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By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Australia

CHIEENG: HOW JIEENG MOST IMPORTANT VALUES HAVE FADED 

When I was a  little girl I was brought up strickly close to my relatives and cousins. I was taught to love and respect them even my neighbors too. When I eat by myself I can be bullied until I went to look for relatives to share the food with. When we had visitors at home mum will called me and introduced them to me. She would be like ‘kene ee wulen, kene ee menh e wulen, ku kene ee mamadu’ and the list continue.

When I fought with my relatives, we were called together, wiped and told how related we are. We can be even ask to repeat displine words such as ‘malec menh ee walen wo ruai kuka cie pieth buku ya rohm’. Before we go our own ways we can be ask to shake hands together and laughed with each other or we stay grounded for the whole day.

When one relative had some bad news like a decease member, the whole clan or section would go to the decease family, to speak the words of courage and comfort. Jieeng rarely seek professional help like professional counsellors. Women will leave thier children and family members without being taken care of and go to the decease family. Among the things to be done was like to fetch water, cook food and make the bed for decease family members and children.

When one is getting married the whole clan will proudly get together. Eat, sing and celebrate in joy. The bride family welcome their new in-laws to their family while the groom’s family celebrate the welcoming of new family member. Again at this time women of the entire clan will leave their children unnursed for the welcoming of that bride.

When one happen to finished school either university, high school or college the entire community members will come together, celebrate his or her success, pray for him or her to live longer, encourage him or her to be a better person. They will even said some words like “kere wanmaath nhialic abe yi muk ago wo weer bei”.

When one had his or her well-brought up and beautiful daughter, the whole community will put hope on that girl, encourage her to continue behaving well. They will say some words like “kere wanmaath ye rot ngiec ting yin ee kee nyandan bene woh ping rin. Yin ke nyan dan buku cam” and the lists of beautiful jieeng values continue……

BUT WHAT HAVE CHANGED NOWADAYS? Children are rarely introduced to theIr relatives. They rarely have a play date with their fellow relatives kids. Friendship had replace blood relationship. Children are taken on weekend to theIr mum’s friend house instead of relatives. When both relative fight, children are made aware of the conflicting issue between the two families. They will even say it to themselves like:

“my mum hates your mum or your dad hates my dad and therefore we are not allow to go to your house.”

When both children fight, they will either be warned not to ever play together again or both families will interven and fight each other.

WHEN THERE IS MARRIAGE CEREMONY NOWADAYS: Friends are your biggest support system. Relatives be like “no one will look after my kids, I have no tickets or my job won’t allow me to go.” Undefined conflict will emerged. Both relatives will be separated. Some will wait to be invited and some will purely said “no, I wont be attending.” Marriage won’t be treated with prides on both side but with hatred, competition, jealousy and conflict.

WHEN SOMEONE IS DEAD NOWADAYS: We rarely visit the deaceas’ family, rather we merely send our condolences through phones, facebook, Twitter or email. We have unfortuntatelt started disclosing the news before it reach the family.

WHEN SOMEONE HAD ACHIEVED SOMETHING LIKE EDUCATION: we take it for our competition. We work hard to discredit their achievement by saying words such as “Xaai ee ngek de ngek e ke ya assignment de loi” otherwise she or he would have not done it”. Some people would be like “aa yi thukul ee thook yen thin ee thukul abac” it’s not one of the top school/university.

ANYWAY LETS CELEBRATED AND CHERISH OUR BOUNDARIES BUT ALSO EXPECT THE WORSE: There will be a time when one will be attending his or her wedding without his or her relatives. That time is already here. There will be a time when one will be attending his or her graduation with no relatives or cousins. That time is already here.

THE WORSE PART IS THAT THERE WILL BE A TIME CHILDREN WILL NO LONGER CONSIDER BLOOD RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE IT’S HAS BECOME INSIGNIFICANT AND STARTED MARRYING THEIR OWN COUSINS.

I personally won’t be suprised if my daughter or son started dating my uncle son or daughter because I won’t be bother to let them know they are related.

AND MORE WORSE ARE YET TO COME. PLEASE NOTED THE AUTHOR WAS WRITTING IN JIEENG-AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE. Anything other than that is excluded.

