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The National Dialogue Season

Posted: November 16, 2018 by aljokd in Junub Sudan

By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Friday, 16, 2018 (PW) – This is the conscience blasting episode. The conscience is the inner voice that God whispers to us what is good and bad according to my hymns book of the Episcopal believe.

Moses Obusibiri ten years ago in a workshop told us that there was something wrong with the conscience of the people in what was aspiring to be a country of its own – Southern Sudan. “There is no good advice that the world has not given to your country however, There is something wrong with the conscience of your people and until that changed you won’t see progress,” he said. Well, that was ten good years past.

2008 was truly well into the interim period and the referendum was fast approaching for the people of Southern Sudan to decide their future in the united old Sudan that was believed to oppress them! Come 2018 and the National Dialogue (ND) grapples with the issues which caused bloodshed, displacement and a couple of peace agreements to fix the broken nation some people referred to as “promised land. ” Promised by who?

The National Dialogue proposal on the reorganisation of South Sudanese state makes an interesting read. My eyes beamed and interest rekindled when I peered through it. It made a midday siesta lapse.

Some of us were really skeptical when the ND was initiated after the out break of the 2013 atrocities. Its aim and objectives blared since the country was in an open conflict and some parties could not be part of it. Nevertheless, the proof of the pudding is in the eating!

Its (ND) work could change the country for good if some of its recommendations are accepted by the country. Not all of them because some are taking the country back to colonial times of the Anglo-Egyptian condominium rule. The issue of reverting back to three former provinces of Equatoria, Bhar El Ghazel and Upper Nile is simply not practical at this stage. It’s not easy to bring diverse interests back to a single table when they already adapted to eating at their own tables – disagreements will spontaneously surface!

The SPLM is the subject of much criticism rightly because every thing which besets the nascent state happened at the watch of the SPLM. It is no secret that the SPLM continue to milk South Sudan to fill its coffers in order to foster its agenda. The ND has rightly put the SPLM on the spotlight on the matters of funding and the fundamental issue of multi-partyism. We witnessed the SPLM and its aligned parties known as parties of national agenda. this parties look like foster children in the SPLM care. ND would like that to cease and to allow the true opposition parties to operate at the same level with the ruling party.

“Fourteen years of the SPLM rule, with the horrendous waste of South Sudanese lives  and public resources, means that there is very little room out there, in the country called South Sudan, to give another chance to the SPLM, to continue to run the country on its own. Nor should the SPLM be asked again, to choose its own partners in government, from amongst the other political parties of South Sudan.”

This is as good as it gets. The above quote from ND recommendations also flies in the face of the SPLM reunification mania which until now have been wasting the resources of the country interlocuting in world’s capitals in the name of reunification of the SPLM. How many times can you fix a tool that broke down two or three times? People of South Sudan have found out the hard way that either way, the SPLM on its own, is not good for the country. “When they (SPLM) unite, they loot resources and when they diverge they kill!”

The SPLA also became a joke when the founder, late John Garang passed on. The ND attempt to address the numbers of the SPLA along with its role in modern South Sudan is a welcome positive point.

“However, armies are composed of individual citizens. No individual citizen of any country, can remain in public service for ever. Old age itself, imposes it’s own conditions on individual human beings. It is, therefore, recommended, that the one hundred thousand strong national army of South Sudan being recommended in this document of the National Dialogue, be re-organized, reformed and managed by the existing cadre of the SPLA liberators of South Sudan.”

It’s unbelievable that the oldies soldiers of the SPLA from 104/105 all the way to Ariathdit are still in active duty or payroll of the SPLA.

Read the ND recommendations.

 


By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

 

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Friday, November 16, 2018 (PW) —my neighbor’s kid snobbery journey into the bizarre land of human hunters and his holmic escaped from the fence of slavery is part of the desolated stories experiences by many victims of abduction and kidnapping.

If one could swear before the Almighty God, absolutely those people killed his father and burnt their house.

They are the one that killed his father before they kidnapped him at the tender age of 5 during the dark cover of the night and inhumanly dragged him along the elephant grasses toward the unknown destination.

In a flashy recap, he and his parents had just had a soft evening meal of a mashed pumpkin.

Few minutes before they went to sleep, his grandfather narrated to the family’s members how his childhood and adulthood days were spent before the blanket of aging cover much of his once energetic body.

