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Saving South Sudan

Posted: June 18, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Reports

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Susan: I was Once a Black Woman

Posted: June 18, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Featured Articles, Malith Alier

By Malith Alier,

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

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

Susan, not her real name sits at the corner of Wonderful restaurant in Melekia. She shares a table with a male partner whom she constantly exchange looks amid smiles. Susan looks a modern woman like the types we see in cities and towns of South Sudan wearing different skin colour from the original black birth skin. Susan looks comfortable in her present skin in contrast to other women left behind and constantly criticise for failure to adapt to new way of life.

Most likely, she seems to be on the date with a guy who is robust in physique. The plump fellow is dark skin in contrast. His teeth are yellow stained like a smoker’s. He constantly peers through the restaurant as if someone preys on their togetherness.

In South Sudan it is unthinkable to take someone’s daughter to pubs or restaurants. This is courting the wrath of the girl’s relatives. Among many communities, girls are highly priced and are therefore, protected from guys who are out to spoil them. A girl remaining at home is a virtue in most of the Arab world including Sudan from were South Sudan separated from. Covering the face and the whole body is also adopted by non Muslims such as those who have been to Islamic nations.

A demand for lighter skin has never been on the rise. The whole of East Africa is engulfed in a business of skin colouring. A dark skin lady is therefore, frown upon and many reasons may be imagined. Ignorance about use of chemicals, lack of funds for their purchase or a black skin is beautiful attitudes may be some reasons for not catching up with the rest of the world.

The post modernism world has imposed itself on people in many unintended ways. The creams and injectables have revolutionised the way one would like to look. From celebrities to ordinary people, the ball is in your court whether to remain with black skin or it is time for change to take place.

The late Michael Jackson was once asked whether he thought that he was still a black person like his fellow African Americans who remain proud of their birth skins. This was a question he opted not to respond to. Michael was once proud of his heritage. That change over years because of pressures to be fairer skin.
Susan is among thousands of women who think that society today needs a fairer skin lady for employment and even attraction. A femme fatale attitude is also another reason why women apply body changing creams and lotions. This is an expensive endeavour.

However, nothing of value comes cheap. The chemical world, motivated by profit has pushed the importance of its products to such a dangerous level where one spends almost three quarters of income on such products. This is usually done through ads and other promotions that are hard to resist. Fairer skin and slim body are highly commendable for the younger generation. This is one reason why anorexia nervosa is not uncommon among well known young ladies who are as well wealthy.

The attitudes of those using skin changing products and those who do not use them, usually men are in great contrast. Those who use them have “an accept me” attitudes but those who do not use them have “a go away” attitudes. This is seen during a meeting of those opposites. The victim of chemical world would wish that you do not notice what they have done. However, in case you notice just accept it the way it is.

Those who have not succumbed to creams use, have such negative ideas about them. They think that the creams are costly in the first place. Number two they come with a lot of sight effects like skin cancer, bad body odour and skin disharmony.

Simon got married a couple of years back to a natural beautiful skin lady. Down the line she decided to change her skin colour to match with the modern woman usually the one in town. This happened at the time she went back to her parents’ home as a ritual to give birth for the first time.

As a consequence, Simon contemplated divorcing her. But what about the huge bride price paid in double of money and cows? Who will be on the losing side, the parents of the bride or those of the bridegroom? Usually, among the bride price paying communities, some of the bride wealth is returned and children if any go with the man.

The world of beautification is never on the same note. One’s own skin colour creates a desire of the one you do not have. The dark-skinned would like to be brown skin. The white-skinned would like to be brown-skin and verse versa. The white ladies tan their skins in that pursuit just like those dark-skinned people who are mad about light skin.

Enough Project: A Path to Peace for South Sudan

Posted: June 18, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Reports

Enough Project–A Path to Peace for South Sudan

A South Sudanese American Pilot, Majur Malou, Recognizes in the USA

Posted: June 18, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

FAA recognizes Majur Malou

San Diego-based pilot sets positive example

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing Majur Malou with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database.

The database, which appears on the agency’s website at www.faa.gov, names Malou and other certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

Pilot certification standards have evolved over time in an attempt to reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes. FAA standards, which are set in consultation with the aviation industry and the public, are among the highest in the world.

Transportation safety experts strongly recommend against flying with an uncertified pilot. FAA pilot certification can be the difference between a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy.

The FAA recently announced that is it increasing the qualification requirements for co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. These requirements mandate additional minimum flight time and training, as well as aircraft specific training.

“Safety will be my overriding priority as Secretary, so I am especially pleased to mark my first week by announcing a rule that will help us maintain our unparalleled safety record,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. “We owe it to the traveling public to have only the most qualified and best trained pilots.”

According to the FAA, the new regulations stem in part from the crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009. An investigation of the crash revealed that pilot Renslow, had failed three “check rides” (the flying equivalent of driver proficiency tests) and may not have had adequate training to respond to the emergency leading up to the crash.

