Archive for February 17, 2018


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Remembering My Dad, Prof. Ahang Beny Acuar, Who Joined his Mother and Ancestors 10 Years Ago – February 19, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

By Dr. Laaura Nyantung Ahang Beny, Michigan, USA

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

 

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — “In the quiet tranquility of the beautiful village of Panebei in Yirol, Sudan lies in a deep eternal sleep a humble soul. He rests peacefully beside his beloved Mother, Kulang Mou Kacuol, in a place he never really left, free at last and unencumbered by the burdens of our physical world. There is no running water there as of yet, but it is his home and my home, too. He is Ambrose Ahang Beny Acuar, my beloved Father.

My Father was born around the year 1938 in Aturok, Yirol, Southern Sudan into an Atuot Dinka family. His father was Beny Acuar and his mother was Kulang Mou Kacuol. He had five brothers—Madol (deceased), Macar, Kon (deceased), Ahou (deceased), and Cieng—and one sister—Acuoth. My Father left home at an early age to attend school at a time when the schools in southern Sudan were run by British colonialists. In what I believe was a compromise, my Grandfather, Beny Acuar, had selected my father from among his siblings to attend school. At the time, Dinka families generally preferred boys and young men to be reared for a life of cattle-herding. Boys spent many days of the year in the cattle camps and it was an honorable thing to do. Curious, I often asked my Father why Beny Acuar chose him and not another sibling. I believe that his Father recognized his brilliance and wisdom from an early age and thus sent him to school.

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By Longar Mathiec Wol, Nairobi, Kenya

Dual Diu of Gawaar Nuer

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — Culture is one of the conundrum situations that becomes part of the people live. The funniest thing about the issues to do with culture is its sensitivity and it intricate to the social life. Most of the cultural issues are address with precaution because anything involves culture similar to anything involving religion. Culture is good because it is an identity and the way of life that people choose to have. It’s one of the most beautiful things created by God.

There are many cultures that exist million years ago some have been added by colonizers; some of these cultures are good and become part of our lives, though not all cultures are friendly. In some culture for instance, in South Sudan, there are certain cultures that were brought by the colonizers and the people incorporated them into the existing ones. But, what we didn’t know is whether these cultures are doing more good or more harm to our society.

Though not all cultures are harmful still some may be harmful; for instance, the body modification, whether body adornment, scarification, lip-plate and tooth sharping that have existed for centuries till today. Some of these are being practiced by many countries especially in Africa and South Sudan has its good share.

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By Ang’ok Arok Got, Eldoret, Kenya

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A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi payam, Bor County, Jan 2016

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — I know vividly that by the time I finish typing the last word of this article and post it, I will have lost 1001 friends especially ladies. Call me a prejudice, call me a mongoloid, call me a dwarf, call me a traitor, call me a male chauvinist, call me all those sorts of names you think are barbaric, those big hee vocabularies you can think of, but alas! I will not conceal the truth from thee thy Kingdom Come. I have pondered over this topic for so long. You might go numb with series of plethora thoughts but truth and transparency are a formidable combination that encompasses a human life cycle. Insects can either have a complete or incomplete metamorphosis but humans tend to live their thousand life cycles in one lifetime. There we go ladies;

Dear ladies, how dare have you misunderstood and misinterpreted the term “civilization” and totally camouflaged from our own culture and customs, moral values and behavior, self-respect and family dignity to this weird and lackluster kind of lifestyle of the foreign people? I suppose you screen the foreign culture from your colonizers and take with you what is good to make home a better place of stay, rich with ideologies beautifully crafted from your own ideas and knowledge combined. I swear you people will die as copies due to those stupid minds which make you copy everything you come across. That you are civilized ladies, civilized ladies of the modern era, “civilized ladies”, my foot.

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Bishop Paride Taban peace village is so far the world greatest peace innovative idea.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

The outgoing Archbishop, Dr. Daniel Deng Bul

The outgoing Archbishop, Dr. Daniel Deng Bul during the voting process at the All Saints Cathedral, Juba, South Sudan

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — While South Sudanese have their ears and attention in Ethiopian capital city in an effort to have a glimpse of what is going on at the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) table in Addis Ababa the venue of numerous peace initiatives including the popular 1972 Peace Agreement and the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the world in the opposite mirror is greatly attracted and amused by South Sudan Kuron Peace Village, a bushy and remote village founded by Bishop Paride Taban.

