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Mach Nhiany: The First South Sudanese Open Gay

Posted: March 10, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Editorials, PaanLuel Wël

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

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“It [homosexuality] is not in our character…it is not there and if anybody wants to import it to Sudan…it will always be condemned by everybody.” President Salva Kiir told Radio Netherland in 2010.

March 10, 2015 (SSB) —  Hot in Juba, which describes itself as the “first Junubin all round gossips website” has electrified South Sudanese on social media with a story of Mach Nhiany, dubbed the first South Sudan gay.

The story delved into the personal life of Mach, including the fact that he is living with his white boyfriend. And there are pictures too for the doubting Thomases.

As usually the case with such “juicy” stories among South Sudanese on social media, the news rapidly gains a life of its own on Facebook and twitter.

Apparently, Mach was exposed without his knowledge. Upon learning of the article on Hot in Juba, he went on his Facebook page to announce his intention to commit suicide for being exposed.

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Few hours later, it was reported that Mach Nhiany has been admitted into hospital, after he was rescued, found hanging on a rope in his bathroom by close friends who had been following him up and down all day long, following his post on Facebook.

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The Dinka and the wider South Sudanese community are shocked by the news of Mach’s sexual orientation. Most Africans have always maintain that homosexuality is a social phenomenal manufactured by the rich white men living in a decadence society.

This is not the first reported case of homosexuality among South Sudanese, however. As Majur Deng Nhial of Borglobe.com explained in his 2010 article “The invisible gays community in South Sudan”, there have been known cases of gay people among the Diaspora community:

The United States is the lawful nation where there is freedom of sexual orientation that benefited the long-time suffered brothers and sisters who had no choice of revealing their internal secrecies before coming here; surprisingly, four cases are frankly made known. Tracing back to their origins in South Sudan, Bor County in Jonglei State has two separate cases, one for a male and one case involves two females allegedly in a relationship. Duk County in Jonglei State has a male case and one male case from Rumbek in the Lake State. Dinka, the largest tribe in South Sudan held firmly by its traditional norms and customs now has individuals breaking records in the 21st century regarding homosexual history. Living in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, Kuma (not a real name) was a fashionable gentleman who loved to hangout with girls quite often. His voice box and walking style was of a female, but everybody else was sucking a thumb saying “Oh! he got all of them, all the girls” because he had a physical grace and beauty that attracted girls; that was a moment he wrestled with his true gender identity, but nobody paid attention until his arrival to the United State where he found liberty.

As most people heard of and comment on the social media, it became apparent that Mach has had “weird” social behaviors since childhood. Those who knew him in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya, say that Mach has been behaving like a girl and was fond of playing with girls rather than with boys.

For that, he was subjected to constant bullying by his age mates.

One of those people who knew Mach in Kenya is Elizabeth Kuch, who writes:

First and foremost, Mach-Tok was born that way. Those who knew him at a tender age knew that he was different kind of a boy. The word gay at that time wasn’t known but we knew something was different and people start calling him a girl. If his birth was uncultured, then blame God for creating him a girl trap in a man body. Mach Nhiany didn’t choose to be born that way. Mach didn’t create something he wasn’t originally is. He has a heart of a gold. He never bothered anyone but treat all with respect and love. We have straight guy who are destroying people lives making life in the universe a living hell, let’s focus on them but not Mach.

Indeed most of the people who are outraged by the revelation cite African culture and God, claiming that homosexuality is immoral because the biblical God created man and a woman, not two men or two women.

“What is a fun about it for a man to sway his butts in front of another man suggesting sexuality?” one asked.

Yet the same people cannot reconcile the fact that it is the same God who created everything in the universe, including Mach Nhiany and many other South Sudanese who are yet to come out.

“Even those who are not gays get killed daily in south Sudan.and we do not fear…we are here in hundreds .across all ten states, if we are not public does not means we are not here…..myself I am married to a senior military officer and a politician from Tirol who I really love and do love me. we know that our culture does not give a room for such engagement but and that’s why we do not go public” …commented one Deng Bol

Also, some argue that homosexuality is a western way of life, which is an abomination in African culture. Most of the South Sudanese who resettled in the West have always prided themselves that “we don’t have gays in Africa and particularly in Sudan.”

