By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the first president of the republic of South Sudan

October 28, 2016 (SSB) —- Since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit has missed to tour the nation even at the time his physical appearance would be mostly needed. Many of his supporters have kept supporting him for so long until they become victims of why the supported Kiir. Kiir’s supporters too became hated and labeled as liars in the communities they live because the leader they claim to follow was neither heard nor visible in their villages.

 When the country got its independence the President was supposedly wanted to address the traditional population at their traditional villages.  It would be rather better and more important for the president to speak his own words directly to people that were happy for having achieved their freedom from the Arabs in the north, a business that President Kiir did not allow to occur.

Years went and the President could only visit regional and international presidents in their palaces more than often. His Ministers have stayed in hotels for years instead of delivering services to the Nation. The Ministers and other government top officials have travelled several times abroad instead of visiting their constituencies though they really have exhausted government account to facilitate most of their unofficial travels. Kiir has visited Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kampala or Washington more than he could visit Terekeka town just north of Juba town which is only few miles away from J1 Presidential Residence.

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Ethiopian PM, Haile Mariam Desalegn, Addresses South Sudan National Legislative Assembly during one-day visit to Juba

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October 28, 2016 (SSB) — “Today, we still continue to stand with people of South Sudan as they move forward towards the implementation of the peace agreement and consolidation stability in their own country. Ethiopia rejects the path of war and armed resistance in any forms and stands with those who have chosen peaceful engagement.

“We will not support an armed struggling group or anyone who opts for path of war and therefore we will not allow any armed movement which is detracting from peace in our region both in Ethiopia and South Sudan and will cooperate in a strong army-to-army cooperation where the president has agreed to send his chief of staff quickly to Addis Ababa and they will agree on the common cooperation of making our borders and also inland secure.

“We also agreed on protection of investment and promotion of investment in our two countries where South Sudanese investors can freely invest in Ethiopia and equally also Ethiopian investors can invest in South Sudan.”

President Kiir: “We have discussed very important issues and especially the bilateral issues and we have signed several MoUs and these are things to be implemented. We have agreed on security issues that we will not allow any negative force to use our territory to launch hostile activities on the other.”

“The road will be open so that Ethiopian goods come here by land. Instead of going far places to buy oil, they will get it from South Sudan, especially now that we are going to build our refinery.”

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Posted: October 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan
Oh! Beautiful snoop woman of Africa,
Beautiful and powerful you are;
Mother of the jungle son,
Dame and decent woman, admiral of the world;
Fine Looking men of the world are our body guards;
I don’t blame them mother;
For your round shinny face has a magical appearance,

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By William Abur, Melbourne, Australia

October 28, 2016 (SSB) — In academic, critical questions are raised for practitioners to debate them in a respectful way and this is a normal practice in many parts of the world. I have read a constructive criticism posted by Dr Jok Madut Jok to the president of the Country, honourable Salva Kiir Mayardit. On the two essays published at Gurtong, the first article is entitled “President Kiir Mayardit, Here Is What Failure Looks Like” posted on 22nd of October, 2016 and the second entitled “I Was Not Being A Bluster When I Addressed President Kiir” posted 26th October, 2016.

The questions raised in the two essays can be confronting to those who are in power and have a narrow academic thinking or have no understanding how researchers work with governments. My understanding is that Dr Jok is an anthropologist and researcher who has critical skills and understanding in formulating both public and social policies.

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By Marol Ariech Mawien, Kampala, Uganda

October 27, 2016 (SSB) —- Foremost and for all Mading Aweil Panda, we are all proud of her as sons and daughters of Mading Aweil and that is why we called ourselves Aweilians, so as to show the love for our homeland, where our grand’s and our great grand fathers and great grandmothers and we as the generations were been born there.

