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South Sudan rebel military command visits wounded soldiers at Maiwut County Hospital

Addis Ababa, May 11, 2015 (SSNA) -- A group of high ranking military officers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) have visited wounded soldiers at Maiwut County Hospital of the oil-rich Upper Nile State.

The office of the rebel Spokesperson disclosed the visit days after military command of the SPLA-IO have been reported to have accused its political wing, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), of “not speeding up the war,”. The rebels Commanders questioned how the war has been run; saying the top political leadership of rebels has been slow of giving orders to the military command of the movement.

The SPLA-IO’s powerful General, Peter Gatdet Yak, is also reported to be furious over the speed of the war and demanded that the top leadership of the SPLM-IO gives him an order to target Juba.

General Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Logistics and Member of military command councils for the SPLA-IO led to team to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)-run Hospital.

Gen. Gathoth thanked the wounded soldiers, telling them that they are Heroes who will not be forgotten in the history of the struggle. Gathoth remained the combatants about what happened in Juba in December of 2013 and asserted that South Sudanese President Salva kiir “must go” for peace to return to South Sudan and “answer to all the tragedies and crimes he has committed.”

“It’s my pleasure to stand before you and congratulates you for the victories you have been making since 15 December 2013 up to today 1 May 2015 against the brutal enemy Salva Kiir militia forces,” Gen. Gathoth told the wounded soldiers.

“We vow to continue fighting Salva Kiir until he is completely out of power that he has misuse against our Nation. Tribal President Salva Kiir has intentionally massacred your parents in Juba December-2013, therefore, I assure you that there is no any way around; Salva Kiir must go and face justice and accountability before signing a peace agreement,” he added.

The rebel commander reaffirms the SPLM/A-IO commitment to peace, adding that the armed opposition will continue to respect peace negotiators and the international community for “dedicated their precious time for peace to come to South Sudan.”

Gathoth also said any peace process must address the root causes of the conflict; asserting that peace is only possible without Kiir, adding that “continuing the war to achieve our objective through barrel of guns is better than signing a bad peace.”

In his closing remarks, Gathoth revealed a long list of what he described as “Kiir’s failures.”

Genral Gathoth said Kiir “has failed to rule the Country, implement Democratic system, respect Country Constitution, provide security to the people of South Sudan, stolen Country public funds, delivery development services and committed terrible atrocities and human right violations.” He also thanks ICRC for its medical services they offer to the wounded and those who seek treatments of various medical reasons.

Liech Community Association in Egypt’s press statement on its 2015 fundraising

Press release
Friday, May 08, 2015

Subject: The report of 2015 Lich fundraising campaign in Egypt

Cairo, May 10, 2015 (SSNA) -- People fundraise for various reasons but most of them agree on raising fund to support a cause that inspired them. Likewise the board of Bentiu community in Egypt was convinced by the fact that the community members are in desperate need of financial and social support, especially after the outbreak of December 15/2013 South Sudan’s conflict.

In many other countries where there is peace, community members pay sufficient amount of money as their monthly contribution to support the community projects, but in the third world countries in which the state of South Sudan belongs, people expect to receive more than they give to their community’s body due to their scarce income (poverty).

Base on that very reason, we the administration of Bentiu community association in Egypt thought of finding a solution to these crises and that is when we came up with the idea of creating Lich Reserve Ration and Lich Students Aid-box.

Lich Reserve Ration is a fortune reserve to supply families that are facing delay or shortage of;

a) Monthly house rent
b) Emergency medical treatment expenses
c) And other expenses

Lich Students Aid-Box focuses on students’ enquiries such as;

a) Institutional tuition fees
b) And other special concerns.

This particular Aid-box may expand depending on the available amount of money it has.

Before extending to Lich fundraising report’s details, Bentiu community executive committee would kindly like to convey sincere gratitude to Rev. Simon Tor Jal, who grants his prayer hall for the community fundraising campaign. Thank you very much for making the Lich fundraising campaign possible. 

Lich fundraising Campaign took place on Friday, April 10th /2015 at 2:00pm at Saint Andrews Church.

Link to the Fundraising event: http://nyamile.com/2015/03/24/invitation-to-a-fundraising-event/

Conducted by:

1)  Peter Riek Nguany Gatchang – The fundraising Chairman.
2) Roselina Nyataba John Kuong – The fundraising Secretary general
3) Majong Bahnguot Najang – The fundraising Finance
4) Nyawich Monytuil Wijang – The Fundraising Vice Finance
5) Michael Gatguat Tap Gatluak – Program and Community Information
6) Both Gatluak Manyang – Program Security Chief
7) Jal Mayiel Lok Bol – The fundraising program representative
8) Lieb Gatnor Tap Chuol – The fundraising program representative
9) Debora Nyaluak Chiok Mathiang– The fundraising program representative

With the assistance of;

1) Zechariah James Machar – Program Logo designer and projector man
2) Toch Maet Latjor Lulhok – Projector man backer
3) Riak Gieng Koang - BCAE chairman and the program observer
4) Mama Angelina Malual Dak – former chairperson of BCAE women and program motivator 
5) Nyagai Toang Nhial – Program and community social affair secretary

On behave of all the members of Bentiu community association in Arabic Republic of Egypt; we would like to inform you that we really appreciate your unfailing attention to detail. With all the last minute snags, we worried that something would fall through cracks but you anticipated every contingency. Several participants commented on how well you had organized the event. We are fortunate to have you donate your time and money on occasions like this. 