This is why Mach is considered a social outcast because it has proved them wrong, once and for all.

The condemnation of Mach based on morality betrayed the educational level of those who condemned him. Morality is a social construct, a social convention, which differs from generation to generation, epoch to epoch. There is nothing sacrosanct about it.

Others assert that homosexuality is a choice, which has no evolutionary justification. Yet, to think that homosexuality should have evolutionary justification is to presuppose that evolution has preordained purpose that is hardly the case.

To these people, heterosexuality is evolutionarily good because it begets other human beings while homosexuality begets none. However, what these people failed to comprehend is the fact that sentient beings are byproduct of a blind, purposeless process.

The universe doesn’t need the presence of a sentient being. Therefore, whether or not homosexuality does not seem to serve any particular evolutionary purpose is beside the point because evolution has no purpose and human beings are not the end goal of evolutionary process but rather indeterminate byproduct.

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Therefore, it is the sad case that we haven’t socially evolved enough to presuppose anything, which violate our localized experience. The white racist would haul insults on an African because a black skin is contrary to his localized experience of a white skin.

This is the same premise with homosexuality; just because most of our people are not exposed to such experiences make someone like Mach a social outcast. The education our people have received—from certificate all the way to the PhD level—is not adequate to solve political squabbling in Juba precisely because it is not good enough to tolerate differences of entrenched opinions.

The disease of absolute certainty in our convictions is destroying us. The same mindset fueling the conflict between Kiir’s and Riek’s camps is being manifest here against Mach Nhiany.

“We are right, you are wrong.”

Little wonder that the society of “homosexuals” is the most peaceful and prosperous ones while the society of “pure morality” is the most corrupt, and conflict-ridden ones.

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 Rust of Words ( a Novel )

Posted: March 10, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in David Aoloch
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By David Aoloch Bion

                 Chapter one 

At last, the killings stopped. All kinds of tragedies ended. No more bombs dropping from planes on innocent women, children in the rebel held areas. No more indiscriminate artillery shelling, rifle assault on cities, towns at government sides. No more ambushes, battles, raids in forests, mountains, hills, on roads and bridges across the province.

The Kingdom of Kush shakes the hands with rebels in the Province of Sudd. In the greenest olive ink, the two archenemies had washed the stain of blood in their palms after the two decade of negative propaganda, hatred, and bloodbath.  The leaders of the two sides gave the hopeful messages to reassure their people,

In gracing the ceremony, a poet wrote this stanza:

‘’The stem of war is cut.

The tied branches of peace are unfastened.

The nation is enjoying the shadow of peace’’

The Kingdom had willingly agreed to give the rebels the right of self-rule. This is to be followed by referendum after six years, the vote would determine whether the people in the province should secede, create new independent state or remain in the unification.

The news of peace broke out. The celebration began in the province where the rebels inhabited. The guns were fired in the air, trumpets blown, the dances performed, drum beaten, thanksgiving prayers were conducted in the temples. Millions of people had overwhelming, infinite laughter, they laughed until they fainted. One pregnant woman laughed until she miscarriages a five month old baby.  This fulfilled a prophecy that “by the time, we shall liberate our fatherland, some will die of laughter”.

During the war, the people in province had been eating the rust infected leaves of trees and drinking viral, bacterial contaminated water that caused malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, dementia and other mental illness like depression, madness.  On the other hand, the soldiers had been shockingly exposed to dust, blood, chemicals and all stenches in battlefield. Such circumstances created unspeakable impacts on the spectrum of life in the province.  These conditioning infuse social immorality, mental distortion and political corruption in heart of the society. The leaders made decision tinted with dim colours of fraud. All their actions were racketeering.

Above all, in the language spoken, there existed tremendous, indescribable, syphilitic Rust of Words in the intellect of everyone in this land of Big Udder.

