Bor Community (USA) Decision to Suspend Its Membership from Greater Bor Community- USA

Dear Bor Community members in the United States and around the globe,

With heavy heart, due diligence, and clear conscience, we are informing you that we have decided to suspend our membership from Greater Bor Community in the United States. Before divulging any information which led to why we suspended our membership from Greater Bor Community in the United States, we would like to give a little perspective on the formation of GBC-USA.

  1. History of the formation of the Greater Bor Community-USA

Back in 2010 when this union was formed, we need to recall that there were voices from three then counties (now communities) who were opposed to the idea of the union but the will to come together as one community called Bor serving the interest of its people here in diaspora and back home in South Sudan prevailed and thus the formation of the organization. Indeed, Bor County was able to convince its opposed voices to throw their support behind the new organization and as a result, nobody from Bor County walked out of the conference on the elections day even though the leaderships of Twic East and Duk at the time boycotted the elections and walked out of the conference but most of their members in attendance opted to support the formation of the organization. Overall, the voice of reason prevailed and the organization was formed leading to the election of its current leadership.

Over the past 6 years, Bor County has been the leading pillar and supporter of the organization and the union’s continued existence until September 3, 2016 cannot be explained without the enthusiastic support from Bor County at both national, state, and city levels as well as through its members (now recalled by Bor County leadership) who served at various capacities in GBC-USA leadership structure.

  1. What has Caused Bor Community to Suspend its Membership from the “Union”

The issue worth revisiting in order to explain Bor County’s decision has to do with what transpired prior to and during the failed elections that resulted in our suspension of Bor County’s membership from GBC-USA. This whole fiasco has to be traced back to Duk’s pull out from the union in May, 2016 following the dispute resulting from parliamentary seats allocation back home in Jonglei State, South Sudan. At the same time, the term for the current GBC-USA leadership was expiring over the Labor Day weekend, September 3, 2016. The question that GBC-USA leadership put forward to Bor and Twic East county leaders namely Akol Aguek Ngong (Bor) and Kuol Anyieth Kuol (Twic) was what should be done with elections without Duk’s participation. In addition to that question was the proposal from the GBC-USA leadership to suspend campaign for a few months with the hope that Duk’s issue might be addressed in an ample time that would allow Duk to return to the union before elections are held in September, 2016. In answering that question, both Bor and Twic East leaderships agreed with the suspension of the campaigns as proposed by the GBC-USA leadership. And thus the campaigns were suspended in order to give Duk time to have its issue resolved so that it returned to the union and all the candidates were informed accordingly and they complied with the resolution.

As the clock was ticking toward the elections day in September, 2016 while the resolution of Duk’s issue was not in sight, the GBC-USA leadership once again made a decision to allow the elections to go forward to which the active county leaders from Bor and Twic East agreed and the candidates were informed to resume their campaigns and they willingly welcomed the decision and jumped at the opportunity to empty their pockets campaigning for Greater Bor leadership across the United States. It is worth recalling that during this time the leadership of Twic East changed from Kuol Anyieth Kuol to Bul Thuc Dut. Meanwhile Bor County continued to believe that the issue resolved by the GBC-USA leadership with advice and consent from Bor and Twic East county leaders before the new Twic East leadership took over that the elections would go forward was not subject to renegotiation given the time and treasure that the candidates have put into this endeavor in their bids to win Greater Bor leadership during elections in September, 2016.

As it turned out, in August, 2016, the GBC-USA leadership convened a conference call in which all three county leaders were asked to attend and put forward two agendas: (1) That each of three counties nominated two election observers; (2) And that the organization’s name GBC-USA needed to be changed to Jieng Jonglei in the United States. As has been belabored through social media discussions: (1) Duk abstained to answer the first question invoking its suspended membership from the union arguing to the effect that the issue that led Duk down that road has not been resolved and Duk couldn’t take on an issue especially patterning to elections being debated at the time out of principle but also added that since the name change is such a new issue that it is worth being run by Duk members in case they might want to take it on or not and would get back with the answer; (2) Twic East leadership opted out of answering the election observers question and instead capitalized on discussing the second agenda on the name change promising to bring it back to Twic East members for further deliberations; (3) As for Bor County, we responded with yes to the first agenda promising to bring two members any time they are needed by Greater Bor leadership and with a need for further consultations with Bor County members with regard to the second agenda on the organization’s name change also promising to bring back the answer once Bor has had a chance to have an opinion on it.

Fast forward as a follow up to the name change question, on August 26, 2016 one week before September 3, 2016 when the elections were supposedly to take place, the GBC-USA leadership held another conference call with all three county leaders to find out the outcomes of the deliberations with each county members on the aforementioned question: (1) Duk leadership came back with abstention to answer both questions invoking the continued non-resolution to the issue that caused it to pull out from the union; (2) As for Bor County leadership, we presented the verdict of our people with the resounding NO (100%) to the name change from GBC-USA to Jieng Jonglei in the United States and also continued to throw our support behind elections and promised that our two election observers were ready to be reported any time Greater Bor leadership needed them; (3) Finally, the Twic East leadership was muted on the elections question but presented its findings on the name change question that it has consulted with 3 out of its 5 Payams and those three Payams have voted for the name change to Jieng Jonglei and that it would follow up with the remaining two Payams committing to bring the results before elections. The Twic East leadership also went on record that 3 out of 5 Payams voting for name change is basically 60% in favor of the name change meaning the remaining 2 Payams’ verdict wouldn’t change anything but added that it was important to bring their voices to this important decision.

