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By Apioth Mayom Apioth, USA

October 20, 2017 (SSB) — The lost boys/girls of Sudan are hitting their 40s. In the West, when someone reaches her 40s; she starts to freak out and goes on a spending spree, because she begins to realize that half of her life is gone, never to be recovered. Similarly, Mr. President, you are in your mid sixties and those of your generation have spent 22 years of your lives fighting for the cause of southern Sudan.

That means two generations of South Sudan have wasted valuable and unrecoverable time of their lives struggling to piece together the peaceful nation we all dreamed of when we started to take up arms against the Arabo-dominated government. The new generation that is beginning to see light as we speak must get to enjoy the freedom and prosperity that the last two generations of South Sudan have missed out on.



By Junior William Deng, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Jonglei partitions into two states

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — Men with little political education are very dangerous, they are always responsible for the division, death of people, lack of development, and poor economy; they thrive through chaos and tantrums. Today Jonglei is divided in order to increase chances of ruling by expanding administrative structures.

This was the unprecedented wrong decision taken by minority fools and political illiterates in the so-called “Jonglei State Legislative Assembly.”

This is not the time and the need for two states is not warranted. I think in the future when peace and stability are attained in South Sudan, our people would be engaged through the referendum in order to take a well-informed decision.


By Mawut Ayii Anyieth, Australia

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — The government of South Sudan has faced prime disruption because of the conflict that following the country’s independence in July 2011. Since then, relations with Sudan from foreign countries has inexorably changed, and thus increasingly driving away foreign investors. However, considering South Sudan’s historical footprint calls for peace have solidified liveability and improved security upon the admission into the United Nations and upholding to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

While countries like Israel supported South Sudan, the remainder of the world remained in silence. As South Sudan endured the perpetual societal damage, the United States extended a lending hand and continued their long-standing sanctions for a country that was continuously encountering conflict. Many countries recognised the ramification caused by South Sudan’s independence, nevertheless, despite the efforts of the Israeli government to protect and revive the South Sudanese economy, thousands of refugees had faced deportation.


By Yom Mayen Awan, Bor, Jonglei State

Victims of the Bor-Juba Road ambush4

Victims of the Bor-Juba Road ambush, killed near Jemeiza on 6 May 2017

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — Has it ever crossed anyone’s mind that what happened years ago in Rwanda might possibly happen in South Sudan? Well, get some, from the Rwandan history of genocide and how it might have some similarities with what is happening in the country.

Rwanda, from hatred to reconciliation, from inhumanity act to humanity and from tribal segregation to unity.

Rwanda was a country dominated by two ethnic groups; the Tutsi and the Hutu, however, there was another small group of hunters called Twa, but because of their less interest in politic, they were not as much affected as other participatory groups.


By Zack Mayul, Kampala, Uganda

Mandela and John Garang

Nelson Mandela and John Garang

October 17, 2017 (SSB) — To add on what Tearz Ayuen wrote five years back. How he revised the book of Isaiah chapter 18. How he proposed that the men should be inspired again and rewrite something in a better way. Probably, in the past participle tense because we have seen enough of this “will” over and over again.

I think this is the time. The time to congregate together as one family headed by one bearded father, uncle, patron or brothers or sister. The time for miith ke piny ë kuch (the land of kush) to ask for forgiveness once and for all.

“Go back home, swift messengers! Take a message back to your land divided by rivers, to your strong and powerful nation, to tall your tall and smooth-skinned people, who are feared all over the world,” your man described.


Untold Story of a Great Man: Paying Tributes to Fallen Hero, Uncle Stephen Athian Mayen Athian

By Eng. Jacob Manyuon Deng, Juba, South Sudan

Customary book, final cover July 2017

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Stephen Athian Mayen Athian was assassinated in 1967, one month before the heinous killing of thirty-two (32) traditional chiefs in former Jonglei Province during the massacre in Bor area under the directive of former Sudan Prime Minister Al-Sadik Al-Mahdi. Athian was a nationalist, freedom fighter, and hardworking civil administrator whose personal, public and professional contributions to the liberation struggle and independence in Sudan and South Sudan had not been recognized in the changing political landscape of South Sudan.

