Archive for June 15, 2012

1. Greater Bahr el Ghazal: Where did we go wrong? A rebuttal to Ayuen John’s accusation; by By Aken PanKon Tong

To be honest, 95% of the total military high command goes to your [Bor Dinka] county. The Bahr el Ghazal Region you wish to blame for everything is just occupying 0.7%. Other tribes in Upper Nile with 3.3%. While Greater Equatoria getting 1%. With the military receiving 40% of the country’s budget monthly, and with consumer Bor military’s top-brass, there is no doubt, the 28% is feared pocketed and the recent argue to returning the  stolen money is not far from your nose/county you deem clean, sincere and intelligent. In Military alone however, a huge number of Bor officers are studying on the government’s payroll. Many young men and women from Bor alone under the military sponsorship triple that of greater Bahr El Ghazal and Greater Equatoria combined.

2.South Sudan: Response to MP Lual Diing Wol Claim On Bor Dinka Domination of Interior Ministry; BY AYUEN JOHN ATEM-JUBA, 3 JUNE 2012

This is my upset response to the ultimatum claims and the allegation levelled or put forward by the appointed member of South Sudan National Legislative Assembly Honorable Lual Diing Wol, who publicly accuses Bor Dinka ethnic group of Jonglei state of being dominant and majority in the National Ministry of Interior. Hon.Lual Diing Wol on the 30th of May 2012 in Bakhita Radio Voice of the Church publicly accused peoples of Bor as dominant in the police service of South Sudan; this was in an exclusive radio live interview under the program of wake-up Juba run by Radio Journalist Mr. Mading Ngor.

3. ‘Search’ for the author of response to Gen Lual Diing causes distress; by Atem Yaak Atem

Two days I discovered to my utter dismay, indeed, shock, when I learned that I was the talk of the town and in a very negative light whose author(s) intended for taint my name and create enemies for me, of people from some communities. To cut a long story short, the author(s) of the malicious fabrication has been going about claiming that I was the author of the response that carried the full name of its writer. Those who argued to the contrary were seen as laughing stock: some of these gossip spinners swore Atem Yaak Atem was the writer of the response to Lual Diing’s statement over a radio station. I was not the one who wrote that response. There are several reasons why I could not engage in that exchange.

By Hisham Abass

Translated by: Ahmed Elzobier

May 27, 2012 — Hisham Abbas wrote on a Sudanese website a compelling and horrific story about the wars in the south. He and many others were forcibly recruited at the young age of 17 before they had even finished high school. Without proper training and coerced with lies and deception, they found themselves in the war zone in the south. He estimated that over 600 young men died during his 10-month ordeal in the south in 1997, many of disease, others from bullets. Most of them had no idea what they were fighting for and some of them lost their sanity. After his experience he ended up developing an all-encompassing hatred for the regime in Khartoum and he wrote: “My hatred for this government, after my return from South Sudan, has increased. If you add up all the hatred in the entire universe, it is not enough; it will be a tiny part of how I feel towards this criminal government which did not observe any humanitarian, ethical or religious standards. They did anything just to save themselves.”

I hope this translation helps many people for whom Arabic is not their first language, to be able to access this talented young man’s story about the wars of Sudan. In the novel “The Kindly Ones”, the narrator, a former Nazi officer, describes his involvement in the war, stating that “atrocities were a function of being in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Meanwhile, the killing machine in Sudan continues. On 19 May 2012, the governor of Khartoum announced that 5,000 young men (martyrs, as he calls them) from the state of Khartoum alone, had died in the recent conflict in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and with South Sudan in Haglig. By all accounts this very large number may only be half the actual figure, let alone those from the other side who also died. For how long should this killing machine continue?

The recent Haglig crisis with South Sudan, however, has exposed to the world the low moral standards of the ruling party in Sudan and shown its true character to be mean, bitter and vindictive. President Al Bashir outperformed the rest with his rhetoric and customary dance. One of his favorite songs is a traditional Sudanese one whose lyrics go something like this: “They entered [the battlefield] and the vultures fly [over the enemy’s dead bodies]”. The words try to describe the horrible death of the enemy and how their bodies are left for the vultures to rip to pieces. The song conjures up a disturbing image and seems suitable for someone indicted of genocide and war crimes for killing his own people. His victims are young people like Hisham Abass.

