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Machar says independence of South Sudan “prophetic”


April 6, 2012 (JUBA) – The independence of South Sudan did not come as a result of human’s action but by the “hand” of God, says the country’s Vice President, Riek Machar.

Machar, a Christian, made the remarks during a meeting on Friday with a visiting American delegation from the international Christian-broadbased Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), led by the Assistant to the President of the organisation, Matthew Crouch.

He said the success of the January 2011 referendum on self-determination despite all the perceived hurdles, and Khartoum’s pro-unity preference, was a clear revelation.

The people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly for independence by over 98% despite fears that their the northern Sudanese government would attempt to spoil the process. South Sudan fought against successive regimes in Khartoum in two civil wars, the most recent of which ended in 2005 when a peace deal granted South Sudan the right to self determination.

Officials reported that the period of voting in January 2011 was the most peaceful period in six years since the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Cattle raiding, tribal conflicts, child abduction and violent activities by rebel groups all suddenly stopped during the voting period.

Machar said the day on which independence was pronounced on 9 July 2011 was an emotional moment for him and a dream come-true. In that moment “I was thinking about the people who died during our struggle and those before us,” Machar said.

Asked whether the independence of the people of South Sudan had a prophetic connection, he said yes. “The people of South Sudan believe that Isaiah 18 is about them,” referring to the chapter of prophecy in the Bible.

Machar further added that the challenge now is to try to find out the purpose for which God created this nation and the role God wants it to play among the world’s nations.

He also added that his government wanted to have peace with its former foe – Sudan - and build good relations with it as well as maintain peace and security internally in South Sudan.

The region is endowed with resources and if tapped well, he said, they would bring prosperity to the new nation. “Pray for us to meet our people’s expectations,” he told the Christian delegation.

He also briefed the delegation about the plan by a group of South Sudanese Christians to go for pilgrimage in Israel and wave their flag on Mount Zion.

The TBN delegation assured the Vice President of their support to South Sudan in a number of programs and projects which shall include installation of satellite equipment to access TBN international Christian network programs for evangelisation and education as well as train South Sudanese personnel in broadcasting services.


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  • 7 April 2012 08:39, by viper

    No, No, No, No, No Dr Machar. Our independence is for the sake of our objectives. This independence is not even a gift from God, it is what we have fought for and we achieved it through our sacrifices, not a gift from any body even God

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    • 7 April 2012 09:02, by Legacy Elites

      Machar is not a christian. Riek Machar is a nuer devil killer murderer of women and children just like Kuol Manyang. The former sent his thugs to Ethiopia with their guns to escape disarmament, the latter sent his dinka bor murderers to run away with their guns to Nimule and Kajokeji to escape disarmament. Only Murle are the victims of this plot

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      • 7 April 2012 09:10, by Mi diit

        Viper and Legacy are Arabs pretending to be South Sudanese. Otherwise they would not reject God’s prophecy for South Sudan. Yes, we are the people God spoke of in Isaiah 18. Any true Christian like Dr. Riek Machar will know that. Thanks to Prophet Ngundeng Bong for confirming it.

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        • 7 April 2012 09:14, by Mi diit

          Yes referendum for self determination was brought through peaceful means and not by fighting and capturing the whole of South Sudan. God said well if you want peace not war I will deliver South Sudan to you through your peaceful votes. This is how South Sudan’s independence came about.

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          • 7 April 2012 09:24, by viper

            Mi dit, you are really a very shallow minded South Sudanese, or else you may be a returnee coming recently from abroad where you were hiding your life. You want to deny the great History of our great freedom fighters? This independence was not given my friend if you don,t know, it was a result of our sacrifice. Those who want to deny this History will be asked by our matryrs

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            • 7 April 2012 09:47, by Diu J.Kuek

              Please don,t criticize Mr Mi dit in your comment by opposing the power of God you are really serious and responsible?
              First of all you try understand our national Anthem and interprete it go to the word by word.
              Therefore you come to conclusion and give your own judgement instead to call some body shallow mind you will get yourself as member of that club as you term.