In the bush, the Rebels had dropped their surnames, adopted the coded ones, the leader ciphered as the ‘’Uncle, the Aggrieved with all Justices’’.  The rest of leaders were referred as the ‘’Boys, the Living Martyrs’’. And slogan of the Movement was ‘’Death or our Right’’.  The names appeared in writing as Uncle, 1st  Boy, 2nd Boy, 3rd Boy, 4th Boy, 5th Boy, 13th Boy, and 17th Boy and so the sequence continues.

After, the war declared over, Uncle, the leader of the Rebels toured the province, he briefed the populace about the peace and it implementation. In one of the district of the war torn region, he gave a fascinating speech, he explained to them what he signed in the peace with His Majesty, he said:

“The life will change for the best. The life will be happiest within short time, from now, start to count days, weeks, months, years and exactly after ten years, from now, this province will succeed phenomenally like Japan after Second World War in science and technology. We shall not start where the world began 200 or 300 years ago, it is obsolete now in our situation. We shall begin in their present, advance stage of technology and science of the Western world”,

The crowd applauded a resounding clap of hands and ululation of women whirled up like elephant cry in distance forest.

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.

 


UN and USA Position on South Sudan Conflict is a Clear Writing on the Wall: President Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar must read the writing on the Wall

By Michael Mading Akueth, Panyagor, South Sudan

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March 10, 2015 (SSB) —   “In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote” Daniel 5:5

In the world peck order, USA is the most powerful nation that drives UN system all over the world and people who have contact with this organization can agree with my view. They had together brought down great leaders who do not necessary have problems with their citizens but because of their interest that drives them; they had deliberately killed and destroyed leaders with their nations without accountability.

In South Sudan conflict, the sanctions are approve for individuals whom they considered to be obstacles to the peace agreement. They have failed to study the dynamics of South Sudan conflict because the types of solutions they are trying to prescribe to South Sudan conflict are out of touch with realities.

I think no any leader who is a real nationalist who will not love to see his country in peace but the issues being debated during the peace talks are difficult to simply agree without proper study.

First, two armies proposal in the same nation under one government do not beat the logic of mere citizen. As one of the citizen in this country who is longing for peace; it leaves me with more questions than answers. Why should IGADs push for a proposal that does not solve a problem?

Where will country get the salary for these two huge armies? Who will be commanding them? How will they defend the state sovereignty? When are we going to build a conventional army if the two leaders set this precedent?

There are many questions that one still can ask on this proposal. This issue of armies raises a lot of questions about whether IGADs and its allies are really interested in bringing peace to the people South Sudan.

Second, Debts for warring parties are always consider being individual organization responsibilities and they could not be table on the peace talks as part of the issues to be resolved to bring peace to the suffering population in this Republic.

I know that most of the leaders who are now being involved in South Sudan peace negotiating process were part of the SPLM team who had successfully negotiated CPA with NCP in Naivasha, Kenya.

The debts were never part of the issues for peace agreement. The SPLM and NCP carried their own crosses of debts to Golgotha. We should not make life hard for anyone in this country due to unrealistic demand. As leaders in this Republic, I know you can surely find away later of paying those debts which both parties have incurred this senseless war but as per now please bring peace to this nation.

Other issues like government structure, parliament representation ratio and wealth sharing are things that you can find amicable solution and probably strike a deal.

When I was young in the rural village of Bor and I was always moving with my father to their place of elders. Though I could sit at a distance to avoid listening to elders talks I always come nearer when the voices are raised and there are signs of disagreement.

The reason for being with him is that I want to defend my father and protect him if there is any real threat to his life though my assistance could add no substantial impact but I have to provide it anyway.

This is what I’m doing today to the two principles President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek to read the writing on the Wall. The USA and UN have joined their powers to finish you. You have a choice to make either to voluntarily compromise and make your own agreement or wait for the agreement which will be imposed on you and the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan which you will have less chance to amend.

