Archive for the ‘People’ Category


By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudanese veteran politician, Uncle Clement Mboro

Friday, August 10, 2018 (PW) — The veteran politician Clement Mboro, fondly referred to as “Uncle Clement” inspired many Southern Sudanese during the many years of armed struggle from the 1940s till his passing. Uncle Clement was born on January 3rd 1920 in a small village twenty miles west of Wau to Chief Mboro Bekobo of the N’dogo. He completed his early years of education at Bussure and received a diploma in public administration from Gordon Memorial College in Khartoum, Sudan.

For a number of years, Uncle Clement worked in public service before becoming a political activist. During the Juba Conference of 1947, Uncle Clement gained prominence for being among the only three educated Southerners to participate in the conference. However, he was blamed with other Southern leaders who participated in the conference for not articulating separation of the South from North Sudan. It is important to note that prior to the Juba Conference of 1947, the British had already decided to keep the South united with North Sudan regardless of the call for separation by Southern Sudanese.

Following the Torit Mutiny in 1955, when Southerners soldiers refused to be transported to North Sudan and revolted against their Northern commanding officers which then led to large scale conflict and saw many Southern civilians, soldiers and politicians face persecution and even death. Among those detained and tortured was Uncle Clement who was then the Assistant District Commissioner in Yirol. (more…)

Who is Gen. “King Paul” Malong Awan Anei?

Posted: April 16, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, People

By Lual Akeen Akeen, Nairobi, Kenya

April 15, 2018 (SSB) — Lieutenant General, Dr. Paul Malong Awan Anei was born the early 1960s in Aweil’s township of Warawar. He is a South Sudanese politician, businessman and one of East Africa most powerful military figure. Malong who had formerly served as governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal (now divided into three states) from 27 March 2008 to 2014 was called upon by the Incumbent president, General Salva Kiir Kuethpiny Mayar to fight against Dr. Riek’s 2013 rebellion. He served as chief of General Staff from 24 April 2014 – 9 May 2017 when the president sacked him and detained him in the nation’s capital Juba where he, Malong, has obediently been questioning the illegal action of the president to date.

Early life and education

Paul Malong was born in Warawar to Aluat (mother) and Awan Anei (father). His father was a paramount chief who governed his kinsmen in the Wun-Anei section of Abiem, situated in current Aweil East State. At eight years old, Malong lost his father when his father was killed by a member of his community. The family is survived by four children. Malong’s older siblings are deceased. In the order of their birth (excluding the deceased), the children of Awandit’s first wife, who is also Malong’s mother, are Agot, Amou, him and Atak.

As a young man, Malong attended basic schools in his home village. After his father was killed in the late 1960s, Malong moved to Muglad, (North Sudan) where he continued his primary school. He had his intermediate education at St. James in Khartoum. It was here in Khartoum that he participated in the clandestine formation of the Anyanya II movement in the Bahr el Gazal area. (more…)


Eulogies and Tributes to the Revolutionary Life of Gen. Andrew Makur Thou

By Atem Yaak Atem, Sydney, Australia

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March 26, 2018 (SSB) — Glowing tributes have been paid to General Andrew Makur Thou, who died last week. As will be seen later in this appreciation, Makur was a freedom fighter, a decorated military officer, a politician, a diplomat, a community leader, and towards the end of his life, an honest broker in peacemaking process to end the debilitating armed conflict in his country.

Reacting to the news of the death of General Makur Thou, one of the Eminent Personalities working to resolve the armed conflict in South Sudan, the office of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism (JMEC)- headed by the former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae- released a statement to express the body’s condolence.

“Ambassador General Makur was a patriot, a champion of peace and indeed a key pillar in the 2015 Peace Agreement of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)”, read the release in part. It went on to describe late Makur’s contribution as “sober and honest”, and with the general death “the entire South Sudan Peace process” will miss his role.

As chair of Security Working Committee, retired General Andrew Makur worked alongside the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) team. The organ’s head, Major General Ibrahim Abduljellil, has recognised late Makur as a leader who “had an ability to instil great understanding amongst CTSAMM forum”.

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Remembering My Dad, Prof. Ahang Beny Acuar, Who Joined his Mother and Ancestors 10 Years Ago – February 19, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

By Dr. Laaura Nyantung Ahang Beny, Michigan, USA

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

Construction of the Jonglei Canal in Sudan on February 24th,1983

 

February 17, 2018 (SSB) — “In the quiet tranquility of the beautiful village of Panebei in Yirol, Sudan lies in a deep eternal sleep a humble soul. He rests peacefully beside his beloved Mother, Kulang Mou Kacuol, in a place he never really left, free at last and unencumbered by the burdens of our physical world. There is no running water there as of yet, but it is his home and my home, too. He is Ambrose Ahang Beny Acuar, my beloved Father.

