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June 21, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir said he will not accept being forced to step down by force, insisting it would set a bad precedent for the country.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

Kiir made these remarks during a meeting with Akobo state governor, Johnson Gony Biliu, who was in Juba to brief him on the current security and humanitarian situation in the area.

Biliu was accompanied to the South Sudan capital by his Bieh state counterpart, Moses Majok.

“You need to talk to your communities, to local leadership, chiefs and you about the importance of the national dialogue which has started the process. They have set up committees. Some will go to those in the diaspora and to refugee camps in countries in the region to where people have gone. Other committees will go to states and different places within the country,” said Kiir.

He added, “This is the only way to stop this war and return the country to the path of peace so that people get the opportunity to go for elections and make their own choices, not through violence”.

During the meeting, Kiir lauded efforts of the two governors and asked them to continue with the efforts of mobilisation for peaceful settlement of the conflict to allow people regain hope and trust.

“Your efforts through these briefings are commendable and you should ahead so that our people understand and embrace peace because it is through peace that people can only make choices. You know I did not into this position by violent means,” said Kiir.

Kiir, elected as president in March 2010, vowed not to accept forceful removal from power.

“They [citizens] want peace and I will not accept to let them down and step down by force,” stressed the South Sudanese leader, who said the unity government will ensure peace returns to the young nation.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between President Kiir and his then-vice president, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. Since then, the fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their homes.

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  • 21 June 22:50, by Theone

    My problem with Salva Kiir,is that it seem he learnt a lot the Corruption from John Garang/Nyandeg ..Salva Kiir I knew as a soldier is not the commander people are talking about.
    Salva saved the lives of many soldiers. He was/is not a tribalist.

    Please wait for elections and vote him out of power.

    By force is not acceptable.

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    • 22 June 04:00, by dinkdong

      Just like Kiir, you are another fool!

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    • 22 June 07:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      If president Kiir wants a total peace in South Sudan let him disarm arms youths in South Sudan.

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    • 22 June 07:53, by Akuma

      Theone,

      Who ask President Salva Kiir to step down?????

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      • 22 June 20:15, by lino

        None needs him out by force, but he decided to stay in power after 2015 by force!!!

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    • 22 June 10:12, by Mi diit

      Incompetent Kiir is clamanting over the split matter. SPLA I.O veterans are capable and qualified of bump off a tribal dictator like you.

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    • 22 June 11:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Only God knows when Salva Kiir leave the office.

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  • 21 June 23:42, by Kuar Junub

    That’s good Dinka president we will capture u & your gangs alive for crimes u committed to non Dinka ppl, I like it keep the fire flaming till u burn your own ass viva SPLA IO long live Dr Riek Machar

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  • 22 June 00:04, by Theone

    Tribalism,Tribalism and Tribalism.

    Do you people have a live?

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  • 22 June 00:18, by lino

    No Southerner wants to take him out of power by FORCE, but I know he will one day run away from this chair by his own will when things get really bad. Just wait...

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  • 22 June 00:27, by Kuar Junub

    Theone,

    Hahaha u right because of tribalism that’s why Dinkas fucked up S Sudan u telling facts man

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  • 22 June 00:46, by Theone

    Kuar Junub,

    Why are you doing the same tribalism?

    If they put the gun in their head, would you do the same?

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  • 22 June 01:11, by Mangar

    I don’t trust all nyangats. We will appoint monyjieng soon to rules Akobo and Bieh states so that South Sudan is effectively under us forever

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    • 22 June 06:57, by jubaone

      Mangar,
      You jienges scoundrels have turned this beautiful country into an open and stinking luak. As long as you profess such statements then don’t get surprised the rest will keep the burning flame around your asses. You must pay for all that you have committed to non jienges sooner or later. Blood4blood eye4eye. No peace.

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      • 22 June 09:54, by Newsudan

        the likes of Jubaone,midiit,Sunday Junup,Quiz and rest are worse tribalists.I don’t think some of you can really be good leaders in future.even villagers nowadays are less tribalists than those who claimed to be intellectuals.

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    • 22 June 08:08, by quiz

      Mangar, you Jiengle can not accept to rule Akobo. Akobo is not a home of women( cie pan diar). Lou Nuer community has history in old Sudan and South Sudan. They are brave men. Ngundeng prophecies that"liay marol ka liay Lou ce thiek ling ci gueth dien eduar ci bal li gueth e te Luo" (translation:I am looking gov,t and lou are all braves but That brave of Lou Nuer beyond gov,t).

