QUOTE: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” from unknown author.
By: Peter Gai Manyuon, RSS, APR/21/2014, SSN;
According to what had happened in Jonglei State Capital Bor on the 17th of April 2014 where one hundred and forty five (145) Nuer civilians were massacred in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNIMISS) Compound and two hundred and seventy five (275) people wounded, justify that someone like Michael Makuei Lueth who is the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of South Sudan is behind the scene.
Why do I say this? On Friday 18th of April 2014, Comrade Makuei stated on both electronic and print media that “the people killed in the attack on the UN compound in Bor the previous day were ‘rebels’ who committed the ‘intolerable’ act of celebrating the fall of Bentiu, which was captured from government forces last Tuesday”.
He also as well said, “The genesis of the problems goes back to the recapture of Bentiu town by the rebels.”
Logically, what can you analyze as an individual citizen of South Sudan in this scenario where the Minster is inciting the violence?
Based on my own intelligentsia and curative thinking, I think Makuei is very wrong to come out verbally with that statement and moreover, he is a National Minister for all representing the entire Republic of South Sudan.
He is not the Minister for Bor South or whatever the case may be. Due to high level of disorganization or Lack of Public relations within him (Makuei), he aired out a word that might bring a very big problem to himself in the nearer future, if am not mistaken.
However, according to my own observation about Comrade Makuei, he is the one who instructed the soldiers to go and attack the UNIMISS Compound in Bor basing on what he had said during the time he addressed the Press conference last Friday in Juba after the massacre happened already.
Therefore the International Communities and South Sudanese should know that, Makuei Lueth is a criminal number one who deserves firing from the President of the Republic of South Sudan because; he is the very person who is spoiling the government of Maryardit in Juba at this particular period of time.
Most of the people within the government of South Sudan thoughts that, this current crisis will not come to an end very soon but mind you; in every crisis, there is a beginning and ending; therefore those who did wrong things to the people of South Sudan especially on the tribal agenda, should be discipline afterward, so that other people should learn from the experiences.
Some people might ask themselves why I come with this article today. For your information, someone who has no boundaries in talking is good to be hanged like what happened to the former President of Iraq or given a life imprisonment for some time.
More so, if the option of hanging should not work, then he (Makuei) deserves to be indicted for the war crime against humanity because killing one hundred and forty five (145) civilians who have no arms.
Moreover the United Nations need a good investigation otherwise UNMISS might be regarded as an Institution which is biased.
Someone like Mr. Makuei Lueth, he has gone beyond the jurisdictions of communications ethics and laws. Every profession has got its ethics and laws that should be respected.
Well, some people said that Makuei Lueth is a graduate of the University of Khartoum in faculty of Law but am not sure whether he (Lueth) really understood what he was doing at that time.
I think he is among the people who like choosing courses because they have a good name due to my surprise, he does not deserve the title as the Lawyer.
For those who are informed up stairs know that Lawyers are people who can be evaluated from the way they talk, think and react toward certain things in society but for someone like Makuei, should go back and study Law very well again because right now he is spoiling the Legal Professional Internationally.
Since the crisis occurred last December 2013 in Juba, Makuei have been in forefront propagating and telling lies to the huge audiences across the globe.
Makuei incited the crisis by speaking words that do not carry meaning, moreover meaningless in the sense. He had been abusing western diplomats and governments without good approaches, he always talk any how without proper communication skills and techniques.
Makuei committed a very big crime when he tried to go to Jonglei state UNMISS compound early this year, therefore; he deserves punishment after the war ends, because what he did was really unacceptable and unbelievable in the human history Internationally.
All the messes he advocated for, shows he is a number one criminal in Kiir’s regime in Juba and deserves to be given individual sanctions and indictment in The Hague for the War Crimes against humanity.
International Communities especially the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) should question Makuei for the incident that had happened in the Jonglei State Capital Bor.
Innocent Civilians were killed resulted from Makuei Lueth influence and you will justify my statement due to the fact that, early this year he (Makuei) attempted to enter into UNMISS Compound in Bor with guns but he was denied the chance to do what he was supposed not to do at that time against United Nation soldiers in Bor.
The President of South Sudan General Salva Kiir Mayardit, should dismiss, Makuei Lueth if he really wants to be in the leadership or gain a momentum from western diplomats, otherwise this is the very person who have destroyed and will remove Mayardit from the leadership.
Author is the Independent Journalist and Columnist who had written extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan. You can follow him on twitter@Peter Gai Manyuon or firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Daniel Wuor Joak, RSS, APR/21/2014, SSN;
Several nationals and foreign writers have been addressing this concern for a number of years and extensively made researches on it where they thoroughly figured out that “Tribalism” is the main obstacle to future peace and harmony to communities living in South Sudan. Both British colonial power and successive Sudanese regimes in Khartoum had voiced the same concern where they rightly predicted that South Sudanese people would not afford to rule themselves peacefully if granted a state of their own.
The present situation can prove without any doubt to all of us as testimony. As South Sudanese who was born and grew up during the first Anya-Nya war and later participated intensively during the second war of struggle from January 1984, my experiences proved that something wrong is lingering in our minds that need to be readjusted in order for Republic of South Sudan to survive and be governed peacefully and transparently.
Let us not pretend that everything is alright within our setups being on the government or in the opposition sides. Our society in general, unfortunately, is very much decay from top to bottom unless is drastically rescue from eminent demise through cooperation and understanding.
All the sixty-four tribes, which inhabited the Republic of South Sudan, are very peaceful and loving people but inherited only by wrong leaders who have been blindly followed by their subjects without questioning their integrity and commitments to their well being.
Education and exposures to other world civilizations has nothing in our applied knowledge. Some of our most learned South Sudanese leaders who are supposed to be the best exemplary behaves as if they had never gone to classrooms. They always incite their tribal groups once they run short of ideas to convince their political opponents at national level.
The December 15, 2013’s saga had nothing to do with either Nuer or Dinka for that matter. It was squarely an SPLM internal matter that would have been resolved by its members from within.
The massacre and wanton killings perpetrated against over ten thousand Nuer civilians which was deliberately carried out by the so-called Presidential Guards and their colleagues from other organized forces from Dinka in Juba town for three days was an act of a defeated leader at national level.
Those leaders who challenged President Salva Kiir Mayardit from SPLM Party including Dr. Riek Machar, Mamma Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Deng Alor Kuol, John Luk Jok, Kosti Manibe, Alfred Ladu Gore, Dr. Cirino Eteng, Madut Biar Yel, Pagan Amum, Oyai Deng Ajak, Chol Tong Mayay, Taban Deng Gai, Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba, Majak de’ Agot and Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth etc.
Those who know the South Sudanese names very well can easily identify how many Nuer are on the list. They are only four in number among the fourteen SPLM leaders who advocated for change of leadership.
