Archive for December 31, 2017

“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing”

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PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB): The Best Articles, Writers, of the Year 2016

December 31, 2017 (SSB) — Last year 2016, we highlighted and celebrated our writers by showcasing their writings for the year 2016. As part of that tradition, we bring to your desk/screen the best of 2017 as featured on PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese bloggers (SSB) website.

The year 2017, in some hours, will dwindle into the past, and the people of South Sudan, along with the rest of the world, will welcome 2018. Every New Year is a joyful festival, a celebration of the last year achievements, accomplishments that include being alive and healthy, recognizing the selfless young leaders, whether in journalism, governance, or other important issues such as women’s rights issues, economic growth, conflicts and peace.

This year, our country, with its suffering population, has been featured hundreds over hundreds of websites all over the world, mostly in a bad light. However, PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese bloggers (SSB), our own website, occupies the central stage in publishing opinion articles and analysis featuring ordinary South Sudanese, which make sense of the dire situations in our beloved country.

It is also an instrumental informant to South Sudanese worldwide because it publishes writings from South Sudanese, both within and outside the country. These opinions explain the general and specific lives and situations of South Sudanese in countries such as Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK, EU and many other places where South Sudanese are taking refuge.

Instead of being constrained by the ritual of the “top 10” best opinion articles and writers, we have elected to showcase the rich compilations of the best writings from the best opinion writers and sociopolitical and economic analysts. By “best” we simply have in mind a piece of writing that best highlight the horrors of the civil war and economic crisis that our people are enduring in dignified humiliation; a piece of writing that best capture and present not just a constructive criticism of our leaders from all sides of the political, economic and conflict divides, but also a feasible resolution of the ills that has been ailing our country since the advent of the CPA and into independence.

Today, PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese bloggers (SSB) is celebrating the diverse and excellent articles and news analysis of our best writers and acknowledging the work of other hundred contributors, columnists and opinion-writers whose names or works won’t appear in this article. We got lots of writers on our website, and it is imperative to motivate and encourage them with something unique to mark the end of the year 2017 and the commencement of a happy – prosperous and peaceful – New Year 2018:

Here is the 2017 review:


My response to my critic of my last article (the quest to know our place in human history – part two). This piece of writing is written in jest (humour))

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

African heritage

December 31, 2017 (SSB) — Mr Vigilio M, I like your argument because it may represent the argument of some South Sudanese.  You have given me a chance to respond to you and to them.  Below is my response to what you wrote.

  1. You wrote that “Colonials came and left but our cultures remained unchanged and there’s a good reason why colonials have chosen not to interfere with local cultures because it is a red line on the sand”. I have no desire to say anything against or to rebut your assertion.  Our African people did the right thing to the invaders.  You also asserted that “…the colonials chose not to interfere with local cultures…”  In my opinion, the reason they did so is because they did not want to mess up or to destroy the cultures of the people who taught them Philosophy, Religion, Medicines, Chemistry, Architecture and so on.  Later on, the foreigners came in and stole works of art from people who help them jump-start their own civilization.  They decided to leave African cultures unchanged because they wanted to keep them as reference points.