Archive for October, 2018


South Sudan`s Peace Celebrations must focus on apology to the victims of protracted Civil War and promise to implement the Khartoum Peace Accord.By

By Kerubino Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 (PW) — The People of South Sudan have a lot of expectations in the recently inaugurated Khartoum peace pact. They hope the peace accord will be honored and implemented to the letter by the warring parties.

In my opinion, time has come to find an amicable solution to the intractable conflict bedeviling the Republic of South Sudan. Since 2013`s outbreak of war to date, the people of South Sudan have suffered a lot.

South Sudanese have witnessed tens of thousands killed, destruction of properties, rape of innocent women and millions of South Sudanese displaced internally and to our neighboring countries. South Sudan’s predicament has been described by many international entities as possibly the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of world!

I find it disheartening that South Sudan`s leaders remain blind to the suffering of its masses. The country`s economy is in ruins with the budget registering deficit. Hyperinflation has reached alarming proportions, war is raging all over the country and UNMISS foreign troops are actively involved in looting of the natural resources and abusing the rights of civilian population. The war has drained our human and material resources. (more…)


By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

Peace for South Sudan

Wednesday, October 31, 18 (PW) — As the country opens the new chapter, the chapter of hope, freedom and unity, the people hope for the change of the attitude as two parties work together to forge the new way for South Sudan in an attempt to bring people together during this hard time. When the warring parties signed the revitalized peace 12 of September last month it brought hope to the suffering masses.

The celebration schedule to take place on 31st October is a turning point to the people of South Sudan and gives a hope that the gaps between the warring parties are being pushed closer. As they move closer the citizens who are they victims of this senseless war remains adamant wondering to whether the peace will works or the same mistakes will not repeat themselves again.

In all these processes the shareholders of revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan continue to monitor the situation closely with dilemma in their minds. These groups may include: SPLM IO leaders and supporters, the government and supporters and the suffering masses; the citizens of South Sudan. (more…)


By William Deng Barach, Juba University, South Sudan 

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 (PW) — We want a united south Sudan, we want south Sudan in peace, and we want a south Sudan for all of us, we needs to raise our voices to say; “together everything is possible”. My fellow’s south Sudanese citizens, the peace celebration on 31 of October should end the long civil war and calls for a unified action towards the shared aspiration for a just, comprehensive and enduring peace regardless of ideology, tribes, and culture.

The works for peace is not only for those who are affected. It doesn’t matter if we live in peaceful area or outside fragile communities. We are must united in our journey towards peace and stability.

Peace, as we all know, is very important in our lives and it is essential to our overall well being. However, regrettable civil war that denigrate us for five years in our country, which was being brought by political conflict and disagreements between politicians, which has left our peoples in it a deplorable emotional and physical state. (more…)


By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

Peace for South Sudan

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (PW) — Who ever imagine that there would be peace in South Africa today? I doubt if there is any one! The Africans in South Africa were among the very first Africans who were highly disadvantaged in the process of questing for freedom, justice and prosperity. In the year 1948, an apartheid policy emanated from the whites where they adamantly disregarded Africans and took them for an inferior race that cannot make a worthwhile decision singly without white intervention.

This thought was met by a stiff resistance from Africans that was graced by African unity and cohesion. However due to the sophisticatedness of the white weapons and a renowned knowledge of tactical measures to deal with Africans, they overpowered them .Some vibrant young African men and women fell victims of torture, mishandlements, maimed, imprisonment and a painful tearful death.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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October 29, 2018 (PW) —
I’m tired of becoming a junior in every field I joined. In 1999, when I was forcefully recruited into military, I was called a recruit which in other words means a new junior soldier undertaking training.

By the time I resumed my studies at Mayom-abun Secondary in 2001, I was called a mono by those in senior two. After I graduated from High School and joined one of the humanitarian aids organizations, I started at the most junior level.

Now, the most famous bands in my area are provoking my situation rottenly by sight-reading some of the songs those that I see could cause disunity among the societies. I’m swaying between the two trade-offs—-the join or no-join musicians’ field decisions and the fear is that I’ll become another junior with such contours on my face.

Had it not been because of this fear, I would have shown them how songs and lyrics for unity are composed, not in a way that exaggeratedly praising my own clan at the expense of other societies.

