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Tension High in Kakuma Refugee camp as Refugees Refused to Welcome Pastor Rev.Peter Gai Lual

Press Release

December 24, 2014 (SSNA) -- According to an eye witness who is also a young patriotic who took refuge in Kakuma refugee camp (Zone 5) describes the tension between the Rev. Gai Lual loyalists and the rest of believers who declare not to receive anybody who support the filthy regime under President Salva Kiir Mayardit as high.

"The tension is very high up to now, congregations have split into two groups those who support Rev. Peter Gai Lual the Moderator of Presbyterian Churches of Sudan (P.C.O.S) and those who refuse to attend the services headed by somebody who supports a dictator to rule (He Gai Lual)" say the witness.

The source believe that youths who serve as Choirs from the church are all mobilized and put on alert by some group of Pastors and elders including deacons who are headed by the Pastor in charge Rev. Peter Gony Yach and Captain choirs Mr.Majak Chot Khat as the ring leader who will face any threat from any group of youths who want to disturbs the Moderator as he celebrate the Christmas day.

"The man of God Rev. Gai Lual have forgotten the ways of teaching and preaching the words of God since he decided to support the government who killed and molest more souls last year in Juba" said little girl who serve a Sunday school in Presbyterian Church of Sudan.

"Gai Lual is not our moderator anymore, because he Gai condemns the resistance forces in Bentiu went the mighty freedom fighter force the dictatorial warriors to evacuate the town" shouted one of the youth who react out of anger….

We need good pastors who fear God and fear humanity we don’t need pastors who bribe youths to go back to the same government who massacre them …..

These are names of those who are bribing people and instigating/ fueling the fight to occure; Stephen Lam Changath, Mary Nyantut Wan and the overall commander the pastor in charge Peter Gony Yach

1. Pastors should keep their tongues out of political strife because they are directors of life.

However, through the ages we has seen nations rise and fall, flourish and decay, so we need to play a good role as consultants, an advisers, even at times a referees. Needless to say, we need to improve on our own leadership, too, at all levels.

The Church needs to talk to other faiths. In our African situation, first of all to the heirs of tradition who honour the ancestors, then to Jews and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, and to secularists who are not without morality and values either. Any tradition with reverence for the Creator and/or positive community values needs to be respected by the State as a constructive force.

We need honest leaders, men and women who “do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with their God” (Micah 6:8). This will show up in their deeds, not in dressing up in church uniforms. Only citizens happy to serve in a lowly position will give us leaders who remain humble even when they have reached the top.

Peace Message on Christmas Festival by Mothers of South Sudan

Press release

December 24, 2014 (SSNA) -- We, the mothers under the South Sudan Women General Association wish to share with the people of South Sudan our stances over the crises that have engulfed our country over the past one year. In our last year’s Christmas message, we had called on all parties to cease hostilities and bring peace to the people of South Sudan without delay. As mothers of this country, we have been very devastated by the ongoing conflict as we have always and are still the top losers. It has become abundantly clear that we are the producers of the raw materials of wars since our children and husbands are the ones that die in any conflict!

We are therefore, in the name of God and of our mother land, South Sudan condemning in the strongest terms the endless suffering of our children, women and men after the independence of our country. The conflict our country is being consumed with is senseless and must be stopped immediately. We call upon the President of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and all the parties involved to hear our calls and put down all the arms for the sake of peace in our young country. We also call upon Dr. Riek Machar Teny and all the members of the SPLM/A-IO to listen to our voices and see the suffering of our people.

So far, we thank H.E. the President of the Republic of South Sudan for making progress in the on-going peace-talks with Dr. Riek Machar and SPLM/A-IO in Addis Ababa. We hope that the steps taken so far are a great milestone towards bringing peace to the people of South Sudan. We also appreciate the efforts the UN is doing in protecting the lives of women and children in their camps across the country. We urge all humanitarian agencies to continue responding to the humanitarian needs of our people as the government and SPLM/A –IO try their best to bring long lasting peace to our people. We also call upon the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, President Barrack Obama of  USA, IGAD, AU and all the leaders of the world, to continue supporting the on-going peace process such that the people of South Sudan are save from further and unnecessary suffering.

It must be known that the conflict in South Sudan has taken a bigger toll on women and children, especially the girl-child. It is unfortunate that the conflict took place just at the end of 16 days of global activism against gender based violence, hence,  the victims and vulnerable groups that were being emancipated from such inequalities are now the victims of rap, hunger, diseases, and all abuses of the politically and ethnically motivated war. It is therefore with deep regret that we are seeing our beloved country South Sudan, destroying the few survivors of the struggle and the fruits of independence in such a senseless conflict.

Finally, with motherly tears and broken hearts, we are once again condemning the continued violation of cessation of hostilities and we are calling upon all parties to immediately cease any military confrontations and bring peace to the suffering people of South Sudan during this Christmas festival. The Women of South Sudan need nothing else but peace and stability for Christmas and New Year…!

May we all have a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year 2015.

South Sudan: One People, One Nation…!

