Pibor, Jonglei communities wrap up 2-day Peace Conference in Juba

In a meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, communities of Jonglei and Pibor Administrative Area have wrapped up a two-day Peace Conference aimed at ending insecurity and inter-communal violence in the two states.

“Delegates comprising of over 250 representatives from the youths, women, chiefs and intellectuals of Bor Dinka, Gawaar and Lou Nuer, Murle and Anyuak met in Juba from 25th – 27th January 2021 to resolve the ongoing inter-communal conflicts in Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area,” the Presidency noted in a statement.

“The conference deliberated on the issues pertaining to the insecurity and inter-communal conflicts in Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area under the auspices of H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit.”

“After a thorough deliberations on the report from the high-level investigation committee constituted by H. E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, headed by Vice President H.E. Dr. James Wani Iggi , the conference resolved for the communities to commit to end the persistent insecurity and conflicts in Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Area and with the neighbouring communities.”

In his remark, President Kiir urged the tripartite communities to forge peaceful coexistence and unity and put an end to cattle rustling in the country.

“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said, the inter-communal conflicts that happened are very shameful stating that he is not happy with the behaviours and actions shown by the communities in killing each other for nothing.”

Kiir stressed the need for the full implementation of the peace agreement as a way to end inter-tribal conflicts across the country.

“Vice President and the Chairman of high- level committee H. E. Dr. James Wani Iggi said, H. E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit will establish a high- level committee with representatives from the affected communities to monitor, evaluate and follow up on the implementation of the resolutions that will end the inter- communal conflicts.”

“In addition, H.E. Dr. James Wani Iggi urged the Communities of Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative area to consider the resolutions of the conference as a ceasefire agreement stating that without the ceasefire, the resolutions cannot be implemented. H. E. Dr. James Wani urged the two communities to end the hatred and begin the process of forgiveness among each other.”

Opinion | Why Cde. Gola Boyoi is a Champion of Unity & Peace in S. Sudan

Unity through Inter-marriage

Opinion | By Ustaz Gum Thany

October 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–In 2015, during the first convention of National Youth Union at Freedom Hall in Juba, H.E. Cde. James Wani Igga called on young people to embark on inter-marriages. According to him, he said marrying from other tribes within South Sudan will be the major remedy for the unity of our fragmented country for its promote social cohesion. This was during the closure of the four days conference that brought Bol Dhieu as the first president of SSNYU.

From that very time none of us including the former leader answered the call of Cde. Wani. Four years characterised by divisions among young people went with this word unfulfilled and none of us thought of it as a quick remedy of uniting our communities as echoed by Vice president Wani Igga.

In his one year term in office and without being told in the convention, Cde Gola Boyoi Gola Jr. did unbelievable and amazing things that worth millions of thanks and appreciation from all South Sudanese and most especially the peace loving population. Besides the great things he is doing now in regards to the implementation of his manifesto, the young man from the Murle in the far South East of the country crossed many states full of impassable roads, bushes and rivers to the far North of the country only to humbly asked the Ngok Dinka of Abyei and the whole region of Bhar El Ghazal to give him their beautiful daughter.

Miss_Aweer_Ayoukchol , the queen of the region, welcomed the young man from Murle and introduced him to the family. With wonderful approach from Murle community and from Gola in particular, the great community of Ngok Dinka of Abyei didn’t hesitate to accept the proposal. Without reservation, Gola was allowed to proceed with his colourful marriage which he did last week.

Gola Boyoi breaks the rare records and most especially from Murle to marry from such far. The young man deserves great applause from all of us. He has answered the long time call from Cde Wani as far as the unity of our people is concerned. Now, should any Dinka not only from Abyei goes to Murle land, he or she will be granted or treated with a noble welcoming and hospitality just because of being an in-law of Gola Boyoi Gola. With no further fear of being killed, he or she will eat the food Murle eats freely. If such thing happens, who will not like it again? This is what we have been yearning for as South Sudanese. How I wish all young people of this country were like Cde Gola, this country wouldn’t be the same again.

Dear Nesip Gola, as your in-law, I welcome you to the region of Bhar El Gazal. It is a land of great people and your beautiful wife is a testimony on who we are. I encourage you not to listen to negative emotions being raised on social media by few individuals in regards to what happened during your traditional wedding. All that were exhibited were the beauty of our culture and you will admire more as you will be staying with your beautiful wife. In our culture, if a young beautiful girl moreover from a great family and having all the qualities that your wife possesses got married to other community, every young man of that village will not be happy.