Athian was born around 1937 in Kongor to the family of Sub-chief Mayen Athian Mayen from Anyang section of Kongor clan (Wut). Athian’s mother Kuany Ajang hailed from Ayual clan, rodior section of Twi Community. Athian grew up in Pakuor, in the ancestral land of his grandfather Athian-Manyangdit Mayen Athian. Athian was the last son among four brothers (his three brothers include Deng-Athac Mayen Athian, Dau-Pienyjok Mayen Athian Aguer-Many-de-ahook Mayen Athian and three sisters,) of Mayen-Tuaal’s first wife. Mayen’s second wife had three sons; Dengadol de Mayen Athian, Mading Mayen Athian, Athianthi (Malith) Mayen Athian and their sister. Stephen had married to Achol Deng Majok from Adhiok clan, Pathiem section of Twi who unfortunately died in 1969. Athian is survived by his daughter Tabitha Akech Athian who is currently a business lady in Juba.


By Deng’Kur Mading, Juba, South Sudan


Demo-cracy or Demo-crazy?


October 15, 2017 (SSB) — The world concept of ethnicity is a reality. I have not yet heard of any country without a recognized history of ethnic background. Another widely shared concept is that of ethnic nationality which of course is almost absolutely much about chauvinism. The latter is denoted enormously in the traditional psyche and has always kept solid footing on the African continent. In many far-off countries, ethnicity though not sound, does exist and is only distinguished in their cultures, national events but not necessarily in people’s daily life.

Whether it sounds much in achieving the national goal or that of our respective ethnic community is what makes us identify with ethnicity or ethnic nationality respectively. Naturally, there is nothing wrong with ethnicity though ethnic nationality, as the focal point of this article, has its own disturbing depredations including self-absorption, ignorance, selfishness, prejudice, savagery, lack of patriotism for one’s country and asserting that one’s ethnic group or community is a supreme entity.


By Lucy Ayak Malek, Nairobi, Kenya

paul malong awan anei

Gen. paul malong awan anei

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir, however much I am bitter of what is done to my husband; I will never lose sight but remain respectful and humble whenever I am writing to you. This is because I know that you are the president of the Republic of South Sudan, an elder and a family friend to me. I here start by greeting you, the first family and the people of South Sudan that I am proud to be one of them.

Your Excellency, allow me to introduce some South Sudanese once again to the fundamental parts of the story between you and Gen. Malong. On 9th/05/2017, you issued a Republican Decree No:76/2017 for the relief of Chief of General staff, General Paul Malong Awan, and as well issued a Republican Decree No:77/2017 for the appointment of General James Ajonga Mawut as his successor in the SPLA command.

However, such change of guards in the military ranks and files was welcomed by General Paul Malong Awan as it is the constitutional mandate of the president to relieve and appoint any person of his choice. As a result, Gen. Malong decided to leave for Aweil.


By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt


October 15, 2017 (SSB) — Suppose, just suppose it happens that we stop fighting one another, and the protracted civil war comes to a halt by chance, and all guns go silent around the entire country. What do you think would be bedeviling a peaceful South Sudan? It would be corruption, yeah, corruption.  Nothing else.

The astonishingly high level of corruption in our country, which is by and large overshadowed by the raging political instability, is something to worry about – should we one day get back from the insanity of tribalism.

With every entanglement of our country in the war every single day, corruption has concomitantly grown more and more vicious with it as well. The monstrous corruption – as it has become – is one of the major leading factors fueling the conflict.


By Hon Arop Madut Arop (MP), Nairobi, Kenya

abyei pic

October 14, 2017 (SSB) — Early this month, the Sudanese Abyei Joint oversight committee (AJOC) co-chair, made a very ridiculous, if not incredible announcement. In his announcement, the Khartoum based AJOC, Co-chair, Mr Hassan Ali Nimr, told the press that Sudan has allocated 330 positions for the employment of Abyei university graduates. I would respond later to Mr Hassan Ali Nimr incredulous pledge. In the meantime I would rather make a brief to the issue under scrutiny and the circumstances that has led to the existence of a body called AJOC and the mandate accorded to it. I would specifically discuss the root causes of the delay in implementing Abyei Protocol and the game being played around it by Khartoum authorities (read more).

Following the defeat of the Mahdists Dervish insurgents by the Anglo-Egyptian forces at the Battle of Kerrari in September 1897, as we all know, Captain Winston Churchill, who later became his country Prime Minister, was with the invading forces. Writing later in his book ‘’The River War’’; Churchill had this to say.

When the Anglo-Egyptian forces took effective control of the affairs of the country they have occupied, we found two Sudans: the military Sudan (northern Sudan) and the real Sudan (South Sudan). Winston Churchill stated and I quote, ‘’we found the people of the real Sudan (South Sudan) hunting, dancing, marrying and killing one another. Churchill then turned and described the people of the military Sudan, as hybrid of Afro-Arab admixture who have produced people that would cost you a lot to convince them that they are wrong’’.


