Archive for January, 2019


By Atem Yaak Atem, Sydney, Australia

shisha smoking

Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Smoking shisha, * the pastime that is common in some middle Eastern and African countries, is known by several names. In its weekend edition the Australian daily newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald reported two bodies working for local communities, the Australian Lebanese Muslim Association and South East Sydney Local Health District, had come together in their concern over the effect of shisha on the users within the community. In their campaign to enlighten the public on the dangers smoking shisha posed to people, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) has contributed Australian $ 386, 000 (US $274, 368.80 at the time the article was being written) to support the campaign that aims at advising smokers to quit the habit.

Well-founded fear

The concern expressed over harm inherent in smoking shisha may appear to be the work of fear mongers. It is not alarmist; the campaigners have reputable source of information on which they base concerns. Claims that smoking shisha could be harmful to people’s health the way smoking tobacco has been identified as a culprit, is slowly but surely gaining grounds among scientists and health workers in the developed world. Australia is one of these countries. The Herald’s report has quoted NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard: “Smoking shisha for an hour is equivalent to inhaling the volume of smoke from 100 to 200 cigarettes”. Such frightening statements, similar to this one, do not come from a politician’s guesswork or imagination. The minister has a credible authority to back his claim. World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations’ body responsible for global governance of health and disease is the source. According to the 2005 advisory note from WHO’s research arm, TobReg or tobacco study group, the smoke that comes from water in the shisha “contains toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other disease”.

The report adds that the campaigners aim at educating members of their community as well as the general public to rethink about the perception of shisha smoking as a pastime. In their drive to educate the public, the organisers are not alone. The head of NSW Cancer Institute, Professor David Currow, backs the campaign against smoking, when he told the paper that “shisha smokers were unknowingly putting themselves at risk of the same deadly diseases that kill cigarette and second-hand smokers”. (more…)


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

 

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Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Doing many things at ago is doing nothing! Is it not true and correct that South Sudan is sadly addicted to perennial confusions?! Logic has it that it is wise to do one thing at a time in order that it bears fruits.

As one of the participants in the National Curriculum Review conference that was held in Juba a few days before the December 15 incident erupted, I personally heard the then Undersecretary of Higher Education Science and Technology, Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, now in charge of the Ministry of General Education, enthusiastically emphasising on the adoption of French and Kiswahili as well as native languages apart from ITC at both primary and secondary levels in the curriculum of South Sudan. The hall broke into a thunderous round of applaud since his words were interlaced with those of the majority in the Hall.

Recently, the same Ministry publicly made it known to the citizenry that the government is planning to hire some teachers of Kiswahili from Tanzania. This appeared in the news on 7th July, 2018. Firstly, no one had and still has a gut to question it because it is what is already in the curriculum. Secondly, Kiswahili has been adopted as the official language for the East African Community (EAC), of which South Sudan is a member. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 (PW) – It is a sad news that the supposedly Al Watan Newspaper published in Juba is a victim of the brutal regime that came to power 30 years ago in a military coupe de’tat.

Its only crime is to publishing what is basically happening on the streets of Khartoum. The roots of National Congress party or shortened NCP extend beyond the country we left 8 years ago because of its Islamism, classicism, slavery, dictatorship and human right abuses.

Sudan has not change an inch. It still fights Africans to the South, East and West. Corruption has multiplied under Bashir tenfold. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 (PW) — Kenyan schools typically reopen in the first week of January and normally go on for three terms  with three breaks to conclude an education year. 2019 goes down as a year when Kenya changes to another system to supersede its old 8.4.4 which has been running for a long time. Competence Based curriculum (CBC) begins in with lower primary and will progress in implementation according to Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Amina Mohamed.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Kenya adopted the 8.4.4 system after it previously used the East African (7-4-2-3) system when the Community disintegrated. Under the leadership of President Moi, the country implemented the system in 1985. It meant 8 years of primary, 4 years of second, and 4 more years of university education. (more…)


H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,

President of the Republic of South Sudan,

J1, Juba, South Sudan

By Wol Deng Atak, Nairobi, Kenya

Subject: Open Letter to President Salva Kiir – Let Senior Government Officials Account for the Disappearance of USD 50 Million

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a jovial President Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Your Excellency, I hope this letter finds you well. While submitting this appeal to you, Mr. President, I am not in any way claiming superior abilities and wisdom than you might have acquired. But want to state that the entire country depends on you for a right decision against promoters of the graft. Continual inaction is worsening already awful situation your fellow citizens face and may only end in more pains, regrets, and wishes, which cannot help remedy consequential evil that marring our history or losses likely to result.

