By Duom Peter, Changsha, China
February 15, 2017 (SSB) — All International Days we used to celebrate were invented. The Yoga’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Father’s Day, Teachers’ Day, Valentine’s Day, Women’s Day, Japan’s Annual Penis Festival Day, and many other International Days were all invented.
What is Kaman?
The word Kaman in Dinka means Visitor. Therefore, Kaman’s Day or Visitor’s Day is the day of recognizing the importance of Kaman or visitor(s) in our society. It’s a day of inviting visitor (s) whether a child, neighbour, in-law, boyfriend, girlfriend, and friend for special dinner or party. Kamaan or Visitors are part of our lives.
They give us joy when we’re sad, they help use when we’re in trouble, and they provide information we need. Our ancestors had precious love for Kamaan (visitors). Kaman (visitor) would get the best services such as accommodation, delicious food (a bull or goat can be slaughtered), clean water and had to be entertained before s/he goes to the bed.
By SSB Staff Writer
February 14, 2017 (SSB) — According to unverified report from The Upper Nile Times website, President Kiir is said to have compared Thomas Cirillo to Riek Machar, saying he will return just like Riek Machar defected and then returned in 2002 and 2016.
“They all went and came back during the war. Gen Thomas Cirilo will still come back” President Kiir reportedly said.
The president is further alleged to have accused leaders of other communities “of not participating in the war to liberate South Sudan and instead involve in ‘running from Jalaba and to SPLA and back”’.
“There are communities who didn’t fight the war. Some were hiding in Ethiopia others were hiding in Congo and Uganda when the rest of us were fighting Jalaba. And when they know that we are winning, they came.”
By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda
February 13, 2017 (SSB) —- On 11/02/2017 Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka, resigned from his post as the SPLA Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics. In a six-page letter of resignation that was punished on the Website of PaanluelWel.com, on the same date of resignation as mentioned above, Gen. Cirillo cited the reasons for his resignation of which he claimed to be the following—
That the country has been dominated by Dinka tribe of President Kiir and the army has been turned to tribal militia that targets non-Dinka ethnicities. He further accused the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, the Chief of Staff General Paul Malong of “deliberately orchestrated planned violations” of the August 2015 peace agreement” which led to fighting in Juba in July last year.
He, in addition said, “The President and these SPLA officers have systematically frustrated the implementations of the peace agreement and pursued the agenda of Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) of ethnic cleansing, forceful displacement of people from the their ancestral lands and ethnic domination,”.
Let’s support girl-child education: A South Sudanese girl shines in the Ugandan 2016 PLE results
Authored by Dr Isaac Ayii Ayii (PhD), Juba, South Sudan
February 12, 2017 (SSB) — In South Sudan particularly among the cattle keepers, girls are seen as wealth through acquisition of bride price popularly known as dowry paid after the girl by the boy’s family, however, the culture and belief need to change so that, we value our sisters and daughters the same way we value our brothers and sons in term of education which is an ingredient needed for development of human kind irrespective of gender.
Hence, girl education is incumbent upon us to ensure recruitment, retention and completion of educational goals for each child be it a girl or a boy although others see girl education as a waste with the belief that she would be married off to a distance family or any other reasons.
Being My Brother’s Keeper: Towards a Theology of Reconciliation among the Lost Boys of Sudan
A Praxis Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Saint Paul School of Theology in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry
By Anderia Lual Arok, Kansas City, USA, May 20, 2016
Copyright © 2016 by Anderia Lual Arok All rights reserved
February 11, 2017 (SSB) — I am a Priest in the Episcopal Church, originally from South Sudan and now living in Phoenix, Arizona. My experiences during the 58 years I lived in Sudan, including living through the long years of civil wars has heightened my desire to pursue a course of study for a Doctoral Degree in Global Health and Wellness. When I was in Kosti (Northern Sudan) many people were displaced from the South to North, and they came naked, without food, shelter and basic needs. They would come at all hours of the day, and we would take them to refugee camps where the non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) could start helping them. The NGO’s and churches registered the names of people, kept statistical data on the refugees as in some cases, people disappeared from the camps, spirited away by Islamic regime security forces who believed they were rebels. Refugees were provided with food, blankets, shelter, cooking utensils, and medical personnel were also sent to deliver health services; registrations for schools were arranged, clean water projects were set up, and environmental assessments for healthy living were also done.
