Archive for March 30, 2015


By Mamer Deng Jur, Australia

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia

March 30, 2015 (SSB)  —   Many people in my community claimed to be everything or to know everything. But anyone has to understand that they are ‘jack – of – all trade wheels – dealers’. Whatever they want themselves to be.

But I do have a belief that a ‘worse human being of all is a coward human’. Coward human is the worse enemy of any functioning community in the world.

Coward persons are easily spotted among the majority.Because they are always less confident when they talk, and many of them like very much to gossip a lot. In addition, they are bunch of liars.

A ‘poor planned wrestling activity’ had cost one person dearly: a historic wrestling day in Australia became unlucky day for one participant, Zico Bol Makuach Jok.

On 2ndof March 2015, I received a phone call from Bol Makuach Jok. He curiously informed me that, ‘he was wondering if I would be able to accompany him to his scheduled appointment with a legal specialist’. Which was going to take place on 13thof March 2015.

I was very pleased. Even though, I was really busy with other automatic life scheduled activities. Nowadays, people are badly enslaved by living. First, money is controlling every single aspect of life, especially when you are living in highly developed Western countries. Secondly, being a new arrival in the country is not an easy thing.

That day, I had to abandon some things; I was supposed to do. I did it for Mr. Jok, because he is a good bloke. I would have been a bad dude if I had let him down that day by not turning up for his an appointment.

On the letter, it was stated that, Mr. Jok was highly welcomed to bring along a third party to that appointment, which was organised by a specialist who was hired by the insurance company called QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited ‘LTD’. The specialist was acting on behalf of the insurance ‘QBE’ to investigate, and to take facts statement from Mr. Jok regarding wrestling incident, where by Mr. Jok was a ‘victim’, to narrate his story in three dimensions. How he ended up with a fractured bone on his left hand, on 26th and 27th respectively.

The reason being that, the information, which was supplied/provided to the insurance (QBE) by Bor Youth Association Incorporation, was ‘insufficient’. The leadership/organisers claimed that Mr. Jok was ‘volunteering’ for Bor Youth Association ‘multicultural activities when he took part in the wrestling march on 26th December 2014. They should have expanded it; what were these activities?

Therefore, I will give a little introduction about Bor Youth Association in the following paragraphs.

Bor Youth Association Inc.in Australia

This association ‘above’ was formed in 2004 and is functioning until today in 2015. It was formed by a group of enthusiastic people from various clans within Bor County.

The idea itself to have an association came from a few individuals, and in particular our late brother Mac Achuak Mac who thought thoroughly that there was a need for a combined forum for youth from Bor County to discuss important issues yearly in what they called Annual General Meeting (AGM).

His colleagues supported the idea. Together they preached out this intellectual idea to all their brothers and sisters who were in various States and the Territories. This idea, ‘Bor County would have an association was first tabled in Adelaide, South Australia. All individuals from Bor County arrived into Adelaide in hundreds for the first time.

Constitution

Constitutions are very important documents, because we live in very complex societies where many people have differences in views, opinions and other complex issues, which are very delicate to deal with by anyone.

Bor Youth Association in Australia Incorporation “BYAA INC” constitution was born on 27th December 2004. Named as ‘Adelaide Conference’. All the members who had attended Adelaide convention that year were the drafters of the constitution. These members, whether dead or alive today were the founding fathers of Bor Youth Association’s constitution.

On that day, people were divided into groups, so that they could come up with certain objectives for the association. That day, many objectives were projected from each table, but only twelve objectives were founded to be more uniting, sensible and meaningful.

These twelve objectives were drafted into this single document of (BYAA INC). Since 2004 and until 2015 none of these twelve objectives has been achieved. This document was straightforward and truly written in a good legal sense and manner.

I do thank those people who put it together as such. The weakness was that many people (members) were very poor in legal sense (layperson in legal sense) to understand this legal document.

But this document along the years had become an exercise book for our elected youth representatives (President, they like to be referred to as ‘President’) who had no legal background in that sense. But they might be good in mathematics and other stuffs of their interests.

Some of our youth (reps) after Mawut Biar (first president of the association) started amending the constitution without even consulting their partners of the constitution (the States and the Territories), as if this document was an accounting recording exercise book.

