22 Jul 2018
“Sorry, sister. I don’t know about Japan. Everything here is made in China, including ice cream and the artificial hair on your head. Even your round face looks like made in China.”
This is a petition developed by CASS which is intended to get the support of South Sudanese everywhere. We particularly want to get ethnic group leaders, academics and other leaders to sign on; but individuals may as well. Please distribute to your lists. We need responses by July 23rd. Thank you.
"The man suffered from oral diarrhoea. When he opened his mouth hate speech escaped unedited. Walls fell. Bridges collapsed. Anarchy".
"Hand Shake, Plastic Smiles, Music and Dance, Home Away From Home...If they get lost in the suburbs of their former days of grinding poverty they can easily find their way to the five-star hotel."<br />
"Freedom Square is overgrown with grass. Some workers in dark-blue dungarees started mowing the tall grass a few days ago. The statue, which symbolises liberation, is peeling. Oh, dear!"
"National dialogues have ever since proven to be one of the best frameworks for conflict resolution throughout the world and many examples of successful national dialogues are found in Africa and the Middle East."
"Humour in the face of hardships as a result of war is socially engineered as a shock absorber, a coping mechanism for resilient people. Everything is now 'Booming' in Juba, even poverty!"<br />
"We appeal to all South Sudanese citizens to own the Permanent Ceasefire and engage fully by closely following all stages of peace negotiation at any venue."
"A lion once said to the victim who was wounded the previous night by a lion that it is us who break human bone in the night and fix the same in the morning" Unknown
"Any country that does not live on the foundation of evidence-based policy options relevant to each case scenario is doomed to perpetual crisis".
“One of the strategies to force the warring parties to comply and secede from their hard line positions is to reduce or remove their military powers…this power would create the conditions that can expedite a genuine negotiated settlement of the conflict…”
“How is it that from 2005 to the present, some of the heroes of the South Sudan’s war of liberation seem to have turned, saying “This time round is for recompense for us and our cousins only. No place for others, prosperity or tomorrow!”
"In view of capacity gaps and lack of trust in sections of the South Sudanese political class, a hybrid arrangement composed of untainted South Sudanese technocrats and AU-UN nominees may be the preferred pathway for managing the transition in South Sudan."
“It was regrettably a wishful naivety to have thought that the tainted history of abortive governments and oppositions of the Sudan would absolve ‘independent’ South Sudan from inheriting the DNA of bad governance".."There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish” – Nyerere.
"But if, on the other hand, the warring parties hold to the previous positions that they held during the February 5th -16th 2018 conference, which led to the failure of the second HLRF meeting, the answer is a Big No."
"You bring Riek Machar to Juba here. I guarantee his safety and I will protect him with the national army. If you don't believe me, the RPF [Regional Protection Force] is here. You bring the RPF to take charge of the security of Riek Machar in Juba..."
"The United States Government will not continue in a partnership with leaders who are only interested in perpetuating an endless war characterized by ethnically-motivated atrocities".
"You have seemingly put all your eggs in one basket. Let’s hope you don’t drop it...Give us a start and we will always remember you well".<br />
Embrace peace, be loyal to the nation, and our neighbours?...When regime change happens after an extremely bad governance situation, it is often not a pretty event."
"The politician is willing to teach the reporter an English word or two so the<br />village reporter can improve his vocabulary with buzzwords like BOOMING or INCENTIVE."
"My words are of true broken-heartedness, for us all as a nation, but mostly for your family, immediate and extended...May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace, General James. You have gone too soon and at a moment we still needed professional soldiers of your caliber..."
“‘If my phone is off, I’m in trouble, get help’…South Sudan where the government is more afraid of a camera than a gun.”
"The real net losers in all this will be all of us, South Sudanese, because we refuse to unite and lead peacefully from the front for change of a system of governance we know has failed us miserably since 2005 up to date."
"A recognition that a unified front from the like-minded opposition is a prerequisite to end the war in the Republic of South Sudan; stop the suffering of the people, and bring meaningful governance and political changes to the country;"
"I urge you to remain strong, in the truth and on the seat of justice, for the Most High stands with you. Among you, whoever can, always stand up, speak out against the evils."
"The man looks miserable. He cups his heavy head between his palms. He is thinking hard but he draws blanks. When he was a dandy about town he had deep pockets from kickbacks and other underhanded deals."
“General Andrew Makur Thou was not looking for a position for himself. He wanted the war to end with justice...I found him very congenial and knowledgeable about the affairs of the country..."
"The kind of compromise that will help would be for the government to lead, in concrete terms, the dismantling of the portrait of mismanagement they have built around management of national politics and resources since 2005".