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              • 7 April 2012 10:26, by viper

                Mr Diu, I personally do believe in God and do praise God for preserving some of us in the bush till we achieved this independence. My point is very clear, couz I do believe that our independence is a result of our sacrifice and struggle. Do you want to deny this History? God does not give independents to those who want it without struggles

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                • 7 April 2012 17:00, by Dhalaluaak

                  Please go and read this chapter [ Isaiah 18: 1.....to the end]
                  then come and deny whether GOD did not grant us this freedom or not than just deny what you didn’t understand.
                  There was even a serious punishments before Isaiah and thus read this chapter as well to compare the effects inflicted on both upon us [ corinthians 14:10...............].

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          • 7 April 2012 23:15, by Loko El Pollo


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        • 7 April 2012 16:26, by Agutran

          It’s true that God intended South Sudan to be independent and therefore people chose autonomy.

          President Kiir and Vice President Machar should be aware not to get trick to sign the so called four freedoms!

          The people of South Sudan voted 99% for independent that means they want to be separate from northerners.
          If northerners want to come and work in the south then give them working licenses.

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        • 7 April 2012 20:02, by panom lualbil

          MIDIIT, when RICK collaborated with BASHIR against GARANG during spla struggle,[1991]Bashir called RICK ’allah jambu and his regime nasir helper.’ So RICK’s aim was to topple garang and confederate with khartoum to get position behind bashir of which we’re not supposed to be south sudan today. But spla was to manage it both bashir and [nyagat] riak and lam until rick’s regime failed to function.

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          • 7 April 2012 20:20, by panom lualbil

            Because RICK was unable to receive financial from abroad [agencies] when he massacred dinka bor- human right violation which BASHIR didnt do it. He was still getting little suport from khartoum but he was about to get caught by spla,so he left abroad. It’s because you MIDIIT dont read history or has concern to ur leader rick but not country that’s why you be made of cursing him.

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            • 7 April 2012 21:11, by panom lualbil

              It’s always in history, there’re challenges like hunger of which folks like nuer can’t resist but that would resulted in cold war latter- the war of using mouth word against failures folks.RICK himself can’t do nothing of being curse by ARABS or world wides through muilpti-medias than you MIDIIT to control it. RICK blew shits on ur face see for urself in mirrows.

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              • 7 April 2012 21:30, by panom lualbil

                Nothing wrong with PROPHETIC as in BIBLE ISAIAH 18, rick said, but with no failure in our hearts we managed it until GOD reached us with referendum 2005. Then the folks who always drive by foods unaware of future, are the ones with vissionless. Garang won war on nyagats RICK and LAM and BASHIR, wheras all NUER’s leaders are under amnesty when rest were killed during war.

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                • 7 April 2012 22:04, by panom lualbil

                  Nuers !!! It’s said in bible,’tell the truth and the truth will set you free.’It seemed all of nuer on this forum, by self-expression, have illusion by NGUNDENG, believe me. You’re always intentionally aim to wipe others off with no apparent reason but assumption of greediness which leave your reputation to super for generations.

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      • 7 April 2012 10:12, by Ruach

        Legacy Elite
        Talk to your Murle thugs to bring those guns to SPLA.Liel mour

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    • 7 April 2012 09:14, by Diu J.Kuek

      No I think you interpreted wrongly the statement quoted by Vice President. as we a Christians believe in the power of almighty God.
      Yes come to our struggle we fought as we could but with the helps of God; in so many ways even those visionaries leaders who were lead us during the struggle is the God who give them the wisdoms.
      To deny the power of God its unfortunately and unfavorable statement.

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      • 7 April 2012 10:56, by Mi diit

        Yes God gave us the power, wisdom and life to reach the independence as he prophesied in the Bible.

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        • 7 April 2012 11:57, by bior angeth

          My friends, do not deny God’s work. If God was not working with Southerners, their work would mount to nothing. Remember when most of people broke away and joined Khartoum to fight against South. Garang said, envenif everybody defects including my lift thigh, I will remain with God till I free my people. Are you still denying God’s work with South Sudansese? Remember God can bless work of man.

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          • 7 April 2012 12:36, by bior angeth

            Hello my friends, you should not deny God’s help in our struggle for freedom. There was a battlion who sung a song in Dinka saying God will never defect from Son of beny envenif you people defect. Go to youtube if you know Dinka you will find it.

