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They have done it again


By Zechariah Manyok Biar

There is always something comical in the way that Sudanese leaders behave. They can tell you that something does not exist and expect you to believe it without further questions. I think that is how dictators behave everywhere.

Yesterday night, I almost believed the Sudanese version of events when they said they captured Heglig by force and were sending in journalists to see for themselves.

I got up this Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, and started phoning our people from within Juba and in Unity State to find out whether our army was defeated by Sudan Armed Forces contrary to what I know as the compliance with the international community for the withdrawal from Heglig, and the answer was the same. No Sudanese army attacked our forces yesterday in Heglig. Our forces are withdrawing orderly and peacefully based on our President’s orders.

That was not enough for me. I checked every major news website to see what they have to say, and was convinced by France International News which reported this:

“The government (Sudan) on Friday night said it had organised a trip to Heglig for journalists. But an AFP correspondent who went to the airport in Khartoum early Saturday was told the trip was cancelled because Heglig’s airport could not yet receive planes.” This amused me. Why do Sudanese leaders think they can lie and not be discovered?

I think the reason why they do this is that they find their people accepting lies without further questions. They have somehow been lying to the international community and succeeded. They, for example, often bomb our territories and deny it. Recently, they bombed Bentiu, killing five people and they denied it even though UNMISS is present in the area. They bombed UNMISS compound at Mayom County in Unity State and denied it. All this, unfortunately, is accepted as truth by some countries in the international community.

Now Sudanese leaders are turning our respect for international law into weakness and some countries are about to believe them. This disturbs most of us here in South Sudan. It looks like those who respect international laws are the ones who suffer.

How many times have we told a story that could easily be verified and nobody took us seriously? How many times have we complained to the international community about the violation of our sovereignty by the Sudanese government and nobody paid attention to that? How many times have we told the international community with evidence that Sudan was supporting rebels against us and nobody cared? Is it because we are seen as weak so peace should be kept in the region at our expenses? Is that what justice is in the international community?

The UN Secretary General recently called our presence at Heglig as "an infringement on the sovereignty of Sudan and a clearly illegal act," but he never did the same for the occupation of Jau by Sudanese army some months ago. He did not say anything stronger against the Sudanese army’s occupation of Abyei and the removal of its administration even though the act has led to the displacement of many civilians in the area, placing their lives in danger.

I do not know if I have answers to these questions and do not think the Secretary General can give us better answers too. What I know is that we are seen as a sacrificial lamb that is used to calm Sudan down. Are we cursed because we are trying to be a free people living in a free country?

The selective nature of UN morality is disturbing to me. It always disturbs me to see that some leaders commit atrocities like what happened in Libya and they pay for it, while some other leaders commit similar atrocities like in Syria and they get away with it. That is double standard morality.

The same double standard morality is being applied to us here where Sudanese violate international laws several times and a blind eye is turned against them by the UN, while less than one percent of what Sudanese do causes uproar around the world if we do it. Is that the morality we can rely on in the international community? Should we in South Sudan learn to be liars so that we survive like the Sudanese?

Zechariah Manyok Biar lives in Juba, Republic of South Sudan, where he serves in the government. He can be reached at manyok34@gmail.com

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  • 22 April 2012 22:41, by rock

    Mr.Manyok you say all bro. so what government need to do is to fill this three area with strong people who can carry out their duty properly.
    1-envoy to UN
    2- foreign affair
    3- and AU
    on top that, two envoy of UN and AU should always have well connection back home to be the first to give information to the world and not to be the second person to get news.

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  • 23 April 2012 00:19, by Hitler

    Brother you are 100% right. The international communitay is playing double standards every where. That is why i personally do not have respect for these bodies at all. They are in the office to make money for themselves. But let us not forget, we are our own grantor of our freedom, relying on these idiots will not help us. This time around let us do it our own way and fuck UN or who ever out.

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  • 23 April 2012 03:21, by Akol Liai Mager

    Manyok, you are right about the lies that Khartoum-based NIF regime is bombarding the media. But I am so disappointed with the way our government in Juba has handled Panthou case. South Sudan men and women in uniforms have done their part, but the foreign ministry in Juba has failed the people of South Sudan. I just pray to God that this failure would not lead to us losing our lands to the North.

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  • 23 April 2012 03:33, by Akol Liai Mager

    These are what Panthou’s need from our government in Juba:
    - Diplomatically, deploy the foreign minister overseas with Sudan 1956 map to explain it to the world bodies how Panthou is within South Sudan’s territory
    - Politically,designing an appropriate ways of announcing political and military events to the citizens and the world media. - Deploy and utilise media resources to aware the citizens.

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    • 23 April 2012 04:40, by Ito

      Brother, thank you so much for the well articulate piece of writing. I am deeply disturb by the actions of the international community. these bodies do not care about it to be honest. We must protect ourselves otherwise the story of Rwanda will repeat itself. Yes, we do not have a foreign minister, if we do, he should have been everywhere to rally countries behind us especially at this criticaltim

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  • 23 April 2012 05:02, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. Biar,

    I don’t know who is going to read it from world community. Southerns have no power or resource to function effectively at UN. South Sudan need to build a very strong arm forces, and have a strong intelligence PR at U.N. U.N is infested with morons that are paid off by Khartoum. South Sudan need to train it’s army to be professional fighter.

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    • 23 April 2012 07:34, by Ruach

      You are 100% right Mr Biar.Some countries believe North Sudan more than South Sudan as they are liars.Some of pple were asking questions that who knows the RSS?Where is it?So,UN,AU have humiliated us favouring North Sudan for murdering the people of South Sudan.I don’t trust AU and UN SG.People are still murdered in Unity State by SAF bombarments.What will UN or AU do to the terrorists of North Su

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  • 23 April 2012 09:02, by peter Marial

    Thank u Zacharia for pointing out all the areas where our weaknesses are.Anyway the so called international community are always unfair towards us and what should we do to avoid this unfair treatment?this is the question supposing our leaders and us should bring into our daily thoughts otherwise with our big,brave and professional armies we shall end up defending our border and no expected outcome

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  • 23 April 2012 10:02, by mohammed ali

    ((The South Sudan government has been adamant that it pulled back unilaterally and was not pushed out militarily. Machar said there was no fighting on Friday when the announcement came to withdraw.
    That is not true, according to the testimony from the front lines, which paints a picture of a steady strategic retreat southward by South Sudan since Thursday

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.co

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    • 23 April 2012 10:06, by mohammed ali

      Why you pple insist to make a fool out of yourselves!The world is a very small village and the media will get information alone, independantely!How could you say we will withdraw in 3 days while you are under attack.Still you insist to make a fool out of yourselves.Very pathetic!

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      • 23 April 2012 15:29, by Genuine Leader

        @ what world you talk about? no world major news agency reporting that Saf recaptured Panthou unless from you Arabism channel known as most pathologicl liar aljazeera reporting that SAF pray friday praying later change to evening praying in Panthou that was white lie and very big discrepencies between time and speeches. Go away devilish Arab.

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        • 23 April 2012 18:00, by Genuine Leader

          @mahomed Ali see my comment above

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