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South Sudan bishop wins UN peace award


By Julius N. Uma

February 8, 2013 (JUBA) – When Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban started his Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state in 1999, little did he know it would bare fruits several years later.

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Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban (worldcath2013)

The project, which initially started as a demonstration farm at the height of the north-south Sudan civil war, later expanded in 2004, becoming a village where people from different tribes, nations and religions live and work together to promote peace and development in surrounding villages.

It thus not surprising that the United Nations, this week, named the South Sudanese bishop winner of the 2013 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize in recognition for his efforts in promoting peace in communities within the young nation.

Vieira de Mello, a former United Nations human rights chief, died in a bombing in Iraq 10 years ago.

The award recognises an individual, community or institution seen as having made an exceptional contribution to reconciliation of communities or groups in conflict, and whose example can be duplicated elsewhere.

“The fact that this village [Kuron] is now seen as an example of reconciliation and peace will encourage other communities to follow a similar approach in other areas of conflict in South Sudan and beyond,” Laurent Vieira de Mello, president of the prize foundation said in a statement.

The jury for the award, given annually, includes the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) and human rights chiefs.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon is due to present Bishop Taban with his the award at a ceremony scheduled for 1 March in Geneva, Switzerland. He will receive 5,000 Swiss francs (about $5,500) in prize money.

A native of Opari, in Eastern Equatoria, Bishop Taban was born in 1936. He was reportedly ordained a Catholic priest in 1964, and in January 1980, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Juba.

In 1983 Taban became the first Bishop of the then newly-established Diocese of Torit, the provincial capital of Eastern Equatoria state. He retired from archdiocesan administration in February 2004, and became Bishop Emeritus.


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  • 9 February 2013 08:15, by George Bol

    Thanks to General Kuol Manyang Juuk for saving this great Bishop-Taban at the time Kuol was a commander operating around Torit/Eastern Equatoria.

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    • 9 February 2013 10:04, by Eastern

      Shame on you George Bol. Do you remember that morning when the ’red eyed’ Kuol Manyang nearly killed the bishop because the latter refused to release a toyota landcruiser under his custody for millitary operation? Kuol does not get any of the credits bishop Paride has attained. Long leave Eastern Equatoria, long leave Oparian!!!

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      • 10 February 2013 05:29, by Gabriel KK

        Take it easy, you are indirectly enjoying the work done by Bishop’s Toyota.

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        • 10 February 2013 07:18, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Your tribal arrogance and pride for evil will lead you nowhere but doom. Your short lived material wealth got as a result of loot, plunder will eventually be rewarded with self imposed demise. You better shut up when logical people write, speak patriotic sense about the motherland and the downtrodden people.

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    • 9 February 2013 11:04, by Malou Manyiel

      I’m grateful to our Bishop for the award. Glory be to God. What God plan, no one can change it. These are the people we want to live longer so that they continue preaching for peace and unity in our country. His award does not only represent Eastern Equatoria but the whole of South Sudan. May God bless you Bishop!!!

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  • 9 February 2013 09:33, by Rev John Khamis Kamunde

    Congratulation to you my dear bishop Paride;
    You deserve to earn this UN peace prize because to realy did show a spirit of unity among the S.Sudanese.
    For you Bol,Kual is not a seviour of bsp paride,but God Almighty please.We should know how to recognize God’ power.

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    • 9 February 2013 21:11, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Rev Jonh don’t you know the lies of Dinkas?
      If there is any good thing in South Sudan the siad it’s belong to them.
      Look!! all Songs of SPLA it’s for them, all town where captured by them and event self determination is for them also. While SPLA vision was for Unity of Sudan as whole.
      Just learn Dinka my dear.

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      • 10 February 2013 00:36, by Force 1

        The independent of South Sudan cannot be credited to either Riek Machar or John Garang! Even if John Garang were alive during the time of election; he would not twist either yours or my arms to vote for either unity or separation and so do Riek Machar! The idea that somehow there is someone responsible for separation is unequivocally stupid!

