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Two Years Later: In Living Memory of Isaiah Abraham!

Isaiah Abraham

My sons died for this country… The eldest one was killed in Nasir, the other one was killed in Itang, and another one was killed in Yei and now you killed this one for me… I have been wondering when the Arabs came to Juba to kill Isaiah… I wrap my head in a white cloth because I wish South Sudan to be in peace and he who wraps his head in black and kills people at night is responsible for ruining your country; please count me out—–Late Isaiah Abraham’s Mother, Abuna Rebecca Lueth Wel, speaking during Isaiah’s Memorial Service in Juba, December 13, 2012. 

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

By PaanLuel Wël,

Today, December 5, two years ago at about midnight (of Dec 4-5), we lost our brother and colleague, comrade Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol (aka Isaiah Abraham) to mysterious assailants who have never been caught up to now.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

While many did, and still do, consider it to have been the handiwork of the South Sudan’s Secret Security Services–political assassination, there has been no conclusive proof whatsoever notwithstanding the alleged involvement of the American’s CIA in the investigation.  The state-appointed Team that was formed to unmask his killers (1) is yet to start it works, one year later, (2) was never convened/formed in the first place, or (3) was quickly disbanded once the “fire” was thought to have fizzled out.

Marial Benjamin, then the Minister for Information, had once sensationally claimed that the government had arrested some suspects in connection with Isaiah Abraham’s killing. Once again, just like the Investigative Team, the suspects (1) are yet to be named and brought for public prosecution, one year later, (2) were not apprehended in the first place and Marial was shamelessly lying on behalf of the government, or (3) were simply released after the “fire” was perceived to have subsided.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, the first martyr for the Freedom of Expression in the Republic of South Sudan

Of course, then and even now, the government of the Republic of South Sudan, particularly those around the President, is/are suspected to have carried out the cowardice political assassination. What is not certain though is whether or not the president himself was in the know. Did he personally authorize the killing? I personally doubt, for it was more likely a case of some within his security guards—those who want to appear more royal than the king himself–who might had unilaterally taken the decision and executed their heinous crime, all in the name of “protecting the presidency.”

The brutal killing of Abuna Diing Chan Awuol occurred just three months after my arrival in Juba from Washington DC, USA. I was baffled, outraged and disgusted! In a country where armed rebels were, and still are, sprawling the countryside, who knew that the government of the liberators would ponder killing someone for merely expressing his/her ideas and opinions peacefully! “Didn’t they have enough enemies (real threat) at their disposal” I wondered bitterly!

Abuna Diing Chan Awuol, alias Isaiah Abraham, has indisputably become the first martyr of the Freedom of Expression in the infant Republic of South Sudan

I remembered when Jon Pende Ngong organized a memorial dinner, at Kush Resort, for our fallen comrade–Isaiah Abraham–in Juba. We all showed up—though we knew that the security guys would be there, listening in on us, possibly recording. I went with Atok Baguoot and Tearz Ayuen, and in attendance, in addition to Jon Pen and the three of us, were Beny Gideon, Garang John, Deng Dekuek, Manyang Mayar, Deng Awai, Ting Mayai, Abuna Yak Deng, Thon Mangok, Maal Maker Thiong, Zechariah Manyok Biar etc., among many others.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

The spirit of defiant and boundless outrage was on full display that late evening. We expressed our frustrations at the government and reaffirmed both our individual and collective determination to stay the course for which our comrade and colleague had paid the ultimate price. Later on when Isaiah Abraham’s official memorial was held at Pande Bior-athuot in Juba, leaders of the Greater Bor Community were in unison both in their criticisms and perception of the government as the prime suspect for the killing.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

But it was online, on the World Wide Web, that most of us expressed their shocks at the government’s stupidity and self-defeatism mentality. Many wrote about the tragedy, but I will only provide a link to a series of articles I wrote after the horrendous murder: “Tribute to Isaiah Abraham, part 1-4“. Then below the links is a collection of Isaiah Abraham’s articles/writings that I later-ward collated and edited for the public, in his memory and honor.

Tribute To Isaiah Abraham (Part 1)

Tribute To Isaiah Abraham (Part 2)

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham (Part 3)

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham (Part 4)

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

Articles/Writings by Isaiah Abraham

Isaiah Abraham, In His Own Words

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My sons died for this country… The eldest one was killed in Nasir, the other one was killed in Itang, and another one was killed in Yei and now you killed this one for me… I have been wondering when the Arabs came to Juba to kill Isaiah… I wrap my head in a white cloth because I wish South Sudan to be in peaceand he who wraps his head in black and kills people at night is responsible for ruining your country; please count me out—–Late Isaiah Abraham’s Mother, Abuna Rebecca Lueth Wel, speaking during Isaiah’s Memorial Service in Juba, December 13, 2012. 

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

By PaanLuel Wël,

Today, December 5, last year at about midnight (of Dec 4-5), we lost our brother and colleague, comrade Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol (aka Isaiah Abraham) to mysterious assailants who have never been caught up to now.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government’s secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

While many did, and still do, consider it to have been the handiwork of the South Sudan’s Secret Security Services–political assassination, there has been no conclusive proof whatsoever notwithstanding the alleged involvement of the American’s CIA in the investigation.  The state-appointed Team that was formed to unmask his killers (1) is yet to start it works, one year later, (2) was never convened/formed in the first place, or (3) was quickly disbanded once the “fire” was thought to have fizzled out.

Marial Benjamin, then the Minister for Information, had once sensationally claimed that the government had arrested some suspects in connection with Isaiah Abraham’s killing. Once again, just like the Investigative Team, the suspects (1) are yet to be named and brought for public prosecution, one year later, (2) were not apprehended in the first place and Marial was shamelessly lying on behalf of the government, or (3) were simply released after the “fire” was perceived to have subsided.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, the first martyr for the Freedom of Expression in the Republic of South Sudan

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, the first martyr for the Freedom of Expression in the Republic of South Sudan

Of course, then and even now, the government of the Republic of South Sudan, particularly those around the President, is/are suspected to have carried out the cowardice political assassination. What is not certain though is whether or not the president himself was in the know. Did he personally authorize the killing? I personally doubt, for it was more likely a case of some within his security guards—those who want to appear more royal than the king himself–who might had unilaterally taken the decision and executed their heinous crime, all in the name of “protecting the presidency.”

The brutal killing of Abuna Diing Chan Awuol occurred just three months after my arrival in Juba from Washington DC, USA. I was baffled, outraged and disgusted! In a country where armed rebels were, and still are, sprawling the countryside, who knew that the government of the liberators would ponder killing someone for merely expressing his/her ideas and opinions peacefully! “Didn’t they have enough enemies (real threat) at their disposal” I wondered bitterly!

Abuna Diing Chan Awuol, alias Isaiah Abraham, has indisputably become the first martyr of the Freedom of Expression in the infant Republic of South Sudan

Abuna Diing Chan Awuol, alias Isaiah Abraham, has indisputably become the first martyr of the Freedom of Expression in the infant Republic of South Sudan

I remembered when Jon Pende Ngong organized a memorial dinner, at Kush Resort, for our fallen comrade–Isaiah Abraham–in Juba. We all showed up—though we knew that the security guys would be there, listening in on us, possibly recording. I went with Atok Baguoot and Tearz Ayuen, and in attendance, in addition to Jon Pen and the three of us, were Beny Gideon, Garang John, Deng Dekuek, Manyang Mayar, Deng Awai, Ting Mayai, Abuna Yak Deng, Thon Mangok, Maal Maker Thiong, Zechariah Manyok Biar etc., among many others.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government’s secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

The spirit of defiant and boundless outrage was on full display that late evening. We expressed our frustrations at the government and reaffirmed both our individual and collective determination to stay the course for which our comrade and colleague had paid the ultimate price. Later on when Isaiah Abraham’s official memorial was held at Pande Bior-athuot in Juba, leaders of the Greater Bor Community were in unison both in their criticisms and perception of the government as the prime suspect for the killing.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

But it was online, on the World Wide Web, that most of us expressed their shocks at the government’s stupidity and self-defeatism mentality. Many wrote about the tragedy, but I will only provide a link to a series of articles I wrote after the horrendous murder: “Tribute to Isaiah Abraham, part 1-4“. Then below the links is a collection of Isaiah Abraham’s articles/writings that I later-ward collated and edited for the public, in his memory and honor.

