Archive for May, 2016


By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Juba, South Sudan

 kiiRiek, enough for the cameras

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — Considering the previous years of jungle and modern leadership performances, I am not the only observer who should tell truth or lies about some bloody leaders in this country. This time around, the hungry population of South Sudan would not be ready to entertain those who manipulated the lives of innocents for their own gain, fame and interest with no any consideration and acknowledgement accorded to ordinary citizens after the leadership trouble-makers achieved their political scores and goals.

It is not also true that the whole country lacks better leaders as the war instigators claimed! If at all, we had to agree with the devil that there are no leaders to advance a peaceful leadership, we cannot fail to find them in the church if not in the political arenas. Who will be held accountable for the tenth of thousands life-lost and property demolition across the country as we all witnessed the December, 15th, 2013 nightmare? And how sure are we, together with peace partners that the same thing with the same leaders would not happen? Can they duo possibly and successfully reconcile?

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By Deng M. Kulang, Kampala, Uganda

women of war

Gawaar Nuer community calls for peace and reconciliation

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — The Chairperson of Gawaar Nuer Community in Arua-Uganda [GNC_AU], Bol Thomas Wieh has said that the community have high expectations of total adherence, commitment from the signatory parties and implementation of all the articles stipulated in the peace Agreement towards the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity [TGoNU].

“If all the articles are implemented, there will be no going back to war.”

Peace will prevailed and the lives of the people of South Sudan will return to normal.

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By Amol Mabior, Liverpool, UK

Riek Machar in Church

Riek Machar at a church service in Gudele, 29 May 2016

May 31, 2016 (SSB) —- Indeed, the intellectual contributions of the proponents of Dr. Riek Machar’s decision to attend prayers at Emmanuel Anglican Parish in Juba on Sunday 22 May 2016, make sense and in conformity with the universally recognized Reconciliation & Healing process in any post-war situation. A big thank you to the comrades.

Certainly, experiences show that there is no specific framework for reconciliation. And more importantly, there is no any straight forward prescription for healing the wounds and torn social fabrics of a society in the aftermath of sustained violence. So, in such a volatile

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Campaign against anti-peace protesters who are blatantly blindfold by the government elites to act in unlawful manners

By Ngor Jameson Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

Philip Aguer

Youth of Anyidi Payam welcomes governor Philip during his visit to Payams Januuary 2016 picture by Mach Samuel

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — May 29, 2016 a group of anti- peace protested over the coming of Dr. Riek Machar the chairman of SPLM-IO and first vice president of RSS, to the Emmanuel parish last week but one, and I this group was headed by Mading Ngor. Allow me to details this young man, who cause nasty and chaotic atmosphere today in the church, Mading is national picture who is known for been journalist and he was built up by Nuer guy in Canada   who is an IO now, he worked with media houses and initiated a lot of programs like “inside south Sudan on SSTV OR SSBC “, Wake up juba wake up program on eye radio and he was also BBC correspondent.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

riek machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish

Riek Machar attends Emmanuel Jieng Parish, May 22 2016

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — Churches are for prayers only. Our political problems are mixed with Sunday gathering. Sunday services belong to God alone. We go to church for adoration, worships, and praises to God. Politics are not solutions to our problems. Biblical communication on spiritual aspects is very important than politics but I heard the first vice president of Republic of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar went to Emmanuel Parish where majority Dinka Bor community do prayed to passes his messages of Peace and forgiveness among the South Sudanese people for the first time in his life since he differed with Dr. John Garang in 1991 and his supporters killed people; he also differed with President Kiir, and his supporters killed the same people in 2013, how do you look at this reconciliation now? The Bible says in Mt 5:44, “forgives your enemy, and give him drinks”, 1 Samuel 24:17, reads, He said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.”  For me its sound good indeed because all of us need peace in the country, but contrary the next Sunday of May29, 2016 was a traumatic Sunday where groups of angry youth coups the church with memories of the beloved sons of Bor community who were perished in the recent conflict. A friend of mine told me the story.

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How many times have Aguok Kuei community leadership been affirm on Makiir Gai as community leader, Mr. Sunday?

