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By Simon Deng Kuol Deng, New York, USA

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December 19, 2016 (SSB) —- In the first political philosophy part one, I have emphasized that my political philosophy is rooted on high degrees of believing that God has created humans with the rights and responsibility to recognize the necessity of having kind of nation state and government as the repository of the power aimed at protecting their common interests (P.1). Humans used to distinguish the functions of the nation state and government as the functions of public affairs, which means that, they recognize themselves as the possessors of the nation state and government (Deng, 2016).

Furthermore, humans recognize the offices of the nation state and government as the public offices in which they have rights to delegate individuals who may be interested in doing the public works for consent fixed periods of time for the purposes of providing humans’ legal needs such as law and order, security needs such as national defense, economy needs such as trade and employment, and social needs such as health care and education (P.1).

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By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan

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November 29 2016 (SSB) —- It is generally agreed that the wealthiest continent in the world is Africa but the same continent harbors the poorest people that have to beg for sustenance with their children on television. The irony lays with the wealth Africa gives away in exchange for finished products and services coming from outside. That is, trading gold for mirrors.

We need to compare what progress we made when we had foreign exchange control and what rotten goods we buy since it was lifted. It cannot all be the fault of our leaders alone since they are a manifestation of the greed and corruption in our communities. But all we do is passing blame to leaders as if they are not pandering to our praises, accommodations and indulgence. No matter what we say at beer parlors, they have not change. It is what we practice and hold them up to. We all look up to foreign currencies, but only a few can afford them.

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By William Abur, Melbourne, Australia

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July 31, 2016 (SSB) —  I’m writing this piece of advice to my own South Sudanese people in Diaspora and particularly in Australia. People can take it or leave it, it is an intellectual advice. I’m pointing out the few problems that are sitting with us in Australia as community and lack of considerable of some good values in our culture as South Sudanese people.

It is about maintaining your own culture, values, and moral as people from the South Sudan. We had witnessed incredible and difficulties in our lives, but we also had witnessed incredible opportunities in our lives as individuals and as the community at large.

Our people migrated to a different part of the world, including Australia, a country where I’m living in as I’m writing this piece of message. There is what called freedom in Australia, a freedom which we literately mistake understood because we were misinformed by the people who were providing services for us.

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SSSAK LETTER (PDF)


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!

By Amer Mayen Dhieu

realwomen

We haven’t close the gap yet but unlike yesterday, our today women have tried their level best. Few have succeeded in education, businesses and few have found a voice. Yet, there are a lot of women that are still struggling to find voice, some are yet to take up the challenges while some are struggling with fears of rejection and insecurities.

To help empower, influence, inspire these women, I am currently looking for both men and women who are interested in women’s empowerment to play their role by sharing their success stories, views and personal development stories and other social topics that can help these women to realise their potential dream ahead on REAL WOMAN MAGAZINE.

Hard copies of the Real Woman Magazine are in Juba, South Sudan. The magazine comes out once a month. For more info about the printed copies and the magazine, contact Aleko Aguer

Nevertheless unlike power sharing strategy in South Sudan where women are given ONLY 25% and men with 75%, This magazine is 75% women and 25% men in case you have woman-friend that might be interested.

You can forward expression of interest to me through inbox. If you know any woman that I should interview for this purpose please let me know ASAP


Amnesty International UK: Press Release
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2015

SUDAN: INTELLIGENCE SERVICES HOLDING TWO CHURCH LEADERS IN SECRET DETENTION

Amnesty International is urging the authorities in Sudan to disclose the whereabouts of two church leaders who were arrested by the country’s National Intelligence and Security Service in Khartoum last December and January.

Both Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Yen – of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church – are being detained incommunicado, in an unknown location without access to their families or lawyers and are at risk of torture or ill-treatment.

Pastor Yat Michael
Reverend Yat Michael, a pastor from South Sudan was visiting Khartoum when he was taken into custody on Sunday 21 December. He had been preaching that morning, at the Khartoum North Church of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. After the service, several men who identified themselves as Sudanese government security officers demanded that Reverend Yat come with them. They took him away without giving further explanation. The next day, the security forces went to Reverend Yat’s home and took some of his clothes and personal belongings. They informed his wife that he was being held in relation to an ongoing investigation but did not reveal any further details about the investigation, whether the reverend was under arrest and what the charges were.

Pastor Peter Yen
Reverend Peter Yen, another South Sudanese pastor who was visiting Khartoum, was arrested on 11 January when he responded to summons to report to an office of the security services. It appears that his arrest and detention is linked to a letter he delivered to the Religious Affairs Office in Khartoum inquiring about Reverend Yat’s arrest. Pastor Yat’s wife and his family have been trying unsuccessfully to find out where he is being held. They have not had any access to him since his arrest. The family of Reverend Yen has also not seen or spoken to him since he was taken into custody.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

“The longer these two men are held in a secret location, the greater the risk of them being tortured. To date, absolutely no charge has been brought against these two church leaders.  The authorities in Sudan must make reveal the location of these two men as soon as possible, and either charge them with a recognisable criminal offence or release them immediately.”

ENDS
To arrange an interview, or for more information, please contact Amnesty International UK’s press team
Eulette Ewart 020 7033 1548, eulette.ewart@amnesty.org.uk
Out of office hours: 07721 398 984, www.amnesty.org.uk/news  


Something has gone a miss among South Sudanese. Something terrible such that the bonds of decency in our cultural tapestry and heritage have ruptured. The South Sudanese society is reeling as acts of trauma manifest themselves in savagery not known to us. People are really traumatised from the leadership at home and in diaspora to everyday individuals at home and in diaspora too. There is too much venom from one person threatening to “rape to death” to others hurling abuse because of political differences.

Recently, Tearz Ayuen wrote an article in his typical style castigating the negative role played by Rebecca Nyandeng Chol Atem, the widow of the late Dr. John following massacre of Nuer civilians in Juba. However, in his attempt to show that Nyandeng has little support Tearz invertible implied that her supporters were Twic East which many read to mean supporters of Riek by extension and in the process the message was lost in translation. For some reason (feminist solidarity – my understanding based on her writings or whatever) known only to herself, Amer Mayen Dhieu wrote a furious response. In my view, an over the top response that was characterised by abuse of Bor community especially of Michael Makuei. I also found the allusion that Riek’s White Army should have attacked “Barkazeel” a bit distasteful and not different to Tearz view that “Tuei” are supporters of Nyandeng and by extension of the rebellion. It is all self defeating as both arguments are devoid of substantial logic.

However, I have little interest in debating communities or whatever, it is akin to intellectual vigilantism on a clan level – something abominable. Nor do I want to debate Tearz or Amer on their current subject of discussion. My problem in this Tearz-Amer debate pertains to the cheering fans and the faceless commentators, especially the reaction to Amer’s article. The reaction of some few people and their commentary is disturbing to say the least. Some individuals clearly need a visit from the High Priest of Logic, Decency, and Manners.

Abusing Amer because she is a female and perceiving that as a weakness or dragging her personal life into a public debate is a low act especially when she has not interacted with these abusive individuals beyond the screen of some smart device. Name calling doesn’t killed! Well, the kind of wasaka Amer has been subjected to is not normal, uncalled for and undeserved. It ruins people’s reputations especially when unfounded allegations are made and perpetuated by unscrupulous individuals. Calling someone a prostituted because she was engaged to someone and it didn’t work out says a lot about you rather than the person you are accusing.

Amer can be criticised, fair enough, however do it on logic and especially in relation to what she has written and not what you heard or think she should be as “Dinka woman”.

Get out of the cave and get a life.


By Lam Wuor 

TO: UNCHR Canada, Calgary Chapter
Associate Executive Officer: Rada Krnjaja-Howe

The purpose of this letter is to address the recent misuse of the name of the South Sudanese Association in Calgary in an unsanctioned March 24, 2014 rally in downtown Calgary. This rally was against the UNMISS operations in South Sudan. The views expressed in this protest do not reflect the views of the South Sudanese Association in Calgary, but rather the misuse of the name of our association by individuals of the Dinka nationality supporting the ongoing genocide of Nuer civilians in South Sudan.

