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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Greater Bor; Educationally nourished and politically malnourished

November 25, 2016 (SSB) — Apparently it was brought to our attention that leadership behaviors didn’t reflect the image of the community as Deng Lueth struggles to withstand the frustration he helped create for the citizens under his leadership. Deng have always experienced very complex situations, some of which he handled calmly and successfully, but Labor Day weekend of September, 2016 wasn’t one of them.I appreciate his insights on things, but not this time on this subject matter. Many of us felt insulted and deceived by the office under his leadership. When many left the venue without casting their votes it was quite upsetting, especially when some of us realized that the community was experiencing more than just casting a vote.

To acknowledge my brother Deng’s failure— he failed to revive unity of the community by negotiating peacefully with those communities that have left the union temporarily. Now, he has just validated his failure by saying if you need unity of Greater Bor Community, you can joint the union voluntarily, which leaves out important and contribution of leaders from the following communities such as Bor, Twi, and Dukeen. This is so bad because I as a person believe in unity, but I cannot abandon office of Bor County to support something that have no base in our individual communities because it is going to be loosely regulated. I am a very optimistic person in regard to our unity as it is meant to maintain long term benefit that embodied values beyond our shallow thinking, which is something those who are in invisible circle group see it as a nonsensical, but it is not if you were very thoughtful in your thinking. Some of us don’t know quite yet what is wrong with the people, but we are aware of their perilous and intentions—to destroy our unity.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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October 1, 2016 (SSB) — In all the mess that went on for a while in our country, there are men who are trying their best to resuscitate the country by bringing peace back to the people. Our communities have not learned to practice tolerance, but rather they use excessive violence that sends no message. For these very reasons, no one in South Sudan is living an admirable life because of the war our people were dragged into. As we speak, those who aren’t very thoughtful pretend to be leaders yet they have taken advantage of the country despite the people’s resistance.

However, the biggest problem of all is a war that was imposed on the people of South Sudan for malevolent purposes. These are the reasons why people must be forward thinking and motivated to prevent more disastrous events inflicted on the people by those who aren’t passionate enough about the nation’s success. Generally, the South Sudanese wouldn’t withstand profligate and reckless activities in the country as they are experiencing under the orders of Riek Machar. With that, people who see the safety of South Sudanese as a priority have seen leaders with shared perspectives who deserve to serve and protect people of South Sudan in the army. Those who have sanity and good reasoning to save South Sudan decided that, General Paul Malong Awan was overwhelmingly seen to embody the qualities of leadership and better intervention skills to tackle our collective problems.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ambrose Riiny Thiik, Chairperson of the Jieng Council of Elders

September 27, 2016 (SSB) —- I believe in constructive criticism and cohesion among leaders. However, it has become the norm among our current generation that some of us hate hearing the facts—but that won’t stop me from stating them. While that is true, pretending that, there are contended issues, which could be easily addressed through covert strategies isn’t valid. Otherwise, don’t expect these issues to slip away on their own once they reached past rational. As many of us may know, a leader’s greatest fulfillment is in satisfying the people, so their work should be dedicated completely to the country in their leadership.

I support the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, and many members of the SPLM; however, I feel that there must be room to acknowledge the Jieng Council Elders (JCE) are major threats to even Dinka’s politicians who might have shown no rational reasoning behind their decisions against President Kiir and his administration. Yes, they are politicians in this country and we all need to work together for the welfare of the people, but they must still be viewed as a major concern among Dinka communities.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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September 19, 2016 (SSB) — In the middle of chaos, citizens are left confused and drained because of individuals’ interests. As we speak, the country is currently growing frustrated by the economy crisis that is moving at a fast pace. People are overwhelmed and they are increasingly worried about where this problem may end up. However, the schooled minds are creating more and more worrisome news than we can’t comprehend as a country in case of Marial and others. Even though I have been waiting to hear more about Abyei since Marial’s statement, but I have yet to hear anything.  So much of our focus has been on economy, peace, and security, but the Abyei issue continues to remained in the spotlight because of unknown sources and it bothers those of us who have known Abyei to be part of South Sudan all along. The aforementioned categories outweigh the issue of Abyei respectively right now.

Still, we must at least show respect and appreciation given what the people of Abyei are going through in the hands of the Sudanese government. However, there is often unexpected news that causes uncertainty in a country where little things have been known to cause a lot of trouble. Recently, the nation has been hit by horrible news out of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marial Benjamin, who have called members and the backbone of our struggle Sudanese from the north. We are aware that Abyei has viable politicians, particularly those who have incredibly contributed to our struggle, however, some of us are trying to figure out where Marial with his unfounded facts regarding Abyei.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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September 2, 2016 (SSB) — In the last couple of months, many citizens of Jonglei have overwhelmingly expressed their excitement in regard to the new Jonglei State. Previously, Jonglei has experienced enormous security issues–some of which have carried over to the current Jonglei state. Our people’s priorities are seeking ways to resolve these security issues, but there are many other concerns that need our collective attention, especially from our leaders. Also known as Greater Bor, Jonglei State is comprised of many influential politicians who are committed to serving our people’s interests.

