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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 .

The National Youth Union and Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership Sign Declaration on Memorandum of Understanding

Date: 25/07/2014
Press release

July 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- The National Youth Union, and Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership (GEYL), would like to declare today to all South Sudanese Youth, freedom fighters, federalists, leadership of the SPLM/SPLA-Resistant Movement and the entire mass of South Sudan that, we have formally and trustworthily entered into Memorandum of Understanding of mutual interest to strengthen and work towards achievement of final liberty in South Sudan.

It’s apparently clear all sections of people in South Sudan have suffered and continue to suffer from the brutality of genocidal regime of Salvatocratic and his cohorts who continue to kill our people in cold blood across Juba, Yambio, Torit, Rumbek, Wau, Malakal, Bor, Aweil and Bentiu.

In background “Having realized that South Sudan is gearing towards full establishment of dictatorial regime, failure service delivery to the citizens of this country, brutal killing of innocent civilians, the need for democratization and federal system in South Sudan we the parties to this MOU engaged fully to undertake to MOU with commitment and sacrifice”

As of now, on we are declaring this in this join statement of purpose to coordinate efforts and work tirelessly to bring the rotten regime of salva Kiir down, until we rest assured that our people achieve peace, freedom and an overhaul reforms in the country's genocidal system which have destroyed and turn our country into mass graves and slaughter house.

“The Purposeunder designs this (MOU), will work towards accomplishment and achievements of all intended defined aims and objectives and above goals will be accomplished by undertaking programs, plans and activities as dim to the interest of the two parties in this MOU”

It’s our common responsibility to side and ideals of the liberators as well as leaderships who respect constitution, rights of the citizens, and adhere to democratic principles in the country to demonstrate signs of political maturity among regional and international communities of which we are part of.

We encourage our entire youth population and congratulate them ongoing massive underground political movement and military resistancedirectly or indirectly until the aspiration of the people of South Sudan is realized.

That the two parties will accept to struggle to foster realize aims and objectives of this mutual interest of the two parties, for the benefits of the people of South Sudan, and their subjects with ever immense sense of responsibility, diligences and commitment.

That the two Parties to this MOU have to timely organize and set out first hand strategies, Plans and activities in line with accomplishment and the established of objectives, outlined under this MOU .

Signed by: The National Youth Union (NYU) and Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership (GEYL).

Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership Supports Creation of New Federal States

25/07/2014
Press release

July 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership today have fully declared supports, commends and congratulates the leadership of SPLA/M in Opposition for creation of new federal states in Democratic Republic of South Sudan, as one of the principal and remarkable ideal towards implementation of historical political dreams of people of South Sudan.

With an utmost gratitude, we foresee these administrative new arrangements as an important factor to accelerate speedy development, and act as effective tool in rendering more balance resource, power, and service distribution in consistency with vision of taking towns to people of South Sudan in their respective rural areas.

The GEYL, therefore encourage all sections of our population, from within or outside to promote and support the leadership of the opposition in order to realize people’s driven agenda, and element of participatory governance as proposed by the leadership of the opposition under overall command of Dr. Riek Machar.

It’s a known fact now that the people of South Sudan should not waste their time anymore in trusting the current regime that has caused pain and agony to the citizens of this country just in pursue of power greed and resource control, in breached to all existing laws the governs the state.

It’s our assurance that the Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership (GEYL),in support of opposition, will continue to work tirelessly to sensitize the population of region to embrace the system of federal state, and equally accept the proposal of new federal states arrangement for their betterment and effectively get involve inclusive  governance process.

The GEYL is confident that, the opposition is a clear driving force for better change, and decent livelihood of all the citizens of South Sudan, and essential drive that will offer services to all diverse population of our country, and instill democratic practices as well.

This is the first ever initiative proposal offered by democratic oriented leadership to all the citizens of South Sudan, as constitutional gesture of inclusive participation in the governance process, in the affair of their own state, as well as decision making process.

Signed by: Greater Equatoria Youth Leadership

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