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Press release: 1st Gogrial Community Association in Australia Conference

October 15, 2017 (SSB) — The members of Gogrial communities across Australia converged in Melbourne, Victoria on the 7th and 8th of October 2017, to participate in Community Conference. Among the items discussed during the 1st Day of the conference includes:

  • Unity of Gogrial community both in Australia and in Gogrial State (South Sudan).
  • Formation of one peak body to represent Gogrial community Australian wide, which led to the election of (below) an executive committee.

During the 1st Day conference, members of Gogrial Communities deliberated, agreed, reiterate and reaffirm the need and importance for the unity of Gogrial Community both in Gogrial State (South Sudan) and in Australia (Diaspora). The members firmly believed that Gogrial community needs to have a united voice in order to effectively address numerous issues facing their community, which led to the formation of the leadership of one Gogrial Community Association in Australia, to represent all its members Australia wide.

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You are cordially invited to the wedding of Amer Mayen Dhieu of Paan-Lual, Dachuek and Makwei Mabioor Deng of Paan-Bioor, Kongor, today on the 14th of October, 2017, at Emmanuel Jieng Parish (12pm-3pm) and reception at Freedom Hall (4pm-12am) in Juba, South Sudan.

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Amer Mayen Dhieu with PaanLuel Wel in Juba, August 2015

Biographies of the Bride and Bridegroom

  1. The bride: Amer Mayen Dhieu also known as Amer-Nyanguen was born in Baping Boma of Nyuak Payam in Twic East County. Born to Achol Mading Agok of Ajuong Pagan, Nyopiny Paan e Geu and Mayen Dhieu Thon Lual of Dachuek, Paan Lual, she is the only girl and the youngest of the four siblings. Just after her birth, her parents flew to the neighboring country of Kenya where she partially spends most of her childhood before they migrate to Australia in early 2008. At early teenage age while in Australia, Amer became committed to education and was determined to finish her high school and pursue he university studies. Three years after finishing her high school, she was awarded her first bachelor of Social science with the double major in Psychology and Human services from Christian Heritage College in Brisbane Australia and at the year 2014. She finishes her post-graduate studies and was awarded Master of International Relations specializing in Human Right and International Security. Just after her studies, Amer was intrigued to share the educational opportunities with young girls she has left behind, specifically in Kakuma Refugee Camp where she grew up. On the same year, she co-founded a charity organization called Twic East Girl Scholarship Program that aims to provide four years scholarship to Twic East Girls in Kakuma. The program currently has sponsored 8 girls and is due to take another four this ending year as of the coming two years. Beside, Amer is also a social and women empowerment activist as well as a writer. Her aim is to empower more women through education and social change. Her hobbies include reading books and watching Ted Talk shows.wedding card3
  2. The Bridegroom: Makwei Mabioor Deng (Pande Bior, Kongor) is the firstborn to the family of Mr. Mabioor Deng Garang (Pande-Bior, Wut Kongor) and his two beloved wives, Monica Akuol Gak Atem (Pan-Aleu, Abek) and Mary Keji Lado (Rejaf, Bari). Makwei is the firstborn son, in a family of six brothers and four sisters. Living siblings: Makwei has three brothers (Jubai Mabioor Deng, Kuol Mabioor Deng, and Garang Mabioor Deng) and three sisters (Apul Mabioor Deng, Adhieu Mabioor Deng and Abul Mabioor Deng). Deceased siblings: Three brothers (Jubai Mabioor Deng, Chol Mabioor Deng and Deng Mabioor Deng) and one sister (Apul Mabioor Deng) have unfortunately passed away. Education and works: Makwei graduated with a double major in Economics and Philosophy from The George Washington University, Washington D.C, USA, in May 2012 and is currently working as the regional program coordinator, based in Bor, for the USAID-funded VISTAS program, being implemented by AECOM International. He is a writer and an accomplished author of “Who Killed Dr. John Garang”; the editor of the essential speeches and writings of the late SPLM/A leader, Dr. John Garang, published as “The Genius of Dr. John Garang, vol. 1-3”; as well as a co-editor (with Simon Yel Yel) of President Salva Kiir’s speeches before and after independence published as “Salva Kiir Mayaardit: The Joshua of South Sudan.” His first published book is in Dinka language, “Pioocku Thuongjang: The Modern Standard Elementary Dinka.” He is the managing editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB), where he is famously known by his pen-name of “PaanLuel Wël”.Church Wedding and Reception at Freedom Hall

Press Release from IO in Western Bahr el Ghazal


Information on the two IO ministers:

  1. Thon Simon Thok
  2. Dut Abraham Bol

Governor Philip Aguer Appoints IO ministers in Jonglei state

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Condemnation statement on the annexation of Lual, Diing and Geer sections of Gok Community

Why mocking the president, they shud be arrested

September 15, 2017 (SSB) — With due respect, the Youth of Gok Community of Malek County are with certainty vested in courage and all terms possible condemning the recent statement titled: “Declaration of Administrative Road map” authored by amongst others the prime individuals of our society namely, Hon. Gordon Matot Tut, Dr. Brigadier Achol Marial Deng, Hon. Col. Santo Mading Domic.

