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Tributes and celebration of the illustrious life of the late Sebit William Garang Dut, former teacher, SPLM/A war veteran and guardian of the Jesh-Amer of Palotaka

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Sebit William Garang Dut

The late Legendary teacher, veteran of the war of liberation, and former guardian and father of Jesh-Amer of Palotaka, Ustaz Sebit William Garang Dut

 

September 13, 2017 (SSB) — Sebit William who has died in Juba was a man of the people. A career teacher, late Sebit taught for a number of years in Bor town, the capital of the former Jonglei province. At the outbreak of Sudan’s second civil war in 1983, he joined the new insurgency, trained and fought as an officer. In1990s Sebit William was deployed as teacher and carer of what foreign news media and critics of the SPLM/A interchangeably called unaccompanied minors and lost boys.

In the shadow of a pioneering father

The man who became known as Sebit throughout his life, was at birth named Chol¹, alternatively referred to as Chute (Cuutë). Son of late William Garang Dut Goch, Sebit was born in Bor town where he grew up, received his primary education and in later years became a primary school teacher. He came from a huge family; his mother was Garang’s first wife among several of them. Sebit had many siblings.

William Garang Dut was one of the first boys from the former Bor district to go to school and acquire an education that was high by the standards of the day. After successfully completing Nugent School Loka in Equatoria province, William Garang became one of the few much-sought after Southern Sudanese. His peers hailing from Bor district included Manasseh Pach, Rekeboam Akech Kuai, Jeroboam Machuor Kulang, Mark Moses Akol, and Gabriel Aluong Kang Makuei.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Ateny Wek, Presidential press secretary

September 13, 2017 (SSB) — With his bankrupt politics that makes him extravagant with words, which is now costing him of his legacy, Ateny Week Ateny is now on both soul and physical searching for who would be the author of the video that has gone viral on Facebook.

The video is about the records of what Ateny said on his recent visit to Kampala. As he was in Kampala, Ateny was recorded to have said something bad about General Malong during his conversation with youth. He was recorded to have said many things against General Malong but these two statements are very important:

First, Ateny was recorded to have said that it was not necessary for Malong to go to Kenya for DNA test as saliva can be taken from him in Juba and taken to Kenya for DNA test. In saying this, he was referring to the recent death of General Malong’s daughter, in which he was needed in Kenya to go for DNA test.

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NEITHER PALACES NOR PRISONS:
THE CONSTITUTION OF ORDER AMONG THE NUER
By Dr. Wal Duany
Joint Ph.D. Program of the Department of Political Science
and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana


Neither Palaces nor Prisons: The Constitution of Order among the Nuer, a PhD dissertation by Dr. Michael Wal Duany, Indiana University, USA (PDF)


 


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

September 12, 2017 (SSB) — Under the International law, all the States have the Responsibility to protect their citizens as well as those who are by law and by facts residing within the States.  The state sovereignty that provides the State with immunity from any external interference imposes the duty on the states to protect all people within her territories.

It is in relation to the above that we have a general rule, which provides that the state has a responsibility to protect. Therefore, the failure to perform the duty to protect can allow the international community to intervene to protect citizens on behalf of the State. The above general was further explained by the Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty of December 2001, which discusses basic principles that constitute the State sovereignty and the duty to protect citizens and consequences of the failure to perform the duty to protect.

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By Madhieu Thiep Madhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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September 11, 2017 (SSB) — Fuel scarcity in the capital Juba and the Country at large had been on and off for quite a number of months, right from 2016 when the country’s currency lost its value until today. Many businesses including government offices in the Country have been severely affected by lack of fuel to run the self-owned generators.

Public transport has mostly been devastated by fuel crises forcing the majority of the civil population to park their cars and resorted to footing to and from work places. Students (pupils), elderly and the sick are the most disadvantaged groups, affected by this endless fuel crisis as it is harder for them to reach their respective places of services at the appropriate time.

To make matters worse, the Juba taxi drivers have mercilessly increased their bus fare beyond expectations and the government seems not to care for the humble cry of the Citizens. It’s very unfortunate that our taxi drivers occasionally base their increment on fuel shortages in the petrol stations, but could not reduce the bus fare even though there is enough fuel in the market.