Their integrity and unpretentiousness work hand in hand to enhance our approach in addressing issues of unity within the Greater Bor Community at large. Many of our influential Jonglei politicians are: Michael Makuei Lueth, Deng Dau Malek, Dr. Majak Agoot Atem, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Dr. Agot Alier Leek, Aguer Panyang Jot, Philip Thon Leek, and Mama Nyandeng Garang Mabior. Some of these influential leaders have demonstrated their duties, but there are many things that are yet to be addressed in our communities.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 24, 2016 (SSB) — I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for policing the country appropriately at a time when chaos has occupied our core ways of life. Through the execution of laws, an average citizen in this country can feel equally protected. It is very important that a well-organized and disciplined armed forces do their share to protect citizens and this has been your obligation as the man who is in charge of the army.

With that in mind, you were able to contain one of the worst social problems in the country. As you may know, a war associated with tribal connections can be very dangerous and indeed, it was quite dangerous. You have done your part and as such, you deserve my appreciation along with others who witnessed your work firsthand. Many of the people under your command are underappreciated for their work they have done for the people, which is completely wrong.

Our hope as citizens rests with the army, so when the army fails to do their job right, scholars and citizens blamed Gen Paul Malong for the failure. At the moment, we have nothing to blame you for, rather many of us have words of appreciation for you. Leaders are often blamed for something they have no proper control and these are normal drawbacks for leadership. You have been tested in your capacity as a leader and as a Chief of General Staff in the SPLA.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 23, 2016 (SSB) — It has become obvious that the SPLM Former General Secretary Pagan Amum has become committed to the idea of handing over South Sudan to international and regional bodies of control. If we were to interview the deceased who this country took and the living, who are depressed and probably overwhelmed, it would be made clear that no one envisioned South Sudan being run by foreigners after what we went through during the civil war. You must wonder why Pagan Amum is so interested in involving the international community in South Sudan’s affairs.

 I am not surprised, though, because I am not sure why our officials have this selling out tactics that leaves people vulnerable. Early this year, former Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin made a statement that contradicted our ownership of the Abyei, and the government wasn’t heard in its attempt to address the premature statement from the Minister. Why wasn’t he confronted, many of us asked. Someone is always trying to sell people out, and all which is done in response is removing the person from their position, but without proper investigation.

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Giant of the SPLM— Comrade Pagan Amum: ‘Take over Temporarily’

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) — It is rage and concern that has loomed over those whom should be in charge of our country. To give you an idea of how senseless this subject matter is getting. Recently, one of the unknown members of the SPLM—by name, Miss Susan Jambo—called you lazy, visionless, and all sorts of names, but I doubt the credibility of her words, as we all know that you, Comrade Pagan Amum, started the SPLM/SPLA, so you spent 21 years in the bush like many of us. You were very popular among South Sudanese, but your rating as we speak has gone down drastically because of your position against us.

With that in mind, though, how could you be lazy and visionless when you in fact created the vision through which the SPLM/A has succeeded? You are not lazy, nor visionless. You remain one of the icons of the South Sudan regardless of our current differences. Now, like many South Sudanese, I have this surge of anger toward you for betraying us at the time we the people needed your positive contribution. Yes, it is true that the state of anxiety in the country has created all kinds of problems, and you have become one of these problems.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 2, 2016 (SSB) — In any underdeveloped country, the road to better education is very challenging, and this is certainly the case in South Sudan. A lack of role models­—especially women teachers in the school system—is one of many reasons why girls are constantly dropping out of school in South Sudan. Therefore, it is very important for us to appeal to women who are not afraid to exhibit their professional strengths. These women are more likely to have a positive impact on the lives of young girls, and so we must encourage them to do their part.

By supporting female teachers who are willing to be actively involved in schools, many young girls will be encouraged to remain in school, instead of viewing schools as a harmful environment. The presence of these female role models will hopefully spark a reawakening of girls’ interest in education. But this tactic will only be effective if we first fight the injustices demonstrated by the South Sudanese themselves towards women teachers. If we stand alongside these teachers, it will give hope to young girls, and we can finally gain momentum in terms of their enrollment in school.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Former Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule – March 2, 2014.

May 3, 2016 (SSB)  —- In an attempt to understand the motives of 76 mayoral candidates, I have tried to determine the most essential components of their applications. Among these 76 candidates, there are a number of them who seem to truly believe that Bortown can progress and prosper economically. However, there are other candidates who seem to have questionable or even selfish motives for their candidacy. Therefore, it is our duty to elect a candidate who is well suited for the job, and to do that, the people must be allow to get out and vote for the Mayor.

