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The Elders condemn political paralysis in war-torn S. Sudan


May 28, 2017 (JUBA) - The Elders, a group of independent leaders, have condemned the political paralysis and failure of leadership at all levels in South Sudan in the face of worsening famine and humanitarian disaster.

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People in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan collect food from WFP (WFP/eter Testuzza Photo)

The group, in a statement, also reiterated their view that all parties to the conflict, including the government of South Sudan and armed opposition groups, are directly contributing to the famine by leading military operations that destroy civilian homes and livelihoods.

South Sudan’s situation, their statement stressed, is compounded by the brazen obstruction of humanitarian access to the conflicted-affected areas.

At the same time, they added, the international community has shown paralysis bordering on disinterest in regard to meaningful conflict resolution efforts and financial support to humanitarian aid.

“South Sudan is a young country, but its people have been consistently let down by their leaders who have been unable or unwilling to move away from conflict and personal enrichment at the expense of the nation,” said Kofi Annan, chair of The Elders.

He added, “Alleged war crimes and gross human rights violations committed by parties to the conflict, including the government and armed opposition groups, are prolonging the suffering of the people, and those who are responsible need to be held accountable.”

The Elders, in the statement, expressed particular outrage on the widespread use of sexual violence, including mass rape, as a tactic of war in South Sudan’s crisis.
“All warring parties, including the state and other armed groups have a responsibility under international law to protect rather than violate the inviolable human rights of civilians,” adds the statement.

“The suffering in South Sudan should shame us all. It is an affront to civilised values, and the longer the international community allows the conflict and human rights abuses to persist, the weaker those values become. As Elders we stand in solidarity with the people of South Sudan and will continue to press for peace and justice,” said Mary Robinson, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Founded by former South African president, late Nelson Mandela, the Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide.


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  • 29 May 2017 08:54, by Sunday Junup

    Who are those elders hiding themselves mean while they express the truth.

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  • 29 May 2017 09:30, by Eastern

    SPLA has no regard for elders. Remember their slogan: SALA ABUK ADIU TALAGA loosely translated as even your father shoot him! Kuol Manyang showed that on his mother though the hapless old woman was spared by his armed guards.

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    • 29 May 2017 12:25, by South South


      During our liberation you were working with Fake Arabs to destroy SPLA, but now you are crying and you want to change our government so that those traitors and betrayers can put their hands to power. SPLA is ready and waiting for traitors.

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      • 29 May 2017 12:52, by Eastern

        South South,

        You don’t even come closer to knowing who I am let alone knowing my roles in Sudan then and in South Sudan now. Do what you know best: sycophancy!!!

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        • 29 May 2017 13:24, by South South


          I do not need to meet you personally to know you. The things you write everyday in this forum tell us very much about you. You want to destroy South Sudan. Is there anything more we need to know about you other than that?

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      • 29 May 2017 14:59, by Mr Point

        South South

        How is it that you are wiser than the Elders?

        You seem to see deep into the centre of things without even asking questions or getting information. You have not been slowed down by education, it seems.

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        • 29 May 2017 15:56, by South South

          Mr Point,

          I am not sure about what you are trying to tell me here. I know more than those Elders you are talking about because I am South Sudan and I live in South Sudan.

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      • 29 May 2017 16:26, by quiz

        You south or whatver names you call yourself,plz,don,t proud of SPLA OR SPLM.SPLA or SPLM are the traitors themselves and if you are one among them, you are traitors as well. these are quantiities soldiers or not qualities soldiers. only thier leg were trained, don,t pruod of SPLA including thier leaders.Thy need MHPSS rehabiliatation.they hate S.S citizens like nothings.thy R an abnormal soldiern

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      • 29 May 2017 21:24, by jubaone

        South South,
        You’re just a late comer to the struggles of SS. If Equatorians had bragged that August 1955 when our fathers started the liberation struggles while our luakjiengs were running naked after their cows, completely ignorant of political events, there could be no country called SS. The true SPLA gone with Dr. Garang, now is just village militias Nyors.

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        • 30 May 2017 00:31, by South South


          You are very very naive. 1955 war first started in Equatoira, that’s is very correct, but Anya-nya one was a Dinka movement. Do you know that? Dinka didn’t wait and call Anya-nya one a equatoria movement like what your people did to SPLA. If you need more details about Anya-nya one ask me and I will give a very long list full with facts.

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  • 29 May 2017 09:31, by Dengda

    Telling yourself as South Sudanese now is just you insult yourself. However, we will not allow few greedy individual to drag us around. We need new face and unity among citizens across the country. Implementing tribal mind-set will support the head rotten fish government. I urges my colleague in greater Upper Nile, Bar el ghazel and Equatorial to refrain from using the word ( Dinka/Jieng) as one.

