By Sunday de John, NAIROBI, KENYA

July 31, 2015 (SSB) — When it comes to reality, the pride of a nation ought to be projected by presence of robust and competent workforce. The feasibility that such a competent workforce becomes available is through going to school and perhaps going to school very well. To strengthen our dire workforce, the well-wishers have sacrificed their scarce resources to help create or add value to the success of this fledgling nation.

Coupled with their national interests, Egypt took upon itself the leading role of giving chances to South Sudanese students on the basis of availability and merit. The fact that South Sudan is a virgin nation with widely varied resources has attracted adequate possibilities including opportunities on educational sector.

As a well-wisher, Egypt through her successive governments have been philanthropically giving South Sudanese potential students a chance to enter into their prestigious Universities such as University of Cairo, American University in Cairo, Ain Shams University amongst many others. This is a good will.

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By Stephen Par Kuol, Ethiopia

July 31, 2015 (SSB) — Commemorating the 30th of July as martyrs’ day every year brings back the distressing memories of July 30, 2005, the day we lost our great leader, Dr. John Garang De Mabior. Every South Sudanese or Sudanese for that matter vividly remembers where that day found her/him. The life changing news reached me in my Immigrant Counseling Agency Office at The Central Mall in mid-town Omaha, Nebraska (USA). As part of my weekend routines, I just stopped by the office to double -check my billing invoices to the Child Protective Service and Court System at around 2:25PM. My cell phone then rang and it was Commander James Gatduel Gatluak, who came to the United States as a part of Dr. John’s entourage for medical treatment on the phone.

He briefly resided with me in Omaha to pursue his medical treatment but went to visit some relatives in Siouxfalls, South Dakota.  We exchanged some casual greetings and then paused for a moment. His voice was loaded with grief but he did not want to break the horrible news to me. Knowing that the news would reach me any way, James reluctantly blew it into my ear at the end of our conversation, in an interrogative form:  ”Have you heard that Dr. John’s chopper has disappeared in the Immatong Range on its way to New Site from Uganda”?  My mind went blank! We paused for about three seconds. He went on to narrate that none of the senior security officers was with him in this mission. We both lamented and cursed the SPLM/A leadership for failure to deploy senior security officers like Malual Majiok or General Bior Ajang with him on this mission for his physical safety. We went on to discuss other issues of political importance in the SPLM but we closed the conversation on a hopeful note that Dr. John must be safe no matter what happened!

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By Manon Aleu Jok Aleu, New York, USA

The Martyrs

The Martyrs

July 31, 2015 (SSB) — I believe we are free at last!! I pledge to protect and safeguard to the Flag of the Republic of South Sudan; and to the New Republic an earth that build on foundation of over two millions martyrs, for which it stands, one nation, one people, under one God, with liberty, justices and equality for all our people.

Every moment, we remembered you, during our moment of silences in saluting millions of our liberation martyrs, we feel proud, we feel thankful for those who experiences a hard won freedom, because they do not die for no reason; I take time to think about our veterans that have served the nation to keep South Sudan a free nation.

Our Martyrs Day is one of the most important day in every year, where we honors our martyrs and veterans, whose pay a heavy price in protecting our nation, after all they have done for South Sudan, we must ensure that Martyrs Day shall fulfills the duty of honoring every sons and daughters who serves this great nation from all our armies forces policemen, military, security agencies, to men and women in the all armies forces who wear military uniform.

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Who Killed Dr. John Garang?

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s Death

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

  1. Introduction

“When my husband died, I did not come out openly and say he was killed because I knew the consequences. At the back of my mind, I knew my husband had been assassinated,”[1] revealed Mama Rebecca Nyandeng at an award ceremony by the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation (JOOF) in Nairobi, Kenya, “where Garang was being honored [in 2007] with a posthumous Uhuru Award for his contribution to the liberation of Africa.”[2] Dr. John Garang, the former SPLM/A leader, was killed on Saturday, 30 July 2005, near the town of New Cush in Eastern Equatoria state, in a helicopter crash on his way back from Rwakitura, Mbarara district in western Uganda, to New Site, Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan, after paying a two-day private visit to his longtime friend, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Among those killed on-board the M1-172 presidential chopper were Dr. John Garang and his aides: Lt. Col. Ali Mayen Majok, Lt. Col. Amat Malwal, 1st Lt. Deng Majok Kuany, 1st Lt. Mayen Deng Mabior and 1st Lt. Oboki Obur Amaybek on the Sudanese side; on the Ugandan side were: Chief Pilots Col. Peter Nyakairu and Captain Paul Kiyimba; Flight Engineer Major Patrick Kiggundu; a Protocol Officer at the Presidential Palace, Samuel Andrew Bakowa; the helicopter’s Jet Officer Lt. Johnson Bahebya Munanura; a signaller with the Presidential Escort, Corporal Hassan Kiiza; and a flight hostess on the helicopter, Lillian Kabaije.

