REAL TALK 101: The Jäng (Dinka) and Näädh (Nuer) are the biggest problem in South Sudan and we should acknowledge this to begin with.

 By Aleu-Mabil, Malaysia

Dinka and Nuer

Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

unity of nuer and dinka

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — Having recently seen the new money-making militia venture in Awiel, those NCP stooges and scumbags, a rational person would acknowledge that, We, the Jäng and Näädh, are the problem. Most of the members of these ethnics are the ones who create bigger problems to solve smaller problems. The two constitute the biggest chunk of South Sudan’s populace, over 60% (2008 Census).

The two constitute the biggest number of militias and warlords ever in South Sudan or even in East Afrika minus Somalia. The two are the quickest to resort to violence when aggrieved. The two are the contributors of the most corrupt. The two are most determined to teach the rest of the country that violence is the answer. The list of negativities can go on and on.

Let us not run away from facts my people. We have unashamedly or inadvertently assumed the role of “New Arabs” and “New Northerners” of South Sudan. We are creating new “Southern, Western and Eastern Problems” of our country. We have created “New Arab Elite Groups”, the “New Mahdis” of the South. Those are “Garang’s Boys”, “Salva Kiir’s Boys” and “Riek’s Boys”, Oyee Boys, Viva boys, “Trusteeship Boys”, etc. The BIG difference is that these elite groups ferociously fight among themselves in struggle to grab power. Power to do what? Just to be Bany or Kuor, that is all.

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By Simon Manut Chan, Juba, South Sudan

opinion matters

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — On 20th April 2017, the legal fraternity led by the Justices and Judges Committee of the Judiciary of South Sudan held a dramatic press conference where they issued a press release outlining their grievances to the Government and the public at large.

  1. One of their chief demand topping the list was a called for the immediate resignation of the Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut which will be the subject of this piece of article.
  2. The Justices and Judges Committee joins several other individuals and institutions that have been calling for the Chief Justice to step down as part of the reforms of the judiciary over the years.
  3. Finally Justice Khalid Mohammed Abdalla, Chairperson of the Justices and Judges Committee says “the rationale behind our demands is in order to deliver good services to our people, address the backlog of cases and to strengthen the independence of the Judiciary of the Republic of South Sudan”.
  4. With the above conclusion, Justices and Judges Committee and all the staff of the Judiciary all want to work under a new judiciary that would be well regarded by society and that all South Sudanese should be accountable and equal before the law.

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By Emmanuel Ariech Deng

The appreciation is dedicated to Japan,

And the challenge & hopes to South Sudan.

Initiated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

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By Tong Kot Kuocnin, Nairobi, Kenya

Ruweng Governor

The newly appointed Governor of Ruweng state Hon. Them Machar Kuol

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — In most of my preceding articles on the state of the Judiciary of South Sudan, on how best this great institution can function effectively, efficiently and independently from the other arms of the government, I have had a number of cocktail ideas inadvertently swarming in my mind on how best I can contribute as a law abiding citizen of this country on the quest for an equal, just and prosperous society guided by the principles of natural justice, equality and liberty.

I have had in a number of times shared my thoughts and ideas on how the judiciary of South Sudan should indeed be made to meet its standard and its rightful place as an institution charged with sole responsibility to deliver and administer justice to the populace. I have had all the time sleepless nights and days as I felt like not contributing in the quest for justice and judicial reforms much needed by our great institution as well as the people of South Sudan.

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National Civil Rights Alliance urges for timely operationalization of the National Dialogue (PDF)


The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have held a two-day media workshop on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

While opening the workshop yesterday, JMEC Chief of Staff Amb. Berhanu Kebede said, “The media is playing an outstanding role in creating and shaping public opinion and strengthening the political, economic and social basis of any given society. As a fourth pillar of democracy along with the judiciary, executive and legislative, the media today have an all-embracing role to act against injustices and continuously inform citizens of the changes taking place in their respective society.”

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We have only one international law: a commentary on understanding of refugee law in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Kuel refugee camp

Gatwech interviewing a woman under her tent in Kule-2 Refugee Camp.JPG

In the recent article I wrote on refugee where I put a question across as: ARE REFUGEES NOT ENTITLED TO A PASSPORT OR TO HOLD A PASSPORT? THE CASE OF SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES IN UGANDA seeking for the interpretation of the refugee law in regard to documents which the refugees must show when it comes to identification document: that is whether by showing a passport can be a crime under the refugee law hence a person is prohibited to show any other documents apart from the refugee identity card.