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While the Jonglei Peace Initiative Program (JPI) is hailing its latest peace workshop in Canada to “equips Diaspora participants with tools for peace building back home”, there is a new report today of Murle attacking Nuer in Jonglei State; people killed and children abducted. This is despite the last round of the statewide disarmament program among the Nuer, Dinka, Anyuak and the Murle. If disarmament and peace initiatives are not enough to stem the cycle of violence in Jonglei, what would?

http://www.newsudanvision.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2597:diaspora-workshop-equip-participants-with-tools-for-peace-building-back-home&Itemid=8

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By Peter Wanyonyi

A common feature of intelligence — even among animals — is to learn from one’s experience. But what should distinguish humans from other animals is the ability to learn from others’ experience, too.

Thus, if your neighbour dies drinking kumi kumi (hooch) at Mama Wakanyi’s shebeen, it is expected that you will not be found patronising the same place the next morning, however thirsty you might be for throat irrigation.

But not in Africa. South Sudan, the world’s newest State, spent decades in gestation, its leadership scattered all around Kenya as their Arab countrymen in the North used them for target practice, as slaves, and as clay pigeons to shoot at for fun.

As most oppressed peoples do — something Kenyan politicians have forgotten — South Sudanese took up arms and started a long civil war, which only recently resulted in Independence and self-rule.

During the civil war, they lived all over Africa and the world — in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the West. Some even managed to trek all the way from Juba to Israel.

One would reasonably expect that South Sudan, being the world’s and Africa’s newest country, would avoid the most obvious pitfalls that African States have faced in their attempts at self-governance. Could be wrong. But one gets the sad feeling that South Sudan is quickly joining the bandwagon of poorly run African states.

Unfortunately, the stakes are much higher for Juba because the population is still armed and has a long experience of fighting bush wars.

President Salva Kiir has to deal with problems that would make even the toughest village chiefs quake. His own tribe, the Dinka, don’t like it that the president has crafted a Cabinet that includes representatives from other tribes in the country. They whine that the few Cabinet and State offices held by Dinka “do not reflect the community’s contribution to the independence struggle”.

Discontent

It appears they, too, want to ‘eat’, just like the ruling elite in many newly independent African states, Kenya included, gorged their tribesmen on the fat of the land.

What cannot be ignored, though, is the discontent and bloodshed that is spreading in the new country. Some NGO even says South Sudan is the place likeliest to experience genocide within the next few years. In the massive Jonglei State — nearly five times the size of Rwanda — for instance, two tribes are involved in vicious civil war. And they are armed with assault rifles, not bows and arrows.

In just one spate of fighting last week, more than 500 people went missing, which is military jargon for presumed dead.

Oil

Corruption is stifling the new State, too — the South Sudanese appear to have heartily taken to heart the Kenyan tradition of kitu kidogo. Corruption is so bad that the cost of doing business in the new country is among the highest in the world. Everyone is on the take and ministers are said to ask openly for bribes to approve deals.

The oil economy just makes it worse. In Africa, where there is oil or minerals, there is phenomenal corruption.

Is it really that hard for the South Sudanese to learn the lessons of the rest of Africa and avoid our shared misfortunes?

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000054331&cid=349&currentPage=1


