Chickens have no freedom in the cage

Opinion | By Pastor Karlo K. Okoy

Chickens depend on their master to throw them some food or grains inside the cage. A dog is better when given colorful meals wages its tail, to mean thank you. How can chickens disobey their master or UN? Why do I use this language and analogies? Because Sudanese failed to care for their citizens in both countries. Leaders worship idol gods that bring disaster, civil wars and communal fights. it is difficult to know who is educated or illiterate.

God gave me a vision called “We are not an island” in February 2002 that brought the Sudanese peace of 2005, but they failed to thank God, so God took that peace back to Heaven. Sudanese don’t believe in black Moses. UN the master is feeding Sudanese in both countries as IDPs and as refugees worldwide.

Do chickens have right to criticize the master? Although some rumors say one time a rat disconnected the economic cable of the elephant, it has not been fictionally crossed checked. How will small nation of South Sudan, a rat takes a great nation of USA an elephant and a lion above the animals to the court? Let us examine our life and administration since 2005 when CPA was young. How can we make one tarmac road of 200 kilometers from Juba to Nimule for 15 years? The entire country has only one tarmac road for the last 17 years.

Our leaders failed to stabilize the communities. What are the intellectuals, MPs from Bar Ghazel doing in Juba parliament when their citizens are fighting among themselves killing 50 people daily? What are the intellectuals from greater Upper Nile and greater Equatoria doing in Juba parliament, or this village called Juba without tarmacs doing when their communities are fighting all over the lands? Take speck from your eyes first instead of helping Khartoum.

Ethiopia, Egypt south Sudanese get peace; can a criminal correct a criminal? can a thief correct a thief? can liar correct a liar? can a blind lead blind people? Can a dirty man clean a dirty man? can a prostitute correct a prostitute? Without giving your life to Jesus, no future or better leadership. Matthew 7:3-5

Whom can we blame?

Sudanese people say, “late comers eat bones” and now they forgot this phrase. They remain behind international civilization.

The Sudanese government lasted as a free nation after British left the country 1956, for about 66 years, still the nation speaks of transitional governments, transitional constitutions with several coups, civil wars, tribal wounds.

Did Sudan ever has stable government and peace to educate her children? A nation without true God but worshipping idols, how can God give Sudan peace if she does not call the name of Jesus the only way for peace and formal education? Sudanese children in both nations grow up to forty years without primary school or secondary and tertiary schools, they do not know how to write or read any book. Late comers eat bones.

Those who came with fake documents have right because the Sudanese leaders and their rotten parliaments have no permanent constitutions which is the Ten commandments written in the book of Exodus chapter 20. Without this Biblical chapter in the parliaments, there is no government within the Sundanese nations. Who fragmented Sudan into tribal states, cattle raiding, two nations, closed the oil wells, river badges, roads constructions, wildlife, fishery, birders, if I could make a mistake for a while, a nation outside true God is under the leadership of Satan or hyena, how can the children cultivate if you did not teach them how to use the hoes and tractors? How can they write if you did not give them peace and duration of 22 peaceful years of education? Check your fake Christian names that have no meaning to the body of Jesus Christ call the church? Many of you have stolen Biblical names and fake Christianity, going to the churches without Bibles and commitment.

Can a soldier go for war without the gun? How can God give you knowledge to care for his children /citizens? Many of you soldiers, teachers, workers spent nine months without salaries, how can you feed your families? The so call educated say the Murle, Nuer, Toposa, Didinga, Lopit Tennet, Dinka steal 50 000 heads of cattle or cows because they are not educated, how about people in the cities, parliaments, ministries, educated people who have stolen fifty million dollars, salaries of the laborers? Who is the big thief, the illiterate people in the villages or the highest educated people in the so call cities? All have sinned Romans 3:23.

Sudanese nations will never have Jesus the author of peace. They will continue to face economic hardship, civil wars coups, cattle raiding, communal fights, three years interim governments, interim constitutions forever, unless they call the name of Jesus the true God, otherwise Isaiah 18 will continue to bite the nations economically, in the schools, medical facilities, agriculture, roads etc. in February 2012 we church leaders and Christians had peace conference in Juba civic engagement center, many Sudanese Christian leaders say I quote “East African Christianity is rotten, they came to our country and registered their weak Christianity that demand money from the public” then I asked the leaders this question I quote “if east African Christianity was rotten why did God bring our peace of 2005 through East Africa that is Nairobi instead of through Khartoum or Juba?” None of them gave me an answer; it will take them millions of years to get the answer.

