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Madam Ayen Mayaardit: Message Marking the International Women Day in Juba

Posted: March 8, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Speeches

Presented by Mary Ayen Mayardit, First Lady of South Sudan, Juba
Today 8th March, on the heels of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women, the international Women’s day, gives us an opportunity to create a strategic moment to reflect on and celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide as well as put a spot light on the challenges and strategies to overcome them.
The recommendations and declaration from the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action At the 59thSession of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) offers us an exceptional prospect to meaningfully contribute to gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and the realization of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls throughout our life cycle.
The 2015 priority area for OAFLA and HLTF is to work towards’’ ending AIDS by 2030 as well as improve women and young girl’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights” complementing the African Union’s priority area of 2015 which is ‘’ Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063’’.
This is the time to remind ourselves that Women and girls still continue to suffer disproportionately from poor health. Many girls and young women in Africa still do not have access to education or have higher dropout rates. Particularly adolescent girls are forced to leave school because of marriage at a young age and as a result are victims of gender-based violence, early pregnancies, sexual exploitation, unsafe abortion and the resulting risks for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Their future is therefore jeopardized in many ways, which remains a major challenge in achieving higher education levels and economic development in Africa.
Evidence shows that support to women leads to improved health status and increased income levels in both households and communities resulting in economic development. The fact that our governments and communities are facing challenges to address gender based violence is undermining African and global development goals for Girl Child Education; HIV, Sexual reproductive health, Maternal and Child Health, Cervical Cancer, and Mental Health of Women amongst other health issues – and undermining Women’s Economic Empowerment, Political Representation, and overall Poverty Reduction.
African First Ladies members of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), working jointly with the High Level Task Force on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV have shown a strong commitment towards the achievement of gender equality and Women empowerment in all spheres.
I would like to point out four challenges that women and children face in our continent that need the urgent attention of our people, governments, and the regional and international development communities.
  • Ending AIDS BY 2030 In 2013, almost 60% of new HIV infections among young people (15–24 years) occurred among adolescent girls and young women. Every hour, 50 young women are newly infected with HIV predominantly through sexual transmission. The end of AIDS will only happen if we focus on transformative and innovative interventions for young women and girls. Country challenges and recommended actions (including pediatric HIV treatment)
  •  Elimination of Mother to Child transmission of HIV In 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa had 2.9 million children living with HIV, 2 million of them in Eastern and Southern Africa. Out of the 210,000 new infections among children in Sub Saharan Africa 120,000 children were in Eastern and Southern Africa. That notwithstanding due to the concerted efforts globally, regionally and nationally, Africa has seen a tremendous decrease in new infections among babies from 2005 and seems to be on the right trajectory to reach the elimination targets for 2015. However, to completely eliminate new infections among babies by 2030 we still need to ensure all HIV positive mothers have access to health care services including Treatment for HIV and AIDS.
  • Country challenges and recommended actions (including pediatric HIV treatment Availability of youth friendly services for evidence based, tenderized sexual reproductive health information and services coupled with deeply ingrained socio-cultural issues that often increase the vulnerability of girls and women. Involvement of traditional leaders and faith-based organs in addressing gender and negative socio-cultural matters is key.
  • Cervical cancer Women living with HIV face a heightened risk of cervical cancer – 4th commonest cancer. Majority of the global burden(around!85%)occurs in resource poor settings East Africa 43% Southern Africa 32%., Middle/Central Africa 31% and West Africa 29%. Women living with HIV face a heightened risk of cervical cancer.
Gender based Violence
In 2015 we are reminded of the fact that … 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – for Gender Equality; 15 years of Millennium Development Goals; 10 years after the entering into force of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights – on the Rights of Women in Africa , Over 30 years in the HIV epidemic and; 5 years into the AU African Women’s Decade 2010-2020:Epidemic levels of violence against girls and women – the most stark, blatant, brutal, unambiguous and dis-empowering manifestation of gender inequality – has not been eradicated – but rather institutionalized, and profoundly entrenched across Africa.
There is urgent need to address gender inequality which is the root cause of GBV, bearing in mind that GBV is a cause and consequence of HIV as likewise, HIV is a cause and consequence of GBV.
Country challenges and recommended actions:
While women generally know that abusive environment is detrimental to own and family health, girls have less neither knowledge nor do they know where to access remedial action. The police gender desks that are now a feature in all police stations of Tanzania help in having police officers who have been sensitized to recognize, and investigate GBV as well as refer to the nearest service point.
Early Child Marriage
Over 67 million women (20-24 year old) in 2012 had been married as girls, one-fifth in Africa. In the next decade 14.2 million girls under 18 years will be married every year; that is 39,000 girls married each day. 15 out of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa. 39% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before their 18th birthday; 13% are married by their 15th birthday.
There is no THEM Only US. Let’s work together to meaningfully contribute to gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and the realization of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls throughout our life cycle.

