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By Julius N. Uma

September 22, 2012 (JUBA) - Internationally renowned South Sudanese singer, Emmanuel Jal on Friday put aside his recent troubles with the security forces and put on a remarkable performance at the climax of celebrations to mark the International Peace Day in Juba on Saturday.

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Emmanuel Jal (R) sings alongside legendary singer "DMC", September 21, 2012 (Photo credit: Sascha Kraus)

Jal’s “We Want Peace” concert in the South Sudan capital, was hoping to usher in a new chapter of peace in the country’s post-conflict era; bringing together business with humanitarian actors, government, the private sector and the diplomatic community as key actors in nation building.

On 8 September Jal was randomly robbed of his phone and beaten unconscious by South Sudanese police, an act he described as "sad" and "ironic" considering the work he has done to promote peace and human rights in young nation.

Jal told Sudan Tribune after the attack that he was undeterred by the incident and will continue with his advocacy work to ensure his message of peace "freedom, equality and justice” is heard in South Sudan.

“I am swollen, but recovering, and thank all the fans and supporters for their well wishes,” he said in a statement, issued through his media relations manager, Rozan Ahmed.

The We Want Peace movement, which began in 2010, mainly advocates for protection and justice focusing on, but not exclusive to, newly independent South Sudan, and Sudan.

The campaign is backed by notable political figures such as former US President Jimmy Carter and the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as celebrities such as singer, Alicia Keys and actor George Clooney, who has played a prominent role in US-based advocacy regarding war in Darfur and more recently South Sudan’s independence and the ongoing conflict in Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile regions of Sudan.

South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar, while speaking at a high profile WWP business gala, said Jal’s campaign is a beacon of peace South Sudan, a country which has suffered decades of civil war.

“I appreciate all those who have supported Emmanuel Jal and his We Want Peace team. This shows me that as a business in South Sudan, you care. You care about our country, and its peaceful development,” said Machar, during the gala organized a day before the concert.

South Sudan, the Vice President said, is Africa’s next destination for investment, while lauding the famous South Sudanese singer’s efforts in ensuring the people invest responsibly, describing it as a “noble” one.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s information minister equally commended Jal’s efforts in highlighting existing obstacles and celebrating the necessity in sustaining peace in the new nation.

Jal, who performed alongside legendary hip hop singer, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, also signaled the need for peace, which he said enhances the atmosphere for real investment and sustainable development.

“Peace equals justice, equality and freedom for all, this includes corporate social responsibility, which all businesses in South Sudan have a role in fulfilling...they too play a crucial part in the country’s stability,” he said.

In October 2011, Jal received the Common Ground Award in Washington DC, previously awarded to the likes of Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Ali, for his dedication to peace building.

In April this year, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, and in June, performed at the G20 summit in Mexico.

The hip-hop star, however, condemned the rampant “abuse” of power in South Sudan saying it should not be tolerated at any level. The practice of tribalism, police brutality, corruption and other problems of de-stabilization, he said, must be highlighted and stopped, if the young nation is to make any progress.

Lam Tugwar, the chairperson for South Sudan Artist Association (SSAA) on Tuesday said he was equally disappointed on learning about the abuse Jal suffered earlier this month at hands of law enforcement officers.

“Personally, I could not believe that such things involving Police brutality are still happening in South Sudan and we strongly condemn such acts,” Lam told Sudan Tribune by phone.

However said Lam said that the issue should have been raise at local level instead of using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread word of the incident, which he said portrayed the new nation in bad light.

“We are a young nation and as you know things are just improving,” he said.

Jal was en route to the Gatwich guesthouse in the outskirts of Juba when he was stopped by police and robbed of his mobile phone, while a group of approximately 15 police and national security officers looked on, according to reports.

Despite being saddened by the incident, Jal remains upbeat about his home-country adding in a statement after the incident: "I am releasing this statement because I was raised in an environment where speaking out against injustice is always considered a route for peace. Let us continue to put a spotlight on such dark issues, for it is the best solution in paving a way for our bright future".

