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By Thon Madol Mathok, Kampala Uganda

Kiir's speeches before independence, cover

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan. Grab your copy at

December 14, 2017 (SSB) — Kiir we know in history is a devoted man who worked together with John Garang and other heroes to liberate our land. He loves South Sudan, he knows the value of South Sudan because they experienced how many lives, times and energy it had caused them during liberation war to get South Sudan.

In our intuitive reasoning, one cannot destroy what he has built, likewise Kiir as some folks claim he is the one destroying South Sudan while we know vividly in our history the enemy of progress those who disrupted and delayed SPLA forces to achieve South Sudan are there. As South Sudan was granted autonomy 6 years to decide their fate.

H.E. President Salva Kiir was vice president of Sudan in general and president of South Sudan in particular deputized by Riek Machar. Salva was faced with two roles to play, therefore he had to share roles with his comrade Riek Machar. This means he had to delegate some governing duties in South Sudan to Riek to oversee while he was in the National government of unity in Khartoum.



By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

Gogrial state

December 14, 2017 (SSB) — Gogrial state, the state that has been marred by on and off violence for years. The state cover by the cloud of hate and distress. But remember, as Martin Luther king Jr said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”.

To the people of Gogrial state hate never resolve a problem it actually fueled it; it’s time we sit down as communities, brothers and sisters and talk to ourselves, let see where we went wrong and correct our mistake and retain our relationship as communities. Our communities are unique and they should not be source of our problems but our strength. It’s time we disassociate ourselves from violence that is being fueled by people with their personal interest.

As the cried of people continued to rang louder every day, the appointment of the current governor Victor Atem Atem (Governor of Gogrial state) has come at the right time; the time when the need for change become apparent. The citizens’ prayers for the right man has been heard. The uncertainty seems to have ceased; the hope toward stable Gogrial state remain high, his appointment brought exultantment and the despondent become hopeful; future look a little bit bright.


“Tell people in power that something they tried didn’t work as expected” – Peter Ross. “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation” – Edmund Burke.

By James Okuk, Ph.D., Juba, South Sudan

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

IGAD plus President Kiir, 25 July 2017

December 13, 2017 (SSB) — The above quotes are the essential secrets of success or failure of countries. This wisdom from Ross and Burke should guide the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and its outcome. The warring parties should seize the opportunity as the unavoidable last chance for sustainable peace. There is no room or patience left now for accommodating the unending senseless war any longer. The Revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) must change the tainted image that the country has acquired since 2013 crises to date. It should rescue South Sudan from its current situation of hopelessness and fragility. It must prevent the new country from premature disappearance into annals of history due to its trifling resistance to change for dignified happiness.

It is high time for South Sudan to be confronted truthfully to quickly regain the confidence of its lucky territory (644,329 km2) and the inherent abundance of virgin resources (oil, gas, gold, teak, mahogany, ebony, gum arabic, sweet water, tame and wild animals, proud and liberal people, etc..) located in the naturally blessed tropical savannah climate of agriculture. Article 1 (1)(2) of the Constitution of South Sudan has correctly defined it the sovereign Republic straddling Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria and Upper Nile with boundaries of January 1, 1956, including Abyei Area of  the Nine Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms transferred from Bahr el Ghazal Province to Kordofan Province in 1905 and as defined by the Abyei International Arbitration Tribunal Award of July 2009. Article 1 (4) also provides for decentralized multiparty democracy and homeland for multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-racial people of South Sudan who should co-exist peacefully, including with their other African neighbors: Sudan (border of 2000 km) to the North, Ethiopia to the East, Kenya to the South East, Uganda to South, Democratic Republic of Congo to South West, and Central African Republic to North West. Egypt also claims to be a neighbor of South Sudan through links of history and Nile River.


