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“I Survived But Peace Is Dead” Dr. Riek Machar Tells Supporters

South Sudan's SPLM in Opposition chairman and commander in chief, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, during an interview one day before he was deposed from the capital, Juba(Photo: Al Jazeera/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan’s SPLM in Opposition chairman and commander in chief, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, during an interview one day before he was deposed from the capital, Juba(Photo: Al Jazeera/Nyamilepedia)

Sept 12, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Speaking to supporters over the phone from Khartoum, South Sudan’s Former Vice President and the leader of the armed Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, assures supporters and sympathizers, who organized themselves in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that he is very much alive but the peace agreement is dead.

Machar, who spoke in his native Nuer, narrates how he narrowly escaped death from Juba and walked for 40 days while being heavily pursued to the neighboring DR Congo, where he was airlifted from a border town to the state capital, Kinshasa.

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Machar tells gathering that he was hospitalized for 14 days but he has now recovered and has been discharged.

“I’m brought to this country [Sudan] after I was extracted from Congo. I was brought because I was sick. I have been hospitalized for 14 days. Now I’m released” He said.

Regarding the speculations that he and his senior generals were killed, Machar agreed that the fight was brutal but only God saved their lives.

“A lot has been said. They said I was killed, they said I’m dead.” He said.

The run for 40 days, unlike many historical “40 days” events, according to Machar was another work of God.  He was heavily pursued both in the air with drones and gunships and on the ground with tanks and other artillery but God saved their lives.

“The war that was fought in Juba, only God saved us and opened our ways. For all the 40 days that we walked in the wilderness, they pursued us, bombing us from above with gunships and attacking us on the ground with tanks but God saved us” Machar said.

Machar further reiterates how his opponents celebrated his death after they captured a few of his belongings that his bodyguards managed to rescue from his residence in Jebel after it was bombed by government helicopters on July 11, 2016.

“When they captured my belongings, they claimed that that was a proof that they killed me, “we killed Riek”, but none of those was true as you can now prove by yourself” Said Machar.

While finalizing his treatment in Khartoum, Machar said he is cooperating with the Sudanese government and friends who offered him treatment to recover and resume his duties.

“As I’m talking to you now, this country has offered to treat me and saved my life to be able to return to my duties” Machar breaks silence on his silence.

“In return, to save them from incarnations and condemnations, they asked me to complete the treatment first and then I can go anywhere to speak out.” he continued.

“I have a lot to say, once I’m out of here and address them somewhere else, I will return to you.” Machar speaks in brief.

“What I want from you right now, I want you to unite your ranks and files, work together under one leadership for you to help our people” He continued.

Machar, who has fought for Self determination and democracy for over 30 years, went on to explain what South Sudanese needs to do right now that the peace agreement has collapsed.

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8 comments

king kong September 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Saved & sounds in good health wax, in eagle-wings I said that before, that God grace is upon you as ” Ambassador for SS peace”
God blesses all SS peace lovers.

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king kong September 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Saved & sounds in good health wax, in eagle-wings I said that before, that God grace is upon you as ” Ambassador for SS peace”
God blesses all SS peace lovers.
Surely, peace is depends upon you, but the procedures of agreement is dead. The peace is not dead, because peace is the spirit of The Lord God.
The moral is still very high more then before God will lead us to the new ROSS, Soon.

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Beek September 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Western African guy,South Sudan is not for sell.

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Chulbaar September 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Nuers will keep lying to themselves until they come to their senses that their leader was dead long ago. How could Riek still be talking when he died in July? I know where his dead body was dumped by helicopter, Not even near Juba but somewhere in South Sudan. Stop lying!!!

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Human Rights activist, Ter Manyang Gatwech September 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Dear All,
What God says about Dr. Machar is more important than what people say about him. Mark 11:24

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Beek September 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

You should forget that because he is not even a spiritual leader either. I couldn’t believed that the Wild West itself in South Sudan.

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Beek September 13, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Dear a Chef cook and i remembered the Assembly Speaker of Western Equatoria. A Chef cook can do that.

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Simban November 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Thanks all Sudanese for whats happen fpr our James Gedet i see is not right and we need owe whats Happy to this men and how u feel can anyone tell me whats kind of Government is that government will take care of people president will love kids no matter what

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