I have the believe that if we won our nation (as accurately predicted in one of my poems below a few years ago from ‘The Black Christ’s of Africa’), why can’t our ‘Bright… Continue reading
Introduction: There is a reason why I turned down an article praising Dr. Riek Gai Kok, Minister for Health (RSS), for his good work that was highlighted by his health project that was… Continue reading
His conviction of joining the SPLM-IO was not to fight the people of Bor but to help them get the truth about this war and protect them from further massacres. It is worth reminding that Alier on his arrival from Australia witnessed the Bor attacks live in Baidit during that ill-fated Christmas season, only to join the same attackers 6 months later. There must be a big reason behind this decision. He demonstrated this in Pagak in a Bor Community meeting on the IGAD consultation proposal in December 2014. Chaired by Jesus Deng Atem as Bor Community leader in the SPLM-IO, which I attended, the meeting came out with the following demands addressed in writing to Chairman Riek Machar.
GUEST WRITER “It is time we define governments in Africa as the responsibility, not the power” – Dlamini-Zuma By James Okuk, PhD, AUG/22/2015, SSN; On 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa, the Intergovernmental… Continue reading
I won’t open any case. You see, in our country, if one speaks lies one will be promoted but if one speaks the truth one will be demoted. I was told I am free to move, but I would like to gain some energy first.
Also, I would like to meet the President face to face and express my joy.
What pissed me off was not all that I have narrated. The problem I always face in the police, across the borders, in other public places is the question of the burden of nationality. I am asked questions supposed to be directed to Salva Kiir or Riek Machar, or the top echelon of the national mess, for that matter. Why have you broken up your new nation? We hear Kenyans have been arrested in Sudan (to mean South Sudan)! Why are you killing your own people? and so on.
All in all, if we have not played with our nation, our lives, robbers, thieves, con artists, police, street families, etc. would not make money on us.
On this Day, July 24, 2015, South Sudanese peace negotiators were served with another hot draft document for the umpteenth time in the last 18 months of talking about the talks. The document,… Continue reading
Dear Ready Reader, Apart from the death-facing South Sudanese being our fellow countrymen, I believe, you, man, being a human being, have some degree of humanity categorized by sympathy, empathy, apathy, and… Continue reading
I will tell you everything. And I will tell you why I am telling you everything I have been doing for the last three years of my life in exile. Unfortunately, I have not kept a regular diary on my trips from Juba to Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa and other peace hosting towns like Debre Zeit, Bahir Dar of Ethiopia, Arusha (Tanzania), Pagak (South Sudan) and Kampala (Kampala).
The Posthumous Epistle is a book of 33 letters written to the deceased leaders, friends and relatives of and about South Sudan…. NOTE: Apologies for the failure of the post to get uploaded… Continue reading
I cannot forget my own community brothers and friends who made me come back here, including those who might have withdrawn their support, leaving me in this maddening suspense, on flimsy excuses of my being antagonistic to the government of the day (according to rumours). I still love them because they would still help me in the future, when I have changed my heart (Inshallah), or when they have changed their hearts, or when the leaders of our country have changed their hearts and united our split-down-to-the-family nation as such. More of this will come in the Part Two of this series.
The glaring facts begin and end with this question, again: WHERE ARE THE THOUSANDS OF BOR AND NUER CHILDREN AMONG THE THEN ABDUCTED AND NOW ABDICATED CHILD SOLDIERS IN MURLE LAND? Can somebody share this with UNICEF?
The system was championed by Gen. Joseph Lagu against Mr. Abel Alier, both of whom ruled the southern region in turns according to the 1972 Addis Ababa Peace Agreement that gave Juba a very loose autonomy, which was tethered in Khartoum. Surprisingly, Gen. Joseph Lagu is currently a presidential adviser to Salva Kiir. The rest of this story of ‘divide-and-ruin’ politics is kept for history here and hereafter.
