Archive for July, 2016


By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) — Your Excellency, first able I want to congratulate you for your new assignment in the top leadership of our great nation and appreciated and bless your willingness, and full commitment to solve the chronic political hatred which is always fuel by outsiders to the extent of uncontrolled in the nation.

Dear Excellency, you may have an immediate advisor, or direct and indirect advisors, but due to your positive concern for the future of our beloved great nation at your heart, I would like to add my piece of advice following the rest of South Sudanese citizens who did to you dozens of congratulations before me since you was sworn in as a historical first vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, and a real cause of my writing is an extremely awareness on your legacy from present generations to another incoming generations of this great nation.

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By Mariak Chol Majok, Kampala, Uganda

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) — United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) was established on 9th, July, 2011 as per the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) mandate and as per UNSC Resolution No. 1996 (2011) to serve for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of renewal. The duties and responsibilities of this UN Peace-keeping body in the Republic of South Sudan were:

  1. To consolidate peace and security and establish conditions for development with an aim of strengthening the capacity of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan in order to govern effectively and democratically and establish good relations with its neighboring countries.
  2. Protection of civilians under threat of physical violence, irrespective of source such as violence, within its capacity and areas of development, with specific protection for women and children and women’s advisers.
  3. To deter violence against civilians, including foreign nationals, especially through proactive development, active patrolling with particular attention to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the refugees.
  4. To maintain public safety and security within and of the UNMISS Protection of Civilians Sites (POC)
  5. To maintain and foster a secure environment for the eventual, safe and voluntary return of Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, including, where compatible and in strict compliance with United Nations’ Human Rights Due Diligence Protection Policy (HRDPP), through monitoring and ensuring the maintenance of International Human Rights by and specific operational co-ordination with police service in relevant and protection-focused tasks in order to strengthen protection of civilians.
  6. Creating the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance to all the conflict-affected areas in the Republic of South Sudan

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) —- The quick succession of momentous events in South Sudan’s political stage has literary dumbfounded every keen observer of the country’s affairs. Whether you are an insider, outsider or mere observer, no one could say with any level of certainty what the future holds for the country. It now depends on reactions and counter reactions of different stakeholders, including regional and international bodies. Such an uncertain state of affairs has prompted foreign embassies to continue evacuating their nationals while citizens are on a journey of unprecedented exodus to neighboring countries.

The current high stakes for the very existence of our country as a stable polity are surely not imaginary and could not be exaggerated. On the ground, the peace agreement which was negotiated for so long is at risk of swiftly dying and failing to live up to its ultimate goal and projected benefit of peace to the people. Unfortunately, for the people, counting the cost of destruction in terms of mass displacement, destruction of remaining social infrastructure and lives may still have to be further postponed for a while.

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Press Statement

Mark C. Toner

Deputy Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 30, 2016

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) —- The United States joins the Intergovernmental Authority for Development and the African Union in condemning in the strongest terms the continued fighting in the Equatorian region and other areas of South Sudan. We call for an immediate halt to combat operations and full compliance with the ceasefire declared on July 11 and in the peace agreement. Those taking actions threatening the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, and those responsible for attacks on civilians or UN premises, may be subject to sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 2206 (2015).

The short-sighted actions of South Sudan’s leaders in recent weeks have exacerbated an already intolerable humanitarian crisis; large portions of the country are facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. The people of South Sudan should have the opportunity to build their country and pursue their aspirations in peace. Instead, they are facing the further untold suffering of continued conflict.

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THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN

 Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

Office of the Minister

The Response of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of the Republic of South Sudan to the Communiqué of the Heads of State and Government of the IGAD Plus on the Situation in the Republic of South Sudan (Tuesday, 26th July, 2016, Juba).

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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.

July 31, 2016 (SSB)  — The Council of Ministers of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) listened, in its Regular Meeting No. 09/2016 on Friday the 22nd July 2016, to a report prepared by Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Senior Presidential Advisor and presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the Communiqué of IGAD Heads of State and Government of the IGAD Plus on the Situation in South Sudan during the 27th African Union Summit held from the 10th to the 18th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The TGoNU Council of Ministers notes the IGAD Heads of State and Government reference to the Communiqué of the 56thExtra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers, issued in Nairobi on 11th July 2016, and the report and recommendations of the Chairperson of JMEC as well as the briefing and recommendations of the AU High Level Representative for South Sudan, to strengthen the collaborative arrangements envisaged in the creation of the IGAD Plus to reach its resolutions on South Sudan.

The TGoNU conveys its appreciation to the Heads of State and Government of the IGAD Plus, all the participants of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit, the IGAD Council of Ministers and the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for their concern and consistent commitment to help South Sudan out of its crisis. The TGoNU Council of Ministers, however, makes the following response to same aspects of the aforementioned communiqué.