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By Thon Madol Mathok, Kampala, Uganda

National Dialouge Steering Committee

September 10, 2017 (SSB) — National dialogue has become a song that can be sung by everyone but at the end of the day, no one takes the message contained in the song very seriously. National dialogue in essence is a platform where each and every one of us who are affected by the National crisis sit down with creators of the crisis to resolve the crisis because everyone is serious and wants war to end in the country such that people tend to others issues like how country should be developed, educating youth who are going to be the future of South Sudan.

It is a good initiative President deserves that because it is one of the steps toward bringing peace in the country; on the contrary, the president excludes others from the national dialogue. For instance, the President gave national dialogue committee a green light with exception of Riek Machar. As a matter of fact, it is like co wives fought and involved the whole family when other family members call for a discussion to resolve the issue.

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Press Release: Request for the Release of Gen. Paul Malong Awan to go to Kenya to provide DNA for the identification of his deceased daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

By Aweil Community in Kenya

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

September 10, 2017 (SSB) — On the 2nd of September 2017, an unfortunate incident occurred that caught the attention of the entire nation of Kenya. A Fire gutted Moi Girls’ High School and claimed the lives of nine (9) innocent students. The intensity of the fire left the remains of the bodies of the deceased in an unrecognizable state.

Out of these nine victims who terrifyingly lost their dear lives, one happened to be a South Sudanese citizen; a daughter to South Sudan’s former Chief of General Staffs; Paul Malong Awan. As a community, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of Alakiir Malong Awan.

We, therefore, want to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Gen. Paul Malong, Aweil Community across the globe and the entire nation of South Sudan. We hope and pray that the good Lord will give you strength and rests her soul in eternal peace.

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The two-theoretical approach in Dr. Wal Duany’s dissertation at the Indiana State University, USA, about the Nuer People: Do they have any implication with the current crisis in the Republic of South Sudan?

“Not so with the Nuer. . . . Their institutions are invisible. Every now and then a regulatory idea surfaces and marshals activity, then sinks out of sight, while another becomes visible in its effect upon movements of cattle and people. If they can be said to have anything corresponding to political institutions, these have absolutely no physical form, no architecture of palaces or prisons, no embodiment in piles of stones. . .” (Johnson, 1980, as cited in Duany 1992).

By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, Nebraska, USA

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South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

September 8, 2017 (SSB) — While this author is neither a political science major nor a historian by profession, I like to read stuff that is relevant to our contemporary societies, particularly the two Sudan’s—South and the North. There is significant evidence that any decision-making process can be maximized within the context of knowing the unlimited body of knowledge. In this context, I always push myself to capitalize on my current expertise to other areas, where I am not a subject matter expert in or anything along those lines.

With that being said, I find it interesting when reading Dr. Wal Duany’s dissertation at the Indiana State University where he addressed the Nuer’s constitution order by examining the two-fundamental theoretical knowledge in his capacity as a political science’s scholar. To conceptualize the Nuer’s social order, Dr. Wal Duany compared the two theories, the Acephalous and Autocephalous theoretical understanding against the Nuer people to unearth the strength or weak social order of the Nuer tribe from the Republic of Sudan in his dissertation—South Sudan was not independence yet by then.

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“Doctors need my DNA in order to identify the body of my daughter in Kenya but the presidency refused as per now,” Gen. Paul Malong Awan told Ajak Deng Chiengkou of SBS Dinka radio on the 6th of September, 2017

By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya 

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

September 8, 2017 (SSB) — On the 02nd of September, a fire that gutted a girls’ dormitory at Moi High School, claiming the lives of 10 students with many others critically injured, was another test and touching trial for my family. I had two students in this school, a 14-year-old, and a 16-year-old.

My 14-year-old survived the fire with minor injuries, thanks to her brave late elder sister who managed to push her through the window before she was caught up when she ran back to save her friend. As my 14-year-old recovers in hospital, her elder sister is still unaccounted for and thought to be among the 10 who burnt in the fire.

That unstoppably welled our cheeks with tears and engulfed us with unfathomable grieves because as a tradition, in death, a little relief comes from the ability to identify and burry the remains of our loved ones. My late daughter (Alakir Malong) was a very cheerful, kind and humble girl who had a bright future. The Parents of the missing children have been asked to provide DNA samples to help identify the remains of their loved ones who died in that sad tragedy.