In their declaration, the trio have tempered with the bond of Gok Community, cutting it at the core disrespectfully and intentionally as a means of fulfilling their agenda of anarchy promotion. The former two of the listed three aren’t from Gok Community whatsoever although they are part of our major society, the Ador. What prompted them to be the lead authors of the said document begs questions.

Had they not been respected leaders, we would have referred to them as agents of discord, which at some point can be of significant relevance. Before furtherance of our condemnation of their declaration, it is our interest that the history is revisited. Gok community is a combination of Dot and Ding sections of the former Amer-Achier and Lang-Matot administrative areas.

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Press Release: Request for the Release of Gen. Paul Malong Awan to go to Kenya to provide DNA for the identification of his deceased daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

By Aweil Community in Kenya

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

Gen Paul Malong and his late daughter, Alakiir Malong Awan

September 10, 2017 (SSB) — On the 2nd of September 2017, an unfortunate incident occurred that caught the attention of the entire nation of Kenya. A Fire gutted Moi Girls’ High School and claimed the lives of nine (9) innocent students. The intensity of the fire left the remains of the bodies of the deceased in an unrecognizable state.

Out of these nine victims who terrifyingly lost their dear lives, one happened to be a South Sudanese citizen; a daughter to South Sudan’s former Chief of General Staffs; Paul Malong Awan. As a community, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of Alakiir Malong Awan.

We, therefore, want to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Gen. Paul Malong, Aweil Community across the globe and the entire nation of South Sudan. We hope and pray that the good Lord will give you strength and rests her soul in eternal peace.

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Nation Mirror newspaper to Resume print publication in Juba


Press Statement: Declaration for the Formation of the Nuer Union for Development (NUD), Nebraska, The United State of America, August 15, 2017

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Dinka and Nuer under one nation, one people

August 18, 2017 (SSB) — We are so grateful to publicly announce to you the birth of Nuer Union for Development (NUD) based in the United States of America and specifically based in the state of Nebraska. We are cognizant that we have Nuer Community Development Services (NCDS), which was supposed to serve the same function as Nuer Union for Development (NUD).

As a result, the members of Nuer Union Development appreciated the services, provided by the NCDS for quite sometimes. However, NUD realizes that the services provided by NCDS were not sufficient enough for the following main reasons:

  • Discrimination from within NCDS’s membership on the basis of members’ socio-political For instance, Nuer members, who happen to have another political affiliation are not afforded the same birthrights as those, who are sole supporters of IO Movement of Dr. Riek Machar;
  • As a result, non-IO Riek’s supporters are not allowed to attend NCDS’s meetings, and if they do, they will be identified in the meeting hall and forcefully removed from the meeting public room;
  • If forgiven to attend, the non-supporters of Machar could not be allowed to voice their opinions on the issues that are a matter to all Nuer family members even though their contributions in the form of monies are collected;
  • Non-supporters of Dr. Riek Machar from NCDS are being bullied, intimidated, and threatened to be hurt if they do not abandon their political choices and pledge their support to Dr. Riek Machar’s Movement by force.

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SRSG Shearer – Regional protection Force – Press Conference (near verbatim)

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The cantonment workshop: “security and inclusivity are a priority for any cantonment operation” in Juba, South Sudan, on November 17, 2016

August 15, 2017 (SSB) — Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning and welcome to the RWANBATT compound here at Tomping.

A number of you have reported over the weekend that the first company of Rwandan soldiers has arrived in Juba as part of the Regional Protection Force deployment.

I’m joined by Brigadier General Jean Mupenzi of Rwanda, who is the Commander of the RPF.

With me too is Brigadier General Kindu Tegegn of Ethiopia, who is the UNMISS Sector-South Commander. I wanted to bring you together and provide a short update on where we are with the RPF.

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Press statement on the release of political prisoners in South Sudan (PDF)


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Forces of July 30th:  The birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior

We, the Forces of July 30th, announce the birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, as an occasion to draw upon the meaning of the continuous struggle against the authoritarian tyranny that wants to tamper with the achievements and unity of our learned people, which formed a consciousness of its own and its national identity, which stands in the way of the policies of ethnic and regional division that will not lead to our weakening.

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Dr. John Garang with Museveni at Rwakitura, hours before the plane crash

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — We, the undersigned, represent a broad sector of the people of South Sudan in its various social, political and civic spheres. In the interest of the future of our country which, stands on the brink of collapse and disintegration. This came as a result of the policies of the military junta which crouched on our people’s peace, prosperity, and stability.

