Archive for January 22, 2018

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Atem Yaak Atem

Atem Yaak Atem is the former deputy minister for information, the founding director, chief editor, and trainer of Radio SPLA, and the author of  “Jungle Chronicles and Other Writings: Recollections of a South Sudanese“, a four-volume memoir, of which Jungle Chronicle is the first installment.

January 22, 2018 (SSB) — Thanks to you and the rest of your colleagues who have written those flattering remarks. It’s always good and encouraging to be appreciated for what one has done or said. However, it should not be forgotten that anyone who is engaged in sharing public knowledge or information and not motivated by a desire to be admired, must do that as a duty and not a means to earn adulation or endorsement.

In a sense, if for example, such a role happens to earn them displeasure and scorn from any individual or circles, one shouldn’t be surprised or disheartened.

The other factor worth taking into consideration in this aspect is the assumption that my generation or the one before our own has the monopoly of knowledge and that they are more and better informed than our younger siblings or our own children. That claim or thinking is wrong because it ignores the factor which late Dr William Kon Bior called “historical advantage”- having been there before others.


By Thon Madol Mathok, Kampala Uganda

Bishop of the ECSS

Members of the Provincial Synod. The Episcopal Church elects Bishop Justin Badi Arama of the Diocese of Maridi to replace Archbishop Dr. Daniel Deng Bul as Primate and Archbishop of South Sudan; All Saints Cathedral, photo by Simon Yak Deng

January 22, 2018 (SSB) — 21th Jan 2018 Dating back to history, Dinka and Nuer were one people (Nilotic group), they shared one thing in common which is pastoralism and characteristics that define pastoralist people such as cattle herding, looking for pastures, water etc. and other commonalities are Dinka-Atuot dialect is the same as that of Nuer language, initiation into adulthood, for instance, Nuer’s forehead mark are virtually alike if not similar in style and lines as of that of Dinka-Agar.

It is on this note that our Dinka Agar ancestors used to tell their grandchildren that Dinka-Agar and Nuer were coming from the same man called “Marol” who gave birth to Nyantoc Marol and Agar Marol, Nyantoc produced Nuer offspring and Agar produced Agar clan of Dinka. Even though it does not hold true in lineage and history when we trace the history but it is a tale used by ancestors to coin up the relationship between each other in order to maintain peaceful coexistence.

So, how did this relationship come to fade away? Why is there no sign of willingness on both sides to restore it? These questions need us to explore the nature of the conflict and a need to do thorough peace reconciliation.


How my beautiful aunt turned into an idol of poverty

Posted: January 22, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

women of war

Gawaar Nuer community calls for peace and reconciliation

Aunty will I ever forget the big pot of cool water,

That we used to quench the chronic thirst;

After our maderesa break time,

Never will I forget how proudly I and my classmates familiarized ourselves;

With dish of yummy kisra and kudura at your home (more…)

Appreciating the importance of ‘Arekic Songs’ in Dinka: Encouraging Athieng (Mamour) Kureng Agok & Nyagai Awuou Ader in Australia

 By David Mabior Atem Kuir, Winnipeg, Canada

January 22, 2018 (SSB) — The beauty of living in a globalized world (technology) has landed me an opportunity of accessing and listening to their songs called ‘arekic songs’ in Dinka composed by Athieng Kureng Agok and her friend Nyagai Awuou Ader. For non-Dinkas readers, “arekic songs” are songs composed and sung by the individuals that teamed up as friends to sings together.

When they are singing, each person has their own song and there are instances where singers sing together and instances where they sing individually depending on the course of each ‘arekic song’. The meanings of their songs; (lyrics) tones, tunes, a position of arms and eyes contact, were all coordinated, inspired and impressed to capture the moods of viewers and listeners. They are excellent singers! Their songs are well-composed and well-presented to meet the intended audiences. Very creative and talented singers! They have got it all.