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Dear Mr. President, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as you visit the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, remember that Lou Ariik Community has a big, fresh wound in their hearts

By Ariik Atekdit, Wau, South Sudan

Awerial, Lakes State, President Kiir tour of Bahr el Ghazal region10

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — With absolute respect of your capacity as a President of the country, I am writing to you this letter and I hope you will have a chance to read it or somebody to converse it to you. And as you plan to visit your home region Bahr el Ghazal, it is important to collect and solve all the pains that have been created by your various administrators who you have posted to govern the population.

The region is complaining here and there in your name and you are almost to be hated than being love as a son. Most of the complaints are about lack of development to the local population. There are no road connections in the larger parts of Bahr el Ghazal. But above all there are no life-serving services like health facilities and schools especially in the area of Lou Ariik County, my village.

And to make the things worst Mr. President, histories of certain areas are being tarnished, distorted and thrown away as rubbish by your field administrators who represent you to the community and business individuals who have wrongly got money in their hands while cheating your administration for a claim on the services delivery. (more…)

By Ariik Atekdit – Wau, South Sudan


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (PW) — If my name is John and I speak English language so fluently and I put on English gentleman’s suit in the village and refuse to sit on my African traditional mat or skin then I am culturally invaded.

If I claim to have forgotten my mother tongue because of my 10 years in town, then I am culturally lost.

And again if I support all sport teams and clubs in foreign lands in the West, all against my African ones. If I can memorize dozens of western clubs and their players when I can’t know, how many clubs are in my country or could I remember one name of my national best players, then I am made to hate my values.

If I buy all sports clothes from the European teams and with faces of their players on. What is it that will show in me that I am an African? (more…)

By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan

President Kiir honors Gen Kuol Manyang Juuk, Gen Dr James Wani Igga, Gen Daniel Awet Akot and Gen John Koang Nyuon with the highest SPLA military honor for their longest service in the army, SPLA Headquarters at Bilpam, Juba, South Sudan, 24 January 2019


Thursday, January 24, 2019 (PW) — You must hunt hard for your good luck, in order to aspire your dreams. Sitting under that tea-maker’s Rakuba (shelter) with your thousand dreams in the mind won’t bear fruits. Claiming that you are a graduate won’t help you out, I swear. 2019 won’t make any change in your lives unless you choose to change some of the attitudes that you and I know they cannot allow any progress in our personal lives.

It is now many years down your graduation and you can’t get a job to afford your life or get married either at least to begin the progress of renaming your ancestors as African culture requires of you. Without lying, most of our youths are graduated directly to poverty and hopelessness because we so much depend on the nation and the government for employment.

Today I have chosen to talk directly to youths not to the government. I am attacking youths of which I am a member and I carry some blames too for having not done enough to establish my life.  If you have been viewing posts on the new year eve on social media, you should have seen a lot of littering congratulatory messages for having arrived to the new year.


The Politics of living in Hotels and Keeping Families in Foreign Lands is the reason for our Dying Economy

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Gogrial, South Sudan


Sabina Dario Lokolong, deputy minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Nov 2011

January 23, 2018 (SSB) — For years now our politicians live in hotels to satisfy their desires and feel falsely important to the people and the nation they are intending to deceive. For so long the nation and its citizens have become victims to the system they have supported for quite a longer period, even at the time the elites had nothing to spend for life, since the days they were in the bush.

The South Sudanese peasants and cattle keepers took care of the SPLM/A liberators during the bush’s days but when the very liberators arrived in Juba and other cities – the liberators dashed into hotels’ rooms, closed the door behind them to stop us from coming in to give them pieces of advice which could help them to govern the country.

The friendship that flourished among the liberators and local villagers for the last two decades got faded out and elites deserted our villages running way in V8 brand luxurious cars and they became very important persons to approach. The elites put on their VIP cards wearing the English gentlemen coat and ties at the necks, and no more did our peasants and cattle keepers manage to greet them at the hand check of the African style.


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


The fruition of the CPA

January 17, 2018 (SSB) — It is now many years, the people of South Sudan have been characterized by wars throughout centuries in the then Sudan and now in South Sudan. Never, had we known that until today our country’s leadership would let its citizens’ crash into such a situation of bad coincidence in the history. Whether it was New Sudan or a breakaway South Sudan, it seemed very clear then in the words of the people who have assumed the positions at top of the nation that the country will be bright.

When we decided to break away from Sudan we were made to be pretty clear that the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) would stand strong in the words of their mouths that needed to be translated into deeds that the citizens want to see happening. In the beginning, the war in the bush was made to fight for a United New Sudan with the intention of liberating the whole Sudanese including some of the very Arabs and Muslims who seemed to have been cheated together like the South by the successive regimes in Khartoum.