My Father was born around the year 1938 in Aturok, Yirol, Southern Sudan into an Atuot Dinka family. His father was Beny Acuar and his mother was Kulang Mou Kacuol. He had five brothers—Madol (deceased), Macar, Kon (deceased), Ahou (deceased), and Cieng—and one sister—Acuoth. My Father left home at an early age to attend school at a time when the schools in southern Sudan were run by British colonialists. In what I believe was a compromise, my Grandfather, Beny Acuar, had selected my father from among his siblings to attend school. At the time, Dinka families generally preferred boys and young men to be reared for a life of cattle-herding. Boys spent many days of the year in the cattle camps and it was an honorable thing to do. Curious, I often asked my Father why Beny Acuar chose him and not another sibling. I believe that his Father recognized his brilliance and wisdom from an early age and thus sent him to school.

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The Biography of Lt. Gen. Dr. Malual Ayom Dor

Posted: February 8, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Books, Junub Sudan, People

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Gen. Salva Kiir, Gen. Ajongo Mawut, Gen. Kuol Manyang, Gen. James Wani, Gen. Awet Akot, and Gen. Malual Ayom

February 8, 2018 (SSB) — Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom Dor started his military career in the SPLA in 1983 and progressed until he reached the rank of Lt. General. Previously Lt. Gen. Malual was the SPLA Assistant Chief of defence Force for Operations, Training and Intelligence.

Among his previous assignment is SPLA Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration & Finance, Director for Training and Research, Director for Colleges and Director for Military Production. He also commanded at different levels and has a wide range of field combat experience.

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Who was the Late Dr. Mark Majak Abiem?

Posted: January 21, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Atem Yaak Atem, History, Junub Sudan, People

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Walter Rodney and Mark Majak Abiem

Picture of Mark Majak Abiem and Professor Water Rodney at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), London, 1976. Both were later murdered in cold blood in their respective home countries in 1977 and 1980 respectively.

January 21, 2018 (SSB) — Late Mark Majak Abiem was an extraordinary and pleasant human being, an outstanding student and a very promising scholar. He was my roommate at the Barracks (University of Khartoum’s hostels on the Blue Nile) from 1971-2.

When he passed his neatly organized notebook of lectures on Archaeology he took while a prelim student to me, there was no surprise that I was able to score the top marks in that subject. Although only two of my colleagues knew about the “inheritance” I openly gave credit to Mark.

After the History Dept., Faculty of Arts took Mark Majak as a teaching assistant the dream that the history of the future South Sudan was then going to be written by its own sons and daughters as well as other scholars who love the people and their land was almost becoming a reality.

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The Episcopal Church elects Bishop Justin Badi Arama of the Diocese of Maridi to replace Archbishop Dr. Daniel Deng Bul as Primate and Archbishop of South Sudan

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

Justin Badi, elected Primate of the Anglican church in south Sudan and Sudan

The Episcopal Church elects Bishop Justin Badi Arama of the Diocese of Maridi to replace Archbishop Dr. Daniel Deng Bul as Primate and Archbishop of South Sudan

January 20, 2018 (SSB) — The Episcopal Church of South Sudan has elected Rt. Rev. Justin Badi Arama, the bishop of Maridi Diocese, as Primate and Archbishop of South Sudan. Initially, there were four candidates vying to succeed Archbishop Dr. Daniel Deng Bul as the Primate and Archbishop of South Sudan: Bishop Francis Loyo of Rokon Diocese and the Dean of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan; Bishop Monday Bismark Avokaya of Mundri Diocese; Bishop Justin Badi Arama of Maridi Diocese, and Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial of Aweil Diocese.

However, on the eve of the voting day at the All Saints Cathedral in Juba, Bishop Francis Loyo and Bishop Monday Bismark Avokaya dropped out on their own volitions. Thus, it became a hotly contested, two horse race, between Bishop Justin Badi Arama of Maridi Diocese and Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial of Aweil Diocese. There were 159 eligible Electoral College voters. When voting was conducted, counting done and results announced, the two candidates were separated by a mere single vote. Bishop Justin Badi Arama of Maridi Diocese won with 80 votes, while Bishop Abraham Yel Nhial of Aweil Diocese got 79 votes.

