Archive for May 31, 2019


By Manyuon Dhieu Chol, Kongor, Jonglei State

The body of the late Maj. Gen. Atem Aguang Atem being received at Juba airport by the national army; he passed away in kampala on 27 May 2019 after a short illness

Friday, May 31, 2019 (PW) — It is the saddest and huge blow to our beloved country South Sudan, our national army, South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF), Jonglei State and the Greater Bor Dinka community to lose an icon of liberty, a powerful pillar of freedom, a revolutionist, a bold protector for the marginalized people from the hands of successive oppressive regimes in Khartoum, Maj. Gen. Atem Aguang Atem Deng who fall on Monday, 27/05/2019 in Kampala.

Gen. Atem was a significant commander and a fierce fighter who was cherished by his troops and comrades in arm. The unfortunate demised of Gen. Atem at this critical juncture where our country is at a cross-road in need of peaceful settlement of conflict leading to national stability is a tragedy. Our borders are still being encroached in by neighboring countries, the socio-political and economical institutions still need strengthening and presence of skilled human resources personnel like Gen. Atem.

Maj. Gen. Atem Aguang Atem
Maj. Gen. Atem Aguang Atem

The greatest part of his contribution is that he wholeheartedly achieved the missions entrusted upon him. Gen. Atem won many battles against the enemy and most importantly during deadly battles of Pagei, Ashwa Bridge, Parajok, Raja, Kurmuk and Maban.

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An Open Letter to H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan on the Deteriorating Insecurity between Apaak community of Eastern Lakes State and Agaar community of Western Lakes State.

By Majok Gang Nek Lang, Nairobi, Kenya

Friday, May 31, 2019 (PW) — Your Excellency, I believe you will not mind my scant courtesy. It is due to the sense of urgency with which I am writing this letter. However, it does not take away from you the very high regards that many peace loving youth of this country have for you. That is not to say that there are not many who are pathologically opposed to your person and will therefore not see anything good in your policies and efforts in making South Sudan a peaceful and cohesive nation for her people with diverse religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

While one may ignore this category of naysayers, there is this other category you must not ignore. They are those who wear faces that make them identify with you and what you are advocating for. Peaceful South Sudan when they found themselves in an unfortunate situation of having to see you in the eye, and after they successfully make you believe that they are true to your course (I am by no chance accusing you of being a poor judge of character Mr. president), they retire to their bases and take off their masks and do contrary things that make you look like a failed leader in the eyes of pessimists and the aliens.  

Mr. president, I am pretty sure you must have been made to believe that all is the way you would want it to be across the 32 states and in particular in Eastern Lakes State by my governor, Gen. Mangar Buong Aluenge in his recent visit to Juba but as I write this, vulnerable people of Aluak-luak and Geer counties of Eastern Lakes State which domicile the Apaak people are being slain, houses burned and property looted by the neighboring community of Agaar and nothing is being done by the state’s government to suppress the situation.

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