Meeting with the President of South Sudan

Published September 28, 2011

Global Summit on Human Rights: Meeting with the President of South Sudan

The month of September brought the world bodies together to mark the 66th United Nations General Assembly in which my baby nation, the Republic of South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, addressed the general assembly for the first time as an independent nation. This was the time when hopes rises, and freedom rings in the ears, and hearts of South Sudanese who had suffered under the shadow of silent for so long. Read more about the President’s speech on our
blog HERE

I volunteered myself to go to New York City with my friend John Dau to attend Global NGOs Summit on Human Rights and to meet with the delegations from the Republic of South Sudan. I was fortunate to meet with many dignateries of my new country including Salva Kiir (President of the South Sudan), H.E. Nhial Deng Nhial (Foreign Minister), H.E Dr. Michael Miller (Minister of Health), H.E. Garang Diing Akuong (Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment), H.E. Emmanuel Lowilla (Minister in the office of the President) and many other junior officers.

My friend, John Dau, was one of the speakers invited to share his personal testimony on how he became a victim of war, and about his work in South Sudan. Like any other ‘Lost Boys and Girls,’ his foundation enormously contributed to the nation building of the world’s newest nation. I am proud for the path that I have taken to work for the greater good of my country and to make a difference in people’s lives.

I was amazed for the stories shared by the victims of freedom from around the world including the former Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the government of Sudan. Dr. Luka Biong quoted Martin Luther King “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963). Dr. Biong resigned from his position as minister when the government in north Sudan continued to bomb his home region of Abyei, an area claimed by both north and South Sudan. He is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Kush Inc, a human rights initiative.

The summit ended with renewed vision to continue to work for peace and justice but no solution to the human rights problems was proposed or came to light. My vision for peace is to train more disciples and ambassadors of peace like Jesus did when he recruited 12 disciples as his followers. Education is a way forward in achieving peace and justice. Please help the Republic of South Sudan by supporting local NGOs that are working in bringing peace to the war torn
country. Rebuild South Sudan is one of those small NGOs that need your help. Check us on the web at:

Thank you for your support!

Michael Ayuen Kuany

President, Founder and CEO, Rebuild South Sudan

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