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‘‘Negative perceptions and fabrications are keys to total failure’’ Author

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (PW) —When hope is lose, the will is lose and the way is lose; in every society there are cultural and socio economic impediments that can trouble members of the society, but all those defies can be deactivated by the level of fortitude and  willpower.

It is not always wise to lose hope and entreaty when in a perilous position because God’s answers are always available for those who seek, knock and solicit.

Affirmative dream is the house of progress whereas negative one host disenchant and obscurity of perplexity.

Before the Independent of South Sudan in 2011 shoddy South Sudanese have been working day in and day out to repudiate the independent of South Sudan.

It is commonly clear that some individuals and groups have been identified as agents of blind hatred, segregation, propaganda and sabotage as revealed by their open stand in directing mistakes make by either individual or certain group to the government docket.

Since Independent till the outbreak of war in 2013, off-putting proclamation has been phrased up by those who lack devotion for South Sudan.

Wordings such as “belede maabe ruoor gidaam”, “agiika mafii fii Junub” and self contradicting expression such as “walai Junubiin” are downbeat distrust and best guesses expressed by the enemies of South Sudan in order to distort national independence. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Monday, March 11, 2019 (PW) —September, 22nd 2012 was the day our dear mother and sister Mama Teresa Nyankol Mathiang Dut’s precious life was slashed by the invisible hand of death. Teresa Nyankol Mathiang Dut born in Abyei of Ngok Dinka to Mathiang Dut’s family was a South Sudan great Artist, in her aptitude as the daughter of the then Sudan she inspired generations of Sudanese since 1970s through her cultural, socio-economic and political narrations in songs.

Human lives on wishes and remembrances, a tall tree that has fallen along the busy road cannot goes without being notice by the regular travelers; Mama Nyankol had South Sudan in heart and has done what a devoted daughter can do to her motherland.

Throughout the liberation eras to the independent of South Sudan until the time her beautiful and celebrated life was pierced by poisoned thorn of death, she had acted as a mother, daughter and counselor to the marginalized people of Southern Sudan, New Sudan and South Sudan. (more…)

Tribute to late Journalist Albino Deng Juach

Posted: February 26, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Columnists, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 26, 2017 (PW) —Another powerful intellect has gone!

The world has become so mean to the extent of swallowing human alive?

26th February 2019 will remain one of the days where my heart was choked by thorns of disbelief and acceptance.

I came to know Albino Deng Juach through his commentary writings in the Citizen Newspaper/This Day Newspaper, The Star-Tribune Newspaper and the Dawn Newspaper where we both contributed as column writers.

When I got the news of his death through the Dawn Newspaper issue 880 I was devastated and could not belief it had happened and for sure it has happened. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, February 18, 2019 (PW) —A spoon that shines through out its longevity carries a shadowy pride of its manufacturer.

Culture represents the artistic choices, behavioral pattern, religious diversity, and other belief patterns of a particular people. The way in which a certain society develops has a key role in the development of its culture and language. Superstitions and moral upbringing of a society also have a lot to do with its culture. Even though art is an expression of individuals in the society, when it is loved by a lot of audience in the society, it becomes a part of the collective culture of the society in which the people live.

When a cultural practice persists to exist for long, it becomes a part of tradition.

Congratulations to Jieeng daa Australia for the great ingenuity of teaching young children their cultural way of living, wrestling and dancing have been part of Jieeng celebrated historical lifestyle. (more…)

Tuck the Button Part 2: Stop Wife Beating

Posted: February 12, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Commentary, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (PW) —It was the beginning of rainy season in South Sudan; Makuer a famous farmer was among timages (1)he villagers of Makurudit who were waiting for the first drop of the rain that could soften the fields for cultivation.

Makuer, his wife (Aluenge), brother Marial, Lonhajooh (the chief), Atiamjoot (the assistant chief) are the major characters featured in the script.

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Makuer: My lovely wife, mother of Majak; Aluenge from the highest clan of Paduur, clouds of today seem to be telling us something important-yes they are promising rain.