Attendance:

The event was attended by three hundred audiences (300) including the leaders of South Sudanese churches, community and other organizations’ representatives. In the attendance list were;

1) Rev. James Manyang Gai – Chairperson of South Sudanese Presbyterian Church in Egypt
2) Rev. Simon Tor Jal - Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan/ South Sudan in Egypt
3) Rev. John Yien Ruach Wiu – Presbyterian Church pastor - Nuer congregation in Egypt
4) Rev. James Duop Mahbitouch - Presbyterian Church pastor – Renk, South Sudan congregation
5) Evangelist. Peter Ramadan Manasseh - Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan/ South Sudan in Egypt
6) Mr. Gatkuoth Kim Both – Chairman of Nuer Community in Egypt
7) Mrs. Martha Nyalam Lual – Chairperson of Nuer Women group in Egypt
(Currently replaced by Elizabeth Nyakong Simon – former Bentiu Community Chairperson)
8) Mr. O’Chan Jok Reath – Nuer Community chiefs’ representative
9) Mrs. Jany John Kuok – Chairperson of Bentiu Women in Egypt
10) Mr. Lam Ney Chuol – Nuer Students Chairman in Egypt
11) Mr. Kang Gatkuoth Kang – Secretary General of SPLM-IO chapter in Egypt
12) Mr. Sirir Gabriel Yie – Chairman of SPLM Youth League chapter in Egypt 

Bentiu community association sincerely appreciates your present in our midst. With your great contributions you have left a wonderful legacy.

With the participation of all the Nuer sub-communities leaders and their members; beginning with;

1) Riak Gieng Koang – Bentiu Community Association; the Event organizer
2) Tet Rang Teny – Gajaak Community Association; participant
3) Gatkuoth Malow Nyot– Lou-Nuer community Association; participant
(Currently replaced by Michael Wal Ngouth)
4) Peter Beliu Makuach - Fangak Community Association; participant
5) Simon Changkuoth Ruai - Naser Community Association; participant
6) Daniel Keak Makuach – Cie-lang (Ulang) community Association; participant

Thank you for coming with all your members….

In extreme satisfaction the administration of Bentiu community association in Arab Republic of Egypt under the supervision of Mr. Riak Gieng Koang is here to express her deepest appreciation to all the Diaspora donors who did not hesitate to wire their contributions to show their firm support. Amongst the Lich fundraising exile contributors are;

1) Mr. Gatwang Boum Manguot – residing in Australia from Bentiu
2) Mr. Deng Elijah Hon Top – residing in Canada from Phou
3) Mrs. Daya Batim Moses – residing in Canada from Lou-nuer
4) Mr. Chuol Machar Gai Deng – residing in Italy from Bentiu
5) Mr. Thomas Wakow Yak – residing in the United Kingdom from Naser
6) Mr. Chuol Dugak Lieth – residing in USA from Ulang
7) Mr. Dhel Gatluak Jourchol – residing in USA from Bentiu
8) Mr. Nhial Riek Gai – residing in Canada from Gajaak

Other contributors requested the community to keep their name anonymous despite the community intent to display the full contributors’ list as a good gesture of high recognition for the generous contributions demonstrated by our people in various parts of the world. The chairman of Bentiu community, Mr. Riak Gieng Koang, and his vice chairperson, Rebecca Nyachan John has expressed their gratitude for your generosity. Once again thanks you!

Last but not the least, we thank each and everyone who turned out, physically or virtually, to support the event. Without your support and guidance, we won’t have achieved this magnificent milestone, especially at a time when our blood is dripping everywhere across the country. We, therefore, pledge in return to put this fund in the right projects to transform lives of our vulnerable people to strengthen our overall growth and prosperity. For having entrusted our leadership, we here forth pledge to continue in these footprints to enlighten our people and continue providing these services here in Cairo and beyond. Once again, accept our warmest heartfelt gratitude.

Thanks you all in advance!

LICH THE ORIGIN OF NAATH (NUER)
RAAN Ɛ RAM MI RAAN

Signed by:

Riak Gieng Koang Goah – BCAE Chairman
Zechariah James Machar – BCAE Secretary General
 
For more information please contact the organizers through:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cell phone numbers: +20 112-360-2899 / +20 122-925-9650 / +20 114-887-9177

Government troops launch fresh attacks on rebel positions in Unity State

Juba/Addis Ababa, May 6, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese government forces and their foreign allies attacked rebel held positions in the oil-rich Unity State, military officials of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

Rebel forces allied to South Sudan’s Former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, said government soldiers have attacked their locations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Guit County of Unity State.
 
However, the rebels said their forces have defeated the SPLA-Juba faction and that the SPLA-IO is pursuing them toward Bentiu.

Meanwhile, the Spokesman of the SPLA-Juba faction Philip Aguer refused to make any comment.

The allegations come just few days after the SPLA-IO said Juba-SPLA faction and its foreign allies are ready to launch simultaneous assaults on its outposts in Jonglei and Unity States.

The government forces last night [Tuesday] launched an attack on our position in Guit County Southern part of Unity state but were defeated badly in serious battles and retreated back to Capital Bentiu,” the office of rebels’ Spokesperson said in a statement.

“This morning [Wednesday], they were trying to attack our position in Panakuach Northern part of state where our bases for IO forces are being located but failed to regain the position. The fighting is now escalating up to Tom South payam in Pareing County,” the statement further asserted.

The armed opposition also said local authorities in Leer, Mayandiit, and Koch counties have also confirmed the attacks. The SPLA-IO further added that local and international NGOs are abandoning their operation centers, citing impending government full scale assaults on areas under rebels’ control.

In the document, the armed opposition made it clear that its forces have been obeying cessation of hostility agreement signed in January last year and that the rebels will no longer tolerate what they described as “government’s devil behaviors,” warning that the SPLA-IO will retaliate at a time of it's choosing.

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