An Open Letter to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. 1st Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit: We have trust in you, Mr. President, that your intervention to create Aweil West Sate separately from Raja would bring the peace between Raja and us
February 4, 2017 (SSB) —- Dear Mr. President, with the greatest respect and honor to your esteemed office, we, the concern citizens of the former Aweil West County and former Aweil North County in the diaspora do hereby appeal to you to consider our request to create a separate state that comprises the mentioned above two former counties apart from Raja. Our demand to have a separate state is based on the following facts:
Firstly, since you issued the decree number 36/ 2015 for the creation of 28 states, all Raja chiefs rejected the amalgamation of Raja with the two Aweil counties to establish Lol State with its capital at Raja. The Raja people’s refusal to unite with our two counties is based on the assumption that the Dinka from the two counties would grab their lands and impose their culture on them; which has never been our culture as Aweil people in general.
Secondly, the intellectuals and youths of Aweil West and Aweil North met in Juba last year and appealed to your Excellency to consider the establishment of Aweil West State; which would comprise the two Aweil counties (North and West), and its capital at Nyamlel.