After few minutes of interlude the aging giant abruptly raised his voice and said “this boy is precisely who I was during my childhood”

Just after that the victim who was a toddler of five years crafted into the beautifulness of the life journey. (more…)


By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Ramciel

Master Plan of the proposed Ramchiel City, Lakes State, South Sudan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (PW) — Since the formation of the Government of South Sudan in 2005 that was followed by the formation of the government of independent South Sudan, the relevance of doctrine of terra nullius has become apparent. Terra nullius is a common law doctrine later adopted in the international law. It according to Latin terra nullius means a “land belonging to nobody.”

The issue of whether any land in South Sudan belong no one was never an issue during the period liberation struggle of 1983 to 2005. But with the formation of the Government of Southern Sudan in 2005 and the formation of the government of independent South Sudan in 2011, the discourse over the land in South Sudan change as seen in the plan to build Ramciel as the Capital city of South Sudan.

Currently, there is a heated debate on social media that Ramciel is no man’s land. Those who claim that Ramciel is a no man’s land based their reasoning on the fact that Ramciel is a vast land with no inhabitants on it and because of that it is the land that belongs to no one. This argument is a reminiscence of the British Colonial Masters’ argument during the colonial period.

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Engineer Akol Lual Lual Akol’s Role in Transforming the Concept of Education among the Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

By Deng Diar Diing, Mombasa, Kenya

The Late Akol Lual Lual Akol

Tributes to the Late Engineer Akol Lual Lual Who Pioneered Academic Excellence in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Monday, November 12, 2018 (PW) — The outpour of grief and shock from the Jesh Amer and Lost Boys community following sudden death of Eng. Akol Lual Lual Akol has left many to wonder to the pattern and girth of appeal this gentleman had. It is clear that Akol has been mourned by a population that had its roots in Jesh Amer of Dima, Fugnido and Polataka who eventually found themselves in Kakuma. This is not to discount the fact that there are a lot of people who have and still are mourning in silence out of intensity of sorrow or lack of access to the social media.

It has also to be noted that those who showed their grief in public domains are not making it for a show of association but rather, hero’s death just like John Garang was, are normally too sad to bear individually and normally are communal angst. After all, a problem shared is half solved.

Akol Lual Lual was laid to rest yesterday in his village of Akon. May God rest his soul in peace. To all the outpour of commiserations and eulogies about the life of Eng. Akol as an inspiration to his peers, I would like to bring forth the processes that led him to be a hero of this important constituency. As a beneficiary of his epic academic journey and someone who took a mantle of my time following his inspiration, I feel spellbound to explaining why we love this gentleman that dear.

There was this Catholic Scholarship program called Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) that used to sponsor the top 3% percent of refugees who sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education for secondary education to Kenyan Public Schools. Akol Lual Lual, Marial Kuol, Samuel Anyieth, Chol de Guin and Bior Gayo won this scholarship in 1994(This group was later joined by Peter Gatpan Thoar). William Andrew was sponsored in 1993.

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By Ms. Adol Makeny Dhieu, Sydney, Australia

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State

Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang, Awerial County, Lakes State, whose bride price consist of 500 cows, 3 V8s, and over $10,000

Monday, November 12, 2018 (PW) —- What happened to Nyalong Ngong Deng Jalang in the recent times is outrageous and we are all livid by it. Many have expressed their angers, one way or the other and in different forums since the marriage became known, all through to its settlement.

I applaud and encourage your rage to go beyond press releases; but for you to continue to pursue other meaningful ways to device lasting solutions to the issue at hand. However, I viewed that a legal action against Nyalong’s family (both families and accomplices), or a suit brought solely in relation to her marriage, will serve not but rogue justice.

Here is why: (more…)


After the Transitional Period, Salva Kiir Needs to Set an Example and Allow a Free and Fair Elections

By Ngoi Thuech, Dodoma, Tanzania

President Kiir's speeches after independence

Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (PW) — What Peter Biar Ajak termed as a generational exit should not mistakenly be interpreted as an all-out call for our aging liberation generation to retire from active politics and allow the new and upcoming youthful generation to give it a try this time around. The late Senator John McCain of Arizona served his people up to the very last of his breath when he passed away this past summer. He was a war veteran, much like our current leaders are. So, being from a military background doesn’t necessary socialize you to rule dictatorially and hold the country hostage as a ransom for personal enrichment. One thing that sets the late John McCain with our liberation leaders was that the former came from a stable and liberal democratic nation whereas our leaders come from a region whose democratic institutions are absent or nonexistence.