We the South Sudanese Association in Calgary wish to express our deepest gratitude to the UNMISS and UNCHR for their operations in our native South Sudan. UN food aid, education, and resettlement programs have helped save and improve the lives of countless thousands. Since the December 15, 2013 wave of ethnic cleansing began, UNMISS compounds in the capitals of Unity State, Upper Nile, and Jongeli: Bentiu, Malakal, Juba and Bor, have served as the sole refuge for civilians fleeing government sponsored door to door raids on the Nuer ethnicity. To date an estimated 6,500 men, women and children have lost their lives. Outside UMISS walls Nuer civilians have been subject to firing squads. Many of these individuals were distinguished professionals: Civil Servants, Jurists, and Doctors. Among them, University of Calgary graduate Doctors without Borders MD, Dr. Thomas Lul, killed February 13, 2014 in a government sponsored raid. Sadly, his death has been incorrectly reported as a casualty of crossfire by South Sudan state sponsored media.

As of January 31st an estimated 84,000 civilians have taken shelter in UNMISS compounds across the country. That number is set to grow as fighting continues. What is more, as a result of the prolonged fighting, US Aide estimates 695,000 people have been displaced and a famine for the 2014 year now looms over the affected Nuer areas of Unity and Uppernile State as farmers cannot plant. In the ongoing genocide, the presence of the UNMISS is vital to the preservation of human life in South Sudan. However, Canada has been activity involved with the United Nations since its establishment in 1945. Since then Canadian peacekeepers have contributed in almost every particular peacekeeping task. However, the role of Canadian diplomacy was to bring peace and solidity between combatant nations. In case of south Sudan now Canada’s role in the United Nations is slowly while their involved into south Sudan settlement is highly needed.

We sincerely thank you for your organization’s presence in South Sudan and encourage your organization to strengthen current operations to the goal of preserving and improving the lives of the South Sudanese people.

Sincerely,

Lam Wuor

The author is deputy Secretary of the South Sudanese Community in Calgary and graduate from faculty of sociology at Mourn Royal University


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Report on the trial of G4 in South Sudan

Makuei Kuir Biar is a member of the public who attended Court proceeding in Juba South Sudan where the four politicians are on trial on charges of treasons. This court came as a result of the December Juba crisis which was termed as a coup by the Government but disputed by the opposition as deliberate attempts by the Government in order to suppress the rest of political organisations.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327834/t/Report-on-the-trial-of-G4-in-South-Sudan/in/english#undefined.gbpl

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Akutë kɔc ke dhetem jam në kake Panë Junup Thudän

Participants: Deng Duot Bior, Amer Mayen Dhieu, Deng Mayom Lueth, Mangok, and Adut Anthony dharuai

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327830/t/The-forum-of-6

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Interview with Dr Luka Biong Deng

BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America has signed an executive order that will allow the congress and his Government to impose sanctions to individual South Sudanese who are believed to have perpetuated the violence or wanted to promote violence across the country, These conditions will apply to all parties involves in the fighting.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327846/t/Interview-with-Dr-Luka-Biong-Deng/in/english

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Interview with Atem Yaak Atem

Atem Yak Atem is a former Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting in Republic of South Sudan, a professional journalist who has served in various high profile positions Sudan Government, Sudanese People Liberation Movement and freelance writer for various newspapers.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327842/t/Interview-with-Atem-Yaak-Atem/in/english


By Lam Jok Wai

Dear all,

I am informing everyone that the groups that called themselves South Sudanese Community Association who held a rally today on March 24, 2014 in Calgary are not members of such an organization. In reality, these are groups of Dinka community who sent out a demonstration letter rallying against the present of United Nations in south Sudan. South Sudanese Community Association in Calgary did not and has not agreed to conduct a rally regarding the misconduct of UNIMISS presence in South Sudan.

Therefore, the misuse of community name (South Sudanese Community Association) should be treated as fake and illegal that violates the community norms. Instead, those carry rally against the presence of UNIMISS presence in South Sudan should have better call their organization Dinka Community Association in Calgary. UNIMMISS has saved tens of thousands of lives in South Sudan and accusing UN’s body is a crime itself. I believe these people have no cause to demonstrate about but only to scapegoat UNIMISS due to their support to Kiir’s government, instead for community to assist in facilitating all meetings to insure mutual respect is maintained and all issues are discussed in a democratic and mutually respectful fashion.

Therefore, occupy the capital is nation juba strives to be a self-policing community, we recognize that we cannot take away the right of any individual within our community. Moreover, Violence sustained in South Sudan continues a bloody conflict that exploded on December 15. By President Salva Kiir are saying an attempted coup by supporters of Kiir’s rival, former vice-president Riek Machar, is to blame. Human Rights Watch reported that civilians were being killed for ethnic reasons alone ethnic groups the Nuer, were being targeted through flat genocide that was imposed by President himself , Its wasn’t secret Kiir did kill many Nuer with false coup attempt as alleged by him and his followers in the government, however, I am South Sudanese native now living in Calgary and everyone among the South Sudanese community knew that kiir will waged the war that would follow tribal lines that has resulting into civilians ethnic cleansing bases on their backgrounds, especially the Nuer finished in Juba .

The world’s newest nation which gained its freedom from Sudan on July 9, 2011 after years of war is nowadays in the midst of chaos or disorder, with an estimated 1500,000 people displaced and as many as 170,000 killed, from the Nuer tribe alone, according to the International Crisis Group. Therefore, President Kiir (who is Dinka) made widespread of violent against Machar (who is Nuer) warning Kiir for moving towards a dictatorship and Machar was calling for meaningful democratic system that could come through leadership reform. Whatever unity was being made by well-intentioned people seems to be rapidly disintegrating and this is deeply disappointing to many South Sudanese and their friends everywhere.

Therefore, I escaped Sudan years ago during its bloody civil war now living in Calgary and planning to go back home to help my people, I have relatives some of the were killed because they were the Nuer ethnic group. Absolutely, but first South Sudan needs to see the institutionalization of a true, participatory and fair democracy supported by rule of law. This is where the United Nations might play a major role. However, South Sudan as well as the world’s third-largest South Sudanese diaspora population, which we calls Calgary second home, unfortunately, these group of Dinka has made up fake organization called South Sudanese association which is not for them alone and how can one tribe called themselves South Sudan with intention of self-interest to spoiled the names of others ?

No south Sudanese community had agreed to protest against UNMISS presence in south Sudan. their objective was to block the promotion of humanitarian aid and the institution of true sustainable democracy and development in South Sudan; their aim of demonstration is to promote violent against humanity because the president come from their tribe Dinka while others south Sudanese need peaceful relations and community development, in the face of rising tensions, within the many South Sudanese communities here in Calgary. This is very disturbing move and unfaithful collaborating with tribal minded in support to kiir to promote violent in south Sudan where no neutral organization like UNIMISS will know their wrong doings the Nuer that were lockup in UNMISS.

We need UN to stay in the country to deliver their service and Development for the IDP, for their hardworking of providing emergency shelters and relief support for this extended crisis. We all know that majority of IDPs under UNMISS protection both Dinka and the Nuer, but Dinkas who dominated government does not want any Nuer alive in the South Sudan because of Dinka power greediness and selfishness attitude. The demonstration staged in Calgary reflected the government attitude against UNMISS forces. However, as member and executive figure in south Sudanese community Calgary, Canada we want UNMISS forces and representatives to continue doing their humanitarian activities regardless of who found safety with them.

All our displaced people find protection and sustenance from the UN and not from them who want UN out of the land which does not belong to them alone. They want UNMISS out because they don’t care about the innocent people affected by what they don’t understand. Those who are protested supporting the killing, preleased spreads through the media that south Sudanese community in Calgary are against UNMISS is not true, many southsusanese here were shock and were anger because those who protested were Dinka community particularly warrap kiir is home town .