It all happened that on the day I wrote that article I went with the sister-in-law who was having an appointment with the office of the UNHCR for her process of the documents for her family resettlement programme.  We came at about 8:00 AM to the Office of Prime Minister of Uganda and when the sister-in-law tried to enter the game, the police officer was sitting at the game to check the identity of those who were entering landed on this sister-in-law of mine and asked her whether she had an identity card.

Innocently, she put her hand into her handbag and pulled out her South Sudanese passport.  Upon looking at it the way police officer reacted caught me by a surprise. The police officer began to interrogate her beginning with the following questions: “you mean you say you are a refugee and you have a passport?” and then again he asked her “why do you have a passport?” As he was asking her these questions he was putting the passport in his pocket. At that point I intervened but the police officer was not even listening to me and we ended up quarreling.

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Posted: June 17, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Poems.


young girl with a gun

A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi payam, Bor County, Jan 2016


You have forgotten me completely

The abandoned soul I have become

I am no longer loved and being coddle like a child, the way you used to do sometimes back

Those beautiful roses’ flowers, full of fragrance odor in me gone

Those beautiful melodious duets gone

That used to charm the robins to beautifully crochet

Replaced by your masculine smacks hatchet

The arms that used to hold me warmly, full of affection are the same that are breaking my ribcage

Those well created hands, so pristine, with your five digits are now slapping me

The glorious face that was always admired by you

I am done

I am gone

I am torn

Why doing this to me Mike, my husband?

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By Chris Kiwawul

Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, a Bari by tribe from Juba who has also since fled South Sudan, is the highest-ranking officer to resign since Machar fled South Sudan.

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South Sudan has since last July been in a state of lawlessness after the failure of the peace deal that President Salva Kiir and his vice Riek Machar signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in August 2015.

Forces loyal to Kiir, a Dinka, clashed with those loyal to Machar, a Nuer, leading to the death of over 300 people, including Ugandans.

On February 11, 2017, Kiir was dealt a heavy blow when Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the deputy chief of general staff for logistics, resigned from the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) over alleged abuses by security forces against civilians.

Swaka, a Bari by tribe from Juba who has also since fled South Sudan, is the highest-ranking officer to resign since Machar fled South Sudan.  He also accused Kiir of promoting ethnic favouritism in the military and deviating from the principles for which they launched the struggle to liberate South Sudan under the tutelage of the late Dr. John Garang.

Chris Kiwawulo caught up with Gen. Swaka in his hideout and interviewed him on a number of issues on the conflict in the world’s newest nation and below are the excerpts;

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt


South Sudanese youngsters, proudly showing off their natural, God-given skin.

June 16, 2017 (SSB) — It was a campaign kicked off to inoculate people with a vaccine that would serve as deterrent to future transmission of the disease. But instead of saving lives as it was intended, it just did the opposite, ending the lives of the innocent people. I’m just talking about the fateful measles vaccination in Kapoeta that saw 15 people lose their lives in the process of receiving the vaccines last month or so.

The cause of the deaths as investigated largely had to do with the way of the administration of the vaccine which was said to be abused. It was said teenagers, as young as 12 years and who were untrained as well, were the ones behind the administration of the vaccine. Can you imagine that a single syringe was said to have been used to vaccinate more than 20 people?

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This is a speech I delivered during an event that took place on 10/6/2017, in Melbourne, Australia

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The saying of a Chinese philosopher goes like this: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The step of the liberation journey that eventually led to the independence of South Sudan was marked when Late Major Kerubino Kwanyin Bol who commanded Battalion 105 launched an assault on Government troops in Bor in 16th May 1983.

That Civil war ended on 9th January 2005.  The time span of 1983 up to 2005 was a long time.  That war caused the death of two million people.  That was a high price to pay in exchange for your freedom and my freedom.  That was a high price to pay for the freedom of our children and our children’s children.

Freedom does not come easily; freedom comes following the shedding of the blood.  Freedom, brothers and sisters, comes when a price is paid.  Our brother Malcolm X once said, “The price of freedom is death.”  Major Kerubino Kwanyin paid the ultimate price, so did the rebel movement leader, Dr John Garang De Mabior, so did Commander William Nyuon Bany, so did many more heroes and heroines. They paid the price so that we may all be free.

