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Mother of the late S. Sudanese columnist, Isaiah Abraham: he was "fighting for freedom"

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December 8, 2012 (JUBA) – Rebecca Lueth Wel, the mother of former member of South Sudan army (SPLA) turned leading critical opinion writer, Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, has expressed her grief regarding the death of her son, who was killed on Tuesday.

Abraham was shot in his house in Gudele area of Juba, west of the city centre by unknown assailant(s).

“Isaiah is my fourth son to die. Three of his brothers apart from cousins have been taken by this land. They were all fighting for freedom and independence of this country. I thought God left him behind for me," Wel told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

"I have seen deaths. I lost his father when he [Abrham] was still young. I also lost his brothers and I was specifically grieved when I lost his father and later brothers but I was always feeling that God has left him for me. He was always providing advice and said ’look, mama, there is nothing we can do. God gave them to you and the same God has taken them’”, Wel explained. 

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday expressed its “deep concern“ regarding the killing Abraham, and reiterated its strong support for freedom of expression as a cornerstone of democracy and conveyed its condolences to all the members of Abraham’s family.

On the same day three journalists from Gurtong, for whom Abrham wrote, were detained but South Sudanese security services,

Information and broadcasting minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told the press on Friday that the Interior Minister had briefed the National Council of Ministers, saying that they have begun investigations into the murder and they “suspect 70% to be assassination.” He also described the murder as “barbaric” and expressed the Council of Ministers deep condolences.

President Salva Kiir has extended his condolences to the family members and ordered a full and thorough investigation into the matter.

Immediate family members, relatives and friends say his body will be laid to rest on 9 December in his ancestral village; Kongor of Jonglei state. 

Abraham was killed when his mother was in Yirol, Lakes state, on a crusading campaign. She returned on Thursday and officially received the news from the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan, Daniel Deng Bul.

The executive director of the South Sudan Human Right Advocacy Association, Biel Butrous Biel, challenged the government on Friday to prove that it was not involved. 

Comparing the death of late Isaiah with the death of late John Garang, who founded the rebel movement turned ruling political party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Biel said on Friday Abraham was killed by South Sudan’s enemies.

“Personally, I will never stop airing my views out until the assassins are prosecuted and convicted to life imprisonment. […] there is no silence anymore, either the state kills the way it did brother Isaiah, or it brings the killers to account. With or without others, I am ready to meet my fate, death is a matter of minutes and whether by nature or default, it will one day come to all of us including these cowardly killers of Isaiah from the state agents,” said Biel from Kampala.

According to Biel “the state has killed Isaiah and let the state just find out who killed him among its branches. If there is denial, let the state prove its case against our assertion which I doubt they will never.”

He explained that the South Sudan government anticipates outcry over the death for a short period before “life is as usual,” as with the “kidnapping of the Alliance leader, Deng Athuai” but claimed that “time they are wrong, there is no silence anymore, one has to follow Isaiah so soon or justice is done.”

Chairman of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, Athuai, claimed to have been kidnapped at gunpoint, suffered “unbearable treatment” and interrogated in October. Before his kidnap he led a campaign to uncover the names of 75 former and current officials accused by Kiir of embezzling US$4 billion of the nation’s funds.

(ST)

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  • 10 December 2012 06:34, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

    We love to called Nuer food lovers but no what people? The Bhar el Ghazal is the food lovers and stupid people who have no future and if they found something to eat, they do not look at their back. This people are lack intelligence, Nuer do not killed at night but Murle and Bhar el Ghazal are coward people who killed at night, where is that hopeless called Dinka Dominant SPLA/M who always claim

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    • 10 December 2012 06:37, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      that Dinkas dominated SPLA/M or is it how domination they are? Killing each is just start and fake uneducated idiot president called Kiir must go or die, uneducated president is known for killing educated people, under the rules of coward animals Bhar el Ghazal, every educated people will die, looked how they kiiled themselives, they are animals

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      • 10 December 2012 07:09, by Mi diit

        You the Dinka Bor were fooled by Bahr el Ghazal to call the Nuer food lovers when it is the Dinka known world wide as food lovers and corrupt people in South Sudan. Now that your guy is called you gather some sense. Dinka Dominated SPLA/M may know who killed Isaiah Abraham and that is why he has disappeared since the killing day.