Below you will find his heartfelt story which started from a training in Camp in Northern State near Dongla and ended up in Equatoria state in South Sudan.

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South Sudan’s Oil Pipeline Construction Will Commence Soon

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South Sudan one year later

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Israeli deportation of South Sudan refugees signals policy shift

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Missing Billions And Sorghum Saga In South Sudan

Posted: June 15, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Featured Articles

By Dr. Jok Madut Jok

“How is the Missing 4 billion Dollars Connected to the Dura Saga? Someone please tell the honourable minister to find another story with which to explain how we lost 4 billion dollars. We are not buying the line he is peddling on this occasion.”

Dear All,
Please find attached an Urgent Appeal from the SPLMN regarding the Humanitarian Situation in the war affected areas.

Thank you
Anwar Elhaj
SPLMN Representative to the US

Urgent Appeal from the SPLM-N Leadership


It is now one year since war started by Khartoum in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. Approximately half a million are internally displaced and hundreds of thousands have become refugees as a result of continuous aerial and ground bombardments for the entire year. Systematic policies by Khartoum and war indicted criminals, headed by General Bashir, use mass starvation as a weapon and genocidal militias, army and aerial bombardments against civil populations. General Bashir ignores the bleeding and the efforts to open access for humanitarian operations; refused the tri-partite proposal that was signed by the SPLM-N, the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League four months ago; and ignores the Security Council Resolution 2046 article 4, which urges him to agree to the tri-partite proposal.

Given the SPLM-N’s consultation in Addis Ababa in the first week of this month with the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), the Chair of IGAD and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the US Special Envoy, the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League, it is evidently clear that Khartoum is not for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution that will open access for a humanitarian operation. At the same time, in the last three weeks, more massive displacement is taking place. Thousands of people are starving and thousands are crossing the borders as refugees into the Republic of South Sudan. More than 30,000 crossed the border from Blue Nile into the Republic of South Sudan in the last three weeks, and 500-700 are crossing on a daily basis from the Nuba Mountains to South Sudan. This has been reported by the UN and credible NGOs, the last being MSF.

The “on border operations” have no capacity to respond to this situation. Courageous politicians, human rights activists, journalists, NGOs and notable and prominent personalities from all over the world have voiced their concern and worries on the fate of hundreds of thousands who are facing imminent death by hunger or war crimes. Among them are late Congressman Donald Payne, Congressman Frank Wolf, Congressman Michael Capuano, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman James McGovern, Congressman John Olver, Congressman Jim Moran, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, Senator Chris Coons, Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Roger Wicker, Baroness Caroline Cox, Martin Luther King III, Nick and George Clooney, Rev. Franklin Graham, Eric Reeves, Mukesh Kapila, John Prendergast, Nicholas Kristof, Greta Susteren, Ken Isaacs, Andrew Natsios, Roger Winter, Pam Omidyar, Tom Andrews, Ryan Boyette, Humanity United, the NAACP, Act for Sudan, American Jewish World Service, Enough Project, and United to End Genocide. These are among many and we regret being unable to mention all strong voices that are giving hope to the Sudanese people and especially the displaced and the refugees.

Access had not been allowed by General Bashir, bombardment is continuing and people are dying from hunger, the rain has started and there is no clear plan to respond to the situation. We appeal and urge the friends of Sudan everywhere to combine their efforts to implement article 4 of the UN Security Council Resolution by contacting the Security Council and by pursuing every possible avenue that will put pressure on General Bashir to agree to the tri-partite proposal and to open access for humanitarian assistance, which is a human right for those who are affected, and failing to allow access is a war crime.

The SPLM-N would like to reiterate its commitment again for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2046 and we indeed submitted our proposal for a roadmap for implementation when we recently met the Chair of the AUHIP, former President Thabo Mbeki, and the Chair of IGAD, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who have been tasked by the Security Council to implement the Resolution. Moreover, we are ready for an immediate cessation of hostilities on humanitarian grounds to create a conducive environment for a humanitarian operation.

Yasir Arman

Secretary General, SPLM-N

June 14, 2012

Letter to Ambassador Lyman.pdf

Letter to the UNSC 06 06 12 with Signatures.pdf