Lead South Sudanese Musician (Gordon Koang Duoth) Commemorates the December 15, 2013 Nuer Massacre

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 21, 2014 (SSNA) — In event organized by Gajiok Nuer Community in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Gordon Koang Duoth and Micheal Pal Rik raised their concern about the last year massacre in Juba through newly composed songs.

Gordon Koang who is a lead musician in South Sudan elaborated his heartfelt about the incident that happened last year in Juba.

The Chairman of Gajiok Community in Addis Ababa, Mr. Wiw Tung Wiw who organized the commemoration urged the whole Community of Jikany to remain united and appealed to any Jikany Community members to honor the lives of Nuer who perished in Juba. “Do not support the genocidal regime in Juba.”  Wiw warned loudly.   

Gordon Koang directed his concern to Gordon Buay Malek Chol and advised him not to interfere with musician. “I dismiss Gordon Buay’s statement which claim that God instructed me [Koang] to quit singing on the current crisis.” Koang warned Gordon Malek to refrain from his words and urged him to withdraw his propaganda as soon as possible. “It’s not good for my brother Gordon Buay to jealously act like this!! I’m a musician, should he choose to deal with me, that would be more dangerous for him.” Gordon Koang warned.

Gordon Koang appeals to IGAD and International Communities to address the root cause of the conflict and question why the truce take longer. Gordon Koang Duoth openly said that ‘Federalism’ is the best style of leadership to govern South Sudan. “I support Federalism and I need it”, Koang commented.  

In separate interview, Simon Gatwech Met Koryom questioned the leadership that exists in Juba and inferentially underlined that the atrocities were committed by Juba regime from 16-19 December 2013 on innocents Nuer civilians.  “Although things fall apart in Juba, now it’s time to find an amicable solution for this war.” Met Koryom narrated.

Meanwhile, Gajiok community has been mourning the death of more than 20,000 Nuer who had been killed in Juba. The commemoration started from 19-20 December 2014 in which Gordon Koang and Micheal Pal joined them.

Both [musicians] declared Salva Kiir as an illegitimate president and urged the International Community to closely monitor the crimes committed by him [Kiir] in order to get ready for International Criminal Court (ICC). 

The Chairperson for South Sudan Nuer Youth Union in Ethiopia, Mr. Koat Gatkuoth Thoat welcomed the proposal by Gajiok community for appealing to [the] Nuer community around the World to remain united and for the root cause of the conflict to be addressed by IGAD. Koat commented in public gathering at the second day of commemoration in Addis Ababa.

“Although the community had been hurt, we need to keep the spirit of unity among ourselves.” Mr. Gatwech Ruach Bol, a South Sudanese Canadian added.

Furthermore, Gatwech Tut who studied Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University was among the attendants. He urged the warring parties to drop their demands and work for peace.

Godon Koang Duoth said that if this war is to be used as a tool for self-benefit, two things are luckily to happen. These are:

The regional war and punishment from God – on those states who are responsible to calm the senseless war, but silence while kids, women and elderly people die every minutes in South Sudan. “We, as musicians need nobody to die. We neither need Riek Machar nor Salva Kiir to die, but we need Kiir to resign for peace to come”, the King of Musician Group represented by Gordon Koang finalized.

Both warring parties are progressing on the negotiation table in Addis Ababa in which their discussion trapped on the position of two ministries and control of the armies’ forces during the would-be Transitional Government of National Unity.

Finally, the Head of Security and Organizing Committees for the Commemoration Day, Gatwech Hoth Wal appreciated his friends who voluntarily work during the last two days and Gajiok community for commemorating the December 15 Nuer massacres. “You mad it! The days were calm, clear and safe”, Hoth Wal said.

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