By Apioth Mayom Apioth, USA

October 20, 2017 (SSB) — The lost boys/girls of Sudan are hitting their 40s. In the West, when someone reaches her 40s; she starts to freak out and goes on a spending spree, because she begins to realize that half of her life is gone, never to be recovered. Similarly, Mr. President, you are in your mid sixties and those of your generation have spent 22 years of your lives fighting for the cause of southern Sudan.

That means two generations of South Sudan have wasted valuable and unrecoverable time of their lives struggling to piece together the peaceful nation we all dreamed of when we started to take up arms against the Arabo-dominated government. The new generation that is beginning to see light as we speak must get to enjoy the freedom and prosperity that the last two generations of South Sudan have missed out on.

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Open Letter to President Salva Kiir Mayardit Requesting an Immediate Dismissal of Mr. Deng Alor Kuol

G-10 in juba

SPLM G-5 arrives in Juba: Deng Alor Kuol, Ex-minister of cabinet affairs; Kosti Manibi Ngai, Ex-minister of finance & eco-planning; Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, Ex-minister in office of Kiir; John Luk Jok, Ex-minister of Justice; and Madut Biar Yel, Ex-minister of telcom & postal services.

To: H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit                                                                    

President of the Republic of South Sudan

C-in-C of the SPLA Army

Presidential Palace, J1

Juba, South, Sudan

Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit,

October 20, 2017 (SSB) — We, the undersigned patriots from all ethnic groups of South Sudan, are profoundly disturbed by the sinister actions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Deng Alor Kuol, who took upon himself the task to undermine the smooth implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) signed in August 2015. Prior to enumerating the steps taken by him to undermine the ARCISS, we would like to highlight the history of his betrayal of the peace and tranquility of our country.

This letter is divided into three parts. Part one highlights the machinations and deceptions Mr. Deng Alor employed to deceive the then Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in 2013 to demand the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the SPLM Party in contravention of the basic rules and regulations of the SPLM Party. His deceptions led to the outbreak of war in 2013. Part two focuses on the current plots to destroy the implementation of the peace. Part three is the fundamental objective of Mr. Deng Alor, which is, garnering international support to topple President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

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By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Jonglei partitions into two states

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — Men with little political education are very dangerous, they are always responsible for the division, death of people, lack of development, and poor economy; they thrive through chaos and tantrums. Today Jonglei is divided in order to increase chances of ruling by expanding administrative structures.

This was the unprecedented wrong decision taken by minority fools and political illiterates in the so-called “Jonglei State Legislative Assembly.”

This is not the time and the need for two states is not warranted. I think in the future when peace and stability are attained in South Sudan, our people would be engaged through the referendum in order to take a well-informed decision.

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By Mawut Ayii Anyieth, Australia

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — The government of South Sudan has faced prime disruption because of the conflict that following the country’s independence in July 2011. Since then, relations with Sudan from foreign countries has inexorably changed, and thus increasingly driving away foreign investors. However, considering South Sudan’s historical footprint calls for peace have solidified liveability and improved security upon the admission into the United Nations and upholding to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

While countries like Israel supported South Sudan, the remainder of the world remained in silence. As South Sudan endured the perpetual societal damage, the United States extended a lending hand and continued their long-standing sanctions for a country that was continuously encountering conflict. Many countries recognised the ramification caused by South Sudan’s independence, nevertheless, despite the efforts of the Israeli government to protect and revive the South Sudanese economy, thousands of refugees had faced deportation.

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By Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, Jonglei State

Victims of the Bor-Juba Road ambush4

Victims of the Bor-Juba Road ambush, killed near Jemeiza on 6 May 2017

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — Has it ever crossed anyone’s mind that what happened years ago in Rwanda might possibly happen in South Sudan? Well, get some, from the Rwandan history of genocide and how it might have some similarities with what is happening in the country.