Mr. President, the Government of South Sudan secured over USD 130 million loan from a company (name withheld).  According to a report on your Desk,  USD 50 million has been stolen and shared by senior government officials.  Up to now, you are yet to act on the report and this is worrying. I am alarmed, I guess you are, to learn of the disappearance of USD 50 million in the hands of officials in your administration – whom I least expected to help themselves with public funds without any lawful authorisations.

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By Kurthii Manyuat, Beijing, China

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Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Although South Sudan attained it independent in 2011, it was in large part of a political independent, the economic had arguably failed to make it out during the process due to the absolute necessity of using Sudanese pipeline facility to transit south Sudan’s only export commodity–the oil.

Great Nile pipeline, despite being used as a weapon for extracting fund by Sudan, it is extremely significant for the government of South Sudan to transport its oil to the international market and keep the economy alive as long as nothing is done to reduce 98% oil dependency. It had been a precious opportunity for Sudan to discover the vulnerability of the south.

Our partners in the oil pipeline deal have enjoyed huge leverage for a very long time and we have endured all the costs to the extent of earning $5dollar per barrel of oil in 2014, 2015. the worse could be coming since the smoldering bread protest which others called it a  ‘revolution’ in our northern neighborhood may in one way or another increase appetite for that regime to seek fund voraciously.

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By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society.

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) — Peace is a precious gift from God. It bears positivity and hope in the hearts of the poor and comforts the marginalized. Peace does not promote tribalism or hatred. It is an advocate of unity and progress. Peace does not seek vengeance for the wrongs done.

It builds a common boundary of love, trust and understanding. For peace to exist in our country South Sudan, we must initiate the spirit of love and forgiveness right from within our families. A family that is guided by the principles of peace values the contributions made by all its members.

It sows the seeds of contention and resolves differences amicably. In a God-fearing family, violence and rivalry are not practiced. Similarly, a strong nation is the one in which love, unity, freedom of expression and association are observed. (more…)


Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A proud feminist and social activist whose work is shaping lives of women and youth in South Sudan

 By Ms. Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (PW) — Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach, a fierce feminist whose work for gender equality, women empowerment and peaceful coexistence between men and women, tribes and political parties shine bright like snow. I first came across Ms. Aluel Manyok, popularly known as Aluel Naomi, via her social media updates in regards to gender equality and peace process in the newest nation of South Sudan.

Clicking on her profile page one afternoon, I stumbled upon some of her personal information that was intriguing enough to share. Ms. Aluel Manyok describes herself as fierce South Sudanese social activist and feminist who is strongly passionate about gender equality and peaceful co-existence. As a true champion of her own persona and an agent of change to many, Ms. Aluel Manyok graduated from Makerere University with Bachelor of Economic Development (Hons) and have participated in number of international programs of which she is current generation Change Fellow as well as YALI program Alumni.

Feminism is one of the major disciplines in academia that advocates for the rights and freedom of women in education, employment, equal opportunities, political representation and involvement of women in decision-making as well as social related actions that aim at bettering women’s lives to the standard similar to that of men. Having received much opposition from the male-dominated society due to misconceptions and changes brought upon by globalization and ancient culture transition, feminism has multiplied into different factions striving to tackle different types of social, political and economic inequalities and social injustice facing women across the globe.

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Ella’s story

Posted: January 10, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Sally Nyalony Gatwang, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan Civil War

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (PW) — Two minutes later after delivery, Ella’s mother dies before she could even see the child. This unexpected dealth astonished the all house hold especially ell’s father. Ella is now left with the grandmother and father to look after her. Responsibities became hectic having a child no body to take care of properly since the grand mother was aging and the father more frequently is in the office and travelling.