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    • 22 June 08:20, by Sunday Junup

      Mangar,
      I like your comment. Please appoint 32 fake governors as dinka to safe life of our people, because if you that it will be purely dinka verse other tribe (no nuerwew in between). I miss Mathiang Anyor marathon of 2014 from Bor to Nimule.
      Kiir nyaldieng bi mac de luuk.

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    • 22 June 10:04, by Mi diit

      Mangar,

      Is that what you can offer?
      I wish the two JCE governors are reading our comments in the forum😭!!
      I am sorry to some Nuer puppets.

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    • 22 June 15:52, by Malakal county Simon

      You’re nothing but just an attention seeker who seek for a reaction to your meaningless comment above slave/mangar. And by the way, hide your identity by using an Equatoria name, because surely, your Dinka who feel shame to be known as a Dinka hahah.... Jubaone will response to you in regards to your invisible identity ya slave/Dinka

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  • 22 June 02:33, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, Will you be abide an election in 2018 then? Nobody wanted to forced out of power except rebels, we the citizens are asking for a peaceful election. How come you didn’t mention anything about?

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    • 22 June 02:34, by Kush Natives

      >>> election I mean?

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      • 22 June 06:47, by Eastern

        Why should naivetes be talking of elections in 2018 when the country is in flames and other parts in ashes. An election scheduled for 2018 will just add to the list of grievances and a reciepe for future war and insecurity...

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        • 22 June 09:22, by Kush Natives

          Eastern,
          Still an election will help, unless if you guys still dancing for useless war.

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    • 22 June 07:00, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Jienge citizens and NOT "we the citizens" who are you. Jienge sakit.

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      • 22 June 09:29, by Kush Natives

        Subaone,
        When have you becomes a citizens? I have never heard of your citizenship since 1947 or 1983. Where were you came from at this sense?

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        • 22 June 17:36, by jubaone

          Bush Natives,
          Write understandable English and not Jienglish. That is when hopeless school dropouts are mesmerized by ICT and just plung in. Learn to speak and write first b4 using the computer, ya jienge sakit.

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    • 22 June 09:40, by Mopedi

      Kush Native,
      Kiir has gone mad, he can no longer bear the rubble he has created, from love to hatred, the legacy of SS is gone under his regime. Peace with Kiir is impossible, to be frank, he knew the outcome of the bogus National dialogue shall not favour his power quest, shifted to the election. It’s another obfuscate.

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  • 22 June 03:21, by Newsudan

    then sir do the followings:
    1.resettlement of 2m refugees and 1.8m
    2.setting up food crops scheme to save 1m currently starving
    3.building of roads networks across the country
    4.construction of schs,Hosps
    5.2018 general election
    Sir if u do 1 of those, I bet,no citizens Will complaint of yr leadership, that what we wanted to see done.

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    • 22 June 09:50, by Mopedi

      South Sudanese, Kiir at the moment have the image of humans, but he has lost humanity, whether he step down or not he careless what tomorrow will be, but his own tribesmen will have to swallow the bitterness-coz he will not rule forever.

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  • 22 June 03:26, by john akeen

    MR. PRESIDENT KIIR, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO STEP DOWN FROM OFFICE BY FORCE WE WANT YOU TO STAY UNTIL WE CAPTURE ALL REBELS, THEIR LEADER ALREADY GOT CAPTURED BY THE AFRICA CONTINENT LEADERS, SO NO WORRIES

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  • 22 June 06:31, by NasJuba

    but fair election!

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    • 22 June 07:31, by john akeen

      YES FAIR ELECTION, BUT ELECTION WILL COME AFTER ALL REBELS HAS BEEN CAPTURED THEN WE WILL GO TO ELECTION AND TO VOTE FOR THE PERSON THAT WE WANT, NO ONE WILL GO TO SOUTH SUDANESE OFFICE BY FORCE ONLY BY VOTE AND BY THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN AND I ADVICE PRESIDENT KIIR AND THE LAW MAKER TO SET UP AN STRONG LAW THAT NO ONE WILL STAY IN THE OFFICE MORE DONE 10YR AND THE MILITARY SHOULD NOT

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      • 22 June 07:44, by john akeen

        ACCEPT ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEAD PEOPLES OF SOUTH SUDAN WITHOUT ELECTIONS, ALL OF THIS LAWS SHOULD BE SET UP DURING PRESIDENT KIIR TIME IN THE OFFICE, BECAUSE IF THOSE THINGS IT’S NOT SET UP DURING PRESIDENT KIIR TIME, THEN SOUTH SUDAN WILL BE LIKE THOSE COUNTRY, ON OF THEM IS SUDAN

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  • 22 June 08:10, by Lenin Bull

    The White Army of Ngundeng from Greater Akobo have melted away like dew in the course of the Holy War and struggle to bring Riek to pow. The much talked about bravery, and war skills by Ngundeng deceived folks are gone for good like menu-pause. Riek Machar or any other Nuer leader can and will only become president through elections but not by violent means. Get it right folks and don’t repeat it

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  • 22 June 08:18, by Lenin Bull

    If it was not because of Riek’s impatience and his followers lack of reason in the course of 2013, by now all South Sudanese would be counting the number of days of President Salva Kiir in power. All the 64 plus tribes including the Dinka people were ready to give a great lavish farewell party in 2020 to President Salva Kiir.