Looking at that final conference call on August 26, 2016 (and before the scheduled elections date, September 3, 2016), there was no indication that there would be another debate on elections because it was agreed then that the elections should take place and that the issue of Duk’s pull out would be resolved in due course while Greater Bor continued to lead our community during this time. There was never an argument from Twic East new leadership that elections shouldn’t take place during these pre-election deliberations.

Fast forward to the Friday night before elections, September 2, 2016, when candidates, and members would have made their plans and were traveling to Michigan, this was when it became clear that Twic East wasn’t for elections without Duk and lo and behold, Greater Bor leadership switched side and opted against elections it had approved to go forward even up to the day of that meeting. Moreover, the shocking revelation was the majority of Twic East members (let alone Duk members who were asked by their leadership to not participate in the elections due to Duk’s pull out from the union) did not show up for elections. It was only Bor County members who have shown up in large numbers because they came for elections and it was them being told that elections would not take place. We had to wonder if there was a meeting held between the GBC-USA and Twic East leaderships during which Twic East’s reversal of its decision in support of elections was discussed that Bor County leadership was not privy to. We couldn’t find an answer to that question at the time. We now know Twic East leadership met with GBC-USA leadership on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and formally present their opposition to elections giving ultimatum that unless the name was changed to Jonglei Community in the United States, the Twic East was no longer party to the union and that information was withheld from us by GBC-USA leadership. And thus our people were allowed to waste their hard earned resources and vacation times when GBC-USA President knew both Duk and Twic East were gone and no elections would happen on September 3, 2016.

On September 3, 2016, the then leader of Greater Bor throwing his support behind elections suspension made a unilateral decision in front of the public to extend his mandate for three more months without people’s consent. And according to the bylaws, although in initial draft or not ratified, stipulated that elections are to be done every three years. And September 3, 2016 was the end of a three-year term for GBC-USA presidency. It was during this period when a good number of Bor County members who turned up for elections stormed the podium and demanded to speak directly to Greater Bor leadership. Being concerned about what might transpire as result of people crowding around the podium and demanding to speak at the same time, Bor County leadership made a quick decision and asked people to sit down and then called out any individual in Bor county leadership position at any capacity starting from the national office down to sections for a quick deliberation.

  1. Bor Community Outstanding Grievances that led to Its Membership Suspension from the “Union”

It was during this deliberation that Bor County leadership came up with the suspension of its membership until there is seriousness from the other two counties that this union is a worthwhile endeavor that should be preserved and supported moving forward. Bor County leadership did not make this decision lightly as this union has been unwaveringly supported by its leadership and members. Rather, it was out of realization that other sisterly counties and Greater Bor leadership needed to take their fair share of responsibility in supporting this organization. In reaching this decision, Bor County leadership realized the followings:

  1. That both Duk and Twic East counties have essentially withdrawn from the union (with Duk being explicit and Twic being implicit) as indicated by their members’ attendances in very negligible numbers while Bor County members attended the conference in high numbers. It begged the question, was there a deliberate annihilation of this organization while Bor County toiled every single day to keep it alive?;
  1. That Greater Bor leadership wasn’t sincere with Bor County leadership and its members because there was no apparent reason why the information leading to election suspension was withheld from Bor County members when Twic East reversal of its position was passed on to them in the period prior, actually on Wednesday, August 31, two days prior to the scheduled date for the failed elections. Following that logic, there was no indication that Mr. Deng Lueth Mayom was appreciative and concerned about Bor County’s commitment to the union as evidenced by our huge attendance and thus we as a community have expressed the loss of confidence in him;
  1. That if in fact the elections were to be postponed as contended by Twic East and GBC-USA, that the future of the union was to be put in the hands of those who attended the conference because the term of the GBC-USA leadership at the time had indeed expired and the people not Greater Bor President himself can extend the term for the sitting leadership for three months. The people themselves might have decided to give back the stewardship of the union to Mr. Deng Lueth Mayom had he indeed sought their advice and consent and that would have given him the mandate he needed to exercise leadership and bolster the support for the union during those three months. But he did not take that route. Instead, he ignored people and dictated the terms under which the union’s future might be decided and that did not sit well with our people who showed up in huge numbers. Our people kept asking, why was the GBCUSA leader not worried about those who wasted their resources to attend the conference but instead capitalized on securing the interest of those who opted out of attending the conference out of their own accords? Looking at this disrespect for those who attended the conference at the backdrop of the withheld election suspension information, Bor County leadership wasn’t clear on what Mr. Deng Lueth Mayom was up to because he could not have decided to hold on to leadership out of his own accord when the candidates willing to take over from him were ready to stand up in front of conference attendees to debate each other and be elected;
  1. That the idea of holding elections by the coalition of willing if none of the county players shows up in three months is a gimmick because who are these coalition of willing players and would they be answerable and accountable to whom? What makes the coalition of willing more credible to have the mandate of the people that those who legitimately attended the conference in September did not when they weren’t allowed to elect one of the candidates they wanted when they and three candidates have shown up for elections? Without answers to those question, Bor County leadership couldn’t have the wherewithal to continue to have confidence in the current GBC-USA leadership or its purported process moving forward;
  1. That the name change from GBC-USA agenda is what drove and continues to drive the will of the GBC-USA chairman to want to continue to hold on to leadership until that agenda is executed after which he would be happy to relinquish the leadership having accomplished what his home county of Twic East wanted so that he would be welcomed home as a hero having executed the wishes of his community.