Rwanda, from hatred to reconciliation, from inhumanity act to humanity and from tribal segregation to unity.

Rwanda was a country dominated by two ethnic groups; the Tutsi and the Hutu, however, there was another small group of hunters called Twa, but because of their less interest in politic, they were not as much affected as other participatory groups.

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By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda

Mandela and John Garang

Nelson Mandela and John Garang

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — To add on what Tearz Ayuen wrote five years back. How he revised the book of Isaiah chapter 18. How he proposed that the men should be inspired again and rewrite something in a better way. Probably, in the past participle tense because we have seen enough of this “will” over and over again.

I think this is the time. The time to congregate together as one family headed by one bearded father, uncle, patron or brothers or sister. The time for miith ke piny ë kuch (the land of kush) to ask for forgiveness once and for all.

“Go back home, swift messengers! Take a message back to your land divided by rivers, to your strong and powerful nation, to tall your tall and smooth-skinned people, who are feared all over the world,” your man described.

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Untold Story of a Great Man: Paying Tributes to Fallen Hero, Uncle Stephen Athian Mayen Athian

By Eng. Jacob Manyuon Deng, Juba, South Sudan

Customary book, final cover July 2017

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Stephen Athian Mayen Athian was assassinated in 1967, one month before the heinous killing of thirty-two (32) traditional chiefs in former Jonglei Province during the massacre in Bor area under the directive of former Sudan Prime Minister Al-Sadik Al-Mahdi. Athian was a nationalist, freedom fighter, and hardworking civil administrator whose personal, public and professional contributions to the liberation struggle and independence in Sudan and South Sudan had not been recognized in the changing political landscape of South Sudan.

Athian was born around 1937 in Kongor to the family of Sub-chief Mayen Athian Mayen from Anyang section of Kongor clan (Wut). Athian’s mother Kuany Ajang hailed from Ayual clan, rodior section of Twi Community. Athian grew up in Pakuor, in the ancestral land of his grandfather Athian-Manyangdit Mayen Athian. Athian was the last son among four brothers (his three brothers include Deng-Athac Mayen Athian, Dau-Pienyjok Mayen Athian Aguer-Many-de-ahook Mayen Athian and three sisters,) of Mayen-Tuaal’s first wife. Mayen’s second wife had three sons; Dengadol de Mayen Athian, Mading Mayen Athian, Athianthi (Malith) Mayen Athian and their sister. Stephen had married to Achol Deng Majok from Adhiok clan, Pathiem section of Twi who unfortunately died in 1969. Athian is survived by his daughter Tabitha Akech Athian who is currently a business lady in Juba.

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By Deng’Kur Mading, Juba, South Sudan

democracy

Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

 

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — The world concept of ethnicity is a reality. I have not yet heard of any country without a recognized history of ethnic background. Another widely shared concept is that of ethnic nationality which of course is almost absolutely much about chauvinism. The latter is denoted enormously in the traditional psyche and has always kept solid footing on the African continent. In many far-off countries, ethnicity though not sound, does exist and is only distinguished in their cultures, national events but not necessarily in people’s daily life.

Whether it sounds much in achieving the national goal or that of our respective ethnic community is what makes us identify with ethnicity or ethnic nationality respectively. Naturally, there is nothing wrong with ethnicity though ethnic nationality, as the focal point of this article, has its own disturbing depredations including self-absorption, ignorance, selfishness, prejudice, savagery, lack of patriotism for one’s country and asserting that one’s ethnic group or community is a supreme entity.

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By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

paul malong awan anei

Gen. paul malong awan anei

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir, however much I am bitter of what is done to my husband; I will never lose sight but remain respectful and humble whenever I am writing to you. This is because I know that you are the president of the Republic of South Sudan, an elder and a family friend to me. I here start by greeting you, the first family and the people of South Sudan that I am proud to be one of them.