The higher figures from the group who opposed Kiir’s leadership were from Dinka. They had five and the rest were from different communities from Equatoria states. The Nuer community for that matter was victims of political conspiracy intentionally hatched by President Salva Kiir Mayardit to eliminate them from South Sudan’s politics.
The fabricated coup attempt, which was later, publicized by President Salva Kiir himself and his errand boys all over the world against his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, was a ploy to distort and detract the attentions of South Sudanese and their well wishers worldwide who were terribly shocked and saddened with great disbelieves about the awful massacres of the Nuer community which were systematically carried out by government supporters in Juba, Malakal, Bor, Leer and Bentiu.
With this kind of systematic killings against the Nuer, the White Army and defected SPLA soldiers from Nuer in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal fought back against the government loyalists until they bravely overran the towns of Bor, Bentiu and Malakal as well as most of the counties in the three states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei respectively and this was the beginning of the rebellion in the South Sudan.
President Salva Kiir had in the past been mastering the same tricks against different communities throughout the country where he fomented tribal feuds amongst the Dinka themselves, Nuer v Murle, Murle v SPLA, Nuer v SPLA, Mundari v Bari, Achol v Madi, Acholi v Bari, Dinka v Fertit, Shilluk v Dinka, SPLA v SPLA etc.
Such feuds were more less land disputes or indiscriminate disarmament where he always favoured one group against another bias. It resulted to numerous rebellion movements.
With the current conflict, some selfish politicians who do not want their individual interests to be jeopardized have dragged in some communities into this war unnecessarily.
For example, the Dinka Ngok of Baliet in Upper Nile State were not at all part of this wrangling but they were rather dragged in by none others than the State Governor of Upper Nile Simon Kun Puoch and his County Commissioner of Baliet Rev. James Tor Monybony.
Before the fighting took place in Malakal town on the 3rd week of December 2013, a group of state lawmakers, state ministers, other organized forces officers and senior state officials from the counties of Ulang and Nasir, after they completely disagreed with the state governor over the killings of Nuer civilians in Juba whereas the governor himself with on denial that the government in Juba did not order the massacres of Nuer civilians.
They were rather killed by individual criminals as his unwavering support presently with the government in Juba confirmed. After the group decided to travel to Nasir area without official approval from the state governor, their convoy of twelve cars was intercepted at Baliet Count by a force being organized by Baliet County Commissioner under specific order from the state governor Simon Kun Puoch where he instructed him not to allow the convoy to proceed to the last destination as planned.
Instead the group were told to return back to Malakal or else be dealt with accordingly. While the were in state of discussions, the organised soldiers from Baliet opened fire indiscriminately killing: 1. Hon. Nhial Lual Wuol, SPLM Chief Wipe Upper State Legislative Assembly, 2. Hon. Bang Duop Lam, Chairperson of Justice Committee, Hon. 3. Thuok Puok Goot, Secertary General State Secretariat, 4. One Colonel from Police, 5. Two Majors from Police, 6. Two Captains from Police and several officials. The total of those killed that day of 20/12/2013, were 17 persons.
When the news of their killing reached Nasir and Ulang, the communities of these two counties were extremely alarmed and the White Army decided to go and search for the survivors in Baliet County.
The number of passengers in the convoy was over sixty persons who were dispersed by their attackers to wilderness. Most of them died of thrust and hunger in the forest. Instead of the people of Baliet County to apologize for the killings, the While Army from Ulang and Nasir found them prepared for war against them.
This was the root cause of the first fighting in Baliet County. It was Governor Simon Kun Puoch and Rev. James Tor Monybony who should be held responsible for the death of innocent Dinka civilians from Baliet County and Nuer of Ulang and Nasir Counties respectively.
It was not their wish to kill themselves but the war was rather imposed on them by these two greedy politicians. This is a known fact and nobody will ever deny that as long as evidences are concerned.
The same thing with the prevailing human tragedy befallen in Shilluk Kingdom where former militias recently absorbed by government of South Sudan under commands of Major General Johnson Oluony and Brig. General Ayuok Ogat and under overall influence of their mentor Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin have been badly used by government in Juba to wage war against the SPLM/A-In Opposition forces in Upper Nile State.
This exposes the Shilluk community into danger because most of their recruits hail from Shilluk tribe and the fighting is concentrating in Shilluk area whereas thousands of Shilluk have been displaced from their ancestral lands either to UNMISS camp in Malakal town or into neighbouring country of Sudan.
The blame still goes to Dr. Lam Akol who encourages the Shilluk militias to fight alongside that despotic regime in Juba for his selfish gains. He had been in opposition all these years until when he learnt that his erstwhile political rivals Dr. Riek Machar and Pagan Amum went on loggerheads with President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
He hastily came back from his self-exile in Cairo and took this opportunity to mend his relations with President Kiir in order to side-line the other two SPLM opposing leaders in his favour.
The Shilluk as community has no reason to fight the White Army or the SPLM/A – In Opposition for that matter because the two communities have a lot in common and very much integrated culturally through inter-marriages assimilation.
Because of misuse of Shilluk sons being conscripted into militia’s ranks and fight alongside the SPLA, Brig. Ayuok Ogat, one of the factional militia commanders decided to defect to the rebel ranks. His forces and that of SPM/A – In Opposition recently captured the town of Kaka El Tigariah from the government forces.
This marked the beginning of Shilluk community to disassociate themselves from Salva Kiir and Lam Akol’s bandwagon. Their marriage of convenience will soon disintegrate as already the Chollo community realised the truth.
The same scenario has also been happening in Mayom County in Unity State where the sons of Monytuil Ojang, Dr. Nguen who is the Unity State Governor and General Bapiny have been organizing a militia band under command of Major General Matthew Puol Jang.
The militia who hails from Bul Nuer clan has been fighting alongside the government against the SPLM/A – In Opposition forces all this time without being integrated into SPLA ranks like Shilluk Militia.
Sadly, they are not in payroll but miserably used to fight for the interests of their godfathers in Juba. Until the day of yesterday on 15 April, when the Bul militia fighting force realized that they have badly been misused by the sons of Monytuil Ojang in Juba by killing their own Nuer people and destroying their properties jointly with SPLA of Dinka elements, SPLM-N, JEM and UPDF forces against the SPLM/A-In Opposition in Unity State.
Over 600 of them under command of Major General Karlo Kuol Ruai have defected to the rebel’s rank and this made the capture of Bentiu very quick and easy.
Once again, the same tools also used by some politicians from Dinka Bor in Jonglei State where they deliberately dragged in their community into war unnecessarily.
For example, the people of Pigi, Duk and Twic East Counties who are all from Dinka origins had never been part of current war because the SPLM/A – In Opposition or the White Army always consider them neutral.
They did not participate in the massacres of Nuer in Juba and other towns in Greater Upper Nile as this was done only by some Dinka elements from Greater Bahr El Gazal.
Therefore, they were not attacked during the first and second capturing of Bor town by SPLM/A –In Opposition in December 2013, and January 2014, simultaneously.