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

Ariik Atekdit @ the Referendum polling station in Malakal 2011.jpg

January 11, 2018 (SSB) — It is now seven solid years since the people of South Sudan voted for the independence referendum that was organized to take place from 9 to 15 Jan 2011. This national plebiscite exactly took place on the Day the historical Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in Naivasha, Kenya in 2005 between the Khartoum central government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M). Out of the 3,851,994 eligible voters who turned out to choose between the choices of separation and Unity of the Sudan about 3,792,518 casted their votes including the writer of this article to choose the separation, leading to the creation of the new country and the declaration of South Sudan independence on 9 July 2011 only six months later.

When we voted for the country of our own a lot of campaign was done across the Sudan and many other out-side-country-voting centres in the rest of the world where the South Sudanese population was believed to be dense. South Sudanese were made to get convinced that they must vote for a country of their own and therefore 98.83% won the independence of South Sudan, creating a country that was left to be led by South Sudan’s long struggle military general and a successor of Dr John Garang, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit in Juba, a city just situated near to the Uganda border.


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Warrap, South Sudan

Atem Gualdit, Speaking in March Conference - Discussing the County's Name dispute

Atem Gualdit, Speaking in March Conference – Discussing the County’s Name dispute


January 3, 2018 (SSB) — It is now the beginning of 2018 nevertheless the quarrel over which name to use for Lou Ariik County is being campaigned for on debates. In mid-2016, President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a decree creating 19 counties in Tonj State that later on multiplied; the decree carried the name of Lou Ariik County with its capital at Alabek. Some members of the Lou Ariik Community disputed the name and only wanted Lou Ariik to be replaced by Alabek County with its capital at Alabek.

The Solution which the governor kept skipping always and which the national government can keep the county united is maybe by dropping Ariik and go for Lou County with its capital at Majak or Ayod, not Alabek any longer. These precious options were overrun by the governor against the will of the people who always contribute positively to arrive at a peaceful end of the dispute.


The Wholesale Politics of History Destruction of Lou Ariik County: Who wants to change history of 13th century only in 21st century?

By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

Local residents celebrating the creation of Lou Ariik County in Akok Village

Local residents celebrating the creation of Lou Ariik County in Akok Village

April 9, 2017 (SSB) — Last year Tonj State lobbied for the creation of more counties and the intellectuals indeed projected the long existent chieftaincies (traditional administrative units) to be promoted to administrations in order to qualify for more counties. Lou Ariik happened to be one of the localities that have emerged into county status with its correct name and its administration at Alabek Headquarters.

Tonj State considers itself the biggest among the newly created 32 states in South Sudan; it does this by reflecting on its historical localities that had existed before the arrival of British Colonialists to the Sudan, these localities includes Lou Ariik area. And Lou Ariik had existed before the creation of the former Tonj District in Bahr el Ghazal region.


By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

RSS coat of ARMS

South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

January 9, 2017 (SSB) — The crisis in South Sudan is not a question based on ideological conflict. Every faction whether being rebels of Dr Riek Machar or Dr Lam Akol wants the country to be ruled the way it is portrayed in the SPLM Manifestation. Kiir Mayardit in Juba and Pagan Amum in exile equally believe that there is nothing new to be added to the Garang’s proposed system of the SPLM government.

No single man among the rivals has come out with any different ideology to pull rope with against the standing one. And if there is no any different ideology that is conflicting in Juba administration, then what is the problem? We just need to sit down and set a constitution that will guide the principle and ideology of the 21 years of struggle.

To my simple understanding, the political agitation of South Sudan demands a constitutional solution. The ruling elements might be hesitating that if any permanent constitution with any national concrete principles is put in place then the constitution will definitely not forgive their wrongdoings and set them for political eviction but that is the only solution to our national conflicts and South Sudanese must demand it now and not later.


By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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January 2, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan as a nation has suffered a political and economic crash so severely in 2016 at the drive of its own freedom fighters incited and at the smart push by the so-called world leaders and international community.

The political sufferings of South Sudan lack any ideological definition but foreign interests drive to push it for ethnic-related-disputes to sandwich their aspiration to cook a mess in the country in order to rule it for their selfish gain and political crafting, a business that our national elites in various camps have never understood for so long; that the elites have been fooled to kill their citizens and destroy their properties and infrastructures for no good reasons.

The political laboratory test of TROIKA, the IGAD, United Nations (UN) and United States on South Sudan has failed to occur to the expectations of the political drama makers. These guys were and are pushing for genocide to occur but South Sudanese have shamed them in the eyes.


