“Spread love not hate”, Silver-X urges citizens to embrace peace

A South Sudanese award-winning musician, Okut Cease Malish, famously known by his stage name Silver-X, has called on the people of South Sudan to do away with hate speech on social media and embrace the spirit of love, unity and tolerance.

“Spread love not hate”. We need to teach our children to stop fighting and embrace peace. We belong to one tribe,” he said.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Miraya this morning, Silver-X urged young people to shun tribalism and preach messages of peace, love and unity.

Silver-X, who started his music career in 2008, has received a number of international awards and recognitions for his quest to bring peace and love through his music.

In 2014, he was chosen by the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy as one of the 100 Best Global Thinkers, and subsequently won Eye Radio’s Awards in 2015.

South Sudan descended into a deadly conflict in 2013 between two majority tribes, the Nuer and the Dinka, sparking wide-spread violence has so far claimed more than 400,000 lives and displaced millions from their homes.

In 2018, the South Sudanese parties signed a peace agreement that has now restored peace and calm in major parts of the country. However, hate speech and incitement on social media remain a major threat.

“We’re not returning to war”, Machar reassures doubting Thomases

Chairman of the SPLM-IO Dr. Riek Machar and the First Vice-President of South Sudan calls for peace and forgiveness |Photo: File
   By: Buay Kapduel Buol 

Dec 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–Speaking on the eve of the 7th Anniversary of the 2013 Nuer Massacre, the Chairman of the SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar has called for peace, unity and above all ‘forgiveness‘ in order to heal the deep wounds inflicted during the conflict.

“The year, we declare the week starting [on] 15th December as a week [of] reconciliation and forgiveness amongst our people worldwide.”

“In the light of this, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) leadership reiterates its last year’s call upon our people to start the process of reconciliation and forgiveness among themselves so that they can live in peace and harmony as one people in one nation with one social contract that shall lead them to building a prosperous, peaceful and united country guided by principles of democracy, justice and liberty anchored in a federal system of governance in which human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected,” said Dr. Riek Machar in a statement.

Machar reassures the nation that despite the odds and obstacles during this implementation period, there is light at the end of the tunnel and that peace must eventually reign.

“There have been delays in the implementation of the Agreement.
There are many reasons for the slow implementation of the agreement, including [the sharp drop in oil prices] that has also resulted in the lack of funding for the implementation process, Covid-19 pandemic and lack of political will. Despite these difficulties, we are pushing for implementation of the agreement.”

“Despite these difficulties we are pushing forward for the implementation of the Agreement.”

He also hopes that the parties will reach a mutual consensus on the long-awaited appointment of General Johnson Olony before the end of this month.

“I am also optimistic that the government of Upper Nile State and its counties shall be formed before the end of the year. With peace prevailing, I am likewise confident that the security arrangement will be implemented.

He further noted that, “the first batch of the Necessary United Forces will be graduated soon.” The implementation security mechanism are working around the clock to make this graduation possible, although there are some impediments that the R-TGoNU will have to surmount.”

Mid-December 2013 marked the beginning of the conflict in South Sudan, which has claimed more than 400,000 lives and displaced millions from their homes.

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups signed the R-ARCSS in September 2018, ushering in the formation of a coalition government in February this year.

Machar’s full statement on Upper Nile State Conference due on Wednesday

The Upper Nile State Conference is expected to be held in the capital, Juba, from December 16 to 19, and will attract about 500 participants across the country as well as neighboring countries.

Chairman of the SPLM-IO and First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar delivers a speech at the opening of the 6th SPLM-IO National Conference held on December 1st – to 5th in Juba |Photo: © FVP Office

1: Introduction:

Dec 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–On December 9, 2020, the Presidency held its forth meeting in which it decided to declare the formation of the nine (9) states and local governments except the government of Upper Nile State and its counties.