South Sudanese are forever going to be thankful to Salva Kiir and Riek Machar for inking the peace deal to work together in one unity government as a testament to their faith that for once they can put aside their differences and work for the betterment of their people. Many countries on our East African block have two presidential term limits which run for a total of eight to ten years. President Uhuru Kenyatta said recently that it is unconstitutional to run for a third term in Kenya. President Kiir took up the presidential crown after we gained our independence from Sudan. And by the end of the Transitional Period, he would have been in power for ten years, much like the time normally spent by the Kenyan presidents at the State House. The probable reason why there is a limit on a presidential rule is perhaps to avoid what the political scientists called the political decay, a scenario which entails lack of accepting new ideas and overall democratic institutional upgrade. (more…)


By Tito Awen Bol, Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (PW) — I keep wondering if peace can divide or unite the partners. I am not so young nor unmindful not to have known what happened after signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) or not to have read other cases of peace in the World so as to draw comparison to the recently signed peace agreement in South Sudan duped as R-ARCISS. After signing of the CPA, some of the Southern and Northern Parties joined Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) as opposition coalition while some of the Northern and Southern Parties joined the National Congress Party (NCP) as ruling coalition. Hold on reader: just know that my writing is not so much of the opinion leathered and loathed with any form of negative interest but just drawing the observation for future correction and reference by the analysts and opinion leaders of my kind.

To begin with, the word revitalization means rejuvenation or resuscitation of the Agreement on the Resolutions of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCISS) which was at death bed then as a result of the J1’s ‘‘dogs fight’’ as popularly termed by most of the analysts and political commentators. That supposedly means that the agreement that was signed would have been the best agreement capable of addressing the root causes of post-independence issues and differences which possibly were the ones that led to 2013 and repeatedly led to 2016 aggressions and subsequently the present polarization & conflicts.

Papers were still not dry of the ink when the Revitalized-Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCIS) was signed on 12th September, 2018 when several breakaways emerged from different political parties that were parts and parcels or simply the signatories to the agreement (R-ARCISS). South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) which is the major opposition coalition was the first victim of split when most of its member parties defied & refused the call from the chairperson to sign the agreement though some were at a later date ‘intimidated’ to sign. They made their position real after the final signature by its leader-Mr.Changson Chang. (more…)


By Jesus Panther Deng, Bor, Jonglei State

Dear Mr President,

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (PW) — Greetings, Your Excellency! First, congratulations on your new relationship with opposition leader, H.E Dr Riek Machar Teny, which brought us a much, needed political stability in the entire nation. Your Excellency, as you are celebrating political stability in Juba, the blood of innocent people of Jonglei state is continuing dripping day and night due to increasing cattle rustling occasioned and fanned by the proliferation of illegal arms, lawlessness and poverty.

Your Excellency, the purpose of this letter is to let you and your government know the massacres going on in Jonglei state, to point out your government failures in address the situation and possible future solutions. Your Excellency, on 31st October 2018 as the nation celebrates your new profound political relationship with Dr Riek Machar Teny and other opposition leaders which yielded us peace, the people of Jonglei state your excellency, instead of celebrating with the fellow countrymen and women, they went on with their usual business of wailing, burying, nursing the wounded, mourning and organising of funerals which has gone on now for decades if not centuries, always instigates by arm criminals.

On Tuesday 30th October 2018 when the nation was at euphoria on the eve of peace celebration, your Excellency, the entire state of jonglei came under heavy attacked in different locations just hours to the day of celebration. In Duk Payuel County at the far north of the state, the bunch of bandits believed to be from neighbouring Buma state, Murle tribe’s criminals in particular carried a heavy attack on innocent people which left number of precious lives lost and many scores injuries. This happened on Tuesday just some hours to a scheduled peace celebration day on Wednesday. Similarly, the same place was attack back in November2017 in the same location where over 40 people lost their lives and more than 50 children abducted plus herds of cattle drove away by the same bandits from Murle community. (more…)


The National Dialogue – New Proposal on the Reorganization of the South Sudanese State (PDF)

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

 


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB): The Best Articles, Writers, of the Year 2016

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 (PW) – 2017 is long behind us. The year 2018 is fast halting to an end. The Peace Agreement known as R-ARCISS or the long of it, Revitalised – Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan has been “successfully” concluded in Khartoum, Sudan. Effectively, the country is now on the eight-month journey pre-transitional period. The long awaited peace seems to be all over the country safe for those who may derail its implementation. That is a matter for citizens to watch over. If they are not tired of war for the last five years, it’s up to them.