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Ajang Barach-Magar, Juba, South Sudan

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A selfie of Ajang Barach Daau

September 8, 2017 (SSB) — You look at South Sudanese’s penchant for polygamy and siring of numerous offsprings and this question becomes more relevant than ever before. In his remarkably impressive book “The Future of Life”, Edward O. Wilson formulated a related version of this question. He then attempted to address it by postulating that humans’ unquenchable urge to reproduce would ultimately lead us to overpopulate the planet, eat up all its resources and die in a mass famine.  So, when are South Sudan’s food reserves running out? When will this country become too small to host her estimated 15 million inhabitants?

Well, at this point in time, we ought to be producing more than we can consume. Besides, there is more than sufficient space for everyone. Yes as a society, our economy is precariously teetering on the brink of collapse while our major towns are grappling with choking overcrowding. But it must be remembered that every last one of these woes is self-inflicted. They are not a reflection of the country’s inadequate capacity to feed or support all of us.

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Dr. Lam Akol, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Lam Akol Ajawin

September 8, 2017 (SSB) — The youngest country in the world was born amid great expectations and hopes for the future. These were not day dreams or castles built in the air. The hope was based on the fact that the country is endowed with human and natural resources very few African countries, if any, had at independence.

Today it is a basket case not because of misplaced assessment of its resources but of bad leadership. The current regime in Juba has turned its back on the slogans of liberation and turned into an ethnocentric kleptocracy that cared less about its people but only about siphoning the resources of the country to support its extensive patronage networks so as to prolong its stay in power.

Therefore, it is not by accident that the country is today embroiled into an unnecessary ethnic civil war that has seen horrendous war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by both sides of the conflict. The last and current spite of civil war was initiated by none other than the sitting President. It follows that any attempt to resolve the current crisis must never reward perpetrators of atrocious crimes nor tolerate impunity.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

September 6, 2017 (SSB) — Hon Thiik Thiik Mayardit, the current chairman of Awan Pajok Community Association, should be honored, appreciated and praised for his endless struggle towards transformation of South Sudanese societies, improvement of student’s welfare and promotion of sustainable peace and development through financial and moral support.

Hon Thiik Thiik Mayardit is a true peace lover who has actively initiated several peace and reconciliation programs among various communities of South Sudan. For example he has played a great role in the reconciliation programs between Apuk and Aguok communities of Gogrial State and he is tirelessly trying his best to reconcile many tribes which are in conflict against each other across the country.

Hon Thiik Thiik Mayardit is a great patriot who loves unity of all south Sudanese regardless of their ethnicity, race, clan, family background and he is a man of great achievement who believes in peaceful settlement of any dispute through dialogue. He had united all the 64 tribes of South Sudan through reinforcement of social activities, advocating for peaceful co-existence and giving of peace speeches in various social ceremonies.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

September 6 2017, (SSB) — Capacity building thus important institutional development evidences with the great demands of a great attention for total reforms in South Sudan. Capacity building efforts are currently neither putted in place as strategic plans for change nor focused on for national ability by those who were assigned but I observed one evaluation of high-quality training provided pivot notice that capacity building outcomes are what purposes assist the nation to reduce insecurity and political instability because if youths are highly trained, you cannot cheat educated people to the point of their death the way our youths in South Sudan are everyday deceived by their tribemates politicians.

Capacity building in fragile state risks becoming irrelevant when situation change rapidly. Top reasons for failures in human resources capacity building includes: leadership uninvolvement or uncommittment that always lead to security problems, political and economic imperatives. Lack of user involvement supposed to design decisions in the hands of rightful people. And lack of identifying areas for future funding such as education I am now talking about, branches human social development like agriculture, engineer, mechanic, artist, linguistic, plumber, etc inputs for the nation capacity building.

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Seventh Sense

Posted: September 6, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Mayen Ayarbior, Poems.

When the nights’ swords became ploughshares

Soldiers’ mephitic bullets classroom chalks

Loathsome venomous vipers’ spittle vaccines

Stalker canines meekly sneaked into our realm

For their sixth and seventh senses humans lacked

Verified cloaked docile nature we often rescind.

When the calm moon’s face scorned with wrath

The sun’s life-giving shine maliciously scorched

Oceans and seas rose and forward marched

Eccentrically unveiling atypical intent to harm

Their eighth and ninth sanities faultily professed

That creation was meant for all except one.

David Mayen Dengdit, Juba – March 2014

 


By Sunday de John, Juba, South Sudan

Governor Philip Aguer and UNMISS cheif David Shearer making joint statement picture by Mach Samuel - Copy (2)

Governor Philip Aguer and UNMISS cheif David Shearer making joint statement picture by Mach Samuel – Copy (2).JPG

Your Excellency,

September 6, 2017 (SSB) — It is my humble submission to write to you this open letter aimed at communicating my thoughts on the Regional Protection Force deployment. Likely, the deployment is in conformity with United Nations Security Council’s order but in breach of the South Sudanese laws.

