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Face to face talks between Sudan and South Sudan resumed Friday, with little progress on the establishment of a demilitarized buffer zone along the disputed border, a chief negotiator from Juba said. “We couldn’t make any progress on the issue of the geographical extent of the safe and the demilitarized border zone,” South Sudan’s foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial told reporters. Talks between the two countries adjourned in early June after both sides failed to agree on a secure border zone. A spokesperson for Khartoum’s delegation said the creation of the ademilitarised zone along the border was crucial for the progression of talks, adding that the two sides are expected to continue discussions Saturday.

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — There are two main views of what kind of nation the world’s newest country is becoming. The divide reveals much both about the place in question, South Sudan, and about the way the world relates to Africa in general. Without strong, even fervent support from certain quarters in the West, this long-suffering country clearly would never have attained independence. Yet the question now is whether that support has, paradoxically, become a millstone around the new country’s neck. The enthusiasm of South Sudan’s foreign backers and especially those in Washington may have caused them to turn a blind or at least excessively indulgent eye to grave political problems that could doom South Sudan to the lasting curse of failed nationhood.


Your Ex-cellency,

“Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! The Evilis is out!” Before you shout your lungs out and promise to pray in Bentiu or Abyei next Friday, just on hearing that the man witch-hunting you in the ICC is now expired! Wait a minute, Your Ex-cellency, are you sure Ocampo is not a ghost still? Hoping that you know very well the character of a ghost. Ghosts do not hunt but they haunt, and you know, probably from your military psychology, that haunting is more hurting than hunting.

Take it from me but not for me, without our usual Hijiliji Virus of scapegoating and moral equivalence, that though Moreno Ocampo is no longer a host, he is still a ghost in The Hague. For examble, the children christened ‘Okambo’ (mine included) after Ocampo advertized your arrest warrant a few years back, will grow up in Darfour, Darfive, Darsix, and…

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One Year Later, The Republic of South Sudan

Posted: June 22, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Reports

One Year After Independence: Opportunities and Obstacles for Africa’s Newest Country

South Sudan: Avoiding State Failure

The struggle for South Sudan

Next Year’s Failed State: South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is already on a path to disaster.

State Building in South Sudan

With its secession from Sudan on July 9, 2011, South Sudan not only gained its eagerly-awaited independence, but also embarked onto the long road of state building. Over the past several months, the new country has begun to confront the myriad challenges it faces in sustainable development, good governance, and capacity building. In addition, the world’s newest state is also coping with cross-cutting issues of managing resources, constructing a sense of nationhood, and contending with problems particular to youth and women. These reports begin to address some of the central challenges to statebuilding in South Sudan.

Oil and State Building in South Sudan
July 2011 | Special Report by Jill Shankleman

As South Sudan becomes the world’s newest nation, its dependence on oil resources looms as one of its greatest obstacles to a stable economy. This report outlines how South Sudan can manage its oil sector in the short term to bridge the gap between its formal and informal economies, partner with the international community, and invest in development on behalf of its people.  In particular, the report highlights three priorities for the Government of South Sudan.  First, in the short term, it should focus on developing a detailed understanding of what it now owns and what the long-term prospects are for its oil industry. Second, it needs to maximize revenues from the existing industry. Third, it must make the best use of its revenues for development.

Diversity, Unity, and Nation building in South Sudan
September 2011 | Special Report by Jok Madut Jok

This report focuses on how the new state will manage its cultural diversity with a view to bringing all its ethnic nationalities together, forming a national identity that can reduce the level of suspicion and ethnicity-based political rivalry. The information and analysis in this report have their roots in the author ’s academic research and interests, as well as his background as a civil servant in the government of South Sudan. Much of the information was generated through interviews and group discussions over a long period in the context of other studies and evaluations. Many of the opinions expressed here are a combination of newspaper editorials, news coverage in the local media, debates on Internet discussion forums, public lectures and debates, government policy briefs, and a host of other government documents pertaining to its vision, development plans, and programs aimed at addressing the myriad security challenges that confront South Sudan.

