Archive for March 31, 2018

By Abuoi Jook Alith, Sydney, Australia          


March 31, 2018 (SSB) — The significant origin of Jesh Al Hamer is dated back to 1987 after the idea was reported to SPLA leader Dr John Garang De Mabior by one of his zonal commanders around 1986-7. That commander (name withheld) raised the issue to Dr John Garang that schools have gone none operative across Southern Sudan for over 4 years since the onset of liberation war in 1983. Dr Garang wholeheartedly received such proposal a brilliant idea and wasted no time in sending the message to all units, ordering his zonal commanders to immediately mobilize boys and sent to refugee camps, to be established at Ethiopian border late 1987-1989.

Subsequent group mainly from Bor and Nuba Mountain areas only was later sent to Polataka in Eastern Equatoria in 1989. Those zonal commanders comprised of Cdr. Kuol Manyang Juuk commanding the Southern Upper Nile mainly Bor area, Cdr. Daniel Awet Akot for the entire Bhar Al Ghazal region, Cdr. Riek Machar Teny in Western Upper Nile mainly Bentiu and Cdr. Yousif Kuwa Mekki for the Nuba Mountain. All responded positively and sent massive numbers of boys to Ethiopia as per orders from their Commander in Chief Dr Garang.

Although the numbers were not the same across those zones, this author could squarely assert the named commanders contributed overwhelming in sending the current jesh al hamer, unaccompanied minors or lost boys as they later became to school as communicated then. The vast number of those boys largely settled at Fugnido and Dima refugee camps though few went to Itang at later years of settlement.


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Bior-Matoto, Gier Chuang, and Telar Ring Deng

Bior-Matoto, Gier Chuang, and Telar Ring Deng, December 1984


March 31, 2018 (SSB) — When the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, made remarks at the Consultative Meeting on South Sudan, with UN, IGAD and the African Union that—“first of all, it is clear to me and, I’m sorry to say so, but I’ve never seen political elite with so little interest in the wellbeing of its own people” some people expressed outrage that it was against the sovereignty of South Sudan for him to make such remarks.

However, he was and he is still right up to now. In my opinion, he made a very precise observation about the conduct of South Sudanese leaders. The leaders of South Sudan do not have any interest in serving citizens as their interests solely lie in power and wealth.

 The desire by the leaders to have power and resources has reduced the human values in South Sudan to nothing. This is because South Sudanese have become less human beings since what the leaders look at is not how to improve their welfare but how to enhance their power and acquire more and more wealth.

Thus, citizens have been reduced to objects and because of that they have lost intrinsic human values due to the indifferent conduct of the leaders of South Sudan. In other words, in the politics of South Sudan, welfare of the citizens no longer matters.


H.E. The Vice President

Republic of South Sudan

RSS- Juba

Subject: Resignation Letter

Mayen Ayarbior

David Mayen Ayarbior is the spokesperson of the South Sudanese Vice President, Hon. James Wani Igga

March 30, 2018 (SSB) — Sir, in reference to the subject noted above, I must begin with expressing my gratitude to You, Cde. James Wani Igga, H.E. Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, for being such a good mentor and political father figure to me.

As Rt. Hon. Speaker of NLA, ten years ago you employed me as Director for Legislation and five years later as Press Secretary in your esteemed Office upon assuming this great challenge. I have since learned so much.

I must also make it clear that your leadership style makes the office working environment such an easy place to be in. No one in his right mind would want to leave such a great environment. Furthermore, the group (my colleagues) whom you carefully chosen to be in your Office make that working environment even easier.