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


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.



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.

John Garang, hours before plane crash

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.


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


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?


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.


Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia


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.


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



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.


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.


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


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.”


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


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


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.


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

 Gogrial state

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.


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

jmec chairman festus mogae


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”.


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

Riek and Emma

Riek Machar and Emma McCunne