Dowry and Division:  Youth and State Building in South Sudan
November 2011 | Special Report by Marc Sommers and Stephanie Schwartz

This report assesses the situation, priorities, and expectations of South Sudan’s massive youth population in the context of building the new nation. Drawing from field interviews with youth, adults,and government and nongovernment officials in the capital, Juba, the mainly pastoralist oil-rich state of Unity, and the mainly agricultural state of Western Equatoria, this report found that strikingly conservative cultural norms are mixing with new social and economic changes to create a host of pressing challenges. The report highlights the impact of dramatic dowry (bride price) inflation on youth and finds that it is stimulating rises in insecurity, crime, and population growth while intensifying threats against and control over female youth.

Gender and State Building in South Sudan
December 2011 | Special Report by Nada Mustafa Ali

This report asserts that equality between women and men and among women—as well as women’s security, economic empowerment, and meaningful participation—should be central benchmarks to state building in South Sudan, not only as a matter of principle, but also as a means to overturn years of conflict and marginalization. Gender equality is essential to building a strong and equitable economy and to ensuring a functional state that maximizes the full potential of all South Sudanese. The report is based on field research in Juba in February 2011 as well as previous and follow-up research by the author. It examines the risks and opportunities associated with gender and state building in South Sudan, analyzes priorities that South Sudanese women interviewees identified, and recommends ways to make the new state responsive to and reflective of the needs of all South Sudanese women and men.

USIP’S Specialists on South Sudan

July 2012 | On the Issues

South Sudan celebrates the first anniversary of its formal independence and nationhood on July 9. Though hopes for progress remain high, the young nation is struggling on several fronts—internal security, relations with Sudan, development, rule of law and statebuilding. The specialists at the U.S. Institute of Peace who work on conflict management and peacebuilding programs in South Sudan examine the gains made and the many challenges ahead.

Human Right Watch Report 2012: South Sudan

Posted: June 22, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Reports

Following an overwhelming vote for secession from Sudan in the January 2011 referendum, South Sudan declared independence on July 9. The new nation faces major human rights challenges. However, officials have expressed the new government’s intention to ratify major human rights treaties. An influx of refugees and returnees from the North has presented severe humanitarian challenges to South Sudan. Between January and August political, inter-communal, and resource-driven clashes killed over 2,600 people, according to the United Nations. The government failed to fulfill its responsibility to protect civilians from this violence, as security forces fighting against armed militias committed serious abuses against civilians. Across the country, lack of capacity and inadequate training of police, prosecutors, and judges have resulted in numerous human rights violations in law enforcement and in the administration of justice.

World Report 2012: South Sudan

Relocation of SPLA military garrison from Panpandiar-Adol village in Bor County

From: Panpandiar-Adol Clan Youth

To: H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit–the President of the Republic of South Sudan

Copied to:

H.E. Kuol Manyang Juuk the Governor of Jonglei Province

H.E. Ezra Mayom Ngong–of Kolnyang payam.

H.E. Peter Hoth Mach–the General C in C of South Sudan Army

H.E. George Garang Deng Chol Akol

H.E. Molana Kureng Akuei Pac


We the great sons and daughters of Panpandiar-Adol clan, Bor County, do strongly request your excellencies for an immediate relocation of the SPLA soldiers garrison station from our great grandfather’s homeland of Panpandiar:

We the concerned youth and members of Panpandiar-Adol Gak, Kolnyang Payam have never been parallel to the visionary interest of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army during the struggle that has resulted in the full independence of our beloved country which have brought sustainable joy to natives and friends of the Republic of South Sudan in 2011. We would like to remind your Excellencies of how much we the sons and daughters of Panpandiar-Adol community contributed to the struggle of our people in the Sudan, particularly South Sudan.

When the forces of late Hero Kerubino Kuanyin Bol attacked Bor in 1983; the first shot fired by SAF killed the very lovely son of this community, Maker Jool Adol.  Another son of Adol, the famous singer in Bor, Ayom Thuonglual, was brutally murdered in 1972 by the Khartoum regime just because of his political songs. The late Yom Deng Macharjak was one of the first brave girls from our community to join Katiba Banat in Ethiopia (Itang). Besides, the Panpandiar – Adol community became a hiding place for the SPLA soldiers after their attack on the common enemy during the war. Our community has never betrayed the SPLA. It tirelessly and unconditionally provided them with food.

