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Editorial: Kiir has returned to full scale war in Greater Equatoria

By Justin S. Kwaje

November 21, 2015 (SSNA) -- In the onset of the current Civil war, the JCE stated their goals clearly and publicly, first to take care of the Nuer then they will come and finished the easy job in greater Equatoria.

As the War slows down in Greater upper Nile regions, Kiir Intensified and escalated his carnage in Wondurba, where Woman and children are living in the bushes, young men are rounded up and many disappearing without traces.

In Western Equatoria, the Arrow boys and Civilians in and around Yambio and Ezo have never faced such constant onslaught than of recent days since the peace deal was signed into effect. In fact it is a mockery when Kiir declared cessations of Hostilities but yet intensified killings in Central and Western Equatoria.

Now to top it off, the last 48 hours, Kiir’s planted another coup, this time against the Civilians transport system with intentional targets of Ugandans and Ethiopian, So he can go after the SPLA-IO Eastern Equatoria Divisions led by Gen. Martin Kenyi.

The Killings of the Ugandan and Ethiopian in the bus ambush was meant to cause the Uganda and Ethiopia authorities to turn a blind eye to Kiir’s Violations of the peace deal as he purports to go after those who kill their nationals. We must take our hats off to the JCE for having learned well and exceeding from their former masters the Jalabs. The sophistications of their evil planning against conational are torrential and dizzying, leaving us in disbelieve!

From the recruitments of the national guards, None Existent Coup, trick in the hat of the 28 states to this killings of foreigners in a bus ambush, many South Sudanese are caught off guards and do not realized a group worse than the Jalabas has taken hold of our existence.

Juba has returned to a full-scale war in Western Equatoria states and the last 24 hours, Kiir has opened a three front attack in Eastern Equatoria State, Magwi County. Battles raged from Ame Junctions to Ako Mountain and Pageri, Supported by Helicopters gunships and jamming of cell phone towers. Per reports from the battlefields, Kiir penetrated the base of SPLA-IO, to their surprise finding a well-prepared group with a whole day gun battles ensuing into the nights.

The exhausted Army sustained heavy loses and had to rely heavily on their helicopter gunships to give them covers as Nimule Barracks refuse to give reinforcements. Number of losses from both sides could not be confirmed.

We call on IGAD to rein on Kiir and to respect lives and doing so means upholding the compromise peace deal.

Lost Boys of Sudan are victims of Salva Kiir’s submission to Khartoum trained conmen: It’s time to rethink and strategizes for way forward

By J. Nguen

November 19, 2015 (SSNA) -- The “Lost Boys of Sudan” were young boys and girls who were forced to leave their homes in the late 1980s in Sudan’s bloody Sudan civil war. Some of these boys were forced conscript in disguise of taking them to school in Ethiopia by the Sudan Liberation Movement and Army (SPLM/A). Political correctness made the last point obsolete.

Many of the Lost Boys never came out clearly articulating that they were forced conscript by SPLM/A against their will and that of their parents. They only presented forceful displacement by Khartoum regimes. History must be fair and authentic. The two reasons about the Lost Boys exodus eastward from Sudan mentioned not to compromise facts.

The Lost Boys trekked eastward for months barefoot and without food and water and with only few adults to guide them through at night using stars. In Ethiopia, they only found themselves in encampments, and at time forced to build SPLM/A’s commanders makeshift houses.

This was sarcastic at best, as the boys’ search for save haven it turned out harsh treatments from those who supposed to protect them. Some had guts to say this guerrilla and forcing these boys to hard labor was a permissible tactic preparing them for hard conditions ahead.

They were twenty six thousands (26, 000) Lost Boys in Punyido refugee camp alone. They had no parents of their own. From the beginning, they were treated and considered soldiers yet untrained. For example, at dawn, they would be forced awoke by one single blow of a whistle. They had to sweep and another subsequent whistle marked military-like parade. One must run. Any delay means refusal of obey orders and means few slashes.

Failure to attend parade was considered a severe violation of normal routines and would prompted punishments. Sicknesses were translated as defiance of orders by undisciplined child who ought to be discipline with 50 lashes or more (they used to say; “wad dieu camsin soot” in Arabic). Sometime fines range from going to bush in the morning to cut grass for duration of one week. It was a harsh start in the perspective of a village boys like me and many others.