Unfortunately, warrap community celebrated the Massacre the Nuer which they called a victory of failed coup; obviously, south Sudan under warrap leadership will not be stable state since they were against peace in south Sudan.

Thanks
Lam Jok Wai
Author is deputy Secretary General of South Sudanese Community Association in Calgary


The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), at its 15th Extra-Ordinary Session held from 7 – 14 March 2014 in Banjul, The Gambia:

Recalling its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights pursuant to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

Further recalling that one of the objectives of the African Union,  as stipulated in Article 3(f) of its Constitutive Act, is to promote peace, security, and stability in the continent;

Taking cognisance of Article 23 of the African Charter which also provides for the right of all peoples’ to national and international peace and security;

Bearing in mind that South Sudan is a Member State of the African Union and signatory to the African Charter;

Commending the efforts made by the African Union to promote dialogue among the various parties towards achieving peace, security and political stability in the Republic of South Sudan;

 Concerned about recent developments in South Sudan, which have massive implications on regional peace, security and stability;

Further concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the situation in South Sudan;

Alarmed with reports of serious and massive human rights violations, including the extra-judicial killing of civilians and captured soldiers, massive displacements and arbitrary detentions, mostly on ethnic grounds;

Bearing in mind the attacks against the civilian population, and the discovery of mass graves in some parts of the country;

Denouncing the acts of warring factions against innocent civilians, contrary to basic regional and international human rights standards;

Welcoming the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in South Sudan and make recommendations on the best ways and means to ensure accountability and reconciliation among all South Sudanese communities;

Stressing the need for South Sudan to cooperate with the African Union Commission of Inquiry to identify perpetrators of the atrocities and hold them accountable, in line with the African Union’s firm commitment to fight impunity;

Noting the significance of effective redress for victims of human rights violations, not only at the domestic level, but also the regional and international level to end impunity;

Concerned by South Sudan’s delay in ratifying and thereafter domesticating the African Charter as well as other fundamental human rights instruments, which provide avenues of redress for victims of human rights violations;

The Commission:

Strongly condemns the attacks on the civilian population perpetrated by the parties to the conflict; 

Requests the Government of South Sudan to ensure the full protection of the civilian population;

Calls on all parties to immediately halt the violence, peacefully resolve their differences and follow through on peace agreements;

Calls on the Government of South Sudan to ensure that perpetrators of the human rights violations are held accountable for their actions 

Urges the Government of South Sudan to cooperate with the African Union Commission of Inquiry; and

Calls on the Government of South Sudan to immediately ratify and domesticate the African Charter and other fundamental human rights instruments.

Done in Banjul, The Gambia on 14 March 2014


On February 18th, IPI hosted a policy forum that focused on the recent crisis in South Sudan and the ongoing initiatives to bring security and sustainable peace back to the new country.

The event was chaired by IPI Senior Adviser, John L. Hirsch.


Arizona Secretariat Executive office, USA
 
                                        Press releaseDeclaration of switching support from SPLM led government to SPLM- In Opposition 
    Hello fellow SPLM comrades in great state of Arizona and Diaspora’ at large. We are here to make it public that, we are not any longer supporting the SPLM Chapter led by Kiir Mayardit. We have switched our moral support behind the SPLM- in Opposition who has both political and military wings, fighting for freedoms and the formation of real democratic state in our beloved nation, the Republic of South Sudan. The fact is that, our party, the SPLM led by Cde. Salva Kiir Mayardiit has abandoned the core value in which this organization, the SPLM was formed and fought for from 1983 to Dec 15, 2013. Kiir is not anymore seen as Republic of South Sudan president, but a tribal repressive in South Sudan palace! When we were in the bush, we fought together as comrades, but after attaining our Independence, our party chairman; comrade Salva Kiir Mayardiit has made our historical moment, the SPLM as a family business in which the decision making like government appointments were shifted from the party think tanks (SPLM leadership) to regional bloc in which ethnic lobbies play great roles. Where on earth, the democratically elected president can have his own tribal armies and abandoned the national army the SPLA? Juba is now run by Warrap’s Republican Guards and Ugandan Mercenaries and the SPLA as South Sudan’s national army becomes nothing as all chains of the commands in the armies have transferred to Ugandan troops and they are the ones leading the country.
That Kiir Myardit’s leadership style has killed the SPLM as a party in all 10 states of the South Sudan and Arizona in Diaspora which was the SPLM’s stronghold is affected the most. Arizona in USA is the SPLM stronghold and with Cde. Kiir’s poor leadership, we backed off supporting his leadership and switched our support to the reformists (SPLM In Opposition) whom some are now in jail in Juba for call of democracy, others are made hostage in foreign country(Kenya) and others has led the rebellions and battling the government forces and foreign troop in which Ugandan mercenaries are part. Kiir Mayardit as SPLM chairman has made the party functions paralysis and loss the direction and the vision. When we were in the bush, we fought collectively as South Sudanese hoping that, once day when we get our independence, we will build a nation that would be freed from corruptions, tribalism, nepotisms and dictatorships. However, none of the above mentioned elements were neither eradicated, but were promoted under the leadership of comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit. After the tragic death of the SPLM’s eternal leader and one of the founder father of the people’s party; Dr. John Garang De Mabior, Salva Kiir Mayardiit as Dr. John’s successor accidently got into power and the SPLM becomes visionless and slowly dies out as the party becomes too corrupts and a tribal entity .
    The expressions and declarations by three SPLM comrades such as Dr. Riek Machar, Rebecca Nyandeng and Pagan Amum to run for the SPLM party’s chairmanship could have been seen as threat by SPLM Chairman Kiir Mayardiita and as such, he puts country into abyss. Because of the declaration of three candidates above to run for party ticket, the SPLM convention that would have been kicked off since May/2013 and elected the new chairman which would have been the SPLM flag bearer to contest for South Sudan’s presidency in the first general elections, coming 2015, was delayed until Dec 15, 2013 in which the South Sudan future becomes another Syria. According to comrade and a respected mother, Rebecca Nyandeng Garang’s quote during Dec 6, 2013 SPLM press conference, she said; “when we were in the bush, we fought for democracy, but after attaining our Independence, people tried to talk about the animal called democracy, but some comrades started running away from that animal”. What is wrong comrades; is that not the same democracies we were fought for decades that has now turned to be the stranger animal we scare and run away, Rebecca Garang alluded. I believe, it would be nice for Mr. Kiir Mayardit to explain and give us answer about that kind of animal (democracy) that has become a stranger and killed10,000 people and made almost 1million people leave the country. Because of Kiir Mayardiit’s fail leadership, SPLM as a party has loss vision & direction and at last, Kiir made a coup to get rid of his political opponents and that was what had caused Dec 15, 2013. As such, Salva Kiir has failed the SPLM party members and so do the people of South Sudan whose their expectations were very high when gaining our independent hoping that, basic services would be delivered. Now, South Sudan as a nation is ranked the fourth fail states according to 2013 world report and after this crisis Somalia would be better than us if Kiir insisted to stays in power.
    Since the SPLM/A was formed in 1983, it was arduous journey for us as comrades and fought a successive war against our former colony, the Sudan until the SPLM and NCP as parties signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 and later attainted our political goal, the Self-Determination for the people of South Sudan through international community supervised referendum and declared our independence in July 9, 2011. The SPLM as a party led by Kiir Mayardiit is not any more under the core principles of governing using the rule of laws which is democracies, in lieu; it has been in contrary in which Kiir Mayardiit was promoting a dictatorship tendencies through being ill advised by Ugandan Dictator, Yuweri Museveni as their dealt was to extend dictatorial leadership to peripherals part of East Africa and South Sudan is the most started field to impose doctorial tendencies. The SPLM; led by Cde. Kiir Mayardiit has loss its governing principles and becomes a party not amenable and intolerant to challenges. As I have served the people of this great state of Arizona as their SPLM Chapter’s General Sectary for 6 years, it’s my political choice as a leader together with party supporters in Arizona to declare that, we have switched our political support from SPLM led government to SPLM in Opposition, served by Dr. Riek Machar, Rebecca Nyandeng Garang and the detained SPLM leaders who are illegally put in detentions by South Sudan’s new dictator.
    Above all, our SPLM party led by Salva Kiir is not any more attractive to the citizens of South Sudan after Kiir declared war against its own people during Dec 15, 2013 in which one tribe’s civilians were massacred in Juba by Kiir’s tribal guards. As such; I have been chosen by the people of Arizona to be their Chairman for SPLM in Opposition and in the meantime, I am entitled to works as a Head SPLM in Opposition’s Secretariats in the US until the party leadership comes together and elect the US’ Secretariats Leadership. There is no way an organization that has failed at the top leadership would be organized and function effectively at the lower branches. That is impossible and would not work! How would the secretariats adopt the principle of democracy while the Chairman of the party has introduced dictatorial tendencies at the highest party organs by issuing unconstitutional decrees by firing elected SPLM governors, dissolving the SPLM party structures which were officially elected by the people in May, 2008? Kiir has bizarrely failed us and deserves to go home to Warrap and looks after his cattle that he has bought with corrupt money, $ million dollars that suppose to have been delivered to the poor people of South Sudan who have never tasted the dividends of having Independence.
    NB. We are here to urge all comrades and colleagues in Diaspora and beyond to abandon the SPLM led by Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardiit and switch to SPLM-In Opposition led by Dr. Riek Machar together with SPLM leaders whose 7 had been partially released and 4 still in detention. We the Arizona SPLM Chapter would like to urge all the SPLM Chapters in the United States and beyond to give full support to the SPLM in Opposition who have both political and military wings.
My fellow comrardes, thank you.
Bol Dey Loal,
 
