Archive for March 23, 2017


By Atem Yaak Atem -Australia

“Dr. Lueth Garang Kuany, a renowned medical practitioner during the Liberation days has passed away. The late Dr. Lueth was on duty in Bor Hospital on the 16th of May 1983 when Battalion 105 was attacked at Malual ë Chaat and casualties began to arrive. He personally treated the wounded Kerubino when he was brought into the hospital before joining the rebellion that became the SPLA/M few months later. Dr. Lueth was among the six people in the car that took John Garang to Ethiopia. During the War of Liberation Dr. Lueth, together with the likes of Dr. Achol Marial, Dr. Akol Diing, Dr. Atem Nathan, Dr. Kemerie, Dr. Dau Aleer, and many others worked in the liberated area rendering medical care to hundreds of thousands of people in need. He died on the 5th of March in Kampala, Uganda and his body was brought back on Wednesday 8 March to South Sudan for burial.” From The National Courier, March 9, 2017.

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Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

March 23, 2017 (SSB) — When I received a text message from a friend in Juba carrying the news of the passing away of Dr Lueth Garang, I was struck by sadness. Late Lueth Garang was one of the people I have known for a very long time. He was a friend. More than that, the departed compatriot was truly a decent man. At a time when people see and feel evil things happening around them, their consolation is when they see good people in their midst; the presence of the righteous ones often inspires hope while their exit opens a space for despair and loneliness; it also weakens the defences in the war against the forces of darkness. Where and who are the replacements for the departed good people? The good fight must not relent but its soldiers are leaving the stage. For good. Very sad indeed.

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By Kachuol Mabil Piok, Juba, South Sudan

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CDR John Garang, CDR William Nyuon and CDR Salva Kiir

March 23, 2017 (SSB) —- History is awash with occasions where South Sudanese have been able to forge unity amidst existential threats to their survival. Such occasions date back to the periods of slave trade, predatory Turco-Egyptian and Anglo-Egytian rules, and until the times of successive oppressive Khartoum based regimes.

Despite their primordial differences in forms of inter-communal raiding and expansionist wars, the black African tribes in South Sudan had collectively confronted and resisted external invasions carried out by Arab slave merchants and colonial regimes. That form of unity was remarkably demonstrated umpteen times in 1947 against the unilateral abolition of Southern Policy and subsequent unsolicited unification of the North and the South by the British colonial regime. Since then, the quest for an independent South Sudan and preservation of the dignity of its people had been the most inspiring and unifying narrative.

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By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

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The vision of John Garang

March 23, 2017 (SSB) — Admittedly, our country is saddled with host of problems it cannot afford but is being forced to carry. But how can we get the problems solved and by who and when?

I presume many people would be of the view that peace isn’t something we can deliver by ourselves as we have proved incapable. Yeah, in one or the way, they may be right.

But here is one thing. The truth is that the woes facing our country are as a result of our own making and can only be sorted out by us. Not by anyone from outside.

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