Immediately, the Lost Boys were named “Jesh El-mere” (meant the red army resemblance the Russia’s red army). Afterward we learned they were also red Army in both Itang and Dima refugee camps respectively. We had no recollection of their figures. But we were told they were in their thousands too. Regardless, wherever they are, the Lost Boys owed each other everything, life included. There are pretty unique group.

Today, majority of the Lost Boys are in their late 30s and early 40s and no longer children. Ironically, some greys still called the children. At time Khartuomers called the Lost Boys as unruly Dr. John Garang’s children. The unruly part is false but the Lost Boys openly accepts strong association with John Garang in life and death.

Dr. John Garang was our leader and led SPLM/A for 22 years during struggle. He was a father figure until his passing in the helicopter crash in 2005. The flip side and political rhetoric, some projected that John Garang has indoctrinated the lost Boys to certain thinking perspectives and political outlook, which in part, I agreed.

As a matter of fact, Dr. John Garang was a very sensible man and was logically making sense politically.  He has workable programs through his New Sudan vision. His New Sudan Vision meant to liberate Sudan from what he called “minority elites in Khartoum”.

Undeniably, Dr. John Garang was a hard core unionist.  He died believing that Sudan is and will continue to be one nation, which needed only a regime change, not a separation. He wholeheartedly believed that Sudan belongs to black Africans; while Arabs Sudanese are our new guests to Sudan and ought not to be given a piece of land of their own because they never owned one.

I must say, Dr. John Garang meant a lot to the Lost Boys. He valued and promised them a futuristic nation of whom they will be its leaders. He stated this time and time again, without any hesitations. In Ethiopia, he visited us three times in Punyido Refugee Camp, where in our encampments. However, I am explicitly aware of only two of his visits. In those visits, I recall, we sung revolutionary songs demonizing Khartoum regimes and South Sudanese alike, particularly those who were siding with them.

We praised people’s movement leaders. Sadly, after John Garang died, those South Sudanese who dined with Khartoum hijacked our hard won independence, South Sudan. They are what I called Khartoum trained conmen. These are conmen with plans to destabilise South Sudan under comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit.

For example, these Khartoum trained conmen have been very successful destabilising South Sudan by manipulating comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit. Through appeasement, unknowingly Salva Kiir submitted to them. A move which created condition of us verse the rest them, and at time tribal constellations.

The first casualty of the Khartoum trained conmen takeover of South Sudan is “John Garang’s Boys. All of them are now quarantined and labeled enemies of the Sate after missing hang by the neck. In our view, if SPLM die today, they so-called “Garang Boys” share some blames because they allowed themselves outsmart by Khartoum conmen and some were busy looting national funds.

The second casualty of the Khartoum trained conmen is the Lost Boys. The Lost Boys are not valued and promised. Their Garang’s promise to them is denied, vanished in thin air or buried 6 feet down. The Government of South Sudan under Salva Kiir does not recognize the Lost Boys’ contributions, and at time labeled them as enemy of the State when they speak truth about the country state of affairs. This loss of respect, coupled with gradual loss of autonomy is equal to total disenchantment of the Lost Boys.  

The third casualty of Khartoum trained conmen takeover of South Sudan is the destruction of social fabric between tribes in South Sudan. The Khartoum trained conmen preached revenge of 1991 when SPLM/A split and where innocent civilians died in the mixes.

This dogma led to “Juba Nuer Massacre” on December 15th, 2015. Then, there was retaliatory reactions following the killing. This created mistrust and widened the gap between comrades who fought in the bush side by side. This feed to tribal constellation, which is another well placed strategy by the Khartoum trained conmen. For instant, when we wear our tribal hats, it is only the Khartoum trained conmen who find comfort in our midst.  Therefore, ideals of a nation are thrown overboard, and tribes take considerable precedent.

John Garang used to say, “Khartoum is too deformed to be reform,” so the question is, South Sudan under Khartoum trained conmen too deformed to be reform? Honestly speaking, I have no answer at this time. However, this is why Lost Boys need to rethink and strategize to save the nation from free fall.