Aluenge: Yes, father of Majak you are right those heavy dark clouds are hiding clear water of life, hopefully with the help of our forefather, the hard ground will once again be softened.

Makuer: According to my knowledge of the sky and the clouds, this night will never pass without some few drops, don’t you see how those cottons of clouds appear and disappear?

Aluenge: Yes father of Majak, I saw them chasing one another into the giant arm of the creator.

Makuer: You are right woman of my father’s cow.

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Tuck the Button Part 1: Mob Justice

Posted: February 1, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

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Friday, February 01, 2019 (PW) —Mob justice is when individuals take laws into their own hands.

It is common in places where there are a lot of criminal activities and where people had lost confidence in law enforcing agencies.

People normally assume it as an alternative to weak system of law or one of the solutions to reduce rampant crimes.

The following short play tells about young man called Apuyu, a notorious robber in his locality.

Apuyu was caught by angry villagers stealing Chief’s goat and was almost beaten to death when the chief came to his rescue.

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(The Scene opened when one of the villagers alerted the villagers about the thievery) (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan.

 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 (PW) — ‘‘When in Rome do as Romans do’’ this phrase had fallen on the blocked ears of some disgruntled groups and individuals who are still being spot around peeping through the narrow hole of disbelief on whether the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) shall holds.

Well, as the saying goes gives the devil its dues, those individuals on the praying mat of annihilation can clearly be linked to Biblical Thomas who questioned the resurrection of Jesus from his handy colleagues who as followers of Jesus witnessed many miracles before and even after the death of Jesus yet Thomas didn’t believe in what he was told.

When Jesus appeared to him, Thomas said to Jesus, My Lord and My God but Jesus thrown a cool towel of shame on his face, when he said because you have seen me, blessed are those who have not seen yet they believe. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

 

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Friday, November 16, 2018 (PW) —my neighbor’s kid snobbery journey into the bizarre land of human hunters and his holmic escaped from the fence of slavery is part of the desolated stories experiences by many victims of abduction and kidnapping.

If one could swear before the Almighty God, absolutely those people killed his father and burnt their house.

They are the one that killed his father before they kidnapped him at the tender age of 5 during the dark cover of the night and inhumanly dragged him along the elephant grasses toward the unknown destination.

In a flashy recap, he and his parents had just had a soft evening meal of a mashed pumpkin.

Few minutes before they went to sleep, his grandfather narrated to the family’s members how his childhood and adulthood days were spent before the blanket of aging cover much of his once energetic body.

After few minutes of interlude the aging giant abruptly raised his voice and said “this boy is precisely who I was during my childhood”

Just after that the victim who was a toddler of five years crafted into the beautifulness of the life journey. (more…)

What the Peace Holds for Peace Makers..

Posted: October 29, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

 

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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When there is peace…….

Children are born and rise with impressive care.

They play and attend schools with happiness.

Children are handle with principled hands.

Women fruits of creativity and beautifulness are harvest.

When there is peace….

Folks attend weddings and marriages with pride.

Men and women tilt their farms with comfort and support.

Students attend schools with gratification and commitment.

They pass highly with easiness and straightforwardness.

When there is peace—-

 Business loop on sympathy and empathy.

Scales are justify, rectify and there is no scandal.

On the leaflets of peace living standards are high.

Under the dispassionate shadow of peace life is super.

With peace food is produce and poverty is humiliated.

Money is valued and wealth is accumulated.

Under the roof of peace there is coexistence.

With stability and development politicians are adore.

They are called people’s representatives.

When there is peace criminals are disciplines.

No hiding holes for criminals at the peace center.

Respect and friendship are never part of their belonging.

When there is peace both rich and poor lives in harmony.

In peace hard work and commitment pays.

At the peace center ladder of success is broad and climbable.

Here the army and the police hold the protection keys.

With both hands and jingoistic heart.

At the time of peace our defending giants stand tall.

With their weapons and military attires in stores.

