Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Informing and Influencing

a Fair, Equal and Empowered Citizenry in

South Sudan

  The ongoing state of confusion gripping the present-day Republic of South Sudan is seen by many observers to be a result of greedy politicians jostling to seize power from a legitimate government. Some think that it is just the nature of the people of South Sudan to whom violence is an entrenched culture. Few associate the mess with failure of...
The stage at which South Sudan has now reached, is beyond heartbreaking! It is a tragedy staring at everybody's face! To check how this new reality grips anybody who cares with nostalgia, just project the image into the future to see what I am seeing! Although, thanks to social media, I am kept informed and updated of news coming from...
During a recent swearing-in ceremony staged under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of South Sudan, on Monday 12th April 2021, the newly appointed senior cabinet minister, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, and the new Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lieutenant-General Santino Deng Wol, President Salva Kiir, the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny, and...
On the 3rd of November, the National Conference of the “National Dialogue” was opened in Juba amid a fanfare that it represented the voice of the people of South Sudan. “Our people have spoken” was a recurrent and repeated phrase by the organizers of the Conference in self-congratulation for a job well done. But which people? Where? The organizers of...
By Paul Izaru Bilal, PhD Many have asked the question: What is the root cause of the conflict in South Sudan? There are many answers to this question depending on who you ask. This article attempts to reveal the overarching root cause of the conflict in South Sudan, while the rest are treated as multiplier effects emanating from the root...
By Emmily Koiti Face-to-face meetings between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, the kind held this week, although important—given the sour relationship between the duo—subtly reconfigure and limit the responsibility for implementing the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to the two principals. Dr. Machar arrived in Juba on Monday to meet President Salva and...
  By Leeri Marella The past two weeks witnessed a sudden escalation in hostilities at all fronts between the Juba regime and the National Salvation Front (NAS). The clashes started by the government forces launching an attack on NAS forces in Lo'bonok and Karpeto on the 23rd of July 2019. The press release issued by NAS stated that the attacking force...
It is tormenting that sights of corpses of massacred civilians in South Sudan have become ‘a normal thing’, if words of the country’s Minister of Information, Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth, recently expressed in a radio interview, are anything to go by.  Of course, his despicable slight has angered many with human hearts; let alone relatives of the more than...
This article takes a deeper look into the culture of violence and impunity in today’s South Sudan and the roles of some community elders in promoting it. The author deduces that the coming together of elders hailing from communities traditionally characterized with such culture, have made matters worse for the country. The Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) is by...
  By Emmily Koiti   Last week’s horrific report accusing mostly uniformed men of the rape of 125 women and girls in Bentiu, a government controlled area in South Sudan, reinforces the need for the cantonment of forces to commence immediately to prevent egregious crimes of this nature in the future. Ruth Okello, a midwife working for MSF said victims as young as...

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