Unfortunately, the people of Duk were encouraged by their politician Hon. Philip Thon Leek to form their own militia group and fight alongside the SPLA and UPDF forces in the area. Following the recent fighting between the government and rebels forces, Duk County became a contesting zone and that was the reason why some of the structures including the lost boys clinic was destroyed during the fighting.
Hon. Philip Thon Leek should not escape from being blamed for having encouraged the Dinka youth in Duk County to fight alongside the government and their Uganda ally forces against the SPLM/A-In Opposition forces.
The Counties of Pegi and Twic East are free from attack up to this time from the SPLM/A-In Opposition and the White Army because they have shown their neutrality openly.
Frankly speaking, the government of President Salva Kiir Mayaridit in Juba has completely lost its full support and confidence of the Nuer people throughout the Nuerland in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States because of the wanton killing and awful massacres its committed against the innocents Nuer in Juba and other towns in Greater Upper Nile states.
It is now resorting on support of individual’s personalities like Major General James Hoth Mai, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, General Charles Lam Chol, General Yohannes Yoal Bath, Simon Kun Puoch, James Kok Ruai, John Kong Nyuon, Dr. John Gai Yoah, General Johnson Gony Billieu, Major General Bol Kong, Nyang Chuol Dhuor, Hon. Timothy Taban Juoch, Justice John Gatwech Lul, Hon. Manasah Magok Rundial, Dr. Joseph Nguen Monytuil, Kuong Danhier Gatluak, General Bapiny Monytuil etc.
They have no grass-root supports and at the same time being labelled by Nuer in general as sell-outs who compromised the death of their own fellows for material gains and positions.
Whether President Salva Kiir has them in his camp, the grass-roots Nuer consider them like those perished in Juba during the aftermath of fighting. Their contributions are not valued very much at this time.
That is why some of them resort on sending people with money to bribe the Nuer White Army in Eastern Upper Nile and Eastern Jonglei States.
If they want Nuer to support their cause, why they do not approach the ones residing at UNMISS camps in Juba, Bor and Malakal instead of looking for people who have already escaped the government’s onslaughts.
Unfortunately, their cheap dealings are rejected completely throughout the Nuerland. Some of their agents went recently through Ethiopia carrying with them several hundreds thousands of US dollars to bribe the White Army and some field commanders associated with Dr. Riek Machar to return to the government circle.
But this mission ended up in fiasco where many of them have been arrested in Gambella region by the Ethiopian security or sent back to Juba unceremoniously. This is always the work of failed leaders who are virtually disowned by their own communities.
Whether they like it or not, South Sudan is in turmoil and there will be no reverse at all. Therefore President Salva Kiir and his cronies must go by all means sooner than later or otherwise, Moamar Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein’s sagas will fall on them squarely.
The Author was former MP & Minister of Education, Science & Technology (UNS) and now Executive Director of African Centre for Human Advocacy (ACHA), which advocates for human rights and good governance throughout the Africa Continent.
On Thursday 17 April, 2014, a group of armed Police, military and Wildlife soldiers in plain clothes together with some elements of Dinka Bor Youth, armed with AKM- 47 rifles and machetes (Pangas), attacked thousands of Nuer IDPs in the UNMISS camp in Bor, the Capital of Jonglei state.
The IDPs have been under protection of UNMISS in its camp since the outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in Mid December last year.
Details of casualties relayed by survivors of the attacked who attended to the burial of the dead in mass graves are 145 killed and 207 wounded. UNMISS initial report on 19 April 2014 puts the figure of the dead within the camp at 58.
Three (3) UNMISS personnel also lost their lives and others got wounded in the attack. Some of the IDPs ran aimlessly into the surrounding areas where their killers may still follow.
We condemn in the strongest terms this killing of innocent civilians on the basis of their ethnicity. There is no doubt that this callous attack was instigated by some senior government officials in Juba who hail from Bor County.
The killing of civilians is a crime against humanity and a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law. The UN should conduct thorough investigation into this horrific attack. It is to be noted that South Sudan has acceded to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols.
Indeed, South Sudan has incorporated the Conventions into its domestic law through the enactment of the Geneva Conventions Act, 2012.
The United Nations is called upon to intervene in what is happening in South Sudan. The government is responsible for the collapse of law and order in the country through its negative policies and inability to protect the lives and property of the citizens.
It is now possible that the country can disintegrate into mutually antagonistic regional or tribal enclaves if the situation is not quickly addressed.
The UN itself is now under threat in its camps in Juba as attempts are being made by government soldiers to attack the IDPs in Juba itself according to credible sources in Juba.
Therefore, there is need for the UN to treat the situation in South Sudan with utmost seriousness if those unfortunate events which happened in Rwanda in 1994 are to be averted in South Sudan.
Sadly, the government is consistently obstructing the efforts of IGAD Envoys to mediate speedily resolution of the crisis. The clear objective of the government seems to be the escalation of fighting in order to impose a military solution with the help of foreign military forces.
Certainly the achievement of such an objective is unattainable and its pursuit can only lead to nothing but the total collapse of the country and consequent disintegration of our communities.
Since the claim of a failed coup attempt by the Juba Government in mid December last year, the targeted killing of members of the Nuer ethnic group has never stopped.
The Juba government is undoubtedly determined to implement a policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Nuer people. This is a violation of its constitutional duty to provide equal protection for all citizens.
More than 18,000 Nuer men, women and children were killed in cold blood in Juba by the Presidential Guards and armed Dinka civilians in execution of a deliberate policy to exterminate the Nuer.
This policy if not quickly reversed, has the risk of being picked up by the communities to avenge their members as has happened in Akobo, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The great danger is that the young country can easily be broken into pieces that may become difficult to put together again.
The elites responsible for this genocidal policy are politicians and military elements mainly from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. Their names will not be difficult to reveal when the time comes for justice and accountability.
They have planned and concocted the so called ‘failed attempted military coup’ as the stratagem and smokescreen for justifying the genocide and victimization of individuals as well as communities.
We call upon all patriotic sons and daughters from these two states, the affected communities and from other peace loving parts of South Sudan to condemn this criminal policy and refrain from taking similar actions.
Let us all put the interest of the country first in addressing the current national crisis that gravely threatens the existence of our country.
Now, it is clear from the court proceedings taking place in Juba against four SPLM leaders, that there was no coup.
This is evident from the testimonies of senior SPLA officers who have stated on oath as prosecution witnesses that there was no attempted military coup, that they were aware of, that have taken place on 15 December, 2013 as claimed by the government.
Finally, we call upon the United Nations, AU and the IGAD region to speedily intervene in the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in South Sudan where millions of lives are still at risk.
While welcoming the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry, under the leadership of former President Olusegun Obassanjo of Nigeria, we earnestly urge the Commission to speedily start its work given the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the country.