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


October 7, 2017 (SSB) — For over a week long now, there has been an intense fighting in Waat. The fighting is between the government forces and the SPLMIO loyal to Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

It is reported that the death toll is high and the destruction caused unimaginably. Victories scored aside, both sides accused each other of exaggerating figures of the casualties according to the VOA. Senseless as the killing is, it is not supposed to be dwelled on by people in their right minds and with clear consciences.

It is to be noted that those fighting are sons and daughters South Sudan and more importantly, Greater Lou Nuer connected by blood but divided by war and political ideologies engendered by the Juba Nuer massacre in 2013; and the revenge killings of the Dinka in the areas of the Nuer.


By Dut Kuot Akok, Juba, South Sudan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

October 7, 2017 (SSB) — It is four months plus since General Paul Malong was wrongly confined under house arrest by some mirage gossipers turned politicians in the current government of national unity. The so-called self-proclaimed politicians are busy day and night not to see General Paul Malong in the political arena again.

They hate him because of his success and valor which enable him to gain reservoir reputations across the country of which his overwhelming reception in Yirol and Juba after he accepted humbly to returned to the capital are they case in point of his popularity and how lovable is General Paul Malong.

Thus the aforementioned above politicians are trying shamelessly to eliminate him politically, however, his legacy of standing tall always against what threaten people lives and the sovereignty of the country will remain in the living history for the generations to come because his contributions towards the liberty we are enjoying today are tangible and well cemented.


Gok State Limbo: The Torturing of MPs under the detention of Security Forces is an alarming Bell for the Anarchy in Our Lovely State.

By Puorich Marial Daljang, Nairobi, Kenya

president salva kiir

October 1, 2017 (SSB) — When you look back at the history of Gok Community under the Paramountcy of Arol Kachuol drawing it down to the time of Hon. Mathen Riak, John Lat Makoi, Kongor Deng Kongor, Mayom Malek Dielich, Wel Machiek Majoor and Madhang Majok twice as Acting Commissioner and the Current Governor, you will simply notice why the time of the current Government armed with Security Forces, Monthly Salaries and all the logistics support is different with the traditional leadership under Sultan Arol Kachuol?

This is a question of thought but first, let me highlights the manner in which the MPs were arrested and how the security forces are instructed to handle them in the detention.

What triggered the detention of MPs?

One month ago or so, it is a normal routine for the Speaker to call and chair the meeting in the assembly and it is within this framework that allowed the Speaker to convene a meeting in the assembly and it happened that the following MPs boycotted the session:

  1. Ayen Meen Adoor.
  2. Malek Machuot.
  3. Manyiel Mading Manyiel.
  4. Gordon Ater Machar.
  5. Simon Mayor Marial.


By Makwei Achol Thiong, Hunan University, China


Juba, South Sudan

September 30, 2017 (SSB) — My argument in this article is not about how far we have developed, but rather how we want our cities to look in 10, 20 or 50 years to come!

Urbanization is not just the population in the city; it’s about enhancing civilization and bringing about more economic and social progress. Agriculture is not a dominant source of income for the urban dwellers. To meet the demands of these city dwellers, you need a PROPER CITY PLAN. Do we have a master plan for Juba city? How about Bor, Wau, Rumbek, Malakal, Torit, Yambio, Aweil, Yei, Bentiu, Abyei, among others? Is it being implemented? I guess some do but others don’t.

I haven’t visited most of these cities but I have been to Juba (the latest is 12 days ago), Yei (in 2007, I guess much has changed since then), Malakal (2012) and Bor where I live. I worked for Bor Municipal Council for three and half years (April 2013 – Sept 2016). We were very lucky to have inherited a planned town council done at the time of Eng. John Amuor Kuol, former Jonglei state Minister of Physical Infrastructure. There are well-surveyed roads, blocks and quarters. In each block, at least there are open spaces for a school, health unit and recreation.


By Deu Lueth Ader, Changchun City, China

John Garang

John Garang’s prophecy

September 29, 2017 (SSB) —- I have been so unfriendly and astonishing about the views some people express on the difficulties our Country is going through. It is now an appropriate time to throw-up some of the reservations I have accumulated all along to my dear readers. In retrospective to the miserable life, the South Sudanese had lived, in the past and currently; some group among our civil population whom I branded above as desperate unpatriotic South Sudanese gave up and remorsefully begun to lament on why they had voted for the succession of South Sudan! Incongruity, all difficulties that are being faced by the Country are undeniable but shouldn’t be a disqualification of what was done for 21 years to obtain it.