In 2017, I set myself a lofty goal of at least publishing one article a month however, I did not live to this goal for reasons I can’t name. That year resolution came down crashing thanks to my moving to Australia in June that year. This year is a different scenario. I might have published more than what I set myself to accomplish in the previous year. Most of the commentary was on peace, corruption and economy on South Sudan. They’re mainly for entertainment, knowledge and for future reference.

As I debated an article I published on paanluelwel and Juba monitor in 2012 with one parliamentarian who happened to be a spokesman for the House at the time, I had some people telling me that nothing can be had in South Sudan at the moment. The people in power do not listen! I told some of them that that’s not the only aim of writing. Writers will continue to write regardless. (more…)


By Ngoi Thuech, Dodoma, Tanzania

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (PW) — South Sudanese do not know how lucky and blessed they are. We have never had a shortage of patriotic leaders even before we became known as South Sudanese but separate entities living in tribal kingdoms. Our people whether we came from Azande nationality, Dinka dynasty or Shilluk kingdom, we all fought various wars to stop the invasion of Arabs who were hell-bent on enslaving our people, misappropriating our land and writing us off the history books.

After Sudan gained her independence from the Anglo-Egyptian rule, a plethora of Southern Sudan national leaders rose up and shouldered our cause for freedom from Jellaban economic exclusion. A number of popularly known leaders from that era range from William Deng Nhial to Joseph Lagu. Eleven years after the breakdown of trust between the southern Sudanese and the North Sudanese ruling elite for dishonoring the 1972 peace agreement, a new group of leaders emerge in the fold of John Garang, William Nyuon Bany, Salva Kiir, and Riek Machar.

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Hon. Peter Gatkuoth: The Notable South Sudanese Politician and Economist

Posted: November 3, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Saturday, November 2, 2018 (PW) — Peter Gatkuoth was a notable figure in South Sudan who gained prominence as a politician and economist. Born in 1938 in Akobo, Upper Nile in South Sudan, Gatkuoth graduated from Rumbek Secondary School and obtained a degree in Economics from the University of Khartoum in 1964. After completing his studies, he worked at the Bank of Sudan in Khartoum while participating in politics by joining the political party, Southern Front. By 1969, he was the advisor on economic planning for the Ministry of Southern Affairs in the government of President Gafaar Nimeiri. When the Southern politician, Abel Alier was appointed as Vice-President of Sudan, Gatkuoth became the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Southern Affairs in Khartoum.

When the Ugandan President, Milton Obote was in power, he was supporting the Sudan government in their fight against the Anya-Nya guerilla movement in Southern Sudan. When Pres. Obote was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, Pres. Amin’s stance towards Southerners was more sympathetic which did not sit well with the Sudan government. In June 1971, at the Organization of African Unity (OAU, present day African Union) ministerial meeting, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Faruq Abu ‘Isa accused Pres. Amin of engaging in verbal attacks against the Sudan government by comparing the situation in Southern Sudan with events unfolding in South Africa. Minister Faruq added that Pres. Amin was blatantly interfering in the internal affairs of Sudan.

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31st October 2018: President Kiir’s and Dr. Riek Machar’s Speeches during the Celebration of the R-ARCSS in Juba, South Sudan

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Speech of H.E. The President on the Occasion of the Celebration of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, 31st October 2018, Juba

-H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda
-H.E. Omer Al Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan
-H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
-H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
-H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Democratic of Somalia
-H.E. Mustafa Kemal Modbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
-H.E. Nasser Bourita, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco
-H.E. Deputy Chairperson of the African Union
-H.E. Leader of Delegation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
-H.E. Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan
-H.E. Gen. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
-H.E. Dr. James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
-H.E. Dr. Riek Machar, Chairman of the SPLM-IO
-Excellencies the Representatives of the Parties signatory to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)
-Excellencies members of diplomatic Corps
-Invited Guests

My Comrades, Ladies & Gentlemen

Thursday, November 1, 2018 (PW) —- First and foremost, allow me to sincerely congratulate all of you on this joyous occasion in which we are celebrating the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) under the theme; Celebrating the Dawn of Peace, appreciating friends, cherishing reconciliation and unity.