Your Excellency, allow me to introduce some South Sudanese once again to the fundamental parts of the story between you and Gen. Malong. On 9th/05/2017, you issued a Republican Decree No:76/2017 for the relief of Chief of General staff, General Paul Malong Awan, and as well issued a Republican Decree No:77/2017 for the appointment of General James Ajonga Mawut as his successor in the SPLA command.

However, such change of guards in the military ranks and files was welcomed by General Paul Malong Awan as it is the constitutional mandate of the president to relieve and appoint any person of his choice. As a result, Gen. Malong decided to leave for Aweil.

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Press release: 1st Gogrial Community Association in Australia Conference

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — The members of Gogrial communities across Australia converged in Melbourne, Victoria on the 7th and 8th of October 2017, to participate in Community Conference. Among the items discussed during the 1st Day of the conference includes:

  • Unity of Gogrial community both in Australia and in Gogrial State (South Sudan).
  • Formation of one peak body to represent Gogrial community Australian wide, which led to the election of (below) an executive committee.

During the 1st Day conference, members of Gogrial Communities deliberated, agreed, reiterate and reaffirm the need and importance for the unity of Gogrial Community both in Gogrial State (South Sudan) and in Australia (Diaspora). The members firmly believed that Gogrial community needs to have a united voice in order to effectively address numerous issues facing their community, which led to the formation of the leadership of one Gogrial Community Association in Australia, to represent all its members Australia wide.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

corruption

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Suppose, just suppose it happens that we stop fighting one another, and the protracted civil war comes to a halt by chance, and all guns go silent around the entire country. What do you think would be bedeviling a peaceful South Sudan? It would be corruption, yeah, corruption.  Nothing else.

The astonishingly high level of corruption in our country, which is by and large overshadowed by the raging political instability, is something to worry about – should we one day get back from the insanity of tribalism.

With every entanglement of our country in the war every single day, corruption has concomitantly grown more and more vicious with it as well. The monstrous corruption – as it has become – is one of the major leading factors fueling the conflict.

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By Hon Arop Madut Arop (MP), Nairobi, Kenya

abyei pic

October 14, 2017 (SSB) — Early this month, the Sudanese Abyei Joint oversight committee (AJOC) co-chair, made a very ridiculous, if not incredible announcement. In his announcement, the Khartoum based AJOC, Co-chair, Mr Hassan Ali Nimr, told the press that Sudan has allocated 330 positions for the employment of Abyei university graduates. I would respond later to Mr Hassan Ali Nimr incredulous pledge. In the meantime I would rather make a brief to the issue under scrutiny and the circumstances that has led to the existence of a body called AJOC and the mandate accorded to it. I would specifically discuss the root causes of the delay in implementing Abyei Protocol and the game being played around it by Khartoum authorities (read more).

Following the defeat of the Mahdists Dervish insurgents by the Anglo-Egyptian forces at the Battle of Kerrari in September 1897, as we all know, Captain Winston Churchill, who later became his country Prime Minister, was with the invading forces. Writing later in his book ‘’The River War’’; Churchill had this to say.

When the Anglo-Egyptian forces took effective control of the affairs of the country they have occupied, we found two Sudans: the military Sudan (northern Sudan) and the real Sudan (South Sudan). Winston Churchill stated and I quote, ‘’we found the people of the real Sudan (South Sudan) hunting, dancing, marrying and killing one another. Churchill then turned and described the people of the military Sudan, as hybrid of Afro-Arab admixture who have produced people that would cost you a lot to convince them that they are wrong’’.

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You are cordially invited to the wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu of Paan-Lual, Dachuek and Makwei Mabioor Deng of Paan-Bioor, Kongor, today on the 14th of October, 2017, at Emmanuel Jieng Parish (12pm-3pm) and reception at Freedom Hall (4pm-12am) in Juba, South Sudan.