Sudan, South Sudan Trade Accusations Ahead of Oil Talks

Wall Street Journal
By NICHOLAS BARIYO KAMPALA, Uganda—South Sudan and Sudan Wednesday accused each other of cross-border attacks in the latest escalation of rhetoric ahead of a summit called to resolve the oil transit spat between the formerly united countries. Col.
South Sudan Inches Closer to Eradicating Guinea Worm
Voice of America
March 21, 2012 South Sudan Inches Closer to Eradicating Guinea Worm Andrew Green | Terekeka,South Sudan South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is on the brink of its first health-care success. Cases of guinea worm have dropped dramatically in the 
South Sudan’s ‘ministry of darkness’ eyes hydropower
Ahram Online
South Sudan is planning to build about half a dozen hydropower and thermal power plants to help end almost permanent blackouts across the country and attract investment to manufacturing industries, an electricity official said on Wednesday.
For Sudan’s Blue Nile refugees, hunger is “like a weapon”
Chicago Tribune
By Hereward Holland DORO CAMP, South Sudan, March 21 (Reuters) – Two-year-old Islam Musa lay in the corner of bed number six as her grandmother, Zena Bade, fed her milk through a tube. Stalked by hunger and aerial bombardment, the pair were among the 
Walden Forum Welcomes ‘Lost Boy of Sudan
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The Republic of South Sudan is now the newest country of the world and the 193rd member of the United Nations. It is a country endowed with huge natural resources ranging from wild life to oil, but still it is struggling for good governance, food, 
South Sudan and its north neighbor Sudan have reached an agreement to resolve 
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After many rounds of talks and negotiations and uncountable threats and accusations,South Sudan has finally come to reach to an agreement with its neighboring Sudan which it seceded from eight months ago. The agreement, which was signed under the
Government: South Sudan Using Humanitarian Barges to Transport Weapons to Renk
Sudan Vision
Khartoum – The government has categorically criticized the actions of the government of South Sudan for employing barges used for expatriation of its citizens stranded in Kosti Port to transport weapons and ammunition to the region of Renk.
Kony Is Not the Problem
New York Times
On the Ugandan side of the border with South Sudan, below a mountainous ridge along the Nile, is a village called Odrupele by locals. It is a place teeming with snakes. Until a few years ago, children walking along the village’s paths were stalked by a 
Pray for Jonglei, South Sudan and Civility
AllAfrica.com
But in Jonglei, the South Sudan’s largest state, both geographically and populously, everybody is arguably a warrior. A warrior is different from a hero. A hero is objective and defined by noble qualities. He can act by his own but for the good of 

Israel threatens to deport South Sudanese, including family reunited after 
Washington Post
That family is among hundreds of South Sudanese Israel plans to expel this month. With the establishment of an independent state of South Sudan in July, Israel is intent on repatriating them and the other 700 to 2000 South Sudanese who live here.

South Sudan and Greater Equatoria in particular has been marred by insecurities since the independence of our new nation.  Many innocent lives have been lost; properties have been illegally seized and occupied, and Greater Equatoria continues to face injustices and insecurities. ­­­­­­

We can cite several of these incidents.  Western Equatoria State continues to struggle with the atrocities committed by the Lord Resistant Army (LRA). Eastern Equatoria State recently witnessed violent confrontations between the Ma’adi and Acholi communities, which had been living in harmony for generations. Similarly, Central Equatoria State has witnessed multiple issues of insecurities such as previous Bari and Mundari conflict; and the recent land dispute of March 5, 2012 in Kemiru area of Juba County, where innocent citizens including women and children were killed.

The continuous inter-ethnic conflicts in several areas in the newly independent African nation, which has resulted in the loss of innocent lives, are unacceptable. Furthermore, the continuation of such conflicts tarnishes the image of the new nation and its people, who have struggled for more than fifty years to gain their independence. Therefore, regardless of whether the culprits are our brothers from Greater Bahr El Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, or Greater Upper Nile, the Equatoria Sudanese Community Association-USA (ESCA-USA) leadership condemns in the strongest possible terms the atrocities and insecurities resulting from such conflicts and misunderstandings; and more so, the recent events in Kemiru village of Juba County.

Although, the authorities at the national and state levels are working hard to minimize and eliminate insecurity in our beloved nascent nation, we still believe more can be done to ensure the safty the citizens of South Sudan and their properties.   We urge our leaders at the national and state levels to move swiftly to bring these culprits to justice.

Although our leaders at the national and state levels have our utmost support, we still hold them accountable for any shortcomings, especially loss of innocent lives particularly of women and children, as well as forceful seizure of properties.  Hence, ESCA-USA leadership stands ready to help in any way possible; however, will not accept anything less than safe, secure, and free South Sudan.

Our heartfelt condolence to victim’s families, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragic time.  May the lord rest their souls in eternal peace.