Allow me also to express my deepest appreciation to each of you for attending this very important function. In the spirit of promoting peace and stability in our beloved nation, I ask you all to join me in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Riek Machar Teny and all the opposition leaders who have shown their commitment to the peace deal by coming to celebrate it with us today. Their presence is a strong proof to all that war is ending and a new era of peace and prosperity is breaking. Please welcome them wholeheartedly and make them feel proud at home.

As you all know, our celebration of the revitalized Agreement would not be possible today without the support of the region and the broader international community. In recognition of this support, please join me in welcoming to the Republic of South Sudan dignitaries from Africa and the entire world. Their coming to grace this dignified celebration speaks volumes, and I personally would like to register my heartfelt appreciation to each one of them for being here.

I want to especially recognize the presence of my elder brothers, H.E. President Omar El Bashir of the Republic of Sudan and H.E. President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda, whose particular efforts helped in making this occasion a reality. (more…)


South Sudan`s Peace Celebrations must focus on apology to the victims of protracted Civil War and promise to implement the Khartoum Peace Accord.By

By Kerubino Kocrup Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 (PW) — The People of South Sudan have a lot of expectations in the recently inaugurated Khartoum peace pact. They hope the peace accord will be honored and implemented to the letter by the warring parties.

In my opinion, time has come to find an amicable solution to the intractable conflict bedeviling the Republic of South Sudan. Since 2013`s outbreak of war to date, the people of South Sudan have suffered a lot.

South Sudanese have witnessed tens of thousands killed, destruction of properties, rape of innocent women and millions of South Sudanese displaced internally and to our neighboring countries. South Sudan’s predicament has been described by many international entities as possibly the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of world!

I find it disheartening that South Sudan`s leaders remain blind to the suffering of its masses. The country`s economy is in ruins with the budget registering deficit. Hyperinflation has reached alarming proportions, war is raging all over the country and UNMISS foreign troops are actively involved in looting of the natural resources and abusing the rights of civilian population. The war has drained our human and material resources. (more…)


By Longar Mathiec Wol, Juba, South Sudan

Peace for South Sudan

Wednesday, October 31, 18 (PW) — As the country opens the new chapter, the chapter of hope, freedom and unity, the people hope for the change of the attitude as two parties work together to forge the new way for South Sudan in an attempt to bring people together during this hard time. When the warring parties signed the revitalized peace 12 of September last month it brought hope to the suffering masses.

The celebration schedule to take place on 31st October is a turning point to the people of South Sudan and gives a hope that the gaps between the warring parties are being pushed closer. As they move closer the citizens who are they victims of this senseless war remains adamant wondering to whether the peace will works or the same mistakes will not repeat themselves again.

In all these processes the shareholders of revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan continue to monitor the situation closely with dilemma in their minds. These groups may include: SPLM IO leaders and supporters, the government and supporters and the suffering masses; the citizens of South Sudan. (more…)


By William Deng Barach, Juba University, South Sudan 

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 (PW) — We want a united south Sudan, we want south Sudan in peace, and we want a south Sudan for all of us, we needs to raise our voices to say; “together everything is possible”. My fellow’s south Sudanese citizens, the peace celebration on 31 of October should end the long civil war and calls for a unified action towards the shared aspiration for a just, comprehensive and enduring peace regardless of ideology, tribes, and culture.

The works for peace is not only for those who are affected. It doesn’t matter if we live in peaceful area or outside fragile communities. We are must united in our journey towards peace and stability.

Peace, as we all know, is very important in our lives and it is essential to our overall well being. However, regrettable civil war that denigrate us for five years in our country, which was being brought by political conflict and disagreements between politicians, which has left our peoples in it a deplorable emotional and physical state. (more…)


By Kuir Mayen Kuir, Nairobi, Kenya

Peace for South Sudan

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (PW) — Who ever imagine that there would be peace in South Africa today? I doubt if there is any one! The Africans in South Africa were among the very first Africans who were highly disadvantaged in the process of questing for freedom, justice and prosperity. In the year 1948, an apartheid policy emanated from the whites where they adamantly disregarded Africans and took them for an inferior race that cannot make a worthwhile decision singly without white intervention.

This thought was met by a stiff resistance from Africans that was graced by African unity and cohesion. However due to the sophisticatedness of the white weapons and a renowned knowledge of tactical measures to deal with Africans, they overpowered them .Some vibrant young African men and women fell victims of torture, mishandlements, maimed, imprisonment and a painful tearful death.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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October 29, 2018 (PW) —
I’m tired of becoming a junior in every field I joined. In 1999, when I was forcefully recruited into military, I was called a recruit which in other words means a new junior soldier undertaking training.

