(Previously published at http://pacodes.blogspot.com/)
Panyijiar Youth Association for Development meets Samuel Luony
Ganyliel, Panyijiar County, Unity State, S. Sudan
Meeting with the youth that are calling themselves Payinjiar Youth Association for Development (PYAD)
The meeting was opened by the chairman Simon Gatdiet, who thanks me for availing myself before their board, the chair emphasized that I should brief them on what happen to earlier announced (declared) Payinjiar people meeting that was expected to take place this time round (December), why other people said to have been coming home not turn up.
The purpose of the meeting from my side is to have glimpse of what the youth role is in Payinjiar County and whether the youth in Payinjiar are aware and understand their political environment which is categorized by burdens of underline marginalization issues, imposed on their County by unfeelingly ruthless politicians thus affected development of infrastructure and provision of social services in this particular county.
As I always do, I first begin by moralizing the unity in the county therefore dismissing the ideas from self motivated individuals who would want to divide this cross border exposed county into what is called Nyoung in one hand and Dor in the other hand, this discernment has been made public by self yearning individual aiming to disunite people of one common heritage, common problem, one interest, one purpose, common values and practice.
There are no people called Door. Dor is a name for the land I said; the people who are inhabiting Dor at the moment pay allegiance to Nyoung “Tut wec” and (Jang Deel), if you want, the Door in real term are the Dinka Ador who are currently found in Dor Manyang Joak area
I went on and asked whether PYAD is networking with Payinjiar youth in other places such as Bentiu, Khartoum and Diaspora, PYAD affirmed that they are indeed in contact with all Payinjiar youth associations in other places, the statement that I doubt but could not dispute
I explained a bit of what happen to the meeting that was scheduled for December 07; the reason for postponement was given as lack of resources that facilitates transport and accommodation here at home. Haven said that I turn the microphone to the youth so as they express their thoughts to the viewers.
Remarks from individuals:
Paul Chithok Riak in short notes said, we want you to tell us whether we are together or not, chance comes once please tell the youth what you want.
John Nhial Gatluok
PYAD is not in communication with Payinjiar youth outside the country, PYAD funding from IRC is coming to an end this year, this means PYAD shall have no source of funding in the future. We are united no division among us so far.
Mayen Chop Kul
In this forum, we should speak out openly not fearing anything, PYAD has a Goal, Objectives,Mission and Vision, this will be avail to you by the chairman, here youth have freedom of speech.
John David (Lony)
Unity is important but unity sometime has disadvantages, John did not elaborate on this, he further asked, is it true that we accepted to discuss our problems?
James Kuony Kueth
We are the youth here but I must admit that we are not active in our role as youth, PYAD has different aim, and truly the youth organization should have clear direction. We have no freedom of speech in this county, our freedom is being denied, we did not realized the difference between days before signing of the CPA and after CPA, insecurity is denying us from being active, our togetherness is affected by Payinjiar geographical scattered
We are asking elders/leaders of this community to listen to voice of the youth so that when we call upon you, you should be able to listen to us, regarding leadership, we the youth shall pick among you who should raise in one particular time and who should step down. The youth are being discriminated against at state capital; Payinjiar students pass interviews for jobs and higher education in Bentiu but they are denied opportunities.
I have never met you before but I have seen your photo in the manifesto that you had circulated in which you had asked for the post of governorship. Here in Payinjiar we are facing deliberate imposed hardship, road is not been connected to Payinjiar, a plan to keep this county remote and in darkness, this action is prompting Payinjiar people to get angry and perhaps cause conflict that will further displace the community and leave this county with no better future.
Dar Hok Nguen
We can not discuss politics here, we shall wait and discuss all these in Payinjiar head quarters in the presence of everybody, my question is when will the Payinjiar community meeting happen again after it has failed now? We must meet as a community that is where we shall address why we are lagging behind.
I was amazingly stroke by the level of resilience our people have been persevering, they have resisted all sort of human made and natural agony, after signing of CPA 9th Jan 2005 the government call upon SRRC to relocate from Nyal to Ayod, as that was not enough, state government ordered withdrawal of NGO’s field head offices from Payinjiar to Bentiu town contrary to the late chairman and commander in chief famous call quoted “The SPLM vision, policy and slogan shall be to take the towns to people in the countryside rather than people to towns, where they end up in slum” despite all the intended marginalization yet I saw happy faces of youth playing in the playground (Ganyliel).
PYAD is educating youth on HIV/AID awareness, also promote development projects, however they said to be lacking source of funding, their only hope was IRC that is already mounting exist strategies to move away from the area. Government do not understand role of the youth and how can this wasted energy and talent could be nurture.
Women are still lagging behind even in the mid of these youth, I could not see girls participation, the only young girls around are teenagers who are below 18 yrs, you don’t find a young girl above 20 in the society, early marriages is rampant, therefore girl child development is zero.
I shared with the youth initial PACODES idea of establishing library in the county, this was overwhelmingly embraced, I did not hesitate to share with the youth how negative I was about library be installed here and not in Bentiu, this was to stir up a debate.
Question of road was predominantly shadowing ever talk, river barges passing not stopping at Taiyar port was another annoying issue, who is responsible for this marginalization? They asked.
1. Simon Gatdiet Khor Chairman of PYAD
2. John Kulang Reath
3. James Kuony Kueth Mabor
4. Paul Yong Puol
5. Gai Par Kai Goi
6. David Gatkoy Tuok
7. S Chuol Kuok Machar
8. John Mayen Chop Kol
9. Paul Chithuk Riak
10. Marco Tut Banguang Deang
11. Khor James
12. Lam Keat Peter
13. Nyuong Ezikiel Pouch
14. Daniel Lonny Kai Pouch
15. John Nhial Gatluak
16. Jinub Maker Duach
17. Philip Lam Marial
18. Gatluak Puol Kacha
19. John Bak Mabor
20. James Ker Matiek Kai
21. Joseph Kai Manyal
22. James Makuei Bol
23. Martin Mabor Ruot
24. Abraham Char Mabor
25. Thomas Chak Yieh
26. Stephen Kuet Joak
27. Peter Kai Dak
28. Paul Weijang Gai
29. Michael Gatluok Dak
30. Luca Mathiang Ter
31. Stephen Mead Ruot
32. John Koak Marial Mabor
33. Phar Keal Chuol
34. James Nhial Mabany
35. Andrea Darhok Nguen
36. David Nyuat Dual
37. Thomas Gatlauk Bajuong
38. Samuel Marnath Malual Wuon
39. Simon Mador Biel
40. Marnath Ter Geng Magok
41. Majuang Thiech Chuol
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