Why do our officials and ministers keep their families in Christian nations of Kenya, Uganda instead of Mogadishu or Damascus and go for medical treatment in Kenya, Uganda? take specks from your eyes first before correcting other nations or documents, Mathew 7:5. Is it good to be without workers? How about those who are eager to develop our backward nations with poor documents? Something is better than none. Our nations will never get good documents until the leaders recognize their spiritual mistakes. They do not know who make the children or citizens; just like chairs who do not know their carpenter. “Little knowledge is a disease” wake up my sleeping communities or leaders, God will judge you if you do not feed his children well. Confess your sins if you want to enjoy these rich lands of our merciful God.

The writer is a founder of Evangelical Free churches of Sudanese nations architect of Sudanese peace of 2005.

Maiwut Commissioner tours Jekow & Zinke, calls on displaced communities to return home

Hon. Bang Kawich and his accompanying delegation were warmly received upon arrival in Maiwut County, Upper Nile State | © Thessherald

Thessherald—The Commissioner of Maiwut County, Hon. Bang Kawich Deng has called on all displaced communities to return to their places of residence and resume their farming activities during the rainy season.

Kawich made the remarks while meeting with representatives and members of Chany and Wadu communities in Jekou and Zinke, respectively.

“I want to assure you that peace has returned to Maiwut — we are dealing with so many things at the moment but our top priority is to ensure that peace prevails in Maiwut.”

Hon. Bang Kawich

On the same note, Kawich urges international and national NGOs to intensify operations and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in areas previously affected by inter-communal violence and armed conflicts.

Since assuming office on May 5, 2021 Kawich has been working around the clock to bring peace and stability in the area.

Maiwut is one of the nine Counties in Upper Nile State which was affected by the conflict between the rival forces of SPLA I-G and the SPLA –IO which occurred in July, 2017 in Pagak and within Maiwut.

This has led to mass displacements of the civilian population and some were forced to move to areas where they felt safe like Jekow and some IDPs had to cross the Ethiopia boarders where they were received by UNHCR and got settled as refugees in Tharpam Refugees Camps in Gambella, Ethiopia.

UNHCR commends South Sudan as first refugees receive COVID-19 vaccination

The first refugee receives Covid-19 jab in South Sudan | Photo: UNHCR

Thessherald—Refugees in South Sudan are receiving COVID-19 jabs during the rollout of the country’s national vaccination campaign, joining Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda in including refugees in their COVID-19 vaccination plan in the East African Region. Today, 13 people, among them 10 refugees from the Gorom Refugee Settlement located some 20km outside of Juba and three members of the host community including one health worker visited the Buluk Police Hospital for their vaccine.

For vulnerable refugees, their inclusion in the national vaccination campaign could not have come soon enough, “I came to receive my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, I feel very fine, there is no pain and the process is very simple,” shared Ojullu Ochan Ochan, a refugee from Ethiopia. “I encourage all refugees in South Sudan and the region including the host community to take the vaccine to protect themselves and their families” he added.

Health workers are among the group to receive the jab in line with the national vaccination plan of prioritizing frontline workers in the country. “I came today to take my COVID-19 vaccine in order to share my experience with others and bring home the message that I am doing very well and to encourage others to take the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and their communities,” explained Dut Yual Agoth, a volunteer health worker from the host community with UNHCR partner ACROSS.

Since the start of the pandemic, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in collaboration with its partners and the government, has scaled up its COVID-19 response activities to keep refugees, internally displaced people, returnees as well as the communities hosting them safe across South Sudan. Life-saving support such as boosting water and sanitation services, increasing access to healthcare including the renovation of health facilities and provision of ongoing regular services including nutrition programmes continued despite the pandemic.

The organization also provided three ambulances to state authorities, installed six COVID-19 testing machines in refugee settings in Maban, Jamjang, Makpandu, and in Yei, as well as airlifted various medical items including oxygen concentrators, portable ventilators, emergency supplies including soap. UNHCR also established two intensive care units in Maban and in Pariang, and COVID-19 isolation units in all refugee camps. Personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, gowns, and sanitizers continue to be supplied to health facilities that are serving the forcibly displaced families across the country.

The roll-out of the national vaccination campaign has also heralded good news for students. Schools have reopened following more than one year of closure. Since March of 2020, UNHCR and education partners have supported remote learning for refugee and host community students, however in-class attendance and the joy of studying alongside friends everyday has been greatly missed. To support the reopening of in-person learning this May, UNHCR also made improvements to water and sanitation facilities in primary and secondary schools.

