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Rachel Nyadak Paul's statement to take tea in Uror County next week is mere dream

By: Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

December 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul who serve as the deputy minister for information and broadcasting in the current government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit is in the shoes of puppet Gordon Buay Malek who is well known of issuing baseless propagandas which does not hold water to the Media outlets thinking Lou Nuer White boys, the mighty Silva and Golden army ever can be frighten and got scare by words coming out from a human mouths. Of course not, our white army cannot be shaken by propaganda from a woman mouth.

For Christ sake who do Nyadak think she is….? Ok…………… So it is true that went a woman lost her husband earlier, she will be entitled to all ups and downs, shorts and longs, big and larges, better and worse, hot and colds, strongest and weak, but let me tell you clearly and very nakedly (Nyadak) that; your Chinese troops, Uganda mercenaries, your boys (Mathiang Anyoor) to whom you are their Sugar Mummy, the entire SPLM- Juba Politicians including them SPLA Generals whom you have reluctantly decided to open your two legs to, might not and will not take Uror 'Mun Loal' within a week. True must be told.

I can't imagine a person borne in the same area where her umbilical cord was buried still keep wishing the same destination more destruction and bad lucks? How can we term this person? Well, I will call this extreme madness, selfishness and a person who think not of the people who voted for her or the land she vow to developed, but Money as everything in her life. Period.

Moreover, it is always good to think twice before you leave, Rachel Nyadak Paul should think of refuting/dismissing or apologizing to the public and particularly to greater Lou Nuer immediately or as soon as possible because the more she laid low the more things will falls apart on her side.

Hon. Nyadak Paul who force her way up through do or die intercourse and through no retreat no surrender kind of sexual sacrifices to reached where she is today cannot listen or fears any man, except the man who employed her.

But Nyadak should also put in her small medulla of langata (brain) that wherever you come from always matter in politics, Politics considered your strong hold mostly during any election. Now that you want to destroy your County, which constituency will you come from probably went time comes for election? And who will vote you in once again?

Too bad to imagine your fateful ending honorable……………

However, your days are numbered. It is useless for us to waste time responding to your fake statements that you stated to get your daily earning. You are no more but morning dew that always evaporates went sees the Sun start showing his eye……..

I have spoken my words and may gods of the land hear my voice……..

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and commentator and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Nuer and the December 15th: A Community Look Back...and to the Future

By Dhuor Reath Badeng

December 30, 2014 (SSNA) -- As our Nation completes the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 15 of Gelweng attacks on the Nuer, let me join my other Nuer fellow as we pause and reflect upon the horrors of that day and its aftermath.While commemorating the event two weeks ago, the Nuer pondered and condemned the aftermath of the attack on their community—and indeed on the larger communities of South Sudan that became victims of Salva Kiir’s endeavor to protect his reign in power.

Initial Response

The Nuer were shocked, saddened and outraged at the vicious annihilation carried out on their own relatives—and they did not hesitate to voice their unequivocal condemnation. In fact, youths and leaders were among the first to react in an organized fashion to condemn the indiscriminate attacks on that very same day. Long before it became clear that individuals calling themselves “benykudot” were involved in the attacks, on Dec. ,16 and 17 messages soared on social media “We condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of massacre against innocent civilians.” No cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts that were subjected on the Nuer.

Backlash

Following the initial hours of shock, grief, and anger—when it became apparent that the suspects in the heinous killing of Nuer were trained militia of the Dinka tribe (predominantly from Aweil and Warap)—the Nuer fearless General Peter Gadet responded with a vicious backlash and captured Bor.

For many South Sudanese, the tragedy that befell our nation was doubly painful. First, many of us watched in stunned horror as the government spread fake information about a failed coup attempt by Dr. machar as a cover up to the ongoing slaughtering of the Nuer while the Gelweng continued to carry out killing of Nuer civilian through door-door search for the rest of the entire week. The Lou-Nuer white army upon learning that this was not a coup as claimed , but rather a ploy by Kiir’s government to get rid of the Nuer ethnic group, became very angry and together with Peter Gadet occupied Bor and even proceeded to areas around Juba in an attempt to save their love ones. This anger did not only fill the Lou-Nuer. The Jikany-Nuer, bentiu-Nuer also reacted equally and captured Bentiu and Malakal respectively causing panic to Kiir. “Thank to the UPDF”…those should be the words of Kiir, for had it not been the UPDF’s aerial intervention, Kiir would be no more by now. Most Nuer outside South Sudan by the time who love their people and just as much as everybody else, were equally traumatized after hearing the devilish act of Kiir and cohorts on their community. This overwhelming support was heartwarming and reassuring to community members that were in trouble.