By Ariik Atekdit, Tonj, South Sudan


December 17, 2016 (SSB) —- It is now three years since 15 December 2013, when the country slipped into a badly deteriorating conflict. Never did we know that the conflict which was totally of the SPLM’s big House dispute would turn into a nationwide civil war with thousands of people killed and millions others displaced within and without the country. I just don’t want to bore the readers with a lot of the crisis’ statistics of human and properties destruction, however, the truth remains that this nation has had a very bad experience at the age it was supposed to continue with the spirit of struggle that has kept South Sudanese together for the last two decades before the CPA and beyond.

The unity was first lost to the street at the SPLM House long in April 2013 when Dr Riek Machar spoke to international media outlets declaring himself that he would rival his Party Chairman, Mr. Kiir at the SPLM convention that would grant him a ticket to contest in 2015 Presidential elections. With a lot of tensions in the Presidential Palace of J1, President Kiir Mayardit issued a decree dismissing all members of his cabinet including his deputy on July 23 and suspending his party long serving Secretary General, Mr. Pagan Amum Okiech. The move brought about a bulky density of security and political tensions as fear of unknown continued to rise and surface in Juba and villages.


By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

SPLM House


November 17, 2016 (SSB) — The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling political party in South Sudan, has totally remained in the name but not in principles as expected. During the days of the Old Sudan, there used to be active political youth organizations or political activists that in reality would reflect the patriotic society for South Sudan and the nation.

Today members of the former African National Front (ANF) are left to perish and there are no political nationalists of patriotism across the nation due to the current divisions of tribal lines and clans. Entirely majority of South Sudanese have lost their patriotism to tribal or regional confederations. People have become members of their own ethnic communities more than being members of a certain political party. This is what has taken our country to the current backwardness that has brought the nationwide insecurity and social phobia.

The SPLM/A has fought for so long making a lot of successful campaigns against the various politics of division with several Khartoum regimes.   The SPLM as a political party climbed up to political and administrative leadership in Sudan with the implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and for the last 5 years, SPLM becomes the final administrator to the Republic of South Sudan and has thoroughly failed to control the politics of unity among the South Sudanese.


By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan


November 16, 2016 (SSB) —- For the last few years there has been a continuous conflict between Apuk-Giir and Aguok-Mou communities of the defunct Warrap State. Several youths have been killed and properties destroyed between the conflicting communities. Many more got displaced and there has been no any humanitarian assistance brought in, it has been a continuous human suffering for quite a long time, now nearly a decade since 2006 & 2007.

As a journalist who has covered several incidences in that region (Gogrial West and Gogrial East), I very well know that the results of the conflict are severe and social fabrics have been negatively victimized. Citizens from either side of the fighting communities have mostly become the innocent victims when they happen to cross borders for one reason or another. Businesses between the two regions have halted as borders break apart and the whole state is affected in one way or another.


President Kiir should work hard to repair battered relations with UN, US & EU’s new transitions to gain political momentum

By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan


President Bush with President Salva Kiir at the Oval Office, White House

November 13, 2016 (SSB) —- We might have seen in the recent past the political shocks that South Sudan has faced while trying to convince the world about the domestic politics in the new born nation, a business that went misunderstood for the last two or three years of conflict. August ARCISS peace agreement was imposed by the world and regional governments against South Sudan therefore resulting to the current split of the SPLM-IO. Mostly some of the great politicians who dominated the SPLM politics during the CPA and post independence periods thought to go against President Salva Kiir as Kiir kept his heart strong not to surrender to them.

Dr Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and maybe Madam Nyandeng Garang and colleagues have played a major role in the neighbouring countries to tarnish the image of South Sudan. The whole world picks directly from Mr. Amum and Dr Machar who were then SPLM’s top officials holding the Secretary General and Deputy Chairman positions and continue to refuse any reaction from Juba. This is what has weakened the National politics. Now chances are lying ahead for the better change.


By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

November 9, 2016 (SSB) — It is now about ten days that our dear brother, Doctor Ariik Mawien Kuol Ariik had unfortunately departed from us directly to what we would assume as heaven in the house of God.

On 30 October 2016 was not the first time for a community of Lou Ariik to have lost a youth of Dr Ariik’s age; we had lost several before.  Nevertheless, it was the worst day of all for the community to have lost a youth of his kind who had specialized as a medical Doctor and had sacrificed his life for decades at least to achieve such a title.

Dr Ariik Mawien, a hardworking, a very courageous person and an academician that I first met in Wau back in 2004, had been my academic advisor at times of difficulties during my secondary education in Wau.  Some pieces of his advice had made me maybe a successful academician today and maybe in other corridors of life, I thought he would not die as quicker as now. And for what purpose would God allow him to die at his age?