Tribute To Isaiah Abraham (Part 1)

Tribute To Isaiah Abraham (Part 2)

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham (Part 3)

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham (Part 4)

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government's secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan who was assassinated on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House in Juba city, South Sudan. All fingers are pointing at the government’s secret services that have been known to kidnap and torture media personalities in South Sudan. Isaiah Abraham was never shy of expressing his deep displeasure with President Kiir administration.

Articles/Writings by Isaiah Abraham

Isaiah Abraham, In His Own Words


“Uncle, may I ask you a question; how is the case of dad going on in Juba and has the government found his killers? “ (Chan Isaiah, August 14, 2013)

TEN MONTHS GONE; JUSTICE DELAYED; JUSTICE DENIED; CRY THE BLOOD OF ISAIAH ABRAHAM!
A letter of reminder from New York
By
Biel Boutros Biel
Dear Fellow South Sudanese, fellow human rights defenders, colleagues in civil society, friends of South Sudan, people of conscience and good will all over the world; “a sad ten months to all of you”
Today the 5th of October 2013, I would like to remind all of you that it marks 10 months since our fellow country man, colleague, friend and fellow human rights defender Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol (Isaiah Abraham) was assassinated at his house in Juba. He was killed on December 5th, 2012 at about dawn hours (My heart and prayers always with you comrade Diing and peace upon your family, Twic East Citizens, Kongor Community and South Sudanese you died for).
Fellow citizens as you all know, Isaiah was a known political commentator who writes on the socio-economic political issues affecting South Sudan. To political dictators, he was an evil to be gotten rid of, to cool headed politicians, he was controversial but to my colleagues and I, in human rights and civil society and to the cheated majority South Sudanese in Juba and rural counties, he remains a hero of conscience who gave up his life for us and the posterity. Brother Diing, you had said and done what Napoleon didn’t do! Thank you.
Due to his views on many issues and the dictatorship of the South Sudan government including the easy giving away of Miles 14 to North Sudan, a land that belongs to the South Sudanese communities of Mading Aweil, with no fear or favour, we believe among others, he was thereof gunned down.
Soon after his assassination, a committee of investigations including the Ministry of Interior was formed and tasked to investigate the incident. It gave a preliminary report after assessing how brother Isaiah was murdered. Based on that report announced verbally(as more often than not in South Sudan’s leaders’ jokes on critical issues), the Government of South Sudan concluded that indicatively, about 70% shows that Isaiah’s death was a planned assassination and whereas, we, his colleagues, believe that 100% of his death was a state’s organized assassination. Knowing South Sudan as of now, only a fool will immediately ask us for the evidence though!
On January 3, 2013, the South Sudan’s Former Minister of Information Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, on South Sudan TV, announced that a number of suspects believed to have executed the planned assassination of Isaiah Abraham, were apprehended and kept somewhere. Probably, believably than not, could be with National Security whose office issued two statements thereafter, calling upon any public member who would reveal the killers of Isaiah Abraham and  be rewarded, in the first and second press statements, with 50, 000 USD and 100, 000 USD. This “reward alarm” by the supposedly people’s protectors,  was an insult to our intelligence as that shows how his life was cheapened to mere willingness of the public members who because for 150, 000 USD would reveal the killers and there was not expressly in our view any political will to investigate the case. This has continued to add our suspicion of the state’s tainted holiness in the assassination.
Held, were a number of follow-up meetings with the office of President Salva Kiir by different groups, including elders and leaders of Greater Bor Community (A community where comrade Isaiah by birth comes from) and constant press statements we have been making calling for justice to be done to the his family and also justice be done to those who had been suspected of the assassination as alleged arrested by Minister Marial Benjamin. Nothing as you all know fellow citizens that up to this day, has been done. No one has been held accountable over the death of our colleague Isaiah Abraham nor have the alleged suspects arrested been revealed.
This ambiguity on the side of government raises a number of issues as follows:
1. Whether or not there were indeed suspects arrested as wildly and widely claimed by Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin?
2. Whether or not the suspects have revealed the truth that implicates the Government of South Sudan or the President or any other senior government of official(s) within South Sudan’s public institutions?
3. Whether Hon. Marial was not misinformed that there were suspects arrested or he chose to deceive the public to quench off public outrage that was burning at the time after the latte’s murder?
On the above issues:
As to whether or not there were suspects really arrested, this remains controversial as nobody could give clarity except the national security office, the President of South Sudan, Ministry of Interior and Marial Benjamin who announced the news of their arrest but all have failed substantially to give the truth to Diing’s family nor to the public on whose behalf Diing gave up his life. They remained silent hitherto.
What happened to Marial’s wild pronouncements?  It is hard to believe either. Probably the suspects might have been there as alleged being arrested if one would, at least for a minute, believe Marial Benjamin!
As to whether the suspects might have revealed the truth that implicates the government, this is a highly probable scenario because despite the announcement by Marial, no suspects have been brought to Court for trial contrary to the Constitutional rights of speedy trial of any accused person(s).
 Article 19 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 provides for the fair trial of the accused. Marial Benjamin must be aware of this provision, the office of the President, the Ministry of interior and above all, the Prosecutor General in the Ministry of Justice and National Security must equally be cognizant of  such non-derogable rights(rights that cannot be tempered with whatsoever).
Specifically, Article 19(4) of the Constitution provides for speedy trial of any accused person and be produced before the Court of Law within 24 hours after the apprehension. The provision liberally adds that an accused could be further remanded/made to remain in detention for the purposes of completing the investigations but for not more than 3 months and such continued remand only be done so with the permission of the Public Prosecutions Attorney and the Court/Magistrate respectively.
Now the alleged suspects if we believe Marial Benjamin, who claims that arrests were made, have spent 9 months plus without trial. Therefore, fellow citizens that their rights to fair trial doesn’t need a Constitutional expert to conclude that they have been violated!.  Failing to take them if they are there though, for trial, in our view, is making double evils. That is, the death of Isaiah, the failure to do justice to his family and failure to try the accused persons who were alleged prominent suspects to his assassination.
WHO IS FOOLING WHO?  Hon. Marial Benjamin and National Security plus the former Minister of Security as well the office of the President and Ministry of Interior ought to give answers to the family of Isaiah, we his friends, the public and the whole world of conscience that reads his documented views and  who is constantly angered by his assassination.
In short, if the suspects are there, they must have told out the whole truth of who sent them to kill Isaiah Abraham! So presumably, because of that, perhaps, reasonably for the next many years to believe so, that such a person or persons, who sent them to implement the evil, must have been a senior member in any one of the institutions of the Government of South Sudan.
WILL THE GOVERNMENT THIS TIME ROUND BREAK THE SILENCE? But it has remained adamant to do so!
Fellow citizens and people of Conscience, this “SILENCE OF GOVERNMENT” is what has given my colleagues and I a strong belief that the state has murdered our brother  Isaiah because  of his political views opposing the evils of Khartoum being implemented by proxy through Juba. Ten months had gone, yet no justice done!
WHERE ARE THE ADORED PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND DIGNITY PROCLAIMED BY OUR LEADERS?
This silence fellow citizens confirms  the most  legally quoted equity phrase that “ justice delayed, justice denied” The blood of Isaiah has been crying but everybody whether for fear of being Isaiah number 2 or for political calculations has remained deadly silent. This is a complete betrayal of our brother whose blood means a lot for South Sudan’s transition to democracy.
As to whether or not Marial Benjamin was misinformed of the alleged  suspects arrested who might not have been there but cleverly coined to quench off public anger.
This scenario of deception at the very least could be a possibility. One case example to illustrate this, is that, when the UN Human Rights Officer Sandra was expelled last year by South Sudan government, to date, controversies continue to awash our memories as who actually ordered her expulsion! Was it entirely and single –handedly done by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial? Or was it ordered by the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit? No answers so far on this  given satisfactorily but by doctrine of co-ordination in the government, it is obvious in the view of the author, that Hon. Nhial acted as instructed on Sandra’s case is beyond the scope of this piece to discuss).