Putting those underlying issues that have come up around the failed elections into context, Bor County couldn’t help but challenge the entire membership of the union to either choose to do the work needed to preserve the union or not after which we will continue to exist as sisterly counties stemming from the same state. The work at the center is how could we continue to be equally supportive members of the union and the answer from Bor County is the union can only be preserved if all the three counties have equal enthusiastic support for the union and only if all three counties can do their equal share of the work as we look into the future. We beg to put forward our outstanding issues that need to be addressed by whoever takes the leadership to revive this union.

  1. Bor Community Outstanding Issues to be Resolved Prior to Rejoining the Union

As we look into the future pondering on whether or not Bor County will return to this union (if indeed it still exists), here are our outstanding issues we lay down for anyone willing to engage Bor County as pertains to its suspended membership from the union:

  1. The body that claims to be the leadership of GBC-USA is not legitimate because its term has indeed expired on September 3, 2016 and does not have the mandate to call Bor County to engage in any discussion with it in any form whatsoever. This body can choose to claim legitimacy as it so wishes but Bor County neither recognizes its legitimacy nor continues to be a member of that body that is only left in the hands of few mostly from Twic East County. The question that needs to be answered is whether or not the body from which Bor and Duk are no longer members does in fact represent everyone or is just an entity that can merge with current Twic East leadership and move forward with serving Twic East agenda;
  1. That in order for Bor County leadership to engage with any entity as pertains to its suspended membership, the idea of name change must never be put on the table during those discussions and must never be put on the table at any point in future of the union because Bor County has unanimously rejected that idea and that issue is closed. The idea of name change is not negotiable from Bor County standpoint and must be treated as such;
  1. That the leadership of Twic East and Duk must embrace the idea of the union called Greater Bor can Bor County leadership be willing to engage in any discussion about this union knowing perfectly well that the other two sisterly counties would be equal partners in the union not to the point where Bor County is only left at the table begging for other members to be part of the union. The unity question as an idea is the aspiration of everyone the world over (let alone a small community called Bor) so much so that leaving that very idealism to a single member of that entity defeats the very idea to its core and thus Bor County can no longer continue to shoulder that responsibility;
  1. Finally, that the idea of coalition of willing holding elections in three months is something rejected by Bor County and should that happen then it needs to be known now rather than later that Bor County will not recognize that body and will not be a member of that union. This coalition of willing elections gimmick in essence adds more confusions than answers.

As we conclude this position paper, it is critically important that these underlying issues are addressed even before the idea of another election is tabled. We need to reiterate that Bor County will continue to work with both Twic East and Duk leaderships both at the national and state levels supporting their development initiatives they are working on to help their members here in the United States and back home in South Sudan. On the same token, Bor County leadership also commits to inviting both counties as well as other South Sudanese and American friends to its activities around the United States now and into the future. What Bor County is making abundantly clear is the idea of elusive union called Greater Bor has to be evaluated and Bor has put on the table the outstanding issues that those who continue to believe in this union can work on and we will respond accordingly.

We humbly salute you and look forward to getting your views and feedback as we ponder on this issue now and into the foreseeable future.

Mr. Akol Aguek Ngong, President
Mr. Ajok Atong Ajok, Vice President
For Bor Community National leadership (USA)

CC: Mr. Matier Mayom Mayen, Secretary General
Mr. Manyok Maluil Joh, Information Secretary
Mr. Majur Deng Nhial, Bor Press Secretary

CC: Bor Community Board of Directors
Mr. Chol Kuch Chol, Chairman
Mr. Dut Leek Deng (Dut-Agol), Vice Chairman
Mr. Mabil Ber Chol, Board Secretary

CC: Bor Community Sectional Leaders
Mr. Achuoth Deng Kur (Abang)
Mr. Dit Majok Akuch (Abii)
Mr. Abuoi Majok Akuak (Abuodit)
Mr. Nyiel Dot Duoi (Adol)
Mr. Chol Dhoor Riak (Adumwuor)
Mr. Johnson Biar Malual (Alian)
Mr. Ajak Gai Thiong (Angakuei)
Mr. Thon Aguek Aguto (Ater)
Mr. Manyok Lual Koch (Biong)
Mr. Riak Garang Mach (Der)
Mr. Mawut Ayor Riak (Gwalla)
Mr. Majur Kuany Anyieth (Juet)
Mr. Achiek Mabior Lueth (Koch)
Mr. Mach Chol Kuch (Pale)
Rev. Daniel Kuch Kuol (Pathuyith)





Killing in Juba-Yei and Juba- Bor roads is an act of terrorism, not genocide against Dinka people.

