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SSRRA Diaspora Conference kicks off in the United States

Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 18, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA) has kicked off its official diaspora civil society meeting in the United States after the arrival of delegation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO).

An official delegation of the SPLM-IO led by H.E. Gabriel Changson Chang arrived in the United States on Thursday, paving the way for the widely anticipated conference organized by SSRRA-USA Office.

The convention under the theme: “Creating Humanitarian Awareness and Peace Building in South Sudan,” which has been designed specifically to raise awareness about the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan has drawn at least two thousand South Sudanese, making it one of SSRRA’s successful meetings in Diaspora.

In the summit, the civil dialogue between the SPLPM-IO’s delegates and South Sudanese has been dominated by humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked South Sudan.

The attendees discussed ways for people to raise awareness about the situation and how one can participate in humanitarian efforts.

The speakers of the gathering also called on all South Sudanese to reject division and work together to help find a peaceful solution to the ongoing civil war.

William Pay Tuoy, the Executive Director of the SSRRA-US Office said he has never thought in his life that South Sudanese would turn their guns on themselves, adding that he is very disappointed to see his country falling apart.

“It has never crossed my mind that South Sudan would be in this unfortunate situation it now finds itself in,” Tuoy told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) at the conference site.

“So many people have already been killed in this war; it is sad…but any South Sudanese can do something to make a difference in the lives of those who have been affected by this senseless war,” he added.

Other notable attendees at the meeting are Hon. Hussein Mar Nyuot - Chairman for the SPLM-IO National Committee on Humanitarian Affairs and SSRRA, Hon. Gatwech Peter Kulang - National Executive Director for SSRRA General Headquarters in Pagak, South Sudan, Hon. Reath Muoch Tang - the SPLM-IO Representative to the United States, among others.

The SSNA noticed that most speakers at the convention have called on the United Nations to move its head quarters out of Juba, arguing that South Sudan’s government has killed lots of people who are relatives to displaced persons who are now living in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camps.

The SSRRA leaders urge people to donate and support relief efforts in South Sudan, especially in Greater Upper Nile region. More information about donation, how to get involve, and contact information can be found at SSRRA’s website, http://www.ssrra.org/

The conference is being held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States.

Brig. General Gatwech Puoch Mar’s statement on his defection

Press release
10th April 2015

Re: Joining the SPLM-IO

Addis Ababa, April 10, 2015 (SSNA) -- It is with great resolve and confidence that I am hereby declaring my intention to add my efforts to the people’s movement the SPLM/A-IO under the able leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny. This comes after a long time of trying to push for badly needed reforms from within the country. I realized that this is not leading anywhere.

Under the current dictatorial regime in Juba, the country is facing a catastrophic leadership paralysis. This regime no longer represents the interest of the vast majority of the people of South Sudan who are longing for an inclusive process to enhance good governance, democracy, equality, justice, accountability, transparency, freedom of speech and association and wider reforms on constitution, judicial, electoral, security, economic and land sectors.

I am appealing to the people of South Sudan to rise up and reject in totality a dictatorial Regime that has totally run out of ideas to meet the aspiration and the basic needs of the long suffering people of South Sudan. I appeal to you not to settle for a regime that has become morally bankrupt, desperate and visionless and willing to cling on to power at any cost.

The gross mismanagement of the affairs of the country of 64 Nationalities can [no] longer be carried out in the name of Dinka Nationality or in the name of Bhar el Ghezal Region by a few political and military elites and cronies linked to Salva kiir’s inner circle.

The current state of affairs in the country is shameful to any proud citizen of South Sudan and it must brought to an end by all means necessary.

The SPLM/A-IO is the best vehicle currently at the disposal of our people for which we can expeditiously arrive at a free and democratic country. Let us join hands in backing the people’s movement (SPLM/A-IO) so that we promptly establish a free Federal and Democratic Nation that respects and protects the rights of all its citizens regardless of their ethnicity, religion or gender.

Nuer Community Nebraska Chapter to hold a meeting rally with the delegation of Nuer Council of Elders tomorrow

Re: LOCAL NUER COMMUNITY IN OMAHA TO HOLD A MEETING RALY WITH THE DELEGATION OF NUER COUNCIL OF ELDERS FROM AFRICA

Dear Nuer Community members in Good Live/Omaha/Nebraska,

Omaha, April 10, 2015 (SSNA) -- This is to notify all of you that the local Nuer Community in Omaha will hold meeting rallies with the delegation of Nuer Council of Elders this coming Saturday as stated above. This will be an opportunity for each and every one of you especially those who didn’t make it to the convention to ask questions as you wish and to personally talk to the delegations. They are well equipped with all information concerning the current political crisis in South Sudan. Therefore, we are encouraging everybody to attend this rally to boost the morale of our community.

WHEN: Saturday, 04/11/15
TIME: 12:30PM
WHERE: Venue: 10710 Corby Circle, Omaha, NE, 68164

Arrival time in Omaha will be [this] Friday evening

The delegation comprises of:

1. Rev. Hon. Mathiang Deng- Head Delegation
2. Legal Advisor Hon. Juestice Yien Wutroal Lam
3. Representative to Rwanda Hon. Bol Gatkuoth

For any question, please feel free to contact:

Pastor Simon Hoth Chuot - 402-452-7848 and
Peter Jal Yual - 402-203-5950

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nyanguok Gatlou Riek –NCDS president
(515) 771-3560
Mr. David Wangkor Machar-NCDS vice president
(320) 237-1646
Mun Nam Koak-NCA&CMC chair
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(515) 402-8292
Thabor Deng Ding-NCA&CMC secretary
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(515) 771-8054

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