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        • 10 December 2012 07:13, by George Bol

          Hey, Naath are food lovers no doubt even Jallaba know this fact in Khartoum. why denying?

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          • 10 December 2012 07:27, by wang

            George Bol
            I never seen or heard a Nuer soldier involved in cattle raided, but in what happened 2day at Unity state, it was a huge disappointments for whole Dinka community. Wasn’t about foods why poor a Dinka solider got himself killed in cattle raid? Wasn’t about foods why many Dinka politicians on the governments corruptions lists, just mentions only few points? You Dinka love foods more than c

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            • 10 December 2012 07:27, by wang

              You Dinka love foods more than chickens.

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          • 10 December 2012 08:05, by Nyakuzuny

            hey brother George Bol , Nuer are peoples of peace they know how to develop the country , what about you ,Dinkas we know Dinkas is dominated Splm/Spla because they are all thieves to Corrupted our Development.

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      • 10 December 2012 08:14, by Nyakuzuny

        Dinka Bor don’t craying because Dr. John Is Dies? we are the people Like Dr.John let us united together ,and let give our leadership to Nuer Land us we are greater Upper-Nile brother u will not craying again you will love to-much for many years.

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    • 10 December 2012 17:38, by Guachweek

      You are right mate, all Bar el Ghazal people are resembling Hyena, because there’s no one from them who can say let’s us share this thing accordingly. They like looting, killing kidnapping ,raping, homosexuality and eating too much. Even our president got those with him. They don’t even like war but murdering of respectful people. You needs God in your area. Stupid corrupted elements.

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  • 10 December 2012 07:05, by George Bol

    Everybody is now hiding in Juba because things might backfire.

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    • 10 December 2012 07:43, by Ruach

      Dinka Bor are food lovers who ran to Refugee camps for refusal to work and get free ration food! When ration took long they cried and ran to UN compounds! "Topic:" Am sorry mother Lueth for the death of your beloved son Isaiah! May almighty power give courages to raise his kids!

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      • 10 December 2012 17:51, by Guachweek

        Ruach, you are mother fucker idiot, how can you called Dinka Bor food lovers while Kiir was like little wire and he’s obese now. what do you think made his ass bigger like that? One day one time you guys will beg at us to give you the power and we will look at you like garbage. We know you are at very terrific at one particular thing women, Kiir doesn’t know what to do that’s why he’s confused.

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  • 10 December 2012 07:14, by JohnGarangFreedom

    South Sudanese, can we just take some issues in form of collective leadership as Management or Administration when we criticize what we now know is a government and not individual, tribe, region in matter? On this website as often, people don’t comment based on topic which is to me ridiculous for most people who think they are educated personnel.

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    • 10 December 2012 12:49, by Gabriel KK

      This idiot is not even mourning for Isaiah Abraham and he even don’t know how to contribute on national issues and other significant debates. Yin ya ci bel e twic abac.

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    • 11 December 2012 14:53, by Gabriel KK

      JohnGAarangFreedom,
      I have known you physically and I will stop responding to your messages from today onward because your close relatives have talked negatively about you. Secondly you are not from the SMARTEST clans in Twic East.
      (Kongor, Ajuong and Pakeer) these clans are the main backbone of Twic East and we respect them.

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  • 10 December 2012 07:22, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:22, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:22, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:23, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:23, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:23, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:23, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:24, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:24, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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  • 10 December 2012 07:24, by JohnGarangFreedom

    People nothing so-call Dinka Bor (Bor County) that is compared with Greater Bhar el Ghazal Dinka (Malual Giernyang, Ruweng, Twic West, Rek, Agar, Gok, Atuot, Aliab, Ciec, Mareng Ngok) and Greater Upper Nile Dinka (Bor, Twic East, Nyarweng, Hol, Ager, Paweny, Atar, Dongjol, Luach, Abiliang, Thoi, etc). I know some of you intentions here but as always curse will rest upon deceivers or trouble makers

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    • 10 December 2012 07:55, by Thorbanat

      John Garang Freedom, you are very naive naked and small brain ape. There is nothing call Dinka what and what but a Dinka is a Dinka and has no different whether from Bor or Bahr el Ghazal. Please concentrate on development view instead of gassing out your ignorant. The Killing of Abraham is painful and must be established at all cost or Huge Demo will take place against the Government of RSS.

