By: John Bith Aliap, Australia, DEC/20/2014, SSN;
“A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood,” opined William Shenstone.
The Rep. of South Sudan – the youngest nation on earth has been hit with unspeakable crises, championed by Riek Machar, the sacked vice president after he plotted to overthrow the legitimate government of South Sudan.
And despite the gravity of his crime, Machar is now bouncing his way yet again under the cover of the West as he did in 1991 when he authorised the killing of more than 35, 000 innocent Dinka Bor civilians after he attempted to oust Dr. John Garang, the ex-leader of the SPLM/A from the power, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/04/south-sudan-massacre-among-man-many.
Right from the beginning of the current crisis in South Sudan, the Western media outlets have been flooded with unfounded stories about Nuer massacre in Juba – where at least 20, 000 – 50, 000 ethnic Nuer are alleged to have been ethnically targeted by Kiir’s government.
“We estimate as many as 20,000 – 50,000 people died in Juba during the first week alone”, said one Western aid worker, who asked that his name nor that of his organisation be published due to the sensitivity of the issue. See this report at http://news.yahoo.com/50-000-not-counting-south-sudans-war-dead-205218445.html.
Tribalists in South Sudan have been using Juba Dec. 2013 incident as an opportunity to advance their selfish tribal interests. For example, in an article entitled “the pains of 15th December 2013, ElHag Paul, an advocate of South Sudan’s Somalization “urges South Sudanese to erect a memorial for the victims of ethnic cleansing in Gudele in Juba. This, he suggests, would remind us of the scourge of SPLM and the ideologies of ‘born to rule’ and Jieng supremacy.
Paul claims in this article that a memorial will serve as a national mourning site, educational centre for the young and act as a symbol of resistance to injustice, tribal ideologies and crimes against humanity.” http://www.southsudannation.com/the-pains-of-15th-december-2013/.
Not only him, Nyamilepedia, which serves as Machar’s propaganda machine is also awash with “Juba Nuer massacre,” claims: Commemoration of Nuer Genocide 16th – 19th December 2013, Juba massacre and the second liberation of our country, A just cry of a groaning remnant, Massacred Nuer in December 15-118 2013 in Juba, South Sudan their Statistics and how to mourn them, South Sudan Nuer Students and entire communities in Addis Ababa agree to commemorate the December 15 Juba massacre on time, South Sudan massacre turned One; the world Still watches the Scene ….. and the list is long.
You can verify these reports if you want at http://nyamile.com/page/2/.
Nuer massacre, Nuer massacre, Nuer massacre, you guys are so crazy with tribalism. Why don’t you talk about other South Sudanese who have also lost their lives in this war? While briefing South sudanese’ elders about the recent power sharing agreement in Addis Ababa, Kiir dropped a bomb shell revelation to South Sudanese’ elders who were waiting to hear the good news about the peace in the country that he visited a military hospital in Juba earlier and told by management that more than 1,888 government wounded soldiers are being treated at the facility in the capital alone, S. Sudan president briefs elders on resolutions, reiterates commitment to peace, http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article53187.
Another recent report suggests that the number of Kiir’s government soldiers killed or wounded in the current conflict is more than 20,000, according to a high-level military source. In the period from January to October over 2014 10,659 soldiers belonging to the SPLA-Juba forces were killed in battle and more than 9,921 soldiers were seriously wounded, visit https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/south-sudans-military-casualties-top-20000 for more information on this matter.
Those who are now crying loud for Nuer unfounded massacre in Juba are all murderers who should be held accountable with their mentor Riek Machar. As someone who enjoys people’s slaughtering, Machar’s tribal militia popularly known as ‘White Army’ has butchered tens of thousands of innocent South Sudanese with impunity across the country.
This dates back to 1991 era when he fell out with his ex-boss Dr. John Garang, the founding father of the SPLM/A. And without any apparent fear of the consequences, Machar’s undisciplined mob of civilian soldiers have on numerous occasions shot and gang raped patients in their hospital beds, massacred civilians in churches, machine-gunned fleeing civilians in swamps – leaving their bodies to rot, be carried away by the Nile river or be consumed by its crocodiles.