I think it is good sometime to understand how the World works and how they build their cases against big targets; this is what is illustrated below by Fidel Castro when he was once a targeted of the super powers;

“There is often talk of human rights, but it is also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? – Fidel Castro’s message to the UN General Assembly, 1979”

USA and UN often identify an issue which will justified their action to crucify any leader in the world whom they think is working against their interests. In 1979, Fidel Castro addressed the UN general assembly where he criticized the theory of “human right supremacy over right of humanity” he told the assembly that you are hypocrite; you like talking about human rights and you deliberately denied the right of humanity.

According to the AU reports, the two big World mercenaries are building cases of human rights violation as tools to fix President Salva and Dr. Riek. They want to hold them accountable for the sins of their forces.

The history has shown that most of the World leaders whom the UN and USA united their powers against them did not survive the conspiracy; they end up in jail or killed. These should be avoided by all cost by both the leaders of this Republic and make serious compromise for peace agreement.

We, as citizens of this country do not want our country to be the next Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Somalia. We seriously don’t need the anarchy and lawlessness to be the order in our land. The leaders of the above countries were humiliated and force out of power and thrown into jail and some were eventually killed. We want you as our leaders to agree and bring peace to us in a golden plate.

Please read the writing on the wall; the World is turning against you day by day including your friends. You must know that your best friends are now being provided with reasons to join the conspiracy to fix you.

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.


By Kur Wel Kur, Australia

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March 10, 2015 (SSB) —  On December 15, 2013, my daughter was two weeks out of the hospital…

Four months down in her pregnancy, the mother of my daughters, Aluong Alier, visited her doctor for her normal antenatal check-ups at 11.00 a.m., on September 20, 2013, after the nurse took the samples of her blood and urine the week before. The doctor stared into her face, a face, which was a bit swollen.

The doctor asked her, “Do you experience some pain below the ribs? “

“Sometimes especially at night” she answered.

“Ms Kur (her family name not mine), the tests showed signs of pre-eclampsia, a fatal condition of abnormal pregnancy, which is characterised by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of hands, feet and face!”

“I know in your records that you had it during your first pregnancy, but it came late (after 7 months) and not serious then, but this time, it came early and in a full turn”.

“So what will happen?” She asked.

“You will stay in the hospital so the nurses can  look after you” He prompted.

Aluong objected and asked the doctor so she could go home for a day. The doctor reluctantly allowed her and cautioned her to come back!

The phone call and the hospitalisation

She called to the hospital on the 20 of September, 2013, for an appointment because she was complaining of abdominal pain  and some pain below the ribs, which kept her awake all night and her feet fattened (swollen) badly.

The doctors and nurses at Maternity department in Lyell McEwen (a small hospital with a few doctors and nurses) transferred her to Adelaide women and children’s hospital, the oldest and bigger hospital because Lyell McEwen is not suitable for foetuses under six months. In Adelaide women and children’s hospital, the RNs monitored the blood pressure and the baby’ s breathing

Our visits: My elder daughter and I

We used to visit her mum at women and children’ s hospital three times a week. My daughter hated every minute she spent leaving her mum; she would glue herself to her mum’s hospital bed, which she let go, after strings of promises.

” I am taking you to the park for a walk; or we are going to buy lollipops at the vending machine”, I would entice her. What killed me sometimes was her mum crying when she saw our daughter not willing to leave!

Aluong, One month later in the hospital.

RN (a registered nurse), explained to us, “As you may have heard from your GP, the effects of pre-eclampsia are: The blood-flow to the placenta becomes sluggish. As a result, the oxygen and nutrients are restricted so the baby could starve to death or become underweight”.

“For these reasons, your baby will be delivered prematurely”.

“If we can’t act now, Pre-eclamsia will cause abruptio placentae, a condition in which, the placenta separates from uterine wall”. She advised us.

The theatre, the cesarean birth and the fear

The RN transferred Aluong to the theatre for cesarean birth.

In a theatre, which was full of different and complicated machines. Some of the machines were hissing, some were beeping and some were making indescribable sounds. A surgeon in his late sixties with his team of assistants, the Anesthesiologist, the neonatal carers and I,  assembled in the theatre. The nurse told me to sit on a chair in front of Aluong.

” You can talk to her or hold her hand,” the nurse told me.

