Archive for September 12, 2011

South Sudan refugee tells his story through music

Posted: September 12, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

ANDREA NAGEL | 13 September, 2011 00:31
Rapper Emmanuel Jal, who mesmerised music fans with his heart-stopping performances at the Alexander Theatre Picture: KEVIN SUTHERLAND

South Sudan refugee Emmanuel Jal played to an enthusiastic audience at the Alexander Theatre, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Saturday night.

Gaining acclaim for his powerful lyrics, Jal is also working on getting his message of peace out to people through his movie Warchild, by Christian Karim Chrobog, as well as with an autobiography of the same name.

The rising hip-hop star’s energetic performance and chaotic moves had the crowd out of their seats, on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Jal’s personal history informs most of his songs. He was forced into John Garang’s rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army when he was six or seven – he does not know his age – after his mother was killed by soldiers.

He travelled to Ethiopia, where he was taken to a military training camp in the bush.

Jal said: "I didn’t have a life as a child. In five years as a fighting boy, what was in my heart was to kill as many Muslims as possible. I wanted revenge."

Jal is now a spokesman for the Make Poverty History campaign, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms campaign.

"I survived the experience of being a war child to tell my story. I survived to learn about love," he said.

Jal calls himself an "accidental hip-hop artist" and admits that he started singing to ease the pain of his life experience.

"It’s like putting a light on in a dark place," he said. "I was impressed with the ability of hip-hop to identify and give a voice to problems and issues facing communities. It’s a way of speaking out about things that I’m passionate about."

Cattle Raiders Kill Women and Children

Posted: September 12, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

John Tanza | Washington

Sudan Photo: VOA TV

More than 30 people were killed and several others wounded in a Sunday morning cattle raid in Mayendit, Unity State. Authorities in the area said the attackers are believed to have come from Warrap State.

The county commissioner of Mayendit, Gatdiet Jah, said 49 people are still missing following the deadly attack in his area. A local chief in the village where the attack occurred said the South Sudan army, belonging to Division Five Command in Warrap State, has intercepted the attackers, but there are no details of any arrests.

VOA’sreporter Bonifacio Taban visited the area of the attack today and describes the scene around the villages affected by the raid.

South Sudan oil industry facing difficulties

Posted: September 12, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

South Sudan oil industry facing difficulties
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:4AM GMT
Hibatallah Morgan, Press TV, Juba

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South Sudan’s main source of wealth has hit bumps in the roads to stabilize and flourish the new state’s economy.

After gaining independence almost two months ago, some oil companies started facing problems that slowed down their function and the production of oil. The oil company of Petrodar in Palogue in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region was one of the companies that was not immune to the challenges.

The company of Petrodar’s challenges, which were apparently the challenges of many other oil companies, laid, however, in more than just stealing of wellhead cables.

This is the processing unit of the Field Processing Facility. This is where the oil is separate from water, sand and gas before it is taken to be refined.

The process of refining the oil is where the biggest challenge lies, as south Sudan, which is rich in oil and dependent on its revenue, does not have its own refinery, making it completely dependent on its neighboring Sudan to refine and export oil. And plans for building its own refinery seemed to be something that the Southern Sudanese ministry of petroleum says is far from accomplishing.

And Petrodar was not the only party that was facing problems. Citizens who lived less the five kilometers from the area had their own problems, completely different from that of the oil companies.

And with the people crying desperate pleas, the government seems to be lost between pleasing the companies that keep it afloat and fulfilling the desires of its citizens by developing the region where the oil fields lie and protecting their surrounding areas.

SPLM/N Delegation meets US Envoy in Kampala

Posted: September 12, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press Release

SPLM/N Delegation meets US Envoy in Kampala

A delegation of the SPLM/N leadership met yesterday September 11, 2011, in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, with the US Envoy to the Sudan Ambassador Princeton Lyman at the behest of the latter.