By the same token of how things happen in South Sudan, Hon. Marial Benjamin, must have been directed to announce the suspects who are to this date might not be available but was done so to appease the public that remains angry to this day. Or Marial was indeed aware of the real suspects arrested and he was doing it genuinely to inform the public of the seriousness of his salary-paid government on the matter. God and Marial know the truth though!
Now that the suspects have not been brought to justice and no information has been given to public neither to Isaiah’s family, this raises a lot of arguments that Marial Benjamin as he is known these days; must have been doing “Public relations” for the Government of South Sudan but he did it in an unforgettable bitter case whatsoever! Was he aware of the implications of his pronouncements?
On August 14, 2013, while visiting the family of Isaiah, I encountered the bitterest reminder from his 13 year old son Chan Isaiah. Upon my arrival, the kids looked at my eye and I made no mistake that probably they were expecting me of any news and I knew that they wanted to know what the South Sudanese are doing on the case of their father. As I know they are young, I have often avoided discussing the assassination of their father with them.  But that day the August 14, 2013, caught me by surprise. As fatherless little Chan sat beside me, he pricked me with the most unforgettable question and he humbly asked:
 “Uncle, may I ask you a question; how is the case of dad going on in Juba and has the government found his killers? “
Monica his sister looked at me too and my colleague Peter Nien who was with me plus their mum looked at me as well. I tried to look up onto the ceiling avoiding any eye contact with anyone in the room neither even Chan himself but as I lowered down my eyes, the boy’s eyes were on me for answers. I pat him at the back and painfully I responded to his questions:
Chan, nothing has been revealed yet as those arrested have not appeared before the court”,
To stop him from asking more painful questions, I added; “Our government is still investigating the case and they will one day give out the final information when the investigations are over”
Young Chan still looked at me and seemingly regarding what I was saying as unbelievable. I felt guilty all the more of having no “a better nothing to tell him”. It increases my bitterness to this day over the case.
However, I truthfully told him my conscience and I said; “Chan; continue with your education and for the case of Isaiah, there are many who will not give up following his assassination. Remain strong and we will not let him down at all”. He nodded and responded “Thank you uncle and I am sorry to ask but that is what I wanted to know, thank you”
The questions asked by little Chan have remained as a bitter reminder that ten months gone without justice. I know in my first response to little chan, I didn’t tell him the whole truth because as there has never been a government investigating the case. Since Marial’s January 3 wild pronouncements, nothing has been said again publicly by the government about the case of Isaiah Abraham. This silence each day leaves us with following question:
1.            Who killed him?
2.            Who sent them?
3.            Where are they?
4.            When are they going to be tried before the court?
The above questions ought to be answered by the government of South Sudan but this date, nothing has been responded to. Marial Benjamin has remained neither without pronouncing anything again on the case nor the National Security telling the public whether or not the 150,000 USD reward which they promised to anyone who gives them information about who killed Isaiah Abraham, has worked.
Fellow citizens, we have made a lot of statements for long in Juba on Isaiah’s assassination and worldwide, we have explored all avenues to inform any person of good conscience that the blood of our brother Diing is so important that the truth of how he died must not be left unearthed but justice be done no matter come what may!
The Geneva based Human Rights Council, we are very grateful to date that it was this year able to raise it to South Sudan’s former Minister of Justice Hon. John Luk Jok. It was a good recognition of the blood of Isaiah and the fact that there were no better answers Hon. Luk could give over the case was in our view, significantly a humiliating exposure of the evils which ordinary South Sudanese people are facing under their own government. Not many months ago, equally to recall, in European Conference at Belgium, Isaiah’s case topped the agenda and we are happy that South Sudan’s delegation could not dodge reality openly discussed on the case.
Thanks to the people of conscience who know that Isaiah didn’t volunteer to die for the earlier pleasure to be with the Lord but for what was larger in him, much bigger than the shortsighted calculations of his organized assassins.
Fellow citizens, Jesus Christ is not crazy to remind us always that; “He is ready to leave the 99 members of his flock and goes out to look for one member who is lost” This shows the Lord’s love for each life.. Can we together raise conscience-searching questions and ask our Government under President Salva Kiir Mayardit to answer these questions:
1.            Who killed him?
2.            Who sent them?
3.            Where are they?
4.            When are they going to be tried before the court?
As my colleagues and I have always believed so, the answers are lying with the state and the state’s silence has oftentimes confirmed our greatest suspicion that the state killed Isaiah Abraham, that the suspects have told the truth about his death, that they were sent to kill him and that the suspects if taken for trial, would implicate surprisingly in our view some senior government  officials and that to cover up the evil done, the suspects would never be tried and no justice would ever be done to the family of our fallen hero  Isaiah Abraham.
Together, fellow citizens, let’s stand up and ask the above questions so that the government answers them or give us better version. MARIAL BENJAMIN TELL WHAT YOU KNOW NOW AS YOU TOLD US IN JANUARY THIS YEAR!
Finally; we recommend briefly the following:
1.            That South Sudanese Citizens and people of good will all over the world and in South Sudan should ask the government to account on the death of Isaiah Abraham and with urgency.
2.            That all human rights defenders in South Sudan must gather on December 5th 2013 at the late’s tomb in Kongor in Twic East County, Jonglei State, where he was buried and in Juba, to peacefully demonstrate, asking for justice to be done so that together, we answer the questions asked by his 13 year old Chan; “Have his killers been found?”
3.            That the National Security should declare that they have failed to get anybody coming forward to show who killed the late and that the 150, 000 USD promised as a reward to any informant, must be given to the children of Isaiah Abraham for their education(This must not be construed to mean blood-money/dia for Isaiah, no, because it is the public money that the National Security was able to  have so easily and to the extent of making a big joke to give it as a reward)
4.            That the Prosecutor General in the Ministry of Justice must tell the public what his office knows about the case of Isaiah since the investigations of crimes succinctly fall within the purview of his office. Sir, have there been investigations done by the controlled committee?
5.            That all the lawyers should gather on one of the days by December 2013 in Juba and ask the President of the Republic, Speaker of Parliament and Chief Justice of the Judiciary of South Sudan, each to throw the first copy of the Constitution into the flaming fire lit by the lawyers and thereafter, the lawyers and the rest of the public members countrywide, burn all the copies of the Constitution.
In our view, this would be honourable to do so since the rights enshrined therein have been considered useless by the Executive from the President to the Boma Administrator in South Sudan and by the doctrine of co-ordination, the Chief Justice and the speaker are guilty by association since each has failed to defend the supreme law.
HAD THERE BEEN RESPECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION, ISAIAH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MURDERED AT ALL!
As the copies of the Constitution  shoot high in flames, then, South Sudan shall have been declared as under clear military dictatorship, where asking  as who killed Isaiah Abraham, would be at the discretion of the top General!
Fellow citizens, Dr. Martin Luther King stated; “Our life begins to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”
Have our life ended? That is the question we leave with you and as critically aware of, that speaking out on these issues carries particularly when the supposedly people’s government is the prime suspect, neither I nor my colleagues, could underestimate the highly price one is likely to pay!
Yet, in overview, our physical protection is our constantly Constitution of South Sudan though constantly violated. Our invisible defender is the Almighty God and our fundamental push to speak out on these issues, is our conscience and our greatest encouragement is the blood of Isaiah whose ultimate loss remains sacrificial for you, for all of us and for posterity.
Fellow citizens, as reminder to one of you, human Life is a question of human dignity and once a single life is violated, it is the violation of the whole humanity. Can such a violation not concern the entire humanity? Think about his blood fellow citizens and to the Almighty God, may his soul rest in eternity.
Lord, we are ready to drink at any chalice on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves and so your will done as we say to hell with injustices over our rights! Fellow citizens, over to you!
Biel Boutros Biel is lawyer and the Executive Director of South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy. He has served as a Columnist (JUNGLE REFLECTIONS) at the Sudan Tribune Newspaper and former reporter of Citizen English Daily. He is currently a visiting Scholar in the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University, New York City, USA. He can be reached through:

Isaiah Abraham, In His Own Words

We tried in our simple way to lead our life in a manner that may make a difference to those of others…what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead…real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people…Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity… If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man…many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me—Assortments of quotes from Nelson Mandela, quoted in memory of Isaiah Abraham who was politically assassinated on December 5th, 2012, in Juba, South Sudan.

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba City, South Sudan.

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

That Isaiah Abraham was a passionate writer is in no doubt, and so is the prevailing conviction that he was killed due to his political writings that knew no sacred cows among the high and the mighty of South Sudan’s political and military establishments. Fundamental to Isaiah Abraham’s writings and arguments was his seemingly sacrosanct conviction that the newly independent state of South Sudan under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayaardit has completely lost direction because it has failed to deliver the expected fruits of independence. And because President Kiir has failed to steer the country in the right direction, his argument goes, he must be replaced with another capable leader within the SPLM party.

That new capable and enlightened leader that would usher in the new republic of South Sudan as envisioned during the war of liberation, according to Isaiah Abraham, must be none other than Guandit—Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the current Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan. Unlike most South Sudanese opinion writers who are, habitually, fond of pointing out problems—real and warranted as they might be, Isaiah Abraham was very unique in the sense that he not only pointed out problems confronting the young republic of South Sudan, he also provided solutions—contentious as they do appear sometimes to some sections of his readers and South Sudanese at large.

Isaiah Abraham was also highly controversial, heartily backing views and opinions and positions that were largely unfavorable to most sections of his readers and South Sudanese. For instance, he was supporting Bashir against Yasir Arman, Bashir against the ICC, Dr. Riek against President Kiir, the SPLM/A against the opposition parties. And although he was unquestionably a staunch supporter of South Sudanese independence, he sometimes gave credit to Khartoum in some controversial circumstances unlike most other South Sudanese who oft-time give blanket condemnations to Khartoum on all occasions.

His unyielding opposition to and strong denunciation of Salva Kiir’s presidency was uncharacteristic of other writers who might have held the same opinion on and conclusion about Kiir’s leadership. Below are some of his harshest comments about President Kiir and his rule that, some believe, must have cost him his precious life:

“The document should not have gone like that, people. Unfortunately, little did we know that Kiir has become another (Abyei Chief) Deng Majok who exchanged his ancestral land rights for a single meal? Shame on Kiir and his cohorts! Kiir must go! He is a useless leader this country could have. His foul mouthing is not tolerable anymore…mile 14 and Panthou are sold out for no reasons at all. Oil or no oil, we have been cheated by a ruthless clique in Juba…my people have suffered under President Kiir and his heartless clique; I have no kind words again against these people…the demonstration we made as people of South Sudan on Monday, not as Northern Bahr El Ghazal people, will go down in history as the beginning of things to come…Mr. President is not apologetic and this is worrying. The people of this country deserve a leader that respects their views. We have never had problems with him since he accidently ascended to power in 2005, because the situation dictated that people exercise patience…for the past eight years we have learned bitterly that Mr. Kiir is the problem and should be removed. He has failed us in many fronts, and on this matter of land he must not be forgiven…our men in uniform in Mile 14 therefore are to remain in their places and let Mulana Makuei, Mbeki or Pagan come and dislodge them by force. AU must deploy any troops around Mile 14. We will see how to go about Panthou and Abyei now that someone [Kiir] is selling our lands to Arabs.”

Isaiah Abraham had not always been too critical of President Kiir. Back in 2007, in an article entitled ‘Sudan’s Salva Kiir Has to Live Up to the Job’, Mr. Abraham lauded Kiir for his numerous achievements:

Nobody anywhere would underestimate the kind of job H.E. the President is undertaking. No one further doubts his desire and honest attempts to lead. We are proud of what he has achieved this far and only congratulated ourselves for having him as our leader over those achievements. Few glamorous among them are listed below. He has kept the Movement (SPLM/A) united and alive. He has played a significant role to bringing on board Major Gen. Paulino Matip Nhial and many more. He has warmed up relationship with other like-minded groups of the opposition side of the debate. He has also helped sustain an entity in the Government of Southern Sudan and allowed free hands to his Ministers even for them to propose their own Under Secretaries. These are lofty things done under His Excellency the President unless we forget!

In the article “Is Kiir riding on Machar’s back? March 24, 2010” Isaiah Abraham had the following telling conclusion on President Kiir:

“Despite every negative perception we might conclude about his government, our hero (Comrade Mayardit) will be remembered as a leader who first hoisted the Southern flag and established the government of the people of Southern Sudan from nowhere…Kiir as an individual espoused for his people’s cause most of his life, besides being personally a great listener and a principled man…Our big brother Kiir has his place among our founding fathers (Emidio Tafeng, Saturino Lohure, Joseph Lagu, Deng Nhial, John Garang, Samuel Gai, Ali Gutwalla, Both Diu, Lazarus Mutek, Kerubino Kuanyin, Abel Alier, William Nyuon, etc). Thank you sir, may God give you peace!”

It has never been in question that Isaiah Abraham was always fond of—or as his critics claimed, worshipped—VP Dr. Riek Machar. The tone and the themes of the article “Is Kiir riding on Machar’s back? March 24, 2010” were all choreographed to drive that point home—President Kiir was using Dr. Riek Machar’s popularity with the lay people to garner support and to win the 2010 election. That had earlier been alluded to in the article “Ugandan peace must not be abandoned, December 3, 2008” when Isaiah Abraham wrote:

“Am a very proud man as Southern Sudanese to have Dr. Machar manages this huge responsibility with maturity, calmness and forthright posture; he has shown the world that he’s more than just a Southern leader but an international one”

In the article Macharphobia and Macharmania are unnecessary, September 25, 2009he offered unrestrained praise and unrivalled admiration for Dr. Machar:

“Don’t just caught up in fear when you hear Dr. Machar name, its just too bad for you, there is no basis for doing this. Not at all! For the good of Southern Sudan and the generation to come, the man at the moment is this ’dhol’ called Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhorgun. He is a quintessence of Singapore Yew Khem Yew, the man who pulled out that country less than forty years ago, from nowhere to somewhere in the world economic and prosperous map. Please let’s try him despite his past records. In fact it wasn’t him but elements at that time, within his group that took advantage of a well to do political course to cause mayhem and destruction to our people.”

On the surface, particularly judging by the repetitive praise of and call for Guand-dit to take over from/after President Kiir, one would be adequately persuaded to conclude that Isaiah Abraham, plus his writings, was nothing more than an apologist for Dr. Riek Machar and his quest for presidency. However, after finishing reading his articles such as “Martyr Day isn’t an ordinary Day South Sudanese leaders, July 24, 2012” one is left wondering if the above conclusion hold true anymore. Did Isaiah Abraham really prefer Dr. Machar to President Kiir? What exactly was he up to in that article? Who are the fence sitters? The reformers in wolf clothes? The betrayers of South Sudanese cause who spiritedly claimed to have delivered self-determination on a silver plate unto the SPLM/A?

