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Rights Group Protests the Invitation of South Sudan President to the United States, Calls for Demonstration

Washington, DC, July 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rights agency, the Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD), has announced its objection against the invitation of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayayrdiit, by the United States President Barack Obama to attend the 2014 US-Africa Leaders Submit scheduled to take place on August 6.

The conference comes after more than seven months of fighting in South Sudan.

The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora is deeply troubled by the invitation of the leader of the war-torn nation, according to the group’s press statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency.

"ASSD Protest[s] the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s visit to the U.S. and Call on South Sudanese-Americans to Participate in Peaceful Demonstration in Washington, DC and across America”, the Alliance declared.

The block questions the decency behind the invitation and stated that it will join other South Sudanese civil society agencies to demonstrate against Kiir, adding that the South Sudanese leader has committed serious crimes and that he does not deserve to be invited by the human rights champion, the United States.

"The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) protest[s] the invitation of the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to the United States of America given the atrocities committed and human sufferings endured by innocent South Sudanese citizens under his administration; ASSD will be joining other South Sudanese civil society organizations in the upcoming Peaceful Demonstration scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in Washington, DC”, the ASSD said in its official statement.

The three-day summit will focus on strengthening ties between the United States and the African nations.

“Discussions will center on how to encourage progress in key areas that Africans define as critical for the future of the continent: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation”, The White House Says on its website.

The forum will be attended by more than forty five (45) African leaders, official documents have shown.

The US-based rights group also calls on other human rights organizations to express their discontent against Kiir’s leadership. The ASSD further stated that survivors of Kiir’s December 2013 Juba massacre will join the planned demonstration.

The visit will be Kiir’s first trip to the US since the war broke out in Juba late last year.

Ethiopian Church Names South Sudanese ‘Peace Ambassador’

By Anteneh Yilma

Addis Ababa, July 28, 2014 (SSNA) -- As South Sudan entered crisis in December 2013, Ethiopia as a sisterly Country received more than 100,000 refugees from South Sudan. Some refugees are believed to move toward Uganda and Kenya while similar numbers of refugees are expected to settle in Sudan. Gatwech Koak Nyuon, a young man from South Sudan launched his campaigns to end 8 months conflict in his Country through ‘power of prayer’, a campaign which has been publicly supported by Christians communities around the World.

In three days conference organized by Youth of Lebu Kale Hiywot Church in Addis Ababa, Gatwech strongly urged the Christian Communities around the World to pray for South Sudan. He did not blame the warring parties but term the crisis as leadership struggle and it should simply be solved through dialogue and nonviolence. He added that thousands of deceased who lost their lives in the conflict will never be rose again. Meanwhile; the continuation of war between warring parties will swipe the productive ages and hinder the development in South Sudan. Both warring parties are due to kick-off next round of talk on July 30th, 2014. So far, IGAD had given 60 days to cease the fighting but both parties trade an accusation on battle of Nasir last weeks.

In a very emotional, provoking, charismatic speech attended by more than 200 youth, he hotly elaborated that “Christian Communities must bring this issue to an end through the power of prayer”. The audiences were so applause!! A 28 years old young man stood tall with purple suit was alone in the conference; I found him friendly and compassionate. Gatwech is the first South Sudanese to visit Lebu Kale Hiywot Church for the first time in history since its establishment in 1920s.

Ethiopian Kale Hiywot (Word of Life) Church (KHC) is the largest evangelical denomination in Ethiopia. Started in the early 1920s by pioneering Serving In Mission, formerly, Sudan Interior Mission, (SIM) missionaries, Kale Hiywot Church thrived in the South Central and South Western corners of the country during the five-year Italian occupation in the 1930s (Wikipedia).

Some audiences described Gatwech as the best motivational speaker ever. “He is so young; I didn’t expect this campaign to be initiated by him. His words inspired me. God loves him indeed!!” Mindaye Yohannes described.   

Lebu Kale Hiywot Church’s elders received prayer request to continue with it until a change is seen through power of prayer in South Sudan. Currently the overall Ethiopian Kale Hiywot Church has about or more than 7,774 local congregation and estimated 6.7 million members and adherents.

South Sudan problem is our problem as Africans, as children of God and as member of entire Human family. I also urge the Christian Communities to put this very hot issue to their concern either at family level or at church level wherever they reside.

On their parts, the Lebu Kale Hiywot Church conference facilitator congratulated Mr. Gatwech for his roles as a peace maker and forwards the prayer request voluntarily.

Consequently, one of an Evangelist declared him to be an Ambassador for Peace on their prayers. “On behalf of my congregations, I declared Mr. Gatwech to be an Ambassador for Peace and South Sudan will soon recover from the dust”. An Evangelist Teshome.  

Gatwech said that he would not give up. Instead he urged more prayers so that he should extend his visit to other African, European and US Countries for more prayers.

“As I started my campaign in Addis Ababa, this is just the beginning. I need more help from people so that this message should reach out globally and the only way to make this happen should be through prayers”. He calls on willingly people to pray for Ukraine, Syria, Central Africa Republic, Congo, Libya, Somalia etc...  

Gatwech speaks ‘Amharic’ and currently schooling in Mekane Yesus Management and Leadership College, a College administered by Ethiopian Evangelical Mekane Yesus Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He disclosed that he is working on Documentary to be released on YouTube so that people will pray bases on real situation.

The Author is an independent writer on Education and other Human Rights Issues based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He should be reach on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan Rebel Delegation to Meet Ugandan President Next Week

Addis Ababa, July 20, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have revealed that a high level delegation which compromises of senior leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) will meet the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni next week in Kampala, Uganda.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson for the leadership of the SPLM-O, released a press statement stating that the delegation will include several members of the SPLM-O top leadership.

“The delegation will be led by the Deputy Chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, and it includes Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, Chairperson for External Relations, Professor Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, Chairperson for Political Mobilization, Cde Mabior Garang de Mabior, Chairperson for Information and Public Relations, Cde Hussein Mar Nyuot, Chairperson for Humanitarian Affairs, Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Deputy Chairperson for External Relations, among other”, Dak said in the statement.

He further explained that the meeting will focus mainly on preparations for an upcoming face-to-face meeting between Machar and Museveni.

“The sole purpose of the visit is to make necessary preparations for the expected face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. The meeting is expected to take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, any time soon”, Dak added.

The official Spokesperson for the SPLM-O Chairman also disclosed that the expected meeting between Museveni and Dr. Machar was brokered last month by the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Most South Sudanese do not trust the Ugandan president Museveni; they suspect him of killing Former South Sudanese pragmatic leader late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Former rebel leader Lieutenant General George Athor, among others.

South Sudanese rebels demand the withdrawal of Uganda’s troops; Museveni refuses proclaiming that Uganda has interests in South Sudan and that Juba asks Kampala for a military help. Regional observers have on many occasions warned that Ugandan military involvement in South Sudan could intensify the conflict, perhaps making it even worse.

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