However, I sat there like a lifeless and deactivated robot. The fear crumbled the inside of me; the fear of the valley of death. She would smile to cheer me up instead of me supporting her psychologically, but my sadness, bitterness and fear disarmed me of my consciousness.

As the surgeon was doing what he does best, he was also chatting with his assistants, which assured me of my daughter and her mother’s safety. I surfed the world in million of thoughts but I would drift back to listen to the surgeons’ conversations.

The surgeon finished the cesarean and my daughter was delivered with the weight of 930 grams at 3:15 on 2.10.2013! She was tiny to the point that I couldn’t help looking away in disappointment.

She twisted her dot mouth to let out the anger; the anger of the unknown, noisy and unfair world. She cried as the team of neonatologists wrapped her with baby towels and plugged the oxygen tube on her mouth and nose.

Visitors: Awan spent a month and half in an incubator and in the intensive care ward.

Visitors: my nieces, Yaro Garang de Mathiang and Ayak Lith Wel.

They Visited Awan. Awan’ s size and weight shocked them. My nieces, especially Yaro Garang talked to me about how Awan, being so tiny, that she wouldn’t handle it (the psychological pressure) if she were the mother!

I would force some words out to keep the conversation going, and pretended that the situation was normal but I was flooding my soul with rivers of tears. Psychologically, I was in pieces.

Awan spent a month in an incubator and in the intensive care ward.

My daughter remained in hospital and doctors discharged her mother on October 8, 2013. In developed countries like Australia, kids of her weights and ages receive special services.

My daughter had three specialised nurses that took turns in looking after her every 8 hours. The nurse on duty recorded her sleeping and waking times, feedings, medications and supplements.

The doctor discharged Awan on 22.11.2013.

Why peace matters!

I know deep in my heart that the story of my daughter shouldn’t concern you, but I am aiming for your empathy; especially you, those in the western countries, countries in which, you’re enjoying hundreds of years of peace and exponential growth in development in every corner of your life; be it health, wealth (economy), education, security (military might) or spiritual (freedom of religion).

Your support boosts the war morale. I wrote my daughter’s story for you because, if you want a game dead, then don’t kill the coach, discourage the fans/spectators. Or you love the business dead, then don’t kill the business owner, demoralise the customers. The same principle applies to the war.

Assume, my daughter was delivered in Bentiu’s, Malakal’s or Bor’s hospital, then her follow-ups treatments hadn’t been possible, treatments, which were essential to her normal growth and life.

Do I have to tell you what happened to those hospitals and patients in them?

I hope you pretty know…

Please increase your empathy for the victims of South Sudan’s war. I took courage to write this story in this tone not because I am a coward or neutral, but because my child is alive today because of the peace and development in this country (Australia). Please if you reside in a peaceful and developed country or any of your family members has received a miracle of a peaceful and developed country, please don’t support the war.

Please support the peace because war is an enemy of peace and unity; unity allows us to do the followings:

In Peace and Unity, we build. In Peace and Unity, we cultivate. In Peace and Unity, our children go to school. In Peace and Unity, we travel (tour). In Peace and Unity, we run legitimate businesses.

Be ambassadors of Peace and Unity, you in the Western countries!

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.


By Gai Deng Biar, Nairobi, Kenya

The Red Army Foundation, Juba

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March 10, 2015 (SSB) —  At the last sentence of the part one of the above title, the author requested all readers to be ready for part two on whether the author and the readers will approve or disapprove the question regarding the Red Army’s vision and here its continues.

The war of liberation was not an easy battle, however it was strongly led by Black Army/jesh Athuot but was not enough and therefore there was need for Red Army.

The red Army comprises of Koryom battalion’s red Army which was sent to Cuba, a communist highland which opposed to the American capitalist. Their differences led to lack of support by America toward SPLA/M formation in 1983. This category of Red Army members were resettled to Canada in order to fully achieve their vision of thirst for education.

The second red Army in their ten of thousands who settled in Ethiopia were trained militarily to be able to defense themselves in case of any attacks, the older members were dispatched to the frontline as SPLA/M ran out of manpower, this group was named as Majak Agot Atem’s Red Army with most of them fighting in Kurmuk and later on , fought with Riek Machar’s forces in 1991 in Jalle payam of the present day Bor county.

