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July 29, 2010 (JUBA) – The people of Southern Sudan on Friday, 30th July, commemorate the Martyrs Day in the region. The minister of Labor and Public Service, Awut Deng Acuil, has declared Friday as a national holiday for the occasion.

30th July is the day on which the former First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, President of the Government of Southern Sudan and Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Dr John Garang de Mabior, died in a helicopter crash on his way back to Southern Sudan from Uganda.

The regional government marked the day for the memory of all the sons and daughters of Southern Sudan who died during the different phases of the struggle for freedom.

In a televised statement on Thursday evening, the Secretary for Administration in the SPLM, Southern Sector, Sophia Pal Gai, announced on Southern Sudan Television on the eve of the event that the region was commemorating all its heroes and heroines that died in the struggle for freedom.

She said the commemoration comprehensively goes back to 1800s during the time of Ngundeng Bong to the time of Anya-Nya I until the present time of the SPLM as the ruling party in the semi-autonomous region.

The head of the administration of the SPLM Secretariat said the martyrs had done their part and that it was upon the people of Southern Sudan to unite during this crucial time to referendum and make a wise “choice, not only for this generation but also for the generations to come.”

Senior government and party officials are expected to address the commemoration ceremony.

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  • 30 July 2010 03:46, by Pandit

    Mr. Sophia Pal Gai, don’t connect your devil with memory of John Garang. We will eliminate your mindset on believing in devil.

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    • 30 July 2010 05:09, by Magos

      Yeah well done minister Deng ,Indeed we will not forget our fallen hero the founder of our moment Dr John Garang de Mabior I encouarge everyone to paid attendation to commemorate Martyrs Day on Friday therefore every Southern Sudaneses who are in Diasporas like America , Australia ,Cananda,e.t.c. have to prayer for the vission of late leader John Garang and Southern Sudan separation to come in positive way.

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      • 30 July 2010 06:19, by BUSTA 2

        Dr. Garang death is not big losss at alll!!!

        CPA is not the one which died why do people keep remembering that particular date which was the date i would have celebrate???

        Kiir should learn from that date too and stop his boys from disturbing the Might Equatoria peace.

        Brother in Christ,

        Busta 2

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        • 30 July 2010 06:48, by Gatwech

          Mr. Pantot (first comment),

          Kid Ngundeng Bong predicted all we are doing now. This is why we the rest who know about it are relaxing as you struggle trying to guess what comes next.

          The son of Ngundeng Bong called Guek Ngundeng is already in the history books written near a century ago that he fought the colonialists, British included to free South Sudan from foreign occupation.

          As James Wani Igga rightly put it on SSTV during the elections that Guek Ngundeng was the first martyr.

          Pagan Amum also said the same at Bilpam celebration unless you did not have SSTV in your home. He mentioned Ngundeng in the struggle for freedom.

          So, the lady (Sophia Pal Gai) is very right a 100%.

          If we were to list all the important martyrs, John Garang could be in number 200 down the list.

          All of them are equal and they started the liberation struggle. You don’t have to stick on Garang of 2005. Think big!!!

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          • 30 July 2010 09:57, by Aarai Baka

            To Gatwick,

            questions need to be answered by u. How did Ngundeng Bong liberated South Sudan in the time of colonial? How did that ngundeng contributed to present SPLA/M? is is ngundeng Nuer used to go and fought the Dinkas to loot their belonging? Im an Equatorian not a Dinka man. be specific to answered all questions, no running around the bushes please. u wants to meet me, come to Munuki, Juba and my phone # 249 909 457714 just ask for Aarai Baka. anything about Riak, ngundeng Bong, u like to run ur mouth a lot with those kind of mark u have in ur face.

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            • 30 July 2010 13:14, by mack waweru

              Dear Gatwech,
              As Southern Sudanese, truth must be told. Let’s not take political rhetorics into history. The white truth is that, there was no united entity called south Sudan during the 1800s, but only tribal setups of which some fought with foreigners to defend their territories. There was no organized system even to execute the liberation you people always talk about. I cannot deny or repute what happened in Nuerland during the Ngundeng’s time or liberation he fought for. There is no recorded history which backs this claim of liberating the South from the British. These are tribal accounts of what took place in their local territories.

              Talk about the south appeared in 1905 through 1947, when fully became recognizable as a geographical entity. The real struggle for liberation started in 1955 in Torit and again in Bor, 1985.
              After all, our martyrs sacrificed their lives for the common cause, but things need to be put into their perspectives and not dilute one history related to specific locality with the one of the entire South. Whether Dr. John Garang de Mabior is number 200 down the list, I say yes, since there is no superiority in death, but what matters is what the livings know about who.