For example, when his rebels seized the town of Bentiu – they unleashed two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. Be aware that this report contains unpleasant graphic images: http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/us/20140423/131352-white-house-horrified-over-massacre-of-civilians-in-south-sudan.html#sthash.N0dija2f.dpuf.
As it’s what Machar is accustomed to, him and his men have turned the Rep. of South Sudan into an abattoir – slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians without fear – “Bor killings amount to “war “crimes”, says AU chief, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission – http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49287.
Intoxicated with greed of power and tribalism, Machar doesn’t need other South Sudanese particularly Dinka to live in Nuer’s soil. During the eve of the current conflict, Machar ordered an estimated 2,000 Nuer gunmen to surround the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection Base in Akobo and “opened fire on unarmed Dinka civilians who had sought refuge inside the compound earlier.” https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/un-continues-offer-conflicting-numbers-akobo-massacre-death-toll.
Nowadays in South Sudan, Machar’s crimes are seen in every corner. In Atar area of Pigi County in Jonglei state – Machar’s rebels entered into a densely populated Dinka village and killed more than 50 unarmed innocent civilians – http://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/calm-has-returned-atar-area-pigi-county-jonglei-days-after-clashes-between.
Also in Jonglei state, Duk County, Machar’s rebels launched a sustained and unprovoked assault on unarmed civilians killing 36 and injuring 31 others while they were sleeping in their huts.
“We are getting reports that these rebels killed the civilians. A report coming in put the figure at nearly 40 – Killing civilians is their (rebels) habit. Their aim is to loot, kill and destroy property. We are calling on the international community to condemn this action,” said South Sudan’s military Spokesman Philip Aguer, http://www.africareview.com/News/Scores-of-civilians-killed-in-South-Sudan-rebel-assault/-/979180/2264008/-/75m7b8/-/index.html.
In Malakal, the state’s capital of Upper Nile state, the State Minister of Information, Philip Jiben Ogal, reported that forces loyal to Riek Machar have killed civilians in hospitals and churches – civilians who had sought refuge in churches have all been butchered by Machar’s rebels, http://eyeradio.org/civilians-church-leaders-flee-malakal/.
Don’t give up yet of Machar’s crimes.
In Renk, a Dinka inhabited town bordering Sudan, Machar’s rebels stormed Dinka villages and killed over 25 unarmed civilians including women and children.
Lual Deng Chol, Commissioner of Renk County said that Riek Machar’s rebels raided the villages of Majak, Daba, and Chambor over the weekend in what looks like a targeted attack against the Dinka ethnic community. Read the original article on theafricareport.com – http://www.theafricareport.com/East-Horn-Africa/rebels-kill-over-25-civilians-in-south-sudan.html.
The official narrative of the current war in South Sudan has three key elements that have been almost canonized and are repeated robotically by western English-speaking news consumers from all walks of life – economic classes and political leanings.
The Western media has been issuing blank cheques to the world that tens of thousands of ethnic Nuer were killed in Juba on Dec 15 2013. This was done by a Dinka trained army known as “Mathiang Anyor”. The current war is a meaningless tribal savagery initiated by Dinka war engineers.
The truth of the matter, “Machar’s Juba attempted coup” has not been mentioned much on the Western media. As the war rages on in South Sudan – the western media including: the Guardian, My Time, the Telegraph, ABC, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, CNN, New York Time, Wall Street Journal, the Observer, just to name a few launched a full scale and sustained assault on Kiir’s government – ‘dubbing the conflict as the tribal war’ – while Riek Machar and his mates continue to beat the Nuer as victims drum roll.
To bring into light the Western conspiracy against Kiir’s government, the following reports would provide hints to see how the West manufactures and frames the current war in South Sudan to advance its interest. Under the title – “South Sudan atrocities amount to war crimes” – the Guardiannews paper falsely claimed that civilians in South Sudan have been subject to ‘extraordinary acts of cruelty’, including gang rape and ethnically motivated murder, see http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/08/south-sudan-atrocities-war-crimes-report-warns.
Kiir and Machar’s tribal war has split the country along ethnic lines, sparking clashes between Kiir’s Dinka and Machar’s Nuer, http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/may/16/south-sudan-crisis-gravest-un-food-shortages-famine.