We equally urge the UN and the International Community to put the human rights records of the Juba government under strict scrutiny and to hold perpetrators accountable.
John Luk Jok
Spokesperson for the Group of 7 SPLM Leaders
Nairobi, Kenya, 19th April, 2014
Message Body:BASHIR AND WEST’S HYPOCRISY AND SELF-INTEREST ARE THE SOURCES OF SOUTH SUDANESE PROBLEMS.
By: Daniel Juol Nhomngek, KAMPALA, APR/19/2014, SSN;
When I was reading the News headlines on Sudan Tribune on April 19, 2014, I came across the following: “Western countries regret support for South Sudan’s secession: Bashir declares.” It immediately came into my mind that South Sudanese conflict has many players behind it, including Bashir and the West. These groups are out there to destroy South Sudan.
I opened the whole news which continued that the Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, said that several Western countries which encouraged South Sudan’s independence have apologized for their actions and urged Khartoum to reunite with the newborn state.
How the reunion can be done, I do not know. Whether through annexation like what happened between Russia and Ukraine where Crimea was annexed to Russia, it isn’t clear; or through Western Intervention?
I have not yet up to now understand what they will do and why did many Western Countries propose that.
However, the report went on by stating that Bashir made this when he addressed a meeting of ruling party’s pastoralists and farmers’ secretariat on Thursday evening by saying that Sudan’s enemies who supported secession of the south in order to destroy the north regretted their action, noting they are now begging Khartoum to reunite with Juba.
He said, “They pushed the south to secede in order to destroy the north, however when they saw what happened in the south they secretly told us they were mistaken and wished they had listened to us and now they asked us to reunite.”
Bashir appears to have been confused here with falsity and frustration. If he had ever said this, then he was wrong and will still be wrong in the future if he made the same statement again.
I am now made to believe that the problems of South Sudan are not caused by the people of South Sudan, conspiracy, hypocrisy and self-interest of Bashir and the West, who are planning to destroy South Sudan.
What Bashir and the West must understand is that South Sudan is a sovereign state and they should not try to influence its politics in order to destroy it indirectly.
Bashir made such statement without shame because his government is also one of the causes of the problems of South Sudan because the problems of South Sudan have their origins from Sudan.
Besides, Sudan itself is not at peace and I do not know what motivated most of the Western countries to make such awful proposal to Bashir as he proudly told his crowd.
If I can ask, where will the add Sudan after adding South Sudan to Sudan if the war is the one that can make a country lose her independence?
Conspiracy and hypocrisy against South Sudan!
This underscores the fact that some of the Western Countries have been playing a destructive role since the war broke out in South Sudan as shown by the accusation South Sudanese citizens and government leveled against the UN personnel who appear to be sympathizing with the rebels more than the government.
No smoke with fire. After reading what Bashir said and his allegation that Western countries have secretly called upon him to reunite with South Sudan, I no longer doubt what my fellow South Sudanese say about the UN role in the conflict of South Sudan.
There must be a reason why the Western Countries have taken special interest in South Sudan; may be because of the oil and other resources based on the fact that South Sudan government was becoming more independent from them than they expected.
Therefore, they are playing Samson’s politics in the Bible that if the enemy has overpowered him and he is not able to fight back the enemy and what is remaining is his death then he or his enemies must die all.
Hence, he shakes the whole building that collapses on him and his enemies.
In the same way according to Bashir and western Countries, if South Sudan has not made their expectation of being a puppet government and instead it is becoming more and more independent which denies them access to resources, then South Sudan should not be allowed to exist as a country.
The statement of Bashir shows frustration that he had undergone which was caused by the inevitable break away of South Sudan from the North.
At the same time, it unearths the false hope that Bashir has been nourishing of South Sudan one reuniting with the North.
The statement indicated that Bashir and his Western Counterparts have very shallow way of reasoning because such things will never happen in our life time as South Sudan because South Sudan will never reunite with the North.
Going back to reunite with the North is worse than killing ourselves and learning from it and then in future knowing how to relate with each other.
How can reasonable people make such empty statement? If the countries are dissolved because of civil wars then the USA and other countries in the world would have been dissolved and returned to their colonial masters long time ago.
Having briefly narrated American Civil War yet America is still there as America today, I wonder what push Bashir and Western Countries to utter such statement.
If countries are returned to their colonial masters because of the problems that they face after independence, then most of the countries that have been colonized and when they got independence became embroiled in civil wars would have not remained as independent countries in the world map today.
For instance, the USA, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Angola, Mozambique, Mali, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Ghana, Liberia (Liberia got her independence in 1847), Togo, Somalia and many other countries not only in Africa but in other parts of the world would have lost their independence.
In addition, people who are related and staying in the same house fight but no one regrets for having been born into such a family. The only thing they do is to look for a solution.
Bashir and his Western counterpart who have such unrealistic hope must stand warned that they will be held liable for continuing and destruction of lives by the war in South Sudan.
The words that Bashir utters and the West’s conspiracy against the South Sudan are an indication that Bashir and the West are responsible for the current problems facing South Sudan.
They must know that South Sudan is an independent country, which means that it is a sovereign state.
No any person or anybody has any authority to invalidate the existence of South Sudan on the ground that it is facing a civil war.
In addition, many have proposed that South Sudan should be placed under the UN Trusteeship. On what ground? I do not know.
As I can understand the term it is applicable in case of South Sudan. The United Nations Trusteeship Council (French: Le Conseil de tutelle des Nations unies), is one of the principal organs of the United Nations, which was established to help ensure that trust territories were administered in the best interests of their inhabitants and of international peace and security.
The trust territories, most of them former mandates of the League of Nations or territories taken from nations defeated at the end of World War II have all now attained self-government or independence, either as separate nations or by joining neighbouring independent countries.
The last was Palau, formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which became a member state of the United Nations in December 1994.
Hence, the role of this body is not extended to South Sudan because South Sudan is an independent country.
To show flaw in that argument, if Countries which are faced with problems are placed under the UN Trusteeship, then Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Libya and the Central African Republic would have been placed under the UN Trusteeship.
What is so special about South Sudan? All these are conspiracies and masterminded into order to destroy the sovereignty of South Sudan.
What Bashir and his Western friends would have done was, instead of plotting for the destruction of South Sudan, they should have come together as good countries with the welfare of South Sudanese at heart to look for all possible solutions or means to bring to a quick end of South Sudan.
What is even surprising is that although there is still a stable government, the Western countries do not see anything good in that government, which is an indication that there are special grudges by the West against the government of the Republic of South Sudan.
Somalia, for instance, operated for 20 years without any central government or TFG that was operating in the neighbouring Kenya but the West did not quickly propose it to be put under trusteeship.
There must be a special problem which the West holds against South Sudan as a country.
What the West and Bashir did not comprehend is that problems of South Sudan are not as complex as many project them but they are caused only due to the lack of diverse approach from the leadership.