They wish to be one of them taking her not a stranger. White people call it jealousy. Just ignore it Nesip and continue to make us happy as your in-laws. You are the champion of peace and feel free to visit your in-laws’ region anytime and you will be accorded with great welcoming you have ever seen.

Dear South Sudanese, why can we look at a bigger picture of everything other than always dwelling on tiny negative expect of everything. Let’s learn to appreciate and always be positive towards things that matter to us. Through positivity, we will soon overcome our differences and live a happy life as one people in one nation. Our diversity shouldn’t be equated to division instead it is our pride and we should appreciate it.

Finally, join me in congratulating the new couples and bless them to erect a strong foundation of their house and be a symbol of unity across the country. However, I believe and prove now, the connotation given to him during election time that Gola is a ‘gold of 2019’ indeed, he is a gold of our time and his deeds justified. For us to have many golds in this country, let’s adopt Gola’s style of promoting inter-marriage as well as tirelessly working for the welfare of this country.

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Lou youth’s leadership condemns attacks carried out by the Murle, calls for accountability

Press Statement

May 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Lou Youth’s leadership strongly condemn the attack carried by the Murle armed Youth around 5:00 AM this morning. The Murle armed Youth have been attacking the Lou Nuer community since 1947 up to today, this kind of behavioral style is against humanity and has really caused a great damage to Lou Nuer community and their neighbors (communities ).

We, the Lou Youth call upon the National Government to intervene on the current situation, created by the Murle armed Youth’s barbarian act and we also urge the Government of South Sudan to condemn and take a serious action about why, Gen. David Yau Yau leaves the national duties for an Intel-communal fights, as most of the international body and the people of South Sudan witnessed his huge mobilization of the Murle armed Youth to carry out offensive act against the Lou Nuer Community and other communities, which has resulted to today’s gun down of Uror county in Jonglei State.

The attackers are using heavy machine guns that made us to believe the Murle have modernized the system of warfare, showing that they are getting support somewhere, hence killed a large number of innocent people including, elderly, women, children, and raided herd of cattle’s and abducted unknown number of children& women.

The Villages which fall under attacks this morning are; Pieri, Guanchat, Dhorganwel, wunbil, Goakgoak, Motot, Jokrial, Thoardiok, Payai and Pamai all are burned down. Therefore, we are arguing the authority of Greater Pibor to emphasize on this matter, since there are many peace conferences conducted between the Murle and the Lou Nuer community to stop the ongoing conflict and it has failed due to lack of commitment from the Murle community leaders.

Breaking: MSF scales down its operations in Pibor, as thousands flee for their lives

Press Release | MSF

(Thessherald)–Following the current outbreak of violence in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative area of South Sudan, thousands of people have fled for their lives and are seeking refuge inside the United Nation’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Pibor town. Our teams have treated over 28 wounded in the last two weeks in in our primary healthcare centre in Pibor town.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to receive some wounded in Pibor, many are arriving in other health facilities, and many more are likely to have been unable to reach a health centre.

At the same time, MSF has suspended activities in our two primary healthcare units in the towns of Gumuruk and Lekongole – which have been abandoned by the population fleeing the clashes – and we are focusing our efforts on addressing the most urgent needs in Pibor.

“We received information from the community at 2:00 a.m. that we needed to leave immediately” says Nassam*, a resident from Lekongole recently displaced with his family. “We walked the whole night and by 4:00 p.m. the next day we arrived in Pibor. On the road there were many children and women. When we ran, we left everything as I had to carry my father. I was even robbed of my clothes and some small money on journey to Pibor.”

Limited access to healthcare and necessities

MSF is providing life-saving medical assistance in the PoC and has set up an emergency room for patient triage and stabilization. A delivery room and a referral system for those in need of surgery is also in place. “We are seeing a high number of malaria, pneumonia, measles, and weapon wounds cases,” says Lojana Augustino Ngorok, MSF Clinical Officer in Pibor. “The wounded are hard to treat here, and some need referral to Juba for more intensive care.”

The population currently has very limited access to most necessities like water, food, shelter and latrines. Our teams are working on reinforcing the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions for the displaced people.

With only the 8 latrines that the MSF team managed to build so far, the situation of the over 5000 estimated people seeking safety inside the PoC site remains disastrous and will get worst as more people come in. Thousands more have fled into the bush.