Machar has never plotted a coup against Kiir’s governemt – “we have not seen any evidence that this was a coup attempt, but it certainly was the result of a huge political rift”, http://time.com/362/report-u-s-mulling-targeted-sanctions-against-south-sudan/
In South Sudan, ethnic attacks spark fears of civil war. President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and former vice president Riek Machar, who is a Nuer. Targeted ethnic killings threaten to throw the country into chaos, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-south-sudan-ethnic-attacks-spark/fearsofcivil/2013/12/24/5dfb1811e3a5d6f31cd74f760_story.html.
The conflict in South Sudan took on an ethnic dimension, pitting South Sudan’s two largest groups, the Dinka and the Nuer, against each other. Mr. Kiir is a Dinka, while Mr. Machar is a Nuer, available at New York Times web site, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/world/africa/in-south-sudan-a-ghost-of-wars-past-child-soldiers.
South Sudan is at a ‘tipping point’ as ethnic violence puts millions ofpeople at risk of starvation and disease, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/18/south-sudan-crisis-famine-genocide.
What began as a political struggle in the SPLM party soon took on an ethnic dimension as fighting broke out between the two largest ethnic groups in South Sudan, the Dinka and the Nuer. Kiir is a Dinka, and Machar a Nuer, see http:// www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2013/12/28/southsudangovernment rejects rebel call to free politicians.
Kiir and Machar have been struggling for power for some time and behind their rivalry lies ethnic antagonism – Mr Kiir is a Dinka, the largest tribe in South Sudan, and Mr Machar is a Nuer, the second largest ethnic group http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southsudan/10527888/South-Sudan-crisis-explained.html.
The war in South Sudan is rapidly dividing the two-year-old nation on ethnic lines, pitting Mr Kiir’s Dinka tribe against the Nuer tribe to which Mr Machar belongs, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-25/mass-grave-fuels-fears-of-ethnicbloodshed-in-south-sudan/5174688.
The West has not been acting alone without domestic allies in South Sudan. For example, the Nuer media – which is the mouth piece of Machar’s uncalled rebellion, has pumped out a handful of unbalanced reports about South Sudan crisis – joining its Western devil allies in “Kiir must step down” drive.
“South Sudanese security operatives allegedly targeted mainly the Nuer national staffs headed for the training in Uganda”, come on duds ….security screening is a normal thing – done in every airport around the globe, not only in Sudan Sudan. More details availabl at http://www.southsudan.net/July 2, 2014 Kampala.
Kiir and his militias, motivated by hatred and lust for power, continue to carry out refined and systematic extermination of ethnic Nuer with the sole purpose of thorough ethnic cleaning. The barbaric, inhuman, ruthless murdering and massacre of Nuer civilians in a cold blood is a testimony to the cruelty and brutality of the Killer, criminal Kiir and his Militias in South Sudan, this report could be found at http://www.southsudan.net/June 03, 2014/Nyamilepedia.
Thousands of Nuer civilians have been killed in Juba and unregistered number of Nuer civilians in Unity State’s, Mayom, Koch, Mayendit, Rubkoni, Panyijiar and leer hasbeen driven out from their homes by Kiir’s Dinka forces, http://www.southsudannewsagency.com/news/press-releases/we-want-accountability-for-nuer-civilians-massacred-by-kiir-dinka forces.
Nuers were killed like chicken by soldiers loyal to President Kiir. As the war raged in Juba, the Dinka soldiers began looking for Nuer in their houses and killing them one by one which completely confused the whole situation in the Country. Gai Manyuon, a Nuer deposed journalist would provide you with more details on this story or you can access it under the title, “A survivor: Visionless Kiir must be charged for the Crime against Humanity” http://www.southsudannation.com/2013/12/page/2/.
Without hesitation, the above reports about South Sudan conflict are all lies cooked by agents of South Sudan’s destruction. In fact, there has never been any targeted killing in Juba and the conflict itself is not tribal as the West and criminal Riek Machar would want us to believe.
Although the Western media dubs the conflict in South Sudan as “tribal war”, both camps (government & rebels) have distanced themselves from this tribal narrative. Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol – Machar’s tribal loyalist – cautions the Western media – suggesting that the current conflict should not be viewed as a tribal war, describing it as a struggle against dictatorship.