Amer with Paanluel Wel

Amer Mayen Dhieu with PaanLuel Wel in Juba, August 2015

Biographies of the Bride and Bridegroom

  1. The bride: Amer Mayen Dhieu also known as Amer-Nyanguen was born in Baping Boma of Nyuak Payam in Twic East County. Born to Achol Mading Agok of Ajuong Pagan, Nyopiny Paan e Geu and Mayen Dhieu Thon Lual of Dachuek, Paan Lual, she is the only girl and the youngest of the four siblings. Just after her birth, her parents flew to the neighboring country of Kenya where she partially spends most of her childhood before they migrate to Australia in early 2008. At early teenage age while in Australia, Amer became committed to education and was determined to finish her high school and pursue he university studies. Three years after finishing her high school, she was awarded her first bachelor of Social science with the double major in Psychology and Human services from Christian Heritage College in Brisbane Australia and at the year 2014. She finishes her post-graduate studies and was awarded Master of International Relations specializing in Human Right and International Security. Just after her studies, Amer was intrigued to share the educational opportunities with young girls she has left behind, specifically in Kakuma Refugee Camp where she grew up. On the same year, she co-founded a charity organization called Twic East Girl Scholarship Program that aims to provide four years scholarship to Twic East Girls in Kakuma. The program currently has sponsored 8 girls and is due to take another four this ending year as of the coming two years. Beside, Amer is also a social and women empowerment activist as well as a writer. Her aim is to empower more women through education and social change. Her hobbies include reading books and watching Ted Talk shows.wedding card3
  2. The Bridegroom: Makwei Mabioor Deng (Pande Bior, Kongor) is the firstborn to the family of Mr. Mabioor Deng Garang (Pande-Bior, Wut Kongor) and his two beloved wives, Monica Akuol Gak Atem (Pan-Aleu, Abek) and Mary Keji Lado (Rejaf, Bari). Makwei is the firstborn son, in a family of six brothers and four sisters. Living siblings: Makwei has three brothers (Jubai Mabioor Deng, Kuol Mabioor Deng, and Garang Mabioor Deng) and three sisters (Apul Mabioor Deng, Adhieu Mabioor Deng and Abul Mabioor Deng). Deceased siblings: Three brothers (Jubai Mabioor Deng, Chol Mabioor Deng and Deng Mabioor Deng) and one sister (Apul Mabioor Deng) have unfortunately passed away. Education and works: Makwei graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA, in May 2012 and is currently working as the regional program coordinator, based in Bor, for the USAID-funded VISTAS program, being implemented by AECOM International. He is a writer and an accomplished author of “Who Killed Dr. John Garang”; the editor of the essential speeches and writings of the late SPLM/A leader, Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, vol. 1-3”; as well as a co-editor (with Simon Yel Yel) of President Salva Kiir’s speeches before and after independence published as “Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan.” His first published book is in Dinka language, “Pioocku Thuongjang: The Modern Standard Elementary Dinka.” He is the managing editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB), where he is famously known by his pen-name of “PaanLuel Wël”.Church Wedding and Reception at Freedom Hall

By Garang Atem Ayiik, Nairobi, Kenya

Fighting in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan

October 8, 2017 (SSB) — “Why Nations Fail” provides a very useful insight to understand the ongoing political intrigues in the east African region and what it may mean for the future of the region. The authors, Daron Acemoglu of MIT, and political scientist and economist James Robinson of Harvard University adopted a historical and comparative analysis approach to explaining why countries have different levels of wealth. In their analysis of data across countries and continents for over four hundred years, they found “institutions” as the main cause for inequalities across countries and continents.

In Kenya, the annulled presidential results of 8 August 2017 election put back to the campaign trail the main contenders for the Presidency. While the incumbent, President Uhuru is on a full-blown nationwide campaign, his main challenger, Raila Odinga is on a periodic two-day weekly protest in search for a reform within the electoral body. Evidence of unstable electoral institution.