“…The President is our hero like Garang, no doubt and people wish him well. But here he needs to give that Day a flavor, and not to assume that the Day is like any other special days of the Republic. This isn’t the case. He must spare the victims of the struggle from self-inflicting indignity when someone who supposed to look after them disingenuously shows no feeling about those demised Southerners…. If it wasn’t Dr. John Garang and his men, my people, who could have been around here stealing money, then stashed it to the outside banks. We would have been under Khartoum slaved or outside the country as refugees. Garang and his loyal comrades did it singlehandedly when apologists conspire day and night to betray the cause in the name of reform. Reform about what and in what ya jama? Many martyr died in the hands of the callous and traitors and this is their day. When the traitors were left alone to manage their rebellion couldn’t do what they thought wasn’t done under Garang. When Garang left them alone, like the case now, they couldn’t produce the ‘reform’ they have been passionate about during the bush, hypocrites! It pains when some Southerners couldn’t help the widows and orphans and only concentrate about welfare of their families. Others who stayed on the fence moreover have are conspiring secretly to wreck the boat in the name of change. It starts with change and later degenerated into deaths for our people. Most of them claim that they are champions of self-determination; and that they brought on a silver plate to the SPLM Leaders. That without them, the issue of martyr couldn’t be anything. This is insulting. Self-determination or self-rule is a political term awarded when it is earned and not when it is requested. The Garang and his men earned it. His vision is a lope that makes it easier, and if there were no such a political cry, belief me/not, we would have been still fighting for separation today like others in any other part of the world. This is a bitter truth! Separatists aren’t fashionable around the world; and no short cut whether you shouted the loudest or write some many essays and history about your cause. You can agree like Western Saharans and still not separate. It takes such a high thinking to make to arrive at it… To me it is no longer a doubt, and it will be just a matter of time for these men to go if they continue like that. If Kiir is weak, how Dr. Machar, his Assistant, why neglect these families all around? Dr. Machar was made to stay low, and has accepted that status, but the tide will spare him not; there is no way the two could be separated. If Kiir goes he goes. He hasn’t been himself like before and this is too bad. All are branded failed and are corrupt. I shockingly heard funny stories about the two as to land. Why a tall leader would take over a chunk of land around Juba and then employed his own people around it. This is unbecoming for tomorrow leaders to behave that way. They have moreover shown no leadership by example, stop short of correcting mistake one year in and one year out. The rivalry between Kiir and Machar perhaps has made the country to slip up for jackals to perch it. Dr. Machar has succumbed and if to save anything he must detach himself from how things are done by corrupt barons. I have started to think twice now about the person that could have been the hope for the people of this republic in months or few years to come…The point about Martyr Day is missed by Kiir, Machar and Wani. The trio is becoming problematic to our gains. What makes them thing that the blood of our people is nothing compares to their luxuries and assets? If they care they could have given the chunk land written in their names to our widows and orphans. The wife of William Nyuon is now begging for bread while the rich are basking in ill-gotten wealth as if William did nothing substantive to our struggle? Ms Nyuon has no land to put her hand on and her daughters/sons aren’t being settled in education or a house built in Ayod County in honor of their father. The same could have been applied to all notable contributors of our struggle. What does this tell you about Kiir/Machar/Wani? Martyr Day therefore should have been a day to show kindness to our widows and orphans through gifts and words of encouragement….

Interestingly, if not controversially, Isaiah Abraham had an amazing way of adoring two contradictory heroes: Dr. John Garang as the founding father of South Sudan and Dr. Riek Machar as the great-savior-in-the-waiting for South Sudan. He backed Garang’s model of the New Sudan Vision, believing that it gave birth to the independence of South Sudan. In both the article Give Garang the respect he deserves, October 4, 2011 and the Has the battle to save Garang legacy revived SPLA 1991 ideological differences? October 20, 2011 he took on the hotly contested topic of separatists and unionists in the context of the 1991 split within the SPLM/A. Obviously, under such topical issues and circumstances, he faced the most difficult task of reconciling his support for Dr. Riek with the praise and honoring of the late SPLM/A leader, Dr. John Garang. While his argument is well presented therein, it was, and still is, far from clear if he did succeed to reconcile the two conflicting views on Dr. Machar and Dr. John Garang in the context of 1991 attempted coup.

Isaiah Abraham also preferred direct and frank negotiation between Khartoum and South Sudan considering that it is in the best interest of South Sudan. This is well illustrated in the article, Khartoum and Juba need to dialogue, March 28, 2012.” While acknowledging that Khartoum isn’t serious about international rules, they are troublemakers”, he still called on the two nations to embrace honest dialogue and negotiations to end their destructive hostilities and abide by international norms and standards: Khartoum should abide by the UNSC Resolution to end hostility with South Sudan, May 8, 2012.” This is further reinforced by his impassioned calling for better, mutually benefiting, relationship between the two countries: South Sudan and the Sudan need strong bilateral ties, December 21, 2011.”

Reading titles such as “love him or hate him, sudan need al-bashir January 1, 2011 or the “Vote for Al Bashir not Arman, March 2, 2010” one is likely to mistakenly conclude that Isaiah Abraham was a Khartoum’s supporter. But to contemplate that, deep down in his heart, he was pro-Khartoum would tantamount to a grave underestimation of his patriotism. For instance, he vigorously opposed Khartoum application to join the EAC: Turn down Khartoum’s request for East Africa membership, September 27, 2011.”

On Panthou, he felt bitterly betrayed when president Salva Kiir withdrew SPLA troops from the disputed town of Panthou. This is well illustrated in the article “Panthou: Kiir has betrayed the people of South Sudan, April 23, 2012” where he fumed:

“How come he could easily bowed to New York or Addis Ababa people who never lifted a finger to stop Khartoum from raining fire on our people day and night despite our cry? Mr. President, the interest of our people comes first. Ban Ki-moon (known then in Korea as Ban-jusa) is a letdown and an enemy of our people. Our land can’t be ruled from New York, we are own masters. Our voice was loud, but you kept personalizing the matter, who do you think you are? The issue of Panthou is larger than the president, rather is about South Sudan pride and dignity. If the people of Southern Sudan were ready, even to contribute their own lives and money, why stand own their way Mr. Kiir? You have been inconsistence throughout, and you got to give way. Sir you are one of the leaders that will be remembered for allowing his land to go (Chief Deng Majok was one) because someone who sits in New York or Washington rules over this land. You are a disgrace. If it was a defeat we would have taken it head high, and regroup and return there. What is wrong if we had stood the ground and be defeated, (an impossible thing anyway for our men against Khartoum)? Armies retreat but the war would be on. Our people are very agitated including this author for the decision to pull out troops from Panthou, the 100% South Sudan land. Juba has failed our people big way this time around. Mr. Kiir Mayardit low self-esteemed personality has made him one of the worse leaders our people have ever had.”

On international level, he was arguably a Pan-Africanist, unblinkingly proclaiming that Africans solutions are the best for Africans problems, February 22, 2010.” Isaiah Abraham was against the ousting of Muammar Khadafi of Libya by the Western Powers, calling the Libyan rebels to be ashamed of themselves (Gaddafi’s death: shame on so-called Libyan Liberators, October 26, 2011). Amidst his seething against the West and the UN, Isaiah Abraham was able to catch enough breath to utter: “Thanks USA, keep the pressure on Khartoum, October 24, 2010.” Still,he was, at the same time, warning the government of South Sudan to be extra wary of Western Military Cooperation. His opposition to Western Intervention in African Affairs, however, was more ideological and philosophical than personal—he adored Hilde Johnson, a Westerner, so much that he named his own daughter after her. Above all, he was a priest in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, a religion with Western origin and connection.

