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By Ngor Jameson Panchol, Juba, South Sudan


October 14, 2016 (SSB) — Civilians are covered by international humanitarian  laws as a   non-partisan to any part of belligerents  and therefore the  shouldn’t be victimised  basing on ethnicities by all groups either SPLM-IO/A, SPLM-IG/A, Arrows boys,  Agwelek Shiluk militias, cobra faction, and other insurgent groups within Equatoria not to exercise horrible killings of civilians which is inhumane act and it should be condemn and treated as criminal offend by those indulged themselves of committing  atrocious.

Highway killings of Dinka /Jieng along the roads leading to Juba is outrageous and real disheartening for Equatoria militiamen to act in malicious tendency by targeting Dinkas. It’s barbaric act to killed civilians due to their belonging and it has been old phenomenal of Equatoria militiamen since 1980-1983 Kokora, 1990s insurgency group name themselves Equatoria people Defence force (EPDFF) emerge against Dinka, 2006-2009 highway targeting of Dinka   civilians arise which was sponsored by some government officials and armed generals now serving in Bilpam and finally 2014-2016 new militias in Equatoria land .


By Luka Geng Geng, Wau, South Sudan

October 14, 2016 (SSB) — Mr. President, with deepest frustration as I pen you this letter, I would like to begin the outset by sending my heartfelt condolences to the entire families, friends and relatives of the brutalized members of Dinkas whose lives perished in cold blooded war on the main streets and jungles of greater Equatoria region under the hands of merciless Equatorian youth against Dinka.

Back to the point, this letter is to appeal to you to do something fast and if you are already doing something to redouble your effort or to re-focus your compliance with the saying that; stitch in time saves nine. This is a matter of grave concern you should know. The recent sadistic brutal murdering of innocent Dinka on Yei to Juba road and Juba-Nimule road are very disheartening not only to the families of deceased but equally to all Dinka communities across the country. Why would Innocent Dinkas people be killed on regular basis? You ought to know the answer to this question and come up with the solution.


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan



October 14, 2016 (SSB) — Organization persistently knock together any institution to prosperity and that is why every time there is a  leader who  supervise any segment of an organized system, an abuse of organizational structure render the organization baseless and a floating belief. The important of organization was prior exemplify by Dr. John Garang De Mabior when he said ‘‘for those of you who have never experienced bush life’’.

If Dr. John Garang De Mabior was alive today he would probably add ‘‘not the bush life of today where you go to the forests and spend two days, three months and come back to the same house that you accused of corruption, nepotism, tribalism and dictatorship, ours was a momentous bush life worth 21 years of bitter struggling which gave birth to the Nation and yours? Saabii Don’t let yourself be misled by our bush life that we experienced’’ Garang would teasingly advice.


By Mading Gum, Nairobi, Kenya

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kiir saved riek machar from death, July 8th, 2016, during J-1 fighting

October 14, 2016 (SSB) — After the height of July J1 fighting, a friend invited me to watch a replay of Jeff Koinange exclusive interview with South Sudan President Salva Kiir. I accepted and we sat down to listen to the “man” Koinange thinks “holds the future”.  Not until Mr President predicted doom and disaster if he left power, I concluded the future lies elsewhere.

South Sudan people struggle for independence was not merely anchored on the opposition to the Khartoum based oppressive regimes but on what they aspired. South Sudanese still today aspire for freedom, justice, and equality. Unfortunately, these aspirations have been flooded by power struggle, corruption, tribalism and inequality.

Admittedly, Mr President press conference on 12th October 2016 was encouraging. Although it was primarily aimed at dispelling his death rumour, he tried to calm the growing ethnic tension in the country. The atmosphere created is commendable. However, calling for calm and forgiveness is not enough to root out targeted killings and decentralized violence.


By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State


ROK HMEC commander Col Kim Byun Chun handing over certificate to Mach Samuel

October 13, 2016 (SSB) — The Republic of Korea Horizontal Military Engineering Company ROK-HMEC has completed a month training of 11 Journalist selected from Jonglei state ministry of information youth and sport and secretariat general.

The journalists were trained on photo-video editing class applicable with press, TV and websites. The training focused on skill gaps TV journalism job-specific skills to complex organizational processes, with simple micro-learning videos that focus on one step at a time. The training also incorporates practically, how to report on TV as well as how to present news in the studio.

While addressing the journalist, the Commander of ROK-HMEC Col. Kim Byun Chun said impartial journalists can change the country objectively through their enormous power of writing that call for government intervention, NGOs and civil society organizations to address issues such as hunger, starvation, conflict, food insecurity, illiteracy and heath care.


