Archive for August 2, 2016


The question of sovereignty: does sovereignty trump over human rights and lives of the innocents in the republic of South Sudan?

By Ocholamero Otir Bure Oroto, Australia

RSS coat of ARMS

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.

August 2, 2016 (SSB) — In this essay, I would like those who read between the lines to understand that the additional troops, as buffer zone is to ensure political solution prevails. This will save lives of thousands and prevent the negative impacts that follows militaristic approach that seems to prevail in South Sudan. Without such approach or related avenues, South Sudan is definitely going the wrong path and it is a failure of proper role of a sovereign state.

“Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects States from foreign interference; it is a charge of responsibility that holds States accountable for the welfare of their people.”(1) The killing of innocent people right from 2013 across the country, the violation of human rights, the disrespects of human lives has brought the country to the spotlight of the concerned global citizens and international organs.

Think of human lives, think about human rights, think about the innocents who have died and those who will continue to die, how about the rapping of women, rapping of young ladies. Do mental calculations of the sums of the suffering of the people of South Sudan due to the war that could have been prevented right at the office of Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army. These realities make a humane person to accept intervention as the only best alternative to the current lack of security and rampant unidentified gunmen.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 2, 2016 (SSB) — In any underdeveloped country, the road to better education is very challenging, and this is certainly the case in South Sudan. A lack of role models­—especially women teachers in the school system—is one of many reasons why girls are constantly dropping out of school in South Sudan. Therefore, it is very important for us to appeal to women who are not afraid to exhibit their professional strengths. These women are more likely to have a positive impact on the lives of young girls, and so we must encourage them to do their part.

By supporting female teachers who are willing to be actively involved in schools, many young girls will be encouraged to remain in school, instead of viewing schools as a harmful environment. The presence of these female role models will hopefully spark a reawakening of girls’ interest in education. But this tactic will only be effective if we first fight the injustices demonstrated by the South Sudanese themselves towards women teachers. If we stand alongside these teachers, it will give hope to young girls, and we can finally gain momentum in terms of their enrollment in school.

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A New Hope for Peace on the Horizons: Why the Appointment of Taban & Stephen Dhieu can Revive South Sudan Again

By Luka Geng Geng, University Campus, Wau

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August 2, 2016 (SSB) — If you look at history, you will ultimately find by the skin of your teeth few countries in the world to compare with a country we live in today, South Sudan, a country I would correctly call “born out of wars to live in wars” is so much in dire need of revival again to embrace peace, stability and progress.

Few years ended, our progress was overwhelmingly remarkable, even within a period as short as two years after gaining her independence, Juba, the capital city of South Sudan was able to be marked internationally as the World’s fastest developing city before we succumb to repetitive double folded crisis of conflicts and economic hardships; both of which are of man-made by roots or genesis.

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By John Kiboko, Juba, South Sudan

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Demonstration in Bor against UNMISS and IGAD

August 2, 2016 (SSB) — From the look of it, from the authoritative way America speaks out on South Sudan, on what they feel should be done for this country – especially their forceful echoing of Dr. Riek’s demand for a third force in the country is alarming and requires a serious thought on the Government side. I say Government because this Government was elected to safeguard the sovereignty of South Sudan.

America appears to be a bully of South Sudan, America seems to say that they can impose on us, even imprison our leaders and whoever dares them, because as Ambassador Samantha Power, US permanent representative to the UNSC points it out in her recent remarks, at a UN Security Council Briefing on Peace-building in Africa in New York:  “In 2011, we invested heavily in South Sudan’s future by giving the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, a mandate to assist the state at all levels with building institutions, fostering economic development, reforming the security sector, and promoting human rights.”

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The RSS Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Intl Cooperation: TGoNU calls on the IGAD, AU, UN to admit the truth of the situation in South Sudan so that the challenges are dealt with fairly and honestly.

RSS coat of ARMS

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.

August 2, 2016 (SSB) — The IGAD Council of Ministers reached its Resolutions during its 56th Extra-Ordinary Session on the 11th July 2016, on the basis of unconfirmed informal sources of information well before the facts related to the incident could be established. The TGoNU Council of Ministers hence calls on the IGAD Council of Ministers to review its position in the light of the facts now accumulated and available.

The TGoNU Council of Ministers is also reliably informed that the UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki moon, chose to attend that meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the IGAD Plus in order to influence its outcome particularly with regards to arms embargo, targeted sanctions and the renewal of UNMISS mandate to include controversial proposals such as ‘the creation of a Protection Force, Intervention Force or Buffer Zone Force, which would undoubtedly undermine the independence and sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan.

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