Furthermore Aweil if it was an eatable item, we would have been comparing it with honey, Sugar, Apple and if it was a animal, Aweil would be a crest crane of course it was already a symbol, Giraffe and several others beautiful animals, birds and so pose, Aweil is being adore by all South Sudanese started from those who had stayed in Aweil and those who haven’t but just heard about it, do revealed their interest to visited Aweil in order to empirically learned  of what was been said about Mading Aweil. Iam proud to be Aweilian.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Khartuom and Juba warring

October 26, 2016 (SSB) — The four words go together but mean the same; cheat, deceive, trick, and the fool. Don’t say how could you cheat on me? While you have been cheated long time ago! Richelle E. Goodrich said, “A liar deceives himself more than anyone, for he believes he can remain a person of good character when he cannot”, and it is better to be told a hurtful truth than to be told a comforting lie”

As a citizen of this country, I want response to those three articles published by the Sudan Tribune on Oct 21/10/2016, Juba, “U.S. calls on South Sudan to stop supporting Sudanese rebels”, Oct 21/10/2016, Juba, “Juba regrets U.S. call to severe ties with Sudanese rebels”, and 21/10/2016, Khartoum, “Sudan’s Bashir gives Juba two months to expel armed groups”.

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By John A. Akec, Juba, South Sudan

kiir at juba uni

President Kiir at the 18th graduation ceremony of the university of Juba, April 2015


October 26, 2016 (SSB) — “Before going to war, Haifa must speak”, Israeli politicians are apt to telling their audience. This is specially so, when showcasing the importance their nation attaches to universities and centres of knowledge and research. The University of Haifa, a flag bearer on national security issues, is one such institution reference is made to when making important decisions central to their nation’s security and its citizens’ wellbeing. Surrounded by innumerable challenges since its inception, Israel has built top notch and highly specialized universities such as Haifa for security studies, Hebrew for agriculture, Ben-Gurion for water and desert research, Technion and Tel Aviv for science and technology, among others. These universities allow the Jewish nation to effect socio-economic advancement in a region where land is limited, water scarce, and security a nagging concern at all times.

Not only Israel, but its powerful Arab neighbour, Egypt, is using its top ranking universities such as Cairo and Alexandria to develop technologies that would allow expansion of agriculture into its deserts as well as harnessing technologies that optimize water reuse. These are strategic concerns that will occupy Egypt’s policy-makers for generations to come. And their universities are well equipped to give answers which will enhance the quality of decisions being made along the road.

And the world over, all seem to agree that no country can develop or compete in the global marketplace without establishing universities that provide quality education to its youth and conduct research that informs national policies and drives innovation. However, in South Sudan, we still have a long way to go in order to reflect in our national budgets the important mandate placed on universities as generators of knowledge necessary for our socio-economic development.

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Captain John Garang’s February 1972 letter to Ambassador Dominic Akech Mohammed

Southern Sudan, 5 February, 1972 

Dear Dominic:

Thank you for the correspondence you dispatched to this end on January 25th, instantly. Very lucky, I go them today from Kampala through the lorry. It is lucky because I am leaving tomorrow morning for the interior, about 500 miles footwork from where we last met and I will not be back for over 7 months, maybe more.

Find here enclosed a copy of a letter I wrote to General Lagu and the negotiations committee. I have handwritten it (it is 2:00 a.m) since I have packed my typewriter for tomorrow’s long journey. You may type it and if necessary you have my permission to use it BUT AFTER the negotiations ONLY so as not to prejudice the same. As you can see I am not in favor of these so-called negotiations nor do I have any illusions that much will come out of them. What is more, a settlement with the enemy at the present time is not in the best interests of the Southern Sudanese people, the Sudanese people and the African people for some of the reasons given in the attached seven page letter.

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Dr John Garang’s PhD Dissertation: Identifying, selecting, and implementing rural development strategies for socio-economic development in the Jonglei Projects Area, Southern Region, Sudan

John Garang de Mabior, Iowa State University, 1981


Dr John Garang’s PhD Dissertation: Identifying, selecting, and implementing rural development strategies for socio-economic development in the Jonglei Projects Area, Southern Region, Sudan (PDF, 292 pages)


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By Luka Manyang Kuol, Nairobi, Kenya

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October 24, 2016 (SSB) — Lol Community in Kenya is one of the communities which were form during the presidential decree which turn 10 states to 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan. The community branched out from Aweil Community formerly known as Aweil Youth Association in Kenya ( AYA_K).