The Chairman,
For Arizona Chapter, the SPLM- In Opposition and Head of SPLM-Opposition, the USA Secretariats
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Former General Secretary for Arizona’s SPLM Chapter.
 
For immediate contact, you can reach us at: diasporarecruitment@yahoo.com

We Want Peace, Not War in South Sudan
By Daughters of South Sudan in Sisterhood for Peace
January 9, 2014
To: H. E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
Republic of South Sudan
To: Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Deputy Chairperson
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Party
Dear President Kiir and Dr. Machar,
It is with profound sadness that we learned of the recent hostilities among our people in our young beloved country. We, the daughters of South Sudan in the Sisterhood for Peace Network, are concerned about the violence that has claimed so many innocent lives. We are once again reminded of our painful past history during which our people underwent unfathomable suffering, a reason why we opted for independence. The conflict has also left many people wounded and displaced without basic amenities. We are concerned that many precious lives will be wasted especially those of vulnerable women, children, and elderly and particularly the young people who are already fighting. Lest you forget, we are writing to remind you of that long journey to freedom that paved the path for our independence where many souls paid the ultimate price.  We are here to tell you that PEACE is the precious commodity the people of South Sudan so need now, not tomorrow.
The conflict that broke out on December 15, 2013 is spreading throughout the country and has already affected all South Sudanese regardless of our, tribe, region, religion, or gender. Once again, we are witnessing the same horrors that our country experienced during the previous decades of wars. After less than three years of independence, we feel like we are back to square one in war again.
President Kiir and Dr. Machar, we call upon you as our esteemed leaders to save our country from further senseless violence. Our people have endured enough. Our citizens hope to invest in rebuilding their lives, but many are now dying from bullets of war, and preventable diseases and hunger caused directly by the bullets.  We are equally hurt to see our own brothers pointing lethal weapons against one another, which imposes another dreadful trauma on our mothers and children and all the nation.
We, the women of South Sudan at home and in the Diaspora, will not watch silently as our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters suffer this way. We stand for peace and unity among our people. We demand an end to the violence, especially all acts of violence against civilians. We call for the implementation of reconciliation processes to bring healing to those physically, emotionally and spiritually wounded.
We applaud the efforts underway in Addis Ababa to negotiate a meaningful peace agreement. We ask both sides to make earnest efforts to reach a compromise and bring an end to the suffering of our people. Once again, we are observing the lack of women at the peace talks. Women are always the innocent victims of such conflicts and should therefore be part of the resolution. We urge you to abide by the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on women, peace and security, affirm our commitment to work for sustainable peace and justice in our country ensure the vital role of women’s voices at the peace table.
We request the following as the negotiations continue in Addis Ababa:
  •  Establish and enforce an immediate ceasefire between opposing forces.
  •  Restore security and guarantee the protection of civilians.
  • Prioritize humanitarian access to displaced persons in the camps with protection for those who work with the displaced communities.
  •  Ensure that women are included at the negotiation table.
  • Ensure the participation of members of civil society at the peace negotiations.

We believe in your ability to stop the killings and restore sustainable peace in the country and hope you will stop the military solution in order to end the hostilities for peace to exist among us. May God bless your efforts to bringing permanent peace to our people and nation.

Sincerely,

Daughters of South Sudan

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South Sudan Plummets into Atrocious Civil War with itself

-Australia Country SPLM Chapters- 

President Salva Kiir government of South Sudan is exceedingly losing control over management of the country and the looming civil mayhems between the Dinka majority mostly loyal to president Kiir, and Nuer second majority mostly loyal to former vice-president Dr Riek Machar.

The South Sudanese people had been very inquisitive and nerve-wracking with the President Kiir’s government and entire managements of the country resources, the alarming deaths of civilians and endemic insecurity, which shook the world in mainly Jonglei state and the rest states in the last two years. The virulent corruption among government officials, and deceptive practices that nurture tribalism and nepotism, and the unhappiness and disagreement within the SPLM party, the party loyalists and army officers and mainly the obvious disagreement between President Kiir and former vice-president Dr Riek Machar on the constitutional powers of the president, and the over policy structures and directions of government, which led to the sacking of entire cabinet, including dismissing Vice-president Dr Riek Machar and other prominent executive members of the SPLM party and the National Liberation Council (NLC) which oversees SPLM party policy structures and future directions of the government

The South Sudanese people got their independence at last after they fought the longest and devastating civil war in history. Since South Sudanese got separated from brutal regime of Umar Hassan Bisher of north Sudan, the people of South Sudan have high hope for peace, stability and begin to build their own lives once; and expect the government to set the precedent of building infrastructure, provide health, education, security and promote growth and development in human and resource sectors to all South Sudanese regardless of ethnicity, religion and political affiliations

The current crisis in South Sudan was triggered by the current government led by President Salva Kiir. The current government has managed the crisis very poorly and naively, and persistently sabotaged the status qua and the capacity of Dr Riek Machar and his SPLM team of former ministers and Party senior executives. The government of President Kiir failed to see the weight of the crisis and how detrimental it could become, if not handle properly, but the South Sudanese people new, if the government failed to manage and resolve the crisis within the SPLM party, there would be dire upheavals in the country; on the other hand, Dr Riek Machar was increasing gaining confidence from the South Sudanese people that he might bring hope to the people than the current situations, but Dr Riek Mashar and his team, it didn’t cross their thoughts that the political crisis might turn into tribally fuelled political crisis because he led a team comprising of all south Sudanese, including Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Dinka by tribe and a wife of the leader of SPLM/A, founder of South Sudan and architect of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which granted South Sudanese their independence  late Dr John Garang de Mabior, is among the team led by Dr Riek Machar;  neither the Nuer nor Dinka in Juba, Bortown or Jonglei, Unity or Upper Nile states,  had any concerns that the political crisis in Juba would come haunt and slain them in their homes.

