Archive for August 20, 2018

HIV/AIDS is Real; Don’t COMPROMISE your life away

Posted: August 20, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Health, Junub Sudan

HIV/AIDS IS REAL!

By Alaak Daniel Atem, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, August 20, 2018 (PW) — First of all I want to applaud those who openly discussed the recent trend and report on the number of people living with HIV virus in Jonglei state in particluar, knowledgeably or ignorantly. Knowledgeably, I mean people who have tested and are aware about their status and taking medication or being taken care of by health professionals. Ignorantly, I mean those who are living with the virus without knowing. You can only know about your HIV status only through Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).

I know there is a lot of stigma in our society in regards to how we deal with people living with HIV. There are still a lot of assumptions about HIV, other believe that it is caused by being bewitched or bad luck. While others believe that it doesn’t exist, that it is a conspiracy by he west to discourage sex. Notably, there are no guiding principles governing sex worldwide though there are some cultural norms to be adhered to depending on a particular community you are dealing with.

It is absurd that sex education and reproductive health is still treated as obscene and taboo in our community that has encountered a lot of dynamic changes due to our exposure to different parts of the world with diverged cultures. Our natural culture of #TRUST has always put us to the edge of the world’s deadliest stuff like diseases and worst part of civilizations. (more…)


PRESS RELEASE

                                  (FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION)
Festus Mogae in Malakal

Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae visits Malakal.

Monday August 20, 2018, Juba, South Sudan

 

STATEMENT

 

The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), His Excellency Festus G. Mogae, also Former President of the Republic of Botswana, informs the general public that he has written to the Chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Heads of State and Government, His Excellency Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, informing of his intention to step down as Chairperson at the end of September 2018.

His Excellency Festus G. Mogae, who recommended the revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan to the IGAD Heads of State and Government during their 31st Extra-ordinary Summit on South Sudan held on 12th of June 2017 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, has said that:

“…as the process to revitalize the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan draws to a close, I have adjudged it appropriate to allow for the new phase of the transition period for South Sudan to be in fresh hands.”

The Chairperson will address the subject publicly in due course.

 

ENDS

 


After violent conflicts, in what ways are apology and forgiveness difficult, but necessary, in furthering reconciliation?

By Manyang Mador Koch, Melbourne, Australia

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Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

Monday, August 20, 2018 (PW) — Discussing apology and forgiveness in a post violent conflict can be difficult if not impossible in most cases, it doesn’t work at all. However, there are needs for apology and forgiveness, which will advance reconciliation in any given society.

This essay will explore the implications surrounding apology and forgiveness and how difficult they are to achieve after violent conflicts on a societal scale. This means it will examine the role of ethnicity in political system by choosing Rwanda as case study. The paper will also consider the political establishment and the implications surrounding the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Therefore, the definition of ethnicity which can be refers to an outdate terminologies such as the tribalism; cleansing conflict and even sub-clan were commonly used in the 1950-1960s during the Cold War (CW) period.[1] It is also significant to paraphrase colonial history and its connection to the Rwandan genocide of the 1994. The historical connection between Hutu and Tutsi, that this paper will technically consider the role of ethnicity in political context in Rwanda. (more…)