Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category


By Athian Kuol Malith, Harare, Zimbabwe

museveni's quote on leadership

April 20, 2018 (SSB) — This research will highlight the best Musicians during and before war struggle against the Sudanese regime and how their music inspired the entire population to excel from the total debilitation to final emancipation into peaceful tranquillity state. The effort taken by them inspired and paved the way to south Sudanese and gave optimism in their struggle.

However, some of them were threatened, killed by Sudanese government whilst some seek asylum in foreign countries due to domestic masses they engaged in music about the suffering of southern Sudanese (now South Sudan). The contribution they had exhausted gained south Sudanese soldiers momentum to perpetually fighting for their freedom.

Most of them sing in their mother tongues though it was hard for other tribes to understand the language and the message. It takes a lot for an artist to truly register in the popular imagination and earn a reputation for being famous, becomes veteran and etc.  (Though that designation is applied far more casually in the art world itself).

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By Apioth Mayom Apioth, Washington State, USA

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KiiRiek

April 20, 2018 (SSB) — It has become commonplace knowledge that both Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are political liabilities and unfit to steer South Sudan toward a new dawn of bountiful fortune. Salva Kiir’s promiscuous personality would never allow him to stick to any consistent strategic policy formulation. After the breakout of the war in December 2013, he allowed himself to be controlled by two hardcore ethnic chauvinists in the name of Paul Malong Awan and the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE), and to a certain extent by a group consisting mostly of former Khartoum politicians, whose political allegiance is questionable at best.

Paul Malong Awan’s infamous greed for everything is well known. He wants to have more wives than everyone else. He wants to be the wealthiest person in history that ever lived at the expense of the taxpayers’. He is rumored to have two mansions in Uganda and Kenya: one in Kampala and another in Nairobi as we speak. On his last SBS Radio’s interview dated April 10th, Ateny Wek Ateny stated that” during his time in office as army Chief of General Staff, banks were opened at night for General Malong to take the money and he squandered a lot of money that time.” (more…)


The failures of SPLM give a crying nation in pain, griefs, anger, and suffering of citizens

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in full old SPLM/A military uniform

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth in old SPLM/A military uniform

April 6, 2018 (SSB) — What to do and who is to be blamed for? On the political playing ground, newcomers are to be blamed for hijacking the SPLM systems and ruling principles. Too many promises during liberation struggle for twenty-one or twenty-two years and high expectations of citizens from their government afterward, if SPLM/SPLA won the war against Khartoum which had happened in 2011 would have not been tolerated, and how hijackers used the party for their own purposes?

In reality, forms of unwanted different direction in SPLM objectives which people take the organization for granted resulting in replacement of unwanted advertisement at the international ground folds of the existing error page are what settings programmes the party needs inclusively of the party rebirth and redeeming system for better performances.

However, the SPLM/SPLA too many promises during the liberation Struggle to Citizens, and the transit forces failures of SPLM to go to different destination whereas SPLM had made many promises in liberated areas of Southern Sudan during the wartime consigned SPLM programmes which included the deviated list of SPLM objectives: Unity, peace, justice, liberty, and prosperity.

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By Stephen Par Kuol, Nairobi, Kenya

Riek Machar with Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon

April 5, 2018 (SSB) — The regionally coordinated policy of isolating the (SPLM/A (IO) since the breakdown of ARCISS on July 8, 2016, was syndicated by subjecting its leader, Dr. Riek Machar to indefinite solitary confinement in South Africa. Initially, the publicity of his ordeal was that he was in Pretoria as a guest of the Republic of South Africa. South African authorities later disputed that without disclosing who actually detained him while on a medical visit in that country. To our disbelief and relief, the IGAD Council of Ministers Resolution dated March 26, 2018, has cleared the clouds that Dr. Riek Machar was indeed and is still a political detainee of IGAD.

The catchword in the wording of that document is: “relocation” (not “release”) which could be legally interpreted as a transfer to another indefinite detention in another country chosen by his captors against his will. To anyone connecting the dots, it all makes sense as a manifestation of IGAD’s failure to abide by the rule of law and the cardinal ethos that qualify the regional organization to mediate the peace process aiming at resolving the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Among so many elements of injustice in this case, the following spectral violations stand out:

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By Isaiah Makuei Kulang, Juba, South Sudan

Biblical Joke

April 4, 2018 (SSB) — Over the past few months, a new vocabulary was introduced into the South Sudanese lingua. These two words ‘unknown gunmen’, have become the phrase with which the government refers to the angel of death that has reared its ugly head within our society. For a while now, we have seen and some of us have indeed experienced the hidden and devilish hand of the said unknown gunmen snap the life of both prominent personalities such as the recent case of Colonel John Malou, who was an instructor at Dr. John Garang Military Command Staff while on holiday in Juba to the very first reported murder by this infamous group of Isaiah Abraham, a young journalist who had cut his niche in the industry and this was evident from the fiery articles and commentaries he wrote.