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    • 10 December 2012 18:46, by Chol

      JGF, please leave this less popular inferiority of yours; you’re popular as a Dinka; is that not good enough for you already? What more do you need? Enough with the popularity campaign; you cannot sell popularity, it comes naturally! When is the last time you see Anyuak, Shuluk, Zandy or Nuer selling their fame? Their popularity came naturally that they are Famous. Please get over it.

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  • 10 December 2012 09:13, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

    Bahr El Gazal, Bor, Padang, all are Dinkas so kill yourselves first and leave the land for us. killing of George Athor was a success, so in case of another eruption of power fight no one can stop us like in 1991 of what George did to Dr. Reik in Panyagor. fuck all dinkas especially Bahr El Gazal. western nuer soon will clear that land.

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  • 10 December 2012 09:19, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

    Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)’s Condolences to all of his family but fuck all Gograilists and their heads. Insecurity will never stop again believe me it is versus. Nuer Vs Dinka @ night, Nyamnyam, Ugandans, Kenyans etc

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    • 10 December 2012 13:25, by bianaathling

      Sorry Mather luel,Things are always like that just take it easy the people who killed your son will be punished by God as Ding was given to you by God.Good enough as we have had heard from Sudan Tribune that Ding has children so those children will be the product of this Nation although their father was killed for the sake of truth.May his soul rest in peace.care for Ding’s children and God be the

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  • 10 December 2012 15:39, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Death through lying or killing is reward going to hell and weigh for truth tellers is eternal life.

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  • 10 December 2012 15:43, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Death through lying or killing is reward going to hell and weigh for truth tellers is eternal life. Mi Diit, Ruach, Thorbanat, Die (Truth) or Live (Lie), etc, etc who are every-times lying on this website forum.

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  • 10 December 2012 15:44, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Death through lying or killing is reward going to hell and weigh for truth tellers is eternal life. Mi Diit, Ruach, Thorbanat, Die (Truth) or Live (Lie), etc, etc who are every-times lying on this website forum.

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  • 10 December 2012 15:44, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Death through lying or killing is reward going to hell and weigh for truth tellers is eternal life. Mi Diit, Ruach, Thorbanat, Die (Truth) or Live (Lie), etc, etc who are every-times lying on this website forum.

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    • 10 December 2012 16:00, by Ruach

      JohnGarang The Freedom:You talk only on Twic Dinka not under clan categories among Dinka! Am not a fan of any dead persons except those who are against peace or supporting deads is a crime

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  • 10 December 2012 17:59, by Guachweek

    Who know the definition of GOSS?
    Here’s it and you should belief me people’s.
    G: go
    O: out
    S: Stupid
    S: Salva

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    • 10 December 2012 19:29, by Ruach

      Guachweek:You are so idiot to describe the President that way! Salva should not leave the power by force,but democratic means! He doesn’t deserve to be insulted

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      • 10 December 2012 21:46, by panom lualbil

        Thank you RUACH. The killing of ISAIAH has nothing to do dislodging of PRESIDENT but culling out of khatroum’s agents.

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        • 11 December 2012 19:22, by Ruach

          Panom:Are you not mourning?

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          • 11 December 2012 23:59, by panom lualbil

            I would show condolence for death of any human’s nature even ANYAGATE, otherwise, I would kill them when they declared war against SPLA like always.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:30, by JohnGarangFreedom

    The old says, "people who describes you ’L’ words are every times are the one own ’L’ words for themselves."

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  • 12 December 2012 06:33, by JohnGarangFreedom

    As always truth teller doesn’t using child-like-talks like hypocrites in every human beings’ behaviors.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:37, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (President Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:37, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (President Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:38, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (President Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:38, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (President Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:38, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (President Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it.

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  • 12 December 2012 06:43, by JohnGarangFreedom

    I need people to know that, the Joshua (Pres. Kiir Mayardit) of South Sudan is there for reason. He is the hero of the land, so that leadership position he own has not came in by free. He has fought for it, and it is rewards to him. You don’t him, get over it. On top of that, President Kiir was elected by people and he will be changed through vote if citizens of South Sudan decided democratically.

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