Bush life was unpleasant and the Khartoum trained conmen did not experience it. The Lost Boys have struggled in the bush and eventually some excelled educationally with flying colours. I should say, they are the most educated and disenchanted cohort in the nation compare to no other generation in South Sudan. As a matter of fact, some of whom are still in foreign lands making history day by day.

At home (South Sudan), in many fronts, the Lost Boys are the victims of Khartoum trained conmen’s strategy of divide and rule. They have been denied access and continue to be obstructs to participate in the government because Khartoum trained conmen controlled every inch of Salva Kiir’s administration.

The Lost Boys are considered misguided outsiders, and yet, it’s painfully true that there are the liberators. Without their contribution, South Sudan could not have been a nation sooner.

The following are undeniable realities:

First, many of the Lost Boys of Sudan fought in the struggles. They were the food soldiers of the SPLM/A. Second, the Lost Boys mobilized the international community in support of South Sudan and its people and thus led to independence in 2011. To be precise, before the Lost Boys resettled to United States of America, Canada and Australia, the case of civil war in Sudan was silence at the international stage.

When the Lost Boys arrived in these countries, they made the Sudan’s civil war case a priority and their voices were heard. Suddenly, there was a global outcry in support of Sudan civil war victims.

Where do we go from here? Reorganization is the basis solution. It’s time for the Lost Boys Sudan to rethink and strategizes wherever they are. The Lost Boys have a rich past of historical significance. It would be foolish to remain sidetracking. We have learned the hard way in the bush and thus sharpened our nation’s ideals regardless of our tribal enclaves.

This is a friendly message. It’s a brotherly note reminding brothers where we sidetrack. We fought in the bush together as brothers and we also advocated for our people cause at the international forums together with one objective, therefore, it’s time to rethink and come together once again.

The Lost Boys must stop wishful thinking and witch-hunting. We have not delegated our rightful duties yet. We have uncompleted delegated tasks- we must finish them before we call it a day.

Finally is our tribal enclave which the Khartoum conmen preach, rest assured comrades, there will be no nation called Republic of Dinka or Nuer of South Sudan. This is utterly an outdated thinking if it remotely exists. Above all, there will never be an eradication of one ethnic group by the other through barrel of guns. For instant, the Dinka will never exterminate Nuer in South Sudan and vise visa.

Note that those who preach these courses of actions have the intention of destabilising South Sudan with which you and I fought for.

J. Nguen is a South Sudanese concerned citizen living in Canada. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jieeng Council of Elders, the Erosion of Jieeng’s Values and the ‘Jieengization’ of South Sudan

First off, let's remember that the elders I'm talking about are not the REAL ELDERS, but the dollar-intoxicated, Prado-Driving, educated political 'elders' in Juba. I'm not referencing the real elders in Jieeng Villages!

By Kuir ë Garang

November 19, 2015 (SSNA) -- Elders, the world over, are supposed to be the voice of reason and wisdom. They should be the people to calm down a young and fiery generation, who are always interested in solving everything through myopic physical means. However, this is not the case in South Sudan as the nation has had every order of things turned upside down. Elders have lost wisdom and reason as they are the first to beat the drum of war and division. Personal benefits are put above the health and long term well-being of all citizenry! It’s very sad but there seems to be no end in sight. We are free falling!

Undoubtedly, it's no secret that South Sudan is a tribalized nation and it will take a seasoned, self-sacrificing strategist to formulate a long-lasting and acceptable panacea for the chronic malady of tribalism. So far this strategist is either not given a chance to help save South Sudan, or she/he doesn’t’ exist.

Since 2005, after the death of late Dr. John Garang De Mabior, South Sudan continued a downward spiral toward failure, naïve tribalism and unbridlef corruption. The saddest part of all this affair is that the perpetrators of the problems don’t seem to realize the danger they caused and continue to cause.

Since the days of Sudan African Nation Union (SANU) with the likes of Father Saturnino, Joseph Oduho, Agrey Jaden and Deng Nhial, tribalism has always been a problem. Tribalism also caused Oduho to form Azania Liberation Front (ALF) and Agrey forming Sudan African Liberation Front (SALF), all of which short-lived. Tribalism also dogged the Southern Sudan Provisional Government (SSPG) with Gordon Muortat and Agrey Jaden. The formation of Nile Provisional Government (NPG), the Anyidi Republic and the eventual takeover of the liberation struggle by Joseph Lagu resulted from both personal ambition and tribalism. After the 1972 Addis Ababa agreement, the power-play between Joseph Lagu and Abel Alier was an epitome of instrumentalized tribalism. Energies and resources were focused on tribal rivalry as development was shamelessly ignored.

