Archive for March 30, 2017

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

hate speech

March 30, 2017 (SSB) — Peaceful co-existence is not just a work of short-term period or a dialogue of few months as South Sudan intended to address her huge and chronic challenges. National dialogue must proceed ahead for three – four years and if we see our positive steps toward peaceful co-existence, we must also stick to protect and secure peace for sustainable development in our new nation.

There is no hurry in issues of national dialogue, and national identity because things will begin to happen slowly until full time where we have to recognize what we have done and achieved in national dialogue and peace implementation in the country. There are small dangerous things we used to do and later on we ignore them as simple things but they are very harmful to our unity and co-existence as South Sudanese. It is better to avoid them instead.


Bruises of the civil war: “My 75 cows, 35 goats as your dowry, and two steers killed…” (Part 9)

By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia


March 30, 2017 (SSB) — After her dream, Akuol Manguak wasn’t suicidal but she refused to talk to anyone in the compound except to her niece, Martha. The two guards left behind to look after Akuol and the girls observed everything in silence. Their job was to stop any violence but any cold, thorny relationship among the family members stood in their faces with impunity.

In one of the mornings of her stay in Ngalangala, Nyankoot had no regards for Akuol’s emotional buttons. She pressed any of them and Akuol was more stressed. “Akuol, what’s going on?” She asked.

“Shouldn’t I suppose to ask the same question?” Akuol shot back in a disrespectful manner, narrowing her eyes to the point of seeing nothing.

“My 75 cows, 35 goats as your dowry, and two steers killed to seal your marriage! Then, 7 years later, you have nothing to show me; and you’re talking to me as if I am your maid (domestic worker),” she barrelled out these words in Aliab’s accent.


Press Release from NAS: In Response to allegations of NAS’s affiliations with other rebel groups


Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

March 30, 2017 (SSB) — The National Salvation Front (NAS) would like to take this opportunity to clarify and correct some false claims made in a statement by Lt. Gen. John Jok who claims to be a Commander for the SPLM/IO in Equatoria Region.

1-   Lt. Gen John Jok claims to have held ‘a fruitful discussion’ with the Chairman of NAS Lt. Gen. Thomas Cirillo in Ethiopia on the 9th March 2017.

This is totally untrue and a baseless lie. Regardless of the intentions of the author, no such meeting or discussion about any of the issues ever happened. As such all the claims made after this false start are, needless to say, baseless.


By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Murle dancing

March 30, 2017 (SSB) — For the edification of the possible readers who are entirely uninformed, Mr. Michael Igwambe was a paramount chief of Gamberia village too long ago. He was said by the traditional historians that his face looks unattractive because he screwed –up ugly expression on his face always.  Not only was he rude but he had a face look like a bulldog chewing a wasp. Whenever he said something, he would look as if he is quarrelling.

Chief Igwambe and his guvnor were said to have led a renowned insidious rebellion against dictator chief Mr. Nyamer Mwaper under Gamberia Servicemen/women (GSm/w) umbrella which no one’s ever done it of late. Throughout the said to-ing and fro-ing conflict, his deputy Mr. Mali Bokora was reportedly had been leading an effective countervailing force against them contemporaneously with their common enemy because he accused them of having rudimentary knowledge about GSm/w and the purpose it was formed.



By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Bor, South Sudan

Peace messaging competition in Bor

USAID organizes Inter School Peace Messaging Competition in Bor, Jonglei state

March 30, 2017 (SSB) — The inter-schools peace messaging competition was organized by VISTAS, a USAID-funded program, in partnership with the Kreative Nile Family, an independent drama group and registered community-based organization operating in Bor The competition drew thirteen schools (six primary schools in Bortown, one primary school in PoC, and six high schools in Bortown).

Throughout the competition, transformative peace messages through arts in different contexts were wholly delivered. The pupils and students from both elementary and supplementary schools gave motivating peace messages in the area of peace-building through the arts.

The inter-school drama festival’s theme was ‘Supporting school-aged youth peace messaging in Bor’: the categories for the competition were drama, coral verse, solo verse, storytelling, essay writing and debate. The adjudicators were transparently selected through interviews, and more accountable, gender impartiality was highly considered.