Archive for December 7, 2017

By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

National Dialogue, concept reflictions by Mading Deng

“In this polarized and polarizing conflict, perceptions can overshadow reality, and whatever the equation of the power structures, the Dinka are being seen as having replaced the Arabs as the rulers in an ethnically unjust system. As the various ethnic groups converge against what they perceive as Dinka domination, the Dinka in turn begin to perceive themselves as targeted and paradoxically as in imminent danger of a genocidal onslaught. They therefore strive to mobilize themselves in self-defense.” – Dr Francis Mading Deng – SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE; Conceptual Reflections page 43

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — When the fellow citizens walked to Dr. John Garang Mausoleum to celebrate the declaration of their independence in 2011, I was among them but soon after hearing some speeches from our leaders, I turned nervous and I concluded that we are destined to a fail state.

The speeches focused on the historical facts of the struggles, establishments of government, the formation of the commissions, the resources we have and desired to develop a newborn country. Little was said about the unity of our people, the unity of South Sudanese.

This made me believe that the people of South are not the real focus and will never be a focus since we repeatedly preached today creation of more states and not a desire to bring unity of the 64 tribes.


By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — Excuse me, let me state my point. Time and again I have been rebuked by voices stating at length why I must abandon supporting the government of the South Sudan and President Salva Kiir Mayardit then particular.

The voices referred to it as a failed government. A government devoid of substance. One that is owned by a section of the community. One that has rendered South Sudanese homeless, massively displacing them from their residents.

All these sound great, but those pronouncing them are much filthier than they claim purity. South Sudan was in fact messed up by the runaway criminals. Those that might have either uneasy political breakthrough, embezzled public resources, murdered somebody, the sacked from the government, irritated drug addicts, mere cajoled youngsters and of course few sound individuals whose reasons for joining the rebellion are not trivial.



Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol

The late Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — It was a big joy when we were granted our independence on 9/7/2011. Everyone from South Sudan thought Bashir and his fellow Arabs were the problems. After the independence, I thought we were free from any form of violence. Little did I know that the problem lies with us South Sudanese, especially our leaders?

The war of SPLM/A that took over 20 years, claimed mostly the lives of soldiers. However, the current conflicts among South Sudanese, is taking away most the lives of innocent civilians.

Those who have died within 6 years of independence are likely more than those who died within 21 years of SPLM/A civil war. Was our independence a blessing or a curse?

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

HIV-AIDS prevention: Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — In commemoration of HIV/AIDS World Day on the 5th of December 2017 in South Sudan, HIV/AIDS is a great challenge to life and had the highest threat to the entire population in South Sudan, Africa and in the world at large. Why is HIV/AIDS everybody business? Is it a question which needs integrative knowledge that will address the prevention of epidemic among the youths of South Sudan? Let‘s understand it here.

The HIV/AIDS is not yet much known to civil population especially at the grass root levels because if you know something, you may know it to the best of your knowledge and more details about the disease may be some people know little about it.


The Amazing Story of three brothers: Peter Makuach Manyuat, Jackson Ngong Manyuat and Gabriel Makuach Manyuat

By Peter Makuach Manyuat, Juba, South Sudan

Malek secondary school

Form four candidates in Malek secondary school [photo] by Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch, June 2016

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — Children in their early teenage years often discuss how their future would pan out to be and what kind of profession each one would want to follow. My above-mentioned brothers and I one time had a similar kind of discussion.

I started the discussion myself by revealing that I would want to be a doctor if things go the way I would want them to be. Gabriel Makuach, my stepbrother, followed with his wish saying that all he dreamt of was to be an Engineer.

Ngong’s turn came and said he also wanted to be a doctor. Then, I was in primary eight and the brothers were in primary 3 still. We carried the results of our discussion to our father, Manyuat Ayii Ngong. All he advised was that he wished each one of us to work to the fulfillment of our dreams.