Archive for March 3, 2015


By Michael Mading Akueth, Juba

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March 3, 2015 (SSB) —  The citizens of Republic of South Sudan are consciously waiting for the two principals President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to bring peace to the country.

There is a high assumption that if the two principals compromised and reach the peace agreement the country will be peaceful and life will return to normal which I think it is not absolutely true because the IGAD led peace process is not inclusive and fail to understand the dynamics of South Sudan conflict.

It is based on the assumption that SPLM in government and SPLM-IO are the only two actors in this conflict and if the two parties reach an agreement then the rest will surely follow and the country will be peaceful.

This is a myth, the government is not only formed by the SPLM; there others parties inside which are not being consulted much on the peace process which I think have an interest too. What will be their fate after peace agreement?

The mediators have not taken time to properly study the dynamics of the current conflicts and truly define the term peace which they tirelessly want to bring to South Sudan.

They should ask themselves several questions before they drafted peace agreement proposals; what type of peace do we want to bring to south Sudan? Who are other actors that we should include in the process? Do all the parties feel well represented in this peace talks?

In the ancient times historical literatures, the term ‘peace’ originates from the Anglo-French pes, and the Old French pais, meaning “peace, reconciliation, silence, agreement” But, Pes itself comes from the Latin pax, meaning “peace, compact, agreement, treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of hostility, harmony.”

Although ‘peace’ is the usual translation, it is an incomplete one, because ‘shalom,’ which is also cognate with the Arabic Salaam, has multiple other meanings in addition to peace, including justice, good health, safety, well-being, prosperity, equity, security, good fortune, and friendliness.

At a personal level, peaceful behaviors are kind, considerate, respectful, just, and tolerant of others’ beliefs and behaviors — tending to manifest goodwill.

In the view of the above definitions, which peace are we waiting? The communities are more divided than ever before and the hatred level is growing every day. Will there be harmony after peace agreement among the communities? What about the issues of justice for the victims? Will there be good security, prosperity, equity and reconciliation? Only God knows the best answers.

The political parties are divided and disintegrated into small unit which are only begging the two principals to remember them in their kingdoms.

With this huge pressure of sanctions on the South Sudanese leaders; I’m afraid, they will compromise and sign peace deal against their will which will not benefit any citizen in this country. This peace agreement will be done on the rush and fear of sanctions and it will definitely fail to meet minimum standard of sustainable peace.

IGADs and friends of South Sudan will leave South Sudan divided and disintegrated more than before because they did not diagnosed and prescribed good solutions for peace agreement. The country will miss another great opportunity to define honorable peace that could lay solid foundation for this nation.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


A High Level Church Delegation of Seven Bishops Led by Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Arrives in Eldoret, Kenya

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Kenya

March 3, 2015 (SSB) —  Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul has, for years, been championing the role of the church in searching for and promotion of peace and unity among people of south Sudan.

In pursuit of that goal, a delegation of seven Bishops of South Sudan led by Archbishop of South Sudan and Sudan is paying visit to Kenya as part of the peace building mechanism in the country.

Archbishop Daniel Deng began his speech by explaining the role of the church in the country during the struggle for independent, especially during the referendum.

“And now we are the part of the team for peace in South Sudan,” said Archbishop Daniel Deng while addressing congregations of Christians of different communities in from Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret who have turned up to listen to the Archbishop of South Sudan and the Sudan.

The Archbishop use the occasion to sensitize the congregations about the message of peace and reconciliations among South Sudanese people in Kenya.

Just earlier this year, the Archbishop had been to Lakes state on a mission to bring peace to the people of Lakes state who have suffered through cycle of revenge attacks and cattle raiding.

The Archbishop explains that his mission to Jonglei state was also to “pray for peace and love among different ethnics communities in the state.”

Jonglei state is one of the most affected by the national conflict of December 15th that engulfed the state capital Bor in December 2013 and in the earlier part of 2014. The conflict killed many people and displaced million more from the state.

“We pray there that God can open the heart of people of Jonglei state to live as one and forget and forgive each other for unity and reconciliations that will enhance development in the state,” said Archbishop Deng. “In part of Upper Nile, we preach the message of peace to uproot the seed of hatred and ethnic divisions in the country.”

They church leaders also called upon the South Sudan community that children should be taught well as to know our cultural values and God and to avoid issues of early marriages and violence in the society which takes us back to old days.

The Bishops also urge the congregations to avoid the division of the churches according to the tribal regions, further warning that any group found doing that will be held responsible for the violation.

The people involved will not be allowed to preach the word of God. This decision, said the bishops came out after last year assessment on the issues facing the churches in the Diaspora, especially the struggling over power and divisions according to the regions and tribes.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.