On the night of Dec 16th 2013, the government released a press stating alleged coup from the forces within the South Sudan army loyal to Dr Riek Machar, attempted the coup but failed and the government forces loyal to President kiir has taken the control, and members of Dr Riek Machar’s political camp had been arrested, and there was no further resolution,

However, the public outcry in the same week intensified and the UN reported over 10000 civilians, who are Nuer by tribe ran for their lives into the UN site for protection in Juba, and the alleged report that the president Kiir’s guards targeted the Nuer people in Juba, and that led to anxiety among all Nuer in all corners of the South Sudan and in the army, and turned against Dinka and started revenge killing, and whole chaos in the young nation when off the tangent and the situation is very difficult to rescue because the anger fuelled by tribalism is catastrophic, and the peaceful resolution is complex,

Nonetheless, the situation could be rescued if the following measures and put place with immediate effects:

The government has to cease fire immediately, and stop attacking other opposing forces and allow UN Peace keepers to come and protect the civilians, the casualties are mostly civilians, and open the doors negations in the army with generals and governors who shifted sides and let them protect the civilians as well in their controlled areas

The government of President Kiir has to take responsibility and publicly admit that there had been mistaken communications among the army generals of presidential guards and some people might have been killed through those tragic communications breakdown; the South Sudanese trusted and believed in the track records and performance of  President Salva Kiir and as a good man as well, but perhaps he didn’t have right people around him, who can set the legacy of their president and link him to common people, but the president got people around him who inflict greatest damage to his legacy and governance, and detached him from common people facing ordinaries life challenges across the country

President Kiir has the solution himself, and if he allows transparency, and accountability to the folks who facade in his presidency and abused powers, and take the law into their hands, if the president distant himself from those gangs and appeal to the wider communities in South Sudan, or even say sorry, to those women, men and children who lost their lives in those tragic events, and talk and address, the ‘White army’ and express his commitments to resolve the crisis, that is how the president of the people, for the people and by the people can approach complex issues in his country. The White Army emerged because the South Sudan government did not engage these youths in education, and recruitment into national army and civil police units as part of their employment and replacing their security roles to the Lou Nuer community with national army security forces to protect civilians

President Kiir’s has to speed up the peace talk and power sharing with Dr Riek Machar and then come out to public, side by side and a sign of peace, and the people will heal and calm down, though Dr Riek Machar and his SPLM party team move was miscalculated, untimely and enormous political faux pas; the President Kiir was very clear in his decisions and the only option for Dr Riek Machar and his team was to mould his political party, get it register and launch campaign through it as democratic platform for change, but crying over spilled milk and stalking the government in power was an incompetent call of judgement and lack of political mobilisation skills

President Kiir government has to change the language, stop sabotaging a tragedy, stop name calling, for instant revels, terrorists, criminals or anti Garang de Mabior or even unnecessary and unconnected piecing up of 1991 civil unrest to the current situations, all these are irrational and incompetent strategies of pacifying the people who had once fought together, side by side for their liberation, and to be treated fairly with dignity and equity

The international community, UN and African Unions, close friends of South Sudan would come and help establishing rule of law, democratic constitutions and democratic government structures and systems, that will in itself guide the government and other democratic institutions on the land,

The government of South Sudan must cease unlawful arrests and detention of senior or junior government officials or citizens who peacefully disagree with the way President Kiir government is managing the affairs of the country, surprisingly, South Sudan is counting records high among countries whose human rights conditions are in menace, the long term detention without trial is undemocratic, unlawful and serious abuse of human rights, it is appalling how the presidential guards and national security have raped the constitution of the roles of judges and magistrates, to the extent of reciting over the verdict of putting innocent lives into death.

The president is a beacon of kindness, love and reconciliation for his people and nation, and would persistently explore all options to restore trust, peace and unity among his citizens, we trust President Kiir and his entire government will restore trust peace and unity among his people,

In God eyes, we are all equally both intelligence and foolish, and as Confucius famously put it that ‘to be wronged is nothing unless you continue to do wrong and continue to remember it’

Kind regards

  1. Peter Thuch

Australia Country SPLM Chapter Secretary Gen,

and leader of SPLM Chapter Western Australia,

  1. Catherine wani

Australia Country SPLM Chapter Chairwoman,

and leader of SPLM Chapter Victoria Australia,

  1. George Aguer Deng

Australia Country SPLM Chapter Vice-chairman,

and Leader of SPLM Chapter South Australia,

  1. Dr Matur Garjok

Australia Country SPLM Chapter Executive member,

and leader of SPLM Chapter New South Whale, NSW Australia,

  1. David Kuel

Australia Country SPLM Chapter executive Member,

and leader of SPLM Chapter Tasmania Australia,

  1. William Deng Manyok

Australia Country SPLM Chapter Executive member,

and leader of SPLM Chapter Australia Capital Territory, ACT


TemejikFilms Productions
 
Date: December 6, 2013
 
Press Release
 
Release of New Documentary on South Sudan
 
A new documentary examining South Sudanese Canadians’ perception about the independence of South Sudan is released today on the popular video sharing website YouTube.
Waiting for Statehood focuses on the experiences of three South Sudanese Canadians in wartime Sudan and probes their expectations of the new country against what they experienced. The 27-minute documentary was shot in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener, and London in 2011. Additional footage was acquired in Juba, South Sudan and Nairobi, Kenya.
“The most important thing to note is that the message of the documentary is as relevant today as it would have been in July 2011 when South Sudan became independent,” says producer, Brian Adeba.
The film will be released entirely online in order to reach a wider audience in South Sudan, Canada and the rest of the world, Adeba added.
“The ‘hits’ that we will get will be an indication of whether we succeeded in our goal or not. But I am confident the film will reach its intended audience,” he stresses.
The film is also entirely a non-profit enterprise. Libraries and other organizations that would like access to it for public education purposes are free to use it with express permission of the producer.
To view the documentary, click on this link:
For further inquiries and requests for interviews with the producer, please send an email totemejik@yahoo.com.
Synopsis
Following the onset of civil war in Sudan that lasted 22 years, many people from South Sudan were displaced to other countries. Madut Majok, Abeny Kuol and Charles Gindalang are originally from South Sudan and were part of this wave of displacement in the 1990s. As victims of the conflict, they have first hand experience of its horrors. Madut was an unaccompanied minor during the war. Abeng witnessed the opening shots that ushered the advent of civil war in the town of Bor in 1983. Charles lived through the aftermath of a massacre in South Sudan’s capital Juba in 1992. In 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan to become an independent country. Through their lived experiences, this film examines the effects of the war on Madut, Abeny and Charles. But now that South Sudan is an independent country, and looking back at their painful experiences, what does the independence of their home country mean for each of them individually?
Filmmaker’s Bio
Brian Adeba learnt documentary film making at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. A journalist by training, Adeba worked at a number of media outlets in Canada where he covered international affairs, business and local news.
Find attached a film poster and a Facebook wallpaper. You can help spread the word about the documentary by sharing the link on your social networks:
These are questions put to me by friends and colleagues about the documentary, “Waiting for Statehood.” I have tried to answer as best as I could.
What’s your motivation for making this documentary?
There are two reasons; one is that there is a powerful narrative in the key characters that needed to be told. All of them are inspiring and resilient people. Abeny Kuol for instance witnessed the first shots of this war in Bor in May 1983. Her young husband, a captain, was killed in the ill-fated SPLA attempt to defend the collapsing Derge regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in Ethiopia. He was forced to go to the front, even though he was sick. Madut, an outstanding and brilliant young man, was an unaccompanied minor who walked all the way from Bahr El Ghazel to Ethiopia when he was barely 10 years old. The journey lasted two months and he says had it continued for another week, we would not be speaking to him today.
Secondly, the other reason is that I see myself as a filmmaker, having studied documentary filmmaking at university. I therefore see no reason that one should, for example, call himself or herself a cobbler while they are not mending or making any shoes.
What challenges did you encounter while making this documentary?
Making a film is not an easy task. The first documentary I made was only 10 minutes long. But I was very surprised at the amount of work and resources required to complete it. First of all it is an expensive endeavor. My first task was to buy a professional camera that cost slightly over $2000. But I didn’t have the tripods, the lights and the sound recording equipment. Those, I had to “rent” and they don’t come cheap. The cost was reduced a bit because I was a member of a film cooperative that offered discount rentals. I also had to invest in the software and the computer for editing it. By all accounts, this is still a relatively cheap enterprise because I did everything on my own. I shot the footage, wrote the script and edited the video. Had I gone outside, the cost would be higher. I have spend about $10,000 if I compute everything, including acquiring extra footage and paying the script reader and poster designer.
Some would say that is crazy.
Yes, but we are all crazy to some extent. I would have completed that three-bedroom house on my plot in South Sudan. What differs or matters is the degree of extent of this craziness. But in life you have to have a passion. Money or access to resources, while important, should not be the only excuse for not doing something. As people of South Sudanese origin, there are millions of stories that need to be told by people from South Sudan. There are so many gray zones that our researchers need to shed light on. Access to resources is indeed a stumbling block but if we push ourselves more, we may be surprised at our own individual capacities. To whine about lack of resources all the time, is a lame excuse in my humble opinion.
Tell us about the narrator
Lorna Dias is Kenyan of Goan origin. I watch a lot of documentaries and there’s this series produced by the famous journalist Hillary Ng’weno on prominent Kenyans who shaped the country. Lorna was the narrator and I was blown away by her voice. I googled around, found a phone number and I called her. Basically I pitched my story and because it is a non-profit enterprise, she gave me a discount. I got her into the studio and we were listening to her through the monitor speakers and everyone was blown away by her voice.
What message do you have for South Sudanese filmmakers?
Whatever you do, be professional at it. Incorporate the element of research and borrowing best practices. I watch a lot of documentaries and every day I learn something. Be ready to take criticism positively. South Sudanese are not good at taking criticism. Mostly, they take it personally. Be professional and take it in stride. Even when you do your best, there are always misses and hits. Just accept it and move on with the aim of being the best. We also must stop being insular and look to a wider audience globally. I would be very proud one day if I see a South Sudanese production winning a major international award or recognition. The Internet is a great resource nowadays. While making this documentary, I relied on it for many technical issues. For instance, I learnt video editing on Final Cut Pro 7. Now I am using Final Cut Pro 10. I had to teach myself how to use the new software, mostly through YouTube. The other thing is that the authorities in the ministry of culture and information in Juba must do their part in supporting filmmakers horn their craft. Unfortunately this is not the case. SSTV, which is supposed to be a hub of documentaries on South Sudan is a sad joke of unprofessionalism and utter incompetence. Their productions are laughable. So something needs to be done to change the status quo.
What next for you after this documentary?
 