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  • 24 September 2012 06:31, by George Bol

    I respect Gordon koang Duoth and nyajuok for them acknowledging Dr John Garang de Mabior and SPLM/A for their work done among the nuer singers. I like Gordon songs-" Dr John Garang brought peace to us. The same thing to Nyajuok

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    • 24 September 2012 10:20, by Ruach

      It is true that you praised some one talking about leaders,but Jal is a global and an international guy who doesn’t locally like Mangoor and Jeok Bol Nyebeb!!Talking of Garang!Lalaaaaaaaaaaa

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    • 24 September 2012 13:28, by Ruach

      Why devoting times talking to fools like Dinka Dominated Corruption,Dinka coward,Jeok Bol and the likes?These guys I have mentioned prais only thing talking about Garang and the gov’t,they don’t need a global and international guy who come from another tribe.They can praise him if come from useless Awan can or Bor!!He is an international singer and the best in Africa let alone or RSS.Go Jal Gatran

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  • 24 September 2012 08:09, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

    Jal, we love you for the good contributions you have done and still doing to this great young Nation. Corruptists, Tribalists, and anti-Nuer will never appreciated your good efforts and hard work but please, don’t mind people like Anti-traitors,Dinkawarrior and Dinka Dominated SPLM because their hearts are full of jealousy, hatred, and selfishness.
    Jal, pls keep your head!

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    • 24 September 2012 08:56, by Dinkawarrior

      Lat Dak Nyaroah!
      Do you personally believed that Jal was chil solder? Jal is not a peace builder but a money hunter, I know him in personal yet he never been a child solder. He is a big liar, I don’t have problems with good Nuer like those of Gordon Koang or other Nuer people. Please accept my criticism gainst Mr. Money Maker.

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      • 24 September 2012 09:39, by Mi diit

        jealousy about whatever achievement by a Nuer will someday burn you like hell and make you lose whatever you have for good.

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        • 24 September 2012 10:20, by Dinkawarrior

          Midit or mitot
          Slave hearts people like you and your brother Jal are usually sided with the enemy. Jal sold the SPLA to UN that they were used as child-solders and he claimed to be one of them. Iraqis traitors were united against Saddam Hussein, right after the destruction of their country they feel regret on what they have done. The same to you Nuer traitors, you will be sorry for yoursleves.

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        • 24 September 2012 15:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Good you have accepted your surrendered to us and I will say thank you for admitting the truth, just give me a break I will not insult Nuer now because you have said it, this is how the man talk, it will just stored it in my heart that you surrendered to SPLA/M Dominated By Dinkas, the proved is what you just said and back up by what nyagat militias Riek Machar said "IM SORRY I was a nyagat an

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          • 24 September 2012 15:10, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            and I have changed thank you for accepting me," he says this word during Nyandeng De Mabior dinner house, What a shame? Apology in the table of dinner, this proved how love of food drived you people crazy,

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            • 24 September 2012 15:46, by Ruach

              Doomed Dinka(Mohamed):Your mentality will lead to hell son of slave.Your mind is like that of Monkey that was once upon a time trained at school with alphatbets.Monkey was told to say "A",he said A,B and then back to A,C back to A.Everyday,there are different article talking of different histories,but you can’t pull out your insane mind from Nuer or Riek Machar who doesn’t represent Nuer.Death tou

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      • 24 September 2012 09:56, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Dinkawarrior,
        I appreciate your comment but the subject matter here is not about whether Jal was a child sodier or not. If you know him than you may also know me becoze I was a child soldier too. Jal is one of us we former red army that we should be proud of, he is a peace lover man. Yes, Jal is a money hunter but he uses the money for assisting orphants, widows and people with special needs.

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  • 24 September 2012 10:05, by forza

    Emanuel jal is a talented singer, I heared many songs for him in English and Nuer language even I don’t understand Nuer language ..good luck in your peace mission and more success

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    • 24 September 2012 14:00, by Dinkawarrior

      Forza?
      What do you know about traitor Jal? If you’re a man of realities, you should know whose Nyankol Mathiang was? I believed your a Fake Muslim who want to win back our Nuer militias to your territory. Enough is enough, we cann’t affort to let them go back to be used against our interests anymore. We will control them at this time as long as we have enough money and enough foods to feed them.

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      • 24 September 2012 15:22, by forza

        dinkaworrior,
        calm down buddy,i said they guy is talented and i like his music..his history is not my business and i don’t know how you came to a conclusion that "i want to win nuer militias"!! go to youtube and look for the song "baai".take a deep breath and relax

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      • 24 September 2012 19:20, by Ruach

        Look at him!How comes you call a peace advocate to be a triator?Of course it is an ignorant

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  • 24 September 2012 11:15, by manyang mawech

    Let is the Dinkas play with fire….They just ran away on Panthou ’s war and again they are telling other that they know something else. What a shame!

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    • 24 September 2012 13:06, by Dinkawarrior

      Manyang Mawitch!
      What fire are you talking about? How many times did you tried it? Yet you ran back and forth while Monyjiengdit still stand firm with its idealistic of liberation! You better shut up.