It all started in 1999 when Bishop Paride established the Holy Trinity Kuron Peace Village in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state. The project, which initially began as a demonstration farm later expanded in 2004. The noble dream of peace village was realized and accomplished in 2005 after his retirement from the diocese Torit, Bishop Paride peace preaching during the bush wars and his 2005 peace village has earned him world attention and adoration making him the world skillful peacemaker.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?

February 17, 2018 (SSB) –- We are seeing the challenges to democracy in our daily basis, because days are going and difficult aspects of governance rise of changes against democracy but the cases and issues of South Sudanese leaders attempting to retain power above unconstitutional or uncontrolled have attack human rights abuses, blockage of civil liberties, and the freedom of press as well as many other principles and pillars of democracy.

Our democracy is totally backsliding, because the government where representative of constituencies of citizens supposed to respect the fundamental rights of their citizens, social rights, and equality, and because of war, the government failed to maintained checks and balance among executives, parliament, and judiciary while our civil population to strengthen democracy in South Sudan failed to see their roles and objectives. And the most difficult parts of democracy in South Sudan are how to tackle corruption and rule of law since the establishment of South Sudan government in 2005.

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Press statement: SPLM/A (IO) leaders in the US Condemn the mockery of Justice in the case of James Gatdet Dak, call on IGAD and the international community to immediately intervene

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — We the undersigned SPLM/A (IO) leaders in the United States of America, upon fixating our collective eyes on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia hoping for good and peaceful news, were shocked to learn of the sentencing of James Gatdet Dak, SPLM/A (IO) Chairman’s Spokesman. At a time when all South Sudanese were cautiously optimistic that the Juba regime will refrain from the usual gimmicks, deceits and intransigence and, instead, uses this opportunity faithfully to stop the bloodshed, they received one of the shocking news of their lives and in recent history.

A court, with obvious guidance from the regime, sentenced Mr. Dak, who is covered by the recently signed Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, to death for what it called “treason.” The evidence of this so-called treason was Mr. Dak’s Facebook post reporting the presidential palace – J1, battle hours after it occurred in July of 2016. This “dogfight” was later followed by an all-out assault on the SPLM/A (IO) positions eventually dislodging the SPLM/A (IO) military and political leadership from Juba. This flagrant violation of the peace agreement ultimately led to its collapse.

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Phow State Civil Society Organizations: Press Statement on South Sudan’s current Peace Process and Political situation in the country

South Sudan in Turmoil

South Sudan in Turmoil, courtesy of the Gov’t, IO, G-10, other opposition groups and UNMISS

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — South Sudan embroiled itself into civil war in mid-Dec 2013.  As a result of that political and armed conflict, thousands of innocent civilians have so far lost their dear lives. Millions other more are already displaced now SUFFERING internally in the country as IDPs and in neighboring countries as Refugees.

We, Phow State’s Civil Society Organization groups, would, therefore, like to seize this golden opportunity today to express our views and voices on South Sudan current disturbing political situation. We need peace to return to South Sudan!!

It has now been almost five years since January 2014 when IGAD took the regional initiative to mediate peace talks first between the two main warring parties in order to bring about a peaceful settlement in South Sudan. But all in vain! Today, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Peace talks between the opposition coalition and Juba government are still ongoing through IGAD-led High-Level Revitalization Forum on ACRISS.

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HLRF of ARCSS Collapses as Opposition Groups Issue Fresh Demands

Posted: February 17, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

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Position Paper of the Opposition Groups at the HLRF of ARCSS (PDF)


By Benjamin Guarken Chiman, Juba, South Sudan

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February 17, 2018 (SSB) — War by definition, is a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state whereas, senseless, simply means, being unconscious of comatose. The world wars that have been fought many times were either justifiable or were simple being fought with comatose minds.

Many leaders resort to war as last option when either table negotiation or mediation fails. Sometimes, these kinds might be accepted to be called justifiable wars. However, some leaders drive their nations to war with other nations or with herself, maybe through internal influences or external influences. This type of war qualifies to be generously termed a senseless war, the war without benefits the war brought about by being comatose of ideas or leadership strategies.

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