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By Yanta Daniel Elisha, Juba, South Sudan

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October 29, 2018 (PW) — Answering such a question is costly in terms of life as one can be victimised for one’s opinion and yet it salvages the suffering people of South Sudan. Sometimes, it is far better to die for a just cause than dying of mere malaria contracted from mosquitoes. Remember questions of what, why and how are of philosophical nature. A person or persons must answer philosophical questions; I think it is my duty to let the light shine all the time as long as I hold it.

What is the meaning of dying with one’s knowledge without using it to educate, inform or entertain to save lives? “A person who has not chosen something to die for is not fit to live”, a common saying from unknown source puts it. What is the purpose of life if not to produce much fruits to bring great glory to the author of life Himself?

For God cuts off every branch of the vine that does not produce fruit, warns the gospel according to St John 15:2. This means censorship of whatever nature is against the command of “be fruitful”. As for my case, certainly, I am the safest by virtue of my name “Daniel”; lions never harm me at all, as you have read from the holy book.

In my 37 years’ experience in the University of Life gaining modest education of formal, informal and non-formal nature, I have realized that if anyone intends to harm my life, God acts faster to eliminate that person to safeguard me. So, never dare to attempt me for your own safety.

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What the Peace Holds for Peace Makers..

Posted: October 29, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

 

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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When there is peace…….

Children are born and rise with impressive care.

They play and attend schools with happiness.

Children are handle with principled hands.

Women fruits of creativity and beautifulness are harvest.

When there is peace….

Folks attend weddings and marriages with pride.

Men and women tilt their farms with comfort and support.

Students attend schools with gratification and commitment.

They pass highly with easiness and straightforwardness.

When there is peace—-

 Business loop on sympathy and empathy.

Scales are justify, rectify and there is no scandal.

On the leaflets of peace living standards are high.

Under the dispassionate shadow of peace life is super.

With peace food is produce and poverty is humiliated.

Money is valued and wealth is accumulated.

Under the roof of peace there is coexistence.

With stability and development politicians are adore.

They are called people’s representatives.

When there is peace criminals are disciplines.

No hiding holes for criminals at the peace center.

Respect and friendship are never part of their belonging.

When there is peace both rich and poor lives in harmony.

In peace hard work and commitment pays.

At the peace center ladder of success is broad and climbable.

Here the army and the police hold the protection keys.

With both hands and jingoistic heart.

At the time of peace our defending giants stand tall.

With their weapons and military attires in stores.

When there is peace prisons are only reformatory houses.

Where bad behaviors are convert into societal demand.

In time of peace wildlife provides human with foods and beauty.

Wildlife and culture radiate the beauty of a nation.

Tourists and visitors enjoy the national potential.

With peace roots of innovation are expose.

When there is peace health centers are build.

And diseases are control and eliminated.

When there is peace policies are implemented.

With peace life is good and promising.

Awuol Gabriel Arok, a Writer and a Poet, has a Bachelor Degree in Social and Developmental Studies from the University of Juba, South Sudan, he is a Columnist with The Dawn Newspaper under column “The Motivation Bell”.  He is the author of unpublished book titled ‘‘The Wisdom Horn’’ , he contributes to Websites and Social Media platforms  on Issues concerning Social, Economic and Politic s and through his peaceful and developmental campaigns such as ‘‘Your Tribe is My Tribe’’, ‘‘Giving Heart Foundation’’, “Wisdom Testament”, “Classic Leadership Forum”, “Grace the Women Foundation”, “PeaceNet Initiative” and “Award for Development”. He can be reached via his email Address: jjmkamzeearokson@yahoo.com 

 


By Yach Atiop Yach, Juba, South Sudan

President Kiir & Reik Machar

Saturday, October 22, 2018 (PW) — Believe it or not, peace echoes are around the corners. Like President Salva Kiir said in Jeff Koinange of Kenya Citizen TV interview few days ago and I quote “A person bitten by snake will always fear a string when he/she sees it. It is true that South Sudanese are skeptic of the current revitalized peace agreement and will always jump up when they hear of any peace deal, as some will see it like the snake referred by the president.

But never lose hope in search for peace in this country. There are many hopes that may work out so well this time. One of the hopes is that, there will be no competing armies that will back up the oppositions. Therefore the incoming oppositions will be walking on a tight rope knowing that they have no strengths to rely on once the door has been shut for them after formation of the government in the first quarter of 2019.