The Rust of Words ( a Novel )

Posted: March 8, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in David Aoloch

 By David Aoloch Bion 

Synopsis of the book 

The Rust of Words is the story of reforms and transformation from bad governance to good governance in the Republic of Sudd. It is the story of poet James Majok  , who inspired  Uncle Josef , the Chief Servant of the  Republic ,   to reform and transform  his corrupted, dysfunctional system of governance.

Billions of dollars from oil revenues were stolen by 75 servants from public funds in the period of six years.

As the result of such embezzlement of fund, there were no roads, schools, hospitals across the country. Worse of, the country imported food from neighbouring countries.

An inspiration of reform comes to Uncle Josef, when Majok reads the poem on the 7th anniversary of independence. The poem indicted Uncle Josef and his Administration  

In his response to the poem, Uncle Josef begins the needed reforms. In the series of reforms, the corrupt ministers in the government were arrested, tried and executed for corruption.

Uncle Josef justified his action by saying he was following what is written in the book , a book  which was not seen by anyone since it publication but he  harangues  that every citizen must read  it .

In order to purified the rusted thought of the people.  He formed a committee of 600 intellectuals, led by the state Philosopher Peter Gatluak, to modify the language, they invent new words to purify the language in order to purify the thought of the people  and many rusted words in the language were destroyed.

70 years later, after the radical reforms, the society becomes just, prosperous. There was no man or woman committing a crime,

As the result, the Republic abolished department of police and the faculties of Law at all Universities across the country because they become irrelevant in the just society.

 By David Aoloch Bion

African Union  Commission of Inquiry into South Sudan crisis (AUCISS) was set up to investigate the crimes commit by  both sides in conflict from December 15 , 2013  to date in the country , it was to investigate ‘’ what Dinka have done?’’  and ‘’ what Nuer have done ?’’ . And then present it findings to the panel of experts or jurists  to decide, who is wrong? Who is right?

However , the AUCISS has committed  two gravest mistakes . First,  it presented one side of the story of atrocities , secondly , it turned itself into criminal court by passing a sealed verdict .

In legalese jargon , Sealed Verdict ‘’ is a decision of a jury when there is a delay in announcing the result , such as awaiting for  a judge , the parties and attorneys to come back to court . The verdict is kept in a sealed envelope until handed to the judge when court reconvened ’’.

AU Commission of Inquiry has presented Nuer side of the story and has thrown out Dinka side of the story . it has  emphasized  only Nuer side of the story , which is victim side of the story and thrown out , the villain side of the story , which is the Dinka side of the story . The Commission quoted four Nuer survivors and have not quoted a single Dinka survivor. And the following are four Nuer survivors in the REPORT

‘’It was intense and brutal, and targeted specific groups: only Nuer in Juba’’ said the first Nuer survivor

‘’The violence in Juba targeted one nationality, the Nuer. Those who survived either fled the town by motorized transport, or those who ran on foot to the UNMISS compound’’ said the second Nuer survivor

‘’the killings took place in Nuer residential areas, as a house to house operation. Juba is settled along ethnic lines, and the killings took place in Nuer residential areas, as a house to house operation. One of its survivors narrated the mass killing of 307 persons: “On 16 December, after the fighting in the army stopped, they came house to house to collect and kill. I and three brother were pulled out of the house and taken to the barracks. They put us in a container. Eleven died of suffocation in the container. There were three windows, tiny, but no wind. We were so many we could not sit; we had to stand – the whole day until the night. We heard gun shots all day. They would push people into the container the whole day. 10 at night, they started shooting through the windows that were bringing some oxygen. Then they opened the door and start shooting. It was continuous shooting until all fall down. They opened the door, lit a torch; if they saw you breathing they would shoot. If someone starts crying, they would come back and shoot. This happened four times. There was one boy who we advised to lie still, he ran, got to the door, touched it, it made a sound, and he was killed. Two others were injured in the container, but not dead. Three managed to escape’’. Said third Nuer survivor .

‘’The violence ethnically cleansed the city of Juba of its Nuer population’’ said fourth Nuer survivor .

Here , the Commission gave detailed accounts of what happened to Nuer in Juba .