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Dr. John Garang: A Deserving Hero

Posted: July 31, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Atilieu Diing Akol, Kabarak, Kenya

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The world has seen many heroes

Heroes that are sung and praised

Stories will be told about a legend

A man whose intentions were sincere

For he gave more than his life

A nation mourned in togetherness

Tragic the cost of freedom

As you rest in places beyond

Your soul has inspired many

Destiny may have taken you

But we honour your sacrifice

Fate may have chosen you

Still we admire your courage

For your greatness

We honour you

On this eleventh anniversary

Of your untimely death

In a mysterious plane crash


By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) — When I did ‘thoughts check’ a while ago, I spotted an error in my last opinion pertaining the recent events in Juba South Sudan. You would remember, on 25th July, when Riek Machar was dislodged militarily and subsequently replaced with his erstwhile comrade Taban Deng by Salva Kiir, In reaction to the same, I jotted a post on my Facebook page saying ‘’Riek Machar overthrow’’ Today i realized It does not fit to say Riek Machar was overthrow, even if it was Salva Kiir who was forced out of Juba the same way he did to Riek, still we won’t say ‘Salva Kiir overthrow’; the duo are too small to be overthrow.

I hereby withdraw this statement because I don’t want English men and political pundits to have issue with me. Bear with me, it was not my wish to write and speaks in English nor was it my passion to involve in any political discourse. I got myself into these things under duress. Now I learned to write and speak English because they say it was an official language of instruction, and not my mother tongue; and there isn’t little I can do to reverse these phenomena. On the same vein, sometime I involve in politics of South Sudan because it continues to affect my life in one way or another, and there is no any other way to escape it.

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Lost chances

Posted: July 31, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Atilieu Diing Akol, Kabarak, Kenya

Often I would write a passionate poem

But I cannot tell who this is for anymore

For we have buried to many to count

We have passed their old and tired graves

And still we have more to feed the earth

Violence being each ones last memory

Perpetual war and unending sorrow

We continue to deplore home with war

Honour to those who fought for us

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By William Abur, Melbourne, Australia

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) —  I’m writing this piece of advice to my own South Sudanese people in Diaspora and particularly in Australia. People can take it or leave it, it is an intellectual advice. I’m pointing out the few problems that are sitting with us in Australia as community and lack of considerable of some good values in our culture as South Sudanese people.

It is about maintaining your own culture, values, and moral as people from the South Sudan. We had witnessed incredible and difficulties in our lives, but we also had witnessed incredible opportunities in our lives as individuals and as the community at large.

Our people migrated to a different part of the world, including Australia, a country where I’m living in as I’m writing this piece of message. There is what called freedom in Australia, a freedom which we literately mistake understood because we were misinformed by the people who were providing services for us.

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The Re-unification is one of the Items need but there are many things which will make peace in South Sudan durable and lasting for all.

By Albino Aleu Aduol, Juba, South Sudan

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July 30, 2016 (SSB) — I have been saying all long but no one is listening to me and I think our misunderstanding for some time is pushing us away from doing right thing at the right time in the right place. There is nothing important than showing your commitment in anything you want to do it right and let the Public judge your work perhaps, the result of your commitment will be stunning and your encouragement will not only make different but also it will make people proud about you.

The former designated vice president had signed so many peace agreements in the Sudan and none of its document had been successful and this is because he was lacking his own commitment and trustworthy. Our culture is absolutely playing a significantly damaging the young nation, because some of our culture within South Sudan regions spelling that, killing another human being will earning a good but the powerful man and looting others cows or properties will make you richest in the society.

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By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia

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July 30, 2016 (SSB) — In the game of politics, shame kills. It buries the politicians in the deepest grave; it erases every positive or not so positive words the politicians had uttered in public or in private. Those who use shame as a weapon to kill their opponents instead of guns, occupy the top rank in politics.

Anyway, call them dangerous politicians. Dangerous in the sense that the chasms of their words are the deepest. Salva and Taban have finally used politics. Believe it or not, our president, Salva and the former (SPLM-OI) chief negotiator, Taban are heroes.

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South Sudanese Intellectuals and the Trauma

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

July 30, 2016 (SSB) —- The vast majority of South Sudanese intellectuals, especially those in Diaspora, have become part of the problem, a problem that is not helping our people to break the cycle of trauma – wars, perpetual wars.  Partially, through their writings, our people in South Sudan and Diaspora have been experiencing trauma directly and indirectly.

The intellectuals have been inciting violence and when violence occurs, people: adults, children, and even fetuses in the wombs get affected.  Those who are directly affected will have to live with trauma for the rest of their lives and that trauma will be passed on to their children and their children’s children.