I hope that one day some of the objectives will be achieved, if legal minded personnel are accepted to lead this association for God sake, for better change and future of the association to thrive.

Event (wrestling)

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia

The wrestling took place on 26th December 2014, between the State of Victoria and the State of Queensland. The event (wrestling) was organised and sponsored by the ‘Bor Youth Association Incorporation’ of Australia and their partners (States and the Territories).

I heard that the turn – out was unbelievable. People turned up in hundreds if not thousands. On that day, spectators paid $15entry fees into the footy (Australian Football)ground where the wrestling would take place. I believed that, on the day, they had made a fortune out of the wrestling match.

Mr. Jok took part in this spectacular show, which hundreds of people watched (wrestling) on that the day of December. He was a Queenslander or among the ‘team’ of Queenslanders. His opponent was a Victorian or among the ‘team’ of Victorian. Mr. Jok told me that, ‘ during that time he was weighing 115 kilos and he reckon his opponent was weighing around 107 – 110 kilos’, as far as he could remember, ‘he thought that on the day he had wrestled very well against his opponent.

Mr. Jok said,‘he could remember that, he caught his opponent’s left hand’ tight and strong with his left hand, and then he aggressively pushed his right hand under his arm pit, and he then suddenly tipped him over to the ground. In those seconds, Mr. Jok defeated his opponent by forcing him aggressively to the ground.

Broken arm

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia, broken arm

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia, broken arm

But unfortunately, Mr. Jok landed on his left hand while still holding his opponent’s left arm, and then both wrestlers’ bodies’ weights sat on heavily on his left hand. That how Mr. Jok ended up with fractured bone on his left arm.

Mr. Jok informed the armies of organisers that his left arm was broken. They gave him first aid, and then after that the ambulance personnel arrived and Mr. Jok was driven to nearby hospital, and the wrestling continued as if it was a workplace.

Mr. Jok spent three hours in the hospital. And at last, the doctor showed him an X – ray of his left hand, and he was informed that he had a fractured bone. And for that reason, a plaster cast was applied on fractured arm in order to hold a broken arm in place, while the bone heals.

He was told that, the plaster cast would be on his arm for six weeks, and then after that he had to see his GP for further check ups. After these six weeks, Mr. Jok went and saw his GP. And he was referred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) for another further check up, because his GP was not crystal clear, why the bone was still not healing after six weeks.

The GP was blaming the first doctor who examined Mr. Jok when he was first taken to the hospital in Ringwood Victoria, after the incident. His GP argued that the doctor in Victoria had failed to recommend a quick surgery on the left arm.

On 23rdFebruary 2015, Mr. Jok had a surgery on his left arm, and then he was discharged on 24th February 2015. Mr. Jok is still in serious pain, but he is getting well. Such arm saga had affected him in many ways since from day one until today. He is a very strong young man; and he is stoic about this arm pain.

By the way, the question is, what was really insured by the chairperson and his armies of organisers? If that insurance was real but not fake, why is Mr. Jok struggling with his medical expenses, not to mention that he had lost enormous income.

He used to earn himself $1800 a week and now he had been away from work for four months, which was equivalent $28,800, if he was working. I do understand that, the leadership wanted to waive fraudulently that Mr. Zico Bol ’s accident had nothing to do with them at any cost.

Such dishonesty can be ascertained, on how the insurance form was filled out after Mr. Jok was in the hospital. On the form was it written that Mr. Jok was just ‘volunteering’ for Bor Youth ‘Multicultural activities.’ Because of this statement, the insurance thinks that they may not be held liable to compensate Mr. Zico Bol Makuach Jok.

Fraud case (misleading of participants to believe what was a bullshit lie)

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia, Zico Bol, with broken arm

Bor Dinka Wrestling in Australia, Zico Bol, with broken arm

I think Bor Youth Association both at Federal level and States level had failed badly, by mishandling Mr. Jok’s case. Prior to the wrestling, the participants were misled to believe that they were fully insured, and the event itself was also insured. So there was nothing to worry about.

This was Zico Bol had to say about the event and association, “I think it was a very poor organisation, (wrestling) and leadership and the armies of organisers were criminals, because they misled participants to believe their lies, that there was insurance. I wish we had a better leadership that was smart to tell the truth to the people even though such facts were not going to work for some reasons.