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Kuel refugee camp

Gatwech interviewing a woman under her tent in Kule-2 Refugee Camp.JPG

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The exodus of refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan is a humanitarian tragedy that Uganda and other neighboring countries should not bear alone, according to the newly formed World Refugee Council.

The Council called on other nations to share the responsibility for protecting refugees, assisting host communities and providing robust support for next week’s Solidarity Summit on Refugees, jointly organized by the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations and the government of Uganda. Read the rest of this entry »

By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan



June 15, 2017 (SSB) — Since the publication of the Sentry report in 2016 and 2017, South Sudanese opinions have remained divided over the issue of corruption made public in war torn nation. Majority believed that the report has tainted the image of nation; others questioned justification deployed to collect the information. Still more put less emphasis on the question of evidences, viability, credibility and strategies used on this defamatory case, and rather focused on the peaceful picture over the economic hardships.

However, this paper will explore four main elements: one, how the report perceived on political platform. Two, on legal perspective, how justifiable is the report. Three, how to deal with defamation and fabrication based on the report. Fourth, did the report deliver? Has it served the chosen purpose? What should the report have included to make it changeable/deliverable? And, where, at this time can we find peace? Did the report try to cement the bled nation, do less intent harm while perplexed irrelevant activities or it did the opposite?

To address some of these concerns, the role of the Sentry in South Sudan Affairs must have a firm glance.

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 JMEC Welcomes Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)’s progress on Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing


The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) welcomes preparations being made by the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to advance implementation of critical elements of Transitional Justice in South Sudan.

Mandated by Chapter Five of the Resolution on the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the TGoNU, through the Ministry for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, is required to draft legislation to establish a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, following national consultations.

In December 2016, the Ministry convened a Technical Committee consisting of National Stakeholders including key Civil Society to lead the national consultations, and this week the Technical Committee commenced a sensitisation process to prepare communities in South Sudan and the general public on the consultative process.

At an event in Juba this week, in association with UNDP, Hon. Martinson Mathew Oturomoi, the Deputy Minister for Justice, launched a public awareness program about the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing.

JMEC Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador General Augostino Njoroge, said, “It is very important that the TGoNU maintain these small steps towards the implementation of key ARCSS deliverables. Implementation of Chapter Five (Transitional Justice) has fallen some way behind other Chapters and we are delighted to see that preparations for national consultations on reconciliation and healing are being made. Although it may be a small step, this is a very important step especially given the need to break the cycle of impunity, ensure accountability and contribute to reconciliation and national healing.”


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By Awut Mayom Agok, Rumbek, South Sudan

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RUMBEK YOUTH UNION, swearing in ceremony

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — It is so sad to see the change makers in such a mess. Who do we have to blame for this unusual death in Western Lakes State? Should we blame the central government, State Government, or the local community?  In my personal point of view, both the central government, state Government and the local community of Western Lakes State are equally responsible for the current state of our community.

It is the duty of the community leaders and elders to advice the young ones the best way to live in peaceful coexistence but rather, they have turned their supposed teaching to be the mean of acquiring resources. It is a sole duty of a citizen to bring necessary to his or her own community but where are we?

And what are we doing? We are just there on social media shedding crocodile tears, posting all sorts of inhumane acts, writing fake condolences, exaggerating family, and communal issues on social media without providing any solution. Sons and Daughters of Agaar Community, learned or illiterate, today I challenge your level of intellectuality, we are pretending to have a changed life but it is not true even the most hardest live of illiterate generation of our grandfathers and our fathers was worth living than living a life today.

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By Malual Jangdit Garang, Juba, South Sudan


June 12, 2017 (SSB) — Post-Conflict Trauma is a hurtful feeling occurred as the outcomes of traumatic experience that one encountered or witnessed during the protracted civil war or ethnic violence in the post-conflict settings. In essence, the majority of South Sudanese population developed post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety and memories of trauma persist for a long period of time and interfere with one’s thinking to function in life.

In South Sudan, it is indisputably that, the majority of the SPLA former soldiers known today as the SPLA Veterans are traumatized and this emotional and mental disorder is seen as a main reason that compels President Salva Kiir Mayardit to fire those who disagreed with him despite their commitment, steadfastness and loyalty to the SPLM/A party.