Disqualification of sovereignty means capitulation to the former oppressor and which I doubt whether would be so acceptable to some rational thinking folks whatsoever. Many of you had suffered from the searing period of the struggle and which has culminated in the independence of South Sudan; it was through your sacrifices whether physically in the battlefields or through any other contribution you offered that made it possible to have your today’s country (South Sudan).


By Paulino Deng Bullen, Yirol town, South Sudan


South Sudan must be weaned off war

September 28, 2017 (SSB) — Of late years, it is true; that predatorily and cannibalization acts of kuanythi, Nam, in particular, has been well-known across the villages of Yirol Eastern parts. Recently in September 2017, as it was said that “what goes round comes round”, their executive Chief in the respected names of Kuer Dhuor Kuer was forced to leave the world behind.

The unexpected news of killing the ex-chief has startled the whole state and its neighbouring states and is condemned in strongest terms possible as an abominable and horrific act regardless of the murderer side claiming to avenge their beloved son who was killed in cold blood in 2013 by Kuanythii.


By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan


September 26, 2017 (SSB) — With the escalating destructive war, many people have been forced to flee. Others live to seek protection in the congested UN camps resembling Nazi concentration camps under squalid conditions. The international community is working and exerting efforts to make sure war stops and life returns to normalcy.

The civil society organizations also work around the clock to make sure the war stops. If my memory serves me well, the President said he is not happy seeing his people dying always and running for their lives. Nobody knows whether the concern is real or imaginary.

Leaders who are concerned by the lives of the people usually devise ways and means of stopping what is making people suffer even if it costs them their jobs.


By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

Social media warriors

Social media warriors

September 24, 2017 (SSB) — Since the outbreak of violence between the soldiers loyal to the government and the soldiers loyal to the opposition in Juba and as well as in other parts of South Sudan in 2013 and which have continued up to this very day, the consequences are now well known.  It is very important that we should reflect and learn from something that has touched every South Sudanese negatively.  In this piece of work, I have examined what violent and non-violent revolutions look like.

This part is that last part and it deals with Non-Violent Revolution.  You may agree with me in saying that non-violent revolution is the lesser evil than violent revolution.  The best and the safest way of changing a regime is through a democratic means – an election.  Anyway, aware that you may want to participate in the discussion, I have assigned a number to each grid for referencing purposes.


By Tito Awen Bol, Nairobi, Kenya

SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention

September 24, 2017 (SSB) —- From the words of my teacher; late Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr, “our lives stop the very moment we cease to speak about things that matter to us.”  SPLM matter to us thus we must talk about its maladministration and misdeed. Anything concerning the misdeed of Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) should not just begin as such but we must begin by setting the reasonable parameters between the SPLM as a political movement and SPLM as a political party as stages passed by SPLM then come to where it failed.

This will give us a tangible and functional view to appreciate SPLM at the early stages when it was still a movement and give it its deserved empty Cheque that it attains after it became a party. This empty Cheque is culminated from SPLM setting the Country onto several wars and accusing its members of coups year after year and yet not ready to put her house in order but just keep the Country on “war-mood!”

Literally, a political Movement is a social group that operates together to obtain a political goal while a political party is an alliance of like-minded people who work together to win election and control of the government.  Registration may be a necessity for a political party under the laws of a particular Country which may not be the case with the political movement.


By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan


Red army procession in Aweil, Sept 2016

September 21, 2017 (SSB) — Since May this year a lot has been happening for the people of Aweil. First, there was the removal of the Chief of Staff, Paul Malong and a subsequent replacement with none other than, another son from Aweil, Ajonga Mawut.

A few weeks later in July, General Kawac Makuei Mayar died. This was the man who took so many young people to Ethiopia and they became the nucleus of Red Army. Then Salva Kiir gave (“promoted”) him (corpse) a rank he could not give him while alive. Why?

Few weeks after the removal of Mr. Awan, there was a general Aweil people’s meeting organized in Juba Freedom hall with the photo of Salva Kiir above the theme of the meeting. One only needs to think hard enough to understand the connection of Salva Kiir with Aweil people’s unity. Don’t we have our great and distinguished leaders to put in the posters? Then, the big question-Who funded the meeting?