All South Sudanese wherever they are being in PoCs country wide, in their homes, or Refugees in the neighboring countries are suffering and one of the major causes of suffering is shortage of food they rely on. So each of these people need peace so that those in the PoCs move out so that they can go and cultivate their farmyards during the next planting season. (more…)


Open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan
Kerbino Wol’s Continued Detention – Six Months On
27 October 2018
Your Excellency, 
Kerbino Wol

Kerbino Wol

Saturday, October 27, 2018 (PW) — It was six months ago today, on Friday the 27th of April 2018 when Kerbino Wol Agok was summoned to the premises of the National Security Service and arbitrarily detained upon arrival.

Now six months later, we as concerned citizens feel it is necessary to humbly address Your Excellency on this public platform after unsuccessful attempts to seek answers from the concerned authorities. Wol is a hardworking and dedicated citizen who, like many of his peers, was trying to support those that he can and contribute to national development through his business.  Although we have faith in the leadership of the detaining authorities, Wol’s family, friends and colleagues have unsettling concerns about the fact that they have not had access to Wol and that he continues to be detained without charge after six months.

Before his arrest, Wol was doing his national duty by employing thousands of South Sudanese citizens and supporting youth empowerment through entrepreneurship, education, and sports.  He was working to share his knowledge and business skills with the youth of South Sudan by organizing sporting events, youth activities, and professional courses in keeping with the laws of the Republic.

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By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar

President Kiir & Dr.Riek Machar shake hands after signing the agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa

Wednesday 24, 2018 (PW) – Nobody keeps tract of these events because it’s gone so quick. The long journey to peace or say lull before another possible break out proved overwhelming. The trots between Addis Ababa, Khartoum or Kampala made it impossible to keep proper diaries for the search for peace in the nascent republic.

Invitation letters are already exchanged that the just signed peace agreement celebrations will take place on the 30 October 2018 in Juba, South Sudan. Top on the list of invitees are those who worked tirelessly to make it possible that the elusive peace agreement was signed before the end of 2018.

Well, you know, Omar (Umar) Bashir, Yoweri Museveni (Mosivini) and then the exiled rebel head, Riek Machar among other dignitaries will converge on John Garang Mausoleum to usher in a new era peace and prosperity for the new nation.  We have been here before except that no celebrations were planned for the 2015 dishonoured agreement known as Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA). (more…)


“To replace the old paradigm of war with a new paradigm of waging peace, we must be pioneers who can push the boundaries of human understanding. We must be doctors who can cure the virus of violence. We must be soldiers of peace who can do more than preach to choir and we must be artists who will make the world our masterpiece” Paul Chappell.

By James Thon Atem, Juba-South Sudan

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar

President Kiir & Dr.Reik Machar shake hands after signing the agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa

 

Your Excellency, the incessant efforts in rejuvenating peace and stability in our country is profoundly meritorious. The recently signed Revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the republic of South Sudan R-ARCSS, is a new opportunity to resuscitate the lost social fabric among the people and put the country economy back on track for infrastructure development.

With this revitalized agreement, there is a glimpse of hope that the agreement will be implemented in good faith to end the five-year civil war that had devastated the country important installations, peaceful coexistence, economic turmoil, insecurity and a complete social disintegration among the communities. Many attempts have been made to end the conflict but lack of trust among the parties has remained the biggest challenge to reach lasting peace. (more…)


By Dut Deng Kok, Juba, South Sudan

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Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

Monday, October 22, 2018 (PW) — H.E. FVP Gen. Taban Deng is considerably as an icon of peace and justice in South Sudan. He delivered magnificently on some of his dreams and promises since the struggle of the SPLA/M till now and that was the reason Dr. John Garang praised him in his statements that if I have more Taban’s, this movement would have succeeded earlier, Dr. Garang perceived him as the foremost of the virtues and he also weighed him as a man with vision, courage, integrity, and humility.

Nevertheless, the entire nation is delighted with your benevolent leadership, but nowhere as ecstatic as your bothers around you who saw us the personification for their highest aspiration and the embodiment of the kind of the leadership the needs desperately, and you ‘re working tirelessly day and night for the unity of our country, try any means of success like George Washington who lost almost every battle he fought during the revolutionary war with his colonial ruler’s but he succeeds at last.