By Kijana Ali Piel

aliFew days ago, I wrote on my Facebook wall that there is slow genocide going on in South Sudan against Dinka community since it is only community being target along South Sudan roads with mass murdering.  However facts remain that, with South Sudanese on rebellions side perceived Juba government as predominated Dinka government. In reflection to this perception, the motive behind Juba-roads mass killing is to portray that government of South Sudan is not capable to protect its citizens to the local population, regional powers and entire International community.  I think the motive is not to destroy Dinka existence in the Republic of South Sudan but to dismantle government governing apparatus or prove it to the world that Juba government is weak to provide security to its citizens, thus lost legitimacy to govern.
In my international law perception/knowledge, genocide is used to describe violence against members of a national, ethnically, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy the entire group in which is no any ethnic group can wish to destroy Dinka Nation in the Republic of South Sudan whatever the case. The use of violent  along South Sudan roads should be concluded as an act of terrorism with the aim to frustrates International community particularly Western Countries to invade the country through United Nation. I believe the strategy of Juba-roads terrorists is to commit acts of violence that draws the attention of the local populace, the government, and the world to their cause.
In general perspective of an act of terrorism, terrorists plan their attack to obtain the greatest publicity, choosing targets that symbolize what they oppose, in which selective killing of Dinka people along Juba-roads is to project that they have capability to bring war to the capital city Juba.  In fact an act of terrorism is not new phenomena  in this contemporary world since any group that resort to terrorism believe,  they are legitimate combatants, fighting for what they believe in, by whatever means possible to attain their goals. I am aware that terrorists of any types conduct attacks on representative individuals whom they associate with economic exploitation, social injustice, or political repression in which most ethnic groups in the Republic of South Sudan claims marginalisation by Dinka people.
In short the following are prime objectives of Juba-roads mass killing of (Dinka) innocent civilians; is to produce widespread fear. This is to send signal to local population and government in Juba that, they are capable to liberate Juba by force if they are not recognised in any possible power sharing in the government of national unity formed this year July before second outbreak war between SPLM/A in opposition of former First Vice President Dr Riek and Government of South Sudan lead by his Excellence President Kiir Mayardit. With due recognition Juba-roads mass killing of Dinka people is to give fear to negatively perceived Dinka lead government in Juba.
Moreover, the brutal killing of Dinka people by Juba- roads terrorists is obtained worldwide, national, or local recognition for their cause by attracting the attention of the media. I consider brutal mass extermination of Dinka people is not genocide apart from showing world media that Juba government is weak to provide security to it citizens.  Their aims are to harass, weaken, or embarrass government security forces so that the government overreacts and appears repressive so to obtain international community supports.
Likewise they target the civilian’s buses to destroy transports facilities or disrupt lines of communication in order to create doubt that the government cannot provide for and protect its citizens. And in fact the objectives of this, is to discourage foreign investments, tourism, or assistance programs that can affect the target country’s economy and support of the government in power as Juba government and its populations depend on East Africa goods then local production. In sum Juba-roads mass killing is not genocide against Dinka community then an act of terrorism. As I briefly concluded that Dinka people are target of Juba-roads because they are negatively perceived to own government of South Sudan then South Sudanese own it.  With due respect the government of South Sudan should declare Juba- roads mass killing as an act of terrorism and the group behind this uncivilized human destruction must be labelled as terrorists to be dealt with like any others world terrorists in human history.

Kijana Ali Piel  ( Michael Majok Piel  )
Government of South Sudan social and political activist.



Alier Mach Deng


Alier Mach Deng
Alier Mach Deng

The sanctity of UN facilities always evoked by this obsequious stooge,Ban Kimoon, and other obstreperous obfuscators is two-way traffic.If this principle was actually applied impartially, then the recent deaths perpetrated by the elements of rebels harboured by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in their premises, would never have occurred.UN is blatantly behaving provocatively and irresponsibly and therefore, the government must not relent in reminding them of their sole core mandate.

I am acutely aware of the excruciating pain and immense suffering of those Dinkas who have been losing their loved ones on roads and the persistent nature of these daily losses is unacceptable.Additionally, such murders are exacerbated by incitement and hateful literature from our own people who favour the alternative to the current coterie. Other tribes are feeding on such pieces.
There are people who desperately wish citizens will make a catastrophic mistake of taking to the streets but our people are brilliant than that and can’t be duped into such suggestions.Demonstrators against UN or any meddling will be taunted or seen as hypocrites but there will never be uprising against this govt despite the fact that it has delivered hell to the citizens. The uprising will only occur when those who foment it show up first! This government is better than the alternative.The current economic and security situation is the derivative of irresponsible opposition.
However, I implore Dinka to act with restraint and channel their anger and frustration to the government.
The government would be in a better position to avenge such goriest murders and probably deter future attacks on our roads.Any retribution against innocent Equatorians, Nuers and others is as unacceptable as the incessant murders because that would be counterproductive. And such potential miscalculations are exactly what UNMISS, rebels want to seize on and so we must guard against potential revenge killings.
Dinka wins because it exclusively entrenches laws of wars and rules of engagement even in dire situations in battles regardless of enemy behaving contrary. I cannot put myself in the shoes of those who lost their loved ones but the stakes are high here and we must stifle our anger and frustration. A Chinese proverb explains this better, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape days of sorrow.” UN, IO and G10 are baiting the Government of South Sudan and its people.Furthermore, those who wish us ill could learn from our compassion and refrain from generalizing the whole tribe as bad.No statement speaks to that than this wise saying:
“It’s never too late to give up your prejudices”–Henry Thoreau, writer and naturalist.
The writer Is Aliru- Alier Mach Deng,
Figure 1 (L-R): Bul Thuc Dut, Deng Bul Kuer, Kuer Garang Manyok, and Kuek Aleu Garang during election in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

(USA) Twi Community in the United States of America Unveils New Leadership

Figure 1 (L-R): Bul Thuc Dut, Deng Bul Kuer, Kuer Garang Manyok, and Kuek Aleu Garang during election in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Figure 1 (L-R): Bul Thuc Dut, Deng Bul Kuer, Kuer Garang Manyok, and Kuek Aleu Garang during election in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