The Presidency also decided to convene a peace and reconciliation conference for all the communities of Upper Nile State in Juba. The conference shall run for three (3) days under the theme:

“Peace, Reconciliation, Healing and Unity among the people of Upper Nile State”.

2: Background

Upper Nile State is home to five (5) ethnic groups namely the Chollo, the Dinka, the Koma, the Maban and the Nuer. These diverse communities have been living together in harmony since time immemorial. Their social, cultural and linguistic co-existence has been cemented by long history of intermarriages and neighborliness. This social cohesion reflects the unique relationship between them.

For centuries, there has been no history of devastating conflict and enmity among the people of Upper Nile. However, twe isolated incidents, to be recalled, occured in 1973 (The Hippopotamus Incident) between the Chollo and the Nuer, and on the day of the CPA Celebration in January 2009 at the Malakal stadium between Chollo and Dinka, were amicably contained.

The major violence in history breakout on December 23, 2013, following the Juba December 15, 2013 crisis, resulted in the loss of many innocent lives and
property among the five communities.

The violence has awfully devastated the state infrastructure, forced many people to seek refuge in the United Nations Protection of Civilian Sites (PoCs), displaced others internally and created an exodus of refugees neighboring countries, and destroyed the social fabric of the communities.

However, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS of 2018) provides an opportunity for the people of Upper Nile to reconcile, heal, unitr, and restore the social fabric of their society as well as rebuild their State.

3: Objectives:

The objectives of the conference are to:–

• Provide a platform for the people of Upper Nile State to dialogue among themselves and address their grievances;

• Enhance the process of peace. reconciliation, liealing and unity among the affected communities;

• Restore the destroyed social fabric and peacefal co-existence; and

• Encourage the return and resettlement of the internally displaced persons, refugees and POCS residents in Malakal and elsewhere into their homes.

4: Participants

The conference under the sponsorship of the RTGNOU is estimated to bring together around four hundred and ninety-six (496) participants from all political and social spectrum of the communities of Upper Nile State.

The breakdown of invited delegates from different locations inside and outside South Sudan is as follows:

Neighboring Countries:

• 1 Sudan:––65 delegates
• 2 Ethiopia:––26 delegates
• 3 Uganda:––26 delegates
• 4 Kenya:––26 delegates

Inside South Sudan:

• 1 Malakal POCS:– 30

• 3 Counties of the State:– 65 delegates

• 4 Juba:– 232 delegates

Grand Total: 496 delegates

Cognizant of the report of the Tribal Boundaries Commission (TBC) on the tribal boundaries in dispute in South Sudan; and the reverting of the country to ten states recognizing Upper Nile State as the geographical, administrative and political entity as it stood in January 1956, the sons and daughters of Upper Nile State shall engage in an all-inclusive dialogue amongst themselves to address, among other things, the following:

a) Reconciliation and Healing

• b) Cohesion among the communities living in the State;

• c) Civil Administration of the State, especially the redress of the status of the civil servants that were laid off without due procedures of the civil service;

• d) Cooperation among the political leaders in order to develop the State; and

In the light of the above, the Upper Nile Conference shall be held in Juba at Freedom Hall from 16 to 19 December, 2020 under the patronage of HE. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan and under chairmanship of the First Vice President, H.E. Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.

Rescue the bleeding Sudanese nations

Opinion | Rev Karlo Kolong Okoy

South Sudanese celebrating during the independence day of South Sudan | Photo: Thessherald

South Sudanese celebrating during the independence day of South Sudan | Photo: Thessherald

September 6, 2020 (Thessherald)-Dear international leaders and heads of nations known as UN leaders, I am crying on behalf of the bleeding Sudanese nations, we are all descendants of Adam and Eve made in the image of the same God, read Genesis chapter 1:26-31. In February 2002 while in Nairobi, God gave me a vision known as “ we are not an island” this is what God told me to invite more than fifty five nations, diplomats and sympathetic organizations to come to Nairobi and stop the Sudanese Biblical cures mentioned in Isaiah chapter 18.titled “God will punish Sudan” God told me to give the two pages to Dr Riek Machar who is now confused daily because of mishandling the vision.

