Archive for February 18, 2018


By Deng Vanang – Dares Salaam, Tanzania

four vice presidents of south sudan

four vice presidents of south sudan

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — Before going straight to the column, I have to relate one moral and still important story to the readers within the string of events which happened in Africa within the span of 24 hours of Wednesday to Thursday, 14th – 15th February 2018.

Call it a miracle for the believers, while a mystery for nonbelievers. This wonder only God’s chosen few acknowledged, but never dared share it lest they are verbally lynched in public.

It was spiritually coded message sent to our leaders in both government and the opposition on the one hand and Igad mediators on the other by none other than Almighty God through His usually unseen Angelic emissaries.

But all have been so deaf and blind to comprehend the message, except glaring glory of power and allure of ever tempting United States Dollars till this day.

(more…)


Remarks by Dr. Francis Mading Deng at the closing ceremony of the 2nd phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5-16, Feb 2018

four vice presidents of south sudan

the four vice presidents of South Sudan

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — It is my pleasure and honor to have been invited again to this phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum. I particularly appreciate the fact that I am invited in my personal capacity, even though I also bring to the Forum reflections from my other engagement in the National Dialogue. For this second phase of the Forum, my remarks will focus on issues related to the Revitalization process and end with a brief comment on the complementarity with the National Dialogue.

I would like to begin by apologizing for having missed the first two days of the deliberations because of other urgent matters that required my attention. Having listened to the discussions so far, I would like to make a few observations on the issues raised. I would, however, like to first offer some reflections about our last meeting.

I was struck by the way we all responded positively to the statements of the leaders from IGAD, AU, and UN on the crisis in our country and our failure to resolve the crisis to end the war and the suffering of our people. We all applauded in earnest, which indicated our agreement with their observations.

I was also struck by how much our people who spoke shared the same objective of urgently ending the war and the suffering of our people. I wondered what the problem was when we were all agreed on what we needed to do. It has indeed been often pointed out by foreign observers that our actions do not match our words.

(more…)


By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Wunkuel, South Sudan

four vice presidents of south sudan

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — If there exists a miserable dysfunctional society or state rich in different types of mineral resources, fertile agricultural land and currently experiencing extreme poverty, then South Sudan will never miss topping the lists of those impoverished countries on the planet.

After years of persistent wars and conflicts with far-reaching peaceful solutions, the revolutionary slogan, vision, and development has been destroyed by the revolutionists themselves and instead, the political settlement of issues of immediate attention is diminishing into the infinity. Not even the words of encouragement, restoration of hopes and security assurances from the country political leaders. They are quiet and we are eager to listen to them at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum.

The church leaders, civil societies, international communities and freelance observers have tried their best over the last four years or so but the position of their arguments and suggestions felt into deaf ears of the key players of this country political instability.

(more…)


By Dut Kuot Akok, Aweil, South Sudan

tribalism in rss

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — Since 2013 up to date, South Sudan has been occupied by a socially transmitted disease called tribalism brought about by those who pretend to be believers every Sunday and Friday while they are the very people who promote and preach tribalism whenever they leave their places of worshipping. It is due to the above practices that forced me to say such illusive conjecture; I termed it illusive conjecture for the reason that the existence of paradise and hell in heaven has no tangible substantiations that can clearly testify their existence.

But to avoid bringing myself into loggerhead with the creator, it is better to take it the same way we were taught to believe in the controversial resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the teaching of the Bible. And as such, let me hope that one day there will be a special place in hell for tribalists who are busy turning heaven and earth in order to demolish our milk and honey nation called South Sudan due to their individual self-interest.

(more…)

Statement from Troika on the adjournment of the HLRF

Posted: February 18, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan

Statement from Troika on the adjournment of the HLRF

Joint Statement of the South Sudanese Parties and Stakeholders on the HLRF

Posted: February 18, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, Junub Sudan

The Joint Statement of the South Sudanese Parties and Stakeholders on the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, and Recommitment to the Cessation of Hostilities, Addis Ababa, 16 February 2018

South Sudan in Turmoil

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

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — This is the Joint Statement of the South Sudanese Parties and Stakeholders on the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, and Recommitment to the Cessation of Hostilities, Addis Ababa, 16 February 2018:

  1. The South Sudanese Parties and Stakeholders have been meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 5th to the 16th  of February, 2018 for the Second Phase of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, 2015 (ARCSS).
  2. The Forum was convened by IGAD to make the necessary adjustments to the ARCSS, to ensure its full and inclusive implementation with realistic timelines, and in order to put the peace process back on track and ultimately to restore a durable peace to South Sudan.

(more…)


By Atem Biar Atem, China, Beijing

four vice presidents of south sudan

February 18, 2018 (SSB) — In the spot of public attention, it’s in a rare occurrence in the world to see a peace agreement reached for the country only to plunge back into violence just a couple of months later, no doubt South Sudan exemplified itself. In 2015 Peace accord was signed between two elephants after grasses suffered, new governments formed and sworn in and institutions were to be built to channel conflicting interest in a post-conflict environment. This was popularly seen as a formal termination of violent conflict marking the beginning of what was believed to be a long and winding road from war to peace once again.

After the experience of violence and in the wake of new unified leadership, no doubt hopes were high that South Sudan has finally returned to peace. The expectations of the people who were personally affected by the fighting in all aspects of lives and who have to find their way in the newly achieved peace were believed to be paramount in the heart of our leaders. But again the hopes and wishes of the suffering civilians within our borders turn into a nightmare when the armed confrontation erupted again at the center of South Sudanese authority in 2016.

(more…)