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

Hon. Makiir Gai

South Sudan Business tycoon, Hon. Makiir Gai, giving out 100K to South Sudan national team

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — All of you, except Mr. Sunday de John, might have been aware about what had seriously going on in Aguok Kuei community leadership since in the fourth 4th conference Dec/27-29 2014. Which left so many things unclear over the community leadership and on the community nominated son to be the next community leader, Hon. Ludoviko Lual Aken of Aguok-Chiek of Gogrial payam after Makiir Gai’s cousin and former commissioner of Gogrial West County, Cde Aciec Kuot Kuot (Marialawet). Another gossipy, unknown-nominated Makiir Gai Thiep of (Aguokdit) Alek South payam where the former leadership which supposed to be only two years had gone to almost eight (8) years with Makiir as he was finance secretary.

How, nonsense are Mr. Sunday depending points against his pop, Makiir Gai and his uncle, Akot Abiem be but he won’t say he don, ever read how much are my articles most especially when it comes to disturbances. He Sunday who share name with Sunday my female friend does not know our integrity in Aguok community and he cannot make us lose all what we want to achieve in the alter of his greediness of food. What Mr. Sunday de John Know only is to give money value and respect money more than any other but Sunday is dealing with Lino Lual, anti un necessary gifts and money resistance. Sunday should remember that the man who always swallow born get bloody anus, I don’t know how long will this life of interfering in privacy affairs take Sunday in this kind of treble movement in South Sudan.

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By Philips Al-Ghai, Juba, South Sudan

Bishop Garang Anyieth

Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth: The Spiritual Leader of our Time

May 31, 2016 (SSB)  —  The events at Emmanuel Parish, Juba, in the past two weeks accentuate how the former Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) has morphed into a mediocre political playground.

Once a holy sanctum of hope to the hopeless, the ECS has steadily fragmented into sacrilegious ethno-political assemblies –both physically and psychologically. The perpetual erosion of moral values in the former ECS has its roots in early 2000s.  During this time, an appreciable amount of donor pennies was dropping into the church coffers as evident in the gradual surge in the number of semi-literate clerics attending basic training across the borders. Superficially, it looked like a blessing. However, later on, as history has it, it was the commencement of unprecedented woes in our renowned church.

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A letter to my unborn Daughter

Posted: May 31, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems.

By Teresa Atilieu Diing, Nakuru, Kenya

If everything around me is all imagination

Then you are the best thing I have come up with

Everyone says you’re going to look just like me

It’s an argument though because some disagree

But I know your smile will light up the room

I’m still working on what name I will give you

And I’m hoping that when you do exist

You will mean everything to me

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Time for funny stories in our Country: Stop tribal politics now  

Posted: May 31, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

  By Deng M. Kulang, Kampala, Uganda

opinion, perspective

opinion, perspective

  1. The story of the chicken and the eagle

May 31, 2016 (SSB) — Once upon a time Chicken and Eagle were good friends; they lived together and shared everything, but both were featherless. One day they decided to think of flying and they decided that they should sew or stitch feathers on their wings. Eagle sewed his feathers on and tried flying, He got on well and everyone was very happy. Chickens did not have a sewing needle and so he decided to borrow from Eagle. Eagle gave it to him and told him to handle it carefully because it was the only remaining needle that he had.

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“The Revolution is all about bringing positive changes, and that positive changes cannot be brought in a Nation by bad minded people; therefore, the New Revolution will start with ideological changes of selfishness, to broader sense of Nationalism”

By John Sunday Martin, Jungle, South Sudan

kerubino kuanyin

Kerubino Kuanyin Bol Deng

May 30, 2016 (SSB)  — We are in the era of new revolution which begins with personal attitude, and state of mind of the individuals, that control our feelings and reasons toward our nation; and once we developed strong positive feelings and reasoning towards our nation; these very positive feelings, and reasoning will influence our actions – to do good things for our Nation – both as individuals, and as group. The era of liberation is over and therefore, we cannot talk of liberation struggles as south Sudanese because liberation carries certain ideologies – which are dangerous for National Unity and coexistence. Liberation in most cases, impacts certain negative doctrines of sectarianism in term of ethical, or religious as well political philosophies. Thus, even when the so called liberation is over, true unity and reconciliation remains always far away from being achieved because of the negative legacy of doctrines of the word “liberation.”