The formation started with interim leadership, constitutional committee which brought the drafting constitution later passed into law as agreed by majority and the electoral committee to conduct the election.

The Community elected, Lino Ngor Atuer, as the chairperson, Maper Jel Garang, the Secretary General, Aman Atak Deng, the Secretary for finance; all of them in Community leadership while in the other side of Lol Community Women Group in Kenya, the body under the leadership of community, Monica Abiar Ariath, was elect as the Chairlady of Lol Community Women Group.

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Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  Proverbs (KJV)

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

October 24, 2016 (SSB) — There is a profound wisdom in this biblical verse.  Since the outbreak of violence until this day, people continue to die and suffer.  No one knows whether there will be accountability.  No one knows whether people who have caused this turmoil will be brought to court where justice (law) will be allowed to take its course.

It is important for people to ask questions because, as one philosophers said, “the unexamined live is not worth living”.  We must examine and learn from this oblique situation.  Perhaps the answer to the following questions may assist us to reach a more positive conclusion as to what has got us this low and how we can rise again.

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Opening statement by US Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Molly McPhee, during the plenary meeting of the Joint Monitoring & Evaluation Commission, 19 October 2016, Juba, South Sudan


Molly McPhee, US Ambassador to South Sudan

October 23, 2016 (SSB) — The United States welcomes the convening of this plenary session, and endorses the Chairman’s balanced and constructive statement. The events of July, and the subsequent deterioration in the country triggered by the fighting, is deeply distressing to old friends of South Sudan like the United States.

I am not sure it is possible for me to fully express the profound disappointment and loss of confidence felt by the leaders and people of my country. Frustration with the poor decisions that culminated in the battles of July and despair at the appalling aftermath have deeply shaken our bilateral relationship.

We do not believe the violence that erupted last July was inevitable. The leaders of both the government and the armed opposition failed to seize the opportunity offered by the peace agreement to put down their weapons and resume the task of building this young country, a vital task that was first disrupted in 2013. Many of us in this room worked very hard to create the conditions for a second chance, for a new start. We now share in the disappointment felt by the people of South Sudan.

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The 1995 SPLA Offensive on Kapoeta

Posted: October 23, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan, Videos

By Joe Mabor, Malaysia

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October 22, 2016 (SSB) — What attitude do you have towards reading? Do you want to be successful in university or life in general? Although a few people find pleasure in reading, many take it as a burden and never dare to read at their will. But do you know what reading can do for you? Though many of us know that reading can make one successful and wise, we tend to avoid it due to a bad impression towards reading that was developed at an early age.

Many of us hated reading in school probably because we had struggled to memorize what our teachers had given us in order to pass exams. The continued improvement in quality of life is done through learning.  Reading is learning. Without learning there is no progress in life. It is therefore important to understand the power of reading in our life process. Reading enhances our academic performance in school. Students who like to read usually perform much better than those who don’t.

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Press statement from Yassir Arman

In Reaction to the Indicative Evidence on the Use of Chemical Weapons by the Sudan Government: The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) Suspends All Political Engagement with the Sudan Government and Demands that the Humanitarian Crisis and Civilian Protection to be Addressed Separately.

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October 22, 2016 (SSB) —- The recent Amnesty International report offers strong indicative evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the government of Sudan in Darfur. It has uncovered the appalling horrors befalling innocent civilians caught in the grip of a genocidal war when the world is neither looking nor hearing anguished cries of the victims.

The report sets forth a qualitatively new dimension to the genocidal war in Sudan, and as such, the people of Sudan, the region and the International Community should take it seriously. The Sudan government has continuously undermined the international humanitarian law; therefore, this time, it should not be business as usual.

Dr. Tom Catena, the dedicated humanitarian personality and surgeon at the Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains, had testified that he cared for victims who suffered paralysis, blurred vision, vomiting and some with diarrhoea. In his view, these are undeniable symptoms of exposure to organic phosphate or nerve gas. Moreover, Amnesty international report on the use of cluster bombs in the Two-Areas.