Here are the the items of the president’s state of the nation address on Wednesday, 18 March 2015, very distant apart like Kiir and Riek, themselves…! But my observation sums up the speech… Continue reading
INTRO lines by the blogger: I just got an email from Peter Kuot Ngong, forwarding to me and all of you this pastoral epistle from our ‘Magi from the East’ of Kapoeta. Having read the… Continue reading
From now to a few hours before dawn, the Arusha deal may signed some preliminary document, with the following points: 1- Revocation of all the presidential decrees dismissing SPLM members (G10 and SPLM-IO). 2- 3-by-3 Committee as… Continue reading
BLOGGER’S OBSERVATION: I, for one, have no hope in that report. As usual, it will be dumped from the first instance it was raised. With the presence of leaders like Museveni of Uganda being party to the war and its crimes, the Report is no deal to lay somebody’s hope on. It is binned in advance! Let’s just wait and see! And the people of South Sudan in particular, and Africa in general, will have been betrayed in exchange for power by their greedy leaders. Peace traded with justice was my hope, but now with the African brand of impunity by immunity, it is leadership exchanged with justice! But my hope is anchored on the lines by the Big Man of the Report. Should the African dictators sweep the report under their carpet, some Snowdens or Assanges will do service to our people. I mean, the Report should get leaked out of frustrations, Inshallah!
SPLM and SPLA are known to be identical twins throughout their 3-decade history. But today, they have become un-identical. The one-in-two pair is now a two-in-one duo. What does this mean? As the SPLM… Continue reading
It’s a fateful marriage of Mr. Bloom with Mrs. Gloom,
A faithful matrimony of the Daughter of Boom with the Son of Doom!
Yes, my house is haunted and daunted and taunted by birth in death!
The 5th night of 2014 caused Elizabeth birth but its dearth!
From the negotiators point of view, it is always almost impossible for two or more armies to accept the political armistice and march in their columns into each other’s parades under one C-in-C from the day one of the signatures by the non-military signatories in a political gimmick fanned and funded by foreign dignitaries. So what should be done? It is known. It takes time to mobilize or demobilize, reintegrate or disintegrate the highly tribalized militias and the falsely politicized soldiers into a professional and conventional national army. This time is called ‘pre-interim period’. It is the time during which the troops are wild and resentful to their own political and military leaders, leave alone ‘cross-leaders’ forced on their traumatized ranks and files by the peace documents. Unless we are postponing the war, we should not rush those wild armies like the White Armies, Mathiang-Anyor, etc. into one camp before they are cleansed from PSTD (Post-Trauma Stress Disorder).
Dear esteemed blog visitor, I leave you with my usual vintage point of solace. History will tell us the truth if we tend or pretend to avoid it today. History will also divert my current title of a ‘traitor’, ‘enemy collaborator’, etc. into a hero when all the truths we are fighting to save today are resurrected tomorrow.
The Solutions you are talking about will never come without the truth!
I understand the feelings but telling the truth is the biggest problem in South Sudan today. It is what has caused mama Nyandeeng to be a prey; it is what is causing the pain, arousing silly vilifications of the political detainees (and leaving the SPLM IG untouched even when we know they faked the coup) and any other South Sudanese who condemns the war. Instead of seeing the advantage in the campaign against the war, folks go ahead of the peace advocates and envision how they will be angelic or even become Presidents later on comes peace. Therefore, they start to ambush them and taint them up a little bit so that they will look as dirty as everyone else before peace comes! I get it but the history of our nation will highlight the darkest spots even after we are all dead and gone and the generations after us live on.
Every South Sudanese is calling for peace, but in their own ways. This political-cum-tribal war has partitioned our country not only on geographical and ethnic lines but also on opinion grounds. Almost all… Continue reading
Any violation of the cessation of the hostilities by any party will invite the following collective action by the IGAD region against those responsible for such violations, which will include, but are not limited to:
“Uncle Elijah Malok Aleng is irreplaceable. The man was brutally honest and was never afraid to speak the truth. I just wish he did not go this soon; South Sudan needs him, people… Continue reading
Originally posted on PaanLuel Wël: South Sudanese Bloggers.:
THE FACE FOUNDATION DREAM – Palotaka elementary school: The education foundation of some best minds! By Kur Wel Kur – – Dear all, “Palotaka…
Lesson 1 of this piece of live history must come from the life story of a man whose vision was so much criticized and the mission so much politicized to the extent that he was… Continue reading
What puzzled us was the way the Man used to like minimizing problems, even big ones like this. Imagine him telling Deng Alor who was connected to the accident scene by radio call on the line from Kampala, “Everything is ok. Nuna kweiseen or We’re fine. We won!” he bragged. “Eh, this man, ya jamaana!” We, soldiers, wondered as their jovial conversation went on.