The most unfortunate element of this conundrum is the very fact that it is government agencies that birthed and have continuously propagated the existence of this insidious group. From the very first incident that occurred and was reported, no investigations have ever been conducted and if they have, no tangible conclusions have been drawn since to date no meaningful arrests or prosecutions have so far been proffered against any individual or group of persons. For anyone moment I don’t doubt the fact that as a very young nation we are yet to modernize our investigative agencies, however, it is near impossible that the said security agencies lack the requisite capacity to investigate and bring to book those responsible.

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Duplicitous Duality: Policies That Have Hampered South Sudan’s Transition to Statehood

By Peter Adwok Nyaba, Nairobi, Kenya

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March 24, 2018 (SSB) — I define socio-political duplicity as the attitudes, behaviours and psychological syndromes that emerge from severe conditions of power asymmetry, which play out in political chicanery, backtracking on promises, political exclusion, economic marginalisation and social discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, language or gender, as well as in inferiority and superiority complexes. The socio-political duplicity of the South Sudanese political elite plays out these days as a dichotomised identity that underpins South Sudan’s traumatising predicament.

The Republic of South Sudan became independent, or seceded from the rest of the Sudan, in July 2011 after nearly two centuries of common problematic history. To bring the reader to the same level of understanding, it is imperative to shed some light on the history of the Sudan, which started with the Turco-Egyptian invasion and occupation of northern Sudan in 1821. The Turco-Egyptian state in the Sudan, popularly known as Turkiya, thrived on extraction and plunder of its natural resources, such as gold, elephant tusks, ebony, ostrich feathers and African slaves drawn mainly from southern, central and western Sudan.

The regime was very corrupt and oppressive to both Muslims and non-Muslims. This provoked and united the Sudanese across racial and ethnic lines in a nationalist revolution led by a Muslim cleric called Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi. This revolution started at Abba Island on the Nile south of Khartoum in 1881 and garnered support from parts of the Sudan, especially Kordofan, Dar Fur, Upper Nile and northern Bahr el Ghazal in the south. The Mahdist forces captured Khartoum in 1885.

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Was The Political Wrangling In The Ruling SPLM Party The Root Cause Of The Current Crisis In South Sudan?

By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Oxford, UK

fighting in juba

fighting in juba, 2013, 2016

March 19, 2018 (SSB) — In this article, I will attempt to answer one basic question as to whether it was political wrangling in the Ruling SPLM party was to blame for the December 15th 20013 crisis or something else. This is important, because some people, both South Sudanese stakeholders and most members of the international community who are making efforts to resolve the on-going crisis appear to have lost sight of the fundamental causes of the said crisis. This oversight was clearly demonstrated when many stakeholders called upon the IGAD led HLRF to resolve the root causes of the crisis first before effort were made to revitalize the 2015 controversial peace deal.

Their request to resolve the root causes before the actual crisis could be addressed presupposes that other social and political ills: like bad governance, tribalism or corruptions were responsible for the crisis. Although these social and political ills are undeniably part of the problem, they are not the root causes of the problem per se. According to medical science, one has to diagnose the causes of the disease suffered by a patient before one can be able to prescribe right medicine to cure it. It is in the same vein that in order to solve the current conflict in the young nation, it will be instructive to discuss the main contributing factors to the current crisis in the hope that those engaged in an effort to bring peace to the world youngest nation would benefit from it. Bear with me.

As we start to discuss the contributing factors to the current crisis, it will be important to recall that, after the independence of South Sudan, all the existing political parties that were registered in accordance to the ancient regime’s constitution, including the SPLM, automatically became illegal entities. The political parties, the old and the new, were then expected to have their parties registered in accordance with the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 before the function as political entities. Basically, the SPLM, as the lead party should have also been registered afresh. This would have been followed by the calling for third-party national convention in order to approve the party’s basic documents namely, the manifesto and the constitution. Other procedural regulations could have also been revised and approved by the third party national convention.