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    • 7 April 2012 10:48, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

      Because he contributed nothing to what brought the CPA he always thinks the SOUTH SUDAN independence fell from SKY!!!!WHAT A HELL !! This small minded VP of South Sudan and his nonsense CLAN will never appreciate the work and achievement of others!!!! WHY OMER BASHIR FUCKED RIAK’S KHARTOUM PEACE AGREEMENT SELF DETERMINATION? IT IS BECAUSE BASHIR KNEW RIAK AND HIS CLAN ARE COWARDS.

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    • 7 April 2012 13:01, by Anti Dinka’s

      Your wrong Jungle bitch, about Khartoum, Khartoum is our ultimate Enemy

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      • 7 April 2012 13:33, by Mi diit

        Yes Garang was for unity of Sudan but God was for separation of South Sudan and achieved independence without Garang. Dr. Machar was with God. Thanks to Salva Kiir for listening to him.

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        • 7 April 2012 22:37, by panom lualbil

          MIDIIT, garang formed SPLA/M when nimeri prefaced sheria curently in 198-3. This means garang didnt wants SHERIA to be imposed against his ppl, DICK SUCKER, MORON. Spla by garang means freedom of not being second class citizens. Unity was okay too if there was freedom of believe or everything like spla offer now. Why can you read introductory b4 pick from nowhere in history?

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  • 7 April 2012 08:44, by George Bol

    I thought he will say that it was prophecies by Wurnyang and Ngundeng but Riek Machar missed it.This South Sudan was brought by God help but was generally brought by hard fought other the North can not make our freedom a piece of Cake.Let thanks the divisions of Koryom, Murmuor batallions, Intifather, and Red Army for the hard fought battles with the Khartoum regime and SSIM, SSDF, Anya2, Nuer ar

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    • 7 April 2012 09:19, by Land-of-Cush

      If some people don’t see yet the current life in South Sudan than they will remain as fruitless; if you learn how to appreciate other in your young age than you are future leader. What we always hiding in our hearts will later be reveal in daylight by God think big young men!

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      • 7 April 2012 09:38, by Mach Achiek

        Dear readers,

        Dr. Machar was utterly wrong as he is always. Every country here on earth was created by human not by God. The idea of modern nation-state was a Europeans invention adopted in 1648 as the only way to end the 30 years war in Europe also refers to as great war.

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    • 7 April 2012 09:28, by dengtaath

      I can’t be odd against George Bol’s comment today since he really knows and acknoledged the efforts made by the above military mighty who had fought tirelessly in our course. We thank God for protecting us from so many fronts, we thank God for giving us Dr.Machar and Dr.John, with out them we would not reach this end today.Both are I con in our struggle

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    • 7 April 2012 10:03, by Ruach

      George bol
      E ngu lat lielu je?Kume neme nonge Naath(Nuer).Ke riet ngundeng kene Isaiah.Yen Jaang(slaves)te mi ngac yene?
      Well,we struggled,but with God we achieved it!

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      • 7 April 2012 12:51, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

        HEY Ruac!,


        SPLA OYEE!!

        God bless south sudan

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    • 7 April 2012 10:11, by Diu J.Kuek

      George Bol
      Please try to put yourself in the intellectual standard always your comments based on tribal issues so proceed and talks you’r free to do so as we have freedom of speech and press but put in mind no one will award you rather than to talk in the national issue this article doesn,t have connection with Nuer please be a man of logic.

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  • 7 April 2012 09:33, by viper

    The History of our struggle should not be denied on the basis of political interests. We all believe in God, but without our struggle, God cannot give S. Sudan as a gift to S. Sudanese. We better praise those who gave their lives for our independence, not to undermind them and run to God before we could consider our matryrs. Dr Riek once said that a Nation that does not remember its fallen Hero

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    • 7 April 2012 09:41, by viper

      Con......... Heroes and Heroines lacks true unity couz the moment we remember them, the moment their blood unites us, that was on 30th of july 2010 during the commemoration day of our matryrs and he was right that time. We need not to forget our History of liberation guys by christianizing it when we find christians

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      • 7 April 2012 10:11, by Land-of-Cush

        Viper, Georgr Bol and Legacy Elites
        Can you Read Isaiah Chapter18. I don’t think that Dr. Machar saying this to Christian visitors as he doesn’t know what he talking about or denying Struggle that we made’ but through God help we did it. He himself shoots more bullets then Dr Garang that never fought any War. But Machar and his sergeants wound Omar Al Basher in Mayom County in unity state.