Based on the foregoing point in the above paragraph, what the West and Bashir would have done was not to plan the way on how to destroy the independence of South Sudan but they would have joined with the government and rebels to direct them on how to achieve peace.
It appears that there is a paradox and conflict of interest somewhere in searching for peace in South Sudan.
Why if it is intervention to end the war and restore the stability quickly the West talk of sovereignty of the South but if they plot against it as Bashir pointed out they do not care about the sovereignty of that country.
Bashir and the Western Countries must understand that any destruction of South Sudan will not be accepted by all South Sudanese nor it will bring to an end the problems of South Sudan.
Bashir and the West should put aside their interests in South Sudan and try to find the real solution to the real South Sudanese problems not such illusive day dream.
NB// The Author is South Sudanese Student of Law in Makerere University and he can be reached through the following contacts: email@example.com; +256783579256.
BY: Peter Gai Manyuon, SOUTH SUDAN, APR/18/2014, SSN;
Each and everyone globally knows about the genocide that has been carried out in Juba by President Kiir and his loyalists in Sudan people Liberation Army (SPLA) forces led by James Hoth Mai, Kuol Manyang, Malong Awan and etc…etc.
However the killing, raping and torturing that Nuer Society experienced from the hands of “Master Killers” in South Sudan need proper documentation and reviewing yearly by the South Sudanese Intellectuals, Human rights defenders and Independent Journalists as well.
Hence, when you make a comparison of the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and South Sudan genocide of 2013, you will find that there is a very big difference in the numbers of people who were killed within a three day period of the 16th, 17th and 18th of December 2013, compared to Rwanda.
In the Rwandan genocide of 1994, more than a half million people were killed in a period of 100 days.
Different reports have emerged from different researchers and it had been acknowledged by the government of South Sudan that they have committed crimes against humanity.
The question is, will President Kiir survive from International Criminal Court (ICC)? Will someone like James Hoth Mai who is a Chief of General staff survive and Kuol Manyang as well?
More so, the places where people were massacred and buried in Mass graves are:- Khorwilliam near Gieda, Gudele one (1), Gudele two (2), Newsite, Manga, Jabel Kujur Yei road.
The innocent citizens who survived in those places will not forget the genocide of Mayardit and his loyalists who do not care for people lives but eliminating human beings has been their mandate.
It was a tactical calculation by the people who do not want the progress of the South Sudanese.
Nevertheless, we all know that there is another small dictator in the Republic of South Sudan by the name of Kiir Mayardit, who led the South Sudanese from the time when the late Dr John Garang died in a helicopter crash on the 30 of July 2005 up to now.
After the missing of the hero between Uganda and New site, many people globally blamed President Museveni of Uganda of having a big hand in the death of the hero who brought the black people from nowhere to somewhere and as well from the big marginalization experienced from North Sudan at that time.
Well, if you reflect on what is happening after the death of the hero Dr John to date, you will find that most of South Sudanese are suffering in bushes, UN Compounds across the Country like if they don’t have a country.
What a nation on earth is South Sudan?
History of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda: Idi Amin was a Ugandan president best known for his brutal regime and crimes against humanity while in power from 1971-1979.
Idi Amin was a Ugandan president born circa 1925 in Koboko, West Nile Province, Uganda. He rose within the military from the 1940s through 1970. Amin overthrew the current leader in 1971 and declared himself president, and he remained in power from 1971-1979.
During his tenure, he lived a lavish lifestyle while contributing to the collapse of Uganda’s economy. He sought to stay in power at all costs, resulting in extensive human rights violations via mass killings.
Overthrown in 1979, he fled to Libya then Saudi Arabia where he died on August 16, 2003. And eventually after his death, (he) Idi Amin was buried in exile due to the crimes against humanity he had committed, where many Ugandans and Indians, Asians got lost in Lake Victoria and many other got burned in the churches in Uganda at that time.
History of President Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan: Salva Kiir Mayardit born 13 September 1951 is a South Sudanese politician who has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011.
Prior to independence, he was President of the Government of Southern Sudan, as well as First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011.
In the late 1960s, Kiir joined the Anyanya in the First Sudanese Civil War. By the time of the 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement, he was a low-ranking officer.
In 1983, when Dr John Garang joined an army mutiny he had been sent to put down, Kiir and other Southern leaders joined the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the second civil war.
Dr. Garang De Mabior had advanced military knowledge and experience from both the United States and the Sudan. President Kiir was his Deputy. Kiir eventually rose to head the SPLA, the SPLM’s military wing when Dr. John Garang was killed in a helicopter crash.
Rumors to remove Kiir from his post as SPLA Chief of Staff in 2004 nearly caused the organization to split in Rumbek where (he) Kiir rebelled and was convened by Dr Machar afterward.
In 2013 December, President Kiir killed good numbers of Nuer Intellectuals in Juba due to what is best known to him where he used his separate military wing that were transported from a deep village in Gogrial and Awiel to eliminate Nuer in particular, and after two days rebellion erupted in the Greater Upper Nile Region.
Realistically, what is the difference of President Kiir and Amin of Uganda?
More so, in Malakal the Capital of Upper Nile states, many Pastors from Presbyterians Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) were killed in Churches by the forces of the government of South Sudan under the command of Gen Ulony, a notorious Chollo man, who was eventually shot in the throat after Malakal was recaptured by the rebels’ fighters and I think he (Ulony) might be under a serious treatment abroad up to now.
More interestingly, on the 16th of December 2013, President Kiir made announcement on both the electronic and print media, where he said all civilians should remain indoors without movement in Juba since fighting erupted within the Republican guards.
Most of the civilians who were massacred thought that may be nothing will happen since the President of the Republic gave an order to the soldiers not to attack audiences or citizens in their homes.
But due to what has been planned, I think by Malong Awan and some guys within the government of South Sudan, innocent citizens were killed, tortured, women were raped and others were forced to eat human flesh which did not happen in human history worldwide.
Logically, could you tell me, President kiir is far from Idi Amin Dada of Uganda?
Author is Independent Journalist and Columnist who had written extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan; you can contact him through;firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY: Tong Kot Kuocnin, JUBA, APR/18/2014, SSN;
Very obvious, that this war is a needless war. This war is useless. This war is unjustifiable. This war is unreasonable. This war is uncalled for. Then, why for it? Why, because I needed to stay in power for long? Why, because I wanted to enriched my family and my next of kins?
Why, because I and my clan wanted to control and use the resources of the nation for our benefits because am a hero? Why, because I needed to take his power by the use of force? Why, because Am accustomed to grape power when Am no longer in the government. Why, because I wanted to do the same that the incumbent has done to his family, next of kin and his entire clan.
Why, because Am too greedy of power and I cannot imagine being a layman in the street. Why, because he is just a mere and a humble guy, uneducated very highly, meanwhile am such a well educated and well trained mechanical engineer from the UK?