Many of the people working for the NGO’s and churches laid down their lives for the sake of others. My experiences reaffirmed my belief that indeed, we have a responsibility to care for our fellow human beings. The Lost Boys of Sudan were among the refugees who suffered greatly from the civil wars. When the Arab regime in Khartoum (now North Sudan) began to attack villages in South Sudan, entire villages were destroyed and many people were killed. Those who survived these attacks fled for their lives and banded together in small groups, eventually joining other groups in other places on their journeys to freedom. They became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.
By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State
February 10, 2017 (SSB) — On February 9, 2017, raiders attacked Pakow cattle camp of Twic East. The cattle raided by the Murle armed men are being tracked by the police and other members of law enforcement agencies.
On the other hand, report from Commissioner of Bor South County confirms that the ladies abducted from Pariak were later “found killed and their bodies mutilated by the Murle abductors”.
The police of Bor South County is following the criminals towards Pibor of Boma state. Two children were abducted and 1,000 goats stolen.
National Constitution Amendment Committee: A critical Mechanism in the implementation of the Peace Agreement
February 9, 2017 (SSB) — JMEC Chairman, H.E. Festus Mogae, officially opened the reconvening of the NCAC review meeting in Juba today by expressing optimism in the execution of the mandate of the committee.
Speaking during the NCAC review meeting, the chairman said, “I agree with the NCAC Chairman’s statement to the JMEC plenary yesterday that the NCAC is a very critical mechanism in the implementation of the peace agreement and that the successful execution of your mandate will indeed be a cornerstone for the implementation of the Agreement”.
“As you may be aware, the work of the NCAC was frustrated in part by the initial refusal by the government of the Republic of South Sudan to accept the first appointee by IGAD to chair this committee. When Mr Gichira Kibara was appointed, we were very eager to get an approval from the TGoNU before finalizing his offer, and even though it took time, we are now happy that he is finally here and enthusiastic to take up this important assignment”, he said in part.
Press Statement by Colonel Gai Chatim Pouch: For Immediate Release
February 9, 2017 (SSB) — After a long struggle against my own conscience to represent that rogue ethnocentric police state of Salva Kiir Mayardit as a soldier and diplomat for the last four years, I issue this press statement to inform the people of South Sudan and the public press to declare that I Colonel Gai Chatiem Puoch, have officially joined the people struggle in pursuit of equality and justice spearheaded by the SPLM/A(IO) against Kiir’s kelptocratic ethnocentric police state from February 2, 2017.
As mentioned above, it has been extremely difficult to continue serving Kiir’s regime due to the following major reasons:
By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State
February 7, 2017 (SSB) —- On January 4 2016, four women from Baidit took off to collect wild fruits in the bushes of Palep village of Angakuei area. At 10 Am, they were attacked by Murle armed men who left two of them dead and two others lying in critical conditions at Bor state hospital. A 67 year Mary Ayong Malual sustains 7 spear wounds on her ribs, back and throat. She explains the incident to Mach Samuel Peter at or state Hospital on Tuesday.
“The raiders came with hundred of goats. Some of them dress like women. Others put on breast holders with their hair plaited like women. In front of me they spear the chairlady of Baidit women association Nyariak Long dead on spot, when I try to run, one of them speared me through the ribs and enthusiast my neck with spear, they remove my shoes and a phone on my neck. I fall down unconscious. They also spear my neck four times, my back twice and it was a group of over 30 Murle armed men,” 67 year old Mary Ayong Malual explains in bed at Bor state hospital.
By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State
February 5, 2017 (SSB) — The office of the governor of Jonglei state, department of Radio Unit corps has released 2016 security report. The report painstakingly discloses the number of attacks, children abducted, people killed during the invasions, wounded victims and amount of cattle raided.
In the report, 46 children have been abducted, 92 innocent lives have been lost, 101 others wounded and 15,611 herds of cattle and 4,323 goats raided by Murle armed men over the period of 12 months from January 2016 to December 2017.