Chuol has strongly condemned those framing the violence as a war against the Nuer and Dinka tribes – “Rebel commander says S. Sudan conflict shouldn’t be labelled as tribal war” available at http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49580January 15, 2014 Kampala.
President Kiir– Machar’s barrier to presidency also jumped to the podium arguing that “ethnicity is not actually in our vocabulary, and as we speak with you, the chief of general staff of the SPLA, the whole army, he’s a Nuer. The speaker of the national assembly, he’s a Nuer. The director general of the external security, he’s a Nuer. Plus the key positions in the ministerial positions are being held by Nuer” –Interview: South Sudan President Salva Kiirhttp://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579324270804082580.
Mayen Dut Wol – South Sudan ambassador to terrorists’ hub Sudan and a close ally to ICC destined Bashir insists that the ongoing conflict in South Sudan is political in nature, and not motivated by tribal rivalries. Wol firmly claims that five out of the seven members of the ruling party’s political bureau who supported Machar during his chairmanship bid in 2013 are from Kiir’s Dinka tribe while the other two are from Machar’s Nuer tribe – this proves that “the conflict is about political differences among the ruling party leadership,” – South Sudan conflict ‘political, not tribal’ – can be viewed at http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/125469/south-sudan-conflict-political-not-tribal.
The Western media led the charge into South Sudan’s crisis and the Wall Street vultures began drooling; Western military intelligence operatives under the UNMISS’s cover – begun organizing logistics, maintaining supply chains, arranging weapons shipments to support their darling aka Riek Machar – “UN Trucks Intercepted Trying To Smuggle Arms To Rebels In South Sudan” – available at http://www.africanglobe.net/africa/trucks-intercepted-smuggle-arms-rebels-south-sudan. “Ghana caught up in South Sudan’s UN arms scandal“http://www.dw.de/ghana-caught-up-in-south-sudans-un-arms-scandal/a-17637451.
Juba Nuer massacre which doesn’t exist has been systematically cemented into the minds of many people around the globe through a year-long insidious western media propaganda reporting. Almost a year after the pivotal events of December 15 – when Riek Machar and his mates in crime staged a coup against the people’s government led by his Excellency Gen. Salva Kiir Mayadit, should the western media news consumers – scholars, peace workers, academics, clergy, politicians, humanitarian aid workers, everyone – start thinking and accept responsibility for their own participation in the current crisis in South Sudan?
The answer to this question depends on which side of the equation you’re in, but let’s set the stage for the so-called “Juba Nuer massacre” which purportedly began in December 15 2013. In my perspective, it would be helpful if critical facts are offered to anyone who wants to mourn and sob about mayhem in South Sudan ought to understand before they open their mouths and display sheer ignorance.
The current conflict in South Sudan isn’t between Nuer and Dinka as reputed somewhere in this article. The writing is very clear on the wall. Riek Machar is simply using ethnicity card to mislead uninformed Nuer villagers and cattle herders to fight his war of power greed.
Juba’s incident – where Machar attempted to force his way to presidency doesn’t fit definition of genocide. It’s a mere propaganda by Machar and his blind supporters to justify their opportunistic war against the state, and to the West, it’s the resource hunt strategy.
Riek Machar is an excellent liar. Look, in his first interview with Al Jazeera in undisclosed location on the 19th of Dec. 2013 – after he fled from Juba like a beheaded chicken, he lied to the whole world that 20, 000 Nuer have been killed in Juba by Kiir’s government.
Kiir’s Dinka soldiers in Juba have been flattening Nuer dominated suburbs and members of the country’s national intelligence services have been picking people off and carting bodies around the capital. Ethnically targeted violence is ongoing in Juba with reports of killings and arbitrary detentions of Nuer civilians.
He accused Kiir in the same interview of inciting ethnic killings and tribal divisions in the country. South Sudan’s Machar speaks to Al Jazeera, available at //www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/south-sudan-machar-speaks-al-jazeera-2013121961331646865.htmlSouth Sudan’s Machar speaks to Al Jazeera 19 Dec. 2013.
But remember this interview was done three days after the fighting broke out in Juba. Riek Machar was not spared a chance to even change his clothes or take a shower, leave alone counting the dead. He was being pursued day and night between Juba and Bor by the SPLA until he was rescued by blood–thirsty Peter Gadet in Bor.