Why, because without me in the government either as vice president or president of this country, you guys will never ever be in peace and harmony, be stable and progress to a modern age unless I finished you or else allow me to become your president at all costs.
These are what triggered the current ongoing crisis in our country. The ingrained lust for power by both heavyweight politicians with their cohorts is the one causing us this untold suffering and hardships in our country.
We thought we were blessed to have them at the forefront as people who have done such a great job by guiding us through all thorny journeys of our liberation from the yokes of oppression and of marginalization to a promised land of our ancestors where we will at least be in peace and stability, where we will get direly needed services from our own government of our own state.
But unfortunately the prospects of peace and harmony and of development remains a dream unmet and hence faded away like leaves of the tree. Why killing your own people? Why? Just for power to be president? Or just for power to be vice president. Who will you governed or rule if we all died?
It is our presence, we these bad peoples that can make you become our president through ballot boxes and not through the barrels of the guns which we used together to chase away an enemy who is common to us from our ancestor’s land and become masters of it.
Why? Why killing innocent children and elderly? Why raping your own sisters, your own wives and your own mothers? Are they the ones obstructing your path to the presidency that you want by all means and at all costs?
Why at our expense leaving those who took you out of the presidency untouched and enjoying all their privileges and emoluments both of you created to enjoy decently? This is unjust.
It is unjust because neither do we know what is wrong with you guys in the presidency nor do we have any hand that has blocked or obstructed your way to the presidency. This is unfair.
It is unfair in the sense that you were with them for eight (8) bloody years saying nothing and doing nothing tangible and positive so that we know what right you were doing and wrong they were doing.
You kept quiet for eight (8) years and only when you were relieved of your duties, privileges and emoluments that we hear you talking like a mad man, challenging your own friend you stayed with for eight years, eating together, dividing our resources together at our watch.
When you happened to be out of house which produces and distributes food, money and power, you began to talk like a drunkard man on the street. Why killing us when we are not part and parcel of your government for eight years?
Our precious lives and blood will surely ask one of you one day for what wrong have we done to you guys. We have tied our belts and allowed you to sit very indignantly in the presidency for eight bloody years without doing anything.
During your eight years as government, you did no tarmac roads and modern bridges across the country, no hospitals and other health facilities, no proper functioning schools, no food for our masses, and still causing us havocs and wars, this is completely unacceptable, guys.
This country doesn’t belong to you and your immediate families and clans alone, it’s belongs to us all, it’s belongs to all its inhabitants who have inhabited it since the days of Adam and Eve.
In fact, without our presence here, you cannot also be here, for it is our presence that solidifies you to exist also.
Enjoy all your privileges and emoluments in the presidency and leave us alone to feed on the leaves of trees that we used to feed on since day one.
We all know that your presence, both of you, outside the presidency is a serious threat to our well-being and welfare.
So we decided to leave it for you guys, but again you set your own house on fire and begin to kill innocent women, children, elderly and youth so that you gained what you need, rape vulnerable women and girl children, ransack and loot our little properties we hardly made and gained with our own sweat, burn to ashes our small tukuls and huts we made of mud-blocks and roof-thatched with grasses.
What do you want us to do? We leave south Sudan to you? No, that will not happen. Leave us alone to live our miserable lifes.
We left you untouched for very, very many years to do what you want to do, eat how much you wanted to eat and you guys are still a headache at our minds.
You must bear in mind that when the people of south Sudan run amok of your selfish moves and acts in issues which concern us all, there comes a time that you would feel how bad it is and it will be very irreparable and uncontrollable.
However, this entails to us that the war which is currently being fought in south Sudan is needless, it is useless, it is unjustifiable, it is unreasonable and it is uncalled for because it’s no time now to wage such kinds of conflicts which have no bases.
It is not a war of who should be the leader of the people of south Sudan. But it’s a fight to continue bread in the plate at the expense of the people who are not sharing those same breads with you. Leave us alone. Please!
Tong Kot is a Practicing Legal Counsel at Deng & Co. Advocates and can be reached at: email@example.com.
BY: Deng Mangok Ayuel, AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN, APR/18/2014, SSN;
We can never ever solve political crisis by resorting to war in our country, South Sudan. Believe me. War is the utmost sign of human weakness. War kills, tensely causes hatred, division and lack of trust.
It’s unfortunate that our prominent leaders, especially Dr Machar, have lacked hearts and will for the people of South Sudan. War has no winners, all sides are losers.
I hate war. There is no need for our leaders to mobilize their ethnicities, and begin killing South Sudanese since December, 2013.
What shall we gain from war? We are one people, one nation. There is no need for war.
What can you and I do to stop our people from killing themselves? We need to share ideas, call spade a spade. South Sudanese should think twice.
We need to be constitution abiding, God fearing people, who can’t target their brothers and sisters easily.
Is Dr Machar, the only aspiring leader that people can die for if he didn’t become the party chairperson or president?
Any educated, public figure from any village in South Sudan can make it as president. There is no need for the Nuers to die for Dr Machar’s war. There is no need for Dinka as a tribe to be targeted for few Dinkas’ cases in the country.
Let’s be abstemious. It’s our turn as citizens, whose children are suffering from diseases, starving from hunger in the IDPs camps, to say ‘enough is enough’ to Dr Machar for killing South Sudanese.
We have been living from hand to mouth – life was almost so hard; many people lack clean water and health facilities.
What is the future for the people of greater Upper Nile who are currently displaced in masses?
The IGAD countries and mediators in Ethiopia should speedily find a lasting solution for this war. These mediators are not up to their mandates.
The cessation of hostilities was signed and the rebels of Dr Machar are still attacking government forces every week. Where are the former CPA mediators between the SPLM and NCP in Khartoum?
Which forces are now in Bentiu? White army …? Is it not a violation of cessation of hostilities? There is no need for the Nuers as a tribe to wage a war against the whole nation. No tribe is bigger than a nation.
People aren’t supposed to kill their innocent children for nothing. There is nowhere in the world a tribe fought about 60 tribes and won the war.
It’s our choice to take our baby nation into abyss. It’s our choice to say ‘no’ to war. Let’s decide now.
South Sudan is not for President Kiir or Dr Machar but I do support President Kiir because I don’t want power to be transferred by force.
And do you really think that Dr Machar is the right man for presidency? Dr Machar is never trusted anymore because of waging war against an elected government of our country.
People all over the world have the same wishes or desires for presidency but war is not the solution when things gone astray.
If we could have worked together as one nation in order to fulfill our economical dreams instead of competing with each other in a greedy desire for wealth, power, then there would have been no war in South Sudan.
All in all, war is never the answer to political problems. We must do all we can to find alternative means to solve these tribulations, and resolve our differences peacefully for a better South Sudan.
Are you for war or peace?
Deng Mangok Ayuel is a South Sudanese freelance writer and lives in Aweil. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUOTE: “A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can’t find in an army without morale,” JALAL TALABANI.