It is intriguing that when official news came through confirming the death of Garang, “there was a rush to blame the crash on bad weather and to rule out any act of sabotage or foul play.”[3] Both the SPLM/A leadership and the NCP government of President Bashir vehemently declared, “The crash was an accident brought about by poor weather conditions.”[4] A purported message from the SPLM read out on Sudan state television on August 1, 2005, stated, “The SPLM affirms that the cause of the helicopter crash was bad weather, and there were no other reasons behind it, so as to avert the rumours which have been circulating since the announcement of the incident. The SPLM affirms that the crash occurred due to bad weather.”[5] On their part, a communiqué from the office of President Bashir asserted that the helicopter “crashed after hitting the Imatong mountain range in southern Sudan because of visibility problems.”[6]

To some South Sudanese people, the impulsiveness on the side of the SPLM leadership and Khartoum authorities to preemptively rule out foul play and blame bad weather conditions for the plane crash might appear like a big conspiracy to sacrifice the truth on the altar of maintaining law and order in the wake of the massive rioting, death and destruction across the nation after the confirmation of Garang’s death.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen

Our founding fathers

Our founding fathers

July 29, 2015 (SSB) — In the mid 40s, a baby boy was born to a pastoral family in the village at the east of the White Nile in the south of Sudan. At his tender age, the boy showed traits of a promising leader that attracted attention of his entire village. As the boy was orphaned at the early age, his relatives took the responsibility of enabling him to realize his dreams.

Through the support of the uncle, the lad packed his metallic materials and crossed the Nile to the West to look for a blacksmith to forge and sharpen his raw metals into good spears, shield and club. He did this in preparation to return a gold that had been stolen by the traders from Middle East.

A decade later, the demanding processes of getting proper weapons to face the enemy were too slow, simply because the enemy controlled blacksmith’s industry. There was a pressure to change the style of blacksmithing in the region. This coerced the boy to cross a border after a border to look for a just and honest blacksmith that would not question the reason of such super weapons in the hand of a mere youth from rural background.

Having travelled in pursuit of his dreams, a boy who had developed into a very brilliant and a genius youth found one who forged his tools in a desired manner. This inspired the promising gentleman even more to look for the much better blacksmith that could forge his material to facilitate him in achieving his dream.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Kampala- August 2, 2005

Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Co-Founder of SPLM/A

Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Co-Founder of SPLM/A

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Guiding Star

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We shall raise our heads up and cry

We shall shed tears till they dry

The Spirit of Garang shall never die

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Thou art our Martyr who art in heaven

Never God but savior thou has become

Thou art our hopes and angry souls

Thy spirit shall guide us to Kush

Oh…. god-awful, art thou dead!?

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Thy spirit shall ever live

Thy words forever echo all over Imatong

Thy hopes and dreams are now our own

And thou art our bright guiding star

That shall hang on our skies

Reminiscent of old times and glory days

Once upon a time thou lived with us

Oh son of Kush, art thou no more?

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Thy noble soul has paved our way

Out of slavery hand in hand

We shall stand united lest we fall

Your children our children

Shall giggle and go to school

Thou has done on earth they deeds

In full measure

We ask no more

Of you and your offspring to come

Glory shall be they name

Hero, man of God

Lion of Kush, son of man

Son of wo-man, son of rain

Our father

Thou art on earth

We shall mourn walking across

The dark valleys of Kush

And the shadow of thy death

Shall never turn into our fear

And the shadow of thy death

Shall never shake our souls

And the shadow of thy death

Shall ever shelter our dreams

And the shadow of thy death

Shall ever guard our hopes

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Thy spirit shall never rest

It forever roams over our payams

Watching over our naps and slumber

Our clunks and burning huts

Oh son of Kush, thou art ever more

Thy spirit shall ever live

Thy spirit shall ever live


By Gai James Kai, Kampala, Uganda

July 29, 2015 (SSB) —- The more we analyses these events happening in our so-called ‘‘August house,” the more the site of the state oppression comes up. In every facet of our life, the agents of the state oppress us, with the political leaders unable or unwilling to intervene. For some small needs, bribes are demanded in most part of South Sudan and the good for voting (poor citizens) suffer the most! If citizens rightfully protest, they are mercilessly and brutally beaten up by the police under the full glare of their representatives, or throw into jail for no reason. Be aware that no police in a democratic country beats up people like our police do, sometimes using live bullet instead of teargas uses by the most Low Developing Countries – LDCs.

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