Archive for June 8, 2016

Ador Thon-maketh moved the crowd during the Lith Payam’s thanksgiving ceremony in honor of Kuer Dau Apai, on the 4th of June, 2016, in Githurai, Nairobi, Kenya

Ador Thon-maketh

Ador Thon-maketh

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — During a ceremony courtesy of Kuer Dau Apai on 4 June 2016, this speech was delivered in a mixture of English and Dinka with proverbs and figurative demonstrations to the Bor Community in Africa Inland Church at Githurai, Nairobi. “The speaker has told us what I have never heard from my own community elders. I am moved!” said Deng Jok, the Lith Payam Leader and organizer of the event in Nairobi.


Gatluakz Khot Keat, Kampala, Uganda

you are being played

you are being played

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — If Radio Tamazuj and The New York Times reports are to be believed, both the President, Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar are boldly reported to have opposed the establishment of the Hybrid Court. A move which rules out and contravenes the implementation of Chapter 5, Article 3 of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The two leaders who are equally the prime principals to the accord signed in August, 2015 to end the nearly two years South Sudan civil war were quoted to have justified their opposition to the Hybrid Court that, ‘it would destabilize efforts to unite our nation by keeping alive anger and hatred among the people of South Sudan.’ An argument which does not hold water completely.


Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD) calls for a nationwide referendum to decide the fate of the controversial 28 states in South Sudan

From SSB Reporter, Bor, Jonglei state

Mach Samuel, Executive Director of the jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Bor-based civil society group in jonglei state

Mach Samuel, Executive Director of the Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, a Bor-based civil society group in Jonglei state

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — The Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD), a Bor-based civil society group in Jonglei state, has called for a nationwide referendum as a mean to resolve the controversy over the 28 states in the Republic of South Sudan.

“We are calling upon the international community, the government and people of South Sudan to embrace the verdict of democracy, of the people, instead of a clique of 18-person committee that does not represent the voice and interest of our people at the grassroots,” said Mach Samuel Peter, the executive director for JIPDD.

Mr. Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch, the secretary for information for the JIPDD called upon the international community like Troika, IGAD and African Union to advise the government of South Sudan to conduct immediate referendum on the 28 states in South Sudan.


Galls of Heaven

Posted: June 8, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems.

By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

Over the hills,

where our eyes play,

in wintry flood and amazing winds

We beeline to kiss the wind and it kisses our nose,

Are we happy there then?


By Ocholamero Otir Bure, Australia

South, price of war, price of peace

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — It is obvious that the traumas and the complexities of the situation in South Sudan are messing up with the ability to think clearly. We have been suffering for too long. It should be clear that South Sudanese are the effective solutions to the problems facing them. As recent as May 2016, I came across an article entitled “Dinka community members say targeted on Equatorials roads” (Sudan Tribune Sunday, 22 May 2016). This is just adding to the already existing fear and tendency for some people to keep on viewings people from other tribes as potential enemies.

In a decent society such incidents can be followed up and police would have deal with it according to the law of the land. However, since, South Sudan is on reverse gear as far as good  governance and good policing is concerned, it is really painful to read and hear such atrocities taking place in the nation with no sign of government taking sustainable steps. Most of the steps heard no news taken by the government seems to be provoking citizens than resolving the issues sustainably.


By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Kuel refugee camp

Gatwech interviewing a woman under her tent in Kule-2 Refugee Camp.JPG

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — In the last few days the government of Kenya has been in talks with the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the status of Dadaab Refugee Camp in North Eastern Kenya bordering Somalia. It is the biggest refugee camp in the world, housing majority refugees from Somalia, and sizable numbers from South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Congo DRC. In fact, the camp is divided into three distant camps each about five miles from Dadaab Center where NGOs are based. The three camps are Ifo, Hagadera, and Dagahaley.

As I am following this latest threat, I became empathetic towards the refugees in Dadaab who may be forcefully deported back to countries like Eritrea to face their death or those raped victims who escaped Eastern DRC because of insecurity and stigma, let alone our whose country is facing economic meltdown on top of insecurity. I also wonder whether the Kenyan government does not see that Dadaab camps could be among the worst places to live on earth, hence those refugees are not there by choice to live with bandits, hyenas, scorpions, and snakes. I say that because Dadaab has ever been my home for two long, hard, and eventful years.


Justice and accountability (together with reconciliation) are key, not optional, to peace, stability and nation building in South Sudan: A response to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar

By Kuir Aguer Bior, Ontario, Canada

kiir and riek pic

Born-to-Rule Mentality: President Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, in their reigning days

June 8, 2016 (SSB) — Your opinion, “South Sudan Needs Truth, Not Trials”, appeared on New York Times on Tuesday June 7, 2016. First of all, congratulations to both of you not only on forming the Transitional Government of National Unity but also on recognizing the importance of dialogue in the aftermath of the most recent conflict. Clearly, you were reaching out to the US and the UK. However, please allow me to extend this conversation to the people most directly affected by your war.

Like many South Sudanese at home and abroad, I am glad that after being persuaded for years to end war and restore peace, both of you now seem convinced to put behind the bitter, devastating power and ego war of the last three years — apparently to help build South Sudan. I wish you stick by this position. I am skeptical, because it is not the first time you have come together after your ego wars have killed thousands of South Sudanese. In 2002 you came together after the devastating conflict of 1991 – 2002. But then there was 2013 – 2015. My skepticism is not only fully justified by your past, unfortunately your opinion reinforces it.