During the ruling period of Bor by the late Paramount Chief David Mabior Ngueny Chol Akol, Adol Community humbly received many SPLA new recruits from Aliab, Greater Bahr Al Ghazal and Mundari led by Athorbei Dhorgum.  Our community was their first gateway on their way to Bilpam in Ethiopia. Our community has never denied them any physical needs even after their return from Bilpam.

The same patriotism was extended to Koryom Battalion under the leadership of Late Arok Thon Arok. The list of sons of Adol who whole-heartedly supported the Movement during the struggle that has led to the freedom at last to the people of South Sudan is long and admirable.

It has never been our intention to demand the relocation of current SPLA Battalion garrison station from the heart of our village. But due to the continuous mistreatment perpetrated against our people by the SPLA soldiers in Panpandiar, we have totally failed to understand the meaning of their stay.  The presence of SPLA soldiers in Panpandiar is dangerous as it causes loss of the lives of their dependents.

The following are a few cases of harassments inflicted on the natives by the national forces in Panpandiar: Honorable Anyuon Akuei was inhumanly mistreated, beaten and arrested by SPLA soldiers in his own hometown. He was just there for a short visit after so many years spent in exile in USA. Mr. Gongich Chol Ngueny and Kon Gai shares the same misbehaviors committed by the SPLA soldiers in Panpandiar compare to that of Mr. Akuei.

In the beginning of this year, Mr. Ayuen Mayom was shot and badly wounded by the same SPLA soldiers and was later hospitalized in Juba. His wounds didn’t give him a chance of surviving to show his scars to loved ones.  Also on June 17th, 2012, the SPLA soldiers repeated their brutality against Panpandiar civilians by Killing Abraham Mayol Kuch Duoi Biar Akol-the grandson of Pandiardit-a USA citizen who was home sick since Sudan civil war separated him from his family.

All these cases have brought a lot of doubt and questions regarding SPLA genuine corporate social responsibility to the community. Why are the SPLA soldiers there in Panpandiar? What are they really protecting in Panpandiar: human or crocodiles? If their presence in Panpandiar is to protect the civilians why do they harass and kill them?

Recently, unknown criminals stole about 50 cows belonging to our community on a broad daylight, but SPLA soldiers never even attempted to rescue them.  We the concern youth and members of Panpandiar village do strongly condemn and ask for an immediate relocation of the SPLA barrack in Panpnadiar-Adol village in the Kolnyang Payam Bor County.

We believe that their stay there is meaningless and may create only more problems such as the exchange of illegal small arms with cows to civilians; which they may use against themselves when they differ and quarrel on simple issues.

We the sons and daughters of Panpandiar-Adol Kolnyang Bor County do hereby strongly condemn any continuous torture, harassment, and killing done upon our innocent community by their own army. We are peacefully requesting their full relocation from our village for the sake of peace and development of our people. We don’t want to see guns being carried in the mid of our children for they are the future generation of our newly independent state of South Sudan.

Signed by:

  1.  Gongich C Ngueny
  2. Kon Gai
  3. Wuoi Athieu Mach Akol
  4. Makuei Kur Jok- Australia
  5. Jok Garang Jok Kuer-Kenya
  6. Ajak Deng Chiengkou-Autralia
  7. NyielDot Duoi Bair Akol
  8. Ngueny Makol Chol
  9. Ngueny Deng
  10. Achiek Panchol Ngueny
  11. Mawut Mayen Chiengkou