By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya


Dak Buoth addressing media during a peaceful demonstration held in front of South Sudan Embassy in Nairobi on 9th 7, 2016, at the wake of renewed fighting at State-house, Juba South Sudan

October 13, 2016 (SSB) — I condemned with contempt it deserved, the barbaric attack on innocent civilians at Yei-Juba road this week on 10th October 2016. The decease videos and the pictures circulating on social media look very disturbing and sadistic in nature. It is absolutely abnormal to take a video of someone slaughtering or skinning an African person and post it for public viewing. I cried that these irrational goons should end their act of hooliganism.

Compatriots, may your souls rest in eternal peace! Such heinous acts should not be carried out on our land and against our very own people. Let’s declare enough is enough. It seems our hearts have really gone dark. With this kind of gruesome attack, it appears as if we have become wild and less human. There are many reasons to believe that we have gone crazy.

The sources I perused read that over 20-plus passengers were killed in Yei-Juba road. That the attackers had first stop the Vehicle and separated the passengers according to their ethnic background, thus, it was alleged that only members of Dinka community were shot indiscriminately; that victims comprise of children, women and the Elderly. This callous act is uncalled for. The attackers should stop this madness in its entirety. These killers should rethink and devised a new style to advance what they are up to.


By Maketh Aciek, Kampala, Uganda


President Kiir touring Juba yesterday evening on a pickup to assure people that he is not dead, contrary to rampant rumors on social media


October 13, 2016 (SSB) — Could we all calm down and focus on the true killers of innocent civilians along JUBA-YEI road? In this situation where the dividing line between fiction and reality is blurred by the magnitude of this savagery, we must still point fingers to the right direction.

To watch world’s news about South Sudan is to plunge into depression. But why is it the innocent civilians have to die every time Salva Kiir’s presidency is questioned? Majority of victims were, are and will still be civilians. But in their situation of social and political homelessness, they are still silent to expose the one behind such horrible, pointless and senseless carnage.


U.S. Embassy Juba, South Sudan


Office of Public Affairs

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2016

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October 13, 2016 (SSB) — The U.S. Embassy seeks to clarify the status of U.S. military assistance to South Sudan. Following the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013, the U.S. government suspended its program of non-lethal assistance to the SPLA. This program, which operated from 2006-2013, was designed to help professionalize the SPLA and was developed by the United States at the request of the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior.

The U.S. government has not resumed operation of this program and has not provided military assistance to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GORSS) or to the armed opposition since December 2013. The U.S. government, however, has provided ongoing support to the regional effort led by the African Union to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army, which includes a limited SPLA role. The U.S. government has also provided support to the security institutions established by the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The U.S. Embassy also wishes to clarify the position of the U.S. government with regard to the troubling phenomenon of child soldiers. The United States has long been engaged in dialogue with the relevant government and security authorities in South Sudan, objecting to the recruitment and use of child soldiers and pressing for a cessation of these practices. This policy is unchanged. Regrettably, the United Nations and international NGOs have recently confirmed the ongoing culpability of both government and armed opposition forces in the recruitment and use of child soldiers.


Governor Bakasoro: South Sudanese in Tears

Posted: October 13, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Letters, Press Release

October 13, 2016 (SSB) — Fellow South Sudanese, let us all condemned the atrocities that is taking place in our country in the presence of the Government of the day. On behave of the voiceless and the families who lost their dear ones in the constant targeting of civilians by Government and other armed groups, I strongly condemned the killings of innocent civilians along Juba Nimule roads, Juba Yei roads and other locations in the country. I am appealing to the Government and the warring parties to spare and respect civilians.

No killing of civilian is justified under any type of and International law. They are not combatants and such indiscriminate killings should at any cost be stopped. In a civilized world no civilian should be targeted by organized or unorganized forces. I strongly believe that our struggle to liberation was not based on hateful tribal sentiment. No single tribe or tribes should be targeted by any armed forces. That is inhuman and should not be condoned by any light minded persons or groups. God bless and rest their souls in internal peace.

By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

The current state of RSS

October 13, 2016 (SSB) — There will be days our actions will convince us wrong. There will be days when my brother, sister, wife, son-daughter, parents, relatives, and friends will never be arrested of crime I had committed loosely because they relates to me; there will be days when my life will not be taken because of my tribe; there will be days when law and order will have eyes, ears and other senses and such senses will operates according to the ethics, norms and laws of the country. Justice, liberty and prosperity will have meaning.