Then questions are . Where are the testimonies from Dinka survivors ?  where are the testimonies of Dinka , who ran  from Baliet to Maluth ? or were there was no one killed ? Where are the testimonies of Dinka who ran from Bor to Guolyar ? or  were there no one killed ? Where are the testimonies of Dinka who survivor in Akobo when two UN Indian peacekeepers were killed  ? where are the testimonies from Dinka women and children who were rescued by Nuer Colonel Padeng at Unity Oilfields in Unity State  , after half of them were  cut to death by pangas and knife .????

The fact that the Commission skipped the Dinka side of the conflict is an indication. it is politicized one  , If it were not politicize Commission , it would have given both sides of story , the Nuer side , the Dinka side .

The whole report is hearsay and concocted because , the Commission has not interviewed any Nuer but complied it reports from NEGATIVE JOURNALISM from Miraya FM , Sudan Tribune , Nyamilepaedia and facebook.

If it actually interviewed any Nuer why has it not interviewed single Dinka survivor? . if it did ,  then it would have interviewed Dinka and there would have been Dinka testimonies too .

it has turned itself into court , if it were An Inquiry , it would have produced both , Dinka and Nuer , then it would have been to the Jury to decide , who is wrong or right ?

The Commission has turned itself into a  Tribunal Court ,the  Complaint is Nuer , The Accused is President Kiir , Malong Awan , Amrose Riing Thiik ,  Bol Madut,  the unnamed civilian Major General  and Dinka elements .

The witnesses are Hilda Johnson,  James Hoth , Peter Nyaba , Mach Paul , Pieng Deng  , Dr Majak Agot  and Dr Riek Machar .

All these witnesses have testified that President Kiir and Malong Awn , recruited Rescue the President Unit   among Dinka  from Warrap and Aweil in 2012 and in 2013 the Rescue the President Unit killed Nuer under the Commander of  Maj .Gen Bol Akot and Unnamed Major General .

If it were not a court but a Commission, we would have heard other side of the story.

With the above evidences, the Commission Report is sealed guilty verdict awaiting the Judges and read it to the criminals, whether it is death sentence or life sentence, we shall wait to see .

In the court fair hearing OR  Inquiry, all sides are given chances to testify or to give their sides of the case before  final judgment, or final verdict is decided by the judge. This did not happen. Because ,there are two opposing theories surrounding massacres in South Sudan . There are those who claim a massacre took place in a house to house search of Nuer tribe  and there are those who claim there  was no house to house search of Nuer , only there was a killing of some civilian in  a cross fire .

Where is the cross fire KILLINGS  claims in the report? it it were a partial or neutral  Commission . we all read what Kiir and his men did . Where are what Riek and his men did? Hearsay and lies will not solve any problem in South Sudan. Mark My Words.


John Luk Jok: The Judas Iscariot of South Sudan!

Posted: March 8, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers

John Luk is Judas Iscariot of South Sudan!

By Peter Gai Manyuon

Minister John Luk at press conference in Juba, 7 April 2011

Minister John Luk at press conference in Juba, 7 April 2011

John Luk Jok is a South Sudanese politician, a Member of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM/SPLA). He is the former Minister of Justice in the Cabinet of South Sudan. He was appointed to that position on 10 July 2011 and was sacked in July 2013. More interestingly, according to some people within South Sudan, they assumed that John Luk is a graduate with Bachelor Degree of Law from Khartoum University and obtained another Postgraduate Certificate in Petroleum respectively.

Absolutely, John Luk Manipulated the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 and he is the problematic figure in South Sudan conflict. The Genesis of South Sudan current civil war is caused by former Minister John Luk Jok. Constitutional crisis of the Republic of South Sudan is the root cause of the current civil war.

The Constitution of 2011 replaced the existing 2005 Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan. The constitution establishes a presidential system of government headed by a President who is Head of State, Head of Government, and the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

Where will you find on earth powers are given to one person? Who can deny that John Luk is parasite and useless human being?

All intellectuals in South Sudan and globally were aware about the plans between John Luk and President Salva Kiir in 2011. There is no way that could bring conflict in South Sudan if John Luk did not participate/manipulate directly. He (Luk) is the problematic, instigator of all the current killings in the entire country of South Sudan. World must know that the genesis of 2013 crisis in Juba was as a result of “one man made constitution” not people document. John Luk must be the first person to answer questions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the peace is achieved.

Interestingly, John Luk is the only man who works for his interest not South Sudanese citizen’s wishes. The Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011, is a document that shall haunt former Justice John Luk Jok in all his life, because he knows that it is a bad document that never gives South Sudanese people hope or aspirations. More so, the recent crisis is being caused by the Constitution of South Sudan 2011. What kind of Lawyer is John Luk in South Sudan Context?

