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The Big Black Dark Day in the fight against dictatorship, abuse of rule of law and human rights in South Sudan


By Biel Boutros Biel

“We are sound minded people and we cannot be bullied to follow a failed system run by officials who are unable to deliver services. Our people did not rally behind our freedom fighters during the years of liberation cause to secure a failed system”

Citizen Editor Nhial Bol, Friday, July 17, 2009, The Citizen Daily, Vol. 4, Issue No. 196, page 2

Dear Colleagues, family of the late and fellow citizens in South Sudan and world over,

As I write at this time of the night, I am filled with sadness and grief because I learned that the fearless and long time democratic governance advocate brother Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awuol) has been murdered at about 4am on December 5, 2012 at his Gudele house in Juba.

If you google in his name, you would get how the man has been at forefront of events wishing that South Sudan should be governed on principles of rule of law and NOT THROUGH A RULE OF MAN!

Isaiah held from Twic East County in Jonglei state but the hours which sealed his peaceful critical mouth and darkened to fallen blood his penmanship will remain not just a most sad memory to the entire Twic East Community, neither for Greater Bor Communities nor people of Jonglei state but a fundamental sad history in the fight for a democratic governance, advocacy for human rights and rule of law abiding country. December 5th, shall remain the most darkest day in South Sudan and forever for on this day, a symbol of hope has been murdered while the state looked on!

Brother Isaiah in my view and a view I will hold forever, come what may, was, is and shall always remain a symbol of justice, peaceful critic for the advancement of democracy and rule of law. His silence is a blow to the fight for freedom of speech and expression and the dark bloody hour of his fall, marks the declaration of the closure of aspirations for which South Sudan took up arms for against dictatorships of Khartoum regimes.

Isaiah is physically gone but his words and works documented over the world on internet shall remain as great encouragement for all of us who have understood where we have come from and where we need to go
One greatest mistake his killers must not make is to assume that the death of Abaham marks the end of the fight against dictatorship, tribalism, corruption, nepotism, useless and hopeless politics of power wrangles in South Sudan.

No, instead, to us who know what he stood for and what he has been saying, it is just the beginning of a new chapter in the fight and strungle against injustices, dictatorship and all evils that have buried the better reasons for which South Sudan took up arms for against Khartoum.

In short, South Sudan political leadership must give public and family of the fallen hero Isaiah Abraham answers as to who killed him!. This is too much!.

Brother Abraham, you have died physically but the just war you fought in the bushes and through your penmanship will live on for generations beyond our time. In death and life, I would remain honouring you for you were, you are and will always remain a symbol of hope, justice and encouragement to us who have not yet fallen into the darkness of dictatorship and incompetence we have found ourselves in.

Your blood remains a sacrificial lamb for a just cause and Abraham, I assure you my brother that we will peacefully fight on towards true and democratic govenance; advocacy of which cuased you your life!

Thank you for dying for truth and justice, your character, courage and spirit for a better governed nation are above the whimps and evils planned to eliminate you by your killers.

Rest in peace brother and our lord is the Holy Lord who stands with those who speak out for the helpless poor majority who are cheated, deceived and coerced by the powerful in the corridors of power!

To my colleagues, my words to you are the words of the German Theologian Martin Niemöller. In his youth he was an anti-semite and an admirer of Hitler. As Nazism took hold of Germany, however, he saw Nazism for what it was. It was not just the Jews Hitler sought to extirpate, it was just about anyone with an alternate point of view. Niemöller spoke out, and for his trouble was incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen and Dachauconcentration camps from 1937 to 1945, and very nearly executed. While incarcerated, he wrote a poem which is this below:

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me”

Thank you Isaiah for speaking out for those who could not speak for themselves! People may forget you but history will repeat you and haunt your killers forever!

I thank you and honour you my brother for standing up for the truth up to the moments of your permanent physical absence among us!

Family of Abraham; courage, Abraham died for a just cause and the shame will remain on those who will cover up and give stupid-blanket denial over his killers!

Biel is the Executive Director of theSouth Sudan Human Rights Society For Advocacy (SSHURSA) a non-political and non-profit making organization founded in 2007.

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  • 6 December 2012 07:54, by George Bol

    What do you you think with low IQ in the south leadership who does not see the other side of the wall?

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  • 6 December 2012 12:00, by Majongdit

    Isaiah Abraham has always been among my favorite writers. I did admire him. Iam deeply going to miss him. Had I been in Yirol I’d have gone to console her mother, for she gave birth to great man. He will forever be remembered. May God rests him in eternal peace!

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  • 6 December 2012 14:20, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

    truly Mr. Biel, it is beginning of another war against dictators, Corrupt government and its leadership. Isaiah death must not just go like that, something has to be done in time. right for expression is a fundamental right for all the leaving creature.
    the end of Kiir’s leadership is at the corner with economic coup being planned.

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  • 6 December 2012 14:24, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

    Tell the truth to die or lie to live. what a country.

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    • 6 December 2012 14:44, by Nibs

      I would encourage every youth in south sudan to go on the street and protest against this government of idiots,rotten to the core.RIP Isaiah Abraham.you are a true hero.This idiot called splm-youth leader Akol must go.he is the assassin of intellectuals and government critics in juba.his term has no limit too!

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  • 6 December 2012 15:06, by Raymondo

    It’s a very unfortunate situation at hand, These smart night killings are planned, and only time and history reveals and to be honest, i am optimistic that all done undercover will come to surface. Note: Dr. John Died but his blood has started hunting the enemies, Bashir has lost voice, the state team have all been arrested and some will not be living to enjoy their action, those who stole money

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    • 6 December 2012 15:45, by Mapuor

      People should learnt lessons of countries were brutality was the order of the day.Liberia,Charles Tellar,what happened to him.Its too much and brutality always provokes reciprocal actions proportionately.Killers should be traced and dealt with proportionately.Lets not jump to conclusions.May almighty God rest his soul in peace.

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  • 6 December 2012 16:17, by sudani ana

    Rest in Peace Isaiah Abraham
    My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
    I have often followed his articles in Sudan Tribune and found him to be a man of integrity, a brave man who was not scared to ruffle a few feathers by expressing his honest opinions and what he thought was right for his country.

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  • 6 December 2012 16:52, by Thyinka

    If Isaiah Abraham was killed by government of South Sudan agent for his outspoken view, then all I can say is that it has become a government of the stupid, by the stupid and for the stupid. This government does not represent the people of South Sudan any more. It has become the government of the untouchable few. Who else would have a motive and the means to kill him if it is not the government.

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  • 7 December 2012 10:05, by Iduol Ahang Beny

    That was a bullet to the head of a man, a family and a nation. Deep condolences to the family of Isaiah, deep condolences to the nation.

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  • 7 December 2012 14:57, by Iduol Ahang Beny

    The wonderful thing about Liberation is that once it’s done, it’s done. Death of the body is not death of the voice, nor death of the spirit. The killers have already lost.

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  • 7 December 2012 16:14, by Iduol Ahang Beny

    True leaders and liberators have nothing to hide.

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    • 8 December 2012 03:46, by Tutbol

      That is exactly true, but some leaders with short-sighted visions often donot see beyound their feet; but only on their own personal egos to which they can torture, detain & even kill those that they think, have crossed their paths & are a threat to their egos. But those leaders often fail to notice that it is not that easy to silence all the people who are taught to think for themselves.

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