Archive for June 18, 2018

Why educated South Sudanese men are polygamous

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

By Philip Thon Aleu, Juba, South Sudan

The wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng on 14 October 2017. The best men in the picture are Dut Deng Atem, Aguer Bior Ajang, Awuol Wach Awuol, Philip Thon Aleu, Atok Dan Baguoot and Bol Madut Ayii at Dembesh hotel, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — Polygamous marriage is old as ancient South Sudanese history. Polygamy is not popular today thanks to western education, cultural decay, exposure to foreign cultures and scarce resources. However, a considerable portion of South Sudanese men continue to marry two or three wives. Other men lifted the bar even higher; striking the throat-cutting ‘level four.’

South Sudanese feminists; particularly our sisters, wives and mothers, are bitter about this ‘uncivilized, primitive’ practice. Some feminists are mockingly suggesting polyandry (when a woman is married to more than one husband); a practice never heard of in South Sudan’s modern times.

The calls to allow both polyandry and polygamy aims at bringing the debate closer to hearts – so that men see their ‘wives’ entering into or emerging from a hut at damns with other men. Men, the feminists argue, will therefore feel the impacts that comes with polygamy. In few lines, I am making a case for polygamy amongst educated South Sudanese men. (more…)

Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — Yesterday the deliberation on the making some breakthrough on the outstanding issues was effective but with several reservations from all parties. The factors that drive their reservations for not making the effective compromises is totally the interest in controlling government power or dominating government decisions.

Each of the party wants to ensure that it has the control and dominance of government power. The gameplay in the room is, the government of national unity wants to maintain the current status quo while all opposition groups want the government of national unity not to maintain the current status quo. This is the political difference on the road for striking a peace deal.


CEPO Press Release on President Kiir and Riek Machar Meeting in Addis

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


West of Equatoria Towner, Women Union Building, Hai Nieem –Kator Block-Juba City

Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement /Army- In- Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) are expected to meet face-to-face in Ethiopia –Addis Ababa on 2oth June 2018.

The meeting is aiming at sorting out their political difference and finding proposals for making the searching for peace under IGAD-led High level revitalization Forum (HLRF) successful.

HLRF was a strategy adopted by IGAD for revitalizing the signed Peace “Agreement on the Resolution of conflict in South Sudan–ARCSS” in 2015. The revitalization of ARCSS is mainly focusing on chapter 1 on Governance and chapter 2 on security arrangement since December 2017. (more…)

Letter to the HLRF: United Voices of the South Sudanese Diaspora

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

14th June 2018

The Honourable Ismail Wais

IGAD Special envoy to South Sudan,

Re: Letter Presenting United Voices of South Sudanese in the Diaspora to the High Level Revitalization Forum

A. Introduction

Your Excellency;

1. This letter is presented jointly by South Sudanese diaspora community based organisations advocating for peace, reconciliations and unity of South Sudanese people, it include the South Sudanese in Australia, America (Canada and USA) and UK in Europe.

2. We express our appreciation for your leadership and for that of the IGAD head of states, IGAD peace mediators and the support given by the AU, UN, Troika (Norway, UK, USA) to the ARCSS revitalization process. We encourage all of the participating parties to continue their engagement in the IGAD led peace mediation, recognizing that the people are suffering; children, women, disabled and elderly and other vulnerable people in the displaced and refugee camps are starving and have inadequate medical care. (more…)

IGAD should proritize an inclusive national dialogue instead of power sharing agreement

By Deng Akok muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — There are several forms of conflicts in South Sudan and their root causes are of course complex. The causes of internal South Sudanese conflict varied typhically involving historical grivalences, cattle rustling, child abduction, competition over the use of natural resources like land and water.

These conflicts revolve around ethnic, cultural and linguistic division. The conflict in South Sudan did not start in 2013 or did not emerge due to the power struggle as the peace mediators have miscalculated it.

The international community would have first conducted a concrete research on the root causes of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan before mediating the talks. The ongoing revitalization forum in Ethiopia will never bring a sustainable and lasting peace to South Sudan because it focuses on allocating positions to various power hungery politicians rather than addressing the root causes of the conflict at the grassroot levels. (more…)

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


 Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — South Sudanese have been known for flexibility, understanding and self-possession for ages and definitely it has been evidenced during the last five years of unexplainable conflict.

 May the grace of our Lord keep on giving the wind of hope to the resilient people of South Sudan today and bless them with Peace and Progress.

No year can be a bed of roses to all but for the sake of humanity and how we were created by God in his own image as his divine children; pain of another must be the pain of another.

Prayerfully next round of HLRF talk and the upcoming face to face meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar may put to an end South Sudanese mysterious conflicts of confusions. (more…)