Press Release South Sudan

SSIAHR: Stop Salva Kiir’s 28 States!

By Peter Gatkuoth,


Jan 12, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- We the organizations of South Sudanese Human Rights Activists in Solidarity with others NGOS, would like to call upon the International Community including IGAD, the African Union, the United States of America; Troika; the European Union and the UN to stop presidential order No/36/2015 which brings into effect the creation of 28 states in place of the current 10.

It is all but certain that the implementation of order No/36/2015 will plunge South Sudan into another catastrophic round of bloodshed. It is, therefore, imperative that there be a broad based condemnation of this order so as to avoid returning South Sudan into further conflict. A sustainable peace cannot be achieved otherwise.

Human rights activist Simon Deng has petitioned the global community to stop the creation of the aforementioned 28 states repeatedly iterating that the creation of the 28 states is an unwarranted redistribution of resources and land that works against the spirit of peace. Mr. Deng’s petition is contained in the November 2, 2015 issue of the Sudan Tribune online publication.

In conjunction with the threatening nature of No/36/2015, there is strong evidence that Salva Kiir’s regime has trained another ethnic militia composed of Dinka recruits from Northern Bhar Ghazal and Warap States.

Reports indicate that this militia is named “Amiathnum” a Dinka word meaning “last rain” and has already arrived in Juba (January 07, 2016 www.equatoriaunion1870.wordpress.com). Reports of this nature cannot be taken lightly.

The last such government funded militia was responsible for a genocide that saw the ethnic cleansing of over Ten of thousands Nuer men, women and children in Juba on December 15, 2013. It was this state sanctioned mass murder that setoff this current civil war. For that reason we call upon the world to standby those who condemn both order No/36/2015 the continued presence of the Amiathnum militia and thereby help to prevent a second genocide.


Peter Gatkuoth wadar kuel

SSIAHR Executive Director

Simon Deng

Human Rights Activists

Email: peterkuel@yahoo.com

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Tolio January 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Advocating for human rights should focus on resolving the issues that are known to violate human rights. It shouldn’t assume or suggest that 28 states will bring violence.

Violence may come,not because of 28 states but because of people wishing to caste a bad spell on 28 states for their own disapprovals that are generalized as to suggest the opinion against the need for 28 states represents what every South Sudanese want.

The land belongs to the government. What belongs to you is where you have built a poverty and your farmlands. Even with that you still pay local government rates and taxes.

Go to america, Europe, Russia and China to mention but a few, you will find most of the lands are owned by government, real estate companies and farmers.

Most private properties are bought or inherited from ancestors who probably bought them from the governments or Realtors who once bought those lands from the government.

In three hundred years time,there will be educated generations of South Sudanese who probably won’t know their own tribal backgrounds that are made as barriers today.

Tolio January 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Amiathnum is probably misspelling of Amiathnon.The word Amiathnon is a compound noun in Dinka dialect. amiath means bend whereas non means grass. Put bend and grass together adjectively,it becomes bended grass. So, Amiathnon is a name of rain. What kind of rain? It is a heavy rain with strong gust of winds, blowing a bout 140 km per hour side to side and mostly in forwards direction. After amathianon,how does the grass look? Adverbially, it looks bended the direction of winds. It even uproots some crops(ready to be harvested anyway),trees or breaks branches. It is usually the last biggest torrential rain like.


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