Archive for April 15, 2019

By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, April 15, 2019 (PW) — Last week, the much anticipated and widely publicized peace pilgrimage to the Vatican by warring South Sudan leaders, at the invitation of His Holiness Pope Francis I, happened. The Vatican has, for the recent past, been very active in engaging various parties for peace around the world, and for that I wish to extend my gratitude to the Papacy for its relentless effort to bring peace to countries like ours, fractured by war.

I also wish to thank all the South Sudan leaders for honoring the Pope’s invitation. The pilgrimage delegation included mostly the same faces that have been involved in the peace effort over the years, and it’s the fact that the Vatican saw it fit to invite all of them as a recognition of their abilities to bring peace to our country and more importantly, to implement the revitalized peace agreement in a good faith.

The Vatican, being a spiritual institution with no coercive power anywhere in the world, the Papacy cannot forcefully compel the leaders of South Sudan to pursue peace. But it can only make an appeal and/or even facilitate whatever it can for the peace to reign in that fractured country by the war. However, I wish to look at this appeal for peace not merely as an effort by the Vatican but rather as an appeal from the voiceless South Sudanese people.


Burning Women’s Clan Uniform is un-Biblical: Churches have no Ownership over Women in Jonglei State, South Sudan

By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Sunday, 14 April 2019 (PW) — A nation that does not accept, appreciate and acknowledge women’s socio-political and economics’ input in developmental affairs is doomed, and so is an institution whose male’s ego is threatened or shaken by woman’s effective contribution to socio-political arenas and economic lives of the people.

The recent burning of women’s traditional attires by the diocesan authorities of the Episcopal Church in Bor, Jonglei state, is a living example of how fragile masculinity can be and how easy the masculine ego can get wounded when woman manage to independently rise and showcase their true potentials without the support of their male counterparts.

For those who might not have had a chance to see these uniform in real life, all clans in Jonglei state were no longer identify by traditional clan-based patriarchal songs or simply through the basic men-grouping. One standing lady in traditional uniform can easily showcase what section or Boma in Jonglei state she hails from.


By Garang Michael Mamingdit, Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, April 15, 2019 (PW) — In 1989, the young, charismatic and decorated Islamic army officer, Brigadier General. Omer Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir took power in a bloodless coup d’état against the then democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadig Al Mahdi.

Yet again, 30 years later, on 11th April 2019, Al Bashir was ousted in a bloodless people’s revolution. To his credit, Omer Al Bashir’s bloodless entry and exit of power is quite a unique contrary to the violent tradition of post-colonial African leaders’ ascendant to power. But that’s just it, little credit in the ocean of Bashir’s 30 year dictatorship, corruption, censorship and blunt impunity.

Who could have thought mere bread prices and cost of living will solidify the collective grievances of the people, and turn it into a historic revolution that will de-throne one of the most brutal African military dictators of our time? The answer lies in the definition of people’s power. Thanks to the relentless protest of the Sudanese people, under various groups and associations determined to unchain freedom and liberty.