On July 4th, 2016, the Twi Community Association in the United States held a two-fold get together – a community project fundraising and a change of leadership plebiscite. The three-day gathering was publicized and caught lots of media attention especially the social media. The two presidential candidates had waged vigorous campaigns as each commended huge following from their dear community. The two contestants were Bul Thuc Dut and Lual Bul Manyok of Virginia and Utah (states of residence), respectively. At the conclusion of this unprecedented community function, both the fundraising and the election were extolled tremendous success as the members of this community roared in jubilation of unison and togetherness. Thanks to the generous sons and daughters of Twi Community for reaching the set financial target of the fundraiser and for democratically electing their leader with utmost precise fairness, free of intimidation or bias.
The election results saw to it that Mr. Bul Thuc Dut of Virginia emerged the winner. The results of this plebiscite boasted one of the few elections held in the United States by various South Sudanese communities with absolute fairness and free of any bias whatsoever. The conceding candidate, Mr. Lual Bul Manyok gave what many people termed a “moving concession speech”. Undoubtedly, Mr. Lual Bul had given it all his best though he narrowly fell short. By the virtue of accepting and acknowledging the election outcome, many people opined that Lual Bul could be a potential contender in the future if at all he would want to run again. It is the opinion of this author that Mr. Bul Thuc and Mr. Lual Bul were both qualified sons of Twi Community whose aspiration for the top seat was to be genuinely decided by their community. In a layman term, there got to be one leader at a time – and Twi chose her leader cheerfully.
Dr. Majak D’Agoot, who was the chief guest, witnessed the entire election process and oversaw the swearing in of the Twi Community new leader, Mr. Bul Thuc Dut. Dr. Reverend Lual Arok officiated over the Biblical version of the inauguration. It was such an honorific jamboree that any Twi Community membership in the United States and beyond couldn’t have been more proud of their community. In simple tongue, this was a fundamental democratic milestone achievement. Many communities (or even nations) are yet to reach this remarkable score! By any definition, generally, it was such a blissful and delightful event.
Following the conclusion of all the festive fun and election in Kansas City, all Twi sons and daughters returned to their respective places of residences. However, for Mr. President Bul Thuc along with his two other elected colleagues – the Vice President and Secretary General – Mr. Deng Bul Kuer and Mr. Kuer Garang Manyok, respectively; it was just a dawn of yet another challenge: search for a new leadership team. Quite frankly, it is one thing to win an election but entirely another putting together a coalescing and unifying leadership team. This is especially true with a community like Twi where almost every member possesses great deal of leadership capabilities and qualities. This is the kind of dilemma that has been facing us, the three-member team, since the return from Kansas.
Cognizant of the ‘campaign slogan’ and mindful of the promises made during the campaign trails, the task and need of putting an inclusive unifying leadership couldn’t be more daunting – and definitely worth the time. On the one hand, it has indeed been over two months of gut wrenching for the three-member team trying to put relevant leadership portfolio together while it has been nearly a three-month long wait for the community on the other. Nevertheless, with thorough consultation with almost the entire community, the three leaders are more than happy to unveil the long awaited list of the new leadership team of the Twi Community Association in the United States of America. For the lack of better description, I believe these individuals were pulled from a pool of the best and great minds of the Twi Community here in the United States. I am convinced that these enthusiastic leaders are more than ready to serve and catapult their beloved community to the next level with all their abilities and capacities.
Without further due, ladies and gentlemen, here are the names (with their corresponding titles) of the leadership team of the Twi Community Association in the United States of America. It is our utmost sanguinity that Twi Community Association in the United States extends them a warm welcome and congratulates them for heartily willing to voluntary serves their community with full commitment besides their other personal commitments and responsibilities. As we all know, the success of any entity is contingent upon both the hands of the leadership and those of the members.

  1. Executive Body

    Mr. Bul Thuc Dut – President
    Mr. Deng Bul Kuer – Vice President

Executive Secretariat

Mr. Kuer Garang Manyok – Secretary General
Mr. Nul Dau Yuang – Deputy Secretary General


Mr. Kuir Dit Majuc – Treasurer
Mr. Philip Akur Dau – Deputy Treasurer

Women Affairs

Mrs. Mary Athou Acuoth – Women Affairs Representative
Mrs. Achol Bol Arok – Deputy Women Affairs Rep.


 Mr. Majok Atem Manyang – Secretary of Information
Mr. Atem Mabior Atem – Deputy Secretary of Information

Planning and Development

Mr. Kuek Aleu Garang – Chair, Planning and Development Coordinator
Ms. Kuer Mabior Nhial – Deputy Chair, Planning and Development Coordinator

Youth and Culture

Mr. Garang Kuol Garang – Secretary of Youth and Culture
Mr. Jacob Deng Acuoth – Deputy Secretary of Youth and Culture

Public Relations

Mr. Wal Garang Kuir – Secretary of Public Relations
Mr. Achien Chol Dau – Deputy Secretary of Public Relations


Mr. Gabriel Dut Atem – Press Secretary/Spokesperson
Mr. Mayak Deng Aruei – Deputy Press Secretary/Spokesperson

Information System & Web Maintenance

Mr. Barach Kuany Barach – Secretary of Information System & Web Maintenance
Mr. Deng Atem Bol – Deputy Secretary of Information System & Web Maintenance

  1. Auxiliary Advisory Body

Mr. Atem Deng Ajang – Advisor, Youth and Culture
Mrs. Nyandeng Kuir Aleu – Advisor, Gender and Women Affairs
Mr. Simon Ajak Garang – Advisor, Political Affairs
Mr. Thon Garang Ajak – Advisor, Public Affairs

  1. Board of Directors

There is also going to be a fifteen-member board of directors of the association. The membership of this body is representational based. That means each of the five payams of Twic East County brings three members. The members of this board are yet to be brought forward by their respective payams. We will unveil their names once we received them.