Of course, if things don’t go well for some people in our community; rebellion will be perceived, which will give birth to revolution. If some of us are in struggle, and starts to complain about certainties; it means some things are not well and therefore, don’t rule the possibilities of rebellion. Some people have been complaining for long in our society, but we were not willing to listen to their grievance with intention of finding solutions to their problems, so that before what was to be their problems, because our disaster. As matter of fact, when things are not going well, people will be unhappy and when people are not happy, they will become rebels and strive for their happiness and that is the foundation of revolution in society, and thus is in our nation to date. Therefore, do not blame rebels in our society, but try to find solutions to the problems of rebellion in meaningful manners because no rebellion without any serious reasons.

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By Ayuen Kelei, Nairobi, Kenya

DENG

Deng Bol Michael makes it a reality with SSSAK leadership!!

May 30, 2016 (SSB) — The South Sudanese students association in Kenya (SSSAK) on the 28th May 2016 started reviewing the constitution in Nairobi Kenya after nine years since the establishment of the institution in the year 2007. The Associations has been under different leaderships from the year of establishment to date without any vivid constitution that Prioritizes interests of the students Kenya wide.

The association has been in a pit of corruptions and embezzlement of funds and students’ grants since it was formed. It has experienced corruption, lack of tranquility and Accountability in addition to inadequate transparency during elections which provoked able Students’ leaders in Kenya the likes of Deng Bol Michael the Current Chairperson of SSSAK, Bok Chol Bok the Current chairperson of South Sudanese Students’ Union in North Rift and Western Kenya, SSSU NRT&WK, an affiliate of SSSAK to develop a sense of need for a change in the constitutional makeup of SSSAK.

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By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala, Uganda

May 30, 2016 (SSB) — Afghanistan is the country believed to be the home of Arab afghan terrorists training camps. There were Afghan Muhadideen under the leadership of the Ahmed Shad Mossoud, those Muhadideen had been fought with the Soviet Union for many years till 1989. There was also Al-Qaida under the leadership of the late Osama Ben Laden and the Taliban under the leadership of the late Mullah Omar. Those terrorists were hoping for destruction of United States of America. When the Soviets left Afghanistan after ten years of bloody and costly war in 1989, Afghanistan descended into anarchy and chaos. What was left of Najibullah regime did not wield any significant power and it collapsed in 1992.

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Our great ancestors’ cultures are the only pride of our identity to become what we are in the eyes of the World

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

wrestling

Dinka wrestling matches

May 30, 2016 (SSB) — It was very painful to every young people to talk about harms, but when we become a grown man, we understand that all bad and goods are universals not even human being alone but any living thing can later on experience the same just depend on how good one want to use his /her lifetime, But the question remain is, Was God pool to create all of us in different colors white and black? If not, why do our girls, young women and old women whose sons and daughters get married, other has grandsons and granddaughters bleaching their bodies with cream?

Sudanese and especially South Sudanese were known for their cultural brotherhood over the world, many people sharing food in one plat, drinking with one cup in the house, walking together, respects for elderly people, not to steal and etc. In fact, it’s widely seen here common with the big people’s wives, daughters in every occasions in juba. Does cream for skin bleaching need our parliament to debate or police to intervene?

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By Agok Takpiny, Melbourne, Australia

youth for peace in south sudan

May 30, 2016 (SSB) —  In a more comical and dramatic way possible, vice president James Igga and Taban Deng Gai hold their hands up in the air while kneeling down in a rally in Nairobi, presumably begging South Sudanese to forgive them as SPLM leaders. On his part, Dr. Riek Machar went to Emmanuel Jieeng church in Juba and told the congregation that the people of South Sudan must now head towards the pass of reconciliation while on the same podium, he tried to justify his side of the story to what started the war. President Kiir and many other government officials have been talking to South Sudanese about reconciliation as well.

Undoubtedly, reconciliation is a much-needed process that must start immediately so that we can start rebuilding our country as brothers and sisters. However, I feel that although the hatred between the Nuer and many other tribes in greater Equatoria Versus Dinka has been gradually growing, the people who really need reconciliation first and foremost are SPLM/IO and SPLM/IG.

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By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

Riek Machar at the Emmanuel Jieng Parish, 22 May 2016

May 30, 2016 (SSB) — There was another drama on Sunday at Emanuel Parish, a church formerly known as Emanuel Jieng. It happened that a small group of unforgiving Christians who were not happy with Riek Machar visitation last Sunday chose to express their anger in the church. They were in black clothes and carrying posters with names of prominent Dinka Bor leaders who were killed during the December 2013 war. Authorities of the church didn’t like this.

