluak and Lado was paraded as a national hero including the very militias that collaborated with Khartoum against the SPLM/A during the war of liberation. The consequence was the spectacular fallout in December 2013 that our nation is yet to recover from.

After the war erupted in December 2013, instead of relying on SPLA proper, the government decided to curry favor with (and sometimes exclusively rely on) militia leaders such as Johnson Olony in Upper Nile, Mathews Puljang in Unity, David Yau Yau in the GPAA–not just to fight the war, but also to rule certain quarters of the country.

The defection of Johnson Olony almost led to the loss of the entire Upper Nile state. Likewise, if Mathew Puljang and David Yau Yau were to defect today, the entire Unity and Jonglei states would automatically be lost to the rebels. While this might not result in the immediate fall of the government, it would certainly lead to the somalization of South Sudan.

The government has no absolute control over—and no plan B whatsoever in—areas under the militia leaders. The nation is at the mercy of those leaders. Where is the national army?

It is a precarious military situation. Arm the militias at your own risk. Abandon them at your own risk, too: deny them armament and they fall into the waiting arms of the rebels. It is the military dilemma the government of Iraq is confronting in Anbar province where ISIS has recently overrun the city of Ramadi. The local Sunni militias allied to the government in Baghdad are demanding arms to fight ISIS on their own, but the central government dominated by Shia cannot trust their Sunni allies.

And the problem is not entirely due to the unpredictability or the wickedness of these militia leaders. The government has no clue whatsoever on how to manage and control these warlords. Take the military farce in Malakal for example–the deputy of Olony was killed and no appropriate measures were taken until after there was open warfare between Olony and the state government.

Inasmuch as we may castigate Olony for the catastrophe that has befallen our unarmed civilian population in Malakal, we must ask the government if the killers of James Bwogo were arrested and justice was served, since he was killed on patrol mission and not in all-out fighting. Had the government brought the killers to justice, perhaps Olony might have never contemplated defection and the current military fiasco might have been avoided.

We must learn from our troubled history. We must learn from the humiliating debacle of Malakal. This should be a wake-up call for the military strategists in Bilpam, if indeed there are such people in Juba.

PaanLuel Wël, the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers, is a South Sudanese national currently residing in Juba, South Sudan, where he works for one of the International NGOs. He graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA. He is the author of “Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang and the editor of the speeches of Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, Vol. 1 &2“. He is currently working on two books to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Dr. John Garang: Vol. 3 of “The Genius of Dr. John Garang” and “Who Killed Dr. John Garang“, an account of events and circumstances leading to the death of the late SPLM/A leader in July 2005. You can reach him through his email: paanluel2011@gmail.com


The Bor-County USA Election: Interview with Akol Aguek Ngong, One Bor Campaign Presidential Candidate

Akol Aguek Ngong with his supporters

Akol Aguek Ngong with his supporters

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —  In advance of the Bor-County USA election on May 24, 2015, Panther Kuol sent nine identical questions to each of three presidential candidates.

The election fever is in full mode and this weekend, the sons and daughters of Bor County are converging on Des Moines, Iowa, USA to participate in what promises to be unprecedented election in the modern history of democracy in Bor County. The pitching videos by candidates, as well as the numerous enthusiastic Facebook endorsements and commentaries by supporters and concerned citizens have raised the profile of this election. Due to the efforts invested and what is at stake, the elections are deemed to certainly generate both the feelings of euphoria and uncertainty among supporters and opponents in the campaign camps.

To shed light on each candidate’s stand on pertinent issues, Panther Kuol reached out via Facebook to the three presidential candidates namely Daniel Mabior Achiek (incumbent President), Michael Ayuen Agok and Akol Aguek Ngong. By press time, only one response had been received; the two other candidates were yet to send in their responses.

Q: What is your full name (plus traditional nicknames, if any), Payam, and State where you hail from in the USA?

My name is Akol Aguek Ngong. I am a South Sudanese citizen from Gwalla, Kolnyang Payam, Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan. I am also an American citizen and I currently reside in Burlington, Vermont, USA.

My nickname is Mourdit [literally translated as “Gigantic Bull” in dinka].

Q: Who is/are your running mate/core team members, and what was/were the criteria for choosing them?

My running mate is Ajok Atong Ajok. Ajok is a South Sudanese citizen from Biong, Baaidit Payam, Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan. Ajok is also an American citizen and he lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Ajok is a Bor son who shares core values of dedication to Bor community and South Sudan. He has a wealth of leadership experience and he is an individual who can step into my position and lead our community should anything happen to me.

One Bor Campaign Manager is Aguet Kuany Aguet and he is deputized by Maker Manyang Makol. I am immensely indebted to these two individuals and indeed the entire One Bor Campaign team for their dedication to serving our community. I applaud the spirit of volunteerism in each and every individual on my team.