Isaiah Abraham displayed his uncompromising loyalty to the SPLM/A in the article Southern political expediency is no brainer, June 23, 2009 when he said the following to those who accused him of being an agent of the group whose pockets are stuffed by the NCP:

“No way, am no 467 of the Tumsah Battalion and will be the last to leave the party when my breath is gone! What will I tell those who die ahead of me when I join them if I shuttle between my stomach and my heads? Shame on me if…”

He showed his admiration for and the belief in the SPLA in the article Rebellion or no rebellion, the South is moving on! April 5, 2011 when he offered this opinion about the SPLA—South Sudan Army:

“Our army isn’t the best yes, and has public relation problems and lacks training, but they are the best fighters when it comes to defense…”

In support of the oil shutdown by the government of South Sudan, Isaiah Abraham had the following words from the article South Sudan must not waver in its decision to keep oil production shut, February 28, 2012”:

“After the shutdown of oil production therefore, our people must not look back or compromise so to start returning our market through the Republic of the Sudan. There is no way again for our leadership in Juba to rush back to beg Khartoum for continuation of facilities usage. We will find our way here, and around our friendly countries not anymore through the rogue Republic called the Sudan…I’m back again to salute our leader Comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit and his able team led by a warrior Comrade Pagan Amum Okiech for a job well done. Brother Amum has shown again and again that he is there for the people of South Sudan, something a gang of malicious men and busy bodies among us are hell bound to die about. They must shut up, and leave such rare shots to do the job for them.”

Isaiah Abraham had unequivocal view on the Abyei perennial dispute, declaring that Abyei must be liberated at the barrel of a gun. In the article, I fear for the future of Abyei and other disputed areasOctober 13, 2012 he complained about the occupation of South Sudanese border areas of Abyei, Panthou, Hofra Al Nahas, Kofi Kingi, Kaka and 14 Mile, concluding that the talks between the two countries over these issues have failed miserably because the talks usually shy away from addressing the fundamental problem of land ownership. He blamed our leaders for their poor sightedness and urged them to chart a new better-informed way forward based on the bitter lessons of these wanton failures.

Isaiah Abraham was never shy of combative debate when it came to issues dear to his heart, particularly those he considered indispensable to the betterment of the republic of South Sudan. In one of his longest article, South Sudanese leader will not be re-elected, September 11, 2012 which he wrote in defense of Mabioor Garang de Mabioor, he viciously attacked his colleague and fellow Citizen-Newspaper-Columnist, Mr. Ateny Wek, arguing that he (Ateny) had taken sides by wrongly attacking the son of the late for simply exercising his freedom of expression as a free citizen in a free nation.

But his views on certain issues were not immutable; one would fairly argue that his opinions were generally circumstance-driven and time-dictated. For example, when the SPLM leader banned the SPLM-DC on its inception, Isaiah Abraham took the opposite view and argued that SPLM-DC shouldn’t be banned. Later on, May 29, 2012, he strongly urged the government of South Sudan to immediately ban SPLM-DC, accusing the official opposition party of political sabotage and collaboration with the enemy—Khartoum government.

Before his untimely, unfortunate and conspiratorial death, Isaiah Abraham had been threatened many times in the past, one of which is vividly recounted in the article, Writing isn’t about fame or money September 7, 2009.” As narrated by Dr. Majak D’Agot, and Nhial Bol during the Memorial Services of Isaiah Abraham, Juba, December 13th, 2012, the threats against Isaiah Abraham were real, relentless and nerve-wracking to the extent that Isaiah Abraham—fearless and committed to his noble cause as he was—was contemplating seeking asylum in a foreign country. Unfortunately, as we all know, he met his death few days before his friends could come to his rescue.

Ironically, Isaiah Abraham managed to survive the over 22 years of South Sudan liberation struggle against the consecutive repressive regimes in Khartoum only to die at the hands of his fellow South Sudanese countrymen and -women. Surely, it is “Not Yet Uhuru” in the Republic of South Sudan!!

PaanLuel Wël (paanluel2011@gmail.com) is the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers: He can be reached through his Facebook page, Twitter Account or on the blog:https://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/


Tribute To Isaiah Abraham: Verbatim from the Memorial Services of Isaiah Abraham

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me. By Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps, Germany, 1937.

By PaanLuel Wël, Juba City, South Sudan.

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol Chan, aka Isaiah Abraham, was killed on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, at his Gudele House, Juba City, in South Sudan. He was buried on December 9th, 2012, at his ancestral hometown of Kongor, Jonglei State. His Memorial Services, attended by around 7,000 people, was held today, December 13th, 2012, at May 16th Street, Pande Bioor Ajang Duoot (Bioor Athuot), in Juba City, South Sudan. Below are the verbatim from the charged funeral that was attended by all the leading politicians—Ministers, MPs, Governors, and state officials, business people, civil society groups, foreign dignitaries and ambassadors, media groups, and the lay people from all over South Sudan. The verbatim were collected and translated by Deng Dekuek and posted on his Facebook Page, just as the funeral was unfolding.

For those who might be wondering if the President, Salva Kiir, and the Vice President, Dr. Machar, were in attendance, they were not. They were invited but they decided, for one reason or another, better known to themselves and their advisors, not to attend, at least in person. I say ‘at least in person’ because there is no way that they could not have been, alertly, following the proceedings and speeches from the funeral, deep inside their houses/offices.

Not only the President and his Deputy who were conspicuously absent, so too were the prominent ministers from Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria Regions. Perhaps, according to Mach-Kuol, the Equatorians view it as an internal Dinkan power struggle that they should never involve themselves in while the Bahr el Ghazalians top politicians were, ostensibly, expecting a hostile reception from the relatives of the deceased owing to the fact that some people have been trying their best to twist the tragedy as a Bor Dinka vs Bahr el Ghazal Dinka strife. Yet, the first victims of such cruelty—Dengdit Ayok, Nhial Bol and Deng Athuai, among others—were sons and daughters from Greater Bahr el Ghazal Dinka.

Mach-Kuol still has it that Dr. Riek Machar was in a catch-22 position. While his heart might have been overwhelmingly with the grieving people of South Sudan over the assassination of Isaiah Abraham, his only true supporter from the Dinka Community who had come out openly, campaigning for his presidency when it is a near taboo within his community to do so, he (Dr. Machar) was equally aware that his mere presence, and even the slightest speech, on this occasion could have been used against him, with the claim that he is exploiting the death of Isaiah Abraham to his selfish political advantage by driving a wedge between the Bor and Bahr el Ghazal Dinkas so that he can later receive the presidency on a golden plate after the Dinkas have finished themselves. This is the best way—maybe there could be other plausible reasons—one can fathom his absence from the Memorial Services of Isaiah Abraham.

Interestingly, outraged as their messages boasted, none of the said speakers, particularly those in the echelons of government, have dared to resign till the killers of Isaiah Abraham are apprehended. Action speaks louder than words. Only the mass resignation of the said government officials—federal and state—would be as embarrassing to the government as much as the killing of Isaiah Abraham. Would President Kiir dare to accept their resignations and replace them? It is highly unlikely for the president lest he incriminates himself. The “outraged” officials would then have killed two birds with one stone: backing up their words with actions while still retaining their seats, and more importantly, compelling the government to identify, arrest and prosecute the killers of Isaiah Abraham (the killers are known, read the verbatim).