God bless you

God bless Republic of South Sudan

Kwaje Lasu, RCP, MPH

President

ESCA-USA

Southern Sudanese Refugees Search for Kin in Ethiopian Camps

AllAfrica.com
He was in Kurmuk in South Sudan when the bombs fell in September. And when he heard the explosions he ran home and hurriedly collected his most important possessions: an English dictionary, a bible and a biology book. But while he was able to bring 

South Sudanese Christians Face Deadline To Leave The North
Eurasia Review
Sudan in February announced the deadline for the former citizens it had stripped of nationality afterSouth Sudan’s January 2011 vote to secede. The ultimatum will affect an estimated 500000-700000 people, who are mainly Christians of southern origin 


CFC Eyes Budding South Sudan Market

AllAfrica.com
By Victoria Rubadiri, 8 March 2012 Nairobi — CfC Stanbic Bank is eyeing the South Sudan market as it seeks to strategically position itself in the increasingly competitive banking sector. The bank’s Chief Financial Officer Edwin Mucai however 
EU Urges Sudan, South Sudan To Solve Post-secession Issues In AU-mediated Talks
RTT News
(RTTNews) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has called on Sudan and South Sudan to redouble their efforts to find a negotiated settlement for all outstanding post-secession issues, in particular oil, citizenship, borders and Abyei, 
Sudan denies attacking South Kordofan civilians
BBC News
The government said any crimes against humanity are being committed by rebels backed by South Sudan. South Kordofan is one of three areas hit by conflict sinceSouth Sudan became independent from Sudan in July. Abyei and Blue Nile along with South 
Despite Tensions, Sudan-S. Sudan Talks Continue
Voice of America
March 08, 2012 Despite Tensions, Sudan-S. Sudan Talks Continue VOA News Talks continue between Sudan and South Sudan as they try to resolve simmering disputes over oil, borders, and citizenship issues. A VOA correspondent at the scene, in Ethiopia’s 
South Sudan Tribal in the Capital city: Culprits Captured
GroundReport
Mathok said that the arrest of the two soldiers who were identified to be from Sudan People Liberation Army has indicated that some individuals within the National forces are involved in fueling the crisis and claimed lives of innocent civilians in 

South Sudan Tribal in the Capital city: Culprits Captured

by  Joseph Edward    March 08, 2012

The people behind Komiru insecurity that sparks on the 3rd and continued for three days were captured as investigation is underway, the Deputy Minister of Interior in the National Government Salva Mathok disclosed to the e National Legislative Assembly. Among the captured culprits is Corporal Thon Chol Kot and Sgt. Louis Benjamin Wani whose ID card CA. 0284 felt down in the battle block of 107 in Gudele.

Mathok said that the arrest of the two soldiers who were identified to be from Sudan People Liberation Army has indicated that some individuals within the National forces are involved in fueling the crisis and claimed lives of innocent civilians in Komiru village.

Mathok said Thon Chol Kot was captured with ak47 rifle number 1-332117337 he said that some individuals’ names are reported including Members of the National parliament, but he noted that all the reports will be determined by the ongoing investigation.

He said that apart from block 107 and Kemiru incidents on the Sunday 4th march 2012 a police CID Sgt. James Ali shot dead military intelligence officer 1st Lt. Zakaria Malok in Kotor area and run away till now not captured. And that on sixth march 2012 morning a group appeared in Gudele area and Jabel Dinka using Toyota pickup (white) and armed some with old police uniforms and others civilians. They shot and burned the houses; one car was later identified as a CDF car which was given to Mps in 2009.

“For all this crisis the ministry interior and ministry of National security have mobilized all forces, resources and put them under central Equatoria command to uses them to contain this security situation” Mathok reiterated. He said that on the seventh there were groups of people moving with motor cycles and cars inside the town shooting randomly and run away leaving citizens of town with panic.

Mathok continued that the area of block 107 was negotiated by settlers with Bari community and it was given. And that it was surveyed and allotment was mandated people built their houses. Later again a given group of the Bari community went to Juba county commissioner and area was denounced again to be demolished. And that it was the main cause of the Komiru clashes which claimed lives of innocent people of the women and children became the victims of situation.