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    • 7 April 2012 10:14, by Ker.


      even with sacrifices and struggle i think this bush would have not been bearable without God mercy. remember all the confusion our ppl gone through some surrendered
      some turn against the movement,yet God stands with the fews who zeal ed to continue. so if Dr. Reik was talking other god rather then Bible we can disagree with him so take time to understand the article

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      • 7 April 2012 10:45, by viper

        Mr Ker, Land of Kush, pple I do believe in God and I do thank God for every step that we have taken as Southerners during our struggle under his guidance (God) didn,t condemn Dr Riak myself, I just reminded him that our independence came as a result of our struggle. Did Isaiah 18 say that God will give S. Sudanese a country without paying blood for it? Maybe you pple use to read but don,t unde

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        • 7 April 2012 10:58, by viper

          Con...:..... Understand what prophet Isaiah mean. It does not mean that God will send his angels to come and liberate this land, but we have to pay our own blood to have a country as now. We better thank our matryrs and then praise God after all. Read it that Bible context pple

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        • 7 April 2012 12:56, by bior angeth

          Friends, I cannot deny your words that your struggle cannot be put as a free gift from God. It is true, it is not a free gift. God gives to those who ask him. Also God wants everybody to be hard worker. Paul says if you don’t want to work do not eat. It was your gift fron God you who fought for it. So we thank you and God.

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  • 7 April 2012 10:43, by Lok T Simon

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    You confused yourself upon this articile, but the truths of the matter is that farmers go to their gardens to dig when there is rain and therefore, independence of Southern Sudan came as a result of its people struggle through SPLA/M and with help of God who consoldated their ways in difficulty situations where where there were no basic needs supply on their struggles

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    • 7 April 2012 11:15, by viper

      Mr Lok T Simon, this is exactly what I want from our pple, to accept that there were those cultivating and due to God, s mercy, rains were send to them till they reaped the currrent independence. This independence came as a result of those who fought the gov’ts of Khartoum, not just a gift OK?

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  • 7 April 2012 11:52, by Northern Sudanese

    i dont know how you got your independence if its a gift from god or through war or peace.........

    the most important thing is that your gone......no matter what happens to the North, the most vital thing is that your gone......i Thank god

    in a few days, i wont see south sudanese in our country anymore.......

    we can finally built the country we always wanted......

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  • 7 April 2012 12:10, by abraham

    "Kume neme nonge Naath(Nuer" meaning this Govt was brought into existence by Naath/Nuer not Dinkas

    Brother Ruach,

    I know that you are coward who can only insult Dinka in Nuer language thinking that all Monyjang don’t know Nuer language.How dare are you to even suggest elusive nyagateen group led by Riek Machar brought the current Govt into existence? shame on you!

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  • 7 April 2012 12:18, by abraham

    Tell us what had happened to Khartoum Peace Agreement? Had this peace agreement had a chance to succeed you could be right by referring to it as Kume neme nonge Naath/Nuer. But it was damned into garbage by the enemy. So swallow your hatred of Jaang/Dinkas and respect them as liberators together with Naath and many others

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  • 7 April 2012 12:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    If only we had a clean white matter upstairs we would not question who contributed for Independence. The fight for this independence began before we were born. It was brought about not with wide open mouth with full of nasty words but dedication with deed. So let people rest from this non sense.

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    • 7 April 2012 14:02, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 7 April 2012 13:50, by Mi diit

    I can now see that some people do not believe in God who made it possible for them to reach independence. But Even Dr. Machar who championed self determination believes in God not in his own vision which brought independence of South Sudan.

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  • 7 April 2012 14:11, by Lok T Simon

    Everyone in Southern Sudan including their creatures which are in the soil of southern Sudan believes in God, but mind you vision of Dr Riek was visionless and harmful. Southerners have been trying since 1902 to sparate but in vain so vision of SPLA/M deceived (let me put it in that way), many sudanese to join hands and fight. If u want to know about Sudan then read.

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    • 7 April 2012 14:26, by Mi diit

      Maybe they fought without God and resulted to 2.5 million dead but did not capture Juba, Wau and Malakal,etc. But peace and self determination vision brought independence.

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      • 7 April 2012 14:32, by Mi diit

        Machar said the day on which independence was pronounced on 9 July 2011 was an emotional moment for him and a dream come-true. In that moment “I was thinking about the people who died during our struggle and those before us,” Machar said.

