Commemorating the 12th Anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death

Posted: July 30, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Featured Articles, History, PaanLuel Wël, People

The 12th Anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death: Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang de Mabioor

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai.

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — Dr. John Garang, the former SPLM/A leader, was killed on Saturday, 30 July 2005, near the town of New Cush in Eastern Equatoria state, in a helicopter crash on his way back from Rwakitura, Mbarara district in western Uganda, to New Site, Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan, after paying a two-day private visit to his longtime friend, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Among those killed onboard the M1-172 presidential chopper were Dr. John Garang and his aides: Lt. Col. Ali Mayen Majok, Lt. Col. Amat Malwal, 1st Lt. Deng Majok Kuany, 1st Lt. Mayen Deng Mabior and 1st Lt. Oboki Obur Amaybek on the Sudanese side; on the Ugandan side were: Chief Pilots Col. Peter Nyakairu and Captain Paul Kiyimba; Flight Engineer Major Patrick Kiggundu; a Protocol Officer at the Presidential Palace, Samuel Andrew Bakowa; the helicopter’s Jet Officer Lt. Johnson Bahebya Munanura; a signaller with the Presidential Escort, Corporal Hassan Kiiza; and a flight hostess on the helicopter, Lillian Kabaije

On this 12th anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death, the following articles—and poems—might help us to make sense of his untimely demise and, more importantly, to commemorate his illustrious life as one of our revolutionary fighters in the cause of the liberation of South Sudan.

  1. The Biography of Dr. John Garang

  1. Who Killed Dr. John Garang?

  1. John Garang’s 1987 Heritage Interview with Hon. Arop Madut Arop

  1. John Garang and the May 16th Bor Uprising

  1. Dr. John Garang’s speeches during the war of liberation, and speeches on the eve of and after the CPA

  1. A Guiding Star: Tribute to our Hero Dr. John Garang de Mabior

  1. John Garang: The National Father Who Lived And Died Honorably

8. Weep my Soul, a poem by Enoch Ngor


Weep ye daughter of Kush

Weep ye mother of Kaladosis

For thy son is slain

For thy hope rests on a pool of blood

It made my soul to burn in grief

My mind engulfed in disbelief

How could that be?

For you to leave so soon

The world asked in bewilderment

Is it the son of de Mabior?

The White Calf of Peace

Is it Garang?

The same one

Who proclaimed hope for Sudan?

The New Sudan

A New Sudan where all shall live in harmony

United with dignity and free will

But there are some who wish not for this Sudan

Who reject the Sudan of your dreams?

A Sudan so different from what you advocated

Discrepant with what you initiated

A Sudan that will never be appreciated

Have not you said in Kauda

That no medicine is sweet

No balm soothes our tastes

That is why truth is prosecuted

Denied justice

For the truth is holy

Behold, the messenger of peace

Behold, the Vincent of the oppressed

You are not yet done

You abide in the millions who believe in thy vision

Thy vision that resembles the fragrance of the flowers

The breeze of the sea

The whispers of the brooks

They thought by picking a flower

The fragrance would be sent to oblivion

Nay they did not realize that

You are the fragrance of the struggle

You are the substance of the peaks

You are the soul of liberation

You are the symbol of the New Sudan

Your departed soul shall enliven the struggle

The struggle for Justice and Equality

The struggle to make humane this land of millions

This land of many gods and people

Thy strong will for a New Sudan shall remain entrenched in history

Thy patience to restore dignity to many shall glitter forever

Thy virtue for the truth and justice shall guide the path of many

Thy sincerity for change shall be the conscience of the people

There is no truth in this land of mortals

The absolute truth abide in the world of tomorrow

Where each truth will freely mingle with others

There we shall discern the mockery and treachery

Of the enemies of truth

The ones who assassinated Luther

The ones who slaughtered Gandhi

The ones who crucified the Nazarene

The ones who poisoned Socrates

The ones who killed the source of our hope

As long as they continue doing these

They cannot bend the spirit of the truth

For the truth is absolutely free and seeks no gratifications

For the truth gratify itself

But Weep not anymore daughter of Nyankiir

Weep not ye granddaughter of Pyre

For thy beloved has not died

Your beloved son is not gone

For tomorrow shall give birth

To another Garang

May your soul rest in peace


The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the War of Liberation Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)


The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)

who killed John Garang

Who Killed Dr. John Garang? Paperback – July 27, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël (Author)

tributes to John Garang

The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Tributes to the Late SPLM/A’s Leader Dr. John Garang de Mabioor (Volume 3) Paperback – July 11, 2015 by PaanLuel Wël (Author)

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

in the company of Dr. John Garang: once upon a time, we were united.

New Sudan Vision-John Garang


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