When there is peace prisons are only reformatory houses.

Where bad behaviors are convert into societal demand.

In time of peace wildlife provides human with foods and beauty.

Wildlife and culture radiate the beauty of a nation.

Tourists and visitors enjoy the national potential.

With peace roots of innovation are expose.

When there is peace health centers are build.

And diseases are control and eliminated.

When there is peace policies are implemented.

With peace life is good and promising.

Awuol Gabriel Arok, a Writer and a Poet, has a Bachelor Degree in Social and Developmental Studies from the University of Juba, South Sudan, he is a Columnist with The Dawn Newspaper under column “The Motivation Bell”.  He is the author of unpublished book titled ‘‘The Wisdom Horn’’ , he contributes to Websites and Social Media platforms  on Issues concerning Social, Economic and Politic s and through his peaceful and developmental campaigns such as ‘‘Your Tribe is My Tribe’’, ‘‘Giving Heart Foundation’’, “Wisdom Testament”, “Classic Leadership Forum”, “Grace the Women Foundation”, “PeaceNet Initiative” and “Award for Development”. He can be reached via his email Address: jjmkamzeearokson@yahoo.com 

 


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 (PW) —Last week a magnificence warning was given out to the Public by Juba City council on the plan to crackdown commercial sex workers and those whose plots have been turned into brothels.

Thank God that notice was executed as seen in the Juba Monitor Newspaper Vol. 8, Issue No. 1481 according to the wondrous report 52 commercial sex workers were convicted by Kator Court for being involved in commercial sex.

 That initiative is of great concern and JCC must be applauded for that.

Immediately after the Peace of 2005 that brought together SPLM/A and the Government of Sudan under the umbrella of the Government of National Unity, a large number of people among them foreigners came to Juba for work and economic opportunities. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, July 05, 2018 (PW) —The evolution and vanishing of flashy attacking animal locally named Nyan ne juan in Bor land during the 1980s still remained a mystery.

As the saying goes there is time for everything; in the middle of 1980s after the Bor mutiny and few years before the children were sent to Ethiopia for their grooming into the Liberation movement came a mysterious dwarfed and swift attacking creature nick named Nyan ne juan by the locals.

Nyan ne juan in its simplest form to English mean a girl wearing an underwear, the dwarf creature was known for its flashy attacking style mostly on young children, it targeted bodily parts such as the eyes, ears and mouths. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018 (PW) — Peace will not come to South Sudan on its two or four walking legs; it will appear when South Sudanese expose and disown individual feelings that go against positivity.

According to the former president of the United States of America President Barack Obama peace is just not about politics. It’s about attitudes; about a sense of empathy; about breaking down the divisions that we create for ourselves in our own minds and our own hearts that don’t exist in any objective reality, but that we carry with us generation after generation.

The peace we seek in the world begins in human hearts. And it finds its glorious expression when we look beyond any differences in religion or tribe, and rejoice in the beauty of every soul. (more…)


One is always known for what he does, a prolific peek on Magot Khot; the latest and fieriest South Sudan Wrestler.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, June 28, 2018 (PW) — Simba-Khordit known by his family name as Magot Khot Ajak hails from Abiong section of Ajuong community of Twic East in Jonglei State.

He is at his youthful age of 30 and has so far been christened as the fieriest attacker in the wrestling history of South Sudan. Blessed with corporeal fitness and lion jerking style, Magot-Simba-Khordit as he is popularly known has so far wrestled down or drew with all the challengers that he had a match with. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Monday, June 25, 2018 (PW) —National dignity and respect are the costless tools that can reshape and guide South Sudanese into prosperous South Sudan.

In a every social setting, respect and acknowledgement of good work done enhance social cohesiveness and progress, it is a core responsibility of the citizens to respect their Leaders, the Army and the Organized Forces in order to foster team work, accomplishments and importantly for complimentary and smooth wheeling of national unity which must also be reciprocated to the civilians.

