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National Dialogue:A critical perspective

By Dr.Francis Mading Deng The National Dialogue in South Sudan turning out to be a nice surprise to those who wanted it but feared that it would not succeed, or a disappointment to those who opposed it or predicted its failure?  When President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced the National Dialogue Initiative on December 14,2016,and then launched it officially on May 22, 2017, there were a variety of responses, whether openly or privately voiced. Some people thought it was a noble and indeed timely initiative, and others pessimistically feared that it would not amount to much.The cynics thought it was another delay tactics or even a distraction from serious efforts to implement the 2015 IGAD-negotiated agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan; they also predicted that it was doomed to fail. Probably only a minority felt positively that it was an opportunity to be taken seriously to end the proliferating […]

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Following oil revenue’s money in South Sudan.

By Daniel Deng Bol and Leila osman(Juba-South) Sudan is the most oil-dependent country in the world, with oil accounting to 98 percent of the country revenue for almost totality of export,and around 60% of its gross domestic product (GDP). As a new nation, the country has the dual challenge of dealing with the legacy of more than 50 years of conflict and continued instability, along with huge development needs. Under the comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the twenty years long civil war in Sudan stated that the local communities living in vicinity to oil-extraction areas shall benefit from oil industry. It set a 2% share of oil revenue should go to producing states in proportion to their out put while 3% to the local communities. The local communities benefit from oil-revenue given through local government and from development projects offered bythe oil companies operating in the area. The Transitional […]

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Urban land conflict in Eastern Equatoria

By Daniel Deng, Deng Simon Garang and Okello James (Juba, South Sudan) Returning back home is a crucial part of Southern Sudan’s new peace, still settling after years of brutal war in Africa’s largest country. But like many others who have tried, Rose Bernard Opiny has had to settle for just being close to home. Opiny fled her house in the Eastern Equatorian town of Magwi in 1983 after Sudan’s north-south war broke out. She returned a year after the 2005 peace deal, but found an army captain living on her plot. She demanded that he leave: he threatened to shoot her. She has since filed a case but county authorities suspended a ruling in her favor because they are too afraid to bring to officer to book. Her last hope is that she may get justice in the state capital of Torit. “I want my plot. I did not […]

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Cholera outbreak in South Sudan alarming as rainy season trigger further spread

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba- South Sudan)As the rainy season progresses in South Sudan, rapid responses are critical to stemming the cholera outbreak that has affected the country for over a year. Dr. Beldina Gikundi, IOM South Sudan Migration Health Emergency Office said the outbreak has compounded already dire humanitarian needs. Approximately four million people have been displaced by the conflict that erupted in December 2013. “In a country with mass displacement and severe levels of food insecurity, the effect of the continued cholera outbreak on the health of vulnerable populations is acute,” explained Dr. Gikundi. “As we saw the outbreak continue even during the dry season in 2017, we expect to see the trend persist throughout the rainy season, which leaves as much as 60 per cent of the country inaccessible by road. Sustained and flexible responses are crucial to stemming the continued transmission of the disease in this […]

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South Sudan’s Red Army commemorate Martyrs Day

Members of the Red Army pose for a group photo. File Photo (by Daniel Deng. 2013)

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba, South Sudan) Members of South Sudan’s Red Army Foundation have commemorated the Martyrs Day on 30th July 2017, a day dedicated and held annually in memory of the fallen country heroes and heroines during the years of liberation struggle. The Martyrs Day is also annually marked to celebrate the death of the founding father of the nation, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who died in a helicopter crash on his way from Uganda on 30th July 2005. In statement to the reporters in Juba, the National Chairman for Red Army Foundation, Mr. Deng Bol Aruai said it was rather unfortunate to celebrate the Martyrs Day this year when innocent people are still dying in South Sudan and wasting their lives in what he described as a “futile rebellion”, coupled with ethnic violence. “As we commemorate this occasion, it’s rather unfortunate to note that our people […]

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Can South Sudanese respect the personality of Festus Mogea


