Archive for December 19, 2017

Statement by Amb. Seyoum Mesfin at the High-Level Revitalization Forum

Posted: December 19, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Speeches

This address was delivered by IGAD Special Envoy Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo, in the absence of Mesfin, who was not able to attend the opening session.

communique from IGAD

December 19, 2017 (SSB) —- Distinguished delegates of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan; Distinguished delegates of the SPLM/SPLA (In Opposition); Distinguished delegates of the SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees);

Distinguished Eminent Personalities,Distinguished representatives of Civil Society, the Faith-based institutions; and the women’s bloc; Distinguished representatives of the AU, UN, Troika, EU, China and diplomatic community; Excellencies, my Colleagues the IGAD Special Envoys, members of the secretariat, and members of the media; Ladies and gentlemen;

Welcome once more to Addis Ababa, and to what I hope will be a productive and intense session of negotiations. I make the following remarks on behalf of Amb. Seyoum Mesfin, who is not with us here today but will be returning to Addis Ababa in a few days’ time.


By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya


The mysterious cross-shaped grass at Juba Teaching Hospital

December 18, 2017 (SSB) — The war continues to change course, with new players coming in and other changing sides every other week. For goodness’ sake, have we lost all our humanity? Millions of our people are living like animals in IDP and UN camps, worse than those in refuge in other countries.

Imagine a South Sudanese wishing to live as a refugee in a foreign land than stay in his/her own country? At this point, it’s useless to apportion blame, but rather, to look beyond personal interests and seek peace. We have not gone beyond redemption, no… we still have our humanity.


By Peter Makuach Manyuat, Juba, South Sudan

Gogrial state

December 19, 2017 (SSB) — On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan declared its independence from the Republic of Sudan. The joyous celebrations that ensued showed the level hankering South Sudanese had for an independent country that they would be calling their home.  Barely two years later, our beloved country was plunged into an abyss of civil war by greedy and masquerade of leaders. This war has not only deprived us of security and job opportunities but also our social cohesion and lost our life direction.

In this article, the author explains the way youths have taken politics as a way of living and in that way, have massively contributed to the destabilization of South Sudan in one way or the other.

Sudan Housing and Population Census (2008) estimates that youth make up about 70% of the population in South Sudan. This means that youths are the outright majority and hence, anything affecting them has to be given a serious national attention. This is not the case now. Youth in South Sudan who are always mobilized and labelled by politicians as “defenders and protectors” of the nation and communities, are often dragged into violence ignited by ethnic divisions among ethnically polarized communities.


By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Anyanya one freedom fighters

Anyanya one freedom fighters

December 19, 2017 (SSB) — In a comprehensive understanding, trauma is a psychological and emotional response to an extremely events or experiences that deeply disturbing mind, soul and feeling of a person. The events which can cause post-traumatic stress disorder are the wide ranges of problematic disadvantages that stuff ordinary life such as HIV/AIDS, serious illness, divorce, accident, killing, extremely beating, torture, and other extreme experiences of war as such in South Sudan.

Somebody told me, David Matiop I heard that you are a counsellor, and you went through many series counselling training, please can you help me? I have a trauma, and a man accepted being traumatized! As a counsellor, I didn’t jump into his needs just like that, I searched into his background biologically, psychologically, socially, culturally, economically, and spiritually and applying the applied psychology to understand him inclusively.


  1. Report of the Pre-Forum Consultations on the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF)
  2. Government Response/Critique of the Report of the Pre-Forum Consultations on the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF)
  3. Leaked Confidential Draft of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement on the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF)
IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017