By the time I resumed my studies at Mayom-abun Secondary in 2001, I was called a mono by those in senior two. After I graduated from High School and joined one of the humanitarian aids organizations, I started at the most junior level.

Now, the most famous bands in my area are provoking my situation rottenly by sight-reading some of the songs those that I see could cause disunity among the societies. I’m swaying between the two trade-offs—-the join or no-join musicians’ field decisions and the fear is that I’ll become another junior with such contours on my face.

Had it not been because of this fear, I would have shown them how songs and lyrics for unity are composed, not in a way that exaggeratedly praising my own clan at the expense of other societies.

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By Yanta Daniel Elisha, Juba, South Sudan

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October 29, 2018 (PW) — Answering such a question is costly in terms of life as one can be victimised for one’s opinion and yet it salvages the suffering people of South Sudan. Sometimes, it is far better to die for a just cause than dying of mere malaria contracted from mosquitoes. Remember questions of what, why and how are of philosophical nature. A person or persons must answer philosophical questions; I think it is my duty to let the light shine all the time as long as I hold it.

What is the meaning of dying with one’s knowledge without using it to educate, inform or entertain to save lives? “A person who has not chosen something to die for is not fit to live”, a common saying from unknown source puts it. What is the purpose of life if not to produce much fruits to bring great glory to the author of life Himself?

For God cuts off every branch of the vine that does not produce fruit, warns the gospel according to St John 15:2. This means censorship of whatever nature is against the command of “be fruitful”. As for my case, certainly, I am the safest by virtue of my name “Daniel”; lions never harm me at all, as you have read from the holy book.

In my 37 years’ experience in the University of Life gaining modest education of formal, informal and non-formal nature, I have realized that if anyone intends to harm my life, God acts faster to eliminate that person to safeguard me. So, never dare to attempt me for your own safety.

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What the Peace Holds for Peace Makers..

Posted: October 29, 2018 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Junub Sudan, Poems.

 

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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When there is peace…….

Children are born and rise with impressive care.

They play and attend schools with happiness.

Children are handle with principled hands.

Women fruits of creativity and beautifulness are harvest.

When there is peace….

Folks attend weddings and marriages with pride.

Men and women tilt their farms with comfort and support.

Students attend schools with gratification and commitment.

They pass highly with easiness and straightforwardness.

When there is peace—-

 Business loop on sympathy and empathy.

Scales are justify, rectify and there is no scandal.

On the leaflets of peace living standards are high.

Under the dispassionate shadow of peace life is super.

With peace food is produce and poverty is humiliated.

Money is valued and wealth is accumulated.

Under the roof of peace there is coexistence.

With stability and development politicians are adore.

They are called people’s representatives.

When there is peace criminals are disciplines.

No hiding holes for criminals at the peace center.

Respect and friendship are never part of their belonging.

When there is peace both rich and poor lives in harmony.

In peace hard work and commitment pays.

At the peace center ladder of success is broad and climbable.

Here the army and the police hold the protection keys.

With both hands and jingoistic heart.

At the time of peace our defending giants stand tall.

With their weapons and military attires in stores.

When there is peace prisons are only reformatory houses.

Where bad behaviors are convert into societal demand.

In time of peace wildlife provides human with foods and beauty.

Wildlife and culture radiate the beauty of a nation.

Tourists and visitors enjoy the national potential.

With peace roots of innovation are expose.

When there is peace health centers are build.

And diseases are control and eliminated.

When there is peace policies are implemented.

With peace life is good and promising.

Awuol Gabriel Arok, a Writer and a Poet, has a Bachelor Degree in Social and Developmental Studies from the University of Juba, South Sudan, he is a Columnist with The Dawn Newspaper under column “The Motivation Bell”.  He is the author of unpublished book titled ‘‘The Wisdom Horn’’ , he contributes to Websites and Social Media platforms  on Issues concerning Social, Economic and Politic s and through his peaceful and developmental campaigns such as ‘‘Your Tribe is My Tribe’’, ‘‘Giving Heart Foundation’’, “Wisdom Testament”, “Classic Leadership Forum”, “Grace the Women Foundation”, “PeaceNet Initiative” and “Award for Development”. He can be reached via his email Address: jjmkamzeearokson@yahoo.com