Acts of Kindness and Compassion

While many Dinka showed hate and took advantage of the president’s coup narrative to settle old scores against the Nuer and others who resembled them (including the Dinka from Rumbek, Duk and Pigi who have marks like the Nuer), there were also countless acts of compassion, tolerance and friendship. Though many of these acts of compassion and tolerance were not officially demonstrated for fear of being victimized, their immeasurable value in saving the lives of the few that they met cannot be underestimated. These acts truly demonstrated the South Sudanese spirit of brotherhood of which some exiled SPLM members were victimized for. Neighbors volunteered to escort women to the grocery store, others offered their houses as a hide-out for Nuer from the acts of vandalism and arson that were ongoing.

Betrayal and Bribery

Its very unfortunate that after the disastrous actions of Kiir and cohorts on our civilians, some of our renown politicians instead of condemning the awful execution of innocent civilians, came out so proud and loud to deny that no ethnic killing was carried out by the government. Marial and Nyadak’s own constituency was bombed by Ugandan jet and none dared condemn such atrocity. As if that wasn’t enough, Nyadak came to Nairobi in an attempt to mobilize youths to rally behind the government and support her denial of any killing. For God never leave any person who offend an innocent person, Nyadak;s denial of Nuer killing was rewarded by the unfortunate premature delivery of her triplets(may their souls rest in peace). In another development, a group of Nuer politician was also sent to Kampala with the same agenda of mobilizing the youths to support the idea that there was no ethnic targeting and what happened was a failed coup by Riek Machar. The Nuer youths in Uganda unlike the youths in Kenya are people who do not entertain nonsense. This group was not allowed to sit in the meeting hall that they paid for. All they had to do was begged for their safe passage out of the hall. All these explain why we should always be careful in voting in some politician to public positions. Had an angel spoken to each one of us in our various constituents before the 2010 elections, some of these betrayers would be rubbing shoulders with some of us by now. Either in condemnation or support of what the government has done as mere citizens. All the same and as Nicole Richie once put it; “ its hard to tell who has your back, from who has it long enough just to stab you at the back”. These politicians have had our trust for so long and only to betray us at a time they should fight for us.

Looking Forward: Challenge and Resolution for Next Year

Indeed, the past year has been a most difficult one for the Nuer . In addition to the various setbacks detailed above, there have been countless challenges that are still facing the Nuer in the west, East Africa, Other African countries and most specially the IDPs in South Sudan. Just two weeks ago the IDPs were denied access to the local markets in Juba. This was intentionally planned in an attempt to starve them and maybe decide to surrender themselves to the government (God forbids!).

My fellow Nuer and other South Sudanese well wisher, as we mark this first anniversary of the indiscriminate killing of our own relatives, I personally ask for Unity among ourselves. Let the self interest group go on with their plan and let’s not be shaken and taken in by their lures.

I wish all of us a prosperous New Year 2015 and let it be our prayer that a sustainable PEACE is signed so that our relatives in the IDPs camps can get safe passage to their respective counties.

The Author, Dhuor Reath Badeng, is a Lou Youth residing in Uganda. He can be reached through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A Response to Clooney and Prendergast USA Today Article

By Yual Chiek, PhD

December 28, 2014 (SSNA) -- One fact about the current war in South Sudan that is quickly fading from memory is the slaughter of thousands of Nuer in Juba. This is evident in Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast’s article. He is so quick to cite the tragic deaths in Bor, but makes no mention of the genocide of Nuer civilians by government forces in Juba. A mass murder that ignited this conflict. Frankly, as tragic as those deaths in Bor were, the fact is that the number of dead is only 70. And I might add that these individuals were most likely deaths resulting from cross-fire. There are even eye-witness accounts from Dinka citizens in Bor saying they were protected by Nuer fighters and even given provisions to aid them in their trek out of the region. But even if these individuals were victims of targeted killing, it is surely these deaths that were the result of revenge, crimes of passion, and not some botched Nuer attempt to ethnically cleanse the Dinka in Bor. The same cannot be said for Salva Kiir’s killing of Nuer civilians in Juba. This is a clear cut case act of genocide: the government is Dinka led and Kiir’s private militia – the one responsible for most of the killing in Juba – is composed entirely of Dinka youths from Warap, Kiir’s home region.