Verbatim from the Memorial Services of Isaiah Abraham as Recorded and Translated by Deng Dekuek According to his Facebook Page Postings.

| Twic East MP, Deng Dau Malek: What are we doing in the government if the government is killing our people… If the government is genuine, it should not be part of the investigation… The bounty is not worth it… If a nation cannot protect its people then we should form our militias (loudest and longest applause)… NCP has taken over the government; if you bring the behaviors of Saleh Gosh to South Sudan, even the President will not survive! You’re threatening our children. We are capable of protecting our children and ourselves…South Sudanese are people who cannot be threatened. If you threaten them they become wild… So don’t threaten them! The establishment killed Isaiah; we are saying it here and we don’t want people to run to Salva and say people are talking shit… We are saying it in broad daylight. We were asked a specific question in Kongor during the burial…1. Who killed Isaiah? 2. Who is going to form the committee? 3 Who will be investigated… You Bor people, if you can’t answer these, then what are you doing in the government…. You’re either with the killers or with Isaiah… If the government is not responsible, then those who did this should clean up after their shit! If you want to take our lives, you will take it at a very expensive cost to yourself.

| Oyai Deng Ajak, Minister of National Security: I don’t want people from Bor to resign from Government and if it is confirmed that it is the National Security who killed Isaiah Abraham, I will resign from the Government…If the government is killing our people, we will fight the government…we shouldn’t resign… In revolutionary school, we were not taught to resign; we should fight for reform…Nothing will save face for us in National Security until we find the killers of Isaiah Abraham…The people threatening people are not using communication systems from South Sudan but are using Skype and it has been very difficult for my team to track them and we hope FBI will help us with this….On Sunday, 3 days before the killing, we had a meeting with Beny Kiir about security meeting with Khartoum… Then after the meeting, the President said he would call a meeting of all security organs to review security situation in Juba… Then following Isaiah’s death, we were all called with all our directors including the Governor of Central Equatoria. We briefed the President… In a serious way the president said you all have to investigate… The interior is investigating, the national security, CID, military intelligence is investigating…you need security sector reform, that is what I have told the President…

|  LAWRENCE KORBANDY,  the Head of South Sudan Human Rights Commission: The Minister of National Security should resign and those of other security organs if the government is sincere…. Government should not condemn government, it should let civil societies condemnn it… South Sudan will be born as a failed state prediction is becoming true…Human Rights Abusers are more than the citizens here in South Sudan… Journalist, I must tell you this: the assassination of Isaiah should be a determination for you to wage war against what you see is wrong in this country.

| Nicodemous Arou Maa’n: I know you security people are in attendance, I ask you, who are you protecting by killing people? Who is it that you are protecting? The government is messing up and if you don’t want to be corrected, whoever the coward you’re and responsible for the death of Diing, please avail yourself!

| Ministry of Interior representative, General Kur Michael: The killers are unprofessional, they don’t know the messages are recorded not just in the phone (end of speech, the shortest). This was in reference to the fact that the killers took Isaiah Abraham’s phone that contained all the threatening messages he had received earlier before his death. The messages are not just only in the phone; they can be found too at the Mobile Phone Provider Headquarters where everything is recorded and kept electronically.

| The Citizen Newspaper Editor, Nhial Bol: Isaiah asked we go into exile, I told him I am too old but I promised to get him a ticket on Friday but he died on Wednesday. The bounty ($50,000 USD) should go to the National Security because they know who killed him… Please minister takes your money…Government investigates yourself…the money should go to National Security, the same security sending people messages… You think we will leave Juba, you will have to leave like Jallaba…we won’t leave this country and you can be assured of that.

| Deptuy Minister, Dr. Majak Agoot: Before I went to Bor I was informed by Isaiah that he was receiving death threats from unknown numbers… We wanted to help him after Majok Ayom’s burial but he was killed on the day we returned from Bor… Isaiah is bigger in death than in life… This community has witnessed a number of mysterious deaths since the times of struggle… We want this to be the end of mysterious deaths in this community… If the government doesn’t find the killers, then there is nothing that will change the view that this was an officially endorsed killing.

| Deptuy Minister, Dr. Majak Agoot, quoting a Twic East Dinka Paramount Chief, Manyok Ajak: South Sudanese are calling for a second liberation because this is not the government we fought for…. A country founded on the ideals of freedom and human rights should not be killing its people. As a cattle keeping people, if a cow does not nurture its young one, it is sold. And if the neighbor knows this cow is worthless, he won’t buy it. Then the only option is to kill it because it is no good except for its beef.

| Gabriel Alaak Garang, Master of Ceremony and the SPLM Secretary for Finance: All the three organs of the security are represented here. Manyok Biar, Mading Ngor, Deng Atem, Kuir Garang, Mabior Garang and many more are being threatened… The message to the killers is: you kill them in cold-blood if you have a problem with us. We will not tolerate this. You want to kill innocent people, there are rebels in this country and some live in Juba, why don’t you kill them? This is a message to those who have been threatening people… I understand that some people are still receiving death threats… Why do you kill writers? IT IS AN OPINION! You don’t kill people because they talk. South Sudan cannot be developed by those who don’t talk.

| Civil Rights Activist, Deng Athuai Mawiir, addressing President Kiir: You put all your cousins as security and you let 30 people drive you… What are you afraid of? If you’re afraid of governing your people… If you can’t govern your people… You cannot govern with left-hand looking for history and steal from the people with the right-hand! To the international community, don’t leave us alone we will push this government away by all means.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty

| Civil Rights Activist, Deng Athuai Mawiir, addressing Isaiah Abraham mother: Those things that have happened to you are those that happened to my mum during Anyanya I, she lost her husband and most of her sons… In July, I looked into a grave but I returned from the brink… They’re still threatening people; we will bring you [the government] down…we will bring you down…we will bring you down!

| Political commentator and Opinion Writer, Ateny Wek Ateny: On behalf of South Sudanese Writers and Opinion Writers, the security is indiscriminately threatening all South Sudanese… The hope for a democratic nation is waning… Only a fool would consider a writer as threatening…. It is better to live with an intelligent adversary than to live with a fool…the 50,000 bounty would have helped if it were paid to protect lives.

| Prof. Taban Lo Liyong: We have MPs who don’t talk, they make laws but they don’t follow up how the laws are being implemented… This is why we have to write and teach this nation…

| Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth: You security people, bring the people who killed Isaiah to book, if you can’t then you’re the very people who did it. You cannot protect government through murders, threats and intimidations… A liberation without democracy, a liberation without rights is not a liberation… The writers are the correctors… Don’t misbehave in the name of the government… The 50,000 USD bounty is not a solution… It will not produce anybody… We tolerated death in the name of Liberation Struggle… But we will not tolerate deaths from cold-blooded murders…. We will give the government the benefit of the doubt but if you fail to bring the murderers to book…we will bring them as Bor Community.

| Late Isaiah Abraham’s Mum, Abuna Rebecca Lueth Wel: My sons died for this country… The eldest one was killed in Nasir, the other one was killed in Itang, and another one was killed in Yei and now you killed this one for me… I have been wondering when the Arabs came to Juba to kill Isaiah… I wrap my head in a white cloth because I wish South Sudan to be in peace and he who wraps his head in black and kills people at night is responsible for ruining your country; please count me out.

| Aguil D’Chut Deng: I am so glad that the head of security is here and he can go and tell President Kiir Mayardit… “Mr. President, if we can’t catch Yau Yau why are we killing the innocent people in front of us?”

| Susan Page (US Ambassador): I will talk about accountability and this is what it is called for here… I am surprised that the ministers, MPs and government officials are speaking against their own government. This is encouraging…. Accountability starts at the Ministry of Justice, if you catch these people, you must take them somewhere for justice to be served.

| Atem Garang Dekuek: The government we fought for and brought into power was for our prosperity…. If we feel that the government doesn’t serve our interests, we will go back to the villages…Death of Isaiah is a challenge to the government… People will assume 2 things… 1. The government is weak and cannot protect its own… 2. The government killed him… Whatever the case, if the killers are not brought to justice, the credibility of the government is questionable. Why did the police destroy the crime scene? The FBI should start by investigating the police….The Bounty ($50,000 USD) should be used to hire writers….if you’re stupid and cannot reply the writings, you shouldn’t be killing people.

| James Koak Ruei, Jonglei State MP: This country is being robbed; they came here by air, by road, by foot… You priest need to pray for this country… This culture of murdering people at night is not with us Nilotic people…we fight people in broad daylight; this demonic spirit needs to go…Jonglei State, the largest state where the liberation war started. Jonglei State where the loudest patriots hail from. Jonglei State with the largest population. Jonglei State, I will speak on behalf of Jonglei State. Isaiah is from the third Battalion that formed SPLA, Tiger. This is the government of Tiger, can Tiger kill a Tiger? Who’s this government that is killing people? We in Jonglei cannot tolerate this? This government is a result of Dr. John Garang, he is a son of Jonglei.

| The heartbreaking speech from the 14-year-old Aluel Isaiah Abraham: I believe my father was killed because he wanted a better South Sudan and I am not afraid to say that…my father’s passion for South Sudan has left me without a father, left my siblings without a father, left my mother without a spouse.