The freedom for citizens to choose their leaders through a democratic election is a vital part of the SPLM. We know that voting is the only voice of the people. Looking back, our people have invested so much in this country, and we are very proud that each and every person can now envision real success here. We can serve other people or devote ourselves to our own careers, education, or businesses, but most importantly, we have a choice. It is one of the many reasons why the founders of the SPLM/SPLA fought vigorously­—because they wanted us to live and work in a well-established country where citizens have the freedom to choose their leaders.

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You Have Every Reason to Thank President Salva Kiir and the Government of South Sudan for Restoring Peace Once Again in South Sudan

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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President Kiir, 1st VP Riek and VP Wani Igga during the arrival of Riek Machar in Juba after 28 months in the bush, April 26, 2016

April 27, 2016 (SSB)  —-  As we all know, the President is obligated by law to protect his people throughout the entire country. As such, he largely based his decisions so they would address many of the problems in the country, not just the problems of one specific region or group. For that reason, I feel a sense of deep gratitude towards the President for his approach.

Unfortunately, I believe the President is often discredited, even when he is making a sincere effort to end the current war by reconstructing what has been dismantled amidst the crisis. Our people should be delighted; they should be grateful to the President for working tirelessly to restore peace in our country. His responsibilities have become increasingly complex, and many of us have seen how complicated the peace process is in the first place. We, the citizens, must embrace his courage in order to achieve peace for all our people.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Nhial Majak Nhial

Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak Nhial, addresses IDPs in Nimule – March 2, 2014.

 

March 30, 2016 (SSB) —- Many people define Bortown as a “key town” and also as a “historical city” in South Sudan, and as such, we must afford it certain rights and our respect. Under the South Sudanese government, Nhial Majak became the first Mayor of Bortown from early 2012 until 2015. Even with his appointment and the recommendation from high level leaders, Nhial also had a strong base among young people abroad and at home.

After Nhial stepped down, there has been uproar among those who are interested in filling his shoes. Personally, I don’t know exactly what procedures were followed to bring Nhial on board as Mayor, so I will not speculate about how that process works. But in terms of the candidates themselves, I feel much more entitled to speak my mind. We have heard many recommendations made by various individuals and even communities endorsing certain people, but we have yet to hear what they are basing their recommendations on. But there is one thing I am certain about: Even if you, your mother, and your father all agree that you should be the next Mayor, you must also know that these three votes of confidence are not enough to get you into office. This is a serious position, and it should only be pursued by an individual who takes it seriously.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Governor Philip Aguer

Philip Aguer at the Dr. John Garang University, Bor, March 17, 2016

March 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is obvious that we the people of Jonglei were elated after Governor Aguer Panyang was appointed. While touring village after village throughout Jonglei, the Governor was welcomed with happiness, in the hope that he would address outstanding state issues.

Among those people who celebrated the Governor’s nomination are those living below the poverty line and those who reside in the diaspora. But regardless of their individual situations, these people have all come together on certain key issues. We have seen countless videos and pictures that illustrate that our people are very determined to find peace, protection, better schools, improved health facilities, and prosperity for all citizens of Jonglei.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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peter Gadet Yaka, Rebels Conference in Pagak, Maiwut County, Upper Nile state. Dec 8-10 2014.. “we cannot reward an enemy of this nation who killed thousands of people to remain in power. He must be removed by force if IGAD can’t find a way out for him” said Peter Gatdet.

March 23, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Over the course of the 21 years of Sudanese civil war, many young men left schools to join what would be called one of the longest civil wars in African history. It was a journey that left families shattered, lives lost, and the future in question. For a soldier, the end of the war meant the end of a way of life.

Being in the army is the embodiment of discipline, and the military cannot function without that discipline. The regimen of discipline establishes certain norms, and those norms are the idealized part of the army; no one questions whether they are consistent. Unfortunately, there are those norms that allowed some people to act outside of laws, with wanton disregard for character and liberty, in order to dehumanize others who were less powerful. I am glad that the SPLA is now an organized army following laws and protecting innocence lives.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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‘Kiir Dagas, Malesh Bashir, Allah Jabu etc., are some of the slums hosting fleeing Junubeen on the outskirt of Khartoum…courtesy of John Masura. In some other countries, it would be a national calamity, but in Junub Thudan, it is business as usual.

March 17, 2016 (SSB)  —  With everything going wrong in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir has exerted an enormous amount of effort to resolve the social issues that have overwhelmed the country. I must give him credit for returning peace to the people, as it is our strongest desire and top priority. Everything else follows in its wake.

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