The Feather of Glory ( a Novella )

Posted: March 3, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in David Aoloch
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By David Aoloch Bion

Chapter Fourteen

As Madut had been away from the village for ten days in his death swearing judgment, many cases had been waiting for him. He was admired by his clan because of his talent and competence in dealing with social issues. One of the cases was between his cousin Majier and his wife. Majier had married. He had borne children with his wife Panjok.

Majier was a notorious man and Madut supported him very much. Majier said “my father, my mother, my brother and my sister. If your bull, your he-goat, your he-sheep gets lost, do not look for it. It is meaningless. It belongs to the travelers.” When some people told madut this statement, he said that in every clan home there are good and bad people.

Five days passed and Majier was caught slaughtering someone’s bull. He was beaten thoroughly and the bull was compensated with six cows. Madut himself gave one cow.

Majier stole a child and went to sell him to a neighboring tribe for twenty-five cattle. People wondered where he had got the cattle from. The owner of the child went to the neighbouring tribe and found his child. He came and opened a case. All cattle were taken from Majier. When the clan complained to Madut about majier, he said every clan has thieves. Majiers wife opened a divorce case “I’m tired of Majier. Majier is poor, he does not dig in the farm, he beats me when he is drunk” the wife complained.

“Have you heard Majier what your wife is saying?” asked Madut.

“I have married this wife with thirty-six cattle” Majier said.

“I am going away whether you have married with a hundred cattle or thirty …what! We are going to divide the children” the wife said.

“Our law does not allow the division of children” Madut explained. However, madut with his chief power stopped the case that afternoon and in the evening went to Majier’s home. He persuaded Majier’s wife until she dropped her divorce case. This prompted one man to say “if there was no Madut in this clan many issues could have been going wrong. Thank god for Madut to be our chief”.

After Majier’s wife’s case, came the Deng wife cousin to madut with Ringdit. It was the rainy season and cattle were released from the Pabiec enshrined cattle camp. The cattle moved into the farm of Nyang., Deng’s wife. Nyang took a horn and blew it. The cattle ran away from eating the sorghum in the farm. This action of the woman provoked Ringdit, the god of the clan. Ringdit called it Madut.

“Whose wife chased my cattle away from her farm” Ringdit it asked.

“Why has she done that?” Ringdit asked.

“You know our father (Ringdit), women are always foolish” Madut said

“She doesn’t know that I am the one who brings rain that they may sow the seed?” Ringdit revealed.

“Forgive, my father” Madut prayed.

“You know, my other gods in the village are loved, respected and feared because of their harshness and evilness to their ants (people)” Ringdit warned.

“Long live my father, forgive, my father” Madut prayed.

Madut the chief went to Deng and narrated to him what Ringdit was saying about his wife. The wife of Deng was a very stubborn woman.

She said “ I don’t have cattle, my cattle are the sorghum. If I go to Ringdit, ask me”

Madut advised Deng to go and apologies for what his wife had done. But Deng had failed to go and apologize. When the sorghum had been harvested and had been put in the granary, the granary burnt down from an unknown fire. After four days of the granaries burnt down, one of Deng’s children also died.

Madut came to Deng and ordered him to give a bull and sacrifice it at Ringdit’s shrine in order to stop his anger.

In the following year, cattle were released from pabiec and moved into the farm of another mancalled Chol. Chol’s wife when she saw cattle, she rushed into her hut and allowed the cattle to destroy her sorghum farm. She didn’t say anything. During the harvest Ringdit ordered Madut to collect sorghum in a basket from every hut in Akoi village. When the sorghum was stored at Ringdit’s shrine, he called Chol’s wife and told her that she was a good woman who knew that Ringdit was a good god and provider of everything.

At a celebration at the end of the same year at Ringdit’s shrine, a bull was slaughtered. The dirty bull was skinned in the evening. It was put inside after some of it had been cut in parts prior to distribution in the next morning. One of the skinners called Mac cut a piece of meat in the darkness and put it somewhere near the door of the shrine hut while they put the meat in the shrine hut of Ringdit. After they had finished putting the meat, he picked a piece of meat. While on his way home, the meat twisted in his hand. When he scrutinized it, he found it was a fatty snake, because he missed the meat and picked the snake. He rushed back to the shrine praying “long live my grand father, forgive me. I will never repeat” and put the snake back where he picked it.

In the morning Ringdit summoned Madut and Mac.

“What did you do last night, mac?” Ringdit asked.

“Long live my grandfather. I will never repeat” Mac prayed.

“Tell Madut and these people what you have done last night” Ringdit ordered Mac to tell the incident.

“People when we were putting the meat inside, I stole a piece of meat and I placed it at the door. When I was leaving I picked. When I was on the way home, I found it was a snake” Mac told them.

“ When you stole you thought Ringdit our father was not looking at you?” Madut asked.

“ He thought I don’t look at what they do.” Ringdit mocked him.

“ You Mac, bring a bull to sooth our grandfather Ringdit” Madut ordered.