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        • 10 February 2013 04:58, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          Farce 1 if the SPLA/M don’t spilt in 1991, upto u can still go ahead with commonist role, that will not give u this chance of separetion which was formed by Dr machar for SSIM which mean South Sudan independent movement and SSIM fight for separetion of south Sudan.
          the leader of Dictatorial (Dr Jonh)don’t need this idies at all.

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          • 10 February 2013 05:25, by Force 1

            Gatkuoth, what kind of separation were you fighting for when you were fighting alongside Omar Bashir? This logic only makes sense to you people that you fight alongside Khartoum against the same southerners you assume to liberate. In the year 2002 you shamefully joint Dr. John Garang for what; to fight for unity or separation? Did you see the irregularity of idiocy now?!

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  • 9 February 2013 09:38, by Tutbol

    Bishop Paride Taban is a typical S Sudanese, many young soldiers who had an appetide to learn by then & couldn’t do so; were able to scavenge every scrap of books they could find accross all the small chapels all over E Equatoria under his diocese, wherever you were deployed, just to feign education. I think bishop Taban, is a spiritual & an intellectual anyanya. God bless him.

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  • 9 February 2013 10:44, by Jervasio O.Okot

    Waw! my humble congrats to Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban for having been recognized for his tireless efforts in restoring grassroots peace among the people of Nyangatom and other surrounding communitiies. As his former Pressman, I knew all his challenging work which could have earn him more awards and this is just the beginning of the series of awards ahead of us. Lets advocate for him worldwide!

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  • 9 February 2013 11:27, by Jervasio O.Okot

    Did anybody knows that Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban is the best driver in the world at his age? I know it all and this word came from the lip of one of his many visitors during the advent of war in the Sudan Dr. Bernard Khouchner, who was then President of the Commission of the European Parliament when he drove them through a wet, tinny road on Natinga mountain to the New Cush displaced Centre.

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  • 9 February 2013 11:36, by Al-mezan

    I first met Bishop Paride Taban in Rumbek 2001 during a Eucharistic Congress that brought representatives of Catholic faithful together. I realized that Bishop Taban is a kind of humanbeing who loves human kind irrespective of belief, race, tribe etc. I like him very much, he deserve this award and even more. May his village cover the whole south sd.

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  • 9 February 2013 11:38, by Jervasio O.Okot

    Did anybody knows that Khartoum regimes had been hunting for Bishop Taban for standing against all forms of injustices perpetrated on the innocent, defenseless and unarmed civilians in the then territory of the New Sudan? I know it all; his bush headquarters were frequently targeted by Antonov planes making him called the Nomad Bishop.

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  • 9 February 2013 11:59, by Jervasio O.Okot

    Did anybody knows that Bishop Taban ran in many occasions over live landmine fields on Lobone road, Aswa and between Magwi and Pajok just to take the message of hope to the war traumatized people in the displaced camps? God protected him from all these dangers because he was protecting the lives of the hopeless people from losing hope. He was also ambushed by bandits and swept by Seasonal Rivers.

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  • 9 February 2013 16:19, by nyantung

    Congratulations to Bishop Taban!

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  • 9 February 2013 21:48, by Northern Sudanese

    Monkeys :D

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    • 10 February 2013 04:37, by PT92

      You Sudanese terrorist pigs don’t even qualify for most notorious terrorism leave alone the peace!

      This kind of award would the last thing you head Sudanese terrorist qualify for not even winning it. Kill yourself Suicide bomber, that’s what you do best!

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  • 10 February 2013 03:21, by Paul Muortat

    Congratulation Archbishop Taban . You stood firm against Arab brutality and injustices against our people and stood by the people under Khartoum occupation in Juba and elsewhere. When freedom came you called for Unity among South Sudanese and encouraged them not to loose hope when fate took their Leader John Garang. The UN peace prize is also arecognition of the struggle of the peace loving peopl

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