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Today, 20th of January 2018, the Greater Bor Dinka community in Juba, South Sudan, is celebrating the exemplary life of Justice Abel Alier Kwai Kut, the first President of the High Executive Council, an Autonomous Juba-based Government Southern Sudan Promulgated after the Signing of the Addis Ababa Agreement in 1972

By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

Abel Alier Kwai Kut

Justice Abel Alier Kwai Kut, First President of the High Executive Council, an Autonomous Juba-based government

January 20, 2018 (SSB) — Gabriel G. Marquez, in his work, Love in the Time of Cholera, vividly elucidated the essence of one’s birth in one’s lifetime, “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Abel Alier’s birth sealed this saying as he is pleasantly described by his personal conviction.

Birth

Justice Abel Alier hails from Kut Ajak’s family of Angakuei clan, Baidit Payam, Dinka Bor of the Dinka. He was born in 1933 in Magaar village, Angakuei clan, Bor District of Upper Nile Region in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. He was named as Alier-Wal Kuai Kut in line with his totemic Dinka name, which reflects a sense of responsibility and personal uniqueness.

He has always been adulated as a lucky son of Africa, who was born with greatness thrust upon him just like other African sons, who were born in 1930s such as Prof. Chinua Achebe of Nigeria (1930), Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o of Kenya (1938), Prof. Wole Soyinka of Nigeria (1934), Prof. Ali Mazrui of Kenya (1933), Dr. Okot p’Bitek of Uganda (1931), Prof. Taban Lo Liyong of South Sudan (1930), David Rubadiri of Malawi (1930) and so many other great leaders and academics who were born in 1930s.

In my own words, this period of 1930s is reasonably the time of the birth of great giants of Africa.

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By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

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A young South Sudanese girl poses with the flag of South Sudan

January 6, 2018 (SSB) — This is a humorized account of the persons of the year – the most influential South Sudanese leaders for the year 2017. To the reader, catch feelings at your own risk. To our dear leaders honored herein, congratulations for making it to the list of the most influential South Sudanese leaders of the year 2017. To the security agents, chill and enjoy. To the unknown gunmen, yeng’o man? Let’s begin, shall we?

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By Peter Wal Athiu Madol Anyar, Kampala, Uganda

Customary book, final cover July 2017

December 28, 2017 (SSB) — Today, the 28th of December 2017, marks the 50th year of the death of our father, Chief Athiu Madol Anyar (1910-1966) and his cousin, Chief Malual Khang Makuei, both were from Koch subsection of Jourkoch people of Bor country.

In that doomed day of December 1966, government truck full of soldiers arrived at Makuach court centre purposely to arrest the chiefs who were accused by the government agents of being supporters of the Anyanya One Movement

According to an eyewitness who was present at the time in Makuach court centre, the government soldiers called out for the chiefs and started questioning them about the rebels, accusing the chiefs of collaborating with the rebels.

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The two social love birds – Amer Mayen Dhieu and Makwei Mabioor Deng, finally tied the family robe on Saturday, 14 0ctober 2017, at Emmanuel Jieng Parish with a reception at Freedom Hall, in Juba, South Sudan.

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

November 1, 2017 (SSB) — On the 14th October 2017 in Juba; South Sudan the two known and brilliants Stars fused their hands in the marriage ceremony. Early on the sunup of that fine-looking and well attended day, Makwei Mabioor Deng and Amer Mayen Dhieu thudded the marriage drum as their relatives, friends, colleagues, and neighbours turned up in full-size to witness the laying on of their marriage and family stone based on Architectural certainty that the scene of strong and striking house is the pride of every house owner.

Watching the two gigantic global birds as their hand clinched together was the greatest harvest that the attendants was blessed with that evening. The marriage union of two academic giants with expanded knowledge in the modern world history was one of the rare and successful stories of the modern era that happened on that Saturday evening 14th, October 2017.

Makwei Mabior Deng as a Scholar, Writer and Analyst has wholly been rewarded with a GREAT CATCH, his hunting skill has precisely led him to resourceful hunting ground; CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH, their coming together as wife and husband was highly applauded by everyone including their colleagues in Thinking and Acting. The wedding of Makwei Mabioor Deng and Amer Mayen Dhieu was so unique in the sense that the two respected Thinkers and Social Analysts have reef knot their idealistic nets into ONE & SUPER GRADED ONE.