This vision has two main pages 1) invite foreign leaders to make peace for Sudanese people 2) to develop the war ravaged communities who did not have any national taste of their wealth within their own country since British gave the Sudanese independence in 1956, that is 64 years ago.

This vision achieved what they called “comprehensive Peace Agreement” or Nairobi peace of January 9/2005 now become a book titled “We are not an island in the Sudan” this book was published three times in Kampala Uganda in 2010, 2011, 2013 and I gave many copies to national leaders freely but they put under the beds.

Now I am not ashamed of the Gospel read Romans 1:16, our weapons are not like weapons of the world but weapons that have divine power to demolish every argument of man. Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. As a watchman of human lives, I cannot keep silent when my people are being killed and die before their duration of life on earth. Read Ezekiel 33 and 34.

Rescue the bleeding Sudanese nations
In 1956 Sudan got independence from Britain, in 1958 the first military coup led by General Ibrahim Abud, in 1964 civil uprising through much blood, in 1969 second military coup led by General Jafar Mohmad Numery, in 1971 the third military coup led by General Ashim Al ata for three weeks. In 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement between Khartoum government of Jafar Mohamde Numery and Anyanya one war led by Joseph Lagu mainly from Christian animist South Sudan that started from 1955 to 1972. In 1983 the second greatest civil war led by General John Gareng named this group (SPLA/ SPLM) all over the country again, this ended with what they called “Nairobi peace Agreement” of 2005. In 1985 the fourth military coup led by General Mohamad Sowar Adahab and transitional government combination of civil leadership led by Juzuli Dafala . In 1989 the fifth military coup led by Omar Hasen Bishri, In April 2019 the seventh military coup led by General Burahan with a combination of civil government that we now see with other transitional governments and transitional constitutions. Now South Sudan could not escape this Biblical punishment of Isaiah chapter 18 because she is part and parcel of the original Sudan.

In 2011 civil wars erupted again all the two nations including the major war of South Sudan 2013 to this day. Millions died of such non-Godly and careless leaderships. Can we God people allow the children or citizens to continue to be killed without alerting the international communities and God their maker? How will God judge us who know the truth? As a Christian any nation outside the Church and without the Bible will never have peace but we must try in the name of God the maker of all mankind.

There are two types of peace or reconciliation, the horizontal reconciliation and vertical reconciliation, the first is led by secular people the second is led by Christian leadership, without vertical reconciliation the horizontal reconciliation cannot last because it has no Biblical guidance. You cannot build a good house without true cement. Nations without the blood sacrifice of Jesus will never stop killing their own citizens. Isaiah 13 is about Iraq, Isaiah 17 is about Syria, Isaiah 18 is about Sudanese nations, Isaiah 19 is about Egypt, Isaiah 21 is about Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Christian leaders are trying to bring these people back to their true Biblical God that made them then peace can be achieved

This is my second appeal then to alert you nations and children of Adam to wake up and fulfill the prophecy of my book called “we are not an island in the Sudan” it has been in this book dated 2 December 2009 tilted “Dear CPA partners” page 99 and page 100, in the fourth edition published by X libirs UK in Bloomington Indiana USA November 2014.it I quote “ Sudan has been fighting itself since British left the country 54 years ago will the world use dry grass to quench Sudanese fire like that of Iraq 2002? Paul Bermer may be needed in Sudan too to rescue the dying Sudanese” end of quote. This prophecy has taken ten years now and the Sudanese continued to kill their own Sudanese in both countries. After allied forces of NATO and some nations removed the brutal leader of Iraq 2003, they appointed Lewis Paul Bermer a US citizen as an interim leader for Iraq to pave the way for free and fair election within a year. Sudan has been bedeviled for the last 64 years of her independence with several coups’ interim governments interim constitution, sometimes they call it transitional governments and transitional constitution to confuse the world. We can see many nations are without permanent constitutions because they don’t know that permanent constitution means the Ten commandments or the Bible itself. What I see within the leaders in these two nations, there is no future peace for the Sudanese nations unless a UN neutral leader takes care for a period of five years with rapid development of all the marginalized communities, so the citizens can make inclusive constitutions and pave the way for free and fair elections.