Although this deployment is one of the provisions structured to end the expensive conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, it shouldn’t be made to look as though that your mission was taking over of the South Sudanese authority.

The significance of your mission is vested in civilians’ protection. As such, the civilians are not inhabitants of the Juba International Airport. Nobody is killing civilians in Juba city either and therefore there isn’t even a need for any deployment in the city. Few of the crime cases that you seem to exaggerate would be dealt with by local security forces and satisfactorily, they have been diminished.

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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three major South Sudanese leaders, placing Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Malek Reuben Riak, General Paul Malong, and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, as well as three companies linked to them on its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) also issued an advisory to financial institutions, which should trigger new investigations and filing of additional suspicious activity reports that can lead to further action.

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The Impacts of Sexual Abuses and Gender Violence on the Children and Women in the armed Conflict and Post-conflict Settings of South Sudan

 By Malual Garang, Bor, Jonglei state 

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August 30, 2017 (SSB) — It is universally true that, the perpetrators committed sexual violence and human rights abuses on the children and women and such as human rights gross violations and atrocities contributed to the widespread of sexual transmitted diseases in the conflict settings of South Sudan. In fact, both warring parties committed the worse human rights violations and war crimes during the onset of civil war and ethnic conflict in 2013 up to now.

However, the government turns deaf ear and blind eye to the victims and thus, ignorance and negligence inspired me to discuss the topic of Sexual Abuses and Gender Based Violence against the women and children in order to raise awareness and also to condemn prejudice, injustice and atrocities committed against children and women in armed conflict.

Moreover, I will use empirical evidence based on personal experience to explain the crises of gender and sexual violence against the children and women and to what extend should the United Nations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and Human Rights Watch Group intervene to help the vulnerable groups of people who are subjected to cruel treatment by the rebel groups as well as government armed forces.

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In the current diplomatic standoff between UNMISS and the government of South Sudan over the control of Juba International Airport (JIA), have the Regional Protection Forces (RPF) overstepped their UN mandate?

By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt

August 28, 2017 (SSB) — Last week or so, there was an intense standoff between SPLA forces and the UN sanctioned Regional Protection Forces around the airport area, which prompted the government to ground UN flights in the middle of the feud.

The friction came about UN forces wanting to encamp around the airport, something the government said could not happen, as it was never stipulated in the agreement that they would be in that place.

Surely allowing this UN forces in the vicinity of the airport would have amounted to surrendering the sovereignty of our nation to a foreign force. Airport is such a vital installation in any country.

So the question is, what did they really want to go and do in the airport? To go and protect what there? Airplanes or what? Because you can’t tell me that there lived some civilians in the airport who needed protection.

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Mind of Malaka

The idea that “Africans sold each other” into slavery is not a new one, but it is one that is generally advanced by the poorly educated or those wishing to shift the bulk of the blame from European participation and place it on the shoulders of the Mythical African. Mythical because before a person born in Africa is anything, he/she is Ewe, Fula, Mende, etc. No person of African descent responds to the question, “Where are you from?” with “I am from Africa” unless they are i) outside of Africa and/or ii) in conversation with someone who is unfamiliar with the concept of ethnicity with the continent. (Most Americans fall into the latter category.) This will then beg the request from the inquisitor to say something African, after which it will be painstakingly be explained that there is no such thing as a language called ‘African’.

Africa is not a…

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Poverty Porn – A New Prison for African Writers

Posted: August 25, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Oduor Oduku

A critic brings knowledge, taste, and meaningful judgement to a piece of work. The three elements imply that a critic cannot be neutral – to judge is to move away from the line of neutrality, and this is why critics are important. By consistently portraying the courage to have their judgments presented publicly, they become an authority, gatekeepers in a field. They are choosing ‘preferred literature’ to their audiences, and justifying their choice.

They are activists in a way, and done longer enough, a certain preference begins to emerge, a preference for a certain kind of book, a certain kind of literature, of art. Places that have few, major critics, the ‘superstar’ critics, risk having access to only a few approved choices. Since knowledge feeds on itself, and people tend to pursue few definable positions, a society needs many critics in order to have access to a diversity of approved…

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