Without hesitation, her father marries his personal secretary. Mrs anna and Ella really don’t get along so well. At the age of four, Ella groused to dad about her relationship with anna. Surely the two weren’t getting along well. Anna grumps that Ella is indispline and doesn’t want to obey her. While Ella on the other hand reproach that Ann was calling her half orphan. Mr. Emma then decides to take Ella to his sister place and she studies also their plus also get to know the cousins and to feel lonely.

Nineteen years later, Ella was graduating and she happens to be the best student in the United States of America. Two free tickets were given to her to invite whoever she wanted and the school would cover the disbursements. Nothing from the start of her jounery of education was ringing in her mind rather than calling her grandmother and father to attend her big day with her. She immediately rings to her dad and grandmother to apprise them about the graduation. (more…)


By Oliver J. Lomeri, Minnesota, USA

Tuesday, January 08, 2018 (PW) — The celebration of the revitalised peace agreement between the government of South Sudan and the Opposition parties in Juba was a dubious event with its complexity for the people of Central Equatoria State and South Sudan. The onus of the success of this revitalised peace agreement mostly lies on the implementation phase of the peace process in Central Equatoria State or Yei River State. There are already different indicators in the political scene in the country which show doubts about the prospect of the peace implementation benchmarks. Nevertheless, the people of the country are ready to embrace peace at all costs.

Unfortunately, the potential of crisis emerging with the security Arrangements’ implementation in Central Equatoria or Yei River state is inevitable. Interestingly, with the celebratory peace between the warring parties to the conflict in Juba, it is worthy to point out the continuous military operations carried out by the government in Yei River State against the signatory forces to the peace agreement. Undoubtedly, some of the underlying issues of implementing this agreement in the country would be attributed to the question of funding, the creation of military cantonment and governance.

Acquisition of funding from the international community to implement the peace agreement is an uphill battle for the government of South Sudan. All of the donors and South Sudanese friends are sceptical about the commitment of the South Sudanese leadership to maintain and implement the security arrangements. Furthermore, the level of expenses already incurred by the government’s preparations for the peace celebration in Juba was a turn-off point for the donors.

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Juba orders media houses to cease reporting on street protests in Khartoum

Posted: January 7, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


The positive implications of embracing Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies in South Sudan: The Case of the Academic staff of Higher Education in South Sudan.

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Hong Kong, China

Dr. John Gai Yoh on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

Dr. John Gai Yoh on his strategic views of South Sudan Education System

Friday, January 04, 2019 (PW) —- At the global level, institutions of higher learning are gearing towards innovative teaching and learning strategies that are aimed at producing worthwhile graduates who are job creators rather job seekers. As a result of producing quality outputs with looked-for tertiary education qualifications, most of the world best universities and colleges thrive to gauge their curricula, teaching force and the educational resources at their disposal. In doing so, they measure the best means of the delivery of the subject matter to the learners by employing innovative-based teaching methods. This is done so because of the demands of the labor markets as they change their focus in recruiting graduates who retain a variety of innovative mindsets and skills that can make them stand out as effective workforce in their workstations

By contrast, the tertiary education in South Sudan has a lot of expectations to be desired by its citizens on one hand and accomplished by the government on the other hand. In academic reality, the institutions of higher learning in South Sudan, both private and public, are suffering from lack of innovative teaching and learning skills. As such, this is not because the academic staff are not qualified to deliver the right content in an innovative manner. However, the fact remains that are they are the least motivated workforce across the country in terms of salaries and other benefits that account for professional development. Despite the fact that they possess desired qualifications, experiences, and capabilities, there is a tendency of low morale towards their teaching profession. (more…)


Press Release: Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a South Sudan civil society body, to train Journalists on accurate reporting on Refugees, IDPs and Returnees issues in line with the implementation of R-ARCSS

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MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

Friday, January 04, 2019 (PW) — A South Sudanese civil society organization says it intends to train 50 journalists on refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees’ issues enshrined in the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Edmund Yakani, the executive director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said the training, to be held from 14-16 January, will equip journalists with skills for accurate reporting on refugees, IDPs and returnees’ concerns in the peace agreement.