In a word, tribalism isn’t something new in the South. However, one always hopes that past historical mistakes be corrected in an attempt to create a helpful way forward. Unfortunately, in South Sudan, past mistakes are reimagined, reformulated, and instrumentalized for power and wealth. This brings me to the infamous Jieeng Council of Elders (JCE). Instead of making sure all tribal elders in South Sudan come together to not only help children understand tribal values, histories and historicity across tribal lines, but also make sure they institutionalize tribal wisdom in a helpful manner, JCE has become a divisive, boot-licking, dirty group bent on making South Sudan a Jieeng republic!

Jieeng are supposed to be peace-loving people, people who try to bring people together. It’s either I was wrong, or our elders have changed. JCE, headed by the likes of Martin Majut Yak and Ambrose Riiny Thiik, has become a great liability to South Sudan. Where on earth do you find young people advising elders not to be divisive and hawkish? Where have the Jieeng values gone that I can clearly see the danger they are causing South Sudan when they can’t see it? If these are the elders we have then South Sudan is doomed to fail beyond the current failure-pit level. Are these the elders young people should consult for wisdom?

Martin Majut recently told a Jieeng radio presenter [SBS Radio] that Jieeng liberated South Sudan so we [Jieeng] deserve to be the rulers. Are these the elders we should admire? Why do I know that such a statement is wrong when an elder can’t see it? Ambrose Riiny Thiik recently admitted that the idea of the unconstitutional 28 states was their idea. It’s no wonder the president accepted it without putting any thought into how dangerous the idea could be.

How did we, the Jieeng, become this callous, greedy, divisive and short-sighted? Have Jieeng values become completely eroded that elders are now behaving like children? A nation where younger people advise elders to be wise, conciliatory and inclusive, are a nation whose values have been eroded. How can Jieeng elders allow Nuer to be massacred in Juba? Where is the wisdom of Jieeng in making sure Nuer are safe in Juba and out of UNMISS camps?

It’s no surprise that President Kiir has no elders to give him wisdom to lead. His being advised by corrupt, myopic, blood-thirsty, greedy old man who’ve abdicated their duty as elders is taking us to the grave.

This erosion of cultural values has resulted in South Sudan being seen as Jieeng property. The country is shamelessly Jieeng-dominated, but it’s only young people who can see such domination. The elders don’t see it. Where does that happen? The country has been shamelessly Jieengized but we still believe South Sudan will be a country in which all the 60 plus tribes can coexist.

Almost all ambassadors are Jieeng, most state commissioners are Jieeng, SPLM as we’ve seen recently seems Jieeng-dominated, most influential ministers are Jieeng, people who speak on behalf of the government and South Sudan are Jieeng. This is a sad reality our elders find funny but it’s very dangerous. The president is Jieeng, his spokesperson is Jieeng, the minister of foreign affairs is (technically) Jieeng, the spokesperson of foreign minister is Jieeng, the government spokesperson is Jieeng, the chief of general staff of SPLA and the SPLA spokesperson are Jieeng, the defense minister is Jieeng, the the police Inspector General is Jieeng, the government peace delegation is basically a Jieeng entity. How the hell do we expect South Sudan to prosper?

How come my elders love war when I, a young person, don’t like war? How come my elders are tribally divisive when I don’t like tribally divisive policies? How come I realize that Jieeng domination of South Sudan is dangerous for our collective future when my elders don’t?

I’m not saying we [Jieeng] are the only tribal people in South Sudan. Every single tribe is divisively tribal. However, the government is led by one of our own and it’s imperative we show South Sudan that we are not this divisive and incompetent. South Sudan is now a complete failure and the leader is Jieeng! South Sudan is now at war and the leader is Jieeng! I know the damage to Jieeng values and integrity has already been done; however, it’s not too late for the elders to stop ‘eating’ and instead bring back Jieeng wisdom and voice of reason if we actually had it.

Kuir ë Garang is the author of ‘South Sudan Ideologically” and “Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful?” For contact, visit

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