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  • 29 May 2017 09:49, by Whortti Bor Manza

    No Dinka person irrespective of his status or educational standard will understand: what is meant by an affront to civilised value. Dinkas are predatory, uncivilized, ruthless and violent people characterised by denials throughout.
    No improvement in life whatsoever under any Dinka rule. Yet they assume they are rulers.

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    • 29 May 2017 10:27, by Joyuma John

      Dear Whortti Bor Manza,
      compare the ways you described Dinka and the comment that you have put across here ,if Dinka do not understand affront civilized values, I hope your commnet here shown that you do not also understand affront civised value, therefore is no different between you and Dinka.

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    • 29 May 2017 11:18, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Whortti Bor Manza

      Your hatred, toword Dinka tribe is reflecting your stupidity leadership here? hw can you bring change without Dinka? Dinka to Dinka if you don,t stop hatred toword Dinka and give peace a chance to people of s.sudan, to elect their leader.

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    • 29 May 2017 15:01, by Mr Point

      @WBM, When you say "Dinkas are predatory, uncivilized, ruthless and violent people" could you take a moment to consider how South Sudan might develop to a peaceful and stable society without tribalism, revenge and collective punishment.

      Unless you have good reason why this should not happen?

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  • 29 May 2017 15:16, by quiz

    plz, these elders, where were you when south sudanese crying always for help from international community like you. I realize international communities and mediators approaches is positional base approaches that why S.S conflict would not end soon. other incurable disease is the insane president who is being sorrunded by lives development despair people(JCE) who rulling country in greedy heartu

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  • 29 May 2017 16:20, by John Majak

    To u those elders with unknown background, i don’t think u are a true elders less u would have express urselves in a right way. To rescue south sudan from many terrorist act’ u should have call for support of south sudan government against gangs who pretend to be fighting for their right. What is their right?

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    • 29 May 2017 17:40, by quiz

      John Majak,
      which gov,t do you need int,l communities to support? plz, just thinks like an ordinary citizen suffering like me. Don,t call 4 int,l support bs u r Dinka. this mentality of supporting uncle seat will not take us any where. This regime has fail us totally for good. this is a gov,t of (Thona liek)only. This Kiir and Taban(thonaliek) without Dr.Riek,ll not bring peace to S.S. mark my wor

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  • 29 May 2017 17:18, by John Majak

    U quiz,mr. point,mitoot and others who oppose government. President Kiir is not aproblem but you. You blame kiir because he never employ you and if he employ you today u will congratulate him and later removed u would challenge him and that is what your uncles in opposition did.

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    • 29 May 2017 18:43, by Mr Point

      John Majak
      You completely missed the point. Kiir has become a problem. He is a threat to the development of civil society. He uses military force to give collective punishment to civilians. He has broken most national and international laws so that he can pile riches on his family. What happened to the citizens he was originally fighting for and that he was elected to serve? They are refugee

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    • 30 May 2017 08:16, by quiz

      John Majak! I am not oppossing UR uncle Kiir Gov,t bs he didnot employed me.I fullfill the bottom level of humanistic(Abraham Maslow)theory.I don,t,ve aproblm ofjob.I just concern for my citizens including ur Dinka dying in the hand of ur uncle Kiir. I am sure all Kiir supporters including Kiir traumatize of Dr.Riek. Dr.Riek is in ur pre-concious mind as a problem to u.U ,ve an insomnia disorder

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    • 30 May 2017 09:05, by quiz

      contnuee...John Majak, all Kiir Regime supporters are not seeing famine and death which finishing S.sudanese, U R only seeing Dr. Riek as ur problems. U R confusing the innocent Dinka Zt Riek $ Nuer R the Problem but all in all you R making Zis to steal nation properties. 98% of s.sudanese in this generation ,ve tribalism mentality. all of you Kiir Spporters have fullfil the criteria of abnormalli

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  • 29 May 2017 22:56, by John Majak

    Quiz! Tribalism is the main obstacle in ur thinking. But u should not be blame because 60% of south sudanese behave like that even if somebody known literate,he or she foolishly has mindset of tribalism,selfishness and visionlrss like riek. This man u insist on to be your leader is the root cause of this destruction if u deny that history and his

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  • 29 May 2017 23:05, by John Majak

    Policy can prove my word. Look back to south south dialogue and history after the signing of CPA if u know politics of this country u will that he the cause of this mess.

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  • 30 May 2017 14:39, by garrak1520

    Where are the so called JINK ELDERS? Those advising Kiir to keep on killing, hoarding, raping.

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