Signed,

__________________________

Sarah Awel James Ajith, Chairperson
South Sudan Women General Association
Juba, South Sudan

Farmers targeted and killed, militias assemble near North Darfur capital

Darfur and Sudan News Update by Radio Dabanga (17 - 23 December)

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December 23, 2014 (SSNA) -- People in El Fasher went to the streets in protest against the killings of eight farmers, reportedly by herders, on Sunday and Monday. One farmer was shot dead in Jedid El Seil area, north of El Fasher, when he refused to hand his crops to gunmen on Sunday, a witness reported. The source also told Radio Dabanga that a farmer, his two wives, and their sons were killed in Yadkun El Eish on Monday. "They were taking a rest after harvesting crops in the afternoon. Camel herders fired at the farmers after they refused to hand over their harvest. Seven were killed instantly, and five others sustained injuries." The wounded were taken to El Fasher hospital, where the news shocked people, a listener told Radio Dabanga from the capital city of North Darfur. The Governor claimed during a press conference on Tuesday that three men accused of one of the attacks have been arrested.

Meanwhile, large numbers of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have been concentrating in an area between El Fasher and Shangil Tobaya since Friday. Multiple sources told Radio Dabanga that also militia forces in more than 100 armoured vehicles arrived nearby, south of Tabit. "Their arrival has led to a mass displacement of people in the area," a villager said. "Almost all of them fled towards Tabit, Shangil Tobaya, and Zamzam camp near El Fasher." Other witnesses claimed that troops of the RSF contingent attacked two villages near Tabit on Friday at noon, and that they beat and robbed residents. 
Tabit area has been the battlefield between several rebel movements and militia. It also was the scene of a mass rape of many women and girls, reportedly by Sudanese soldiers, on 31 October this year. The reports have raised international calls for independent inquiries into the allegations. Sudan, however, refused the Unamid permission for a second investigation in Tabit, and has requested the UN-AU peacekeeping mission to prepare an exit strategy for the region.

Detained Sudanese lawyer taken to hospital

Faroug Abu Eisa, chairman of a large alliance of Sudanese opposition parties, was taken from prison to a hospital in Khartoum on Tuesday after his health deteriorated. He and civil society leader and human rights lawyer Dr Amin Mekki Madani have been detained and held incommunicado by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) since 6 December. Meanwhile, Khartoum security forces attacked members of the Sudanese Democratic Lawyers who were holding a sit-in against the detentions on Monday morning. Five people were detained. One of the lawyers, Amal El Zein, told Radio Dabanga: “After we had gathered in front of the court at about 11 this morning, security forces surrounded the area, and prevented colleagues to join us. We ran away after they began to beat us.”

The two prominent figures were detained inside their homes in Khartoum after their return from Addis Ababa, where they had signed the Sudan Appeal with the SRF, an alliance of the main armed rebel movements, and the opposition's National Umma Party. The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday, condemning the detentions, including those of Farah El Agar, a legal consultant of the rebel SPLM-N who was also detained on 6 December.

Abu Eisa's health deteriorated after he and Dr Madani were transferred to Kober prison on Monday. "My father has lost a lot of weight caused by solitary confinement for more than two weeks," daughter Nahla Abu Eisa told the press in Khartoum on Tuesday. A NISS officer has notified the head of the defence team that they have filed criminal charges against the Sudan Appeal signatories, related to undermining the constitutional order, which is punishable with the death penalty.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

West Darfur: 2,800 ex-rebels integrate into Sudan’s regular forces

December 23 - 2014 EL GENEINA West Darfur state has welcomed the integration of 2,800 ex-combatants of the Liberation and Justice Movement from South and East Darfur into the...

Govt. forces storm Bahri University, detain Darfur students

December 22 - 2014 KHARTOUM NORTH Dozens of students of the Khartoum Bahri University were injured, and others detained in a clash with government forces on Monday. A force of policemen...

Sudan’s general elections postponed by 11 days

December 22 - 2014 KHARTOUM The general elections, scheduled to commence on 2 April next year, have been postponed to 13 April. The chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC)...

Security raids NGO in Sudan’s capital, detains journalist

December 21 - 2014 KHARTOUM Members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) raided the premises of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor in Khartoum today...

Militia reinforced, bombing in East Jebel Marra, North Darfur

December 21 - 2014 EAST JEBEL MARRA / TAWILA The Sudanese air force resumed bombardments on areas north of East Jebel Marra over the weekend. Militia reinforcements arrived at...

Three Unamid troops injured in East Darfur

December 21 - 2014 ED DAEIN Three Unamid peacekeepers were wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen in East Darfur on Saturday. A Unamid official told Sudan Tribune that a group...

JEM denies South Sudan’s support of Sudanese rebels

December 18 - 2014 KHARTOUM In recent days, Khartoum repeatedly accused Juba of supporting rebel forces of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (an alliance of the main Sudanese rebel...

Children shot dead, displaced injured in Central Darfur

December 18 - 2014 BINDISI / NIERTETI In Central Darfur, two children were killed by gunmen in Bindisi locality on Wednesday. The day before, two residents of Nierteti South camp sustained...

Sudan to boost oil & gas production in 2015

December 18 - 2014 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Ministry of Oil aims at increasing the country’s oil reserves by drilling more than 250 new wells in the coming year. Sudan News Agency...

Darfur Bar to defend 19 accused by Sudan’s militia

December 17 - 2014 KHARTOUM A group of 19 Darfuris accused of cooperating with rebel movements, attended their first court session in Khartoum today, after lingering for months in...

Militiamen besiege village in Gireida, South Darfur

December 17 - 2014 GIREIDA LOCALITY On Saturday, militiamen besieged Donki Hadoub, north of Gireida in South Darfur. “They are still there, threatening to attack the village,” a listener...

‘Ex-rebels excluded from UN Darfur programmes’: General

December 17 - 2014 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration Secretariat have denounced the refusal of Unamid and the UN Development Programme...

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