              With brother Busta, you have a right to celebrate his death. No problem with that because Garang could have died any time of any cause whether he was a leader or not, but the saddest thing is that millions of Southerners love him and are now commemorating and will commemorate this day to honor him and all our martyr and you are alone. Nobody will even say something about you one day if you come to pass, maybe your relatives. You cannot change this day till the end of time.

              Mack Awer

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              • 30 July 2010 23:36, by Gatwech

                Aarai Baka and Mack Awer,

                I know you may hate what your great grand fathers did not participate in. You could have found yourself under the colony of British like South African Apartheid if others, whether as tribes, sacrificed their sons and daughters to resist that British colony to occupy South Sudan land as in South Africa by white Africanos.

                Do you think that it was simply a tribal war by Nuer and Zande? What if the Nuer and Zande did not fight the British and it continued in the Southern Sudan soil, would it be still a Nuer and Zande tribal problem today or would it be a general national problem involving the whole of South Sudan?

                Please don’t hide behind Equatorian names because you are not Equatorians. Such uncivilized comments from you cannot come from Equatorians who think they understand political issues.

                Yes, the son of Ngundeng Bong, Guek Ngundeng was the one who spearheaded that national resistence against the British and Turkey and made sure that the British withdrew and not stayed like the Apartheid Africano whites in South Africa.

                Don’t try to start history from somewhere in half. it is not like that. You need to go back to the basics. And try to reason like educated people.

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                • 31 July 2010 11:33, by mack waweru

                  Gatwech,

                  I’m not hiding under Equatoria. I’m a pure Dinka from Twic in Bhar el Ghazal. That is one point you need to know. Secondly, not Nuer alone and Zande who resisted Turks and the British in the South, but all tribes did so in their territories. The whole Dinka people were the real resisters to all foreigners in the South brother if we need to brag about it as you are now doing. The evident to this is that Christianity didn’t take roots more easily in Dinkaland because they were resisting both British Regiments and Missionaries, unlike other tribes. Christianity flourished more quickly in your lands because you were occupied and afterward started resistance to free your land. Our areas were not occupied, but kept the foreigners at bay.
                  So,don’t lie here that I want to rewrite the history. Which written Nuer history that I want to rewrite? Your history is yours and you cannot impose it on others to accept it, since it was confined to your area. As I reiterated it in my previous article, I’m not denying or reputing your oral history, but you cannot impose it on me.

                  The reality now is that, we have to embrace whatever our ancestors did in their respective territories as a collective heritage rather than promoting one above the others. You were not there to know that my ancestors didn’t resist the British and Turks. Our common history as Southern Sudanese started in 1947 to the present.

                  About my grandfather: My name is MACK AWER RIAK DENG. My great grandfather resisted the British during the time of ARIATH MAKUEI. My grandfather fought the Arabs in Anyanya One war. My father and me fought in the last war.
                  About you, I don’t know. Maybe the way you talk shows that, your family even did not contribute anything to Nuer people, leave alone the entire South.

                  So brother, Ngundeng and his son Guek are great people in Nuer history and we have to accept, recognize and acknowledge their contribution to Nuer people who are part of South Sudan. The same principle also applies to other tribes’ notables of the time, but I reject whoever wants to impose his on others and deny what they did in their areas during that time. These are parcel of our common history which we started together in Juba in 1947 till now.

                  You are putting wedge between others and Equatorians by saying they don’t talk like "that". This is an insult to you and me. We are the ones who talk bad then? This is childish mentality. Even Equatorians would only mock you. No one is angel in this world. I respect Equatorians because I lived and studied with them in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Khartoum and here, but they are not those angels as long they are humans like all of us. So, if Equatorians are good, I am also good, if they are bad, I am too bad. We all possess these traits. What about you then? I believe, you are just bad as reflected by your ideology and mental reasoning of trying promote and impose traditional oracles and narratives of certain locals on the national one.

                  You are the one who need to read history and not others Gatwech. I am afraid one day you would say internet was invented in your area.