This brings me to the first of my two bones of contentions with Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast’s article. Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast cite that these killings were revenge for the 1991 Bor massacre. The implications of this statement are dangerous. Let me highlight this point with a Human Rights Watch case in which 200-400 Nuer men were rounded up, forced into a room and fired upon by Kiir’s government forces. To say that the killings of at least 200 Nuer men by government forces in Juba is mere-revenge is to clearly take sides whether Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast realize it or not. It is incendiary to even bring up the 1991 Bor Massacre itself, for I remind Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast that in 1991 there was no South Sudan. The SPLA was split between forces loyal to John Garang and forces loyal to Riek Machar, so to compare that situation to a government sponsored genocide of Nuer civilians in Juba and Malakal is deplorable. Perhaps this is okay with Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast, after all, these were Dinka youths who just wanted revenge for the 1991 Bor massacre. What is more, approximately 2,000 people were killed in the Bor massacre over a span of six months, this number has been more than doubled in only a matter of day in Juba. I am by no means trying to justify deaths by using numbers, I only wish to show the magnitude of Kiir’s crimes in Juba and Malakal.

But so long as we are on the topic of revenge why don’t we talk about what instigated the Bor massacre itself? In 1985 the Garang led SPLA waged a campaign against the Gaajaak tribe of the Eastern Nuer. In this campaign thousands of Nuer were killed, many villages were razed to the ground and much live stock was destroyed. In fact it was this massacre of Nuer that provided the catalyst for Nuer support of Riek Machar’s split, and the subsequent attack on Bor by enraged Nuer soldiers and Nuer civilians from Nasir. The attack was never even officially authorized by Riek Machar. But this is all history Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast might say. I agree. But then Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast should not bring it up in such sensitive times. To do so is irresponsible. In any event, Riek Machar offered an official apology for the Bor massacre. There has not been an apology to the Gaajaak from Kiir, or any of the Dinka SPLM officers who took part in the war against the Gaajaak Nuer.

The second issue I wish to bring up is this confused talk of child soldiers. With respect to the South Sudanese context this term has been so over sensationalized that it is difficult to make any clear sense of its meaning, or to the its possible referents. Moreover, Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast seem to conflate the “Lost Boys” with “Gash Amer.” The former were children who found their way abroad after Northern Sudanese raids that left many of their family members dead. Just as Clooney and Prendergast say. The latter was a program put in place by John Garang, Salva Kiir and other high ranking members of the SPLA in which children – sometimes as young as seven – were taken for military training in a town called Bilpam. The parents of these children were told that their children were being taken to attend school. There were two wings of this program. In the first wing children were shipped to Cuba through an agreement between Garang’s SPLA, Ethiopia’s then communist government under Mengistu Haile Mariam and the Cuban government. These children were taken in 1986 and within three years of their arrival in Cuba the SPLA quickly forgot about them. After numerous failed attempts by the Cuban government to get in contact with Garang’s SPLA, Cuban contacted the UN. It was then that these children received aid. My aunt was one of these children. As you can see this is a sad sordid history that requires careful retelling. The last thing we need is to conflate areas of this history that are better left distinct.

Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast’s insinuation that the Nuer rebels are using child soldiers seems to me to betray a lack of knowledge regarding the culture of the people in this war, and of what the implications of his statements are. Let me begin with the implications. The Kiir regime was the first one to state that there Riek Machar is using child soldiers in this war, so to my mind Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast are just endorsing the claims of a regime that should, by all rights, be the subject of sustained condemnation. In any event, there is no doubt that many of the fighters on the Nuer side are young, some of them teenagers. This much is sure. But to say that these youths are children is hyperbolic. But if the Nuer are vilified for having youth in their army, what about the Kiir regime? Kiir illegally trained 15,000 Dinka men and youths from Warap as a personal army “in case something happened.” Why is this not of chief concern? Let’s not forget that the Kiir regime is recognized as the legitimate government of South Sudan, Kiir’s actions are all the more egregious. Why vilify a people who are the object of ethnic cleansing when they, form a popular uprising in order to protect themselves? And that is what this war is all about on the Nuer side. It is a war to protect themselves against eradication. As a Nuer I cannot hesitate to say that the Nuer are not the villains here, we are the victims of an attempt to marginalize and silence us. This is an attempt to destroy Nuer, and it is fueled by a fear of possible Nuer political and cultural ascendancy in this young country. One doesn’t have to take my word for it, just look at the key positions in South Sudan. The great majority of them are filled by Dinka. How can this be anything short of an attempt to lockdown a social hierarchy in a young multi-ethnic state like South Sudan? It would be childish to remain recalcitrant in the face of such evidence. The use of violence is key to the establishment of a social hierarchy. If Kiir’s regime can execute Nuer civilians with relative impunity, then he can silence the great majority of them in fear while giving the illusion of impartiality by employing a class of Nuer comprador bourgeoisie. These tactics are not new. These were the very same ones employed by European Colonial Powers. If these tactics worked so well and for so long for Colonial Powers, should it be surprising that one African nation would use the same tactics against another? Again, only a flawed, and all too simple model of South Sudanese ethnic relations would bar this possibility from consideration as unlikely, or unrealistic.

As a Nuer, it is my cousins, my uncles that are in the frontline of this war. And my relatives were butchered in Juba. I cannot be silent, I will not. Nor do I have the luxury of not taking sides. For Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast to write as though we are the hapless victims of ambitious politicians is disappointing. It seems to us to be yet another reiteration of outdated rhetoric that envisions the African masses as deluded slaves under the sway of great men. Let me assure Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast that in the Nuer case this is false. My sentiments are shared by Sir Evans Pritchard, a British Anthropologist whose extensive work on the Nuer helped fuel the development of Social Anthropology. I recommend Pritchard’s work to all interested in an outsiders’ impression of Nuer political culture. In particular I suggest Pritchard’s monograph on the subject entitled The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People.

Strictly speaking, Riek Machar did not mobilize any of the Nuer forces in this war. To think that he did is just to lend credence to the idea that there was a coup d’état. There was no coup. And even if there was, why would civilians be targeted by the Kiir regime? The truth is Riek Machar fled for his life. He was unprepared for this war. The mobilization of the White Army among the Lou Nuer, the mobilization of the forces of Commander Gatdet Yak, and the mobilization of the Gikaany Nuer in Wulang County under Commander Garhouth Garkouth was in retaliation to the massacre of Nuer in Juba. Many Nuer in these three groups are not even political followers of Riek Machar. So it is simply wrong to assume that these Nuer are blind followers of Riek Machar. Riek Machar’s name was used a name to rally under.

But just consider the fact that the fighting rebels are entirely Nuer, and that this one ethnic group has been the object of Kiir’s SPLA, JEM mercenaries from Darfur and Ugandan forces. Make no mistake about it. This war is being waged against one ethnic group, one people: The Nuer. It is the Nuer who have been subjected to cluster bombing, and it is the Nuer who have been the overwhelming majority of the casualties of this war, and yet it is they that have been repeatedly portrayed as the aggressors. And when this is not done explicitly there has been consistent obfuscation of issues by insisting that it is simply ethnic strife. This is simply amazing to me.

I should like to say, however, that I like many South Sudanese are very grateful for Western countries that have provided shelter and aid to us during the years that Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast cite. The United States in particular has opened her doors to more South Sudanese refugees than any other country. For that we shall be forever grateful. I would also like to reiterate that without US pressure on Sudan, South Sudan might not be a reality. Our gratitude extends to individual American citizens of which Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast have been leading voices. These are people who, moved by the plight of our people, have contributed sacrificed their time and energy to bring awareness to South Sudan. That said, I do not see my comments on Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast’s article as an attack on their willingness to help, in fact I think the candor with which I have tried to address the issues is the beginning of Mr. Clooney and Mr. Prendergast wise call for reconciliation. But for reconciliation to be possible the entire conflict, in all its gruesome complexity must be brought into the light. South Sudan is a land of meandering paths, there is no easy way out.

Dr. Yual Chiek lives in Ontario, Canada.

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