My Testimony following the Release of Isaiah Chol Aruai

By Thon Mayen Thon, Juba

South Sudanese celebrating the release of Hon. Isaiah Chol and two other officials in the town of Bor(Photo: Nyamilepedia/Supply)

South Sudanese celebrating the release of Hon. Isaiah Chol and two other officials in the town of Bor(Photo: Nyamilepedia/Supply)

Feb 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — My Testimonial following the release of Isaiah Chol Aruai (Chairperson for The National Bureau of Statistics and Census in South Sudan) Aruai and Jacob Aleer Longar Bawang (Programs Monitoring & Evaluations-LWF) and my colleague Micheal Mading Akueth (Emergency Manager-LWF) in Captivity by the SPLA/M-IO

Hon. (Uncle) and colleagues were released upon the assurance and order from Dr. Riak Machar with the assistant from the area rebel commander Gen. Gabriel Duop Lam. Their two days in detention have been like two Years in our thought; their release alive had been something that we didn’t know to have happened. And that we have seen them alive then is good news to all of us South Sudan. Those are indicator of peace, many people have been reported captured and killed but rebel have demonstrated a good faith today over Government. The release of Isaiah Choldit, Jacob Aleer and Mading is good news in the region something that we have not witness before. These shows that South Sudanese have love for themselves.

With that, we are therefore happy In fact to have seen them back alive and safe. We are happy It was a very unfortunate dealt that taken by Humanitarian Helicopter of UNHAS to Opposition force controlled area in Jiech Payam of Ayod county of Jonglei, without communication hence, they were removed from the aircraft YL-HMS (MI-8T) UNO 077H operated by GM Helicopters and held captive and detained seriously on Tuesday 03.02.2015 at around 10:50 local time.

However, on behalf of my family and relatives we are thankful to specifically To Almighty God and Gabriel Duop Lam, Dr. Riak Machar rebel leaders and the entire leadership of the SPLA/M in Opposition for without their Human heart and love for peace these relatives would have meets their death miserably. Thank for having taken good care of beloved relatives during captivity. Additionally second thank goes to everyone and others International Organization who devoted their effort and negotiates the release of our beloved cousin and colleagues.

My message to the south Sudanese is that, we have to change our tribal mentality towards each other; SPLA/M-IO and Nuer communities have shown and demonstrate their longing for peace over others societies, this is something that all has to learnt and adopt. Results of good work and good faith have made Choldit, Jacob Aleer and Michael Mading to survive in the hands of Government’s opposition. This is some that we have to appreciate God for his mercy in the heart of Rebel force. WFP-UNHAS have to revised the policy of Connection in such a tribal country to save life of the citizens that may be a victim or it would be nice if UNHAS notify passengers of route chain prior before taking off such that Staffs who are uncomfortable with a flight plans may decide to remove themselves from the flight without incurring a penalty and be placed on the next available flight.

The author is a South Sudanese residing in Juba. He can be reached at

  4 comments for “My Testimony following the Release of Isaiah Chol Aruai

  1. February 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Thon Mayen,

    I personally appreciate your presses guys and how you changes ideologically. I was not wondering that they will release this man, because they detained me for 2 weeks last year after taking a very diplomatic way of investigations, they released me at last. But look Juba faction how they treated Journalist and other politician. Up to now we don’t know where about for Mark Diang, is this mean that our government don’t have humanitarian heart or do they want to be terrorist?


    • Yei
      February 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      It will be better for our brother dinka communities to realize Nuer communities never start the fight but always you start it and we struggle for revenge that is always the case. Any how what is going on with museveni and Kiir and you (Dinka Communities embrace as good way to eliminate Nuer Communities) that wouldn’t take us any where. Museveni is neighbor who comes to destroy our home and pursue his interest but we will never give up for revenge.


  2. Akol Maduok Madut Akol
    February 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm



  3. Dau Mawut
    February 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Thank a lot Thon Mayen Thon for your meaningful press. I am happy to be South Sudanese. Our people should learn from the past History. I am always against the system of morality which based on tribe/relative emotional values is mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. My message to all true South Sudanese, let stop immediately the illusion based on tribe mate. Let’s focus on ONE goal, but not Two goals based on individual interest.


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