Jan 27, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- South Sudan’s incumbent president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, recalls Ambassador Francis M. Deng, the young nation’s first ambassador to the United Nations.
According to a confidential report extended to Nyamilepedia, Dr. Francis has been recalled to return to Juba, South Sudan, as soon as possible.
It is unclear at this time whether Salva Kiir would reappoint Dr. Francis to a similar portfolio in the near future.
Reports trending from J1 indicate that President Salva Kiir has appointed Akuei Bona, a son of Dr. Bona Malual, a prominent member of the Jieng Council of Elders(JCE) who advise President Salva Kiir.
The sudden change is believed to be part of “identity crisis” of Abyei people under Salva Kiir leadership and part of internal politic of Warrap States between the Ngok and Twic Dinka.
Fearing domination from the Ngok, Twic Mayardit would prefer Abyei to be annexed to Kordofan region of Sudan.
Dr. Francis M. Deng is a South Sudanese diplomat, politician and scholar who has served the two countries for more than 40 years.
Dr. Deng served as Human Rights Officer in the United Nations Secretariat from 1967 to 1972, and as the Ambassador of the Sudan to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United States. He also served as the Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. After leaving his country’s service, he was appointed the first Rockefeller Brothers Fund Distinguished Fellow.
Dr. Deng served as the United Nations’ first Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons from From 1992 until 2004.
From 2006 to 2007, Deng served as director of the Sudan Peace Support Project based at the United States Institute of Peace.
Dr. Deng is a distinguished scholar who has taught in some of the top universities across the United States.
He was an Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) and a research professor of international politics, law and society at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Deng was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.
Dr. Deng served as Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons from 1992 to 2004, and from 2002 to 2003 was also a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.
He was at the Woodrow Wilson International Center first as a guest scholar and then as a senior research associate, after which he joined the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow, where he founded and directed the Africa Project for 12 years. He was then appointed distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York before joining Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Deng has received numerous awards, authored and edited 40 books in the fields of law, conflict resolution, internal displacement, human rights, anthropology, folklore, history and politics and has also written two novels on the theme of the crisis of national identity in the Sudan.