“Today, I wish to commend South Sudan for the continued generosity to include refugees as well as internally displaced people in the national preparedness and response plans since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UNHCR’s Representative, Arafat Jamal. “Safeguarding refugee health also protects the health of their host communities and wider society, and UNHCR is working with the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and partners to support the roll-out in all refugee hosting locations.”

UNHCR participates in the National COVID-19 Steering Committee, headed by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, and in its various technical working groups, headed by other partners in implementing the national COVID-19 preparedness and response plan including among forcibly displaced populations.

UNHCR reiterates that refugees, internally displaced and stateless people and their local host communities must be included on an equal footing with citizens in national responses to the pandemic, including public health access, vaccines, and social safety nets, and the South Sudan government has shown this.

Maiwut Commissioner, Deputy Governor discuss border issues with Gambella leaders

Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State, James Tor Monybuny and Governor of Gambella, Omot Ojulu Obub | © Thessherald

Thessherald–The Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State, James Tor Monybuny, Maiwut Commissioner, Hon. Bang Kawich Deng and other accompanying delegation traveled to Gambella on Friday, May 7, 2021 and discussed cross-border issues with Gambella regional leaders.

The three-hour meeting between leaders of neighboring states addressed issues related to cross-border trade, illicit arms smuggling, and among other pressing issues undermining regional peace and stability.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Monybuny expressed his readiness to work hand-in-hand with the Gambella regional leaders in an attempt to restore peace and security between Upper Nile State and Gambella region.

“South Sudan is within our reach, and now we have an organized government that will deal with you directly…we were divided by the conflict and this has been very difficult for us to stop criminal acts along the border,” said James Tor Monybuny, Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State.

He also stressed the need to review Ethiopia’s federal policy prohibiting commercial items exported from Kuergeng to Pagak, and incidents of harassment of South Sudanese officials and diplomats at border posts. He commended the Ethiopian government for sheltering thousands of South Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who fled the country in 2013.

Your Excellency, as you have mentioned earlier — indeed, we’re one people divided by regional boundaries. The people of South Sudan, particularly the people of Upper Nile and the people of Gambella, are one community. We are thankful that you have been hosting our refugees,” he pointed out.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of June 2020, Ethiopia hosted 342,765 refugees from South Sudan, of whom 319,130 were accommodated in seven camps in Gambella.

On the same note, the Commissioner of Maiwut county, Hon. Bang Kawich Deng, lauded the Ethiopian government for showing warm hospitality to the people of South Sudan when they were in desperate need of help. He also emphasized on the importance of allowing free movement of traders along the borders.

For his part, the Governor of Gambella region, Omot Ojulu Obub, warmly welcomed the South Sudanese delegation and expressed his willingness to re-open and ease some restrictive measures put in place by the federal government.

Maiwut Commissioner, Deputy Governor Accorded Warm Welcome In Maiwut

Hon. Bang Kawich Deng, Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State, James Tor Monybuny and former Minister of Higher Education Dr. John Gai Yoah accorded warm upon arrival | ©Thessherald

Thessherald–Maiwut Commissioner, Hon. Bang Kawich Deng, and his accompanying delegation were warmly welcomed on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 upon arrival in Maiwut County, Upper Nile state.

He was accompanied by the following senior government officials:

1) James Tor Monybuny, Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State

2) Dr. John Gai Yoah, Former Minister of Higher Education

3) Hon. Gatluak Liphoth Diew, Former Commissioner of Maiwut county

4) Pal Deng Kerweth, Minister of Finance in Upper Nile State

5) Gabriel Tut Gatchai, Upper Nile State SPLM Secretary

6) Hon. Bor Gatwech, Chief Whip | TNLA

7) Biel Jock Thich, Head of Northern Corridor in the Office of the President

8) Baruach Uloch, Former Minister of Information — defunct-Maiwut State

9) Hon. Changkuoth Bichiok, SSOA representative.

In an opening remark, Hon. Bang urges the people of Maiwut to put aside their differences and focus on bringing peace, love and stability in the county.

In the same development, the Deputy Governor of Upper Nile State, James Tor Monybuny, calls on Gajaak communities to embrace unity and peaceful co-existence in their respective places.

The reception ceremony brought together community leaders, church-based groups, NGOs representatives, students and traditional leaders.

Major-General James Ochan arrives in Maiwut, warm reception accorded

Thessherald—Major General James Ochan Puot, commander of the special forces and his accompanying delegation were warmly welcomed this morning upon their arrival in Maiwut, a remote area bordering South Sudan and Ethiopia.

He was accompanied by members of the press, including journalists working for the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC).

General Ochan, who’s currently in charge of Maiwut and its surrounding areas, had been in the capital, Juba since December last year.