By Wenne Madyt Dengs, Juba, South Sudan


Know thy enemy: The problem of South Sudan

December 13, 2017 (SSB) — Both violence and non-violence are all avenues of toppling a naughty regime based on international political context; although violence technique remains the quickest, but it is the most inopportune mechanism that leads to grievous damage to the State in which it’s set off within the short time like for the case of South Sudan where numerous people are reported killed, and half of the population fled the country.

From the onset of adverse internal revolts within the Republic of South Sudan, my special view is that there had been the great fissure in identifying weaknesses that could be used as tools of warfare to defeat the incumbent regime. One could have been wondering [like me] and asked the unanswered question on what prompted those who initiated their unsuccessful rebellions. Especially when a rebellion is started and its progress begins shrinking within the next few weeks.


By Hon Arop Madut Arop, Nairobi, Kenya

john garang in the bushDecember 12, 2017 (SSB) — As I was reading the last proof of my new book on the Ngok Dinka history, which is currently with the printers, somebody sent me a recorded voice message purportedly given by Uncle Bona Malwal in his recent press conference in Khartoum. In the voice message, it would appear that Uncle Bona Malwal was answering questions from journalists about a number of sensitive issues including a so-called Abyei Area controversy.

From Uncle Bona Malwal press statement, which I believed was staged to enable him to air some of his frustrations about a number of issues which had in not very distant past, led to his retiring from politics; Some facts beg the positive response from the concerned citizens of Ngok Dinka Region, which by accident of politics, has become known as Abyei area.

But as most of the issues discussed by Uncle Bona Malwal in his Khartoum conference were his own personal opinions, I will only comment on some of the important issues that struck me in the face. But before I discuss the issues raised by Uncle Bona Malwal, I would like to appeal to my great and resilient people of the Ngok Atungdiak not to react negatively and used abusive language in their response to Uncle Bona Malwal assertion that; Abyei area is a Sudanese for the following reasons.


By Manyang David Mayar, Juba, South Sudan


The mysterious cross-shaped grass at Juba Teaching Hospital

December 12, 2017 (SSB) — Last week, Juba was shaken by the appearance of a green grass that grew in form of a Christian Cross at Juba Teaching Hospital. Eyewitnesses say, the grass wasn’t there the previous day but just appeared the following morning after one of the ladies saw a vision in her sleep.

In the following days, thousands of Juba residents poured into the hospital to witness for themselves. Upon seeing it, some bowed down to it and worshiped it as if they had seen Christ. Others willingly gave offertory in a carton box. And by a word of mouth the message of the Green Grass Cross spread quickly like wildfire to everybody. It rapidly dominated public talk in the streets of Juba and in public transport buses.

Many people agree that it was a miracle. But each person could only give his or her own interpretation of what the GGC miracle actually means. Other groups of people simply disagreed and refer it as false and misleading. As for me, I don’t know what exactly happened and how it happened. But I believe that God has a power of speaking to the people of South Sudan by the use of sign just like He (God) has done in the past in the stories of the Bible.


By Bravo Delta, Juba, South Sudan

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A young South Sudanese girl

December 12, 2017 (SSB) — Recently, South Sudanese have become aware of the Bona Malwal position that Abyei is not South Sudan. This is not new to Abyei people, since he made it clear to them in 2005 that Abyei will only become part of South Sudan “over his dead body”. The reason for him to take such position remains largely a mystery to the Abyei people, as well as to the South Sudanese.

Despite these constant attacks and hurtful statements launched by Bona Malwal, Abyei people will not be distracted. We see no point in fighting a meaningless war of words. However, since the South Sudanese people are the judges of Malwal’s claim, I would like to look at what makes Bona Malwal more of a South Sudanese than Abyei people.


By Kuach Loch Garang Deng, Calgary, Canada

President Kiir with members of the JCE

President Kiir with members of the JCE

December 12, 2017 (SSB) — In Dinka culture, or other cultures which practice this tradition of taking a brother’s wife in case of death or infertility of brother, people should know its normal. It’s normal for one to socialize children born on his bed. When an infertile man sought a helping hand from his brother, then children or a child born in his bed is or are named by him. These kids are all socialized and taught or parented by the very same man who wedded their mother; paid dowry and called her his wife.