Buttressing the history of our struggle, starting with the resistance of the previous Turkish, passing through the condominium rule, the struggles of our people in which they offered a number of martyrs, bearing in mind our people also led a bitter armed struggle against the successive regimes in Khartoum.

Culminating in this shining record of cohesion and struggle by a historic vote in favor of the establishment of a State of liberty, dignity, and equality, in which it shared the rest of the free peoples of the world.

On the basis of these lofty principles and values, we announce the birth of the 30th of July movement in memory of the martyrdom of the revolutionary leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior, as an occasion to draw upon the meaning of the continuous struggle against the authoritarian tyranny that wants to tamper with the achievements and unity of our learned people, which formed a consciousness of its own and its national identity, which stands in the way of the policies of ethnic and regional division that will not lead to our weakening.

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Press Statement from Maj. Gen. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, SPLM-IO (Riek) Governor for Imatong State

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Thomas Cirilo Swaka, former SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics

July 30, 2017 (SSB) — Warning! General Thomas Cirilo of National Salvation Front for South Sudan is making aggravated mistakes. SPLM IO held the enemy of South Sudan-the Jieng regime, by the horns until other oppositions sprung up. Apparently, there are no any oppositions that can fit in the shoes of IO to challenge the regime.

  1. If IO as an organization finds itself in uncompromising situations and reach a deal with Juba on minimum terms be it in Arusha Agreement or revitalization forum, will the other opposition exist on their own to challenge the regime?

  1. The Bari elders sat in Juba and set Thomas their son to come to join the opposition. By the counsel of Bari intellectuals, he formed NASS in which they constitute the political support based just because Cde Odwar from the Eastern Equatoria is the deputy of the movement replacing Ladu Gore and therefore they don’t like IO. Why must Equatorians from Eastern Equatoria support THOMAS if they can’t support son from eastern Equatoria for example?. If they are not willing to accept other people to lead what gives them legitimate rights to rule others.

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Was Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka an SPLM-IO mole within the government in Juba?

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Thomas Cirilo, SPLA deputy chief of staff for logistics, resigns from the SPLA.jpg

“But also unknown to many, Gen. Cirilo ever since has taken risk to his life by providing us with logistics support, and tactical guidance when he was inside the country,” reveals Gen. John Kenyi Loburon, in his resignation letter from SPLM-IO of Riek Machar and declaration to joining the NAS of Thomas Cirilo, July 28, 2017. Which begets the one-million-dollar-question: Was Gen. Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the gov’t in Juba or is that revelation a mere hyperbole and embellishment from one desperate Gen. John Kenyi Loburon meant to shore up the credentials of, or to seek favors from, Gen. Thomas Cirilo, in anticipation of his arrival, the warmest reception, within the NAS camp?

Was Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the SPLA in Juba

Was Thomas Cirilo an IO mole within the SPLA in Juba?


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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Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

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July 2017 (SSB) —- My name is Amer Mayen Dhieu, A South Sudanese-Australian residing in Australia. Growing up in three different countries has been a marvelous experience that has helped me to acquire a new purpose in life.

My daily inspirations are my mother and myself and my personal life’s goal is to grow wiser and help share the knowledge with those in need.

I have deep passion for girls’ education and I have involved myself advocating for it. My biggest achievement so far is finding my voice and confident to stand strong in the face of all odds.

I am keen to share this with most, if not all, young women out there to help shape the future for upcoming generations of women.

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NAS Press Release: On the Governments Strategy of Peace through War (PDF)


 


Communique of the 58th Extra-Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers on South Sudan


 


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Abel ALier and Philip Aguer picture by Mach Samuel

July 20, 2017 (SSB) — The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensive against SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces near Pagak.

The Pagak offensive is a clear violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir on May 22, and calls into question the government’s commitment to reach peace through the National Dialogue, notwithstanding the sincere efforts undertaken by the leaders of the Steering Committee.

The Troika and EU repeat and endorse the June 12 call by the leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for President Kiir to ensure that his forces respect the unilateral ceasefire, for the armed opposition groups to reciprocate the ceasefire, and for all groups to allow the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need.

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National Civil Rights Alliance, a South Sudanese civil society group, strongly condemns the execution of two underage brothers in Juba, South Sudan

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July 2, 2017 (SSB) — Explanation about the Execution of two underage brothers.

  1. Two brothers, Orenga Tom Goro and his younger brother Ayela Philip Goro were put to death today 27th June 2017 at Juba Central Prison.
  2. The two brothers were brought from Torit, Imatong State after they were convicted of murder in 2015 for killing their uncle.
  3. A family member who brought this information to us from Torit, alleged that the two brothers killed their uncle after they accused him of having a sexual relationship with their sister.
  4. She believed the two were still underage children, a claim which can be very serious and the bases of this press release.

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