SPLA Day 2022: A Reflection on the Plight of our Soldiers

Many of our heroes languish in the grips of post-traumatic stress disorder. Others live in abject poverty. While others live in cognitive dissonance, unable to reconcile their current realities with their former glories. Many have suffered unimaginable humiliation. At times I wonder if ever they regret a single day, a limb, or a pint of blood they have given for this country. A part of me says they would consider the mere thought of regret the highest form of treachery and betrayal to their fallen comrades and fellow countrymen and women. They would consider regretting a betrayal to every inch of the precious homeland and every grain of the soil made up of our ancestral remains. So we, the living, must dare not regret!

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Remembering Abyei (Part 1)

Abyei has been prominent on my mind since last Friday. On Saturday, I started to write this article. Little did I know that it would be prophetic. Sunday 16 May 2021 was another ominous day for Abyei. Messiriya assailants massacred twelve innocent Ngok Dinka civilians and injured others in Dunguop village, northeast of Abyei town.…

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Happy SPLA Day 2021!

It is May 16, again. We remember May 16, 1983, the beginning of Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Army’s (SPLA) struggle for the freedom and dignity of our people, a struggle that culminated in an independent South Sudan. Though our struggle didn’t begin there, we also mark the day of the Torit Mutiny, August 18, 1955. Our…

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Remembering Our Martyrs

I re-member…
I re-member…
I re-member Battalion 104,
Volcano Battalion and Katiba Banat.

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On the Choice of an Official Language in South Sudan

The choice of an official language has a significant role in garnering a national identity, and I cannot overstate its centrality in the nation and state-building processes. In the case of South Sudan, the lingua franca is “Arabi Juba” in the Equatoria states and many vernaculars of Arabic in the states bordering Sudan. The Interim…

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The Big Tree

“Be kind to all, at all times,” an adage my father says whenever he advises me on what brings blessings to one’s life. He also says that, regardless of how poor he may be and what little possessions he boasts of, what is priceless, is his good name. “They can call me anything, but they…

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On Sovereignty And the Girl Child

Sovereignty is a concept that is relevant to all tiers of existence and identity. I am a sovereign as an individual. My power is my ability to freely exert my will towards a specific desired action/goal and refuse to direct my intention towards an undesired/compelled goal through inaction. My sovereignty is inherently tied to my…

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On Women: The Marginalized of the Marginalized

We have founded this nation upon great human sacrifices in the fight for justice and equality for all. We have a legacy of struggle centered on eliminating all the forms of marginalization suffered at the hands of successive regimes in Sudan, be they social, cultural, economic, political, religious, or racial. It is, therefore, incumbent upon…

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