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Dear Brother John Wuoi Athieu, R.I.P in Adelaide, the City of Churches

By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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Dear John,

October 21, 2016 (SSB) — Today, I am writing this letter to your living soul to inform you of your resting place. John, you’ll rest in Adelaide, the City of Churches. A city where you became a father; a city where your lovely and precious four children were born; a city where you spent most of your time, loving life in Australia.

Remember, your children are here. Your best friend, Anyieth Mabiei Yuol is here. Adelaide Cobra, the Dinka wrestling team you co-founded is here. Adelaide was a big part of you more than any other city in Australia. John, it’s taking so long (3 weeks already, since you passed away.) to bury your body because we’re waiting for your loving mother. Hopefully, she arrives from South Sudan soon.

John to remind you of the cause of our death! On 27 September 2016, you landed in Darwin (Northern Territory) to look for work. And in that fatal night, the night of 1st October, you were in the same car with Anyuat Kur Deng and Aguto Majhok was driving the car. As the city (Darwin’s) news reported, the car you were traveling in collided with a road train (with three carriages) head-on, hitting the last carriage of the road-train.

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By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek vs Taban

The battle over the SPLM-IO leadership

October 21, 2016 (SSB) — It is always said a king who betrays his comrades does not deserve to be crowned, Ever since the renewed conflict occurred at State house in Juba on 8th July 2016, there has been nonstop conversation between the fanatic followers of embattled SPLM-IO factions’ dubbed SPLM-IO Crown hotel and SPLM-IO in Bush. The latter is headed by Taban Deng (successor) and the former led by Riek Machar (Predecessor).

You would recall that Taban and Riek returned to Juba from wilderness on 21ST December 2015 and 26th April 2016 respectively. Before and after they jetted back to Juba on the aforementioned dates, the duo and their supporters were under one political camp, the mother SPLM-IO whose cardinal objectives include inter alia: to dethrone President Salva Kiir and uproot his tatter regime altogether either via military or political means available at their disposal.

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Republic of South Sudan

Office of the President

Directorate of State House (J1-m4) Administration

Date 14/10 2016

Subject: Apology Letter

Dear Hon. Akot Abiem, Deputy Governor of Gogrial State.

October 21, 2016 (SSB) — In reference of your letter to the office of the minister in the office of the president dated Aug/26 2016 which you started out about my being defaming and insulting you that you were supporting Businessman Mr. Makiir Gai Thiep to held position of Aguok Community Leader as on other hand with Aken Mou.

On my behalf, I had no reason to comment on what believe to be your home Contentions between you and Aken Mou, your uncle son to be true and nothing was known between you and me to suggest that there might be truth in such Claims.

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PRESS RELEASE: (For Immediate Publication)

21 October 2016, Juba, South Sudan


October 21, 2016 (SSB) — CTSAMM has convened and hosted a two day Civil Society consultation workshop to deepen grassroots engagement. Representatives from South Sudan’s vibrant civil society have gathered together to engage with CTSAMM, strengthen involvement and improve collaboration.


In his opening remarks, the Chairman of CTSAMM, Major General Molla Hailemariam, said, “Grass roots engagement is critical to the effective implementation of the Agreement.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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October 20, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State H.E. Philip Aguer Panyang Jot has earnestly welcomes the division of new Jonglei state into Bor and Jonglei States. The governor reveals following the campaign for governorship of Bor state in Juba where the idea originated. The decree for the re-division of Jonglei state is expected before the end of this month.

In an exclusive interview with PaanLuel Wël website, Aguer said the map of South Sudan justifies the argument that Jonglei state is larger and populace enough to be divided into two states. The new Bor state will comprise of the 8 counties of former Bor County meanwhile Jonglei state will be a combination of 6 counties of former Duk and Twic East counties.

The Greater Bor community leadership in Juba, the members of parliament where the idea originated from adopted the idea and forwarded it to the president of the republic of South Sudan Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. Jonglei State governor said if the national level and Greater Bor community in Juba finalize the division it must be welcome at all levels of Jonglei state government because planning and budgeting are as well done at national level.

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