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        • 7 April 2012 14:40, by Mi diit

          Dr. Machar and Omer Bashir directly fought in Mayom in Unity state in 1980s where Machar’s force wounded Bashir in his leg; something never done before by any SPLA commander in the history of the struggle.

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          • 7 April 2012 14:46, by Mi diit

            Yes Garang was for unity of Sudan but God was for separation of South Sudan and achieved independence without Garang. Dr. Machar was with God. Thanks to Salva Kiir for listening to him.

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            • 7 April 2012 15:18, by viper

              Mi diit, I thought that you don,t know this statistic of 2.5 million that we lost during our struggle, but now it has become clear that you know the truth and want to deny it, an act forbidden even by God. Good enough that you have contradicted yourself

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          • 7 April 2012 15:22, by Ker.


            when Machar fought President Bashir we knnew it was a course of struggle but then Machar gave himself upto Bashir whom he wounded so does it mean he went there to reprimand to mr. bashir or what does actually was his intention? am sorry to say this but you force me to do so.

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            • 7 April 2012 17:16, by Mi diit

              Sound minded people clearly know that Machar went to Khartoum in order to pin down Bashir on self determination. He later turned around to convert Garang. Do you understand the secret behind the strategy?

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              • 7 April 2012 23:02, by panom lualbil

                I go deep into history and tell everything without hesitation causing all nuer in this forum to depress and speechless and I must continued to the level where you nuer guys be control of shame in public debate. We dont see ourslelves here but knowing the fact, is real. Thank you so much ’sudan tribune’ in regard we meet each one another here to shape ourselve against unwanted behaviors

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      • 7 April 2012 21:02, by Lok T Simon


        How Juba, Wau and Malakal be capture by SPLA/M while Dr Rick spoil everything at the time when SPLA was nearly capturing Juba in 1991-2. Sudanese are very kind for forgiveness, but history that Dr Rick spoil in 1991-2 would not be forgotten. 2.5 million people died should be accountable for Arab and Rick Machar as well.

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  • 7 April 2012 15:20, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Mi dit
    History itself won’t change forever and ever even if Riak Machar is trying to deny the facts. What goes around comes around, let wait and see what will happen to those who betrayed us during struggles in 1991 when SPLA was about to capture major towns of former foes .

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    • 7 April 2012 15:30, by Ker.

      so long we forgive them God also will forgive them.
      but forgiven does not mean you forget it
      our blood, our buried parts our lost brothers will one day ask God

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      • 7 April 2012 17:09, by Mi diit


        We also forgive those who betrayed South Sudan with wrong vision of united Sudan and later shamelessly joined our vision of self determination.

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  • 7 April 2012 19:08, by Juma

    As i am South Sudanese nationality, i am proud of every SPLA/SPLM member for his effort that he exert to free this country, it was kind of you and your love to be first citizen in your own country. i am very happy to hear the words of God in the mouse of our vice President, for this independence is God plan and God promise, as Machar said. God is always there for usto help us.

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  • 8 April 2012 00:46, by Dinkawarrior

    It’s true that God’s promised in the Book of Isaiah 18 was about our Freedom but God also warn us about the“"Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing" those of Dr. Traitor Riek who usually said things through their mouths but in inwardly are evildoers ! The 1991 Bor Massacred would send the signal to the world that you’re a son of witchcraft man. If you know God, you wouldn’t killed civilians.

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  • 8 April 2012 01:12, by Dinkawarrior

    If dream come true! Did we Southerners have our 50% of oil in 1997? Why are we praising CPA of 2005 and Celebrating 7/9/11 instead of August 8, 1997?? The oil peace deal of 1997 was a destruction of South Sudan, enemy bought weapons from China and Russia to killed Southerners. Since 1997 oil peace agreement to 7/9/11 how much money we lost from oil revenue to enemy???

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  • 8 April 2012 01:16, by Dinkawarrior

    Nuer’s Stomachs will kill Southerners!!!???

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  • 16 April 2012 23:06, by Mitch

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s global jihad tried to conquer the oil-rich country of Sudan for Islam via genocidal jihad. Even though the world did not stop millions of non-Muslims (and Black Muslims) from being murdered and displaced in the genocidal jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood was not able to obtain Southern Sudan. Now, the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to plunder Southern Sudan of it’s oil revenue a

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