21 incidents occurred in Twic East counties, 29 incidents took place in Duk and seven incidents transpired in Bor counties. The total number of a counter attacks recorded in the year 2016 was 57 attacks in different areas of Greater Bor (Jonglei state).
The barrage of recent news out of Junub Thudan are interestingly unique to the country:
1. The Kingdom of Morocco will fund the construction of the new capital city of the Republic of South Sudan at Ramciel
2. The Honorable Minister for Education, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, announces that the government of the Republic of South Sudan, under the leadership of H.E. Lt. Gen. President Salva Kiir Mayaardit, will provide free primary and secondary education to all kids in the country.
3. President Kiir is rumored to have given a tacit go-ahead for the re-opening of the construction of the Jonglei Canal, and Egypt is being accused to have began bombing rebels’ sanctuaries in the Upper Nile region.
4. That the new Governor of Central Bank, in consultation with the new Finance Minister and the old-face President, is considering reverting back to the 2005 rate of $1=2.5ssp as a panacea to the crisis of “economy taking up arms” in South Sudan as Garang Atem Ayiik aptly phrases it.
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By Robert Majok Kuol, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance Activist
February 5, 2017 (SSB) — Your Excellency, President J. Trump, we, as South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, in our noble quest for strong much-needed mutual relations between Republic of South Sudan and United States of America (USA), invite you to pay a state visit to Juba, the Republic of South Sudan.
We suffered immensely under the leadership of the former president, Barack Hussein Obama, and have been looking forward to better relationship between the great people of the United State of America and our beloved people of South Sudan.
Therefore, we are hereby inviting your Excellency leadership to scheduled first visits to Africa continent start with Republic of South Sudan, a youngest nation in the continent and world at large, which immediately rally huge support during your presidential initial campaign trial.
An Open Letter to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. 1st Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit: We have trust in you, Mr. President, that your intervention to create Aweil West Sate separately from Raja would bring the peace between Raja and us
February 4, 2017 (SSB) —- Dear Mr. President, with the greatest respect and honor to your esteemed office, we, the concern citizens of the former Aweil West County and former Aweil North County in the diaspora do hereby appeal to you to consider our request to create a separate state that comprises the mentioned above two former counties apart from Raja. Our demand to have a separate state is based on the following facts:
Firstly, since you issued the decree number 36/ 2015 for the creation of 28 states, all Raja chiefs rejected the amalgamation of Raja with the two Aweil counties to establish Lol State with its capital at Raja. The Raja people’s refusal to unite with our two counties is based on the assumption that the Dinka from the two counties would grab their lands and impose their culture on them; which has never been our culture as Aweil people in general.
Secondly, the intellectuals and youths of Aweil West and Aweil North met in Juba last year and appealed to your Excellency to consider the establishment of Aweil West State; which would comprise the two Aweil counties (North and West), and its capital at Nyamlel.
What we always deem constitutional and national has become personal. It has gone viral. Freedom of speech and association are criminalized and punished on the spot, outside the court of law. It is implemented by youth with tribal and financial empowerment. Online campaign is met with an offline attack. They are allergic to criticism or alternative voices. So they resort to manual handling or manhandling of their opponents. They name them rebels, enemies, traitors, etc., who deserve elimination right away. They cannot stand hard grounds in arguments because they are recruited on the basis of ‘know-who’, not know-how, to defend their leaders.
For instance, reasons justifying why Kiir could be right or wrong on selling our Suddland (draining our waters to Egypt in exchange for something not generational) are unquestionable. They think those who believe Ramciel City construction project is not our national priority at the moment, for example, are…
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An open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, The President of the Republic of South Sudan-Juba: We the Southern Padang Community of Central Upper Nile State reject the annexation of Panyikang County of Pashoda State (Collo Kingdom) to any part of Central Upper Nile State Malakal.
February 3, 2017 (SSB) — With due respect and honor, we undersigned elders, politicians, Chiefs, women, Youth and intellectuals of Akoka, Baliet and Pigi Counties of the newly established Central Upper Nile State met on Monday January 16th 2017 to analyze in details the Presidential decree issued on 14th Jan. 2017.