The deputy Minister of Interior said that the issue it’s not between Bari community with other communities in Komiru and 107 was a confusion made by individual and wrong elements that entered to use it to achieve their dirty policies. He said that the use of land is Central Equatoria State is causing insecurity in state. He said that not all Bari People poses land because some of Bari citizens sleep under trees no land for them.

 “We are working had to trace all the criminals and make sure that they are arrested and face justice” Mathok was quoted. He said that the Ministry of Interior and National Security is addressing the issue of soldiers who are subjected to eviction while defending the Nation. He said that other states has offered land to the soldiers and urged the Government of the CES to allocate land to the organized forces.

He encourage the idea of the Parliament for Summoning the Ministers and Government of CES to address in the Issues in the National Parliament he said there are committees in the august house for particular specialization which are to exhaust any issue before presenting to the Assembly for deliberation

He said that on 4th of March, 2012 Sunday at around 12:00hrs mid-night some residents on block 107 of Muniki move into areas of Komiru and Joba and warning with threats to fight if their houses are to be demolished. He said that Saturday  3th on march 2012 when  he minster got the reports of the demolition with threats he gave advice to the start authorities to stop this until Monday 5th of march 2012 to be finalized  to avoid causing insecurity  at the end, that it need to be addressed peacefully.

He said that in the morning of Sunday 4th march 2012 a group came from the side of Komiru and attacked the settlers that result in the wounding a small child which died in juba teaching hospital on 5th march 2012. In the same day Komiru village burned down and it was believed to be settlers from act as revenge all to be determined by investigation.

And that on the 5th of March, 2012 a group came in the morning and attacked the settlers in the same area and fight took place. Our forces in the area were reinforced and when they followed the attackers they found bodies on the ground 8 bodies in number two small children, three women, three men. This include 9 others with guns wounds, the dead bodies and wounded were taken to juba teaching hospital and case reported to western police station

http://www.groundreport.com/Business/South-Sudan-Tribal-in-the-Capital-city-Culprits-Ca/2944708

South Sudan tribal Crisis: Parliament breaks apart

By Joseph Edward 
The Komiru insecurity that sparks on the 3rd and continued for three days has made the MPs in the National Assembly to break in to tribal bases. A motion tabled table by Hon. Paul Yoani Bonju last week to Assembly has sparked chaos among Parliamentarians, as the Mps looked at the Komiru incident on tribal bases, the Mps were expressing emotions on support of their communities instead of the focusing for immediate solution, the Speaker of the Assembly James Wani Igga urged the Governor of Central Equatoria State, the Defense and the Interior Ministers in the National Government, the Commissioner of Juba County and the state Minister of the Physical infrastructure in Central Equatoria to appear to the Parliament on 12th to answer question on land management and insecurity in Komiru.

Hon. David Okuara appealed to the Mps to discuss the matter on national responsibility not on emotions or tribal base. He urged the MPs to come with immediate solution to resolve and put an end to the Komiru crisis. “We must make sure that investigation is carried out and culprits are trialed” David told the Parliament. And he asked the Parliament to give time for the Ministry of Interior to carry out the investigation. Other Mps said refused that Komiru crisis is not a National concern.

The motion called for continues demolition exercise as planed not only in Komiru area, but in any shanty area within the state territory to root out the squatters and the has urged immediate support to the bereaved families, whose houses or properties are burnt including those forcefully displaced by the accident. The Mps also requested the Government of the Central Equatoria state (CES) and the National Government to conduct immediate and thoroughly investigation surrounding the incident and bring the culprits to book without any compromise.

The motion urged Ministers of Defense, Interior and Governor of Central Equatoria State to update the Assembly on the causes of the surrounding incident. “The Komiru incident has made our enemies to laugh at us, but will prove them that Juba town and its entire indigenous inhabitants would not be part of those who believe in violence as a means of solving problems” Bonju was quoted.

The incident has claimed lives of eight civilians namely Mr. Charles Philip Abraham Batista, Martha Alexander, Rose Nene Alexander, Georgy Alexander, Lili Wausk Alexander Tereza Ikoya and one deceased who was burned and has become difficult to identify and wounded three people namely Mrs. Poni Lukak Legge, Sabry Alexander, Agrey Kiri Yontana Lako. According to the motion five locals of Komiru were put on gun points, among them are James Loro, Mathew Sokiri, Lodule Andrea Keri and the two people still go missing his/her names are not identified and an old woman Mrs. Poru Tungun Jurkin.