I think Abyei forms a powerful narrative that needs to be told by people of South Sudanese background. My dream is to make a documentary on Abyei. I am reaching out to people from the region and elsewhere to put our heads together and see how best we can proceed to tell this important narrative. If there is anyone listening to this interview, I hope they will get in touch with me so we can explore how we can move forward.
Watch “Waiting for Statehood” on this link:
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His Excellency, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington D.C., USA should stop writing opinion articles in all mediums altogether and especially on the Internet. He is an embarrassment! On November 25, Ambassador Obongo penned an embarrassing article for a man of his stature, for the Sudan Tribune where he got all his facts wrong.

His Excellency wrote that:

(1)         “Murle population is estimated at 85,000 according to the disputed census of 2010.”

This is shocking because it appears, not only that the Deputy Chief does not know when the census took place, he does not even know the demographics of his own people. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (ssnbs.org), the population of Murle was 148,475 at the time of the census, which was conducted in 2008 NOT 2010.

(2)         “In 2010 after the Republic of South Sudan gain (sic) independence…”

This is mind numbing and a bad joke that is not funny if this was an attempted humour.  This indicates a genuine lack of knowledge on behalf of His Excellency because the world knows that South Sudan gained independence on the 9th of July 2011 NOT 2010.

If the Deputy Chief of Mission does not know the year in which the country he represents, at a very high-level, gained independence maybe he should not be serving. Dhanojak Obongo should stop embarrassing South Sudan with such writings and focus on his work or he should be fired, period.


Norway ‘bus hijacker’ was failed South Sudanese asylum seeker who faced deportation

A SOUTH Sudanese man suspected of hijacking a bus and killing three people in Norway was a failed asylum seeker who was about to be deported, police say. The 30-year-old man, who is being treated for knife wounds in hospital, was due to fly to Oslo before leaving the country, police officer Aage Loeseth said. The man, whose name has not been disclosed, is suspected of stabbing to death two men in their 50s, one of whom was the bus driver, and a 19-year-old woman. He was living in a reception centre for asylum seekers in Ardal, a small town in western Norway near the scene of the attack. The deputy director of the organisation managing the reception centre, Tor Brekke, said the attack had been “completely unexpected”. “There was nothing to indicate any imbalance, or that he could do this,” he said. The suspect arrived in Norway in April and had been living in the Ardal centre since August 26.

South Sudanese Man charged after mother of four children found dead in house at Noble Park, Australia

A MAN has been charged with murdering his partner as her children slept in a Melbourne home. The 31-year-old woman was found stabbed to death at a house in Noble Park. Bona Lual, 36, dialled 000 before handing himself into police early this morning. Police say Mr Lual and the woman were at a party at a Dandenong North hall last night.

Norway Bus Killing:Killer suspect was deported before / Breaking National Turk English

South Sudanese man arrested on suspicion of stabbing three people to death  Norwegian newspaper VG said an ambulance worker approached the man 
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Norway Bus Murder Suspect ‘Due To Be Deported’Sky News

South Sudanese man accused of killing three people on a bus was  According to Norwegiannewspaper VG, he had been scheduled to fly alone and without 
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3 dead in Norway bus hijacking