Time will come when good apples will be sorted out of bad apples instead of both bad and good apples are thrown away because they happened to be in one basket; time will prove this nation’s citizens serving in public or private sectors as servants for those they represent; time will assure us that mistakes will be reversible instead they remain like an iron fist; time will come when we will never live in a nation of “fittest;” our system will change, utilization of power will also change; there will be balance of power; the wide gap installed between leaders, system and citizens will change as well; glorification, where leaders are glorifies because they own power will change; we will have an accounted for service delivery system. (more…)

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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Commander John Garang and Commander Salva Kiir in Rumbek, during the war of liberation struggle

October 13, 2016 (SSB) — In Dinka a proverb, it said, “raan acie jony ke lo, ran eya jony ke buo”, which mean, you cannot advise somebody when he/she thinks his/her decision is the best until when his/her decision failed at last, he/she will understand your advice with consequences.

This is not President Kiir’s historical background which I write, but I want to say something good about him, but before I say something about president Kiir, People in South Sudan do not appreciated their leaders. They blindly hate them up to the point of death. I never saw in my life one day people celebrated somebody death, a death which is the enemy of all human being and which can consume them too and you celebrated its powers!

During the bush, South Sudanese wished Garang die four times, but he couldn’t die until his mission was over. Yesterday, on the 11th October 2016, rumours of President’s death circulated all over the world and on social media. Enemies of peace in the Republic of South Sudan beat a drum of death and forgetting that death has no friend. We are all entitled to it. It’s consumed all of us whether you like it or not. Death is for all. Death can come into your own affairs any time, and who knows those who wish bad luck against the president might be the first to leave the soil of South Sudan?


Fight the proxy media war as you are hired to, but don’t incite South Sudanese to divide themselves on tribal bases: A response to a Kenyan writer, Mr. Walter Menya’s second article on daily nation on Wednesday.

By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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October 13, 2016 (SSB) — First and foremost, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the victims of the recent killings by terrorist on Juba—Yei road, Juba—Nimule and Torit roads, I would also thanks the relatives of the victims of terror killings for the spirit of nationalism and courage. You have shown to the Region and the world that you are law abided citizens who seek justice through due processes of law.

The despicable acts by terrorists  and enemies of peace was to provoke the situation so that the people of South Sudan goes on rampage, killing each other but our great people of this nation are wise enough than the likes of Walter. The people of South Sudan knows their long history of struggle as brothers and sisters till the freedom was achieved in July 2011 and therefore should not listen to the voices of enemies of peace in personalities of this Kenyan writer  the so called Walter.

Back to the topic, I was dazed to read an article authored by Kenyan writer Walter Menya which appeared on Daily Nation dated 12th / Oct/2016, and this is the second piece written by the same writer and I have to respond to him again as I did to his first article in July this year. The style of writing of this Kenyan who knows nothing about South Sudan and General Paul Malong forced me to respond to his rubbishes once again.


PRESS RELEASE: South Sudan Youth for Peace and Reconciliation (SSYPR)

By Tito Awen Bol and Dut Mabior de Machine, Nakuru, Kenya

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October 13, 2016 (SSB) — “Violence never brings permanent solution. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” Martin Luther King, Jr. South Sudanese especially the politicians are wrongly diagnosing the problem hailing the nation and that may keep complicating the solution to the problem as stated above in the Mighty words of Martin Luther King.

First, we heartily condole with those who loss their beloved ones in the two incidents of last week along Yei-Juba and Nimule-Juba road, and relatives of any other citizen that has loss its dear life in the same manner anywhere in the Country. Last week had been bathed and smeared with the blood of our chopped innocent civilians and that put the whole nation (except the killers) on the mourning mood.  We join the mourners by telling them to take heart and to still hold the love for the nation at this moment of trial. May the souls of the deceases rest in peace.





Yes, I am here to follow, to flow with the current of the current news ‘From Inside…(J1)’! Yes, Juba is brought to a stand still due to a Facebook prank posted by the SPLM-IO boys. And Juba be like ‘some unknown goon men’ posted another attempted coup by death on His Ex-cellency, the P-resident of Reap Public of Source Sudan’! And the whole business was brought to a standstill, which is still standing…by the time this article went online!


Of course, the president is not dead, is he? ‘Atiengka da’! Look, His Ex-cellency is touring the streets very healthy and being cheered up by the crowd lining the streets of Juba!