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  • 22 June 08:38, by Angelo Achuil

    "“They [citizens] want peace and I will not accept to let them down and step down by force,” "Let them down" ? I thought the president knew he blew it already! Over 2 Millions are in refugee camps, thousands in UN houses, millions on verge of starvation becoz of insecurity and lack of road access. Try road from Juba to Malakal and back to Yambio. U don’t know you hurts millions of people?

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  • 22 June 08:53, by Angelo Achuil

    Leadership 101: "Everything that go wrong under your authority is your fault."

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  • 22 June 09:02, by Dengda

    Why don’t you issue decrees to appointing governors and commissioners to lead in refugee and IDP camps? appointing committee into those camps proven you that, you are loser and lunatic. The question the settlers of those camps will ask will be, is there security and food in country? So that we can return to our beloved country and homes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 22 June 10:47, by Mopedi

      Denga
      Now you are talking, but camps are managed by Law, but not Rule of Law, let his stay away with his doom.

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  • 22 June 09:04, by Achuil friedman

    I don’t see the reason why u people fueling tribalism through social mean?
    Both of you totally out of leadership and you need time to ask your self who are you?
    Why you where both of you born in South Sudan?
    No man above the laws but yours uncle gvt are above the laws, and there will be time for changes if you people don’t change then time will change you idiot.

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  • 22 June 09:36, by Kojok Lueth

    I thank Sudantribune for giving my space in this website.
    First of all why do you speak rubbish.I would like to advice those whom are saying President Kiir is Dinka president you are totally wrong he was elected and he is your president if you don’t respect him you will not respect the unknown good president of yours.My concern is. who is the next president?

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    • 22 June 09:59, by Dengda

      @ kojok
      To answer your shallow question, the next president will be a person who will united all of us and have clear policies on development, such as road, hospitals, school, economics, security and good international relationship. It could be you or other South Sudanese from 64 tribes, we have seen Kiir achievement and his policies of segregation, he is not a right leader to lead this country.

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      • 22 June 10:40, by Dengda

        Mr Salva Kiir, if step down by force is the one you don’t like, then step down peacefully, like other world leaders do in dignity and with pride for the love of the country. don’t hold entirely country hostage for sake of you don’t want to be told or may be lack of self evaluation too.

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    • 22 June 10:37, by Mopedi

      Will be me.

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    • 22 June 17:12, by jubaone

      Kojok Lueth,
      That is jienge bullshit. The kiirminal was elected in 2010 as president of "Southern Sudan" to lead SS to referendum and perhaps secession in Jan 2011. Referendum was decided and SS became independent. Elections for president of the republic of SS NEVER took place cos the kiirminal just continued to be president against the constitution. Now over 10 yrs how? Jienge liar and rogue.

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  • 22 June 10:57, by deng

    The real supporters of President Kiir are those who always pointing at Dinka as tribe leave government and its leadership, those who wage war against Dinka, such people are real supporters of Kiir,

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  • 22 June 11:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Only God will remove Salva Kiir Mayardit from presidency.

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  • 22 June 11:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Only God knows when Salva Kiir leave office.

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  • 22 June 11:25, by Lenin Bull

    People blame President Kiir for his leadership defects. But nobody blames criminal rebels killing innocent civilians on roads of Greater Equatoria for no cause at all. I thought rebels went to the bush to correct the perceived wrong policies of the government, but they turned out worse than the very government they want to overthrow. One wrong cannot be corrected with another wrong guys.

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    • 22 June 11:50, by DumoMakuachdit

      You Awan Chan men will swiftly smell a rat if you are not ceasing the useless things you are doing with that fool Akol Koor who had used national security like his own company.

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    • 22 June 17:59, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull
      Those killed were SPLAnyors in civilian clothes trying to run away. The opposition monitored them and just apprehended them. Nothing wrong. The fighters will continue to liquidate all SPLAnyors from our roads till they go back to their luaks. They come to steal, rape and kill, just savage criminals and you see even the name Kiir-minal.