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, the first president of the republic of South Sudan

October 28, 2016 (SSB) —- Since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit has missed to tour the nation even at the time his physical appearance would be mostly needed. Many of his supporters have kept supporting him for so long until they become victims of why the supported Kiir. Kiir’s supporters too became hated and labeled as liars in the communities they live because the leader they claim to follow was neither heard nor visible in their villages.

 When the country got its independence the President was supposedly wanted to address the traditional population at their traditional villages.  It would be rather better and more important for the president to speak his own words directly to people that were happy for having achieved their freedom from the Arabs in the north, a business that President Kiir did not allow to occur.

Years went and the President could only visit regional and international presidents in their palaces more than often. His Ministers have stayed in hotels for years instead of delivering services to the Nation. The Ministers and other government top officials have travelled several times abroad instead of visiting their constituencies though they really have exhausted government account to facilitate most of their unofficial travels. Kiir has visited Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kampala or Washington more than he could visit Terekeka town just north of Juba town which is only few miles away from J1 Presidential Residence.


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

salva kiir and taban deng

a jovial Preisdent Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

October 17, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times at our coffee and tea places, the South Sudanese President, Mr. Kiir Mayardit has been severally discussed about. Kiir being the president of the country becomes the most central point to whom any amount of blames and wrongdoings that are occurring in South Sudan are put upon.

Some people have concluded that Kiir is a burden of the nation that should have been got rid of and thrown away, long before now. Most of the people continue and try to praise Late Dr John Garang De Mabior, thinking that if he (Garang) was alive then South Sudan would have not slid into such a crisis after the independence.

The nastiest of all is that even the enemies of Garang have begun to praise Garang now after he had gone into the grave a business they failed to reveal when he was alive and solid.  How reasonable is it for a person to have opposed and cursed Garang when alive and praise him when dead? This is the same scenario they want to repeat about Kiir. If they had not supported Garang why would you think that the same elements can support Kiir who is Garang’s disciple? We need to think wiser than we must just assume.


A Setback on What South Sudan refused to do at the time it could possibly have done!

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


He rose from death and appeared to his disciples in an open top land-cruiser: The case of President Kiir

October 15, 2016 (SSB) — On date 3 September 2011, I sat down in Malakal and wrote this piece of the below article as a nationalist to challenge and warn the leadership of my country about the challenges ahead of them. Time went and I thought that anybody could have looked at the newspapers to read and analyze the little piece I had posted.

The young and old writers of this country have for so long voluntarily tried to direct and advise our leaders and the community members to only try to do what is correct and good for the nation but it went into their deaf ears. More negative opinions driving the country into an ocean were entertained while the very ideas that could have helped the nation became the first victims thrown out into the sea ahead of the nation.

It only became too ugly when the first selected ministers and the elected MPs of the new nation sat reluctantly in their luxurious offices and hotels without diagnosing the internal problems in their motherland. The Leaders have to be blamed for working hard to make South Sudan a failed the country. Now welcome to 5 years old analysis speaking on the current situation of South Sudan!


The Sentry Corruption Report on South Sudan is far away from the truth and Unscientific

By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan


George Clooney with President Kiir, Dr. Riek Machar and VP James Wani Igga

September 20, 2016 (SSB) — Last week the famous friends of South Sudan, Mr. George Clooney and John Prendergast of Enough Project published their two years’ corruption investigatory report that detailed how Dr Riek, President Kiir and colleagues have deepened their wrong hands into South Sudan’s money and resources and used them for luxury and their comfort with their family members typically in foreign lands.

A lot of luxurious mansions and villas have been posted by the report featuring how these valuable properties are associated to the claimed individuals in the story. As a South Sudanese who have been in this country since the conception of Juba administration. I cannot for instance stand up and challenge the report. I can’t deny that our leaders might have ruined our resources and our economic stability. They might have misused our resources.

I can’t give detail either of how the money is being misused. However, I am only not pretty sure if the photos used in the reports are really the ones that justify the corruption in South Sudan, they might be the ones or there might be still more photos and banks’ accounts to reveal.


By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

Garang and Kiir

John Garang, Kerubino Kuanyin and Salva Kiir, with Aguer Manyok Aguer Deng (the young man) during the war of liberation

September 16, 2016 (SSB) — Most of the times when South Sudanese write against the intended invasion of their nation in the name of UN civilians’ protection force, they seem to be wrongly perceived as sightless supporters of the governing regime. And for that reason their ideas are ignored and never attended to by the so-called regional leaders and world superpowers while trying to quickly impose the coming of the 4000 UN troops into the country as if that would mark the end of the country’s problems.

The Africa Union (AU) as a continental political organization seems not to care about the pains and complaints felt and faced by some parts of its body. The African leaders mutely watch down the state of affairs in South Sudan as a lonely case and a prospect to create jobs and a forum to teach themselves participate in foreign and regional politics.