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National Civil Rights Alliance urges for timely operationalization of the National Dialogue (PDF)


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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

June 19, 2017 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have held a two-day media workshop on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

While opening the workshop yesterday, JMEC Chief of Staff Amb. Berhanu Kebede said, “The media is playing an outstanding role in creating and shaping public opinion and strengthening the political, economic and social basis of any given society. As a fourth pillar of democracy along with the judiciary, executive and legislative, the media today have an all-embracing role to act against injustices and continuously inform citizens of the changes taking place in their respective society.”

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Kuel refugee camp

Gatwech interviewing a woman under her tent in Kule-2 Refugee Camp.JPG

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The exodus of refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan is a humanitarian tragedy that Uganda and other neighboring countries should not bear alone, according to the newly formed World Refugee Council.

The Council called on other nations to share the responsibility for protecting refugees, assisting host communities and providing robust support for next week’s Solidarity Summit on Refugees, jointly organized by the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations and the government of Uganda. (more…)


 JMEC Welcomes Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU)’s progress on Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing

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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

June 15, 2017 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) welcomes preparations being made by the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to advance implementation of critical elements of Transitional Justice in South Sudan.

Mandated by Chapter Five of the Resolution on the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the TGoNU, through the Ministry for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, is required to draft legislation to establish a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, following national consultations.

In December 2016, the Ministry convened a Technical Committee consisting of National Stakeholders including key Civil Society to lead the national consultations, and this week the Technical Committee commenced a sensitisation process to prepare communities in South Sudan and the general public on the consultative process.

At an event in Juba this week, in association with UNDP, Hon. Martinson Mathew Oturomoi, the Deputy Minister for Justice, launched a public awareness program about the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing.

JMEC Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador General Augostino Njoroge, said, “It is very important that the TGoNU maintain these small steps towards the implementation of key ARCSS deliverables. Implementation of Chapter Five (Transitional Justice) has fallen some way behind other Chapters and we are delighted to see that preparations for national consultations on reconciliation and healing are being made. Although it may be a small step, this is a very important step especially given the need to break the cycle of impunity, ensure accountability and contribute to reconciliation and national healing.”

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By South Sudanese Students’ Association in Kenya (SSSAK) and its affiliate leaderships: South Sudanese University and College Students’ Association in Nakuru (SSUCSA-N), and South Sudanese Students’ Union in North Rift & Western Kenya (SSSU NR & WK)

Nimule road carnage

Re: JOINT CONDEMNATION TO THE NIMULE-JUBA ROAD INCIDENCE

June 10, 2017 (SSB) — With tears, grieves and sorrows; South Sudanese students’ leaderships on behalf of the students in Kenya, are sending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the victims who lost their dear lives along Nimule-Juba road on 6th and 8th June, 2017 which took away the lives of many young people including Mabor Abut Mathiang (aka Emma 47) and our beloved sister, Noritah Emanya who was a fourth year student from Kampala International University, Uganda. We are equally sending our condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their innocent souls before through the same route and through Bor-Juba road where the life of our dear brethren including John Chol (aka Johnte) from Moi University (Kenya) among other deceased.

Power struggle robbed us of your sweet souls and knowledge-reserves meant for the development our beloved Country. Juba is becoming the “Golgotha” of South Sudan, anyone leaving or going to Juba on the road seems to be ‘half dead’ before arriving to the destination. Where and how on earth is everyone expected to use the airplane? We are becoming zero class in the Country we fought and voted for! This war robbed us of everything including your lives, economy and our own glory and that is why we are turned the World’s laughing stock.

As students and youths, we feel that we belong to our newly founded tribe called SOUTH SUDAN; we need to speak with one voice against our enemies-the power wrestlers. Therefore, in unison; we condemn the recent killing along the Nimule-Juba road with the strongest terms possible.  It is pathetic, filthy, inhumane, heartless and painful enough to watch anymore in silence. We are touched and psychologically stung by the issues that are bedeviling our Country in our watch especially the target killings of innocent civilians who have no reason to die but supposed to be protected by the government or the opposition supposedly the alternative government as it is in the case of other Countries.

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Condemnation of communal fighting that killed 38 and wounded 56 among Apuk, Aguok and Kuac, as calls for Governor Gregory Deng to step down intensifies

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June 3, 2017 (SSB) — With reference to the aforementioned Subject, we would like to condemn in strongest term possible, the two days deadly communal fighting which affects all communities mentioned above, since 1st and 2nd June 2017.