EDITORIAL ANALYSIS: APR/18/2014, SSN;
Surely, here is a historic and heroic opportunity for the South Sudanese Army to timely intercede by overthrowing the failed Kiir junta and save the nation from bleeding to death.
Our independence has become meaningless as South Sudanese are viciously killing each other perhaps much more than the enemy jellaba Arab northerners were doing.
Waiting for IGAD to broker and bring peace for us is like waiting for the biblical ‘manna’ from Heaven, it never comes; the fighting men and women can bring the war to a quick end.
Historically, military coups become justifiable and even legal, when either the leadership supposedly ruling the country or the circumstances prevailing in the nation do not any longer justify the continuation of the government in power, regardless whether this enfeebled government was previously ‘elected’ or not.
Now, in our current predicament, president Kiir and the ruling SPLM party have become utterly incapable of reaching resolution on the worsening crises in the country and on good governance of the nation, so, an intervention by the Army would certainly offer a better alternative.
Interestingly, an American political scientist, Jay Ulfelder, who theorizes and forecasts political development and instability, places South Sudan 20th among 30 top countries where he predicts a possible coup d’etat might happen in 2013.
In our particularity, if indeed a typical military coup d’etat had occurred, it’d be described correctly as a ‘democratic coup d’etat’ whereby a segment of the state apparatus (Army), for the sake of stability, colludes to displace the government from its control of the state.
Accordingly, the significant features uniquely applicable in support of this ‘democratic coup d’etat’ in our nation includes the following:
a)- the military response is endorsed by popular opposition to the ruling regime;
b)- it’s staged against an authoritarian and totalitarian leader;
c)- the military oversees free and fair elections shortly afterwards;
d)- the military transfers power to new democratically elected leaders ending the coup.
At this critical juncture our nation is in, it’s clear that president Kiir has reached the status of Egypt’s Hosny Mubarak or Ethiopa’s Mengistu, as his (Kiir’s) regime has become dictatorial, murderous and unpopular, so, whilst South Sudanese are genuinely yearning for democracy, Kiir and cohorts are not true democrats.
As Prof. Taban Loliyong recently remarked, “Kiir opted to sow divisions to cover up his own incompetence and to strengthen his hold on power.” (Daily Nation, Kenya, Sept, 2013)
Obviously, with the increasingly spreading groundswell of opposition across the country against the Kiir regime and also the increasingly obvious unhappiness of foreign supporters of the nation, the urgency of such a military putsch can’t be over emphasized.
Reiterating the justification for a coup d’e’tat, it must be pointedly stated here that the on-going national rebellion by the SPLM-In-Opposition Army is unwinnable by either side and any further escalation of the civil war or obfuscation of the peace talks by Kiir’s junta only exacerbates the national predicament.
Unfortunately, what is emerging now is that the morale of the National Army (SPLA) is slowly and surely breaking down, due to the fact that the Army isn’t representative of the entire nation.
The ruling SPLM party, to say the least, is now functionally dead, polluted only by sycophants and deadwood; likewise, the SPLA, the supposed national army, its current command is under ‘yes-bany’ doggy and murderous generals.
Military coups are not unique in modern African history and they usually take place when the political clique ruling the country fails in managing the affairs of the nation.
In neighboring Uganda, the despicable Yoweri Museveni himself usurped power through a coup, so are other African leaders from Guinea to Rwanda and up to Madagascar.
Certainly, it can be intelligently conjectured that there are many within the officers corps of the South Sudanese Army who over the last 9 years of Kiir’s failed junta have genuinely become disillusioned by the gross misrule and the resurgence of yet another ethnocentric war in the nation.
More so, the hopes of the nation specifically depends on the more educated and more enlightened officers, like those real military school graduates, not just the rag-tag tribal and illiterate generals that Kiir ill-advisedly promoted to abet him in his current misrule.
The longer president Kiir and his cohorts are allowed to persist with their evil plans, the worse will become the ever-increasing ethnic divide, hatred and national disintegration of South Sudan nation.
For instance, Kiir’s formation of the murderous Dinka-only so-called Presidential Guards ostensibly from his own home area was definitely a contravention of the rules and mandate of the Army.
Even by Kiir’s own confession after the December 15 massacre of the Nuer and the start of this civil war now raging across the country, Kiir blatantly told the nation that despite the objections of the former Defence minister and the current SPLA Chief of Staff, he, kiir, proceeded with instituting the Presidential Guards.
How can the army just look on while the president unilaterally contravenes the Army modus operandi and breaks down the morale of the Army?
That evidently explains why Machar’s ragtag army is inflicting so many defeats against the national army. This cannot be allowed, never!
A military coup might hopefully also resolve the current paralysis concerning the issue of the interim period government without either Kiir or Machar, a notion also being peddled by the peace brokers in Addis.
Moreover, better still, the military junta will be transitory, composed of technocrats only who aren’t tainted by the infamy of the SPLM, and empowered to bring peace and draft a new constitution for the nation.
But of course, as typical of a military putsch, the new military leaders must take the first steps of abolishing or suspending the current one-man constitution, then dissolving both national houses of legislature and all states parliaments and all other deadwood and money-eating commissions, embassies, etc…etc…
In retrospect, we’re fully aware that all these impotent and redundant so-called national institutions were merely set up to accommodate the thieving SPLM cadres to the grievous detriment of the oppressed peoples of South Sudan.
Finally, as South Sudanese, we must sincerely accept that historically we have had little or no time to consensually coalesce as a One-People-One-Nation’ in our evolution from slavery to nationhood.
Even though we came first time together as ‘Southern Sudanese’ in the famous 1947 Juba Conference, we were never allowed to fully or firmly bond together as we sooner than later broke up and became exploited and mentally enslaved once again by our jellaba Arab North colonizers.
Once again, during the famous Anya Nya war, we solidified our nationalism but, once again, we quickly succumbed to jellaba Arab exploitation as both Abel Alier and Joseph Lagu once again failed our march to nationhood as ‘One-People-One-Nation.’
And again now, the Kiir-Machar animosity, overtly epitomized by the deadly and uncompromising Dinka-Nuer ethnic fratricide has once again let down our nation-building experimentation. We aren’t yet a ‘One-People-One-Nation.’
What is needed, seriously, is a new political dispensation in the form of ‘Balkanization’ of South Sudan akin to what happened to Yugoslavia.
Yes, the new constitution to be drafted during the interim period must fundamentally embody the creation of a three-states federalism (Greater Equatoria, Greater Bahr el Ghazel and Greater Upper Nile), so that we can slowly build that much needed national consensus to become a truly ‘One-People-One-Nation.’
Seriously, if the Army and the elitist officers don’t intervene sooner to save the nation and expeditiously bring the political paralysis to an end, South Sudan will just be a clear carbon copy of the Democratic Republic of Congo or Somalia.