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Tributes and celebration of the illustrious life of the late Sebit William Garang Dut, former teacher, SPLM/A war veteran and guardian of the Jesh-Amer of Palotaka

By Atem Yaak Atem, Australia

Sebit William Garang Dut

The late Legendary teacher, veteran of the war of liberation, and former guardian and father of Jesh-Amer of Palotaka, Ustaz Sebit William Garang Dut

 

September 13, 2017 (SSB) — Sebit William who has died in Juba was a man of the people. A career teacher, late Sebit taught for a number of years in Bor town, the capital of the former Jonglei province. At the outbreak of Sudan’s second civil war in 1983, he joined the new insurgency, trained and fought as an officer. In1990s Sebit William was deployed as teacher and carer of what foreign news media and critics of the SPLM/A interchangeably called unaccompanied minors and lost boys.

In the shadow of a pioneering father

The man who became known as Sebit throughout his life, was at birth named Chol¹, alternatively referred to as Chute (Cuutë). Son of late William Garang Dut Goch, Sebit was born in Bor town where he grew up, received his primary education and in later years became a primary school teacher. He came from a huge family; his mother was Garang’s first wife among several of them. Sebit had many siblings.

William Garang Dut was one of the first boys from the former Bor district to go to school and acquire an education that was high by the standards of the day. After successfully completing Nugent School Loka in Equatoria province, William Garang became one of the few much-sought after Southern Sudanese. His peers hailing from Bor district included Manasseh Pach, Rekeboam Akech Kuai, Jeroboam Machuor Kulang, Mark Moses Akol, and Gabriel Aluong Kang Makuei.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Lengendary singer, Ajang Kuir Malong

The legendary singer, Panan Ajang Kuir Malang

August 9, 2017 (SSB) — Preeminent yearning for eternity and positive reception for what individuals have done while alive are the only accolades given to them by those they have mentored and fashioned after they are gone from the face of the physical world of flesh and blood, Ajang Kuir Malang was a great giant of literature, crafting both in slapstick and Music.

Ajang Kuir Malang arty style of capturing his fans attention through powerful poetic expressions of observable facts was absolute. He was an icon of literature as manifested in most of his songs.

Agongdhuor, as he was popularly known, was an artist with vocal and powerful voice, during his life time Ajang Kuir Malang was an MC, a musician and a teacher before he met his unfortunate death he was a staff at Upper Nile University.

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The 12th Anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death: Return in Peace (R.I.P) Dr. John Garang de Mabioor

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba, South Sudan

The Late SPLM/A Leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabioor Atem Aruai.

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — Dr. John Garang, the former SPLM/A leader, was killed on Saturday, 30 July 2005, near the town of New Cush in Eastern Equatoria state, in a helicopter crash on his way back from Rwakitura, Mbarara district in western Uganda, to New Site, Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan, after paying a two-day private visit to his longtime friend, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Among those killed onboard the M1-172 presidential chopper were Dr. John Garang and his aides: Lt. Col. Ali Mayen Majok, Lt. Col. Amat Malwal, 1st Lt. Deng Majok Kuany, 1st Lt. Mayen Deng Mabior and 1st Lt. Oboki Obur Amaybek on the Sudanese side; on the Ugandan side were: Chief Pilots Col. Peter Nyakairu and Captain Paul Kiyimba; Flight Engineer Major Patrick Kiggundu; a Protocol Officer at the Presidential Palace, Samuel Andrew Bakowa; the helicopter’s Jet Officer Lt. Johnson Bahebya Munanura; a signaller with the Presidential Escort, Corporal Hassan Kiiza; and a flight hostess on the helicopter, Lillian Kabaije

On this 12th anniversary of Dr. John Garang’s death, the following articles—and poems—might help us to make sense of his untimely demise and, more importantly, to commemorate his illustrious life as one of our revolutionary fighters in the cause of the liberation of South Sudan.

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By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Burial of Isaiah Ajak Mabior Aruei

July 29, 2017 (SSB) — One and half month ago, Heaven gained itself a beloved father, a great uncle and a veteran of the war of liberation in the spiritual form of ISAIAH Ajak Mabior Aruei. Ajak hailed from Dacueck community, Nyuak Payam in Twic East County of Jonglei State.

The precious soul, popularly known as “Thar-Yau”, represented not only Dacueck community in Australia but also served as a representative in Twic East Community Association in Australia, in addition to numerous other major personal achievements he had accumulated in his name.

Sadly, he unexpectedly passed away in a regrettable medical operation that has left everyone wondering what had really gone wrong.