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, the first martyr for the Freedom of Expression in the Republic of South Sudan

Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, the first martyr for the Freedom of Expression in the Republic of South Sudan

Finally, all credits should go to Deng Dekuek who painstakingly recorded and translated, some from Dinka to English, the above quoted portions of speeches. I will upload sounds and bits from the Memorial Services tomorrow! It is my sincere hope, wish and prayer that none of this quoted speeches would ever find its way into the dirtiest hands of the security agency, to be used against any of the above mentioned speakers to either threaten, harass, kidnap, maim or kill them, on an account of what is quoted within these pages. This is only but a small token, a meriting tribute to our fallen comrade, Isaiah Abraham!!

PaanLuel Wël (paanluel2011@gmail.com) is the Managing Editor of PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers: He can be reached through his Facebook page, Twitter Account or on the blog: https://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/


Isaiah Abraham

South Sudanese Writer, ECS Abuna and SPLM/A Major, Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, who was killed by unknown gunmen at his Gudele House in Juba City, South Sudan, on Wednesday night, December 5th, 2012.

This poem is to eulogize our late hero and brother in the field of media, Isaiah Abraham for immense contributions he made to see into it that our people are able to speak out their minds.

Cries of innocent blood

By Atok Dan

Your blood, Your life have all gone, Sooner than expected but forever You were a rare gift in the field of pen they envied you because of your acumen The jealous and greedy tribe of our nation slain you Have all let your precious blood spilled Your innocent blood he gifted you You were an iconic in your field They abhorred your talent The worthy asset of our house Your life was banished, Cries of innocent blood Your lion heart will survive traumas Suppressed pressures, Will live to tell the tale of brevity For we will never have you again, Only him who moulded you, Would weigh the cause, Of what your blood went for, In a nation where citizens’ lives are priceless Your departure is an end and a beginning, Millions of suppressed lives, Have gone but neither did pressures lessen Or even cowed, But thrilled to pursue a just cause Cries of innocent blood For and before none, Your life has gone like it had already gone You still wield impact of worries in them Their hands still drip with blood, And your beloved mother, Draped in black robe Of mourning, Your wife, kids and siblings, In total desperation It hefty, Tomorrow shall it be weighty on them Rejoice the killers of innocent soul Cries of innocent blood of a man —

Atok Dan Baguoot
New York TimesSouth Sudanese online journalist was shot and killed late Wednesday outside his home in the capital, Juba, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The journalist, Diing Chan Awuol, who wrote for a number of online news outlets in South 
Yahoo! News (blog) JUBA (Reuters) – A South Sudanese blogger and government critic has been shot dead in his home, a week after unknown men threatened to kill him unless he stopped writing, his family said on Thursday. Police confirmed that Diing Chan Awuol, who wrote 
Bloomberg South Sudanese authorities should investigate the killing of journalist Isaiah Abraham, an outspoken critic of the government, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and his brother said. Abraham was shot dead early yesterday after 
The AustralianSOUTH Sudanese reporter often critical of the government has been shot dead at his home in the capital Juba, colleagues say, adding that he been recently threatened to stop writing. Diing Chan Awuol, who wrote for news websites including Sudan 
South Sudan Government Critic Shot Dead
Naharnet
South Sudanese journalist often critical of government was shot dead at his home in the capital Juba, colleagues said Thursday, adding that he been recently threatened to stop writing. Diing Chan Awuol, who wrote for news websites including Sudan 
Reporters Without Borders Press release  6 December 2012
 SOUTH SUDAN 
Opinion writer gunned down outside Juba home
Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that Diing Chan Awuol, a leading columnist and critic of South Sudan’s government, was gunned down outside his home in Juba in the early hours of yesterday.An advocate of peace between the two Sudans, Awuol wrote frequent columns for the Sudan Tribune and Gurtong websites and the newspaper Destiny under the pen-name of Isaias Abraham. “His death is a tragic setback to the hopes cherished by South Sudan’s defenders of freedom of opinion since independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail the determination displayed by the South Sudanese police, who have pledged to carry out a thorough and effective investigation.
“The way this case is handled will be test for freedom of information and free speech in this young nation. Only a tireless fight against impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and other news providers will preserve these freedoms, which are the basis of democracy.”Several journalists such as Alan Boswell, Taban Bonifacio and John Madol Panther have been the target of recent intimidation attempts after criticizing the South Sudanese authorities. Awuol’s last column, published on the Sudan Tribune website on 28 November, was a renewed call for peace between Sudan and South Sudan.
When interviewed by a Reporters Without Borders representative in May 2012, information and media minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin took pride in the fact that no South Sudanese journalist had ever been killed in connection with his work.While the motive for Awuol’s murder has yet to be established, the threats he had received in connection with his columns suggest that it was directly linked to the views he expressed.
 One of Awuol’s relative told the Sudan Tribune: “I knew he would one day be assassinated for his writings and I told him to stop but he said he would prefer to die than to stop writing.”
For more information on the state of freedom of information in South Sudan, see the Report “World’s youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties” released in July 2012.
By Anti-traitors!
Kiir assassinated him. In other he ordered his thugs to kill him. Those thugs are leaded by Akol Paul Khor and Acuil Manol respectively. We won’t be fooled by Gogrial’s thugs anymore. Enough is enough. Isaiah death must be avenged!!By Akolde Nhiak Jinub Indeed, Isaiah died because of his open expression 4 a just cause. He died 4 a simple thing: de bitter truth. I am one person having been threatened n quoted. I do solemnly write, but my current work has thwarted my time, thus, taking longer than I would wish to write. South Sudan Security services is exactly a duplicate of Khartoum NISS. His death marks a new dawn 4 us writers 2 continue de fight! Quotes By Isaiah Abraham That Must Have Cost His Life

1.       “The document should not have gone like that, people. Unfortunately, little did we know that Kiir has become another (Abyei Chief) Deng Majok who exchanged his ancestral land rights for a single meal? Shame on Kiir and his cohorts! Kiir must go! He is a useless leader this country could have. His foul mouthing is not tolerable anymore.”
2.       “Mile 14 and Panthou are sold out for no reasons at all. Oil or no oil, we have been cheated by a ruthless clique in Juba.”
3.       My people have suffered under President Kiir and his heartless clique; I have no kind words again against these people.
4.       The demonstration we made as people of South Sudan on Monday, not as Northern Bahr El Ghazal people, will go down in history as the beginning of things to come.
5.       Mr. President is not apologetic and this is worrying. The people of this country deserve a leader that respects their views. We have never had problems with him since he accidently ascended to power in 2005, because the situation dictated that people exercise patience.
6.       For the past eight years we have learned bitterly that Mr. Kiir is the problem and should be removed. He has failed us in many fronts, and on this matter of land he must not be forgiven.
7.       Our men in uniform in Mile 14 therefore are to remain in their places and let Mulana Makuei, Mbeki or Pagan come and dislodge them by force. AU must deploy any troops around Mile 14. We will see how to go about Panthou and Abyei now that someone is selling our lands to Arabs.”