This calls into question – how did he manage to count the Nuer killed in Juba while on the run? Does anyone out there know the answer?
However, based on the available evidence, I would argue that the alleged Juba Nuer massacre or Kiir’s tribally sponsored genocide as they call it is mythology that relies on simplifications, tribal narratives, stereotypes and reductionism about President Kiir.
While the Western media cheers the killer “Riek Machar,” Kiir and his colleagues in the government are in turn portrayed as killers who could do anything to maintain their grip on power. They have been depicted as those who are ruthlessly set to wipe out every Nuer off the earth.
But in turn, Kiir and his mates saw the war coming at the hands of their erstwhile elites – Riek Machar and his Western allies. President Kiir and his team knew too well before Dec. 15 2013 – given Machar’s history of power grab that he…. (Machar) would be plotting to grab people’s power, and this would undermine social, economic, military and political institutions in South Sudan.
Kiir and his team were also well aware that Machar’s power grab bid would destroy people’s properties and slaughter thousands of innocent men, women and children across South Sudan who are seen to be not supporting the SPLM – In – Opposition – Bor Massacre is a perfect example of Machar’s ruthlessness, (See Bentiu Massacre at athttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/22/bentiu-massacre-south-sudan-united-nationse).
Kiir and people of Sudan have been waiting to see response from the international community in regard to Machar’s atrocities – but no, the international community has instead threatened Kiir’s government on numerous occasions, with sanction and arms embargo should it continue military offensive against Machar’s rebels.
See “Rival forces in South Sudan’s civil war should face sanctions and an arms embargo – the scale and gravity of the abuses warrant a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, as well as targeted sanctions on individuals responsible for serious violations of international law”, available at http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/08/08/arms-embargo-mulled-on-south-sudan/.
The SPLM – In – Opposition led by tribal warlord Riek Machar is a “criminal enterprise” firmly determined to wipe out entire towns, cities, villages and cattle camps particularly of those who do not support its criminal activities.
As a result, those who have been singing the ‘Nuer Juba massacre’ song should now understand that these were very real certainties that Kiir and his work matched a right and necessity to defend themselves and their country against.
Machar’s Western in-laws have always been behind him when he plans his usual subversive activities. For example, in an apparent show of support and solidarity, Western coverts agents including intelligence officers flocked to Pagak, a rebel hub town along Ethiopian border where Machar and his unruly group recently held a consultative conference about power sharing agreement.
Sources in that meeting disclosed that the Western intelligence officers held a closed door meeting with Riek to work out ways to bring down Kiir’s government to its knees through military means, http://chimpreports.com/tag/riek-machar/.
To them if any woman is raped or civilians massacred by Machar’s rebels, it could be an accident, a rogue soldier, and said soldier would be duly punished. No one has ever been punished up to date.
Facts don’t seem to matter anymore because Western hysteria has been whipped up by its wild media. The Western psyche has been indoctrinated to believe exactly what Riek Machar and his agents want: Kiir must go, there should be two armies in South Sudan, Nuer should control 70 per cent of the government, South Sudan should be reunited with Sudan, Western elites should take charge of oil and other resources in the country, Ngundengism should be the main religion in South Sudan, politics of regionalism– Bar el ghazal, Upper Nile & Equatoria should be reintroduced, South Sudan should be placed under the UN trusteeship, National Legislative Assembly must be dissolved, The SPLM must be dismantled, the structure of South Sudan Army (SPLA) must be changed.
Is criminal Riek Machar out of his mind? These demands are laughable and South Sudanese who love their country won’t agree with him. However, while he … (Machar) attempted a coup against the government, he has been applauded, shielded, and/or hidden from the eyes of the world by the West.
Machar’s war of greed and tribalism has opened a flood gate and imperialists are bent to do whatever they want in South Sudan in the shadow of international intervention. The Western media has done its best. It has brainwashed minds and psyche of individuals in the West – transforming them into hysterical self – congratulatory humanitarians, unable to separate truth from lie, and certain of their conclusions no matter how erroneous.
John Bith Aliap holds two bachelor degrees in Social Work and Social Planning. He can be reached at email@example.com