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By Ang’ok Arok Got, Eldoret, Kenya

young girl with a gun

A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi payam, Bor County, Jan 2016

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — I know vividly that by the time I finish typing the last word of this article and post it, I will have lost 1001 friends especially ladies. Call me a prejudice, call me a mongoloid, call me a dwarf, call me a traitor, call me a male chauvinist, call me all those sorts of names you think are barbaric, those big hee vocabularies you can think of, but alas! I will not conceal the truth from thee thy Kingdom Come. I have pondered over this topic for so long. You might go numb with series of plethora thoughts but truth and transparency are a formidable combination that encompasses a human life cycle. Insects can either have a complete or incomplete metamorphosis but humans tend to live their thousand life cycles in one lifetime. There we go ladies;

Dear ladies, how dare have you misunderstood and misinterpreted the term “civilization” and totally camouflaged from our own culture and customs, moral values and behavior, self-respect and family dignity to this weird and lackluster kind of lifestyle of the foreign people? I suppose you screen the foreign culture from your colonizers and take with you what is good to make home a better place of stay, rich with ideologies beautifully crafted from your own ideas and knowledge combined. I swear you people will die as copies due to those stupid minds which make you copy everything you come across. That you are civilized ladies, civilized ladies of the modern era, “civilized ladies”, my foot.

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What Does Dr. Riek Machar Confinement In South Africa Means To The High-Level Peace Revitalization Forum?

By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan in Turmoil

South Sudan in Turmoil, courtesy of the Gov’t, IO, G-10, other opposition groups and UNMISS

February 9, 2018 (SSB) — When the war broke out in December 2013, and the two camps emerged one supporting the government and other one supporting Dr. Riek Machar turn Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO). That painful division caused indiscriminately ethnics target and killing suspected to be on both sides. It is a war that caused South Sudan pain, the hope that we were independence state seems to have been chattered and look like a dream; people got back to the struggle they recently emerged out of and they dark days returned.

People with spinelessness starting dubitating themselves why they voted for independence state. To tell you, you made no mistake you are a hero or heroine because you made the independence of South Sudan possible; the one that we had been fighting for almost 50 years. 9th July 2011 was the day millions of South Sudanese were longing to see, the day they have never dreamt of has come during your lifetime. You should be proud of being part of that historical moment in the history of our country.

Whatever happened, our leaders took us back to that closed dark chapter of war and suffering. When August 2015 peace was signed, it cooldown the conflict of 2013. The two camps signed the peace agreement; H.E general Salva Kiir Mayardit and the opposition led by H.E former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar respectively signed the agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That hope was almost washed away when the other war broke out at president palace 2016. Another challenging moment in the history of our country emerges again. Dr. Riek Machar left the country with some of his troops till he appeared in DRC in one month and a half later.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan      

Taban Deng in YUAI

Taban Deng Ghai with top army officers of the SPLM-IO in Yuai, Greater Akobo area, January 2018

February 8, 2018 (SSB) — In South Sudan, there is no culture which condones corruption, criminality, selfishness, prostitution and indecent dressing. All the cultures of the 64 tribes never tolerate corruption, indecent dressing, greediness or any act of crime and that is why the people were in peace among themselves during the pre-independent period.

The South Sudanese in the pre-independent period were God-fearing people and they were well administrated by their respective kings and chiefs compared to the current situation in which some citizens have reached the level of undermining God. South Sudanese cultures are the best among all the cultures in the world and they are in accordance with the Holy Bible because bible itself doesn’t allow the people to corrupt the public resources, dress half naked or practice prostitution.

However, the introduction of western culture has put our cultures under the threat of extinction and some have already extinct. In addition, the life difficulties that were created by the current austerity and inequality in the distribution of public resources have forced our people to turn into robbers, others are killing their brothers because of the cattle, others are corrupting the public resources to satisfy their needs, others are abducting other people’s children, others have become gangs and drunkards in order to forget the conditions that are facing them, our ladies have joined prostitution and some of them have bleached their skins to attract the wealthy people.

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By Benjamin Guarken Chiman, Khartoum, Sudan

Makwei and Lam

Information Minister Michael Makwei Lueth, being chatty with opposition leader, Lam Akol Ajawin, at the Adis Ababa Revitalization Forum

February 7, 2018 (SSB) — It’s often argued by most of the world bodies that, an agony being faced by South Sudanese is purely a man-made one. Some people still think that it’s an external brokered tragedy.  On the one hand, the search for viable remedies to this grown and nursed agony seems to stem from every single heart of its citizen.

Though differences sound louder then what seem to unit them, they still have the sense that; they belong to one nation, one country. They still share some blood bonding. They still possess secrets to share.  Above all, citizens from both divisions are held in a constant vicious cycle of poverty! AND THAT UNITS THEM MORE!