  1. States Representatives

The leadership of the association will also include states representatives. The number of states representatives will be determined by the number of states where majority of Twi sons and daughters live. Again, we will publish the names of the states representatives upon the completion of the due process.
In conclusion, we thank the good Lord for his guidance throughout the process of selecting the leaders of our beloved community of Twi. We also appreciate all the members of our Twi Community in the United States for their patience and for bearing with us during this long selection process. We continue to humbly ask our Almighty God for his blessing as we try to bring development and human progress in our world we live.

With kind regards,
Kuer Garang Manyok, Secretary General – Twi Community Association-USA


Prominent South Sudanese Politician And Former Governor Northern Bhar El Ghazel ,Current Chief Of General Staff Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) .

The General With the Nine Bullets wounds: The Living Evidence of Patriotism in South Sudan.

By Deng Kur Deng

Prominent South Sudanese Politician And Former Governor Northern Bhar El Ghazel ,Current Chief Of General Staff Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) .
Prominent South Sudanese Politician And Former Governor Northern Bhar El Ghazel ,Current Chief Of General Staff Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) – Twitter

In all the mess that went on for a while in our country, there are men who are trying their best to resuscitate the country by bringing peace back to the people. Our communities have not learned to practice tolerance, but rather they use excessive violence that sends no message. For these very reasons, no one in South Sudan is living an admirable life because of the war our people were dragged into. As we speak, those who aren’t very thoughtful pretend to be leaders yet they have taken advantage of the country despite the people’s resistance.
However, the biggest problem of all is a war that was imposed on the people of South Sudan for malevolent purposes. These are the reasons why people must be forward thinking and motivated to prevent more disastrous events inflicted on the people by those who aren’t passionate enough about the nation’s success. Generally, the South Sudanese wouldn’t withstand profligate and reckless activities in the country as they are experiencing under the orders of Riek Machar. With that, people who see the safety of South Sudanese as a priority have seen leaders with shared perspectives who deserve to serve and protect people of South Sudan in the army. Those who have sanity and good reasoning to save South Sudan decided that, General Paul Malong Awan was overwhelmingly seen to embody the qualities of leadership and better intervention skills to tackle our collective problems.
Now, the South Sudanese have undoubtedly realized his leadership skills and productivity and; therefore, our people have nothing but respect and admiration for General Paul Malong. With his insights, criminals who were indomitable have eventually realized that General Malong is a man for peace, so a number of generals have returned to work with him. Unfortunately, certain groups of the South Sudanese people are blaming the leaders, but I realized that some of these people are blaming the wrong individuals for the wrong reasons. Obviously, it appears that certain circumstances might have influenced these very individuals to make these unfounded blames.
Now, when we all look back at the social problem in the country, all South Sudanese are aware that Riek Machar has contributed to 97% of the suffering of the people of South Sudan yet a number of these clueless citizens and foreigners decided to blame General Paul Malong for the problem in South Sudan. However, what they forget to remember is that when the war started, General Malong was a governor of Northern Bhar Ghazel working like every governor in the country, so he wasn’t Chief of General Staff of the SPLA when the war started; therefore, he didn’t purposely take South Sudan back to war. Many of the citizens are aware that the general was promoted to the leadership of the SPLA to guide the country’s armed forces and to spearhead a quest to use and intervention skills amidst the conflict imposed on South Sudanese by Riek Machar.
General Malong accepted his new job without hesitation because he has work to do—to protect your family and my family. Not only did he execute his duties based on provisions of the SPLA, but the man made sacrifices and endured a lot of pain seeking freedom for the people of South Sudan during our struggle, so he has no personal reasons to take South Sudan back to war, therefore, all these accusations are known to be unfounded across the country.
First, you must be reassured that the man is brave at heart and a leader in all his decisions and consequently, he must be treated as such. Even though there are many generals who were wounded during the struggle, General Malong was wounded 9 times. Seriously, you cannot beat the patriotism this man has for the country and I can honestly say, I am very proud of the man for all that he did for us. I don’t know who could question this man’s integrity, patriotism, and love for the people of South Sudan. The general who has been wounded repeatedly has never gave up hope serving and protecting the people of South Sudan. These are true works of patriotism.
General Malong has shown his humanity, whereas Riek and his generals have done inhumane things to people including killing the wife of our chief who was the oldest woman in my village. As we all know, General Malong took up arms to protect the vulnerable population like her during our struggle. Based on the facts out there, he was promoted after war was ignited, so he has nothing to do with what triggered the war in the country. With General Malong as a head of the armed forces, particularly SPLA, we as citizens have witnessed protection of your loved one from warmongers.
In fact, the single most important thing to Malong and to all the South Sudanese is restoration of peace in the country and this is a priority to him. Nothing more and nothing less than that.
Now, let us reflect on what Malong did in Northern Bhar Ghazel. When the Sudanese government was involved in a proxy war that terrorized Northern Bhar Ghazel, Dr. John Garang confidently designated Malong to find ways to resolve the problem between Northern Bhar  Ghazel and the Misseriya tribe. General Malong as a capable man was able to navigate and maneuver amidst complexities associated with the region good enough that he brought peace between these two tribes. People of Northern Bhar Ghazel were able to coexist with the Misseriya peacefully under his leadership. As you can tell above, people like General Malong and others deserves to be celebrated for their services to the people of South Sudan.
Another thing I have heard from my brothers from Nuer is that they have accused General Malong of killing children, but if we look at what Riek did, many of his fighters in the White Army were children and so when you compare these two men Malong was given a task to guide the SPLA — an organized armed force of which many Nuer were part of before they defected. Imagine, Riek was in charge of the White Army, which was comprised of children, meanwhile Malong was in charge of a well-organized forces to protect children. Who have done more damage to South Sudanese children, women and elderly in the country?
The saddest part of this — many of those children under Riek Machar’s leadership were affected and even killed. Those few of you who are complaining to foreigners about General Malong, are not telling the true when you leave out someone who did all the bad things to your children by recruiting them into the White Army under tribal banner. Don’t just say Malong is at fault for convenience. As far as the South Sudanese are aware, the general sustained wounds during the struggle protecting children, women, and the elderly, so how could a man who have done and sacrificed so much for the people go back to degrade these very people? This kind of smearing must stop. We South Sudanese know that the general wants nothing but safety, prosperity, and development for the country.
However, many of us who have heard and seen the contribution of Malong and men under his leadership — we become outraged by those who accused him of something he hasn’t done. Let us reflect on the general’s family, which is something all South Sudanese is aware of. Malong has a number of children and women, which is something we are very familiar with as Dinka, Nuer and other tribes in South Sudan that practice these traditional values. With these traditional values, General Malong was able to marry a number of wives and as a result has children, which is something every Dinka, Nuer or South Sudanese man is proud of.
With that being said, General Malong has every reason to protect every child born in South Sudan because those children are like his own children and the very reason he took up arms to protect the lives of the people. With that, I encourage you my people to be honest with yourself because we know the intentions of General Malong are to restore peace and the livelihood of the people of South Sudan. You and I must see Paul Malong as a symbol of peace because he wanted to see your children going back to school in a stable and peaceful country. This too will allow citizens to resume their normal duties such as growing crops and peacefully looking after their cattle.
Like many of us, General Malong would like to see a peaceful South Sudan in which we all can coexist regardless of our tribal connection. Instead of condemning wrongdoers such as Riek Machar and his dangerous generals, a few individuals resorted to criticizing a man who is seeking peace for all of us. You cannot attack a productive person with counterproductive insults and assumed it will work for some of us who are in solidarity with General Malong. You men and women under his leadership are doing what is right for the people of South Sudan. You and I should be looking for solutions for the country as he works to revitalize the country from the brutality of war imposed on our families by Riek Machar. You and I must respect and appreciate what General Malong stands for in the country.