The FAA offers a variety of pilots licenses and certificates, each with a different set of privileges. These levels include Student, Recreational, Sport, Private, Commercial And Airline Transport Pilot.

Pilots with a student pilot certification are not permitted to fly solo and are barred from carrying passengers. Sport pilot certificate holders can not carry more than one passenger and are permitted to only fly light-sport aircraft during the daytime.

The highest level of certification is the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), which is required to fly a commercial airliner.

To obtain Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, pilots must possess a commercial pilot license, have more than 1500 hours of experience in aircraft and be at least 21 years old. However, pilots with an aviation degree can qualify for the certificate with just 1,000 hours.

Pilots obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate must also pass an exam covering air law, general aircraft knowledge, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, instrumentation and other important topics.

Pilots are required to pass a physical examination administered by a FAA-authorized medical examiner.

There are a number of medical conditions that the FAA considers disqualifying, such as Bipolar disease, cardiac valve replacement, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications, disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause, epilepsy, heart replacement, Myocardial infarction, permanent cardiac pacemaker, personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts, psychosis, substance abuse, substance dependence, transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.

Pilots are required to report to the FAA’s Security and Investigations Division any alcohol-related vehicle actions, such as an arrest, administrative action, driver license suspension.

The FAA has reason to be concerned in general about alcohol use by pilots. Recently, a 48 year-old American Eagle pilot was forced from the aircraft cockpit after airline employees smells alcohol on him. The pilot, Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen , subsequently failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airmen Certification Database contains the following listing:

UniqueID: A4758115
FirstName: Majur
LastName: Malou
Street1:4029 43rd St Apt 405
Street2:
City: San Diego
State: CA
Zip: 92105-8534
Country: USA
Region: Wp
MedClass: 1
MedDate:072013
MedExpDate:012014


Press Briefing on the Visit of H.E. James Wani Igga, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Deputy Chairman of the SPLM to Uganda, 13-17 June 2014

Ladies and gentlemen of the Press,
Thank you for coming to this Press Briefing.
1. H.E. James Wani Igga, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Deputy Chairman of the SPLM, visited our sisterly country Uganda from 13th to 17th June 2014.
The objectives of the visit were:
(a) To brief the South Sudanese Community in Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation process and urge them to select their representatives to participate in the national dialogue conference;
(b) To brief H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda about the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation and discuss bilateral relations; and
(c) To brief H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation and discuss bilateral relations.
2. The visit was very successful and the objectives that I have just listed were achieved:
(a) His Excellency the Vice President and his delegation and members of the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation Organising Committee briefed the South Sudanese Community in Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation at the International University of East Africa on Saturday 14th June 2014.
The meeting was attended by more than 2000 community members. His Excellency also met with the leaders of the South Sudan Women’s Association in Uganda and the Executive Committee of the South Sudan Students’ Union in Uganda. He also briefed the media at the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Kampala yesterday.
(b) In addition, His Excellency and his delegation met H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, at the State House in Kampala on Sunday and briefed him about the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation. His Excellency also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries.
(c) Today His Excellency met with H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, and briefed him about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation process. He also discussed with him the bilateral relations between the two countries.
3. Sudan Tribune misrepresented the statement made by His Excellency the Vice President on the interim government at the South Sudanese Community meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday 14th June 2014.
It reported that “South Sudanese Vice President, James Wani Igga said members of the SPLM-in-Opposition should not be allocated seats in the proposed interim government.”
I would like to make it clear to the public that this is far from the truth. H.E. the Vice President said (in summary) the following:
(a) H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit shall remain in his position as the President of the Republic of South Sudan because he was elected by the people of South Sudan by 93% of the votes. Therefore, he cannot be replaced by someone returning from the bush. This was the arrangement when we signed The Addis Ababa Agreement 1972 and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2005. The Presidents of Mozambigue, Angola, and the Sudan were not asked to step down and replaced by new Presidents.
(b) The government, however, can be expanded to make additional ministerial portfolios available or the rebels and other stakeholders.
(c) The details of the interim government will be negotiated by the negotiating delegations of the government and the rebels in Addis Ababa.
(d) The interim period may range from 1 year months to two years.
(e) In response to a question, he stressed that it is inevitable that the rebels will be given government jobs otherwise, they will not return from the bush.
The full statement of H.E. the Vice President at that particular meeting was recorded by video and SSTV will broadcast it tonight. I invite the public to watch and judge for themselves. I am sure “The truth will set us free” and the Vice President will be proven innocent of this wild accusation.
4. All in all, the visit of H.E. The Vice President to Uganda was very successful. Now, we feel encouraged to visit the other sisterly countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt to brief our South Sudanese communities there in preparation for the national dialogue for peace and reconciliation conference which will be the culmination of all the consultation conferences in the 10 States and the neighbouring countries.
4. In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express the gratitude of His Excellency to H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, for agreeing to meet him in spite of the very short notices.
I also wish to thank H.E. Samuel Luate and H.E. Sarah Victor Bol, our Ambassador to Uganda and his Deputy respectively for facilitating the meeting.
Last but not least, I want to thank Ambassador Lawrence Modi Tombe, the Deputy Chairperson, and the Members of the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation Organising Committee for work hand in hand with our Embassy to organise the meeting of our Vice President with our Community in Uganda.
Thank you very much for listening.
Now, I would like to invite you to ask questions.
——

Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of Environment, RSS

Ladies and gentlemen of the Press,

Thank you for coming to this Press Briefing.

1. H.E. James Wani Igga, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Deputy Chairman of the SPLM, visited our sisterly country Uganda from 13th to 17th June 2014.
The objectives of the visit were:
(a) To brief the South Sudanese Community in Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation process and urge them to select their representatives to participate in the national dialogue conference;
(b) To brief H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda about the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation and discuss bilateral relations; and
(c) To brief H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation and discuss bilateral relations.
2. The visit was very successful and the objectives that I have just listed were achieved:
(a) His Excellency the Vice President and his delegation and members of the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation Organising Committee briefed the South Sudanese Community in Uganda about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation at the International University of East Africa on Saturday 14th June 2014.
The meeting was attended by more than 2000 community members. His Excellency also met with the leaders of the South Sudan Women’s Association in Uganda and the Executive Committee of the South Sudan Students’ Union in Uganda. He also briefed the media at the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Kampala yesterday.
(b) In addition, His Excellency and his delegation met H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, at the State House in Kampala on Sunday and briefed him about the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation. His Excellency also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries.
(c) Today His Excellency met with H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, and briefed him about the peace negotiations and the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation process. He also discussed with him the bilateral relations between the two countries.
3. Sudan Tribune misrepresented the statement made by His Excellency the Vice President on the interim government at the South Sudanese Community meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday 14th June 2014.
It reported that “South Sudanese Vice President, James Wani Igga said members of the SPLM-in-Opposition should not be allocated seats in the proposed interim government.”
I would like to make it clear to the public that this is far from the truth. H.E. the Vice President said (in summary) the following:
(a) H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit shall remain in his position as the President of the Republic of South Sudan because he was elected by the people of South Sudan by 93% of the votes. Therefore, he cannot be replaced by someone returning from the bush. This was the arrangement when we signed The Addis Ababa Agreement 1972 and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2005. The Presidents of Mozambigue, Angola, and the Sudan were not asked to step down and replaced by new Presidents.
(b) The government, however, can be expanded to make additional ministerial portfolios available or the rebels and other stakeholders.
(c) The details of the interim government will be negotiated by the negotiating delegations of the government and the rebels in Addis Ababa.
(d) The interim period may range from 1 year months to two years.
(e) In response to a question, he stressed that it is inevitable that the rebels will be given government jobs otherwise, they will not return from the bush.
The full statement of H.E. the Vice President at that particular meeting was recorded by video and SSTV will broadcast it tonight. I invite the public to watch and judge for themselves. I am sure “The truth will set us free” and the Vice President will be proven innocent of this wild accusation.
4. All in all, the visit of H.E. The Vice President to Uganda was very successful. Now, we feel encouraged to visit the other sisterly countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt to brief our South Sudanese communities there in preparation for the national dialogue for peace and reconciliation conference which will be the culmination of all the consultation conferences in the 10 States and the neighbouring countries.
4. In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express the gratitude of His Excellency to H.E. Yuweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and H.E. Edward Ssekandi, The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, for agreeing to meet him in spite of the very short notices.
I also wish to thank H.E. Samuel Luate and H.E. Sarah Victor Bol, our Ambassador to Uganda and his Deputy respectively for facilitating the meeting.
Last but not least, I want to thank Ambassador Lawrence Modi Tombe, the Deputy Chairperson, and the Members of the National Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation Organising Committee for work hand in hand with our Embassy to organise the meeting of our Vice President with our Community in Uganda.
Thank you very much for listening.
Now, I would like to invite you to ask questions.
Deng Deng Hoc Yai, Minister of Environment, RSS

 


Dear member of civil society ,

JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY RETREAT IN NIMULE COMMUNIQUE-1

The overall purpose of the retreat was to formulate a strategy that would establish a cohesive, collaborative mechanism by which different groups within civil society utilise expertise and resources available among themselves to shape the peace process at Addis Ababa and South Sudan level.
This is the first of a series of information pieces that will be circulated to you as a member of the south sudan civil society. The nature of the information that we will be circulating will include Civil society position papers, framework documents, strategy documents and press statements.