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  • 22 June 11:35, by Lenin Bull

    Until the rebels revise their military strategies as well as political strategies, I’m afraid the lots of rebels in South Sudan will finally end like LRA or Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, or ISIS in Irag and now Syria. A true revolutionary cannot be ecstatic while butchering another innocent fellow country man/woman he or she is fighting hard to liberate unless there is something fishy in the strategy

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    • 22 June 11:42, by DumoMakuachdit

      Please go to Akhon you are just lodging the public post for nothing. You have betrayed dinka maximally what are you still doing? Very stupid man. super fool!

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  • 22 June 11:49, by Kojok Lueth

    (Dengda)

    Dengda I hope you understand what you read!I don’t want you to take things emotionally also I don’t want you to answer words. Make an answer to the meaning of the statement. my question was not why a new president is needed? those criteria could be the answer.You are just concentrating on President Kiir only.you don’t know what I meant my Q is A stay with your low understanding.

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  • 22 June 11:55, by Kojok Lueth

    ACA NGIC MONY

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    • 22 June 17:31, by jubaone

      Kojok Lueth,
      You want to turn this good discussion forum into a jienge luak talk? You just came, there are rules of using English and not your primitive thokjienge. Keep it to yourself ya MTN.

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  • 22 June 14:26, by Asunta

    Mopedi,
    Never lie to yourselves, children and women! The Dinka will not suffer the consequences of Kiir’s being a president, instead, all the South Sudanese. Ask yourself if you were in Sudan during SPLA war, did the Dinka fear threat from Arabs and others tribes collaborating with Bashir’s regime?
    Your foolhardiness coupling for-granted assumption "the Dinka will get finished" is fictional!

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    • 22 June 14:35, by Asunta

      Mopedi,
      Give a reference recommending any democratic movement to target a tribe so as to achieve a success. If you don’t, then you those who promote hate and ethnic extinction of the Dinka are the worst enemy of the nation, not Kiir. You and your likes have honored kiir with a certificate of dictatorship by forcing the Dinka to be the side of Kiir as all the rebel movements cheaply target them.

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      • 22 June 15:41, by Malakal county Simon

        I like the way unwanted president Salva Kiir sound, because that’s Ngundeng prediction....

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      • 22 June 16:30, by Mopedi

        Ya Mama Asunta,
        Your statement referencing my comment, now you are swallowing together the bitterness and the agony just for being a Dinka. Kiir is a citizen and my countrymate, I hate him for introducing the wrong system in SS, but not for being a Dinka.

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        • 22 June 16:38, by Mopedi

          Ya Mama Asunta
          Yesterday in my quote" what is going around comes around" is the common proverb, meaning what you are doing to somebody now will be done the same to you tomorrow. That is why Dinka and Nuers always in conflict because of the past episode.

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  • 22 June 19:56, by garrak1520

    President Kiir, please let someone other than you take over for the sake of peace. It is not a force removal, it is a humble request. Thank you for your services during the liberation and during these 3 tough years. Time to move away and let someone who can stand to the leader of Uganda and say "NO to exploitation of my people". Time for peace and reconciliation and reconstruction.

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  • 22 June 20:05, by Newsudan

    Breaking news:
    Govt spokesman, admit people loss confidence in their govt becos of on going crises
    you are now talking: Makwei Lweth

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  • 22 June 21:46, by Achuil friedman

    This website totally full of fake traitors but people if don’t stop such you will remain like that for the rest of your limits time.
    Politics politics politics so that is your predicament?
    South Sudan politics has gon into deep heart of our generation.

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  • 22 June 21:47, by Achuil friedman

    This website totally full of fake traitors but people if don’t stop such you will remain like that for the rest of your limits time.
    Politics politics politics so that is your predicament?
    South Sudan politics has gon into deep heart of our generation.

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  • 22 June 22:25, by Akeen Mangarthon

    Jubaone, Eastern and other anti-dinka;

    Instead of using this enough time for cultivation or other productive business, you chose to be on this forum for nothing other than creating hatred between South Sudanese identities. Go on with such laziness and you will gain nothing. I can see nowadays Mi Mdiit commenting while pleaded sometime back that he will never comment on ST till Kiir step down.Sham

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    • 23 June 08:53, by Eastern

      Akeen Mangarthon, aka jena agok,

      Not everyone in Juba earns a leaving out of cultivation. It is on this forum that all will accept each other as SOUTH SUDANESE; as it is now, the dinka see themselves as the only South Sudanese, which view must change or forced to be changed!!

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