                  Mac Awer

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  • 30 July 2010 06:30, by Gabriel K

    July 30th, should be remember by everyone in southern Sudan. This day should not be combine with devils like Ngundeng, and others which are not known yet. our martyrs who fought day and night without food, good shelter in bad rainy season, which include mosquitoes and they never give up the struggle.should not be mix with Satan. enjoy your money even when you don’t know how the came about. I encourage you all to join AWut Deng in celebration of martyrs day. I Know this government is so weak in many ways, and it will fall in next election according to what going on now. because ministers are not even active if vice is the one who will announce everything in government, what kind of government is this actually. we are only remember SPLA/M martyrs.

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    • 30 July 2010 06:51, by Gatwech

      Ahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa..........

      Thank you Mrs. Sophia Pal Gai for making the history correct instead of the usual 10% of history.

      To those tribal kids from Dinka community who commented emotionally, Ngundeng Bong predicted all we are doing now. This is why we the rest who know about it are relaxing as you struggle trying to guess what comes next.

      The son of Ngundeng Bong called Guek Ngundeng is already in the history books written near a century ago that he fought the colonialists, British included to free South Sudan from foreign occupation.

      As James Wani Igga rightly put it on SSTV during the elections that Guek Ngundeng was the first martyr.

      Pagan Amum also said the same at Bilpam celebration unless you did not have SSTV in your home. He mentioned Ngundeng in the struggle for freedom.

      So, the lady (Sophia Pal Gai) is very right a 100%.

      If we were to list all the important martyrs, John Garang could be in number 200 down the list.

      All of them are equal and they started the liberation struggle. You don’t have to stick on Garang of 2005. Think big!!!

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      • 30 July 2010 07:14, by Gabriel K

        you need to add another thing ngundeng predicted, which is only one tribe called man of the men will liberate you from Arab, while Nuer will be prostitute between warriors Hahahaha, i hope you feel that shiit. Son Satan.

        As long Sophai, is getting sugar she can work with us, just she need to change that mentality of believing in devils. Like you Son of Satan.

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  • 30 July 2010 13:38, by American Missile.

    Dear People.

    To commemortes Martyrs Day, to remind us all the way we have come along and loses our dearest borthers and sisters during our sufferings when we demands our rights. it tells us that we love one another.

    To encourages each other that we can respects each whether we are alive or dead,this aware us together.
    Freedom,peace and Prosperity oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Majok AKotdit.

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  • 30 July 2010 23:42, by Gatwech

    Aarai Baka and Mack Awer,

    I know you may hate what your great grand fathers did not participate in. You could have found yourselves today under the colony of British like of South African Apartheid if others, whether as tribes, did not sacrifice their sons and daughters to resist that British colony which aimed to occupy South Sudan land as in South Africa by white Africanos.

    Do you think that it was simply a tribal war by Nuer and Zande? What if the Nuer and Zande did not fight the British and it continued to colonize and occupy Southern Sudan soil until today, would it be still a Nuer and Zande tribal problem with the British or would it be a general national problem involving the whole of South Sudan (all tribes)?

    Please don’t hide behind Equatorian names because you are not Equatorians. Such uncivilized comments from you cannot come from Equatorians who think they understand political issues.

    Yes, the son of Ngundeng Bong, Guek Ngundeng was the one who spearheaded that national resistence against the British and Turkey and made sure that the British withdrew and not stayed like the Apartheid Africano whites in South Africa. This history is already in many books written more than 80 years ago and there is nothing you can do about it no matter how hard you try to deny facts.

    Don’t try to start history from somewhere in half. It is not like that. You need to go back to the basics. And try to reason like educated people.

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    • 31 July 2010 03:51, by Chol Nyok

      There is nothing you be proud of son of the land, no matter what your prophet and you will never be in better side of history in S. Sudan. Those who follow his prophecies are the very people who betrayed us in last twenty one years of war.

      South Africa is not in comparison with Nuerland. I do not see anything fruitful in Ngudeng’s history. He resisted British colony and subsequently, his decendents followed his footstep of resistance, hence they rebelled again the SPLM/A. Is that what we should smile to the last molar? I do not agree!

      I am not on the dark side of history, but Anyanya two should take their hands off in SPLM/A policies.

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  • 31 July 2010 04:47, by Dinka Boy

    I can not stand false statements. I stand for truth!

    If the Secretary for Administration in the SPLM, Southern Sector, Sophia Pal Gai mingled clumsy illusion with July 30th,2005-the day Dr John Garang died in helicopter crash,then what can i said about Nuer in general?
    I afraid about these people because the level of understanding could be compared to one, this is true.

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    • 31 July 2010 04:48, by Dinka Boy

      Correction! Their level of understanding is compare to none.

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