After my (Zico) incident, many States youth leaders stood up before the members of the association and claimed that they were going to help with insurance difficulties if there was any. But that was a bloody ‘empty promise. I thought we were a community-based association (non – for – profit) where we should be truly frank to one another for sake of our ‘objectives’, rather than lying to one another or members. In politic, many politicians lied to the voters so that they could vote for him/her”.

Conclusion

Thanks to Zico Bol for his honest story. His story will be a lesson to anyone who is thinking to wrestle in the near future. Youth leadership should have thought it out smarter, before they were blinded by pride, which led many people to make unwise decisions in many cases.


By Anyieth D’Awol, Juba, South Sudan

rssin mess

March 30, 2015 (SSB)  —  ‘Women are the pride of our families and societies,’ we were told. ‘Many cows will be paid for you’. It is said with pride – the way it has always been and the way it must be. The intention is for the cultural systems to link families and communities together and ensured a girl is married into a family that will value her as much hers. It is said that the culture is unchangeable and where it has transformed, it is blamed on war but still, it must be respected.

Rape, sexual harassment, forced and early marriage and exploitation have become so common that what we have been told about how special we are must be a lie.The reality is,today a girl is monetized before marriage and treated like property after it. In times of conflict, being considered precious by our tribes only makes us targets, a means to inflict pain on the perceived other. In the end, it is everyone who loses. Men, women and the children we bear,our cultures and the country we all share.

As a human rights activist in South Sudan since 2005, I have heard countless accounts of inter-community violence, human loss and sexual violence. Cruelty has become the accepted culture and the only remedies are tolerance or violence. They were called remnants of war and it’s effects on culture and time will heal all. Of course, the issues never faded and time did not heal. Undeniably, it is ignoring the violence that is costing South Sudan its future, Africa its regional stability and the world its newest nation.

During the second war(1983-2005) between South Sudanese and the government of Sudan, women were kept from the frontlines. Instead, it was decreed that they were to have children to replace the millions being killed as a result of the war. This created vulnerabilities for women as the duty to procreate was now part of the war efforts. Women were killed and many suffered rapes at the hands of both enemies and their own communities.

This mentality carried on after the war. Throughout the relative peace between 2005 and 2013, sexual violence only increased in frequency and intensity.

‘I want to go home’ said Sarah,a 13-year old girl, as she stared through the bushes and trees towards her father’s home. Sarah’s neighbor had just raped her when she got home from school while her mother and father were out. After hearing her ordeal, I walked over to talk to her mother. ‘This is how it is and how it was for me too.’ She said, crying helplessly. When her father had arrived home, he beat Sarah for being raped and dragged her to the neighbor’s house. He demanded a settlement for her dowry. Sarah’s feelings and her justice were not a consideration.

This was one of my first sexual violence cases in South Sudan in early 2006. In many of our cultures, raping a girl would be considered a legitimate way to marry. For Sarah, that was the start of her marriage and the rest of her life. I do not know what became of her,how many children she has, but hers is the story of many women.The truth is, the cultures are depraved because the central values are lost. Women, culturally held dear, are degraded, in order to uphold the same culture.

The humiliation results in women reconciling to their fate, running away or killing themselves – the way it has always been, the way it must be. This is the same logic applied to the crisis facing the nation. Those who created the conditions and executed the war, guided by personal needs and grievances rather than the values of leadership, are the ones that can resolve it, exclusively.

When the political disputes between the President and the former Vice President erupted on 15 December 2013, the violence between the military quickly assumed ethnic overtones and spread across the country within days. Targeted killing of Nuer citizens in Juba started a wave of revenge killings of citizens in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and elsewhere. This current conflict, described as senseless even by the warring sides, does not spare women or girls – they have been specifically targeted.

Killings and rapes are repaid with killings and rapes. Sexual violence has been inflicted on a scale unseen even by the brutal standards of previous wars. Victims range in age from young girls to elderly women, some in their 80s. Many stories tell of women given the option between rape and death. Women who refused to be raped were penetrated with sticks, guns and other objects and bled to death. Those who chose rape were gang raped, many not surviving the brutality. Pregnant women had their babies ripped out of them.

Knowledge that justice will never come motivates the revenge killings. Perpetrators of violence are acting to destroy everything,even our elders and our babies, our history and our future. The brutality inflicted ensures the pain is deeper, lasts longer and is never forgotten. The question is:are the issues at the root of this conflict even being addressed?

