Feb 7, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — One of the three officials, who were detained in Ayod county for landing at Jiech airstrip without prior communication with the commanding field officers of SPLM/SPLA [IO] has given his testimony about the incident.
Mr. Mading Akueth, who works for Lutheran World Federation, attests that his once in a lifetime experience has changed his all perception about the people and the conflict in South Sudan.
According to his interview on SBS Dinka radio, Mading thanks all those who contributed to their release, however, his special appreciation goes to the women of Ayod county, the Military governor, Maj. Gen. Duop Lam and Dr. Riek Machar for the special treatment that the trio had hardly expected.
Below is an excerpt of his testimony —
“During the crisis I was having my opinion on former SPLM officials of G10 especially Dr Majak Agot but during our custody I realised why you have to love your people despite having different opinions. Dr Majak was there for us; he calls almost after every hour just to ask how we are and whether we were being looked after. The Government, SPLM in O and individuals played a roles but Dr Majak was there.”
“In terms of care; we were well fed and soldiers carried our water for the 12 hours journey that we took from Jiech. During the times of our departure to Juba; Governor Duop Lam made for us a great farewell. They slaughtered a goat for us and we ate good meal before our departure to Juba. He also came to the airport to see the plane taking off and we then wave at them.”
“I will not go without saying thanks to the Ayod women because these women did an amazing job to protect us. Few women came to make sure that we were safe. They were Mary, Ayen, Nyabel and others who came around us during the night. They needed to protect us.”
“One of them knew my humanitarian work back in Bor and she told us, “if you were born by women then none of you will die here but you will go back as free people.” Their heroism did change our perceptions and such appreciation will have to go to them. I am a different Mading now and I know our people love themselves and they need peace.” —– Mading Akueth speaking on SBS Dinka Radio