It is therefore, depressing and cheerless when leaders bunch themselves according to interests, if there is a significant call for such than it is the local representatives who can do so in line with nationalization of national resources and services, unfortunately when the leaders at  the national level troop themselves according to their areas of origin and constituencies the furthest the citizens are scatter and divided among the political shelves. (more…)

Are You Appointed or Disappointed?

Posted: June 22, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Poems.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Out of my demo office into an open street,

Bypassing the royalists and the loyalists,

As they take-on horny ploy of tomorrow hunting.

Artfully I wind myself out of the hush-hush joint hub,

Where discontented dreams are chew over near my neighborhood;

Softly and diffidently gives my traditional order.

Through my wishful and toughened heart;

I have to settle on unfastened bamboo,

Another sign of my habitual taboo.

The best preference by the dispossessed jostler (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday 21, June 2018 PW — South Sudanese convoy made up of the civil population, leaders and armed forces to the twin city of peace and prosperity had been a doughy mission due to unnecessary dismount and alighting by the political actors, throaty commanding voices, and directives from the multiple remote hubs.

It had been a great drama of unconsciousness as the leaders vigorously gave orders to the buses’ drivers to gear off in order to put on board their behind the schedule friends and relatives who were caught unsuspecting when the convoy left.

This egotistical conduct set off the unrestrained commotion and disagreement on the leadership bus hence sending panic of possible delay or postponement of the entire journey; the second civil bus and the third armed forces bus keep on stopping as fierce commanding voices and immense bangs were heard from the leadership bus, that furious quarreling demanded a comprehensive resolution before the next journey recommencement. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (PW) —With many wondering whether peace will ever comes from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after many phases of peace talk bear little progresses.

It is possible for Peace to come from Ethiopia, the 1972 Peace agreement that enable Southerners taste and felt the fruits of development and citizenship within the Sudanese societies came from Addis Ababa.

The 10 years of peaceful Sudan from 1972 to 1982 had left big footprints of development that are still visible and will be available for generations to come.

What matter is not the location of the peace talks but the readiness and responses from the parties to the agreement.

Any suggestive change toward Peace Talk locality, participants and mediating partners cannot favour the current situation of South Sudan and the prolific progress that has been made by IGAD. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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 Monday, June 18, 2018 (PW) — South Sudanese have been known for flexibility, understanding and self-possession for ages and definitely it has been evidenced during the last five years of unexplainable conflict.

 May the grace of our Lord keep on giving the wind of hope to the resilient people of South Sudan today and bless them with Peace and Progress.

No year can be a bed of roses to all but for the sake of humanity and how we were created by God in his own image as his divine children; pain of another must be the pain of another.

Prayerfully next round of HLRF talk and the upcoming face to face meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar may put to an end South Sudanese mysterious conflicts of confusions. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 (PW) — Globally, sitting President is the only distinguish caretaker of the National Constitution during his term of office unless if he is impeached by the Parliament.

He officially supervises government businesses and activities until his office time elapse. President legitimacy can only be challenged if defeated during the elections and refuses to hand over the office to his Successor according to the constitution.

Through ballot boxes Salva Kiir Mayradit was elected the President of the Government of Southern Sudan in 2010 which made him the President of the Republic of South Sudan after the Independent in July 2011 hence, making him the Constitution Caretaker during his official term.

By the power given to him by the people and Constitution of South Sudan as the President of South Sudan, he formed his government comprising of three proven branches of government; the Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive. (more…)


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (PW) — A road is a route or way on land between two places that has been paved or otherwise improved to allow travelling by foot or some other forms of transportation.

Juba-Nimule Road is an important socioeconomic road connecting South Sudan to Uganda and the whole of East Africa via Nimule and Nadapal.

 This important road has length of 192 Km and work on it started in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

 Before the completion of Juba-Nimule road movement of people and goods from Nimule to Juba takes a number of weeks and consequently parts of the road were impassible during the rainy season.

In October 2011, USAID launched the final stage of building the 192 Kilometer Juba-Nimule road. (more…)


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