iAfrica.com – ‎3 hours ago‎
Three people were killed Monday when a man armed with a knife hijacked a bus in western Norway, police said. The suspected hijacker, a man in his 50s of foreign origin, has been arrested, police officer Joern Lasse Foerde Refsnes told the TV2 
Boston.com – ‎6 hours ago‎
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — A man suspected of stabbing three people to death during an attack on a bus in rural Norway was due to have been deported on Tuesday after the country rejected his application for asylum, police said. Police spokeswoman Eli 
Irish Independent – ‎7 hours ago‎
A knife-wielding man who allegedly stabbed three people to death during a bus hijacking in rural Norway had been due to be deported. Also in this section. Girl dies after being mauled by family dog · UK ambassador called in by Berlin over spy claim 
The Nation – ‎9 hours ago‎
KOSLO : Three people were killed when a man armed with a knife hijacked a bus in western Norway Monday, according to police, who have arrested a suspect they say comes from South Sudan. Police commissioner Ronny Iden told reporters that the 
NEWS.com.au – ‎10 hours ago‎
NORWEGIAN police say a failed asylum seeker from South Sudan, suspected of killing three people on an express bus the day before, has been moved to a psychiatric clinic for evaluation. The alleged motive was not known because the man, age 30, had yet 
Sky News Australia – ‎10 hours ago‎
Norway bus murders rekindle anger. Updated: 12:12, Wednesday November 6, 2013. Norway bus murders rekindle anger. The murder of three bus passengers in Norway has rekindled criticism of the Norwegian police’s ability to react to violent crimes two 
Wall Street Journal – ‎15 hours ago‎
OSLO—Police said the man they suspect of hijacking a bus and killing all three people on board with a knife is a 31-year-old from South Sudan who was set to be deported on Tuesday after failing to win asylum in Norway. Police also said they have begun 
Sydney Morning Herald – ‎16 hours ago‎
Two men in their 50s and a 19-year-old woman were killed in Norway after a man hijacked a bus with a knife, the police said. Police have apprehended a man, born in 1982, who’s originally from South Sudan and lives in Norway, according to a statement.
Belfast Telegraph – ‎17 hours ago‎
Emergency personnel surround a helicopter near the site of a bus hijacking in Aardal, western Norway, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. A knife-wielding man on Monday hijacked a bus and killed three people on board, including the bus driver, police said. The suspect 
New York Daily News – ‎18 hours ago‎
A knife-wielding man facing deportation from Norway hijacked a bus and killed three people in the northwest of the country Monday evening, police said. The victims were a 19-year-old woman and a bus driver and a Swedish man both thought to be in their 
Aljazeera.com – ‎19 hours ago‎
Man suspected of killing three people on bus is from South Sudan and had failed to gain asylum status, police say. Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 16:14. Email Article. Print Article. Share article. Send Feedback. A 30-year-old man from South Sudan is being 
BBC News – ‎19 hours ago‎
A man accused of hijacking a bus and killing three people in Norway was a South Sudanese asylum-seeker who had been due for deportation, police said. Police said the suspect had been living at an asylum seekers’ centre in the town of Aardal, and had 
Hamilton Spectator – ‎21 hours ago‎
STAVANGER, Norway A knife-wielding man hijacked a bus Monday in rural Norway and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials said. Police in Sogn and Fjordane county in western Norway gave few details about 
Independent Online – ‎22 hours ago‎
Police investigators stand outside a bus in Aardal, about 300km north west of Oslo on November 5, 2013. Three people were stabbed to death on board the bus on November 4. Related Stories. Bus hijacker stabs three people. Oslo – A South Sudanese man 
The Hindu – ‎22 hours ago‎
Norwegian police on Tuesday said a failed asylum seeker from South Sudan was suspected of killing three people on an express bus the day before, but his alleged motive remained unknown. As of midday on Tuesday, police had not been able to interview 
BBC News – ‎Nov 5, 2013‎
A man wielding a knife hijacked a bus in western Norway and killed three people on board, police say. The suspect, in his 50s and of foreign origin, has been arrested, police told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. The victims – one woman and two 
The Standard Digital News – ‎Nov 5, 2013‎
A man armed with a knife hijacked a bus and killed everyone on board including two passengers and the driver in Norway, according to reports. A firefighter had attended the scene, in the west of the country, believing it was a road accident. But witnesses who 
The Times (subscription) – ‎Nov 5, 2013‎
Three people on a long-distance bus were stabbed to death by a knife-wielding man after he hijacked it on a remote route in western Norway. The perpetrator, described as a local man in his 30s originally from South Sudan, was overpowered and detained by 
euronews – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
Police in Norway were called to what they thought was a traffic incident on Monday evening but turned out to be a bus hijacking. They arrested a man whom witnesses said after the incident, boarded the bus wielding a knife. Three people were found dead on 
Business Standard – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
The man who hijacked a bus in western Norway has reportedly slaughtered three people on board. A man, in his 50s, is of foreign origin and has been arrested by the Norwegian police. According to the BBC, the victims include one woman and two men, 
New York Times – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
A knife-wielding man on Monday hijacked a bus in western Norway and killed three people on board, including the bus driver, the police said. The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane County, the police 
The Independent – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
A knife-wielding man hijacked a bus in Norway and stabbed to death three people on board. The suspect, a man in his 50s, was arrested after the attack in Sogn and Fjordane county. Police said the suspect, who last night was being treated for stab wounds, 
RTE.ie – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
Three people have been stabbed to death by a man who hijacked a bus on a remote mountain road in central Norway. Emergency services were called to what they thought was a traffic incident between Aardal and Tyin, about 220 kilometres northwest of 
Herald Sun – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
THREE people have been killed and a knife-wielding suspect arrested in an attack on an express coach in western Norway. The stabbing victims were a 19-year-old Norwegian woman and two men in their 50s, the police chief in the Sogn and Fjordarne 
Daily Mail – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
A knife-wielding man hijacked a bus in rural Norway and killed the driver and two passengers before he was detained by authorities, officials have said. Police in Sogn and Fjordane county in western Norway gave few details about the suspect, but said he 
Xinhua – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
OSLO, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — Three persons on board of a bus were killed in central Norway after they were attacked on Monday by a man in his 50s, the Norwegian broadcasting company NRK reported. All the three, including the driver and two passengers, 
Deutsche Welle – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
An attack on a bus in western Norway by a man wielding a knife has left three people dead, including the driver. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear. A bus driving in western Norway on 03.08.2011. Foto: Patrick Pleul. The incident occurred 
NBCNews.com – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News. Three people were stabbed to death in Norway when a knife-wielding man attacked the passengers and driver of a bus north of Oslo, on Monday night, police said. Firefighters, the first responders to arrive on the scene 
Metro – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
A knife-wielding man killed three people on board a bus after he hijacked the vehicle. The killer’s victims included the driver, police said. A number of other people were injured. The suspect, described as being in his 50s and of foreign origin, was arrested 
USA TODAY – ‎Nov 4, 2013‎
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norwegian police say a knife-wielding man hijacked a bus and killed three people on board, including the bus driver. Police in western Norway say the suspect, described as a man in his 50s, has been arrested.

Tearz Travel Advice

Posted: November 25, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Opinion Articles, South Sudanese Diaspora, Tearz Ayuen
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By Tearz Ayuen

Dear Diaspora,

As Christmas season tiptoes in, I would love to advise those who are planning to spend the happy holiday with relatives and old friends in South Sudan. Call it Tearz Travel Advice or TTA in short. But remember, this is not mandatory, it is recommendatory. You have what it takes to take it or leave it.

You must have read or heard from friends that the baby country is growing except that it is developing at a speed of a snail. No, I am sorry I lied. Snail is faster than the speed at which development is moving in this country. This is because your, no, I mean our uncles and aunts are squandering the monies that come from oil revenues and sympathizers like the European Union and Unites States, amongst others.

When you touch down at Juba International Airport, your sensors will quickly notify you that you’re in a strange place. High humidity is the first thing that will say to you, “hello, welcome to Juba my long lost friend.” Your skin will not like the new condition, hence you will leak. English people call it sweating. The airport is a bit disorganized. Non-travelers walk in and out of the immigration sector. You can, for whatever reason, choose to bypass the immigration desk, depending on your body features.

By the time you walk out of the terminal, your outfit will have soaked from sweat. From the airport, you will either head home or straight to a hotel, depending on the size of your purse or the protrusion of your belly.

Hotel

Hotels are very expensive. Accommodation costs over 100$ per night. Despite the fact that Juba hotels are not up to the western standards, they are somewhat decent. Each room has that device which dehumidifies the air. There is a water shower, clean tiled-floor, comfy king-size bed and fan, TV set and a fridge. However, I would urge you not to eat from those hotels. Most of the foods they offer are those that have overstayed in fridges. Nutritional value is gone. No taste at all.  By the way, after spending a very long period of time away from South Sudan, what would stop you from mingling with Jubans in local restaurants where you can find kisra, korob-lubia, asida made from cassava, awal-wala served with fermented milk, akop, dried fish and original fresh Tilapia or Nile Perch from the Nile River?

Modern Home

For my friend who will take a taxi home, welcome to Juba, buddy. This is where you will experience most of the things you heard about South Sudan. And if you’re a keen observer, your stay at uncle’s place could give you an idea about the root cause of corruption. If your uncle is a senior civil servant, you are safe. However, the only problem you will face is overcrowding. No privacy. Most rich government officials’ homes which I apologetically call mini-refugee camps are ever overcrowded, making life a bit uneasy. Nieces, nephews, uncles, in-laws, friends, bodyguards and many others are the occupants. Some come from as far as Nairobi, Kampala, and villages to seek financial aid from one man – the uncle. “This boy needs school fees; that one needs to travel outside the country for a surgery. This woman wants to go back to her children in the village. That one over there seated on a mat arrived last night. They are all waiting for one man’s salary, my salary,” a minister once said. And on payday, the big man distributes his salary to them, and both painfully and annoyingly enough, another hungrier contingent of relatives comes and camps. When it goes, another group arrives.  The most annoying thing is that they carry their own mattresses, bed sheets and mosquito nets. That gives an uncle no room for lame excuses like “oh my house is congested, oh blah blah blah.”

Life in a Tukul

For my buddy who may wish to have fun with friends in normal homes, ready yourself for some real fun. No electricity. No running water. No toilets. At night, mosquitoes rule. They make nights long and unbearable. They tax people; taxation is in form of blood.  If you’re lucky enough, you may find a pit latrine in your host’s compound. But please, always carry pieces of toilet paper in your pocket. It helps. In case you choose to ignore me, you stand a risk of scratching your buttocks with a twig. You were warned.