Am very confused some times of the current mess caused by one gentleman. As a lawyer he is aware of the so many fenestrations that a common man can easily spot without strain. It is not true that Justice John Luk is not aware about the worthlessness of the document and its future negative connotations on the new state and the people.

Hence most of the South Sudanese People begin to feel that Luk Jok has turned into a gold digger and want to secure his position at the expense of the nation by appeasing Salva Kiir and his clique and giving an iron rod to the Emperor to torture the poor people of the South Sudan who never enjoyed peace dividends since the signing of Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. What a shame to John Luk?

The theory is that Luk Jok wants to punish the people of the South for failing him in April elections 2010 where he was defeated by Taban Juc who became the Member of the Parliament representing Akobo East in South Sudan National Assembly. The third theory was that Luk Jok wants to come closer to Salva Kiir so that he could be in Mayardit government for long time; which did not succeed and eventually he (Luk) was arrested for some time in Juba after he was accused with his friend of plotting a fail coup in December 2013.

In other highlights, South Sudan former justice minister John Luk Jok appeared before the country’s upper house – the Council of States – on 25th of June 2013 to clarify on the legality of the Lakes state’s governor’s tenure. And in his 16-page document presented before the Council of States members. He (Luk) insisted that President Salva Kiir had not violated any article of the Constitution since he acted on powers vested upon him by the law.

The former justice minister told lawmakers that there had been no violation of the Constitution, adding that the caretaker governor of Lakes State was being kept in the position based on a “doctrine” of necessity. Now who can deny John Luk Jok of not being behind the crisis of South Sudan?

In 2014, South Sudan’s former justice minister, John Luk Jok, says he regrets his role in drafting the current Transitional Constitution 2011, which he says gives the president excessive powers.

He asked South Sudanese citizens to forgive him for the role he played in drafting and passing of the Transitional Constitution, which he described as the “unpopular” supreme law of the land. In fact , what is logic on all those statements from John Luk?

John Luk is known as a small Lawyer that, do not think about the lives of his people. Very regrettable indeed!

I will not forget John Lok from all these messes going on in South Sudan!

The author is Independent Journalist and Columnist who has written extensively on issues of Democratization processes and Human Rights in South Sudan. He is currently doing his Second Master Degree in Public Relations and Media Management in the Republic of Uganda-Kampala. Follow him on


By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Today is the 8th of March, It is International Women Day. On this day I do not only want to thank radical feminists for their campaign against sex slavery, I do not wish to thank only the liberal feminists who have and continue to campaign for women’s right to vote, equal pay at work and consideration in high ranking job in the government, businesses, military and all professions.

I do not only wish to thanks social and marxist feminists who denounced prostitution as mean to exploit women’s bodies, who campaign for equal share of domestic work and childcare between men and women and who for the first time considered and acknowledged the impact of cultural and social norms to women. I do not wish to only thank cultural feminists who powerfully believes that the different between women and men lies in psychological beliefs but not in the biological innate.

I extended my thank you message but not only to the great postmodern feminists who have acknowledged and ruled out the impact of colonialism on women of colour and preach the argument that colonialism exposed them to racism, ethnic conflicts as well as economic and political grievances.

But I also want to thank the very first women who brought to the public attention the underlying issues of gender inequality, the perceptions, the stereotypes that has overshadowed the woman’s status in all corners of the world. Who have written many powerful books that are today read and conceptualise around the globe. I thank feminism scholars: Betty Friedan of “Feminine Mystique” who at first “sparked the second-wave of the Women’s Movement in the United States” and who more than any other scholar introduced variety of issues surrounding gender in an expandable way that brings sexuality and reproductive right into gender discussion. I also want to thank Eve Ensler, the author of “The vagina Monologues” and Simone de Beauvoir whom their writing had focused so much on issues that were entirely ignored and remains unseen by other feminists and whose effort brought upon discussion over “sex to menstruation, birth, rape, and female genital mutilation”

Feminism as the only theory that focuses on women suffered severe breakdown and backlashes. It’s significances are not appreciated or accepted  rather opted to protest against. There is observed mistreatment of the theory itself in academic world of which academicians focuses on its breakages. Feminism started as one theory and just like other political theories of liberalism and realism grow branches. Instead of naming its branches with names such as that of neo-realism or neo-liberalism, branches of feminism are sees and argue to be different types rather of different branches in order to make it appears as theory of rivalry and misunderstanding.