I argue that, the mental health problem is a main factor that leads to President Salva Kiir’s fiasco, fear, and mistrust in which he resorts to issue Presidential Decree of Relieving His Opponents and Appointing His Cronies. Hence, Presidential Decree is translated as an outcome of his past traumatic experience according his mistrust, and fear of being toppled by those who disagreed with him.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at

June 12, 2017 (SSB) — The system of governance we are all witnessing in this country is the Presidential system of government. It is the system that has given President Kiir executive powers to be the head of state and government and because of this, he has been acting on decrees.

Since, 2005, he had been appointing and firing members of his cabinet, commission chairpersons, committee members and so forth. No single appointment is done through other channel apart from the Republican Decree.

People have become accustomed to rushing to SSBC news at 8 and 9 PM every Friday and Monday with hope to hear a new decree removing one’s purported enemy and appointment of a friend, a family member or at most someone one has no idea.

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By South Sudanese Students’ Association in Kenya (SSSAK) and its affiliate leaderships: South Sudanese University and College Students’ Association in Nakuru (SSUCSA-N), and South Sudanese Students’ Union in North Rift & Western Kenya (SSSU NR & WK)

Nimule road carnage


June 10, 2017 (SSB) — With tears, grieves and sorrows; South Sudanese students’ leaderships on behalf of the students in Kenya, are sending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims who lost their dear lives along Nimule-Juba road on 6th and 8th June, 2017 which took away the lives of many young people including Mabor Abut Mathiang (aka Emma 47) and our beloved sister, Noritah Emanya who was a fourth year student from Kampala International University, Uganda. We are equally sending our condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their innocent souls before through the same route and through Bor-Juba road where the life of our dear brethren including John Chol (aka Johnte) from Moi University (Kenya) among other deceased.

Power struggle robbed us of your sweet souls and knowledge-reserves meant for the development our beloved Country. Juba is becoming the “Golgotha” of South Sudan, anyone leaving or going to Juba on the road seems to be ‘half dead’ before arriving to the destination. Where and how on earth is everyone expected to use the airplane? We are becoming zero class in the Country we fought and voted for! This war robbed us of everything including your lives, economy and our own glory and that is why we are turned the World’s laughing stock.

As students and youths, we feel that we belong to our newly founded tribe called SOUTH SUDAN; we need to speak with one voice against our enemies-the power wrestlers. Therefore, in unison; we condemn the recent killing along the Nimule-Juba road with the strongest terms possible.  It is pathetic, filthy, inhumane, heartless and painful enough to watch anymore in silence. We are touched and psychologically stung by the issues that are bedeviling our Country in our watch especially the target killings of innocent civilians who have no reason to die but supposed to be protected by the government or the opposition supposedly the alternative government as it is in the case of other Countries.

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By Adol Akuei, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Kiir and Garang, liberation day

Dr. John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir Mayaardit, during the liberation era

June 10, 2017 (SSB) — Can you define life in your own prospects?  How life can be determined? I mean its quality. And when do we say that someone has shaded dark prints in his or her life? I mean the end of life. Many people have different approaches to lifetime questions. Some define it according to how they live it. Some copied it from literal contexts. That’s they learn it from books with views from different authors. Scientists for instance have their own approach too toward life.

They believe that life begins immediately a zygote is formed in that ampulla part of the oviduct. Life again moves on to be determine by gene expressions and environmental conditions.Yea about inheritance and adaptations. The” survival for the fittest” slogan. Charles Darwin will explain you that. The likes of Sigmund Fleud and Erick Erickson came in too to explain the psychological aspect of life as you develop from apes, Charles Darwin said so. That’s their lot as scientists.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

Burnt oil tanker along the Nimule-Juba road, Sept 2016.jpg

June 9, 2017 (SSB) — There’s no day that passes out without reports of an ambush and killing of innocent passengers on major highways linking Juba, the seat of the central government, to the outside world.

Known for notoriety are the Juba – Nimule, Juba – Yei and Juba -Bor highways that have become more of butcheries than roads for transit of goods and people.

Scores of people from specific background have been targeted due to their affiliations to one tribe on these roads and sadly many are likely to continue to die there if nothing is done to stop these killing spree. People joke that if you have given up your life, try to travel through one of those roads.

One thing that pisses me off is the government’s incoherent response to every attack carried out on these roads. Instead of taking preemptive measures like – having an armed presence along the highways- to ward off such attacks, they only dispatch soldiers after an every attack when lives are lost already and carnage exerted. And I always be like, why do they have to deploy soldiers after an attack? To do what? To recover the corpses and protect them from decomposition or vultures?

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