Two years later, after the 20, 000 members of Red Army were fully settled in Ethiopia, the same SPLA/M leadership applied the same approach and mobilized second batch of children in 1989 and were resettled at the Ethiopia border with Sudan at a camp known as Dimo, it continues where another camp was set up within Sudan at Polataka in Eastern Equatoria.

The author was told by one of the teachers that when uprising in Ethiopia started that toppled the government of the communist leader Magistu, Riek machar proposed to late John Garang that the red Army members to be relocated to Eastern Upper nile region but Garang and president Salva Kiir opposed the proposal.

This might have been the work of God not to let the children cross over to an area which later been controlled by Riek machar when defected from SPLA/M, it would have been a disaster if the proposal was approved.

Both Red armies in two Ethiopia camps were converged together and dispatched to the Kenyan border known as kakuma Refugee camp which had become a paradise for all the victims of the wars in Sudan.

The last red Army group was paradoxically named as utensils Red Army, meaning those who left their home areas with their parents and have not put up with any suffering encountered by the above groups of red army.

In kakuma Refugee camp, there was full humanitarian agencies control and SPLA/M leadership did not have upper hand in the management of the Red Army. This helps the Red Army members to join free primary education.

They joined in massive numbers and they slowly relised why they were taken away from their parents.Five years later, the humanitarian resettlement to abroad started with the minors and took three years to take effect.

The author is here nearly approving the title inform of question because when most of the red Amy were settled in USA, Canada, Australia, Norway among others they prioritized education. Remember the dream was that one day SPLA/M will achieve freedom no matter how long it will takes, but will lack Human capital.

Those members of Red Army who went abroad achieved the highest education, for example PhD, master and bachelor degrees in different disciplines.

Whilst those who did not get opportunity to go abroad, got the same education in neighboring countries. This can be attested by number of red army members who are currently occupying the private and public sectors offices at different capacities.

I will not conclude my approval of the question without introducing to the honorable readers what God who initiated the idea has done to the members of Red army.

We are all aware that the SPLA/M movement was headed by Dr. John Garang but remember the spiritual wing of the movement was led by Rtd Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth who almost share the Red army members equally with military leaders.

Bishop Grang spread the good news of Jesus Christ alongside Garang de Mabior who was spreading good news of liberation to the same members.

At this critical time, some of Red army members pray for peace to prevails in South Sudan, most of them had been consecrated as bishops of diocese of Northern Bara el gazal, Diocese of Awenrial in Lake state, Bishop of malek diocese in Bor county, bishop of Athooch in Bor county, bishop of diocese of Kongor in twic east county, bishop of diocese of Duk in Duk county, bishop of Ayod diocese in Ayod county and assistant bishop of diocese of Abyei.

Politically, members of red Army played their cards through intellects which gave them an upper limits to ascent to political climax. For example the state minister for education of Northern Bhara el gazal, Jonglei state city mayor, county commissioners of Bor and Duk counties to name a few are members of the Red Army.

It is a motivational tool to the rest of Red Army cadres to clap and sheer to their colleagues when they address the public during public gathering.

Contrary, the old guards always blame the members of Red Army for not respecting their colleagues who are occupying the constitutional positions.

This quest for power by the red Army members linked to the participation in the ongoing rebellion, some members solely joined and formed unholy alliances with rebels that will spur them to gains constitutional positions should rebels have succeeded in toppling the government, they would have ascent to power like their colleagues who are enjoying legally awarded positions due to their loyalty to the appointing authorities and the aggressiveness to deliver basics to the needy.

The author, therefore approve that the Red Army’s vision has been achieved, but partially. My approval definitely changed the Title, “ HAS THE RED ARMY’S VISION BEEN ACHIEVED?” To the role of Red Army in Sudan and South Sudan’s crisis, featuring lost boys/girls.

Author is a supporter of government of president Salva Kiir, constitutional fearing citizen and an incoming financial analyst/commentator, he can be reached at gabrielbiar39@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.