This man should be the legal father of these children and husband to this woman. Therefore, if these children become successful or fail in lives, no one should blame a smarten purse who only step up on the voluntary ground to procreate a family on his brother’s behalf when that custom is normally practiced in the said culture. As a result, a sole responsibility should be taken by a father for a good credit or failure as children grow up.


By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

December 12, 2017 (SSB) — As one of the people who championed for the cause of our independence, I decided to initiate a new fight for the survival of the country we fought to achieve. There is a need to fight for the freedom from want meaning economic freedom and soon I will move to my home area in Biong area in the former Gogrial East County to advocate for this particular freedom first among my community and later on I will move to others.

The project is seed breeding farm. One of the main resources to increase food production and timely availability and distribution of affordable viable seeds that are locally produced to cut down the expensive and imports. Farmers in my home area do not have easy access to seeds and the government has limited capacity to provide seeds. In view of the difficulty, farmers in the areas face difficulties to farm at the rain times of the raining season.

Proposing to establish a seed breeding research farm is the key to agriculture development. The farm is planned to produce sufficient quantities that will meet the demand for seeds in the area first.


By Dut Agostino Agei, Nairobi, Kenya

abyei pic

December 10, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudan that won independence from Sudan in 2011 was a news to everybody. This was because of the liberation struggle that took us more than several decades in the war. We are to remind ourselves that the independent South Sudan was also another independence of the SPLM/SPLA administrates areas. This was because of the strategy of the comprehensive peace agreements that gave South Sudanese their rights to be independent Country first and then liberated the administrates areas using public policies.

I was personally convinced by this protocol since the same CPA that signed South Sudan peace agreement was the same CPA that was going to negotiated the SPLM/SPLA administrates areas. This was promising in the sense of togetherness and also in the sense of cohesiveness of Southern Sudanese who were united during liberation time in the Sudan.

After the comprehensive peace agreements that addressed what the war was all about in Southern Sudan then the current situations in the Country never look likes the Country would in the future stand a chances to liberated the other SPLM/SPLA administrates areas that were together with South Sudanese during the liberation struggle and who were also in the comprehensive peace agreement with South Sudan after the independent South Sudan peace agreements. This was also seen in different bilateral relations between Sudan and South Sudan peace agreements.


By Nhial Bol Aken, Juba, South Sudan

National Dialogue, concept reflictions by Mading Deng

“In this polarized and polarizing conflict, perceptions can overshadow reality, and whatever the equation of the power structures, the Dinka are being seen as having replaced the Arabs as the rulers in an ethnically unjust system. As the various ethnic groups converge against what they perceive as Dinka domination, the Dinka in turn begin to perceive themselves as targeted and paradoxically as in imminent danger of a genocidal onslaught. They therefore strive to mobilize themselves in self-defense.” – Dr Francis Mading Deng – SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE; Conceptual Reflections page 43

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — When the fellow citizens walked to Dr. John Garang Mausoleum to celebrate the declaration of their independence in 2011, I was among them but soon after hearing some speeches from our leaders, I turned nervous and I concluded that we are destined to a fail state.

The speeches focused on the historical facts of the struggles, establishments of government, the formation of the commissions, the resources we have and desired to develop a newborn country. Little was said about the unity of our people, the unity of South Sudanese.

This made me believe that the people of South are not the real focus and will never be a focus since we repeatedly preached today creation of more states and not a desire to bring unity of the 64 tribes.



Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol

The late Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — It was a big joy when we were granted our independence on 9/7/2011. Everyone from South Sudan thought Bashir and his fellow Arabs were the problems. After the independence, I thought we were free from any form of violence. Little did I know that the problem lies with us South Sudanese, especially our leaders?

The war of SPLM/A that took over 20 years, claimed mostly the lives of soldiers. However, the current conflicts among South Sudanese, is taking away most the lives of innocent civilians.