The answer is no. The culture of violence and abuse is brushed off as a by-product of bigger problems, rather than the problem. Indeed, fear and threat of violence is what makes the powerful, powerful. The need and urgency to address the violence is treated as inopportune and that accountability will cause more violence. We are persuaded that accountability is less important than peace. But, what is peace when there is so much violence? And what is a peace that does not address all this violence?

From my experience, time alone cannot heal all, especially that which is repeated. During the latter part of 2014, many of us held onto the hope that the AUCISS report, completed in October 2014, would be released. It would reveal the full scale of what our people have suffered over the last year and name those responsible. Signed agreements between the warring parties promised an inclusive process to address the root causes, ensure justice and accountability and guarantee those responsible would be excluded from any future government.

In late January 2015, Africa’s leaders decided that the report was untimely because the report might derail a peace agreement and postponed the consideration and release of the African Union’s Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) report.

The March 5 deadline for the warring parties to sign the peace deal came and went and we do not have peace,nor reasonable prospects for it and the violence simply continues.African leaders took a huge gamble that the parties would sign a peace deal. It is questionable that either party has the will or the power to bring peace to South Sudan, put it on the path to prosperity and reconcile the people.

Signing a peace deal for fear of the truth will not bring us the peace we need. Rather,confronting the truth will be the first steps towards forging the peace we must have if this nation is to emerge from this dark period.

On March 5, a draft of the AUCISS was leaked. The African Union’s response, on March 16, stated ‘categorically that the so-called ‘report’ … is not that of the Commission of Inquiry. ‘The claim of ignorance is degrading to those who died, those that continue to suffer and those who spoke to the Commission.

It is clear the document is unfinished but people have been quoted, others named and incidents described. In light of its content and what we already know, the decision to indefinitely postpone the consideration and release, is shocking.But the problems we face are clear and the opportunities to rectify them exist.

With honesty and a chance of a future that is different from what we have had,we may start to live by the values that actually matter and end the violence. Nearly four years ago,the people of South Sudan celebrated independence peacefully and united with extraordinary joy. That is the nation we want.

The prospect of a real future has been our most tested route to silencing the guns.The final and official AUCISS report should be released if the intention is to end the war and the culture of violence. From that point, we may find our path to a more hopeful future.

Anyieth D’Awol is a human rights activist and Founder and Director of the ROOTS Project, a civil society organization based in Juba, South Sudan


By Kur Wel Kur, Austalia
South Sudan's coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

March 30, 2015 (SSB)  —-  Our flag drips with our blood and that of our brothers. In some neighbours’ eyes, our flag represents no country.  To them, South Sudan represents a void, which needs creation. So out of South Sudan, they desire  to create for themselves,  an economical hub.

Regardless,  these neighbours always ‘rush to South Sudan in rugs and return to their country as millionaires’,  they covete more in South Sudan. Kenya fits these descriptions.

Kenyans calculated 7 wrong calculations; these forced  them to invade South Sudan’s territory.

Wrong calculation # 1: our internal conflict.

In multiple pieces, our country broke.  A war claimed thousands  and displaced  thousands of our citizens to neighboring countries. So to them(Kenyans), the conflict weakened our military capabilities. With this hollow in our brotherhood’s bonds, Kenyans think, they can grab  anything out of South Sudan. So they invaded our God given territory.

However, this calculation will fail in the following stance. Brothers’ disagreements don’t hold  across the borders.  So if wicked and opportunistic neighbours capitalise on brothers’  disagreements, then they will wake up in another planet.  A planet where united brothers tackle the greedy aggressors.

Wrong calculation #2: Our citizens fuel.. ..

Our citizens littered Kenya, from Northern Kenya to Southern Kenya, and from Eastern Kenya to Western Kenya. South Sudanese run Nairobi (Central) economically. Kenyans might have considered South Sudanese refugees in Kakuma(Turkana’s land) in their equations (calculations); however,  the responsibility of registered refugees belong to the UN. With this calculation in minds, Kenyans invaded South Sudan.

However,  South Sudan has two capacities to neutralise the above calculation. Firstly, the government of South Sudan can call its citizens residing in Kenya, home. Secondly, the government of South Sudan can advise its citizens  living in Kenya to register as refugees.

