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The Freedom Fighter: Remembering General Chagai Atem Biar

Posted: August 13, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Remembering General Chagai Atem Biar

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Comrade Salva Kiir, Comrade Kerubino Kuanyin and Comrade Chagai Atem Biar at the founding of the SPLM/SPLA in 1983 - photo by Comrade Atem Yaak Atem

1. Chagai the freedom fighter

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (PW) — For most young people the phrase “freedom fighter” may be a general expression but in the 1960s it stood for an armed Anya Nya soldier or someone who stood in solidarity with the cause the Anya Nya guerrilla movement was fighting for. The cause, of course, was justice and freedom for the people of what is today the Republic of South Sudan.

Anya Nya had a network of its members within cities and towns across Southern Sudan. Those members and supporters carried out secret activities such as information gathering and dissemination; establishment of secret cells; recruitment; mobilisation of resources particularly funds, medicines, clothes and when possible, ammunition. Anya Nya agents operating in towns, and who were known as scouts, were the main links with Anya Nya bases in the bushes and rural areas of Southern Sudan.

Those underground operations carried high risks for those involved in them. In most cases those caught in the act were summarily killed by government security agents; very few suspects accused of collaboration with the rebels, officially known to the Government of Sudan as outlaws, were ever arrested and taken to courts of law.