Can South Sudanese respect the personality of Festus Mogea 
By Atem John
 H.E Festus Mogae is a chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body formed to monitor the implementation of the 2015 peace accord signed by the Countries waring faction of the Sudan People Liberation Movement(SPLM) and Sudan People Liberation Movement in opposition (SPLM-IO) including the Former Detainees and other national stakeholders to end the war that broke out in December 2013.
The accord was negotiated in Ethiopia with the help of international Community to contain violence conflict that unleash mass suffering in the Country and spawned the lagest refugees crisis in region.
The accord was brokered by the Regional body IGAD with support from other regional and International actors, including the Africa Union, IGAD, TRIOKA Countries, UN, China, among others. This groups are dubed as co guarantors of the 2015 peace and in other words are the […]

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Humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan calls on authorities to guarantee safety of aid workers

Humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan calls on authorities to guarantee safety of aid workers By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba,20 July2017):The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim(a.i.) Mahimbo Mdoe called on all authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety and security of humanitarians in the areas they control across the country and to work to prevent future threats against them. His calls came days after disgruntled members of the youth in the three states including Bor in Jonglei, Torit in Eastern Equatoria and Mankein in Unity issued threat letters against aid workers “Aid workers are working tirelessly across South Sudan with the sole aim of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of civilians caught-up in conflict and desperate circumstances,” said Mr. Mdoe. “It is absolutely unacceptable that aid workers, who place themselves at risk each day to help others, are being subjected to discrimination, threats and violence.” “I am grateful for the […]

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Fall Armyworm outbreak in South Sudan

Fall Armyworm outbreak in South Sudan The newest and most destructive pest in Africa reaches nearly all parts of the country By Daniel Deng Bol 18 July 2017, Juba – According to the press release issued by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) early this week, an outbreak of fall armyworm has been reported by the Government of South Sudan in the Equatoria region including Magwi, Yei and Juba, Northern Bahr el Gazal and parts of Jonglei area. Fall armyworm is a new pest in Africa, preferring maize plants, but feeds on sorghum, millet, vegetables and other crops as well. As maize and sorghum are staple foods in the country, the infestation is putting an increasing number of people at risk of hunger. “It is nearly impossible to eliminate this pest from South Sudan – now that it is here, it will stay. Following its initial detection in […]

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South Sudan debt level stands at 60 percent of GDP – Finance minister

Finance and Economic Planning minister Hon. Stephen Dhieu Dau speaking to the press. (FIle Photo)

By  Daniel  Deng Bol South Sudan  debt level could  be expected to rise to around sixty percent of Gross Domestic  Product (GDP), a trend that has prompted the  government  to propose a lean 2017/2018  budget  limiting borrowing from the World Bank  and other sources  to two  billion, one hundred  and seventy million(2,172 million). The total outstanding debt is provisionally estimated at fifty-four billion, seven hundred and sixty-seven million Pounds (54,767 million). This includes two million, two hundred and twelve million Pounds (2,212 million) of borrowing from commercial banks, and nineteen billion, nine hundred and seventy million pounds (SSP 19,970 Million) of direct borrowing from   Bank of South Sudan. It also includes an outstanding recapitalizing claim to   the Bank of South Sudan of two billion, one hundred and sixty-five million (SSP 2,165 Million). The figure also includes outstanding oil advances equivalent to eighteen billion, two hundred and eighty- nine million Pounds (18,289 million) and external loans to the World Bank and china of Fourteen billion, two hundred and ninety-six million Pounds (SSP 14,296 million. The outstanding debt […]

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The National Dialogue Strategy: A Conceptual Overview

Dr Francis M. Deng served for five years as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General

An opportunity to address the complex web of conflicts afflicting South Sudan By Dr Francis M. Deng (July 5, 2017) This concept paper outlines some of the principal eleme nts involved in promoting peace, unity, reconciliation and a shared sense of national identity, the overriding goals of the National Dialogue. The National Dialogue is an opportunity to address the complex web of conflicts afflicting South Sudan through a top-down-bottom-up process that links the national, regional, and the grassroots levels of the interconnected conflicts. Achieving the National Dialogue’s goal requires reinforcing and strengthening traditional authorities whose ability to contribute to the maintenance of law and order and to the security and stability of the country at the grassroots level, has long been tested.The Dialogue’s Steering Committee needs to be assisted by resource persons to carry out consultations with stakeholders at these levels and to report to the National Conference which will then prepare an integrated […]

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