“The beginning of the land grabbing crisis in Komiru on the 3rd March, following an announcement made by the Chairperson of the demolition committee Central Equatoria State that the area was going to be demolished as part of reorganization of Juba town depicts a true view of a modern Capital. Hence on receiving the information, some elements within South Sudan security organs went on rampage harassing the local inhabitants by making road block barring away the local men of Komiru from entering the area and they only allowed women to enter. Around 10:00 Mp the same security group entered the area and started shooting at random causing havoc to the indigenous burning five houses to ashes” Bonju stated.

The motion stated that on 4th during morning hours the same group entered the area and started shooting randomly injuring t civilians and burning down the rest houses, the Mps said that security organs turned to kill the local population instead of harassing the demolition committee. According to the motion the victims of the incidents are mostly women and children as men were blocked from entering that area. Among the deaths, two were children, three women and three men.

The Mps also questioned the Government over security people who carry weapons on their hands. They said that Government should come with strategies whereby all weapons are kept in the warehouses and urged the Government to allocate land to the organized forces, the Mps further urged the Ministry of interior to immediately intervene to the Komiru crisis, as Central Equatoria state lack enough police to manage the capital city.

The Deputy speaker Hon. Daniel Awet urged the citizens to treat the incident as criminal case not tribal clashes. He requested the Parliament to enact laws that govern all resources of the country. He urged complete demarcation of Juba town and accused the responsible people in the Government of keeping guns in their houses. He said some people with high ranks have armed guards who are carry guns. He said that some time the body guards use the guns for different things. And he said that eighty percent of the organized forces are illiterate. He urged the people not to condemn the army, but correct them.

Meanwhile Hon. Henry Dilang Odwar blamed to the Government of been silent over the three days deadly clashes in Komiru. He accused the Mps of believing in tribalism. He said that even MPs have involved in land grabbing in Juba. And Hon. Joy Kwaje said that those people involved in the Komiru killings are criminals show the state tolerate criminal ruling. At that side Mary Kiden who closed that motion urged continues demolition. Land grabbing and cattle rustling are the most issues in South Sudan which claimed over thousands of lives since the Signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. In 2010, 600 cases were reported to South Sudan court and 30% percent of the cases were handled. Beside land grabbing in some people who are not inhabitants of Juba County have involved in illegal selling land, residents in Gudele complained.

http://www.groundreport.com/Business/South-Sudan-tribal-Crisis-Parliament-breaks-apart/2944706

Land dispute leaves over five people dead in South Sudan’s capital, Juba


March 6, 2012 (JUBA) – More than five people have been killed and more wounded over a land dispute in Juba. The incident pushed President Salva Kiir to deploy security forces to stop the violence and maintain security and calm in the South Sudan’s capital.

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Recruits for the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) perform a training exercise at their academy in Rajaf, South Sudan, 7 October 2010 (UN)

The clashes erupted over two days, on Sunday and Monday, between members of the Bari community and non-Bari, particularly the Dinka and Nuer inhabitants in the capital, north of Munuki area.

Authorities say the fighting erupted when a group of armed men believed to be from the Bari community came in a pickup truck and attacked people from an area called Kamiru which is predominantly inhabited by Dinka and Nuer, accusing them of stealing their land.

This came after an argument on Sunday involving members from the Bari community, although other sources claimed that they were land officers from Central Equatoria state, and members from Nuer and Dinka communities over ownership of some plots of land in the area.

The attackers opened fire and killed a man and a child before driving off, prompting some of the inhabitants to react by attacking the homes in the neighbourhood which they suspected of belonging to the Bari community. A number of houses were burnt down, leaving at least 8 people dead.

On Tuesday, relatives of the deceased carried the dead bodies to the South Sudan’s parliament and criticised the government for not responding to the incident which involved the use of firearms.

However, heavy deployment of military police around the area was witnessed by Sudan Tribunereporters on Monday.