In Rwanda, a constitutional provision for a presidential term limit has been removed potentially to give way for continuity of President Paul Kagame’s rule. In Uganda, members of parliament allied to the ruling party (National Resistance Movement) are processing an amendment to remove presidential age limit requirement. This is assumed to give room for President Museveni’s life rule who might not contest in accordance with the constitution if no amendment is made. Institutions correlate with rulers, they are not for society’s prosperity but for leader’s prosperity.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

war

October 7, 2017 (SSB) — For over a week long now, there has been an intense fighting in Waat. The fighting is between the government forces and the SPLMIO loyal to Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

It is reported that the death toll is high and the destruction caused unimaginably. Victories scored aside, both sides accused each other of exaggerating figures of the casualties according to the VOA. Senseless as the killing is, it is not supposed to be dwelled on by people in their right minds and with clear consciences.

It is to be noted that those fighting are sons and daughters South Sudan and more importantly, Greater Lou Nuer connected by blood but divided by war and political ideologies engendered by the Juba Nuer massacre in 2013; and the revenge killings of the Dinka in the areas of the Nuer.

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Don’t Give Jongkersii your Gun

Posted: October 7, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems., Taban Abel Aguek

By Taban Abel Aguek, Yirol, South Sudan
Between his thoughts and life,  Jongkersii
Had nothing he could see.
He wishes he could just plug off his eyes
So as not to see the rogue guys.
He wishes he could lose his hearing
So not to know they’re cheering.
And he wants something more,
That’s to no longer indulge in their war.

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By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

October 7, 2017 (SSB) — It is four months plus since General Paul Malong was wrongly confined under house arrest by some mirage gossipers turned politicians in the current government of national unity. The so-called self-proclaimed politicians are busy day and night not to see General Paul Malong in the political arena again.

They hate him because of his success and valor which enable him to gain reservoir reputations across the country of which his overwhelming reception in Yirol and Juba after he accepted humbly to returned to the capital are they case in point of his popularity and how lovable is General Paul Malong.

Thus the aforementioned above politicians are trying shamelessly to eliminate him politically, however, his legacy of standing tall always against what threaten people lives and the sovereignty of the country will remain in the living history for the generations to come because his contributions towards the liberty we are enjoying today are tangible and well cemented.

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Press Release from IO in Western Bahr el Ghazal


By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Bor, South Sudan

Youth

youth of rss

September 4, 2017 (SSB) — A civil society, according to different scholars, philosophers, and political commentators/analysts is defined as a social organization which addresses and represents grassroots needs and as well as voicing untold issues which disturb the locals as its key role in becoming the voice of the voiceless.

In context with contemporary South Sudan brittle political status, the roles of civil society alliance deserve high mentioning to ensure that they correct all the necessary affiliations which deter their trust, confidence, and stance in serving various communities in the severing republic of South Sudan. The key responsibilities which underpin the actual execution of independent bodies like civil society alliance and other organizations of equivalent authoritativeness are to raise their voices in airing all the impending and unaddressed issues which are stabbing the nation in the back.

A civil society alliance of any country should be known for stepping into areas where the government has not been able to meet the needs of citizens; involved in the representation of citizens, advocacy and technical input for initiatives to reduce poverty, capacity building, service delivery and community organization.

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

Mandela and John Garang

Nelson Mandela and John Garang

October 3, 2017 (SSB) — In September 28, 2017, I have had my article on Non-Violence Revolution published.  One of the responses I received afterward came from one of South Sudanese Archbishops.  He had asked questions that I have been receiving from time to time.  This article is to address those questions.  But first, read part of what he wrote:

Thanks, Thiik, for sharing this analysis. I wish many of your colleagues in the Diaspora who are fueling the conflict in South Sudan through social media could choose to do something constructive as you are doing rather than promoting tribal conflicts as they are currently doing.  Of course, your analysis has many things which are not practical in the current situation in South Sudan given the military mindset of many of our leaders but could you please shed light on;
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