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South Sudan Nuer students and entire communities in Addis Ababa concluded the commemoration Day

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 16, 2014 (SSNA) -- Evangelist Yien Chagor urged the congregations to preach love instead of hatred among the young nation. Yien who is due to graduate in 2015 in Theology at Evangelical Theological College (ETC) briefed the participants about what it means for the commemoration.

Today it marked the first anniversary of Nuer massacre in Juba, the Nuer Christian Mission Network (NCMN) deputy chairperson an Evangelist Yien Chagor said at the opening of the commemoration day at St. Mathew Anglican Church.

More people [Nuer] from the entire Addis Ababa gathered at the venue for mourning from 8am- till 5pm. The number of congregations who participated in the service was unknown.

Some observers from Ethiopian community disclosed that the number of people should exceed three thousands while some of permanent well known elders from the Nuer communities had joined the event. These elders were; Hon. Gabriel Yoal Dok, Hon. Mathew Mathiang Deng, Hon. Jooyul Yol, Hon. Maluit and many more.

Speaking to the media after the commemoration, Hon. Gabriel Yoal call on International Community to quickly act on the people who committed the atrocities on innocents Nuer civilians in Juba last year. “Those who committed the atrocities must be brought to justice.” Hon. Gabriel Yoal warned.

Deng Duol Pur, a finalist student from Mekane Yesus Management and Leadership College – Department of Accounting and Finance warned that the young nation (South Sudan) should suffer from debt in the near future. A statement that he referred to the economy in which the country invests its resources on military equipments to fight the rebel led by Dr. Machar.

South Sudan bought some weapons from China early this year and the Country is paying the bill for Uganda People Defense Force (UPDF).

Meanwhile, some officials from SPLM-IO including the former first secretary for South Sudan Embassy to Addis Ababa, David Dang Kong who defected last month to Sudan People Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM-IO) witnessed the event and pay the tribute to the deceases.  

Peace Ambassador Gatwech Koak Nyuon was among the guests who witnessed the ceremony. He was given a chance to make a presentation. He appeals to the Christian communities to pray for both warring parties in order to reconcile and give peace a room to reign in South Sudan. “I personally appeal to International community to consider any sanction on individuals who hinder peace for self benefit.” Peace Ambassador Gatwech added in a separate interview after the commemoration.

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South Sudan Nuer students and entire communities in Addis Ababa agree to commemorate the December 15 Juba massacre on time

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 15, 2014 (SSNA) -- Speaking to the press on Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Nuer Christian Mission Network (NCMN) deputy chairperson Evangelist Yien Chagor elaborated that the commemoration day will take place on time per plan and as it happened in Juba.

South Sudan witnessed heavy loss of human lives, properties and physical infrastructures since December 2013. Meanwhile 1.5 million had been displaced and thousands of citizens reportedly had been killed. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said on its report published on April 2014 that Human rights abuses and other atrocities had been committed by both warring parties.

Evangelist Yien added that the event would start by 08:00am to late afternoon on Monday, 15 December 2014 at St. Mathew Anglican Church, Arat Killo. “We invite everybody, media houses and International Community to come and witness the commemoration.” Evangelist Chagor supplemented after the Church services at St. Mathew Anglican Church in Addis Ababa. He mentioned that community would use the day for fasting, prayer, lighting candles, and songs from Nuer hymnal as part of mourning.

In another development, the representative of Nuer Students Union in Mekane Yesus Seminary - Mr. Stephen Bol Pal disclosed that they [students] would first organize mourning at Seminary level before the public mourning kick-off at St. Mathew Anglican Church. The Seminary President Dr. Belay Guta welcome the move instead urged the Seminary’s communities to share the commemoration with South Sudanese students. “I appeal to the entire Seminary community to come and mourn with our South Sudanese brothers”. Dr. Belay said in the public gathering.   

William Deng Ker Chagor, the Deputy Chairperson of the Students Union confirms that they [students] had printed Black Polo T. shirts with some wordings and a picture of a dead mother dragged by her son. “This black T. shirt indicates the blood of innocents Nuer who were targeted and killed in Juba.” Tot Jock Jith, the secretary for Students added.

Finally, Evangelist James Ret Lew, the Chairperson for Nuer Christian Mission Network calls for justice on those who committed the atrocities.

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Peace Ambassador addresses the crowd at Gender-based Violence Campaign in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 12, 2014 (SSNA) -- In a Panel Discussion organized by Mekane Yesus Management and Leadership College - Department of Gender and Development Studies on ‘Gender Based Violence’, Mr. Gatwech Koak Nyuon appeared with black T. Shirt and appealed to the Gender Experts to approach the Ethiopian Government to ratify law that shall grand full rights to the rape’s victims on health, legal action and safety.

The discussion witnessed a huge attendance from experts, Academicians, students, Government officials, NGOs and some stakeholders from different part of Ethiopia. Thousands of people gathered to lay down some strategies, which shall reduce the violence against women.

The turnout was triggered by the case of 16 years old teenager who was rape to death last month.

Five suspects were so far arrested, but under further investigation. 

Gatwech suggested that the rape victims have to be given priority in term of treatment. “It should be good for the government to recognize the rape victims to be treated freely in every Hospitals in Ethiopia”, he said. Gatwech added that should a ‘toll free call’ has to be created for rape cases alone, that hot-line should serve as 911 in United States and would be helpful indeed.

Peace Ambassador said that he was very disturbed to learn about the case of Hanna Lalango, a 10th grade teenage girl who was kidnapped in daylight while she was heading home from school last month.

“The kidnappers threatened Hanna with a knife and kept her somewhere until it got dark. All five of them took turns raping her! One of the suspects kept her in his house and continued to rape her for five days.” A gender Expert and UNICEF Policy Advisor elaborated while presented a paper to the audiences.

Gatwech also suggested that the term in prison should be increase on the criminal who committed rape so that such an ideology should declineGatwech also added that Introduction to Gender Studies should be introduced at primary level as a subject if possible.

In his last remark, Peace Ambassador reminds the Ethiopian communities to pray for South Sudan and try anything they can to bring the senseless conflict to an end.

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