The Presidential decree among others established Central Upper Nile State comprising Akoka, Baliet, Pigi, and Panyikang Counties with Malakal being its capital as per 1/1/1956 colonial boundaries, in the light of the above we Southern Padang Jieng community reject your decision of annexation of Panyikang county to Central Upper Nile State which doesn’t complied with colonial boundaries of 1/1/1956.
Mr. President; we have faced serious reactions from our community of Southern Padang about the recent presidential decree that ignored our several letters of rejecting the annexation of Panyikang County to Central Upper State. Our concern is fact based on boundaries of 01/01/1956 that clearly indicates Panyikang was a small village in Tonga of Kodok District in the present Shilluk Kingdom.
By John Akeen Akol, Kampala- Uganda
February 3, 2017 (SSB) — I wish my parents would have named me ‘’SPLM’’ as I was exactly born the very day (1983), when visionary leader Dr. John Garang founded this great party (SPLM) with clear objectives and mission ( freedom).
As I grown up and started my education in SPLM/SPLA liberated area, there was no doubt for bright future of South Sudan and always moved by Dr. John Garang speeches as referring SPLM party as people party.
Your own movement and SPLM government has today delivered you peace, this peace agreement does not belong to Dr. John Garang or Ali Osman Taha, It belong to all Sudanese, tears on my cheeks as I am writing this piece of article, we lost great leader, R.I.P, you always be remembered in every walk of life, the leader that value people and put people first.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: KENYA POLICE SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE DISAPPEARANCE OF CDE. SAMUEL DONG LUAK AND CDE. AGGREY IZBONI IDRI
February 2, 2017 (SSB) — WE, the undersigned South Sudanese civil societies in Nairobi plead with the Kenya government to thoroughly investigate the disappearance of Civil Rights Lawyer Cde Samuel Dong Luak and Cde. Aggrey Idri. On 23rd January, at about 10:00pm Samuel Dong Luak was kidnapped on his way home at South C suburb.
The following day Morning at about 10:00am, Honorable Aggrey Iddri Izboni, a Banker was abducted near his home along Milimani Estate. At the time of writing this press release their where about still unknown. We hereby call on the Kenya police and the criminal investigation department (CID) to act and implement the court orders swiftly.
Mr. Dong Luak and Mr. Aggrey Idri are prominent personalities who share common vision with South Sudanese from all walks of life, and their disappearance has elicited a great alarm. Kenyan security apparatus have an obligation under the constitution 2010 to protect the lives of all citizens within its jurisdiction irrespective of their nationalities. Since this matter was brought to police’s attention, we have seen nothing done on the same.
By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda
February 2, 2017 (SSB) —- In Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:21-22 and Luke 5:33-39 Jesus told his disciples that “neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins nor if they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
The above saying from our Lord Jesus is latent with a lot of moral lessons that we must learn and apply them in real life not only in Gok State but in the whole of South Sudan. Therefore, in relation to that saying, I would like discuss the problems that are facing people of Abiriu County in Gok State.
For that reason, I must clearly state the subject matter of this article on set that this Article is concerned about the corruption that has become endemic in Abiriu County under the current Commission Hon. Bol Madok, a man who cares for nothing but how to exploit Abiriu County people. He has introduced multiple taxes and other unlawful practices that I will discuss in later part of this article.
The modernization and politics of false assumption in the South Sudan has resulted into many unproven theories and quick ways of trying to map South Sudan into global village
By Reuben G. Panchol, Juba, South Sudan
February 1, 2017 (SSB) —- The modernization and politics of false assumption in the South Sudan has resulted into many unproven theories and quick ways of trying to map South Sudan into global village. The objective of this short note is to correct Mr. Madol Madol Agwer some of his false information as why South Sudan is where it is at the moment, his article was published by Paanluel on January 30, 2017, title: “Rise and Fall of the Nationalism in South Sudan”; our people must know that there are no short cuts to the writing of the nation’s history.
Things to correct:
Dear Madol and the readers, Confucius, cautioned us that “the beginning is of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.” for that reason, for South Sudanese to map their country correctly into global geopolitical; one should presented a well researched information and minimal personal opinions.