12.Thon Mayen- Juba

13.Chol Beer

14.Chuti Gongich

15.Chol Mabior

16.Pac Gai

17.Akuei Pac

18.Yom Mabior

19.Awan Reng Anyieth

20.Mariar Achiek Mabior

21.Naimamuor Garang

22.Yom Pandiar monychiek Deng

23.Daniel Akuei

24.Yom Garang

25.Awalith Garang

26.Mabior Achiek

27.Mabior Deng

28.Ajak kuol

29.Chol Mayom Kur

30.Reng Gai Machot

31.Machar Kuch Manger

32.Kon kelei

33.Nyuon Chol

34.Mayom Chol

35.Garang Deng mabior


37.Yom Chol

38.Yom Deng

39.Aluel Kucha

40.Malwal Ajiu

41.Mariar mathiang

42.Garuak Mam

43.Jocab A Puka

44.Kor Agot

45.Anyieth Deng

46.Majok Achiek

47.Mayen Nhial

48.Kureng Achiek

49.Alier Abol

50.Deng Maker Jool

51.Yom Nai

52.Kenjok Kelei

53.Pach Beer

54.Achol kina Malong

55.Gong Malony

56.Karakon Athiu

57.Yuong Anyang

58.Achiek Mayen

59.Riak Mayen

60.Deng Agau

61.Joh jongkuch

62.Bol Nyok Raik

63.Maker Riak Gong

64.Ayuen Athiu

65.Garang Gongich

66.Deng Chol

67.Magier Chol

68.Akol Chol

69.Akol Hakim Mabior

70.Kon Ater

71.Nyuon Akou

72.Kuesh Nyuon Akou

73.Ayen Mach Chiengkou

74.Aker Abol

75.Aker Malony

76.Achol Malou Akau

77.Ayen Mach

78.Makech Nai

79.Alier Arouch

80.Chol Mayom Ngong

81.Chol Mayom Kur Chol

82.Gong Agum Lual

83.Deng Nyok Araem

84.Nyijok Nyok

85.Ajak Alier Matuor

86.Nyok Deng Malou


88.Ateny Pucka Ngong

89.Ateny Apollo

90.Gai Apollo

91.Kuol Apollo

92.Atiak Agaar Apollo

93.Deng Alier Deng

94. Nai Gai

95. Achiek Agaar Apollo

96. Kuot Chol

97. Makuei Abol

98. Achiek Abuot

99. Ajith Kuol Kwai

100. Nhial Bior

101. Lual Agup Lual

102.  Ngong Mabior Panchol

103.  Agau Wal

104. Mager Marial

105.  Maker Ajak Alier kucha


Has Arab Spring Finally Arrived in Khartoum?

Posted: June 22, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Featured Articles

Sudan at the Tipping Point: Protests in Khartoum May Portend Regime Change, by Eric Reeves

Sudan is in the chaotic throes of what may well be the final act of the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime, which next week will have been in power for 23 years.  An “Arab Spring” environment, which seemed improbable a year ago, has been created by a confluence of developments—and even the formidable security and military forces of the regime may soon be put to a final test by deeply unhappy Sudanese civilians.  At the same time, there is evidence of considerable bitterness within the officer corps over renewed military confrontation with now independent South Sudan; there is also intense dismay within the ranks over the mauling the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) have endured in fighting against the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North in the Nuba Mountains.  The army may no longer be the bulwark that it has been for the regime in the past.

Anti-regime protests sweep Sudan’s capital

Riot police fired tear gas and civilians armed with machetes and swords attacked protesters during five days of demonstrations sweeping Khartoum demanding ouster of Sudan’s autocratic ruler, a Sudanese opposition leader said Thursday. Saata Ahmed al-Haj, head of the opposition Sudanese Commission for Defense of Freedoms and Rights, said that hundreds of protesters have been detained over the past five days. He said they were later released but were badly mistreated. Al-Haj said security forces shaved off the protesters’ hair, stripped them naked, flogged them and then left them outside in the scorching sun for hours.

You in the Diaspora always seem to “know it all” and have so much to say: giving your “thoughts, analyses, theories, solution, views and resolutions.” Pay more attention to being productive citizens in your adoptive countries. I have nothing against any of you in the diaspora personally, but it’s the sense of patronism and Mr. Know- it- all-I-have-come-to-save-you-from-yourselves attitude many people in the Diaspora always seem to have. (Deng Arok Thon—the son of the Late Arok Thon Arok, May 12th, 2012).

The Role and Contribution of the Diaspora in the Development of South Sudan: An Address by Dr. David S. Bassiouni to the 4th Western Equatoria Community Association (WECA) Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota,26th-27th May 2012

role of South Sudan Diaspora.pdf