“It is aimed at enhancing capacities of South Sudanese journalists on accurate reporting on refugees, IDPs and returnees concerns in accordance with the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan,” said Yakani. (more…)


“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing”

Prepared by the Editorial Team

PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB): The Best Articles, Writers, of the Year 2016

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 (PW) — On the eve of 2018, we celebrated our writers by showcasing their works for the year 2017 on our website. As part of that tradition, we bring to your screen the best of 2018 as featured on PaanLuel Wël Media (PW) website. The New Year 2019 is a joyful festival, a celebration of the last year achievements that include the signing, and partial promulgation, of the revitalized peace agreement (R-ARCSS) under the auspicious of IGAD. Thus, 2018 ended on a positive note for the people of South Sudan as demonstrated by the arrival of various opposition leaders in Juba, South Sudan, for the celebration of both Christmas and the New Year seasons.

Last year, our country was featured over hundreds of websites all over the world, mostly in a bad light. However, PaanLuel Wël Media website occupies the central stage in publishing opinion articles and news analysis featuring ordinary South Sudanese, which make sense of the dire situations in our beloved country. This makes it an instrumental informant to South Sudanese worldwide as it publishes writings from South Sudanese, both within and outside the country, expounding on the general and specific lives and situations of South Sudanese in countries such as Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK, EU and many other places where South Sudanese are taking refuge.

Instead of being constrained by the ritual of the “top 10” best writers, opinion articles and news analysis, we have elected to showcase the rich compilations of the best writings from the best opinion writers and news analysts. For instance, a piece of writing that highlights the horrors of the civil war and economic crisis that our people are enduring in dignified humiliation, particularly the one that best capture and present not just a constructive criticism of our leaders from all sides of the political, economic and conflict divides, but also a viable resolution of the ills that have been ailing our country since the 2005 CPA era and into the independence of South Sudan in July 2011.

Today, PaanLuel Wël Media (PW) website is celebrating the diverse and excellent opinion articles and news analysis of our best writers and acknowledging the work of other numerous contributors, columnists and opinion-writers whose names or works may not necessarily appear in this highlights. As we usher in the New Year 2019, it is imperative to motivate and encourage our best writers with something unique to mark the end of the year 2018 and the commencement of a happy – peaceful and prosperous – New Year 2019.

Here is the Year 2018 in Review: (more…)


Dinka culture does not practice and encourage auction of Dinka Girls as claimed by some feminists, media outlets and activists: A Case of Nyalong Ngong Deng from Awerial County of Eastern Lakes State

By Ustaz Abraham Mabior Rioc, Hong Kong, China

Fake News

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State, whose bride price consist of 500 cows, 3 V8s, and over $10,000

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 (PW) — In the past few months of October, November, and December 2018, the alleged auction of Nyalong Ngong Deng went viral on the social and international media outlets preached and entertained by some feminist campaigners and civil society-based activists. The misconception of the marriage that was labeled as auction as well as the girl being considered underage was furiously condemned at local, national, and international levels and the government was urged to investigate the matter.

As far as freedom of speech and expression is concerned in South Sudan, it is not bad for one to express his or her viewpoints on the prevailing social, political and economic issues besetting the nation. However, what is required is a professional code of conduct that guides the freedom of speech locally and internationally. With no doubt, I have been a feminist by practice and advocacy, nevertheless, I am so cognizant about my professional conduct that does not allow me to invade the privacy of any community member or organization.

With regards to expressing one’s views, it should be noted that keeping your argument in check with one’s privacy is a prerequisite of freedom of speech. This means that a writer, an activist, or any other concerned person in the community or outside should not interfere or invade one’s privacy just like the case of Nyalong Ngong Deng and her families. I would like to acknowledge that freedom of expression is fundamentally important, but it requires every profession to consult the concerned elders or community before making any information public. (more…)