South Sudanese Writer Killed in Juba

Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a prominent South Sudanese Writer, Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awol) at Gudele residential area in Juba on Tuesday night.

By James Deng Dimo

JUBA, 05 December 2012[Gurtong]- According to the family members, the incident occurred at around 2 am when neighbours say that they heard gunshots and it is suspected the perpetrators entered the compound where Isaiah had rented using two cars.

Hundreds of relatives, friends, and mourners gathered at the house of the deceased in Haikabaat where the burial is expected to take place.

The late was born in 1962 in Twic East County in Jonglei state and according to his family; he worked as Director for Administration and Finance in the Employees Justice Commission.

Family members say the late joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 1983 and died at the rank of a Major.

South Sudan police spokesperson James Monday Enocka confirmed the death and said police will take drastic measures to investigate the incident and to ensure that the suspect behind the killing face justice.
The late  wrote many analysis opinions on the historical background of Sudan and South Sudan and were published by media in the country including his recent opinion article posted on the 28 November 2012  titled: ‘Giving Peace A Chance Between Khartoum And Juba.’

There has been an increase in insecurity incidences in Juba over the  recent weeks  as last week the Eritrean Community lost three members after they were shot under unclear circumstances by unknown people leading to a demonstration that saw their community members closing their businesses.

On Sunday morning, two members of one family were murdered at their home in Hai-Tarawa by what many believe could be robbers.

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06/12/2012, 8:15 AM
 - Posted by Charles Bakheit
May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Shocking to learn of the tragic death of Abraham. His loss is a great blow to peace makers. he believed in dialogue and reconciliation. And what an irony that he should meet such a violent death. This is an indictment of the establishment if it does not bring to justice the perpetrators of such crimes. Hope that it is not an act to silence those who use the might of the pen to bring sense and understanding among people however imperfect that effort may be.

The government must seriously address this state of insecurity in Juba. it seems no one is safe any more. It is beginning to look like Mogadishu may be safer than Juba now. God help the citizens of Juba.

Charles Bakheit
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