If your host lives in a place like Lubas-mafi or Rujal-mafi and doesn’t have a latrine, expect the unexpected. This means you will be forced to relieve yourself at a neighbor’s.  Using a neighbor’s latrine is not a problem because South Sudanese are still generous. The issue is traffic. In Juba, many home owners consider latrine a luxury. A family of about ten members defecates in the nearby bushes or open grounds. That means when one man builds one for his family, all the neighboring homes will use it. So, to use such a latrine, you must queue up, particularly during morning hours. When you finally make it in, you could find something unusual.  You are likely to find fecal landmines on the slap. This means some girls used the latrine earlier. There is a belief in Juba that girls do not squat on the pit latrine lest they become barren. So, they plant a lot of fecal landmines on the floor. And some men do not flush down their excretions. They leave that thing swimming simply because of the I-am-not-the-cleaner mentality, I hear.

Your Foreign Currency/Exchange

In here, the cart goes before the horse. The important Central Bank of South Sudan is impotent. Exchange rate is being controlled by cattle keepers. Isn’t that weird? They decide when the pound rises or drops. Right now, the official dollar rate is 2.9 pounds per dollar. While in the black market; with one dollar, you get 4.2 pounds. Unconfirmed reports say the dollar business run by the cattle keepers is a big scandal. The herders are mere agents. Their bosses are in the government. And that’s why the Juba City Council finds it hard to rid the city of them. Its efforts to arrest these official law breakers are thwarted by powerful anonymous caller who instructs the police to stop “harassing innocent civilians.”

Some of these cattle keepers turned money exchangers are conmen. I call them dollar-rustlers. They possess counterfeit money, both pounds and dollars. Always take precautions. If possible, choose one of them and let him hop in a car you’re riding in. With the help of your cousin or a friend, exchange your dollars. They operate in tree shades, at market places. In case you show up at their place, alone, they will pretend to be cross checking the genuineness of your notes. One dude holds it up to the light and feels it with his fingertips. He passes it on to another dude who does the same thing.  By the time it comes back to you, it will have passed through hands of about ten dollar-rustlers. Guess what happens? The one that comes back to you is a fake dollar bill. This is when they begin to reduce the rate and if you don’t agree to it, they ask you to leave.

Generally,

Juba is fun. It’s the place to be during December holidays. Lots and lots of fun; all day all night – The social places, the party-goers, everything. However, things are a bit more different here.  That means there are some things, habits that you need to leave behind:

Dress Code

And this goes to girls. I know you are used to doing things the western way. That’s fine. It’s your life, your choice. You’re notorious for not wearing enough clothes – extremely provocative outfits: quarter-skirts (not mini- anymore) and string-like underpants. Some of you don’t even wear underwear anymore. Others don tight and transparent bra-less tops that show nipples. That’s cool. Some of us like that. But the problem is, when you dress up like that for a night party here, others, in fact, many, will think that you’re a call girl. Not to mention how South Sudanese men behave when drunk, they would want to grab you by any part of you, teats first. What do you think would happen to that social place should your male friends or brothers react? – A flying-bottle teeth-removal jaw-breaking zone, right? That’s one.

Two, there has been reports about Juba Police harassing urbane young females over dress code, especially those who wear tight jeans and quarter-skirts. Though it’s not a legal thing to do, a small unit of police officers could anytime any day decide to ‘teach’ young people how to dress properly. They normally stop them, confiscate the attires and drive off. Guess who is standing by the roadside naked, on Christmas Day? – You! I have nothing much to say to you here but I would urge you to always carry extra clothes – skirts, long ones – in your handbag.

Accent

The way you speak English here matters a lot. Members of diaspora have lost lives to accent in the recent past. You know very well that the 21-year civil war has disadvantaged a big number of us. This has made it so hard for some people to see you as a brother or sister. They feel intimidated, overlooked. So, when you speak that Youknowwhuramsayin accent while talking to police officers: “Hey worrap, maan? I jas came from the Unai stet, maan. I am from Coloraro, man. Coloraro. It’s a gu place, man. Aaight,” someone might mistake that for conceit – that you’re bragging about your academic acquisitions and maybe better life. If you are not careful enough, your ribs or chest could be the perfect destination of flying blows, kicks and gun butts. Guess the aftermath of this encounter with the police, and make sure your guesswork is not far away from serious internal injuries, deformation and death. Since you were neither born in the United States, Australia, Canada nor Europe, why can’t you just speak in a normal way? If I were you, I would even speak our broken English: “Hawar you, polith opither? Yeth ah yam prom Thouth Thudan. My name will be Jamith Deng. I am beri hepi por being home again.” Would that hurt or cost you a dime? Good luck.

 

 

Peace of Neighbors: AG FINAL REPORT 2012

Posted: July 31, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in South Sudanese Diaspora

Ambassador Group Releases Trailblazing Report on Peace-building in South Sudan

Press Contact: Jon Pattee, LIRS Assistant Director for Media Relations
202-591-5778,
jpattee@lirs.org 

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2012Securing peace in South Sudan’s State of Jonglei requires determined peace-building efforts including disarmament, development, trainings, and education, says a report released today by the Ambassador Group (AG) of the Jonglei Peace of Neighbors project.

This report details the recommendations of the AG, the South Sudanese community leaders now living in the United States. The AG visited Jonglei from December 2011 to January 2012 on a fact-finding mission.

“Jonglei, like other states, has seen tribal turmoil both before and since South Sudan won independence in 2011,” said AG member Rev. Thon Moses Chol. “Many Jonglei citizens are still dying in this violence, and our urgent mission is to stop the killing and put Jonglei on the path to peace and prosperity.”

The genesis of conflicts among Jonglei’s five main ethnic groups, the Dinka, Nuer, Murle, Anyuak, and Jie, is hard to pinpoint because it stems in part from a strategy of incitement by Khartoum, the AG found. Other contributing factors include traditions of cattle-raiding, efforts to take revenge for the killing of fellow tribespeople, and attempts to liberate children and women abducted by other tribes.

“A final factor is that recently, these conflicts have been turning into poverty wars, in which those who feel unable to support themselves and their families attack and loot from other tribes,” added AG member John Chuol Kuek.

To overcome this crisis through peace-building, the South Sudan Institute (SSI), with financial support from CARE South Sudan, recruited Jonglei citizens living in the United States to be AG members.

“Our goal is for the tribes to live peacefully and respectfully with one another,” said AG member Peter Magai Bul. “To that end, the AG supports peaceful alternatives to the current violence, and demands fundamental changes in South Sudan’s domestic policy, including a move from militarism to one of addressing social needs.”

The AG’s recommendations include intensive training for tribal chiefs, clergy, and civil society; deployment of security forces; road-building; establishment of a Peace and Humanitarian Ministry; state and regional youth conferences; comprehensive disarmament; and education, job-training, and development projects.

“We’re optimistic about the future for Jonglei State and South Sudan,” said Margie Bell, SSI Chairperson. “We need politicians, tribal chiefs, and civil society to unite on the peace-building recommendations.”

“This report marks a huge step forward for peace in Jonglei State,” said Greg Umaya of CARE South Sudan.

“We’re proud of the AG’s consensus-building steps towards stopping the violence,” added AG member Banak Mading Kueth.

Please click the title to read and download the full text of the report “Peace of Neighbors.”

The South Sudan Institute, a non-profit service organization, was established January 2008 in response to the need for peace, food security, and education in Jonglei State.

CARE South Sudan meets the needs of the residents of Jonglei State and the country as a whole.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the United States-based non-profit dedicated to welcoming and advocating for immigrants and refugees, assisted with the preparation of the report.

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Hello,

Here are the two versions of the final report, one in low-res format, one in hi-res. The low-res is suitable for posting on the Internet for people to download. The hi-res is for printing hard copies, because the report will print more clearly.

God bless,
Thon Moses

Peace_of_Neighbors_Report_July2012_highres.pdf 2 (1).pdf

Peace_of_Neighbors_Report_July2012_lowres_FINAL[1].pdf 1.pdf