By Jon Pen Like my Spiritized Friend, Immanuel J. Christ over His Best Day, I also felt so over mine — adored and adorned! In fact, I’m normally kind of embarrassed by openly… Continue reading
By Kur Garang Deng Dear readers, it has been a while without reading from each other on our beloved country’s history of liberation struggle, especially our fallen comrades. Since 1983, we have to… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong Having exhausted my 50 initial free gifts of the SPLM/A original Manifesto (July 31, 1983), thanks to Moulana Ajak Mayol Bior, Gurech Arem, Mayak Deng Aruei among few… Continue reading
BETRAYED BY JIENGLISH? ‘PARK YOU’! (VILLAGER INTERNATIONAL, ACT 1, SCENE 2) JUDGE: Why did you punch his teeth off? VILLAGER INTERNATIONAL (VIPee): Why he abuse me? JUDGE: How did he do that? VIPee:… Continue reading
Ayom Makuei, a bright young lawyer who was shot in the head by ‘Unknown Gunmen’ of Juba, passed on on the eve of the much trumped up ‘Peace Celebration Day’. Of course, the… Continue reading
By Jon Pen It is probably the longest trending social agenda today. From South Sudan, East Africa and beyond, and as far as the United Nations headquarters, the name of Aluat Ngong Deng… Continue reading
By Jon Pen August 2, 2018, I chanced to sit down with Mr. Raila Odinga, a.k.a. Baba, for peace activism and some historical story-telling session in his Nairobi’s office at an area called… Continue reading
By Jon Pen In Part 1, I had given you my account on the child discotheques, the ‘Sodom Thursdays’, and the like. In this part, I have serious testimonies, 24 of which are… Continue reading
By Jon Pen My two trips on the Civil Society ticket in two months to the South Sudanese peace talks in Khartoum have equipped me with enough firsthand experience to now wish we… Continue reading
“I want him to tweet, just tweet, ‘Step down,’ ” he said, smiling broadly. “It’s simple.”
I know it is simple to shoot MayarDIT down with just 140 characters on Twitter. But brother William should also first consult with Riek Machar and find out how many bullets he had employed that Kiir had all enjoyed? Is it 140, 1400, 14000, 140,000 or 14 million bullets and Kiir is still a bully. Also consult with us, those fighting by writing. How many bulletins we have deployed against him, and he the more remains a bully. This does not mean one should give up nor keep down their spirit, though.
His writings are a spray of fresh air in a country chocking with the putrid stench of unsupported conjecture that is the disquisitions of today.
By Jon Pen ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ is the rallying theme for the 2018’s International Youth Day. This theme is ringing a fast question on the minds of South Sudanese or its residents:… Continue reading
By Aftaboss Cyber Nomads In July 2016, many wonders that have entered history annals and Hollywood movies took place in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, besides the J1 Dogfight. Triggered by the… Continue reading
And here is the best demonstration for this Khartoum Peace Armistice amnesty: free Peter Biar Ajak, James Gatdet Dak, Dong Samuel Luak, Aggrey Idri, and the like, including that innocent young woman who… Continue reading
By Jon Pen Pictures, videos and words seem to spell doom on the SALBASHIIR AGREEMENT! My friend amused me by wondering whether that loosely dove-holding kid would not be taken to Blue House… Continue reading
In conclusion, I have to leave you with a poem that I used to give my mentees (those whom I helped grow in their careers or talents), of whom Sunday de John Along is one. The poem, now part of my collection in a book that is entitled ‘Talent is Latent’ goes as follows:
By Jon Pen “Hello? Hello? Why are you not answering me?” exclaimed an international caller. “Because we no longer say ‘Hello’ or ‘Biba’, the new word for answering calls is ‘Oyee’, ‘Oyee’, who… Continue reading
January 9, 2018 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT THE AFTABOSS ‘BLOGGER OF THE YEAR’ AND LAUNCH OF ‘PIECE-4-PEACE CHALLENGE—2018’ On behalf of AFTABOSS Internet’ional Team Leaders and all our esteemed South Sudanese readers, we wish you… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong It is a Biblical fact so well known that Jesus Christ (with parents) was the first refugee to Africa on our current (AD) calendar. In the first month… Continue reading
TIME FOR HONEST SELF-EVALUATION By Jon Pen The picture here shows an analytically critical, self-evaluation App’s result. Wow, the damn thing is ‘sending me to hell’ raw! Yes, as I criticize, so must… Continue reading
What is the most frequent word you have used in 2017? On the Word Cloud (crowd) meter online here, you will discover what kind of a South Sudanese citizen. It reveals what your… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong The question my fellow Kigali SSYLF Summit (Nov. 11- 15, 2017) attendees in general and myself in particular were welcomed home with is captured in the heading. This… Continue reading
Sorry, it’s about OOPS again (Office of President Salva)! I will not use many words from my own but am going to borrow mainly from them and others. This is one of those… Continue reading
NB: To my dear ‘Kiiristians’, ‘Riektionaries’ and now ‘Tabanigans’, or any other shenanigans, including ‘Paganigans’, who usually jump on my neck (nerves) before understanding in full what and why I am writing like that, as usual, I don’t give a damn if you give me a dam (barrier to my freedom of expression). On matters affecting my country and people, I just pick and speak my mind while hot, why not?