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    • 24 September 2012 13:34, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Yeah, yeah yeah i got now who you are, your problem is that Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be heroes , you just come on the scone only in uncivilized condition, when are you going to be civilized you uncivilized community, anythings that we do you feel like you should have done it too, but your weakness has kept you hostage forever, you will never achieve anything rether

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      • 24 September 2012 13:39, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        than being savages known worldwide, tell me what have you ever or your criminal community has achieve apart from back stabbing? Just shut up for reality sack, Jail is not the only red army boy but he brought a shame our movement, when was Nuer children join the SPLA? Maybe they in ssim or ssdf not in our army it could be batter if he was Dinka child becoz we have Dinka children in the army,than

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        • 24 September 2012 17:35, by Ruach

          Mangoor aka Dinka Doom:It is true that5 you got being civilized today and you don’t know what the new world is.What about being an international singer is not an achievement?The boy was supported in US,UK,Australia,Israel,Germany,etc.I remember when he was visting English Premier league ’s meseums.Jal with the rest has gone higher than you expected and will crawl up there.You are just an ignorant!

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  • 24 September 2012 16:30, by Kim Deng

    The vast area appropriated by the Nuer during the nineteenth century was formerly occupied by a Dinka, Anyuak and Burun population. The fate of this population is one of the most interesting questions pertaining to Nuer expansion. How many Dinka, Anyuak, Burun… were killed by the Nuer? How many died of starvation? How many migrated to other areas? And how many were assimilated into Nuer community?

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  • 24 September 2012 16:35, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer Warriors raiding party pressed south to within a few hours walk of the government station at Bor, ninety miles deep into Dinka territory. In the course of these raids/invasions they captured “large numbers” of cattle, young women, and children (in addition to the five thousand cattle noted above). In the area under attack, the Bor Dinka “suffered very severely”.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:36, by Kim Deng

    It is also quite clear that Nuer military domination of the Dinka and other Jurs was grounded in their capacity to field a numerically superior fighting force, and in the organizational features through which mobilization on a large scale was effective. Other aspects of the Nuer advantage were secondary and derivative. Nuer Warriors tactics are relatively simple and straightforward.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:37, by Kim Deng

    Persons of the Dinka decent form probably at least half the population of most [Nuer] sub-tribes. These Dinka are either children of captives or immigrants who have been brought up as Nuer, or are themselves captives and immigrants who are residing permanently among Nuer. They are “Jaang-Nath,” “Dinka-Nuer,” and, it is said, “caa Naath,” “they have become Nuer.”

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  • 24 September 2012 16:38, by Kim Deng

    North of the Sobat River, the British faced even more formidable and intransigent opposition from the Eastern Jikany Nuer who lived along the Ethiopian frontier. They were well armed with rifles and ammunitions from Ethiopia and raid neighbors, the Burun and Koma to the North, the Dinka and Anyuak to the South – as well as Ethiopian tribes in the Western foothills.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:39, by Kim Deng

    Under the command of Lt. Col. Bacon a powerful patrol was finally launched against the Eastern Jikany Nuer from Nasir in January 1920, complete with machine guns and airplanes. The three sections of Eastern Jikany Nuer Warriors attacked the advanced troops; sustaining heavy losses conflicted on both sides including the life of Lt. Col. Bacon.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:40, by Kim Deng

    The E. Jikany Warriors were lead by Captian of the war, Mr. Mut Dung.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:42, by Kim Deng

    There are no recorded instances in which the Dinka succeeded in countering a large-scale Nuer offensive without government assistance, despite the fact that they were issued guns and ammunitions by the government and hold a strong advantage in this respect. The Dinka were evidently incapable of mounting an offensive counteroffensive...

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  • 24 September 2012 16:43, by Kim Deng

    that would have tied down Nuer forces in defense of home territory and were likewise unable to recoup their steady losses in cattle and land. The Nuer were thus free to leave their villages undefended while they engaged in extended raids, operating from bases established in conquered Dinka villages. Although a Dinka counteroffensive against undermanned Nuer communities undoubtedly would have...

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  • 24 September 2012 16:44, by Kim Deng

    tied down Nuer forces in defense of home territory and were likewise unable to recoup their steady losses in cattle and land. The Nuer were thus free to leave their villages undefended while they engaged in extended raids, operating from bases established in conquered Dinka villages. Although a Dinka counteroffensive against undermanned Nuer communities undoubtedly would have curtailed extended...

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  • 24 September 2012 16:44, by Kim Deng

    Nuer raids and offered highly favorable prospects for capturing large numbers of cattle, there is no evidence that the Dinka ever adopted this strategy. Moreover, the Dinka were unable to mobilize a defensive force equivalent in size to the eighteen hundred men who comprised a large raiding party and were consequently unable to contain their advance.

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  • 24 September 2012 16:45, by Kim Deng

    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

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