Archive for December 21, 2017

By Ater Yuot Riak (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Customary book, final cover July 2017

December 21, 2017 (SSB) — I am not an anthropologist but as an Atuot (Apak) native, I am interested and eager to share the uniqueness of Atuot people as many are confused how come they are Dinka and they speak the language very similar to Nuer? What is their origin and where did they come from? How they combined Dinka and Nuer ethnicities? I feel curious and would love to attempt answering the above questions on the following paragraphs about Atuot people of Western Yirol.

An American scholar John W. Burton (1952-2013) conducted anthropological fieldwork among the Atuot people as they narrated to him in the 1970s. John was graciously helped by renowned South Sudanese ambassador, diplomat and scholar, Dr. Francis Mading Deng. His study was one of the best anthropology biographies done on Atuot people but need more elaboration from Atuot people themselves.

A number of Nilelots elder people said that all the people-Dinka, Nuer and Atuot-came from a place called adekdit, a Dinka term with a most interesting meaning. In colloquial usage, it refers to a body of water so vast a bird would be unable to cross its expanse without dying. Adekdit for Nilelotes could refer to the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea. They claimed to have had come from where the Sun shines and from the north.


John Agou is being Treated Unfair: 14 Men out, Little Boy Remain Isolated to Bear Their Crime

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Corruption in South Sudan

December 21, 2017 (SSB) — In the wake of a crumbling economy and crisis that has hit every corner of the country, our people have resorted to their usual tactics–unconstructive criticism. Now, blaming leaders for the corruption has become the number one subject of conversation in and out of the country.

However, we the people have seen courage, strength, boldness, openness, and confidence from General Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of South Sudan, in the decisions he took to try to better the lives of our people after over three years of ruthless war. However, on the different note, frustration is known to drives out talking position. With that in mind, we the family members of John Agou are waiting patiently for real and fair justice to take its course.

We will continue to wait, but our patience is hanging loosely. Unfortunately, Mr. President, we are still troubled with indignation at witnessing John, who has invested a lot in his job, being set up and smeared by the engineers of troublemakers. These kinds of actions have confused the justice system and are quite insidious to vulnerable citizens like John Agou.


By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Makwei and Lam

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth, being chatty with opposition leader, Lam Akol Ajawin, at the Addis Ababa Revitalization Forum

December 21, 2017 (SSB) — It is a war, another frontline – the struggle of “to be” (existence) and not “to be” (not to exist). The main thrive is “to be” but who knows the outcome is still being awaited. Man proposes and God deposes remember! Should this be the case?

Let me tell it all, it is just a story – kind of a fairytale, only a fiction of which no reference is made to any person either living or dead, or to any specific historical fact and so any similarity should, of course, have to be treated as purely accidental.

Let me tell it, isn’t bathing stripping off all clothes? Isn’t swimming wallowing in waters? Let me tell it. Everyone knows which side of their bread is buttered and this resulted in betrayal, an innocent dog was betrayed through whimsical decision making.

It caused a terrible mayhem, the victim was later to be regarded as a hero, an innocent victim of a misplaced suspicion and mistrust! Konybaai was shortly declared dead, totally gone never to return forever and a day until resurrection day. No post-mortem was needed, the spear of Dengwhimsical was angrily pieced through its heart intentionally. It was an unprecedented mistake of the entire village in years. Wait a minute, hold there a little, let me take you where and how it all began.


The “10 secrets of success” laid down by the South African Deputy President H.E Cyril Ramaphosa to the Leadership and Secretariat of South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee in October 2017.

By South African Deputy President H.E Cyril Ramaphosa

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one nation, one country, one people

1.) The realisation that we had a crisis as a country and that we needed to find a solution: That in itself was a major breakthrough. Sometimes you can live through problems and never realise that you have a problem; like someone who is ill and has lots of pains but doesn’t realise there is a real problem. That was when we began to develop the secret that got us to where we are. It was a collective realisation that the country that was in crisis. Our interlocutor was the NP which also realised that it had a problem and that the crisis required a solution. Once that had happened, we were able to move forward. Both sides realised they could not defeat each other. Over time they both thought they’d defeat the other (the ANC thought that through MK it would make the country ungovernable; and the NP had a picture in their heads that they would defeat the ANC and that the ANC would be brought to it’s knees). We also needed to have an honest assessment of ourselves. Once you realise you have that kind of crisis you have to lead from the front. Mandela was in prison; he told his jailers that the crisis would never be solved unless you talk to the ANC. Tambo was still in exile and realised that options might well be imposed on SA. Both realised they had to negotiate. The NP was also going through catharsis and saw an opportunity when the Berlin wall fell; they did an assessment of the balance of forces that we have got to talk.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Makwei and Lam

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth, being chatty with opposition leader, Lam Akol Ajawin, a the Adis Ababa Revitalization Forum

December 20, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese have been known for flexibility, understanding and self-possession for ages and definitely, it has been evidenced during the last four Christmas and New Year Seasons by all who were concerned.

May the grace of our Lord keep on giving the wind of hopes to the resilient people of South Sudan today and beyond the Year 2018. No year can be a bed of roses to all but for the sake of humanity and how we were created by God in his own image as his divine children; the pain of another must be the pain of another.

Whitish basket of happiness is the joy for all, people of South Sudan have gone through many passages of distress, and that has not allowed them to see the beauty of who they are on the furthest end of the mirror, brawny courage and confidence will optimistically push aside all the obstacles that have blocked the popular peace’s path.