By Jon Pen de Ngong War is in the blood of the South Sudanese people. For about 10 decades now, we, these peoples, are at war with others and within themselves. Children are… Continue reading
By Jon Pen de Ngong For South Sudan, what has already come around will always come around in order to go around, war without end, world without end! I mean, the same lobbying… Continue reading
Look at what he is relentlessly writing about at Paanluel Wel blog. I enjoy his longreads, not because of his daredevil truthfulness but because he has given me a break from this solo fighting by writing for our suffering people. I mean, he is hero!
Most merciful God, through my shortcomings, I have sinned against you in thoughts, in words, and deeds by what I have done and what I have failed to do.
About other projects like the peace campaigns by Junub Games, he requested to join and develop games for peace through his peers like Lual Mayen, and schoolmate, Eric Kamuzu Kiano. He does not feel comfortable with the fact that he cannot go to Yei with his friend, Eric, without being killed for hailing from another tribe of South Sudan. He was born in Equatoria region (Madi land) by both Dinka parents. So he emphasizes that it does not make much difference that he comes from the Bor subtribe of Dinka, especially Kongor section of Twi Community. After all, most of his friends are not from Dinka, and he wants to help South Sudan attain the world’s level of science and technology as soon as he is out of school. He joked that the best customers, like best friends, need not necessarily being one’s blood relatives.
What we always deem constitutional and national has become personal. It has gone viral. Freedom of speech and association are criminalized and punished on the spot, outside the court of law. It is… Continue reading
“Michelle is not a South Sudanese,” I explained. “But she is more than any other South Sudanese. She is one Canadian who chose to fly to South Sudan by the time many South Sudanese chose to fly to Canada.” The children wondered what Michelle was up to. “To help us do something for our new nation,” I added.
THE DECREE: “I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Patron of the National Dialogue, do hereby issue this Republican Order for the FORMATION OF THE NATIONAL DIALOGUE… Continue reading
You are in for a huge shock here! The ‘Dekiiree’ is not only fake for not having been read on SS(BC)TV, but our ladies are doubly disappointed over it. Despite the hardest attempt by… Continue reading
However, the president’s call for FORGIVENESS, to me, is acceptable. I am for peace, so any means that will bring permanent peace, on condition it is sincerely inclusive, is welcomed!
Nevertheless, the president, for reasons that look like Ateny Wek’s or Aldo Ajou’s, browsed through our rich history of liberation without mention the name ‘Garang’! From the Chukudum Convention, to the Wunlit People-to-People Peace Initiative, through the CPA, South-South Dialogue, Juba Declaration, All Parties Convention (2010), Independence, to date, President Kiir has kept referring to the actors as ‘We, Us’. He mentioned some ‘I’s, but I still wonder why he runs a history-based speech of 2,562 words in 30 minutes without mentioning the name of his senior, the founding father of South Sudan!
There is this belle, a bright bride, the best love for none but all: To Suitor X, you are the Moscow of my heart. To Suitor Y, you are the New York of… Continue reading