Those who have died within 6 years of independence are likely more than those who died within 21 years of SPLM/A civil war. Was our independence a blessing or a curse?

The Amazing Story of three brothers: Peter Makuach Manyuat, Jackson Ngong Manyuat and Gabriel Makuach Manyuat

By Peter Makuach Manyuat, Juba, South Sudan

Malek secondary school

Form four candidates in Malek secondary school [photo] by Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch, June 2016

December 7, 2017 (SSB) — Children in their early teenage years often discuss how their future would pan out to be and what kind of profession each one would want to follow. My above-mentioned brothers and I one time had a similar kind of discussion.

I started the discussion myself by revealing that I would want to be a doctor if things go the way I would want them to be. Gabriel Makuach, my stepbrother, followed with his wish saying that all he dreamt of was to be an Engineer.

Ngong’s turn came and said he also wanted to be a doctor. Then, I was in primary eight and the brothers were in primary 3 still. We carried the results of our discussion to our father, Manyuat Ayii Ngong. All he advised was that he wished each one of us to work to the fulfillment of our dreams.


By Apioth Mayom Apioth, USA

pagan and john garang

Commander Pagan Amum Okiech, with Chairman Dr. John Garang and Commander Yasir Said Arman, Rumbek Senior, 2003

December 6, 2017 (SSB) — By the looks of things, Kiir Mayardit has no intention of steering the nation into the daylight. He has been the leading figure in the South Sudanese politics for twelve unimpressive years. He has become “Mr. Let’s wait and sees how this problem is going to take care of itself.” His loves of the leadership has blinded his conscientious self. In ancient Africa, Kings, or chiefs wielded enormous power and with this juggernaut of power came novelty. In most cases, they were principally wealthy and gave away their wealth to the downtrodden populace.

For this, Kiir Mayar is trying to emulate how the traditional leaders had an open door policy and being all ears to the countless number of people all at one go. He just sits there on his presumed throne and families of all kinds come to demand whatever they long for their livelihoods. Even before his ascendancy to the upper echelon of the South Sudanese politics, his laid-back approach to everything cost many soldiers to lose their lives during our days in the bush. The first task of a leader is to be an initiator. The first to take the first step out. Salva Kiir sleeps on his duties.

An influential leader cultivates trust. How does trust come about? He/she is a selfless being that goes out of her comfort zone to make sure the lives of all individuals are secure from harm. Once the people are secure from danger, then what comes next is trust and a willingness for the general populace to heed his call for commandeering. Trust is garnered through three hard-earned steps.


Many Questions- Too Many! For the Conscious Jenuubeen!

Acuil Malith Banggol, Juba, South Sudan

Role of Traditional Authority, by Acuil Malith

December 6, 2017 (SSB) — Let us praise and celebrate our multiculturalism as Peoples of South Sudan. Let us celebrate and enjoy that we are free to genuinely be reflective and inclusive of our Jenuubeen cultural identities. It feeds well to Jenuubeen Cultural Identity and Commonality. What is your view? Should we discourage association via community or should we encourage egoistic selfishness and individualism. Let South Sudan enjoy the freedom of association that holds individuals accountable to his/her culture, community from, age group, peer, friends, the family, extended family, cultural group and the entire South Sudan.

Jenuubeen community should ensure that an individual is accountable to the closest community and the Jenuubeen Community?  Let us praise and be exemplary reflecting the good face of our community, village, boma, payam, county, state and the nationwide. What is your view? Do we share the same values as Peoples of South Sudan? Are we reciting archaic and irrelevant slogans or are we confused to extend that we are now repeating similar mistakes then committed in Old Sudan that adopted misidentified identity of Arab monoculturalism?