The commissioner of Juba County, Peter Ladu Gore, while addressing the mourners on Tuesday, said the incident will be dealt with by the national government.

Speaking to the press shortly after briefing President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday about the incidents, Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya, said Kiir had appreciated steps taken by his ministry to address the issue but directed security organisations to maintain law and order while urging the parties involving the conflict to restrain from violence.

“The police and security forces have been deployed to the site. They are in control of the situation” Magaya told reporters, while admitting that five people had been killed and 3 others had sustained serious injuries.

Magaya denied reports claiming that seven people were killed in the clash. “This is very unfortunate incident but it is not true that seven people have been killed. Our reports indicate 4 lives have been lost,” Magaya explained. Independent sources told Sudan Tribune that actually at least ten people were killed during the clashes.

Governor of Central Equatoria state, Clement Wani Konga, at the same press briefing announced that the demolition in Block 107 is suspended for a special arrangement to be carried out to relocate those who will be affected by the exercise to a new site. He called for calm and people to refrain from taking revenge between the communities.

He explained to the press that the clashes in Gudele and Kamiru village came as a result of a land dispute between some individuals of Bari community of Kamiru Village, and some soldiers displaced from New Site.

“Let us not politicise this issue. This is an administrative matter. We appeal to our people to understand our position and respond. We have stopped the demolition exercise. It will not continue,” announced Governor Konga

The incident sparked serious on air discussions on South Sudan radio on Monday and Tuesday with accusations and counter-accusations between the rival communities.

Land conflicts over Juba city has been going on for several years since the establishment of the government of South Sudan in 2005. Members of the host community, the Bari, have been since accusing inhabitants from other states of grabbing their land. They also accused them of not following the legal procedures of acquiring land through the Central Equatoria state’s ministry of physical infrastructure.

However, non-Bari residents also accuse Bari community of not behaving as if Juba is the federal capital for all South Sudanese, but treating others like aliens. They also say the state authority is deliberately refusing to process applications from citizens coming from Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Greater Upper Nile regions.

They also accuse them of allegedly targeting and demolishing homes of non-Bari which are well built, with concrete materials, when carrying out road surveys.

Bari chiefs who claim that land belongs to the community are also criticised for allocating lands and selling them to non-Bari residents only to renege on the agreements and reclaim the territory as stolen land.

The national government of South Sudan last year resolved to relocate the federal capital to Ramciel in the centre of the country, saying Juba will not unite the people of South Sudan as their national capital.

The decision to maintain Juba as the capital during the six year interim period came when a group of Bari elders and intellectuals met with the late SPLM leader, John Garang, in Nairobi before the signing of the CPA and protested against the then plan by the SPLM to move the capital to Ramciel.

The latest incident in the capital is the deadliest land dispute since 2005. Non-Bari members from other regions over the FM talk shows accused the Bari of allegedly being agitated by Khartoum to initiate insecurity in the capital as part of its agenda to destabilise South Sudan, an allegation denied by the Bari.

A member of South Sudan’s parliament, Tongun Ladu, who represents the Munuki constituency where the incident took place, was accused by the residents of inciting the violence against non-Bari at the site.

Ladu denied the accusations, saying that he just recovered from illness and could not have been involved in the violence.

However, the Bari chief in the area, who allegedly sold the plots to the non-Bari and later on reclaimed them, was reportedly arrested by the authorities.

On Tuesday, a group of people from Central Equatoria state protested in the streets of Juba and matched to the South Sudan’s parliament singing the slogans “we shall never surrender” while displaying their dead in front of the parliament building.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/Land-dispute-leaves-over-five,41811

Sudan, South Sudan Talks Continue Despite Tensions
Voice of America (blog)
Talks continue between Sudan and South Sudan as they try to resolve simmering disputes over oil, borders, and citizenship issues. A VOA correspondent at the scene, in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, says the talks are focusing on border issues, 
Lomira grad works with Doctors Without Borders in Sudan
Fond du Lac Reporter
Dr. Rebecca Posthuma, a Fond du Lac County native, front center, and a midwife she was working with as part of a Doctors Without Borders initiative, Aerlyn Pfeil, right, interact with traditional birthing attendants in Aweil, South Sudan.
South Sudan tribal Crisis: Parliament breaks apart
GroundReport
Hence on receiving the information, some elements within South Sudan security organs went on rampage harassing the local inhabitants by making road block barring away the local men of Komiru from entering the area and they only allowed women to enter.

