Archive for December 27, 2017

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

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one nation, one country, one people

December 27, 2017 (SSB) — As we approach the end of 2017, let me take this opportunity to wish all the Christians in general and people of South Sudan, in particular, a merry Christmas and all the people across the globe a happy and prosperous new year 2018.

As the quest for the peace in the youngest nation has been a painful experience as the country goes through the rough route two years after it the independence declaration. Since the war broke out the efforts to stabilize the country has been on top gear but most proof futile.

But with all this uncertainty since the war broke out almost five years ago the people continue to keep the hope alive, that one day the scarce commodity call peace will one day avail itself. It has been a hope to every single South Sudanese that peace is attainable, though it’s taking longer then it is better late than never. Regardless of the exacerbating suffering the unyielding hope for peace South Sudan continue to ring in the ear of every South Sudanese.


The traumatic shift from our society formations to military formations. This is a story about how we were mixed up – separated from our lineages- and village-mates and sorted out in groups of kids from different sections and villages – for the first time upon arrival in Ethiopia.

By Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

December 27, 2017 (SSB) — We were to be mixed with kids of various diversities in early 1988. This was the first move away from social formations where we were organized into lineages, clans and sections during our journey to Ethiopia from our various villages.

It was around April 1988 (not specifically sure of the time) when Capt. Pieng Deng-majok announced that we should be sorted out in military formations to allow for integration of kids from various backgrounds of South Sudan. This was meant to initiate us into National Agenda of Liberation that was transcendent of any social association.

It was also meant to rid us of social ignorance and stigmas that were stereotypically bound into us by various social bigotries. There were stories of this community eats people and others are this and that, causing unnecessary suspicions.


The ARCSS is not a subject of personality (Dr. Riek Machar Teny)

By Cde. Deng Gai Gatluak, Juba, South Sudan

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Molana Deng Gai Gatluak


December 27, 2017 (SSB) — I have been merely a keen observer on how intellectuals debate opinions about the complexities of the ARCSS, HLRF and the disintegration within SPLM/A-IO, but opted to zip my mouth, watch behind the scenes and persistently kept my fingers on the pulse.

Nonetheless, I saw it wise to drop some lines on the subject matter. Martin Luther King Jr. once reiterated that “our lives begin to end the day we keep silent about things that matter.” On that note, It has come to my heed that, a substantial number of South Sudanese, predominantly the intellectuals, have exceedingly failed to comprehend the distinction between personalities and the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The ARCSS was signed between SPLM/A-IG and SPLM/A-IO plus other political stakeholders. Consequently, the agreement wasn’t a subject of Dr. Riek Machar Teny and H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardiit, notwithstanding the fact that they were the main signatories, we shouldn’t turn a blind eye on the fact that, SPLM/A-IO and SPLM/A-IG are legal entities that are separate from whoever spearheads them.


My Christmas events since 1990

Posted: December 27, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers, Philip Thon Aleu

By Philip Thon Aleu, Entebbe, Uganda

17 years ago during the Easter of 2000 in Mangalatoria DC

17 years ago during the Easter of 2000 in Mangalatoria DC! with Thon Anyang Anyieth Nhial, Ngor Jok Deel, Maluak Ayuen Chol, Alier Cier Mading…

December 27, 2017 (SSB) — This is a record of all my Christmas events since I was baptized in Makuach, Bor, Jonglei state, in 1990.

Part 1: Makuach, Bor, 1990-1994
1. 1990: Makuach, Bor: After being baptized as a Christian, I was obliged to celebrate Christmas for the first time in 1990 in Makuach, east of Bor town. I did not know what exactly it meant at the time and just enjoyed the women and men throwing their arms back and forth and singing some songs that did not make sense to me at all.
2. 1991: Makuach, Bor: This was a full-time event after the SPLM split and subsequent Bor massacre and cattle disappeared in my life for the first time. I watched Church Choir marching on the road and amongst the bones from unburied dead. I followed the marchers throughout until I was tired and retired home.
3. 1992: Yuddu IDP camp, Kaya (at South Sudan Uganda border). This was my first Christmas season in our new home at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp. I remember this event vividly for two reasons: a). Our family arrived from Bor after a journey of 43 days; and a day before the church marches which I later discovered to be on every December 24th. b). for the first time, I saw women and children well dressed. In Bor, few people were clothed in 1991. I was exhausted from the one and half months walking (from Bor to Kaya) and simply watched the parade from one spot with folded arms.