The biggest success in history has also been the biggest failures, try any possibilities to bring togetherness to our country and the upcoming generation will enjoy the rewards of stability of your exerted efforts. Together, we shall make our whole nation more vibrant and successful. But if you totally fail to bring about the much-needed unity in Greater Upper Nile Region, no one among us will do it, till other generations to reunited upper Nile. Without you this revitalized peace agreement, which was recently signed in Khartoum, would have not been possible.

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By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, USA

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Sunday, October 21, 2018 (PW) — A little research has been done in the Republic of South Sudan, regarding its ethnic compositions, but the data I found in my research is very interesting. It gives me the ability to sketch the below two graphs statistically. With that in mind, my data leads me to conclude that there are statistically significant differences in terms of ethnic populations across the Republic of South Sudan.

For instance, the data I have collected informs me that Dinka is the largest tribe in the Republic of South Sudan, approximately about 4 million people, or 36% during the referendum years period, according to 2008 and 2009 in our national census. In the same line of reasoning, Nuer Ethnic Group falls on the second lines by 16% or roughly about 2 million people. These findings allow me to visually see and observe the two largest tribes in the Republic of South Sudan figuratively. It leads me to believe that the Dinka population is twice, as much as that of the Nuer ethnic group population. (more…)


Tonj Federation of Australia 1st Conference – Melbourne Australia

By Valentino Malueth Akec, Melbourne, Australia

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Introduction

Sunday, October 21, 2018 (PW) — Before I could venture into defining Tonj area, we first need to understand the kind of administration that was governing in the Bahr Elghazal Region at that time in history. Starting from the time when Mohammed Ali Pasha (Ottoman Empire) invaded Sudan in 1820, nothing was known about Tonj or the kind of governing systems in the Greater Bahr Elghazal region.

Wau as the capital of Bahr Elghazal was established under the Equatorial administration in 1864. Under the Crown of Ottoman Empire led by Khedive Ismail, Samuel Baker was appointed to rule Juba (Equatoria) including B. Elghazal Region in the year 1870, he was followed by Charles George Gordon 1874 and Amin Pasha in 1878.

After a visit made by Mr. Junker to Mushra in January of 1887, it was then inaugurated as a River port in 1887, hence Wau became a strategic Town because of Mushra and that was why it had to be separated from Juba administration in 1948. (more…)


By Rev. Malong Bak Malong, Aweil, South Sudan

 

South Sudan Civil War

The reality of war in South Sudan

Thursday, October 20, 2018 (PW) — You know what, when you do something, it will inevitably be followed with a consequences. For instance, when you lit a fire, a smoke appears and too much sneezing causes the blood to flow from the nose. To come back to answer the question laid above as who voted for war? For this question, I would like to take a live example on the holy priests of God, the Pharisees—who had been, for a long time teaching and admonishing on how the Israelites, the hire of the Kingdom of God must positively response for the prophetically coming of Messiah, the Prince of peace. Unfortunately what happened when the expected Prince of peace come?

The Community went out welcoming their Messiah with ululation and shouts of welcome, welcome son of David! Exactly as the Prophets predicted it—even they, (Priests) had been teaching about His coming couple of days back; they were teaching that the Messiah of God will be welcomed with such and such great joy. This same is true on SPLM/A leaders, when they were enthusiastically saying that “peace will bless us once again!” Dr. John Garang’s favored speech in Nyayo stadium in Kenya. Unfortunately, like the holy priests, they were not prepared to welcome the Messiah with the humble attitudes, which was how He (The Messiah) was supposed to be welcomed. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 (PW) —Last week a magnificence warning was given out to the Public by Juba City council on the plan to crackdown commercial sex workers and those whose plots have been turned into brothels.

Thank God that notice was executed as seen in the Juba Monitor Newspaper Vol. 8, Issue No. 1481 according to the wondrous report 52 commercial sex workers were convicted by Kator Court for being involved in commercial sex.

 That initiative is of great concern and JCC must be applauded for that.