Ushers were told to force the protesters out of the building and the whole process led into a fight. Someone among the congregation might have informed the police. And police forces rushed in to help calm the confused church find some peace. Sunday morning service was halted for a while and later continued without the presence of Holy Spirit, I believe. Many other things continued to happen including the resignation of the church’s Pastor in Charge and a long weeping closing prayer from retired Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth.

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Press statement from Emmanuel Jieng Parish

Posted: May 29, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release

Statement from Emmanuel Parish Church Council over the raw by Unknown Group of Youth during the Church Service

Bishop Garang Anyieth Jakdit

Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth: The Spiritual Leader of our Time

May 29, 2016 (SSB) — The Parochial Church Council regret over the raw initiated by non-congregants during the church service at Emmanuel on Sunday, the 29/05/2016. The raw-group were dressed in black T-shirts holding pictures of Late Generals Abraham Jongroor Deng and Kuol Malith Reech and also indicated the name of Ajak Yen who were killed in the recent war. Their intention was to provoke the church into chaos, which did not happen.

The group claimed to be disappointed by the visit of the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar Teny last Sunday, the 22nd May 2016, accusing the church to have allowed him to pray and addressed the congregation, because they termed the church to be tribal while the church is the body of Christ where everybody has right to exercise his Christian rites.

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Confronting realities of identity politics is the effective means of solving problems in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

hate speech

May 29, 2016 (SSB)  —  Identifying problems and deal with them as they are without pretending that they are not there is the best way of ending unending problems.

In South Sudan, leaders and some of the “educated citizens” are living in self-denial that the country and politics is not defined by tribes, which is not true. In actual sense, all intellectuals and leaders’ actions are defined by tribal influences.

However, there is hypocrisy as these bunches of intellectuals consider nationalists only in speaking.  This is why they condemn leaders speaking their own mother tongues in public or on National TV or when they closely associate with their own tribe-mates.

I came to realize this hypocrisy when President Kiir spoke in Dinka language in Rumbek in 2014 or so. He was telling the truth as to why people continued to kill each other yet there was a war going on.

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This Sunday, while searching for God in the Holy Book, I found instead a sexist primitive preachers of disrespect and chauvinistic teachings against women

By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

bishops

May 29, 2016 (SSB)  —  I was baptized without my due permission. My religion is a choice from my parents. A perfect choice of course because I have come to like being a Christian, more or less just like how we all like our various religions. However, as I became a grown up, mature Christian and started dating an atheist, I was urged to validate my religion especially the existence of Super Being who I, along with many Christians, believe to be my creator. The quest for the fundamental answers was to tame my doubts, reaffirm my convictions and more importantly to be able to preach what I know confidently to whoever question me about my religion.

I started meditating after I got involved with many personal commitments that demand my full attendance and participation on Sundays. From this time onward, I didn’t have enough time at hand for Church prayers; thus, my only avenue to stay connected to my faith was through meditation. Each morning, I would wake up, and took five to ten minutes of meditation, most often, depending on how much time I have before starting driving to work. This ad hoc routine became my culture of faith and the biggest way of finding pure answers I needed to conceal all the doubts and curiosity then swelling within me. In search for my spiritual answers, I ended up discovering, appreciating and believing there is something special and spiritual “right there” that none of us knows not his or her exact name.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

swearing in of dr. riek machar

The swearing in of Dr. Riek Machar as 1st vice president of South Sudan under the TGoNU

May 29, 2016 (SSB)  —-  In my last article I proposed that let the lifespan of TGoNU be extended to five years instead of two. I based my proposal on at least two grounds. First, the current peace agreement has brought a much needed halt to what was going to be a total state collapse. It would take more than Somali’s over two decades without fixing.

The people who became the primary victims of the brinkmanship of our revolutionaries need this peace for as long as possible. To them, it does not really matter whether the President is a Dinka, Nuer, Bari or Shilluk. What matters to the people is being able to take their children to school safely without getting caught in crossfire or, worse still, gang rapped by manipulated young men who do not fully appreciate what the term nation-state means. Those who care about the Presidency are the ones who want elections in 2018, but not for the people’s sake.

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Mading Ngor: Why we stormed Emmanuel Jieng Parish today

Posted: May 29, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Press Release

Mading Ngor