On the other hand, wrong solutions often proposed by the international community and South Sudanese politicians seems to be aggravating factors then being remedies in themselves. The lack of trust among the citizens themselves is more likely to be the main pivot to why a consensus would not easily be attained for a viable and durable peace in the near future. The citizens of both camps (in governments, opportunists and oppositions) plus their leaders have low affinities to themselves as people of one nation, despite their similar and undeniable pain of trounce.

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The Shoddiness of Dr. Riek Machar’s Ph.D. studies in Strategic Planning and Management: Did Riek Machar Learn the Importance of Strategic Planning in his Ph.D.’s Training?

By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, USA

Riek Machar with Dak Kueth and Pende Ngong

Human Rights Activist, Jon Pende Ngong (on Black T-shirt) and Prophet Dak Kueth, (Dreadlocked) posed for group photo With Rebel Leaders Dr. Riek Machar and Lt. General Dau Aturjong (standing) in Fangak, South Sudan

February 6, 2018 (SSB) — The purpose of this article is that doctoral scholars are trained in theoretical knowledge, which enabled them to make an important decision by analyzing and assessing, using the evidence-based practices, known to scientific communities. In Riek’s case, though, this rigorous training seemed to fall in a deaf ear, as evidenced by his inability to achieve anything he attempted to do since 1985 to-date.

Since the inception of the SPLA/M back in the days, the very few individuals, who led thousands of thousand Southerners to war with Arab North was Riek Machar, Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Bany, Thon Arok Thon, Dr. Lam Akol, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Salva Kiir Mayardit, the current president of the Republic of South Sudan, many more, and of course, the founding father of our nation, Dr. John Garang de Mabior. All had managed their men and women in uniform so well in every major battle they fought with Jalaba, decisively.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

young girl with a gun

A young lady with a gun on guard during Governor Philip Aguer visit to Anyidi Payam, Bor County, Jan 2016

February 6, 2018 (SSB) — A forced marriage is a type of marriage that is initiated by the wealth- minded parents without the full consent of the woman and man who are intending to marry. A marriage of convenience is becoming common in South Sudan as many women are forced by their parents to marry the men who are not their choice.

A forced marriage usually occurs when the man who wanted to marry agreed to give the girl’s parents whatever they need without taking in to account the will of the girl. It only benefits the girl’s parents but it has negative impacts on the couples.

The major consequences of the forced marriage can be seen from the increasing number of the street women, many of whom have divorced their husbands for different reasons that are associated with their marriage foundation.

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Why protecting women’s rights and promotion of their rights is the best way of promoting economic development in South Sudan

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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Lost boys wives of Colorada, USA

February 4, 2018 (SSB) — Before I joined Makerere Law School in 2010, I used to view women like any other men. What comes to the minds of many men whenever they see women is sex. This objectification of women is the product of culture. Men are culturally oriented to look at women as sexual objects that are available for men to satisfy their lusts whenever they want.

It is in relation to the above, majority of South Sudanese men and especially, men in cattle keeping communities do not see women as human beings who can contribute positively to the welfare of the society. But they only see them as sexual objects that can be turned around at any time as they wish and if they refuse they have to be raped or forced to have sex with them.

It should, however, be noted that even though men in the abovementioned communities view women as sexual objects, it is not their faults. Their way of looking at women is culturally predetermined, and just finds themselves culturally directed. Thus, the way women are viewed in our communities is the product of culture as it puts men above women.

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By Santino Aniek, New York, USA

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Ajak Deng Chiengkou is the Executive Producer for the SBS Radio Dinka Program (Audio & Language Content).

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — It appears that the SBS self-proclaim journalist Ajak Deng Chiengkou who interviewed Garang Goch couple of weeks ago is unwilling to hear the other side of the story from Jamjang Commissioner. Now, can we agree that Mr. Chiengkou is probably enjoying this story more than anybody wants to admit or that anybody knows? I knew it was going to happen, everything I knew about Mr. Chiengkou with his SBS was going to happen sooner or later, everything I predicted that was going to happen, and it is happening because he is refusing to examine the fact that is always the key point in the journalism business.