Our citizens fuel Kenyans’ economy through renting properties,  buying food and none food items. Even transport sector:  land and air; South Sudanese spend fortunes in travelling in and out of Kenya.

In addition, 30,000 Kenyans reside and work in South Sudan. If Our government expel  them today,  Kenyans will weep and suffer. Our population in Kenya, spend every dollar or shilling in Kenya. And  negligible number of South Sudanese work in Kenya . I swear, the decision will  be a disaster. Another double economical loss. So this calculation is another dumb ass calculation.

Wrong calculation #3: politicians’ and business persons’ money

The tsunamic corruption in South Sudan today, originated from Kenya.  No doubts that Kenya police watch money in bulky cheques and bags into Kenya without a word. This money laundering, quadrupled the Kenyans’ bank profits through compound interest. Therefore, Kenyans’ economy exponentially grow every year because every dollar earn on oil, sublimes to Kenyans’ banks.

With these large amount of South Sudanese money floating in their banks, Kenyans made, yet another wrong calculation. They believe, South Sudan’s politicians can’t sprint  to war whatsoever.

However, Kenyans calculated it wrong because before anything,  South Sudanese politicians have rights to withdraw their money and invest it in some other countries such as Zimbabwe and Egypt.

Why these countries?  The best minds would have known that making businesses with sleazy neighbours like Kenyans is a grave idea. Zimbabwe and Egypt share no borders with South Sudan.  Investment will do well in Zimbabwe though Zimbabwe has thorny relationships with Britain, a father to Kenya.
Zimbabwe has the whole region(South Africa)  depending it. In the  case of Egypt,  though her situations are volatile because of dirty politics from the West. South Sudanese investment in Egypt  has a future because of the Nile(South Sudan being in the Nile basin).

Wrong calculation #4: Their universities.

From small to large universities in Kenya, South Sudan’s tertiary students fill the lectures theatres. These universities feed South Sudan with some outstanding graduates every year. This,  another wrong calculation of Kenya.  They think, because hundreds of our students at their universities,  we can’t go for war even if they annex Kapoeta.

However,  they calculated it wrong because our students run their universities financially through universities’ fees and accommodation’s fees. South Sudan has capability of sending her students to abroad, leave alone to Africans’ universities. If  South Sudan withdraws her students,  Kenyans’ universities will collapse.

Wrong calculation #5: real estate investment

South Sudanese politicians and business persons invest their money in Kenya’s real estate sector. They bought mansions and townhouses for rent. Some have bought 7 stars mansions  for their personal uses. So billions of dollars reel around in Kenya economy from real estate.

With this gigantic amount of money,  Kenyans think, they can get away with South Sudan invasion.  They are wrong again, because this amount of money doesn’t equate to 62 years old wealth, Kenyans, especially Kikuyu[Uhuru (president)’s tribe  of Kenya] accumulated. Make no mistake, we can match into war.

Wrong calculation #6: Diplomacy

The Kenyans despise us on diplomatic matters. They think, they can win both ways outright.  I bet in this area, we can beat them terribly because  our foreign affairs minister,  Marial Benjamin has an expertise in foreign affairs .

Furthermore,  an international lawyer, Francis Mading Deng who  represents us in UN and Another international juror,  Abel Alier Kwai can bail us out in any mess that reaches international court.  With confidence I believe,  Kenyans made the sixth wrong calculation.

Wrong calculation #7: Mombasa’ s port

All our military supplies come from Mombasa’s port. With our problems,  which need military logistics and arms, Kenyans think, they can create or destroy  anything in  South Sudan, given its position of being stationed at the shore and South Sudan being a landlocked.

However, our military supplies can find their ways to South Sudan by air. We can afford this, given our financial standard.

To rest it, Kenyans must be careful about  our president because scratching his nerves by invading our country is a grave decision.  He can give sweeping orders anytime.  Kenyans must use diplomatic options but not military pressures  because Kiir is an expert in this area.

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 Truth-hurt

President Salva Kiir and Vice President Wani Igga sharing a joke

President Salva Kiir and Vice President Wani Igga sharing a joke

March 30, 2015 (SSB)  —-   Great article Paan Luel Wel! Just a slight correction to one or two of the facts in the following paragraph:

“Cdr Wani Igga and Cdr John Garang and Cdr Achuil and Cdr Dominic Dim regrouped along the Kapoeta-Torit road while Cdr Salva Kiir and Cdr Majak Agoot withdrew to and regrouped along the Kapoeta-Nairus road and successfully beat back the enemy forces from taking Nairus and reach the Kenyan border.”