This article was written Deng Kur Deng AKA Raanmangar. You can reach him at

Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) is a Threat to Current Dinka’s Politicians

By Deng Kur Deng

I believe in constructive criticism and cohesion among leaders. However, it has become the norm among our current generation that some of us hate hearing the facts—but that won’t stop me from stating them. While that is true, pretending that, there are contended issues, which could be easily addressed through covert strategies isn’t valid. Otherwise, don’t expect these issues to slip away on their own once they reached past rational. As many of us may know, a leader’s greatest fulfillment is in satisfying the people, so their work should be dedicated completely to the country in their leadership. I support the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, and many members of the SPLM; however, I feel that there must be room to acknowledge the Jieng Council Elders (JCE) are major threats to even Dinka’s politicians who might have shown no rational reasoning behind their decisions against President Kiir and his administration. Yes, they are politicians in this country and we all need to work together for the welfare of the people, but they must still be viewed as a major concern among Dinka communities.
I have a strong feeling that current politicians are in jeopardy, especially among them the Dinkas, per JCE’s behaviors. As a concerned citizen, I urge those who might have made mistakes to go against administration to apologize to the president to avoid backlash from the people under JCE. This apology can prevent disintegration among the Dinka and will also alleviate the pressure on politicians whose roles are vital in regards to leadership. I have noticed that there is a widespread sentiment that whomever is reasonable and upholds their intentions will be the next president.
However, if these politicians fail to recognize this as a threat to their political future, they will definitely experience a downward trend and people are more likely to lose confidence in them. Once this strength among the people has faded, a politician will have very little chance to strengthen his or her stance on things that matter to the people. People like myself, who see a good number of people as potential leaders, still have high hopes, but harmony between them and the President is very crucial to JCE and as we all knew, JCE is a very strong entity. Reconciliation at this very stage with the President will nurture their differences and allow change to occur in their quest for high office in the country. At the moment, many Dinkas feel violated by those who disagree with the President, as they see his opponents as elements that are destructive to his power and so do JCE. Some of us feel that this strategy will lessen contentious issues that have spread to various Dinka populations.
I am not asking those politicians to lead South Sudan to join the Jieng (JCE), nor am I suggesting that they act in a capacity that undermines other tribes. However, strength of this very group is one of many reasons why many politicians should apologize to the president. An apology would allow each of these politicians to avoid repercussions from JCE and the Dinka as a whole. Speaking of JCE, I can assure you that the secretary general of JCE, Anei Madut, is the strength of this group and his messages are very powerful. You would agree if you listened to him. He is a serious-minded, articulate individual, and most importantly, a very patriotic man.
All the public figures of the highest level in this country may think that there is room for them and deserves better than being loosely informed. His position as a member of the SPLM and the largest tribe are his biggest advantages in the political spectrum. As people are looking for a better future for the country, many have envisioned what it would be like to bring aboard a new leader. Many of these politicians are known for wanting a better South Sudan but because of disagreements among the ill-informed Dinkas in our communities this has been hard.
Their resentments are expressed in pending protests, which could easily distort images of any politician who has disagreed with the President over the course of these conflicts. These are not demanded changes but rather encouragement for self transformation in a political context to gain a more positive experience among the Dinka. This improvement is meant to create an environment among the people where they feel their problems are prioritized above all things, including political differences.
I am aware that all these men and women are not in the same place on their positions on the SPLM’s objectives. Yes, we are aware that SPLM was united in Arusha; however, more must be done to maintain its functioning at some levels throughout the country, particularly among politicians. We know that a divided SPLM will not be productive, and this is where those individuals who might have misspoke must focus in widening their approaches and to prevent inconsistencies, which could jeopardize their future in the political arena in the country. At the same time, many people would like to see them work cooperatively with the president. Cohesion between President and many of the SPLM leaders, including those whom have disagreed with him, will expand their network among the Dinka, particularly the JCE may have a chance without other problems arising in the process.