By Hon. Barnaba Okony Gilo, Juba, South Sudan

Murle dancing

December 5, 2017 (SSB) — Compatriots, the simultaneous attack of Murle to innocents’ citizens of Duk of Dinka Bor and Tedo (Daktek) in the Anyuak kingdom and other places in Bong Nuer areas shouldn’t be tolerated. Murle is the most aggressive primitive people. They went far to abduct kids from Ethiopia. That behavior is not acceptable in the Republic of South Sudan.

This is the appropriate time for greater Jonglei people to come together and address the crimes against humanity being practiced by Murle community. The Murle community leaders, stakeholders, and youth have tremendously failed to administer, govern and control themselves.

They continue violating all agreements between Boma state and Jonglei State for our beloved people including Murle to live in peace and harmony. But rude criminals continuously abduct children, women, and killing innocent people.


By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda


December 5, 2017 (SSB) — Last week I walked myself to downtown (Kampala City Center) – to my usual boutique where I have been buying clothes for the last three years since I become a resident in this country.  Christmas is coming in soon and I need few some clothes to cover myself since I have been investing my mergers on other things. Unfortunately, I found the place was under a new management, and the people I found there were dealing only ladies outfits.

Before shifting, I have known some few faces: two gentlemen that I have been interacting; they both speak Swahili and one lady who happened to be an alumna of the college.  In the process, I have been very reluctant to ask their names and business contacts and applied the ideology that customer is the king. I have been assuming in fact that it is the sole responsibility of the seller to attract customers in all ways possible.


Local Governments must come up with tougher laws on cattle rustling, children and women abduction

Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan


December 5, 2017 (SSB) — Raiding and abduction have contributed to the considerable loss of social respect and dignity among various communities in South Sudan, the practices has been one of the major cause of conflict, death, and poverty across the land of South Sudan particularly to the cattle keeping communities, it has led to enmity and much social oddness.

Rustling and abduction are the latest part of social and economic injustice that is being carried out by criminals either in organized groups or in a number.

There have been some disturbances and high tensions that have been associated with such practices in South Sudan, for the normalization of communities’ relationship and social justice cattle rustling, women and child abduction need to be criminalized in South Sudan by introducing toughest laws that will deactivate the devilish practices.


By Manyuon Dhieu Chol, Juba, South Sudan




December 2, 2017 (SSB) — A country’s economic success is measured by looking at that its economic growth and development. This piece defines and explains economic growth and economic development in respect to the current economic state of South Sudan. A country’s economic growth is generally indicated by an increase in her gross domestic product (GDP). GDP is an economic model that reflects the value of a country’s output; a total of her monetary values of all the goods and services produced by that country over a specific period.

On the other hand, economic development is the progress in an economy. It refers to the adoption of new technologies, the transition from agriculture-based to an industry-based economy, and general improvement in living standards of the citizens’ quality of life when the below-listed factors are practical:


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

National Dialogue, concept reflictions by Mading Deng

“In this polarized and polarizing conflict, perceptions can overshadow reality, and whatever the equation of the power structures, the Dinka are being seen as having replaced the Arabs as the rulers in an ethnically unjust system. As the various ethnic groups converge against what they perceive as Dinka domination, the Dinka in turn begin to perceive themselves as targeted and paradoxically as in imminent danger of a genocidal onslaught. They therefore strive to mobilize themselves in self-defense.” – Dr Francis Mading Deng – SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE; Conceptual Reflections page 43

November 30, 2017 (SSB) — South Sudanese is best known across the globe because of their peculiar human traits; they are sympathetic, they are kind and welcoming, Junubeen is caring and honest, they are rich in humanity.

Commonly generosity and pride are their towering characters that any visitors cannot pass without notice.

In an article published by the Dawn Newspaper on the 21st November 2017 three International Journalists; writer Jeffrey Gentleman, Photographer Sara Hylton and producer Eve Lyons evidently and undoubtedly exposed the exact traits by which South Sudanese people are best known for.

The unenthusiastic ones such as hostility are cogently approaching in as a result of many dreams crushed, chronic trauma and many years of accumulated stress.