Q: Why did you decide to run for President of Bor-County USA?

One Bor Campaign feels there is need for change and as a team, we aspire to organize the diaspora Bor community into a cohesive community that pools resources together to rebuild itself and also help our people back home.

Q: What unique experience do you have that makes you best qualified for this position?

I am a down to earth man of Bor community from all angles of community service. Over the course of my career, I have served in various leadership positions as educator, advocate and community organizer. I deeply cherish my traditional roots; I am a singer and a dancer. I am educated in economics, politics, business, and government. I have lived the cattle camp, refugee camps, and in western world. I am connected to some of the most powerful people in the US government, media, and institution of higher learning.

Q: What is the single most important project that you intend on undertaking if elected into office, what are the potential hindrances and how to you plan on mitigating those challenges in order for your project to succeed?

If elected, my priority will be to reorganize the community into solvent entity, and liaise with our leaders back home to create stability in Bor for safe return of our people.

Q: How do you plan to engage and unite Bor-County USA membership and their sub-associations to get them to work toward common goals of mutual benefits?

I will do my utmost to discourage bickering among ourselves. I will strive to help all members to collaborate and work together for the betterment of all here in the USA and back home.

Q: If elected President, How will you finance all your promised projects?

First, I will champion membership contributions. Second, our team will reach out to raise money from our American friends.

Q: What are your policies toward friends/enemies of Bor-County? For example, what do you think is our survival mantra?

I will work for peace and harmony with our neighbors but from the position of strength and not weakness.

Q: Finally, what is your general take away from the campaign trail?

The campaign experience has shown me the best in our people. This was evident from living rooms, church pews, town halls, and conference rooms across the US where I traveled in the last 12 Months.

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By Dut-machine De Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-   My colleagues and writers of opinionated articles on how to run our country might have missed my opinions for the last three months. I had taken a break due to some unavoidable circumstances. Even as I put this piece in writing, the same circumstances have not permitted me to do so but I consider the fate of the country painful enough to make me defy my personal conditions on why I should not educate South Sudanese on the futility of the war they are fighting.

My dear readership, as indicated in the title, the capture-recapture method being used by the warring parties of South Sudan creates more graves than building the country. At independence, we had vowed to create a country in which every one of us would be proud to live in; only to realize two years later, it’s an oasis of death and suffering. For us to have a nation that preserves humanity, embraces peace, feeds its population among many more, we, must have a heart of humanity that fears human suffering.

The engagement in war and the continued violation of the cease fire (I don’t know which party to blame) bleeds our country more yet we all know the solution, whether we like to hear or not, will be found on the negotiating table in Addis Ababa or any other city in Africa. Whatever the reason of the war is; whether protecting legitimacy as argued by the government of the Republic of South Sudan or fighting Reforms as claimed by the SPLM-IO rebellion, none of the two is fit enough to slaughter South Sudanese. Quoting from the outgoing president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H. E. Goodluck Jonathan, he said after losing elections, “No body’s ambition is worth the blood of a Nigerian.” I hereby challenge the principals of the warring sides that, no matter how much legitimacy needs protection, it’s not worth the blood of a South Sudanese. I here boldly tell the other side that no amount of reforms not intertwined with a political ambition is worth the blood of a South Sudanese.

Capturing a town only kills people, recapturing it kills South Sudanese, do we know we are depleting ourselves, one by one? It is pathetic to always claim fighting on behave of the people you are killing. Isn’t that funny and ironical? It’s pathetic to claim love of the people that only suffers as a matter of our own making. It’s inhumane to expose our elderly, children who are indeed the future of this great Nation and women as if we don’t care about how they suffer yet we claim day in, day out that they are the people we want to comfort. Comfort my bosses! Do we comfort people after sending them to the displace camps, widow or widowers them? Are we willing to comfort the dead since that is what our continued deafness to calls for peace is creating? My bosses, are we planning to kill more in order to liberate our masses form nothing that calls for bloodshed? I am sure the war we are fighting can be handled on the table of negotiations.

Needless to remind someone that if we were able to sit and talk, achieve peace with Khartoum, a people we parted thereafter, then why not with a brother whom you will always be confined to the same territorial borders. Maybe it will hurt some people who want this war to continue but I will tell the naked, plain reality, we are not going to part ways with whoever we don’t like, whether for a political reason or something! We are all in South Sudan to stay together and that is the naked fact!

To the SPLM-IO of Dr. Machar, reforms are only fought, negotiated and brought to a people. Not unless your rebellion needs to bring reforms and be a reformer of the dead; this war should and must stop, yes soon I mean. No matter how much your intentions are pure for South Sudanese; we don’t feel the genuine when what they only bring is death and suffering, creating more disabled and orphans without forgetting widows and their opposites. If they are intertwined with people political ambition, then that should be addressed through the social means.