However, now that I am sort of a free netizen with an independent mind, I would ask: Can a mere Facebook page post or some online newspaper story…

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Condolences and Condemnation of Ethnic Killings in South Sudan by H.E. the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Lt. Gen. James Wani Igga, 11 October 2016

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October 11, 2016 (SSB) —- Let me begin first by conveying my profound condolences to the aggrieved families, relatives, and friends of our people who became victims of treacherous targeting recently. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

In the last few weeks and months the people of South Sudan have been undeservedly trapped in an unfortunate security predicament, which includes killing of innocent civilians along highways and elsewhere in the country. These criminal terrorist acts must be condemned in the strongest terms possible as this manifests no stain, whatsoever, of any noble political cause. Those who want government and power usually respect lives of innocent unarmed people. Otherwise, whom are they intending to rule and govern?

I hereby add my strongest condemnation of the terrorist killings which occurred along the roads linking Juba to Nimule, Yei, Bor, Kajo Keji, Meridi, Terkeka, and Torit and parts of Bahar El-Gazal and Upper Nile. Of course, these deplorable killings have all been ethnically based as they are being directed toward members of certain ethnic groups. Vulnerable civilians, including women, old people and children, have been singled out and slaughtered.



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October 11, 2016 (SSB) —- We the SPLM Leaders (Former Political Detainees) greatly disturbed by the recent increase of war and violent conflict all over again; its ever deepening intensity and level of brutality; an apparently all-pervasive and creeping sense of resentment and hate developing amongst and between members of various communities of South Sudan, we feel obliged and indeed duty bound to issue this statement, our participation in the transitional government of National Unity (TGoNU) not-withstanding.

Over the recent past, and much more so in the last week or two, very disturbing developments that include destruction and burning down of villages, homesteads and houses of civilians; the deliberate destruction of crops, food stores and means of livelihoods of the rural people; killing of civilians in towns, in villages, on the roads/ highways, especially on the Juba/Nimule, Juba/Yei and Juba/Torit roads; arbitrary arrests of people, have increased exponentially. If the trajectory of these disturbing developments is not altered, we fear that South Sudan could, within a short span of time, descend into genocidal carnage, total chaos and eventual disintegration.


By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

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The essence of education in Africa

October 11, 2016 (SSB) —- Corruptions were also displayed to the external world. When salary was not paid, one resorted to stealing to feed family. Most societies elect leaders to make policies and laws governing their countries. But African countries have lost control of their politicians.

They are schemers whose only goal is to rob their community’s blind. They may have been elected as Presidents, senators and representatives, what we have in place are people that created special niche for themselves to legally drain the treasury with outrageous salaries that are out of step with their fellow citizens and the world.

 In disguise of discharging their responsibilities, they dole out and execute contracts to cronies. After all, their self-remuneration, there is hardly anything left for infrastructure or to develop the country. That is high way robbery not governance.


By Arok Deng Abuoi, Australia


October 11, 2016 (SSB) — In the last few days alone, many lives had been lost along the highways of the country’s capital – Juba – for reasons unknown to all of us. This wanton destruction of lives, including that of women and the children, is callous and inhumane and must stop now. And to the people behind these killings, be it Equatorians, disbanded Nuer soldiers or any other actors filling in the void, to make a personal or political point, be informed that you are targeting the wrong souls.

I looked at some pictures posted on someone’s Facebook page today and my heart sunk. It was the worse thing I had seen in years. I know we are better than this. Although our country’s future seemed bleak at these times, with the economic in tatters and with living conditions forcing many into despair, I believe we can still hold our heads high and respect the lives of our countrymen and women. Orchestrating these terrible acts of violence on our roads is unimaginable, foolish, and against the principles that make us human, to say the least. Killing men, women and children merely because they don’t belong to your tribe is adding to all of our problems than it is to solve them.



14642343_10207393171733786_474780749979620380_n A bus emptied of its passengers and burned on Nimule Highway today (October 10,2016).

Dear ‘Amos’,

I am writing to you and your men this open letter as a reminder of the advice I gave you at Arua Park in Kampala in July 2o14. By the time you insinuated to me your annoyance with the system and an intent to join or create a rebellion. These were my words to you:

“Well, if at all you have to do that, then take note of the following. Dr. Riek Machar failed to usurp power twice due to the ‘Bor Factor’. What is it? The two times he attempted to get it from Dr. Garang or Gen. Kiir, all his power was bogged down in Bor area. In 1991, he used Bor as a route to overthrow Garang in Torit. That one flopped. In 2013, following Kiir’s dirty game on him and…

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