Immediately after the Peace of 2005 that brought together SPLM/A and the Government of Sudan under the umbrella of the Government of National Unity, a large number of people among them foreigners came to Juba for work and economic opportunities. (more…)


 

 

Paulino Akuei Athian

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (PW)-Action for Children Development Foundation founded in Wanyjok town Aweil East County, Northern Bhar El Ghazal in April 2004, the national indigenous organization became fully registered and operational in 2005 with a mission to lead and inspire the nation and other stakeholders to collaborate in developing and addressing children’s prevailing problems in the traditionally oriented communities in South Sudan. ACDF-SS Executive Director, Paulino Akuei Athian remained optimistic that in safeguarding and reclaiming the child rights as stipulated in South Sudan transitional Constitution-2011 and international Charters ratified on children’s rights and development, it is a collective responsibility for Donors, INGOs and NNGOs engaged in fixing children prolific future.

As an imperative means of trying to reach the intended goals or remain focused on the ACDF-SS vision of transforming the societies in the country into a peaceful, more developed environment, the expected realization is to promote and respect children’s and vulnerable people’s rights in conformity with local laws and international charters governing children and the human rights. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Ateny Wek, Presidential press secretary

Monday, 15 October, 2018 (PW): As Africans in general and South Sudanese in particular we all know how musical instruments specially the drum beat can spare one in to dancing. Without a drum or an accompaniment a performance is impossible or boring at least. When the drum is silenced or stopped by the drummer, the performers stopped in unison.

In the defunct newspaper, The Citizen of Nhial Bol Aken, the now Spokesman for President, Ateny Wek Ateny used to run an influential column, “Beating the Drum of truth.” One day as this author was seeping tea on the road side in Malakiyya, Juba, he overheard one man saying that there was nothing interesting any more to be had in that newspaper except Ateny’s column. That he reads or subscribes to the paper only because of the truth column. Those were the days when Ateny was a mere citizen and had not tasted the power that might be.

The Drum of Truth, in a fashion never seen before expose contemporary issues that mattered to ordinary people in the country. This author, also an avid reader of the Citizen at the time had a great admiration for the column which prided itself on exposing malpractice in the government. Things which were erstwhile under the carpet were brought to the scrutiny of the readers and the general population. Who had knowledge that the now defunct telecommunication company, Vivacell was granted a tax-free status for ten years (2007 – 2017). The New Sudan insurance was also paying no tax and was accorded preferential treatment because both companies were investment arms for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). (more…)


By Kur Wël Kur, Adelaide, Australia 

Aesop’s Fables in Dinka, translated by Atem Yaak Atem

Aesop’s Fables in Dinka, translated by Atem Yaak Atem

Sunday, October 14, 2018 (PW) — We’re almost in all four corners of the world, and fighting to remain the Dinka people. I am afraid that the load of melanin isn’t one of the tools to fight this war of identity because masses of other Africans are our mirror images with the same shades of black.

But the LANGUAGE—the Dinka language along with moral values and cultures of Dinka are the main tools to protect our identity. One’s mother tongue is an invaluable definition of who one truly is.

However, having become wanderers because of wars, our language is falling behind other languages—English, Arabic, Kiswahili and even Spanish (some people who went to Cuba as kids speak less Dinka than Spanish)—we have picked up in nations of our refuge.

Our children in other nations speak other languages with fluidity; their fluency in these languages is extremely towering that one of their Dinka (language).

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Why a kite is not rich: Corruption and its consequences in South Sudan

By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

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Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

Thursday, October 11, 2018 (PW) — A kite is a bird that kills other parasites for food and its prey are fish, chicks, ducklings etc. it has strong sight and it swoops down with its legs lowered to snatch small prey like chicks, rodents and fish. It is the most corrupted bird in the world known for threatening the lives of its fellow birds as well as human beings.

However a kite remains one of the poorest birds in the world despite of the fact that it continues to snatch the ready human food and the younger ones of its fellow birds and this poverty is considered a consequence of the above habit.

The above story of a kite reflect the ongoing corruption in South Sudan and it clearly indicates that whatever is grabbed or taken without legal [procedures is always accompanied by consequences. The more you corrupt other people’s resources, the more problems you face.

My fellows South Sudanese have overwhelmingly adopted corruption as the only way of accumulating wealth, acquiring academic documents, and securing public positions or scholarships has adapted corruption. Everyone has a dream of becoming a minister, director general, senior manager or public official in order to get a chance of corrupting public resources simply to be in the same level with those serving in the above mentioned positions. (more…)