9 January 2013

South Sudan: Awulian Community Holds Development Conference

Juba — The Awulian Community of Nyuak Payam in Twic East County of Jonglei state on 24-26 December 2012 held a development conference at Aluel Primary School under the theme "Taking towns to the people". The theme is also the vision of the SPLM-led government of the Republic of South Sudan.

During the development conference, the new chairman of Awulian Community Brig. Gen. Chol Biar Ngang assured the community that under his leadership the community will focus on how to fight socioeconomic challenges such as hunger so that each Awulian community member has "something in his granary". He explained that this will be achieved through improved agriculture at the grassroots adding that the community is endowed with suitable natural resources such as fertile soil, livestock and adequate rainfall to make this happen.

Brig. Gen. Chol also said that under his leadership, the community will improve schools by building modern classrooms and motivate teachers to give their best to the students. He explained that this will help maintain the people in the countryside while attracting home those still living outside the county. He also said that the community will also expand hospitals and other health facilities.

Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, who also attended the conference, promised to expand Dr. John Garang Memorial Hospital by adding more wards. The hospital was established in May 2012 to provide services to Awulian and the surrounding communities of the Twic East County. Madam Rebecca reported that the initial resources for the operation of the hospital is depleted and urged the community members and other people of goodwill to contribute more money in order to maintain the health service in the area.

The community chiefs also agreed to allocate land for agriculture and other investment activities in the area.

To mark the conference celebration, Madam Ajoh Kuol Mading, Biar Chol Biar, Biar Ajang Biar, Atem Biar Atem and Ajang Biar Atem slaughtered bulls (riong). Pakor sub-section also slaughtered two more bulls for the celebration of their new chieftaincy under Garang Aguin Ajak.

The conference was attended by Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Mr. Elijah Malok, Hon. Deu Aguin Majok and Lt. Gen. Biar Atem, Maj. Biar Mading, Maj. Gen. Ajak Deng Biar, Commissioner of Twic East Mr. Dau Akoi Jurkuc, and the Head Chief Manyok Deng Biar, among other dignitaries and the community as a whole.

Meanwhile all the church denominations gathered at "Chuei door" the peace tree on 27th December 2012 for a memorial prayer. The event was meant to pray for the souls of those who were lost during the 21 years of the struggle for the freedom of South Sudan and at the same time to commemorate the date when God made a miraculous signal to stop the internal fighting between Nuer and Dinka Bor at the same spot.

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