Although many of its tenets are uses in daily basis by both men and women in business, in politics, in economy, in science and many other academic professions and whom ideas are use to form system of government, business strategies and course structures, feminism has yet succeed in changing society behaviours against women. Regardless of the contribution made by all feminists in government and small business, their work has continue to be underestimated and often not talk about like the speeches of President Obama, of Benjamin Natanyahu and of Iran and France presidents.

Yesterday was the 7th of March, the day that comes before International Women’s Day that is recognised and made public holiday in countries such as China. I observe Tv Channels, Radios, online magazines and social media, 98% of these digital instrumental devices appear to be optimistic in mentioning the importance of the day coming a head, the 8th of March considered globally as International’s Women’s day and at this year marking the 24th annual international women’s day. Their silence does not only portray how inconsiderate our society could be but also showcase how days that are important to women are not taken too seriously starting from personal level, to businesses, government sectors and academic institutions. Twenty four years from today, International Women’s day is not yet to be made public holiday in countries like Ukraine and Russia.

Non of the above mentioned countries has extended an observed appreciations to the significants changes and impacts that women brought upon to the professionally peaceful coexistence of male and female gender. Scientist cannot deny using feminists ideas of fertility control pills, politicians cannot deny using women’ ideas in politic, in foreign policy and even in military strategies. Business people cannot deny the contributing impact and the role women has played in their success yet not all men in all global societies are considerately celebrating this important day in women’s calendar.

Yesterday I had to send three executive emotional signals to my “Boyfriend” before I send him physical message bringing to his attention that tomorrow is International Women’s Day. My action comes amid his high interest in the so called AU (African Union) report on South Sudan conflict which I saw as an act of underestimation. Women do not only feel undervalued in political positions, businesses and academic professions but entirely on family, social and cultural institutions. The silence and acceptation of force and early child marriages in Africa, women genitals cut and lack of freedom of choice in Middle Eastern countries and domestic violence, rape and murdering of women in western countries is threatening to the life of women globally.

Men in power in Western countries sees it as human behaviour commit by criminals within the society instead of seeing it as men of taking advantages of women physical vulnerabilities. Priests, pastors and Imams in African and Middle Eastern Churches and Mosques claims it as Bible and Quran teaching while traditionalised elders believe it to be culturally acceptable.

For these cruel and ignorant practices I do not only wish to thank the great women who have successfully done well in bringing issues of gender to light, not my great heroins who came up at the very first place with the idea of feminism that have today brought the widow of air to all women or the brilliant academicians who have written many historical books that will continue to serve as a reminder to gender inequality in all aspects. But to the brave women in middle East who are emotionally and psychologically fighting cultural and religious war on women, the innocent women in Africa who are serving jail term of lack of awareness, empowerment and illiteracy and to the women In Asia and Western countries who have equipped themselves with all possible skills to be reward with top job and equal pay yet they are being deny the opportunity because of gender. It takes woman’s bravery to be physically, emotionally and psychologically assault yet strongly continue to survive with unfading scares as important member of society.

The inner bravery of women who are looking after their children without their husbands, of women that are physically abuse, rape, murder in cold blood, of women whom genitals are cut, whom clitoris and their female apples sewed and sealed in expense of serving men with female impurity. The bravery of African women who are victims of men-initiated wars, whose rape and murder  cases are use as tactical weapons and their killings to justify military victory. The innocent and illiterate women whom their rights are taken advantage of because they are not aware if they exists, whom opportunities are taken because they cannot have them is what this day represent.

My heartfelt thanks to the young girls in African countries who are icons of humanity, those little girls who have accepted to be married off so their brothers can go to school or get married, who sees through financial hardship of their families and opt for dowry exchanged and to all women in all corners whom their form of sufferings is yet to be discover.

Today is not only about celebration of women achievements as claim by those who thought they have correctly put it. It is celebration of women’s bravery, of women’s courage, of women’s compassion, of intelligence, of women’s faith in change and willingness to accept and lives by and with. There are so many parts of gender issues that women will continue to fight for equality but there are more corners in the world that women need to be culturally, religiously and socially liberated. It is my faith and of all women faith that the upcoming generation of women be prepared for these. Each female child born today is born to the debt of long to do lists.

They must be told, through education they must be taught how to make changes starting on their backyard to the backyards of woman sleeping on the road side, the one being gang rape and  the silenced one whose suffering is not yet known. The list is long but it is not killing to say women have done much of it. May this day brings realisation of women’s potentials, dreams and talent and the skills that they need to continue enjoy their living as women of today’s world. Happy International Women’s Day to all women, rich and poor, independent and dependents, to all mothers and sisters and to all aunts. #Bewoman!Servewomen.