Cdr Dominic Dim Deng was the overall commander between Kapoeta – Narus road, he arrived in Narus (and made it his base) just before the falls of Kapoeta in 1992 after he lost track of the enemy in Northern Kapoeta.

And after the falls of Kapoeta, he moved to the border of Kenya (Kebase) with some of his guards for about a week before he returned to Narus upon learning that both Cdr Salva Kiir & Cdr Majak were moving towards Narus with enough forces.

Cdr Salva Kiir’s forces later made their way to Narus from Magos through Nyangie (had numerous ambushes on their way laid by militias) before he eventually joined Cdr Dominic in Narus togatehr with the then Captain, Majier Deng who was in charge of Narus at the time.

While Cdr Majak’s forces were moving separately after their tactical withdrawal from Kapoeta (he entered the town when it was almost taken) and was ordered to deploy his forces in Buna, Napotpot and Loyoro except Nagnak which was too close to Kapoeta.

Those areas were deserted by a combined forces of Red Army of Panyido and Koryom II (No blame here as there were a handful of them in those areas as the Red Army of Dimmo or Maruong Akipie that occupied those places earlier was taken to Juba or Bor) after Kapoeta felt into enemy hands except Narus which had a handful of teachers and Cdr Dominic & Captain Majier’s guards who were left behind to protect some important facilities in there.

Immediately after that, Cdr Salva Kiir established his base in Narus then later appointed Cdr Dominic Dim as overall commander of the area and was deputised by Cdr Majak Agoot (according to their seniority) who made Buna his base along with other SPLA officers such as Akot Mazie, Peter Parnyang, Magoor Ajang among others.

With regard to Cdr Acuil Tito, he was sent to us in Buna but unfortunately, some of us if not all gave him rough time at the parade mainly due to his lack of good strategies to defend Kapoeta from the enemy in the first place plus his poor mismanagement of relief foods during his time when he was in charge of Kapoeta from 1990 till Kapoeta felt to the enemy.

I hope anyone who might have lived in Kapoeta during those times can understand what I am talking about here. Luckily, our request to see Cdr Acuil’s back was passed to Chairman, John Garang as he himself was in the area and agreed to send him somewhere else but not Buna. And I believe that was how Cdr Acuil found himself in Kapoeta – Torit road area because we haven’t heard of him after that.

Our forces in Buna at the time comprised of three task forces namely, Pibor forces of Mobile Force, Isoke’s cadet officers (new recruits & former SPLA officers) as well as Red Army or were negatively referred to as Commando with black short (commando a juan macar) by some elements of other forces.

Believe it or not those kids (mostly all of them were underage) did exceptionally well not to mention the fact that they were part of the groups who constructed Chukudum – Narus road which became the only lifeline for the SPLA forces around Kapoeta, Torit among others.

Thank you,

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By Emmanuel Malual Makuac, Kenya

March 30, 2015 (SSB)  —-   Thousands of South Sudanese Christian march in Church processions to join the rest of the world in celebration of Palm Sunday, the day Christian commemorate Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.

On the celebrations and prayers for South Sudan, the Christians in Eldoret center their prayers on peace and reconciliation in the country ahead of the peace talks resumption in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in April 2015.

The faithful Christian ask God to open the way for two leaders of South Sudan, the armed rebel leader Riek Machar and President Kiir Mayardit to put aside their differences and bring peace to South Sudan.

One of the pastors denounces the issue of tribalism and war in South Sudan saying that politicians have planted the seeds of ethnic hatred. It need to be uprooted by the youth, he said, telling the youth not to blindly follow the politicians for political reason or along tribal lines.

He continues by declaring that South Sudan belong to all of us regardless of our tribes, religions, gender.

“We are one people for the betterment of the country,” he stresses. Our country is in serious crisis cause by certain individuals who need power by force, the pastor added.

The prayers for Palm Sunday was attended by four churches in Eldoret to pray for one voice so that God can answer their prayers to bring peace in the republic of South Sudan.

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.