Juba British Council Honours Actors
AllAfrica.com
By Charles Buth Diu, 7 March 2012 Mr. Anthony (Tony) Calder bank, Director of the British Council in South Sudan and his wife Madame Roberta, organized a pleasant luncheon few days ago for members of the South Sudan Theatre Company who are to be hosted 

Dinka: The cattle keepers of Sudan in a visual ‘tome’As South Sudan continues to celebrate its Independence, I have been enjoying a thrilling photographic exhibition contained between two covers. For it seems quite inadequate to call Dinka a mere book – not even a coffee-table book. It’s more a dining-table of a tome. Legendary cattle keepers of Sudan runs the sub-title, and for page after breathtaking page we find ourselves in a dusty swirl of images as we jostle among the extraordinarily tall pastoralists from Southern Sudan (as it was called until July 9) and their devoted long-horned cattle.

It’s almost always the case that the larger an image is blown up the more spectacular it appears and the more you become absorbed in it. So when you consider that a good number of the pictures here are double page spreads of a book that’s a full one foot wide and a giant 16 inches high you can readily understand why no 3D glasses would be needed to feel yourself in among the Dinka.

The cameras that captured the rich culture and traditions of these people were held by Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith, that hugely experienced team of photographers of traditional African societies. These two have spent three decades producing a unique collection of large-format pictorial books, including Maasai, Africa Adorned, Nomads of Niger, African Ark, and the two-volume African Ceremonies. (They’re currently working on a third and final volume, African Twilight.)

Like all great photographers — and these two are among the greatest — they do far more than point their cameras where they should. It is their engaging personalities that help them establish the warm, respectful and trusting relationships with the traditional communities whose cultures they become privileged to share, and which allow them to bring these cultures to life as they do.

Fisher and Beckwith first visited the Dinka in the late 1970s, when the war between the North and the South had not yet reached their vast cattle camps. But it soon did, with devastating effects on that peace-loving tribe. Government-sponsored militias wreaked havoc on them, with unprecedented brutality. Young boys, orphaned and with no support, made epic journeys to Ethiopia and Kenya, and not a few found their way to America where they became known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”

Simon Akoch John, the leader of the South California Chapter of the Lost Boys of Sudan Foundation, wrote to the two authors after attending the launch of Dinka in California, thanking them for supporting their foundation. And here’s what they said about the book: “You have done what nearly seven million Dinka people could never do themselves, preserve their heritage and culture.”

As I read John’s long and lyrical letter I concluded that as a complete outsider, I could do no better than to quote further from this Dinka’s reactions to a book about his own people. He wrote that no words could adequately express his sensational joy and his unexpected nostalgia. He was stunned, he said, by the sheer joy of seeing such familiar sights, each picture telling a familiar story, his story. John loved the way Fisher and Beckwith’s pictures were pure and accurate, free of embellishment or commercial manipulation, and admired how they narrated the story that accompanied the pictures with grace, precision and accuracy. Who am I to say different?

John repeatedly thanked Fisher and Beckwith not only for their great achievement, but also for the endless hardships they had to endure in search of their images. He concluded by saying he would cherish his copy of the book, “pass it on to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and to the world at large, a celebration of enduring love and humanity”.

Fisher and Beckwith were only able to return to South Sudan following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, and when they did they found the war had resulted in massive changes. Spears had been replaced by Kalashnikov rifles, beaded bodices and corsets by T-shirts and jeans. And now, as the benefits of modernity spread around the new nation, the Dinka’s traditional nomadic ways are likely to fade further.

Little wonder that the Lost Boy wrote what he did, and little wonder that Dinka (in its limited edition version) received first prize in the 2010 HP Indigo Digital Printing Award for the highest quality digitally printed photographic book, having competed against 450 projects from 170 countries. And the version now available here in Nairobi was proclaimed by American Photo as one of 2010’s 10 best photographic books. Take a look, and you’ll readily understand why.