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Thousands attend SPLM youth league rally in Torit


February 21, 2014 (JUBA) - The youth league of South Sudan’s ruling party in collaboration with the Crisis Management Committee set up by President Salva Kiir to address the consequences of the two-month-old conflict in the young nation, have launched a peaceful mobilisation campaign.

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Thousands attended a public rally in Torit on 21 February 2014, calling for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan (ST)

The mobilisation will take place across South Sudan but it began in Torit, the capital of Eastern Equatoria state on 21 February lead by two senior members of of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s political bureau.

In a rally held at Torit, under mango trees attended by thousands of civilians, the SPLM youth league chairman, Akol Paul Kordit, called for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

The world’s youngest nation needs "stability and harmony" among all South Sudan’s tribes, he said, in reference to the ethnic dimension of some of the conflict, which began as a dispute between senior members of the ruling party.

Kordit accused former Vice President Riek Machar for masterminding South Sudan’s current crisis.

"Children are dying. Women are dying. Houses are put on fire by rebels. Government institutions in Bor, Malakal, and Unity state are being destroyed. The country is bleeding [...] We need peace and stability" Kordit said to applause.

He added that South Sudanese "must remain united as one people and one nation with all tribes having value and norm to priority success of South Sudan as a nation and not as a tribe basic division."

Daniel Awet Akot, the deputy chairman for the crisis management committee also asked for peace and forgiveness among citizens.

"Machar has reopened old wounds from his previous rebellion in 1991," Akot said.

The government accuses Machar of attempting to overthrow the government in a coup in mid-December when fighting broke out between members of the Presidential Guard. Machar denies the charge, but is now leading a rebellion.

The conflict has killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced over 700,000 and forced over 171,000 to flee to neighbouring countries.

The former vice-president was sacked by Kiir in July last year.

Akot said that Machar "dishonored the democracy" of the young nation.

"Although we forgive him, God in heaven will not forgive him for repeat mistakes he does to people of South Sudan.”


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  • 26 February 2014 10:12, by Tong dut

    Divided SPLM is already useless party.We don’t want then to rule again,cooruppted.

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    • 26 February 2014 15:00, by Mr Point

      Why do they accuse Machar of causing the problems.
      There was no rebellion until AFTER the Presidential Guard started to massacre Nuer in Juba, as documented by HRW and UNMISS.
      Kiir started this when he tried to purge his critics.
      This is Kiir’s War.
      Kiir is responsible.
      Kiir should be held accountable.

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      • 27 February 2014 05:43, by Bentiu son

        Bravo Mr Point,notice Dinka thugs are trying to blindfolding,blackmailing,misleading n confusing the Greater Equatorians,Greater Fertiit,Chollo,Anuak and Murle ethnic groups as to cover up their atrocities n shielding their coward tribe against Nuer warriors.Dinka Youth Leagues should shut up their natter mouth,You will not escape Nuer warriors revenges

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      • 27 February 2014 05:59, by Tong dut

        Why Kiir fear MACHAR?
        wHAT is the reason?
        Poor education?
        Or he is a nuer?
        Non of the them will rule south sudan?
        Both of the soon will be kill for what they had done.
        Tribal war, to clear one tribe out of sudan, either nuer or dinka.

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    • 26 February 2014 20:12, by Diversity

      You can not mobilize any one from here to achieve the SPLM’s selfish goals of massacre. South Sudan is still bleeding because of the SPLM’s corruption and lack of vision,leave us alone.
      These communist thugs are done for..forhget about them.

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    • 27 February 2014 05:58, by Bentiu son

      Dear readers,the tribal mindset@ Akol Paul Akordit should refrain from chronic tribal preaching,jealousy,Dr Macharphobia or Nuerphobic which has no senses at all. Akol Paul what a contradiction n denial ya tailless dog who hate Nuer to death.We Nuer shall continue challenges your growing Dinka Kingdom till it collapse.Barbaric Dinkas,you are not free while we are with you in South Sudan.

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  • 26 February 2014 11:04, by Paul Chadrack

    don’t call them using any national name,those bhar el ghazel guys what do they want to tell south sudan since they are the one behind all these messes. their days are numbered whether they like it or not. nobody will accept anything coming from those ugly greedy creatures mouth.

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    • 26 February 2014 12:34, by Majongdit

      Paul Chadrack,
      There is nothing you are going to do about us...you will look up to us for so many decades to come.

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      • 26 February 2014 13:51, by Malakal county Simon

        These rallies are not sprituals, or either productive to peace!! Paul Akol should be remove as SPLM Youth Laugue representative, in national parliament.... He is too weak to unite South Sudanese youths/he is tribalist/ bias and easy to be bribe.... We seriously need a new youth representative.....

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    • 26 February 2014 13:43, by Tong dut

      @ Poul Chadrock,
      Brother you know it very well,Western Equatoria is a peaceful state,Yesterday a Dinka provock them, killing a zandee at ibba to make things there in mass.
      SPLA Army is to take care of civillians not killing them.
      They want to turn now to western equatoria their game since people are their in peace.

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    • 26 February 2014 14:18, by Mou

      If it was a peace and reconciliation gathering, why pointing fingers at Machar? Did SPLM leaders want peace and reconciliation with who? Citizens are not fighting themselves without Kiir and Riek and if peace and Reconciliation is the genuine intention, balanced appeal must be employed.

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      • 27 February 2014 07:04, by Joseph Canada

        Whoever is listening to these nonsense’s meeting is also dump. The boys are recruited to go and take the bullet from their fellow countrymen just to Protect the Dinka Dynasty. Joining Army is not the priority right now. If I were you i would look for farming and starting my own private Business rather than going to die in the name of Dinka.

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