These differences between the President and others is both destructive and a distraction to their political maneuverings, particularly among the Dinka communities. An apology would reconstruct a broken relationship and restore the camaraderie that existed between the two prior to the mess we have all witnessed firsthand. This apology is needed for the country’s continued improvement. For instance, no one would like to experience worthlessness in their own communities and that is why I felt this needs to be address this issue between Dinka’s politicians and JCE’s position.
Let me be clear, differences are not unheard of and are a part of our daily lives. We disagree even with friends, a loved one, parents, and our leaders, but there must be a limit to these kinds of disagreements, especially among our leaders. With that in mind, cherishing our leaders is seen as being an uplifting spirit, particularly during this trying time. My position here is intended to avoid political polarization and political intolerance among these very politicians in the country trying to work together. People are usually captivated by the idea of forgiveness and working peacefully; two positive traits in a political environment. An agreement to be more civil during this trying time is the right move for the betterment of everyone.
While there are leaders who work subversively because of self-interest, the facts of these trying times outweigh the political differences and compromises promote progress. These politicians’ political future is unpredictable without the recognition of the Dinka as a whole, especially the majority of them who are supporting the President. Despite the momentum and support for any politician, there must be cohesion between whoever the politician is and the Dinka. This bipartisan support will bridge the gap that has been created due to differences between the President’s administration and those of political elites in the country. The bitterness between them has affected compromise and collaboration; and so an apology and reconciliation are the stepping-stones in the right direction. Currently, citizens see themselves as indefensible and therefore would like to see their government work for their protection rather than disagree.

This article was written Deng Kur Deng AKA Raanmangar. You can reach him at

Welcome All! Juet Community Fundraiser In Harrisburg, PA On November 26, 2016

September 27, 2016

Dear Family and Friends:

We are kindly inviting you to our first fundraising event for Kuei Island in Juet, Jalle South Sudan. The event will take place on Saturday November 26, 2016 from 9:00am-10:00pm at 40468 Fawn Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112, USA. During this Thanksgiving weekend, we would like to give Kuei Island residents something to be thankful for! There will be lots fun activities and entertainment including traditional dance and music from one of Juet rising stars artist, Atong Wel Kang
In 2003, Juet Community in the United States decided to form a not-for-profit organization in Lancaster, PA, to bring hope and restore dignity among the few remaining survivors of the long civil war. The organization pledged to provide clean drinking water, quality education, and health services.
To this day, our mission has not changed.
Over the last 13 years, through the generosity of donors like you, we have provided many residents with clean water, health services and much better learning facilities despite the many setbacks in the country; though we have done a lot, the need is still great.
Each year, we review the impact of our organization to the people of Juet Community and their neighbors, for we want to create an enduring impact. Through this routine review, we have come to realize much of our services in Jalle are not fully utilized due to insecurity. To escape insecurity, many vulnerable children and their families go to Kuei Island. In line with our mission, we intend to extend our services to Kuei Island.
Our goal for Kuei Island is to provide a good primary education, quality health services and clean drinking water. Kuei Island is a safe haven not only for residents of Jalle, but also their neighbors, especially during civil unrests in the country. As such, we intend to increase its capacity to host and provide quality education to all those who come there to seek refuge.  Without donations from kind donors like you, however, Kuei Island will not provide a hospitable environment. Our hope is to raise $50,000 to equip Kuei Island with a good primary school, a clinic and a borehole for clean drinking water. Your generous gift will be a tremendous help in reaching our goal.
In closing remarks, we want to assure you that your gift will bring so much happiness to the disadvantaged children and their families in Kuei Island; and thus, will create a lasting impact. Together, let’s transform lives and provide hope for a better future to these few surviving victims within our reach. Thank you so much for your support!

Jacob Majur Kuany
President of Juet Community, USA
For any inquiries or regrets, please feel free to contact; Isaiah Chol Kuch Chol, Juet community Secretary at (317-701-4051 or or Jacob Majur Kuany Anyieth, Juet Community President at (617-982-8533 or