The SPLM/N delegation included Deputy Chairman Abdelaziz Adam El Helu and Secretary General Yasir Arman. The meeting dealt with the current developments in the Sudan, notably the situation in Southern Blue Nile State, Southern Kordofan State in addition to regional and international consultations to bring about a lasting and comprehensive peace. The two sides agreed to continue consultations with special emphasis on the humanitarian situation, including urgent delivery of aid to the needy, worsening human rights conditions, and the quest for a just and comprehensive settlement to the Sudanese conflict.

The SPLM/N would like to underline the following issues:

1-That the most urgent priority now is the humanitarian situation, including the need to deliver urgent food supplies to thousands of displaced people in Southern Kordofan, Southern Blue Nile and Darfur. In this respect, the National Congress Party (NCP) must stop using food as a weapon. It must also concede the right of the displaced peoples to stay in the displaced camps rather than forcing them to return to war zones and cities. The NCP policy of using civilians as human shields should stop.

2-That an agreement be reached between the warring parties to allow internationally credible organizations such as the WFP, ICRC, UNICEF and others to enter and operate in areas under the control of both sides without any pre-conditions and interference.

3-That an independent international investigation Committee be set up to investigate human rights violations, including war crimes and ethnic cleansing. The NCP should not be allowed to investigate itself. It is ludicrous to let a criminal investigate himself! In this regard, the SPLM/N would like to appeal to all friendly countries to support the formation of such a committee. We specifically appeal to the Republic of South Africa, whose experience in rising above the vicious odds of Apartheid is inspiring, Nigeria and China which has close ties with Khartoum.

The Issue of Disarming the SPLA/N

On the issue of disarming the SPLA/N, we would like to affirm that the SPLA/N is an integral part of the Armed Forces as stipulated in the constitution. Therefore, any disarmament process should have been within the framework of some new security arrangements to be agreed by both parties. Rather than adopting this sensible approach, the NCP harbored intentions to ignite a war on the pretext of disarmament. It must be stated loud and clear that the NCP is indeed the major owner of weapons, armies and militias in the Sudan. Indeed, the NCP has turned both the national Armed Forces and the Police into a partisan military wing, whose role is to subjugate the Sudanese. This abuse of national institutions has seriously compromised the integrity of the Army and the Police. Moreover, the NCP has formed militias which are openly operating side by side with the army. Therefore, any talk about disarming the SPLA/N will be seriously flawed if it is not part of a comprehensive disarmament program whereby guns of the private armies, including the NCP militias swill be collected.

We stand for the formation of a truly national police force and army whose doctrine will be to safeguard the security of the nation and not arbitrarily shooting of the citizens whom they are purportedly protecting.

· To bring about a fundamental change in the Sudan, the marginalized forces should forge alliances with the forces of change and democracy. Marginalized forces in the countryside should also align themselves with poorer and groups in urban areas. Similarly, peaceful mass action should complement the armed struggle, the ultimate result of which is to defeat the divisive policies in the center of power in Khartoum. No single ethnic group, nationality or region should be targeted. Rather, it is the center of power in Khartoum that must be restructured in such a way as to be democratic and accommodative for all the citizens of the Sudan. All political forces who are willing to bring about a change in addition to civil society organizations are invited to participate in this grand project.

Finally, the only peaceful and viable solution to this conflict is one that acknowledges and addresses the governance crisis in the country. It is one that is based on a holistic approach aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement. It should be noted that the current war which is raging in the new South of the Sudan from Blue Nile to Kordofan and Darfur can only be resolved by radically transforming the centre of power in Khartoum. It cannot be resolved by transforming Kadogali, Damazin or Fasher. It is the center that must be transformed so that Sudan avoids further disintegration. More disintegration of the country can also be avoided through creation of a democratic nation state in which all citizens are equal, free, living in peace, have access to food and share power peacefully. The SPLM/N leadership will continue its consultation with the regional and international community to find a comprehensive settlement to the conflict.

Yasir Arman
SPLM/N Secretary General
September 12,2011