In this period of 64 years’ war has been going on and millions have died from 2005 to this day of February 15/2020 more than four hundred thousand Sudanese in Western Sudan, Nuba mountains Southern Blue Nile died, about two hundred thousand escaped to Chad and three hundred thousand fled to South Sudan, two hundred thousand fled to Ethiopia and Egypt and in South Sudan more than three hundred thousand died, millions escaped to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Dr Congo and to many other continents like Australia, Europe, Americas, Asia and countries like Libya risking lives within Mediterranean sea to Europe.

How can we church leaders keep silent when God appointed us to take care of his children worldwide? Jeremiah did not keep quiet when God told him to warn the bad national leaders, he was arrested many times, but God rescued him, the Israeli nation was exiled to Babylon despite the national opposition. Even the bad leaders become refugees too. This is happening today. Therefore, the book attached in this letter has explained Sudanese spiritual problems, political problems and gave solutions or the way forward. No doctor can give a patient a medicine before diagnosing the disease. Jesus spoke in Matthew 25:34-36 that those who help my children, when they were hungry you gave them food, when they were naked you gave them clothes, when they were sick you took them to the hospital, when they were illiterate you educated them, just to mention a few. I just paraphrased these. I thank the nations who have contributed such great needs and channel it through UN agencies and good Samaritans. Dear UN leadership! you become a true international parent to care for the orphans’ and the hunted citizens lynched before their Godly time.

Attached is the US and UN think tank group letter of November 29/2016 paper about the aim of solving the problem of South Sudan.

The author is a religious leader and Founder of evangelical free churches of the Sudanese nations, Author of We are not an island in the Sudan

Architect of Sudanese peace of 2005.
He can be reached via: Email:karlokolong@gmail.com


World Council of Churches (WCC) calls for end to violence in South Sudan

South Sudan's armed forces holding up their guns a sign of victory | Photo: File

August 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary, joined the South Sudan Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches in condemning recent violent killings of innocent people in South Sudan, and called to an end to brutality in the country.

Expressing profound sorrow and offering condolences and prayers for the families of the victims and for the wounded, Sauca added that “in the face of brutality, the human family must stand together to recommit to respecting and protecting one another, and to preventing such violence,” he said. “Killing children and innocents is against any principles of our faith and denies the very identity of being Christian.”

Appealing to all communities and groups to reject violence, Sauca said, “after years of insecurity and instability it should be clear that violence is not the solution to the challenges in South Sudan.” He called upon those who masterminded such attacks to desist from violence and ensure a sense of calmness in these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 23 people were killed and 20 others were wounded when unidentified gunmen stormed a church compound in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan’s Diocese of Athooch in Jonglei state on 27 July. The assailants took six children as hostages.

In a statement issued on 6 August, the All Africa Conference of Churches expressed that “it is particularly distressing that the attackers killed all the children they abducted in the bush. These are innocent souls who do not even have any idea as to what the conflict is all about.”

The All Africa Conference of Churches called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to condemn all kinds of violence, and to refrain from using it to destroy their fellow citizens. It also called on the regional and international bodies, such as the East African Community, Intergovernmental Authority for Development, African Union and United Nations Security Council “to take this attack as an assault on world peace, and demand for the full implementation of the long-delayed peace agreement in South Sudan,” reads a statement.

On 1 August, three little children were slaughtered by an unidentified person in the absence of their parents in Rock City neighborhood in the capital Juba.