We kindly ask the national government to intervene because the governor Gregory Deng Kuac and his government of Gogrial State have distrustfully fail to control the escalation of the conflict and abundance communities to kill themselves. And as we are speaking, there is still a fighting in Waragep, lilaguech, Malual Awien, Ameth, Alek, Thonydor,Akach and many other places of Aguok and Apuk.

Lastly, the executive body of Gogrial state and entire youth of Gogrial state plead the President of Republic of South Sudan, H.E. 1st Lt Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to remove Hon. Governor of Gogrial State, Gregory Deng Kuac to end the bloodshed and suffering of our innocent people of Gogrial because his being in governorship is the clear cause of conflicts.

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JMEC: Civil Society voice critical for the realisation of peace in South Sudan

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JMEC CHAIRMAN: “THE ONLY OFFENSIVE SOUTH SUDAN NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS A PEACE OFFENSIVE.”

June 1, 2017 (SSB) — The role of the civil society organisations in the oversight and implementation of the Peace Agreement of South Sudan is critical, the Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Amb. Gen Augostino Njoroge has said.

“As Civil Society, you are the bridge in your society. You are that public space between the state, the market and the ordinary households in which people can constructively debate and tackle all issues of public concern,” he said.

The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) the chairperson said, is the “foundation stone upon which sustainable peace can be built in this country”.

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Dr Riek Machar Teleconference with the UN Security Council (PDF)

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Riek Machar and Emma McCunne


Twic East Community in the USA

Twic East Community in the USA

May 30, 2017 (SSB) — I would like to take this great moment of celebratory to register my vote of thanks and appreciations to Twic East Community in general and in particular my supporters for their hard works to secure a landslide victory in an election that took place on May 20, 2017, Calgary Canada.

It becomes clearer that “landslide victory” was decisive and inclusive trust given to me by the people of Twic East Community in Canada to lead their exceptional community full with unique values and strengths. Given the trust accorded to me, the ball is on my court to ensure that your trusts and confident are guarded and guided to the best of your expectations.

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We’re currently running a campaign for South Sudanese Australians to encourage them to get tested for hepatitis B. To give some background, our campaign features Doctor Garang Dut, who was born in South Sudan and is now a doctor in Australia. Dr Dut is encouraging everyone from the South Sudanese community to talk to their doctor and get tested for hepatitis B

Get tested, hepatitis B can be treated if it_s found early (PDF)


As many as one in 18 South Sudanese Australians have hepatitis B. If left untreated, one in four of these people will develop liver cancer. The good news is that hepatitis B can be treated if it’s found early.

For more information about the campaign please refer to:


By Gai Gok, CUEIBET, GOK STATE

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Gok State Governor relieves and appoints new state government officials

May 15, 2017 (SSB) — Gok state Governor, Madhang Majok Meen, on Saturday this week end has issued an order, relieving state Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Hon. William Manyuon Wantok and Marial Nyuar Meen from the commissionership of the newly created Anyar Nguan County.

Governor also issued another Order, Appointing William Manyon Wantok as the Commissioner of Anyar Nguan County, Gabriel Akot Chirong as political Advisor, Daniel Awet Majuec as Education Minister replacing John Marik Makur, who had resigned earlier January, 2017 due to lack of accountability and Mismanagement of state resources including road renovation by the state Governor, Joseph Maker Mathiang, a former political Advisor and now appointed as Technical Advisor for Economic, Mario Dongrin Bol, Technical Advisor for Health and Apollo Madok Chol, Technical Advisor for  Education and Angelo Mabor named as Director General for the Ministry of Agriculture .

The positions of Ministry for Agriculture and Security Advisory remain vacant and the reason for changes was not cited in the order. The order comes into effect from 13th May, 2017.

The new changes have been received with mixed reactions, some people said that, the governor has undermined power balance, while others are saying that, some are not the technocrats but accommodated for the sake of self-services delivery.

The opinion expressed here is solely the view of the writer. The veracity of any claim made are the responsibility of the author, not PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers (SSB) website. If you want to submit an opinion article or news analysis, please email it to paanluel2011@gmail.com. SSB do reserve the right to edit material before publication. Please include your full name, email address and the country you are writing from.


Communique from Taban-led committee to Jonglei

Communique from Taban-led team to resolve the Dinka-Murle conflict


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Chelsea Clinton, the Vice President for Clinton’s foundation presenting the Voices of Courage Award to Malual Bol Kiir

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — The 2017 Voices of Courage award has been awarded to Malual Bol Kir, Malual who is the founder of the African Youth Action Network (AYAN), a NGO that helps the refugees and bring the youth together to reach their top potential and work together as agents of peace and positive change

Since 2015, AYAN has been working with UNHCR to reach out to other NGOs and help to bridge the gap between national youth and the youth from the refugee communities, and recruit other young people to work together as agents of peace and conflict prevention. So far AYAN has reached to over 2000 youth from the communities.