Today, on the 29th of July 2017, in Capital Hill Canberra, the widowed community of Dachueeck, together with relatives and friends, will solemnly lay his body to rest, something any mother, father, wife or child never wish to live to witness.

The truth is that the irreplaceable soul is forever gone and the heartbreak will live forever at the heart of those he has touched.

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

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R.I.P Comrade Kawac Makuei Mayar, of Jamus Battalion, SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — I was in the red army of the SPLA and knew Gen. Kawac Makuei perfectly well. He joined the SPLM/A in 1984. He was a member of the Jamus Battalion under the Late Kerubino Kuanyin Bol together with Victor Ayolnhom. They did not receive the training because they joined the bush as politicians.

Then, Kawac was commissioned as a Lt. Col and given two Coys from Jamus battalion which were going to Bahr El Ghazal for mobilization of Muor-Muor Battalion .He was with Captain Elijah Hon Top as a political commissar and 1st Lt Deng Alor Kuol to mention but a few.

There, they met the A2 politically headed by the Late Lual Diing Wol, Late Miakol for the military wing and deputized by Malong Awan. 24 of the senior officers of A2 were enrolled in shield one Cadet in Bonga Military Training School which included, among others, Miakol himself, Paul Malong, James Ajongo and Pieng Deng Kuol.

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By Okello Peter, Juba, South Sudan

May 16th: Celebrating the Founding of the SPLM/SPLA

July 27, 2017 (SSB) — Agitated by the information that young boys were being molested in Malakal by Arab teachers, Anthony Bol Madut joined the liberation struggle when he was just a young student – in the early sixties. He is a member, soldier, information gatherer for the Anyanya-1, gun-buyer and as early as 1983, one of the founders of the SPLA/M. After 1972 agreement, he was one of the fighters back then who did not believe that the Khartoum Government would honour the agreement; so in 1975, he shot his Arab colleagues and went back to the bush. Karbino Kuanyin, a Captain by then failed intentionally to capture Sergeant Anthony Bol, as he was being chased, a fugitive as he was. The Dawn considers Anthony Bol a patriot, like many others of his time, and therefore, among the nation founders and freedom fighters in this country. A well-known sharp shooter, a fearless commander, Anthony Bol fought for the rights, liberty, and freedom of South Sudanese citizens back then.

The Dawn’s senior reporter, Peter Okello caught up with him, shortly after his return from South Africa, where he had gone for periodic medical checkup.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior

July 15, 2017 (SSB) — It has been three short months since our father, Ustaz Donato Deng Mayen Amet Ayalbior, passed on to the next world to join a community of those that have gone before him. The gap he left in our family as a father and moral authority is still huge. And even though we have all accepted the fact that it was his time to rest, given his long struggle with a host of stroke-induced ailments, we still wish it did not happen. I guess that is the same feeling of those who have lost loved ones.

On Saturday 8th July 2017, a belated final funeral prayers (the customary 40th Day Prayers) was conducted at the family home in Denver, Colorado (United States), where it was attended by relatives, in-laws and friends. Like during the prayers in Kuajok, his spirit was felt in Denver too.

After much hesitation, I decided to write this tribute to him, at least for those who did not get to know him. Not that they need it, but just for them to know about a South Sudanese teacher and one among the first generation of the country’s political pioneers who devoted their lives to country and profession. They were a different breed of politicians and intelligentsia, some of whom are still active today, may the Lord extend their lives for this country.

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Tributes, Homages and Salutations to one of the eminent South Sudanese artists, David Garang Deng Aguer, popularly known as “Adun Ciin Daam”

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

Artist David Garang Deng Aguer

Artist David Garang Deng Aguer

December 28, 2016 (SSB) — With distress and grieve you will be missed David, never did you see the morning and evening of 27 December 2016 deep into the New Year 2017 which you have just missed by 5 days, lifeless feverish had just taken hold of you on the gloomy evening of 26 December 2016 and greatly robbed your loving relatives, friends, colleagues and people of South Sudan of your precious soul and comforting Art.

Dear David; with heavy heart and watery eyes, I salute your wholesome comradeship, your energetic and visionary dream as the bible says ‘‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful givers’’  2 Corinthians 9:7 of which you have bravely responded to without reservations.

Dear David; you have given the people of South Sudan a complete and connected switch that will remains in history, your humble songs did not only entertain us but have united and counseled our minds that have been traumatized by the long wars of liberation, preciously when the need for counseling and awareness was high, your nationalistic songs of freedom have opened up veins and arteries of peace, love, unity and awareness.

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