For our government to think they can fund both war and peace projects by the profits they will have made from what the central bank governor describes as “the difference between the official bank rate and the black market” makes it looks like a mason who jumps into a bucket and tries to pull himself up the roof without the help of a pulley.
DEAR READERS: Kur Garang has done it again! This time on a vivid remembrance of the battle that led to the capture of Ikotos. No, my interest is not about Ikotos as a… Continue reading
If all our former freedom fighters could write their memoirs like Mr. Kur Garang Deng has done, then we would have something to be proud of for our country and posterity. Unfortunately, most of… Continue reading
The South Sudanese peace talks have been dogged with controversies. Big stories have been going round among the delegates and IGAD here. One of them was the fabricated arrest of Mabior Garang de… Continue reading
With my daily difficult experiences of trying to save my fellow media socialites from being bamboozled by politicians and tribal zealots, I had to apply my grandpa’s Dinka wisdom this time: “Never warn a fool on their way to but on their way from” (Raan kuc kang acie joony ke lo, aye joony ke bo). This means to let them first learn from their mistakes since experience is the best teacher. Yes, being at the same venue, I was the first to learn of the ‘For-Immediate-Release’ news but had to let the child feel the fire so that I warn them better next round.
Experiences have shown me that once I try to counter a not-so-proper propaganda such as the ‘Attempted Coup’ and this ‘Attempted Assassination’, all on the life and job of our ‘demokiiratically’ elected president, boot-lickers call me a rebel supporter. Of course, I don’t care if the truth I support tends to benefit a rebel, an IDP or an MP.
‘GREY SMOKE’ AT LEAST: FORCED TO SIGN AT LAST…! At last, at least, some peace has been signed for the people of South Sudan. The skeleton has been built but the flesh is… Continue reading
Nevertheless, with Kiir continuing in power, chances that Riek becomes the next president are limited. It makes it the post-July 23rd scenario–no marked difference nor any new change! Therefore, maintaining the status quo of Kiir’s system (I call it ‘DemoKiiracy’) is no permanent solution to the war. It maintains the mistrust already entrenched and may make Riek’s generals not bring their forces home and lay down their tools. In short, the paper must be subjected to intense negotiation as is now going on. But the bottomline for longer solution is either the two are in the government, and abstain from vying for the next political power, or they are out of the interim administration and wait for the next elections. Any other opinion that gives one an unfair advantage over the other is but a postponement of the past and present massacres for BIGGER ONES!
John, are you a supporter of Nyagat?…is a very naïve question one of the peace negotiators in Addis Ababa asked me on my arrival from Nairobi with the civil society team over a… Continue reading
The Phase II, Session IV of the South Sudan Peace Process under IGAD in Addis Ababa collapsed this morning when the Opposition side boycotted the opening session over their previous demands of the… Continue reading
LETTER TO THE ‘G4’ (FORMER SPLM POLITICAL DETAINEES) Dear Leaders, Hoping that you will be out soon, because you are innocent, allow me to send you this poem and a book review… Continue reading
On April 24, 2014, Kenya lawmakers are debating South Sudan. Unlike the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA, aka: parliament) whose members are now combing the villages with the so-called Crisis Management Committee… Continue reading
Six Presidential Decrees (Decree 16 to 21) were read out on behalf of the Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, on the state-owned SSTV (South Sudan Television) in the evening of… Continue reading
This is Easter, where no magi came from the east to ease the tension around the open public court in the district of Judaea. The jury appointed by Pontius Pilate turn out to… Continue reading
This is a reblogged story from Pakistan. It talks about a 9-month old boy charged with an ‘attempted murder’ Pakistani capital of Islamabad. There is a sister story in South Sudan; about 11… Continue reading