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Dear First Vice President Taban Deng Gai,

Deng Mayik Atem (Columbus), Arizona, USA

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July 30, 2016 (SSB) — Congratulations on your appointment to this important role in our country’s government. South Sudanese all over the world look to you with great expectations of your wisdom and leadership. We hope that your efforts to bring peace to all our people will be successful.

In 1990, when you were in charge of the camp in Itang, I returned there for the soccer matches. Having spent almost two years at the camp before going to Pinyudo, I was amazed and delighted to see how much you had accomplished to improve the lives of those who were there.

I was also impressed with your contribution to our struggle for independence. Now you face another difficult challenge on behalf of our people.

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By Paul Duwar Bak, Kampala, Uganda

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July 30, 2016 (SSB) — The J-1 coup attempt that happened on the 8-10 July 2016, has claim many people lives and we must remember them on this martyrs day. It was accompanied by brutality, killing and massive abuses of human rights on a scale that is yet unparalleled because of the length and breadth of its inhumanity as civilians were killed by the opposition forces.

This may have gross and significant long term effect on the sociology-cultural and economic growth and development of south Sudanese communities and still lie at the root of fractionalization, ethnicity, conflict and instability in several parts of the country.

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Hated by the gods

Posted: July 30, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

Morad,

This human nature

Want us to nurture,

All no longer look mature,

Even the ethereal are still not sure.

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By Malith Jongkuch Kur, Ontario, Canada

salva kiir and taban deng

a jovial Preisdent Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

July 29, 2016 (SSB) —- The appointment of Mr. Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan will enhance a search for peace. His commitment to cooperate with President Kiir to implement the agreement has struck an accord with all South Sudanese except a handful of Machar’s supporters. Gai’s elevation to the position of first vice president is a dawn of a new era of a peaceful political discussion in South Sudan. He is an agent of peace.

But the opposition to the appointment of Mr Gai that Mr Machar and his supporters have expressed is insignificant because Machar has already shown that he is incapable of working for peace. Instead of working with President Kiir to rescue South Sudanese from the despicable suffering because of this unnecessary war, he was busy orchestrating his third attempt to seize power illegally. As a result, he does not stand for peace in South Sudan.

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By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

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Know thy enemy: The problem of South Sudan

July 29, 2016 (SSB) — The Republic of South Sudan is a nation known for its civil wars. Others may say tribal differences, still more, power greed struggle, and far beyond, ignorance of law and order. Factors make it difficult for South Sudan to coexist are many. But given the current situation and the move attempted by the government of national unity or transitional government, one may find that the South Sudanese problems are minor in their own views because they are capable to handle them.

They become larger and dangerous in the views of friends who reasons in their ways. This choice is a step toward peaceful ends which friends and oppositions for this country may take with urgency of acceptance.

A brother with a brother involved in a situation which led to a circumstantial disagreement and they have now consoled and found it unnecessary to have disagreed in the first place, and decided to open window of brotherhood again, and even if the third party was called in to help put their misunderstandings under control, which was forced on them, different terms were used and time was set which created long procedures to arrive at healing bay.

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Men of the media, ladies of the press, welcome to Laico Regency, Nairobi, Kenya

fighting in juba

fighting in juba, 2013, 2016

July 28, 2016 (SSB) — The South Sudanese Diaspora Association in Kenya (SSDAK) would with deep sorrow like to express her profound belated condolences to the bereaved families, relatives and friends of the recently butchered South Sudanese in Raja, Wau, Yambio, Torit and Juba.

It is the prayer of this Association that Almighty God rest the souls of the deceased in eternal peace. However, the series of coordinated attacks by the enemies of peace have created very despicable state of the affairs. It is regrettable that a nation as young as South Sudan gets plunged into a deep war of dismal consequences such as mass murder and the continuous displacement in just two years after her independence.

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

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The swearing in ceremony of Gen. Taban Deng Ghai as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, photo by Maal Maker Thiong on July 26th, 2016, J-1, Juba

From the disinterested point of view, Gen Taban Deng Gai is better alternative to Dr Riek Machar  for the  everlasting peace in South Sudan on the following 10 reasons

  1. Gen Taban Deng has clean record in the history of liberation struggle from 1983-2005 unlike Riek Machar who have had bad records for rebelling in 1991, 2013 and 2016 respectively.
  2. Gen Taban has no problem with anyone unlike Riek Machar who seem to have problem with everyone
  3. Gen Taban has no bad relationship with President Kiir, unlike Riek whose degree of hatred between Kiir and him is major concern. Here, we are not surest of who hate who the most, between the two.

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President Salva Kiir appoints former minister of roads and transport, Anthony Lino Makana, as the new speaker of the transitional national assembly

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