As I finalize appealing to the presidency of South Sudan, not unless you want to govern the dead, this war has to stop and stop soon. What is the fate of legitimacy when the very people who gave it are all deceased? I must state clearly here that the Juba regime is legitimate because people voted for it. What becomes of this very legitimacy when the population is depleted is a theory that can be defined by the English Language. Putting it in plain terms again, legitimacy and the people governed is one and the same thing, so they either live together or die together. Whether we like to hear it or not, the legitimacy of the Juba government will be no more when it cannot work to avert the death and the suffering of South Sudanese.

Finally, we must remember, we can put our land to better economic use rather than burying our loved ones. We must stop creating more graves through the technology of capture-recapture and get back to the peace talks to find a negotiated solution to the current crises rocking the country. Peace must be brought to the country now to stop the looming predicted famine in South Sudan.

May God almighty bless South Sudan and make us understand that we are one people in many political divisions. May peace prevail soon.

South Sudan oyee.

The author is a student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya.

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By Peter Chol Duom, South Sudan
The current state of RSS

The current state of RSS


May 23, 2015 (SSB)  —-   1. We are sending children, women, elderly, and young people to the grave. Are we the ones originating non-renewable energy in Earth? Are you aware of formation of crude oil or fossil fuels? They are (were) formed over millions and millions of years by the action of heat from the Earth’s core and pressure from rock and soil on the remains of dead plants, humans, and animals.
2. False myths. Before and after independent, we expected our land to produce milk, labourers (foreigners) to work for us, cut our fingernails, wash our pants, cook for us, bring water from our River Nile to our houses, drive us, build for us etc. Now who are they losers? Foreigners who are emptying our pockets or us who are paying money to foreigners? I think the game is over and it’s time to pick up what belongs to you……. It’s time we South Sudanese should discover our talents and follow our thoughts. Bishop Desmond Tutu was right to say “when the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened our eyes we had the Bible and they had the land.” Indeed foreigners in our country told us to close our eyes in pretext of doing everything for us. We finally opened our eyes and everything had gone. No water tanks supplying water to our homes because Habath or Ethiopians stopped, no fuel because Eritreans & Ethiopians were the ones supplying us with fuel, and no food stuffs because WEWE or Ugandans/Kenyans were the ones supplying us with foods.
3. The number of widows is increasing everyday. It’s shocking to tell you that even the black blouses with black skirts or black dresses are getting finish in the market. There is high demand of black colour in the market by increasing number of widows. Again, if you go to camps in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, the ratio of men to women is 1:10 because all men are busy killing each other here in South Sudan. In refugee camps, you charge your phone just to hear bad news, so and so is killed.
4. No water in the market yet there is abundant of water in River Nile. We do not want to make use of this water. Some foreigners have taken advantage of situation by boiling Nile water and selling it at a rate of 1 SSP. Water companies are complaining of shortage of reagents. We make poisons in some parts of our country. Can’t we use that knowledge for making reagents and not poisons so that we treat our water?
5. Six months salary of dead rebel/government soldier cannot buy food stuffs for his or her funeral. In fact one month salary cannot even buy 50 kg rice or maize flour. What a curse leaving the world without relatives praying for your soul to rest in peace.
6. Fuel scarcity. I think those with frog bellies should make use of this time. They should start exercising by walking to work so that their heavy weighted-bodies get reduced. For fuel scarcity, I think there is a chance of hiring mobile refinery and we start refining.
7. Do you know that some of the militia groups, clans or tribes will get finished in this war? There will be no day a tribe will carry her portion of land to the space and lives there. If you think of forming Achol State, Bari State, Shiluk State, Dinka State, Nuer State, Mundari State, Lotuko State, Lokoyo State, Madi State ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Zande State, then remember a flower is beautiful when it has many colours. Our colours are our tribes making a beautiful flower call SOUTH SUDAN.
8. Traffic jam on Juba Bridge every day. In 80s and 90s during the war, our heroes and heroines can glue empty drums together and use it as a bridge. Where has that divine knowledge gone? Can’t we even make local bridges so that our commuters can use if we cannot afford the one cars can move on?
9. Whether you are from rebel, government, neutral, G10, G-dollar, or whatever group you belong, you deserve not to be killed and you deserve to live in this country.
10. To be brief, this war has taught us many things. The poor has become clever, the average man is fully aware of what is going on, the rich has come to standstill because no dollar to trade with, pastors are getting tired of prayers because they are asking God for help but God is still training his troops that should come and save South Sudan, and the politician has become dull and stupid!!

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