Archive for January 24, 2018

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

girl child education

Let’s educate our girls

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — In most traditional South Sudanese families, a girl’s future was decided mainly by parents and male siblings. Boys enjoy some autonomy in making choices – from early sexual education to choosing a future wife and earning a living by any means (being cattle raiding, stealing from relatives, any coercive channels or through an honest accumulation of wealth like rearing cattle, tending a garden or hunting.)

In contrast, girls were strictly prohibited from unauthorized boyfriends, sexual partners, barred and highly restricted from engaging in activities that garner incomes and their future was nearly 90% determined by their fathers, brothers and other male relatives. Mothers also ensured their daughters follow community’s accepted norms. A girl who resisted this highly controlled life has to rebel. She was cursed, disowned and subjected to extreme conditions including punishments causing death. A good girl is that who does not have sex anyhow but wait until marriage. She can be a fool, arrogant but being a virgin was sure deal to brag about and place her at the top in the community.


By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — I would want to prologue this article with a few remarks. A society that doesn’t stare the truth in the eye and call it by its correct name will perish. Such a society is always packed up under the burden of intellectual knavery and two-facedness. This is the exact situation that niches our society.

As Mr. Ahmadou Kourouma wrote in his book, “Waiting for Beasts to Vote”, “The world is for clothed peoples. We can’t enter this world unless we clothe ourselves unless we abandon our nakedness,” he writes. And so we dress up the truth in lies.

That is our problem. We dress up the truth in lies. We are economical with the truth. We shy to call things by their names. The way the current squabble over Union leadership is explained exhibits A.



Posted: January 24, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Adol Akuei, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Adol Akuei, Eldoret, Kenya

Adol Akuei

Adol Akuei

There comes a voice from the distant faraway hills,

From the serene silence of abandoned mountain grills,

A voice of thunder,

A voice of abundance,

A voice of fruitfulness,

A voice of success;


Keynote Speech of Hon. Deng D. Yai at the Ministerial Exchange C – How does Education contribute to peace and security? 

The Education World Forum 2018, London, United Kingdom, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,


Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

January 24, 2018 (SSB) — I am very delighted to speak here at the Education World Forum 2018. I thank all those who sponsored the Forum. I also thank the Forum for the invitation and the opportunity.

How does education contribute to peace and security? This is an important question and this the Ministerial Exchange is a golden opportunity to provide answers. And we have good news and bad news!

The bad news is we have witnessed too many wars, conflict and acts of violence. We have lost too many human lives too often and in too many different parts of the world. We have destroyed our Planet and caused climate change and climate change is destroying too many lives and livelihoods. We have become, to borrow the words of HRH Prince Charles, “architects of our own destruction”. It is a great human tragedy. That’s really bad news!