As we have witnessed all these years, Mr. Chiengkou is the most bias self-proclaims journalist in the history of journalism in South Sudan and he has provided today by simple ignoring to examine the facts. If you folks are wondering what I’m talking about, stand by; I’m going to explain all of this in a minute. In fact, Mr. Chiengkou has just chosen one side once again as he usually does all these years. While he and his buddy Mr. Goch loved certain aspects side of the story, they hated certain aspects side of the story, and we on this side loved all sides of the story. But nobody should have believed Mr. Chiengkou because that interview he conducted a few days ago was a total bastardization.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

Jacob Zuma and Salva Kiir, 21 Jan 2018, Juba

President Jacob Zuma and President Salva Kiir, 21 Jan 2018, south Africa

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — To you and your colleagues, the estranged groups: The time is now and not any day later to give peace a chance. Enough is enough!  What is it costing you for peace to come? If it is money, it is left to you; everything in South Sudan is yours including our dear lives.

That the dawn will come rests solely on your shoulders. The tribes have become your political playing cards. Your war has put us in a situation of uncertainty and hopelessness.

You forced us to squeeze ourselves in other people’s homes or tiny Ugandan-like concrete buildings (hotels or lodges) with no ventilation as there is no electricity.

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By Deng Atak Ken, Perth, Western Australia

 

Kerubino, Arok and Nyuon

Kerubino, Arok and Nyuon

 

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — My fellow South Sudanese people around the world, I’m sure our existence, with a lot of differences among our cultures and traditions, in this lovely land called South Sudan is not a coincidence or a curse, but it is a blessing, and it is God’s wisdom that we should be there with all these distinctions!

God has known us before he put us there. According to my understanding, whatever God does, he always does it with grace and a great purpose because God’s ways are not human’s ways. So, we should accept ourselves and live with love, respect and harmony.

My dear 64 tribes in South Sudan, I’m sure we have been talking about what is separating us and bringing hatred among us for so long now. I suggest it is the right time to stop exercising those ‘unacceptable behaviours.’ I’m sure this difficult time will go, and we will end up victorious in God’s name.

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By Deng Akok Muoradid, Juba, South Sudan

The Wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, 14 October 2017

The Wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, 14 October 2017

February 2, 2018 (SSB) — The indigenous people of Jieng Community define the word “marriage” as a relationship between the two clans of the couples, which totally contradicts with the white man’s definition. The Jieng’s definition of the word “marriage” has been in implementation since BC till the signing of CPA in 2005 that marked the introduction of salaries inform of currency and the use of luxurious vehicles and buildings.

In Dinka perspective, to marry a woman does not mean separating her from her relatives but it means creating a permanent relationship between the two clans and this explains why a man always cooperates with his in-laws throughout his life. Even in case of an emergency death of the man, the responsibility of looking after the family is taken over by his in-laws and the same thing is applied by the man in case of any emergency death of his father-in-law.

The marriage in Jieng community is very unique from any marriage in any community. It is also more systematic and understandable than the modern marriage. The view of the woman, her elder uncle and the senior clan elder are first considered before both sides sit down in kraal (luak) to agree on the number of cows to be paid as a bride price.

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By Kur John Aleu, Beijing, China

Sudd wetlands

February 1, 2018 (SSB) — On the 28th January 2018. The National Courier ran a news story “Jonglei canal should be completed, says an Egyptian official”….. Such utterance from Egyptian official has motivated this article with the intention to inform, educate and dismiss some of the misguided benefits that the proponents of the project always use to mislead and lure the public into accepting what would be the most disgraceful and disastrous project that the generations of the Sudd region will live to regret if the project is allowed to see light.

To some, the canal will provide a buffer between Boma and Jonglei states and thus issues of child abduction and cattle wrestling will come to an end, this argument is ridiculous and motivated by frustration in the government of the day; the aforementioned attributes can be achieved by just having a strong and people’s government in place, a government that will have zero tolerance to criminality, a government where human suffering is not a political capital.

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Dear Lost Boys’ Wives of Colorado: You all deserve a Multi-Award from South Sudanese Communities in the United States of America

Lost boys wives photo

Lost boys wives photo

February 1, 2018 (SSB) — Definitely, If South Sudanese in the US or in the diaspora could be encouraged each other for the great achievement; hence, that day forever, the lost Boys’ wives of South Sudan in Colorado could have merited a multi-award for what they have done. Indeed, that day, all they have done is unforgettable and indelibly in the history of lost boys.

To my own comment, they are exemplary of oneness or uniqueness in the diaspora. Why and what scenario?

Here is the story, January 27, 2018, all lost boys’ wives of Sudan in Colorado have organized a big surprises party. For this party, they all have invited 64 tribes of South Sudanese who were living in Colorado, including all lost boys of Sudan and husbands to the party. However, when everybody shows up at the event, it surprisingly begins:

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