Maiwut is one of the areas administered by the government under President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

South Sudan’s government and opposition Parties signed a peace agreement in 2018, aimed at ending protracted conflict that has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions from their homes.

On Monday, while releasing its quarterly report covering January and March, the R-JMEC expressed grave concern over the stalled implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements.

“Much remains to be done by the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) especially considering that less than two years remain in the Transitional Period as it was previously agreed upon,” the peace monitors stressed in a statement seen by Thessherald.

Kiir strongly condemns aimless shooting of Bishop-Elect Fr. Christian Carlassare

Statement on the Shooting of Bishop-Elect of Rumbek Diocese April 26. 2021

President Salva Kiir Mayardit condemns the shooting of Bishop-Elect Fr. Christian Carlassare in Lakes State | Photo: Courtesy

Thessherald—I have learned today with dismay the unfortunate incident that involved the Rt Rev. Christian Carlassare, Bishop elect of Rumbek Diocese, who was shot last night by the unidentified gunmen.

The reprehensible act of violence meted on him is unacceptable and it must stop. I call upon all South Sudanese to condemn the criminals who carried out this heinous crime in strongest terms possible. To ensure no such act is carried out against the clergy, I call upon authorities in Lake State to carry out an expeditious investigation that will lead to lawful apprehension and prosecution of criminals who perpetrated this crime.

If those who carried out this shameful act were doing so to intimidate the Church, they are sadly mistaken, The Catholic faithful Bishop Elect, Christian Carlassare, Was chosen to lead and authoritics in Lake State will stand by him and will not allow action of few criminals to affect die plans of ecclesiastical authority.

I pray for God to strengthen the Rt. Rev. Carlassare faith in serving our people so that he can come back to his flock with renewed determination to serve the faithful in the Diocese. I wish him speedy recovery. Salva Kiir Mayardit President, Republic of South Sudan Juba, South Sudan

Italian-born missionary shot twice in South Sudan

Newly elected Bishop of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. Christian Carlassare receives First-Aid treatment from AMREF’s Flying Doctors before being taken to Nairobi | Photo: Courtesy

Thessherald—An Italian-born missionary, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has been shot twice by unidentified gunmen in Rumbek, South Sudan, prompting nationwide condemnation on social media.

Fr. Christian Carlassare was recently appointed as the Catholic Bishop of Rumbek Diocese.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Lakes State Acting Information Minister William Kocji said that the unknown gunmen had ordered the bishop to open his door before they began shooting him twice in the legs.

The bishop was attacked by two gunmen who went to his residence at the church compound and asked him to open his door, after failing to open, they started shooting at the door before forcing their way in,” the state official said in a brief statement.

He’s currently receiving treatment in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Since the country descended into conflict in mid-December 2013, Rumbek has been a hotbed and fertile ground for criminal activities.

The proliferation of illegal firearms in the hands of civilians continues to weaken and impede law enforcement efforts in the country.

Chad President Idriss Deby Itno Killed: Military

AP—Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, was killed Tuesday amid clashes between rebels and security personnel, the country’s top military commander announced on national television and radio.

The stunning announcement came just hours after electoral officials had declared Deby the winner of the April 11 presidential election, paving the way for him to stay in power for six more years.

The circumstances of Deby’s death could not immediately be independently confirmed due to the remote location. It was not known why the president would have visited the area or participated in ongoing clashes with the rebels who opposed his rule.

UNKEA at forefront of serving vulnerable populations in flood-prone areas

Eligible groups of women, children and the elderly queue in Riang Payam, Ulang County waiting for their cash | Photo: UNKEA

Thessherald—Universal for Knowledge & Empowerment Agency, a Juba-based national organization, spares no effort in its endeavor to improve livelihoods of vulnerable populations in hard-to-reach and flood-prone areas.

Last year, as part of its efforts to boost resilience among rural communities, UNKEA distributed hundreds of goats to vulnerable and elderly people in Ulang county, Upper Nile state – one of the states hit hard by devastating floods.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the situation in South Sudan remains extremely dire across the country with approximately 7 million or 60% of the population still struggling to find adequate food every day.

In November 2020, UNKEA provided cash transfers to eligible groups in Upper Nile State in a bid to meet their basic needs, such as access to food, healthcare and shelters.

A girl living with Achondroplasia /Dwarfism receives cash from UNKEA staff in Ulang county, Upper Nile State| Photo: UNKEA

It also provides free education to thousands of children deprived of decent education as a result of conflicts in South Sudan.

South Sudan, despite having achieved peace, continues to face numerous challenges with economic collapse being the most difficult problem affecting vulnerable populations across the country.

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