Archive for November 3, 2017

“The fact that South Sudan broke away from Sudan was not really the most choice of everybody, but when the majority decide in a democratic situation, people have to go with it.” President Kiir said in Khartoum, Sudan on November 1, during a press statement with President Bashir

03 November 2017 PRESS RELEASE: Clarification on Comments made by H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit during his recent visit to Khartoum, Sudan.

Bashir welcomes Kiir in khartoum

Bashir welcomes Kiir in Khartoum

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — First and foremost, the President did not regret the secession of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan. However, the comments that the President made were taken out of context. What President Kiir said was in line with the mutual notion of ‘one people living in two independent sovereign states”.

In other words, the President meant the peoples of the Sudan have always been one, and because of the political and socio-economic injustices that led into two devastating civil wars against marginalization, the people of the then Southern Sudan were eventually given the right to self-determination– of which they (including the President), proudly voted for.


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Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — “…Your Excellency, my coming to Khartoum today in response to your [Omar al Bashir] invitation is to put a final decision on all the agreements that we have been signing starting from 2012, up-to this moment.

I believe that with this team that has come here, what have been discussed will all be implemented. And I take the responsibility to be the supervisor of my team to ensure whatever has been agreed upon must be done. This is in response to the goodwill that you have shown. We have no other better choices.

The fact that South Sudan broke away from Sudan was not really the most choice of everybody, but when the majority decide in a democratic situation, people have to go with it. Again, whatever problems that happened in 2013, were uncalled for, and we would want to put them to an end.

We have listened to your voice of advice that we should not allow any political groupings to be harbored by South Sudanese against the government of the Republic of Sudan. We will not do that. I believe that the same will not happen here, because this is where South Sudanese have run to; they have run to Sudan in great numbers and other country that is hosting a great number of South Sudanese is the Republic of Uganda. But all of these, we believe that we will bring them back to our country so that we solve our problems once and for all.

I thank you for your hospitality your Excellency, and that we will work together- as I said -I will be the supervisor of whatever agreements that we have reached here. I will supervise it, and all the ministers will have to be pushed ahead of me so that they do what is wanted of them.”

National Identity: Decreeing Dinka Cattle out of Equatoria Region not a solution

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Cattle keeper in Jonglei [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

Cattle keeper in Jonglei [photo] Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — In 2012 when the Cooperation Agreements between South Sudan and Sudan were signed, one young man promised to challenge the SPLM party in forthcoming elections – the elections that never arrived yet! Asked what would be his main points, he said the SPLM government does not take care of its people. He said the government accepted to allow Arabs nomads, Messeirya, to graze their cows in Abyei but refused to extend the similar olive agreement to other cattle keeping communities from grazing in Equatoria, for example.

The Dinka cattle are roaming in Equatoria Region and this has become a political issue over the last ten years. As a reminder, Dinka tribe are pastoralists and most tribes in Central and Western Equatoria are crop farmers. So in the last twelve months, President Salva Kiir weighed and issued two Republican Decrees asking cattle keepers to leave the Equatoria region and returned to Jonglei – and wherever they came from! One such decree was issued about a week ago.

The first decree issued in 2016 was ignored by the pastoralists. In the twisted coincidence, the President recommitted himself to the Cooperation Agreement with Sudan this week – a few days after ordering fellow South Sudanese out of what is constitutionality part of their country. The agreement between Juba and Khartoum allowed unimpeded “transhumance.”


2 November 2017 Press Statement to mark the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists

South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) condemns killings of journalists and calls on the world to end impunity for crimes against journalists

diing chan awuol

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government’s secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

November 3, 3017 (SSB) — The 2 November, marks the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists. SSHURSA condemns in strongest terms possible the continued killings and all crimes against journalists in the world. Journalists are mirrors which reflect the nature of any society, killing them by the repressive regimes and political organizations is equivalent to destroying the mirror and the voice of the society. SSHURSA calls on the world’s body; the United Nations and other responsible governments to strongly stand up and take tangible measures against harassment and killings of journalists. It is the responsibility of every responsible state to end impunity for crimes against journalists. The United Nations should exert maximum pressure on all states including South Sudan which are hostile to the journalists.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

pray for peace in south sudan

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — The bravest antelope never lay down its throats for the stern claws of the predator to nick, without rebuttal South Sudanese have shown the bravest face of pliability since the outbreak of political detonation four years ago.

Man as an image of God has all the keys to unlock locked gates of dooms and ignorant, since the outbreak of 2013 conflict South Sudanese particularly the women and children have shown the great face of maturity and understanding.

That braveness should never go unnoticed; Congratulation to our women for compactly holding ant eaten pillars for survival.


National Identity: Decreeing Dinka Cattle out of Equatoria Region not a solution

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

Cattle camp in Bor

repatriated Dinka Cattle camp in Bor

November 3, 2017 (SSB) — In 2001 while in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) and an early adulthood – a stage of development young people attempt to engage in community issues, I chatted with a longtime childhood friend over the choice of the local chief. Two individuals were contesting. Most South Sudanese tribes choose their leaders based on linkage; from blood relation and geographical area. It is not about the ‘what’ (issues at stake) but the ‘who’ (individuals representing or attempting to address the challenges).

In the lead up to the local election, our conversation centered on ‘the who and the what’? Who is the best choice without the predicament of blood connection? What are the issues at hand? My friend said one guy was very good at winning issues for his community – the people closely related to him. Every time he makes the decision, he considers his blood. The other candidate was a rare breed. His decisions are mostly based on facts – not any connection – whatsoever. As students of CRE (Christian Religious Education) by then, the later should be the leader. Leadership is about issues.


By Ustaz John Garang Ayii Riak, Bor, South Sudan


November 3, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan as an independent Country is trying to develop her education system since the time of signing CPA in 2005 up to now in order to have its own recognized education system likes any other country in the world, but there are many factors that affecting the education development as below;

The big problem in the education system is the investment of little money in the education sector; since investing in education involves policy choices with financial disciplines; our government has been allocating insufficient money to the education sector. There is a serious need to invest a lot of funds in the education department in order to speed up the development of our national education system, today the money given to the education sector is too inadequate to match the education demands, such as teachers’ salary, plus other allowances e.g. house, chalk, dressing, medical, feed, accommodation, and transportation allowances that is why you have heard the on-going Jonglei State Teachers striking demanding housing allowances, salary increment, and promotion before resuming their duties. 

They are supposed to be given allowances because the work they are doing is too much, but they are receiving less compare to their task, while others who are doing less are receiving more money. Eventually, a teacher cannot go to a classroom when a stomach is empty or wearing old clothes and torn shoes, Teacher can teach well when his or her personal needs are made. I must reveal this bad news to the public that government schools will collapse sooner or later, if we don’t put more attention in an allocation of funds into education sector more teachers from the few we have, will desert their teaching professions to join either private schools or NGOs based on the above-mentioned factors.