At the age of 23, Malual spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array conflict, massacre and of human rights abuses in south Sudan. What he believes inspires him to work for peace and refugees.

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President Salva Kiir Mayardit today briefed the public on the Removal of General Paul Malong Awan from his Position as Chief of General Staff of the SPLA

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My Fellow citizens, ladies and gentleman

May 12, 2017 (SSB) — On Tuesday, May 9th, I issued Republican Decree No. 76/2017 for the relief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army Chief of General Staff, General Paul Malong Awan. I also Issued Republican Decree No. 77/2017 appointing General James Ajongo Mawut as His successor.

Since the inception of our liberation movement, we have had six army Chiefs of General Staff that have served the SPLA. It is a routine procedure for the commander in chief to make changes to the national army based on the current needs. I take this opportunity to wish the new chief of Staff, General James Ajonga success in his new assignment.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to commend General Paul Malong Awan for his valiant service to the people of South Sudan in a number of important roles. He dedicated his life to the liberation of South Sudan and remains, as one of our most senior generals and his vast experience in necessary as we continue to develop our country.

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The position paper that was handed over to 1st VP Taban Deng Ghai by the members of the Greater Bor Dinka community 

Position Paper of the Greater Bor Dinka community on the current conflict caused by Murle cattle raiders and child abductors in Jonglei state (PDF)

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Five people have been brutally murdered and three others injured in fresh cattle raid in Jalle Payam of Bor County. Over 3,000 herds of cattle were looted when 900 armed youth from Murle attacked Jalle Payam. 2,000 cattle have been recovered meanwhile 1,000 more have been lost to the raiders. The survivors who sustained critical injuries being healed at Bor state hospital include Mr. Akech Ajak with 4 gun shoots wounds, 93 year old woman-Awel Deng Anyuon, and Kok Ajith Manyiel.

Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle

R.I.P Mayen Yong Jok, killed in Jalle in 2015 by the Murle cattle raiders


World Press Freedom Day: “Freedom of the press critical in building peace and the promotion of national cohesion”

Isaiah Abraham

May 3, 2017 (SSB) — As the world marks this year’s World Press Freedom Day today (May 3), the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Deputy Chair Amb Gen. Augostino Njoroge has called for an end of the crackdown on journalists and the protection of fundamental principles of press freedom in South Sudan.

Amb Gen. Njoroge said, in conflict situations as it is in South Sudan, free, objective and neutral media can help promote peace, enhance National Dialogue and counter hate speech that would otherwise tear the fragile country apart and plunge it into further conflict.

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Deng De Tiordit De Deng’s Platform for Twic Canada Community Election: Design + Deliver = Development

For Immediate Release, May 1, 2017

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Deng De Tiordit

May 2, 2017 (SSB) — It is a great honor and privilege to submit my formal application for the Twic Canada Community presidency for an election scheduled to take place on May 20, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am applying for community leadership with unquestioned leadership skills and community experiences that I had acquired when I was the Chairman of current Jonglei State’s Counties; Duk, Bor & Twic in Calgary.

I would like to make a point that community is not a government or private company where programs are budgeted. I say this because I have seen other candidates proposing unrealistic programs, forgetting that we are a non-profit cultural community organization.

I would like to inform Twic community members that when elected 90% of my work will be in Canada and 10% back home. For the front back home, I will collaborate with Twic community leaderships in Diasporas when elected.

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AU calls on South Sudanese warring parties to ceasefire Immediately (PDF)


Press Statement from Kosti Manibe Ngai on the reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee (PDF)


Presidential Decree: The Reconstitution of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, 26 April 2017 (PDF)


Press Statement from Mama Rebecca Nyandeng

Press Statement from Mama Rebecca Nyandeng


Press statement by Uru Agei Dut, Nairobi, Kenya

April 28, 2017 (SSB) — Tonj South community in Nairobi Kenya under the leadership of Mathew Dhal Gor Dhal, mourned Mayik Deng Mayik. He was sick and unfortunately he passed away this Thursday while under medications in Coptic hospital, Nairobi Kenya.

Mayik Deng Mayik departure came about after short illness that he was treating in Cairo, Egypt and recently to Nairobi, Kenya under referral that was said to be in simple condition according to cardiovascular of Nairobi hospital Dr. Adwork.

In every physician statements, Mayik Deng Mayik, doesn’t have any suffering. He just lack blood and in case of any remedy done, he may just walk fine, as he was to resumes his wellness and occupation he was assigned to as a secretary in the office of commissioner of Tonj South County.

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