In a 5 August statement, the South Sudan Council of Churches condemned the murder of the children. “This is a barbaric, heinous and demonic act that cannot be tolerated,” reads the statement. “Children are to be loved, protected, nurtured, and cared for by the community and society; they are not to be take advantage of, neglected or abused.”

Describing children as a wonderful gift from God, the statement mourns the loss of so many children in South Sudan. “We also pray to the almighty God to comfort the bereaved family in this very difficult time of great loss,” reads the statement.

Source: Apo-Opa

Kiir calls on citizens to consolidate peace and unity

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, opposition leader D. Riek Machar during the signing ceremony of the peace agreement

July 29, 2020 (Thessherald)–President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called on the people of South Sudan to embrace peace, reconciliation and unity, noting that peaceful coexistence is of the outmost importance.

This comes as he addresses the nation on the anniversary of Martyrs Day, commemorated annually on July 30th.

“Today is a landmark day in our history. We are commemorating Martyrs Day – a day we have set aside since 2011, to remember those who fell in our struggle for freedom,” Kiir said in an official press release.

Adding that: “While this day was designated to honour the sacrifices of those who lost their lives in the wars of liberation, it was also thoughtfully chosen because of its fitting tribute to our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who died in that fateful Helicopter crash on July 30th, 2005.”

Kiir appealed to citizens to make peace a priority by supporting the ongoing implementation of the peace agreement.

“Fellow citizens, I urge you to use this year’s Martyrs Day to reflect individually and collectively as a society about our nation’s future. I am equally calling upon all of you to support us your leaders, in our efforts to consolidate peace and reconciliation in our nation.”

“As we commemorate this day, let us remember Dr. John Garang de Mabior, his SPLM/A colleagues and all other leaders in our history who died in the cause of liberating South Sudan. Equally, let us also remember all the sons and daughters of South Sudan whose bravery during the struggle brought our freedom.”

“As we work tirelessly to challenges associated with overcome peace
implementation, we would like you to cheer us on by embracing peace in your interactions and by promoting tolerance and harmonious co-existence among our communities in all that you do.”

“ If we all embark on this path, we will realize our aspirations for permanent peace and stability more quickly and demonstrate to skeptics that we can overcome our problems.”

President Kiir urged social media users to refrain from fabricating baseless allegations that are always igniting violence in the country.”

Latest: Stephen Buay, Gen. Mathew Puljang reconcile in Juba

Leaders of the Bul community holding a reconciliation meeting in Juba |Photo: Stephen Buay Rolnyang

July 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–Two leaders of the Bul community, Stephen Buay Rolnyang and Major-General Mathew Puljang have held a reconciliation meeting in an attempt to find common ground on their differences – which led to an intense military confrontation in 2018.

In a statement on Sunday, the former military commander, Stephen Buay confirmed that they had amicably settled their differences in the interest of peace in their community.

“This is to inform all our people that Major General Mathew Puljang and I, have resolved our differences that ignited my arrest in 2018, by forces under the command of Major General Mathew Puljang Top,”

“We have realised that our differences were created and instilled by some individuals within our community for political reasons.”

Buay appreciates Major-General Mathew Puljang and spiritual leaders who have been instrumental in bringing peace and tranquility in the community.

“I thank General Bapiny Manytuil, Bul spiritual leaders, acting chairman of Bul community Mathew Wanbang Nyater and the rest of Bul intellectuals for encouraging two of us to reconcile with each other for the sake of peace and unity among our people. Now the two of us have reconciled amicably.Thanks to almighty God.”

Gen Stephen Buay Rolnyang, was a high-ranking military commanding the SPLA’s 5th Infantry Division in Wau before he was ordered to remain in Juba – a move that sparked tensions in Bentiu.

He was later captured by a group of special forces commanded by Major-General Mathew Puljang Top in Mayom and flown to Juba after he failed to comply with orders issued by the country’s military command in Juba.