Comment: Dear Majur Deng,
Good work! But regarding this article about Mayak and Wal, I disagree with you over some lines in your article especially:
1. These two blogs are personally owned and they do not represent ethic doings of Twi East Community…
This conclusion may not be correct. You underestimated them.Many people in the TWI community know about these guys before you found them. Many people know that it is Wal and they have quoted him. Wal says that if he dies of anything else but not this BOR/TWI issue then has died wrongly. Thuch Wal Juach (From Abek and whose mother is the Daughter of Anyang-aluong from Deheer) was another writer. TWI keeps quiet about them. Besides that little girl on facebook called Akeer Chut, nobody in TWI community wants to condemns them and this implies that they are viewed as heroes. Besides their websites, these guys have footprints everywhere on the internet: FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE etc all anonymously.
The background is that Wal Garang came from Khartoum and has very limited training in English and that is why some of his press releases are poorly written sometimes. But he knows the Arab techniques of distributing lies and propaganda. Despite his limited English skills he still knows how to appeal to his base by instilling fear and thus making them feel threatened.
The two have something in common. They have materials to sell. Wal has written a book about John Garang Freedom and he has other few little things such mugs and shirts bearing Garang’s pictures on them. And this is why there is John Garang’s Day. It is actually a day of selling these materials that don’t have market anywhere due to the hate contained in them. It is a day of fundraising, selling of Shirts and Books about Garang. The appeal they make doesn’t support any cause with money they collect. It is all about profiteering.
2.They may have few affiliates who intend also to support their derogative political imaginaries….
I don’t agree with this either because in September 2014, Awak De Michigan was held in Dallas and this issue about anonymous writers in the name TWI attacking Bor County and its officials was asked by some Bor County members but nobody from the office of Deng Lueth, Kuol Anyieth or any TWI member gave a credible answer and I doubt that anybody will solve this problem if it is brought to the attention of leadership. Even if it is America, I believe that some kind of punishment has to be delivered to people who violate public.
I think the next step should be how TWI Community can talk to them because they can create a conflict between the two counties. In Kakuma, it takes one or two trouble makers to plunge communities or groups into conflict. These two people plus Kuir Garang in Canada and Amer Mayen in Australia can cause a problem between TWI and Bor especially when people from Bor county response in the same way.