“ Mac, Mac, Mac, you people I will finish, I will finish you if you don’t change your gluttonous heart and stop your thieving behavior” Ringdit warned.


By Michael Mabior Mading

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March 3, 2015 (SSB) —  Was the independent of South Sudan co-incident, the best option or choice for the people? No, I personally doubted, because they way each and every one behaves currently in this country, dose not shown any sign of those who were prepare to receive a new born country. I thought, the independent was a co-incident, nobody was ready for it, otherwise people would have not behaved the way they are now.

In many cultures in South Sudan, when expecting to receive a visitor, there is a manner you conduct yourself and even the way things are done in that family, so that the visitors do not see the  weakness that existed in that family.

For the case of our new nation, it become contrary to South Sudanese and African cultural way of doing things.  People behaving in a way which shown that, South Sudanese people were not ready to receive the new nation, something’s our great grandfathers struggles to get for more than 100 years, but in vain.

We, this generation in South Sudan after getting our independent in 2011, I thought and I said, we are a blessed generation by achieving independent of our country, after our forefathers long period of time of struggles, but couldn’t make it.

When seeing things going this way after independent, I began asking myself, is this independent we were fighting for? Could it be a curse or blessing? But I did not have any answer up to now, because South Sudan seems to be like falling apart, because the future of this country is not clear after the December 2013 failed coup attempt.

I personally came convinced, and am even more convinced every day I see things going in different direction that, if something is not done to resolve the current crisis, then South Sudan will tear apart.

Did anybody learnt from our Hero Late Dr, John Garang about problem solving Technic? Was there no good learner among those and currently leaders who were in the busy? I thought Garang taught many of them on problem solving Technic and if there is none, then the chances of losing this nation are very high.

Given the current crisis and how it is being handled, I came to realized the reason why many people cried a lot when late Dr, John Garang died in Helicopter crash. Many people lost hope after Garang death that, there will be no what is so called South Sudan again, because many people had a belief that he was the only visionary person who can bring a total peace and freedom to this nation. And I am strongly agreed with those who had those beliefs.

Though, he did not brought the peace to the country alone, I came to believed that, if it was not him, there could have not been what is so called South Sudan today.

After his death, I came to believed that, Garang was the only one who was having eye to see among the leaders during the struggle, and to improve it, you can see what is currently happening in this country.

Whether you judge me wrong or rights, the truths must be said, the independent though we all celebrated in 2011 with happiness and proud to have achieved our mission, there are those among our currently leaders who were not ready and prepared to receive the new nation. In short, there is a prove that, majority of South Sudan people voted for separation unknowingly without knowing what it mean to have an independent state.

To conclude my point, I wanted to ask all the readers, was independent of South Sudan a co-incident or best choice from the people of South Sudan?

you can reach the author: Mabior Mading <mabior12345@gmail.com>

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.

There’s no peace without music: Jangjuol fight back with music

Posted: March 3, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Dennis Hodges

Jangjuol has “energized all music lovers and ethnicities and nations” since he been making music and his basement in 2006, but he is much more than just a basement sensation. Janguol was forced into war as a child solider at the age 7.  He, and many other South Sudanese child solider escape, but many of them died on the long journey to find refugee camp.

Sadly but true Jangjuol stop at nothing to reach a safe place for him and his fellow Sudanese brothers. While In the refugee camp Jangjuol received a blessing from an angle sponsorship. He later moved to the United State of America. It was there he found the passion and outlet for his past, through music.

Now after releasing his first album Tears of Freedom, Jangjuol is ready for a breakthrough. He doesn’t want just any breakthrough – he want a breakthrough as being himself, that’s singing in his native tongue (Nuer) and being a South Sudanese artist. He want to reach everyone in the South Sudanese, African community and around the globe.

He believe his music has a place in today’s African industry. “Why can’t a South Sudanese artist be a house hold name,” stated Jangjuol.  If there’s a place for an ex child solider from Sudan, Jangjuol want to be that person.

More Fact about him:

Jangjuol opened up for South Sudan’s most known artist Emmanuel Jal for his We want Peace tour, back in 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah. Janguol also performed for Salt Lake City World Refugee Day in 2014, where over 300 plus people came out to enjoy the event.

  Media Outlets;

Jangjuol has been in Atlanta’s own BEmagazine (Hip Hop, Urban and Style), where he was mention as the international artist of the month, in 2014.

He also traveled to Mpls. Mn, for an interview – where he reached and broke the record of most listeners.

 WHERE CAN YOU STAY CONNECTED? Below are the social media pages-

Instagram- Jangjuolofficial 

Facebook- Jangjuol 

YouTube- Jangjuol 

Link from his latest video http://youtu.be/Kib2mn0anvE

More info: 

Jangjuol stay in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He’s working on new album and videos.