Even a Liberian mere army sergeant Samuel Doe did it. Our Equatorian own son, Iddi Amin, did it in Uganda, in 1971; the question is where are the Lieutenant-Generals and Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals now lost in the pursuit of the mighty dollar????
Must we now regret that our 2 million martyrs were lost for nothing, or perhaps, as some cynics are seriously asking, ‘why did we ever break away from Sudan in the first place?’ END
BY: Kuir ë Garang, Calgary, Alberta, APR/16/2014, SSN;
I’d assume there are many, bigger challenges you are dealing with: Russia-Ukraine, Syria, Palestine-Israel, selling Obamacare…etc. I’d also assume the mentioned problems are more important that the Sudanese mother and child lives. And I know there are times when you have to do exactly the very same thing your conscience tells you not to do…because you are in the ‘White House.’
I know you are a humble man and you respond to issues some people may assume to be beneath your personality and stature of presidency.
However, should this message reach you, then, I know, young South Sudanese will really appreciate you talking directly to them.
I don’t beat about the bush because leaders understand critical issues better when presented to them in non-traditional methods. I don’t spare leaders when I feel their performances do little to save the lives of innocent civilians.
However, I’ll spare you for a lot has already been said. And you aren’t a South Sudanese leader! I might contradict myself in the process and don’t spare you as such! Who knows?
South Sudan suffering Civilians
You’ve already signed an ‘executive order’ to open way for possible sanctions against South Sudanese officials, who’re obstructing IGAD-brokered ‘Peace Talks’. Thankfully, you’ve been putting pressure on South Sudan president General Salva Kiir Mayardit to end the violence and bloodshed.
So why am I repeating to you things you’ve already done or are already doing?
I’m an African man and people would assume that I would support you for who you are rather than what you do. I’ve never been a fan of your policies but I like your humble edge and your being as a people-person (if honest). That’s one quality I admire.
While all my colleagues were enamored by the idea that an African was at the helm of the American power base, the sound of your policies made me very sceptical.
Sadly, some of them have now joined me in that scepticism. And that scepticism, sadly, tells me you care little about the African Child. Well, you do talk about them in your speeches!
Leadership is about leading not ornamental speeches! Lead the world and safe the Southern Child!
I can’t say much about this because you’ve failed these people. You slept on their suffering. Part of why the American public embraced you is your persona as colorlessly and painlessly American; your heritage being secondary or even irrelevant.
While you are an American first and foremost, I think you’ve taken your Americanism to the extreme and this is costing Sudanese and South Sudanese a great deal of suffering.
With no question, I understand being too focused on African issues can arouse the spiteful passion of America right and give them some postprandial gossip’s flavor. Sadly though, Darfurians have died in their thousands in your watch. They say: “We wish Bush were here!”
And to this day, they are still dying! Some people (and Americans) may ask why I bother a foreign leader instead of my own leader!
It’s the very same reason why American soldiers and spies are in almost every country in the world that I ask Obama to heed the Southern Child!
Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Tanzania, Sudan, Egypt, Libya…America is there!
Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile
President Beshir continues to butcher these people while activists and humanitarian voices call for your leadership in relation to this matter. As has become your tradition, you turned a blind eye on them.
The likes of George Cooleny present virtual evidence of Khartoum’s murder machine on the innocent people of Nuba Mountains. The request to initiate a no-fly-zone fell on deaf ears. You supported that in Libya and that makes Africans in Sudan wonder if their lives are less that others.’
Having seen the way you let down the people of Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile, I have absolutely no reason to believe you’ll do anything in South Sudan. Over 10, 000 innocent lives have been lost, cities obliterated, over a million displaced and over 3 million in dire need of basic needs. Sadly, you are aware of that!
Your envoy, Donald Booth, seems to be playing a spectator role at the IGAD’s brokered ‘Peace Talks.’ You need to play a more practical role than the symbolic threats of sanctions South Sudanese leaders will just laugh off.
You’ve done little to nothing in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile. Please don’t let the people of South Sudan down! How many more need to die? How many more generations need to be lost to illiteracy? How many more skeletons need to flood American TV screens for you to be practical enough? Hear the cry of the Southern child!
President George W. Bush is regarded by the world as one of the worst leaders America (or even the world) has ever produced; but if you ask South Sudanese, they’ll tell you he’s ‘The Best American President’ for the role he played in making sure the Sudanese second civil war ended.
He’s admired in South Sudan for having helped end that brutal, genocidal, ethno-religious war; and he’s admired in Africa generally for the role he’s played (and continues to play) in the fight against HIV-AIDS.
You’re admired in Africa for your eloquent speeches and for being the first ‘Black’ President, whatever that means!
I understand Africans will remember you for what you represent rather than what you did! And Bush will be remembered for what he did rather than what he represented.
Displaced people are eating roots and leaves of plants. They are also living in squalid conditions. That’s the job of South Sudanese and Sudanese leaders, some may say! America is the world power and that nullifies the previous statement!
You’ve played some role in making sure South Sudanese referendum and independence comes to fruition; however, thousands have died in Sudan (North and South) during your presidency. And by the way, you were just finishing what Bush had already started!
Please, listen to the wail and the cry of the South Sudanese mother and child!
The Dream of the Southern Child –
Very dark and wretched, I’m very visible, Mr. President
Emaciated and sick, just acknowledge me in the present
Souled or soulless, there’s a tree to spare for my shade
I’m been commercialized…I’m just calling spade and spade
You came with hope and dreams with little for me to see
You’ve compartmentalized your passion just next to me
I don’t want to be like you…I just need a grain to swallow
Avian crowds above hold their breath, my dream is shallow
I don’t want to be like your daughters…I just want school
Sit with the men burning my dreams…I’m not a fool
I don’t want to travel abroad…just security on the Nile
I want to drink virgin Nile waters with no fear for a while
I want no gun on my mother’s neck… not vacations
I’m thirsty and hungry…and this isn’t just an occasion
No hospitals, no food, no schools, not water…I’m a child
Deprived and chased…am I a child of the wild?
Just self-hypnotize and imagine me your own
You’d feel beautiful love that’d forever be known
I’m just a child with simple dreams
I have passions that can bring worldly steam
There’s no tree to sit under as all have been burnt
There’s no voice to console me as I’m also a hunt
So spare me some time and see me for once
The Southern Child appeals to your deepest you
Hide your true self no more and dispel the assumed spew
My blood is filling the Nile day and night
My tears are flooding the Savannah and it ain’t right
Scour your soul for what brought you there
It’s the change you wanted that made you stare
And dream of a beautiful, safe world of peace
I sound naïve but that’s me; a mere broken piece
Just help me go home: That’s the Southern Child Dream!
I just want food to eat: That’s the Southern Child Dream!
I just want a clean clinic nearby: That’s the Southern Child Dream!
I just want guns to be silent: That’s the Southern Child Dream!
Kuir ë Garang, Calgary, Alberta. For contact visit www.kuirthiy.info