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An Open Letter From South Sudan’s Diaspora

To Those Who Hold the Fate of a Nation in Their Hands, Pres. Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the South Sudanese Diaspora and friends of the people of South Sudan send an urgent plea:

What should be said when a dream teeters on the verge of nightmare?

STOP!!!!

Celebrations and jubilation marked the founding of our nation. When the celebration waned, reality took over. Governing is hard work and leaders often have opposing points of view. Such opposing views are a necessary and vital part of a representative democracy.

South Sudan now finds itself in a situation in which the lives of hundreds of thousands of people are in jeopardy, thousands have died, and millions are suffering. Fighting could continue indefinitely. Full blown civil war could result in one side eventually triumphing over the other, but such a war would result in a pyrrhic victory, a triumph with a cost so extreme as to make it a loss for the victorious side. It is vital at this point to put forth every effort to end hostilities before they worsen.

The United Sudanese And South Sudanese Communities Association based in Des Moines, Iowa known by its acronym  USASSCA includes leaders from the South Sudanese, Darfurian, Nuba and other Sudanese and South Sudanese communities in the diaspora working together for the benefit of the communities in the diaspora as well as working toward the achievement of justice, equality, liberty and peace for the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan.

With hope to promote peace and unity in South Sudan, the United Sudanese And South Sudanese Communities Association USASSCA and those other organizations signed on to this letter below urge the following actions:

  • The prioritization of compromises and concessions aimed at ending the violence and restoring order over the pursuit of future retribution for actions related to this conflict after its conclusion. The urgent need is to stop the killing and prevent further damage to society in South Sudan. This applies to both sides of the conflict and to the international community.
  • The immediate cessation of offensive military action by either side.
  • The release of all political prisoners.
  • The withdrawal of hostile forces from the oil fields in Unity State to allow the resumption of oil production.
  • Withdrawal of foreign forces from the territory of South Sudan.
  • The placement of UNMISS forces to help maintain the cease fire and to report on violations.
  • Commitment to reconciliation efforts.

With concern for the people of South Sudan,

United Sudanese And South Sudanese Communities Association USASSCA

South Sudanese for the Eradication of Tribalism SSET

Help Nuba

Dr. Henry Lejukole, Chairman USASSCA, Des Moines, IA

Rabbi David Kaufman, Executive Advisor to USASSCA and Co-Chair of Help Nuba, Des Moines, IA

Gatwech Ring, Chairman SSET, Des Moines, IA

Mark Finkelstein, JCRC Des Moines, IA

Rev. Francis Chan, USASSCA and SSET, Des Moines, IA

Cory Williams, Co-Founder, Darfur and Beyond, Phoenix, AZ

Bill Andress, Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, Lexington, SC

Gabriel Stauring, Stop Genocide Now, Director, Redondo Beach, CA

Elana Kahn-Oren, JCRC Milwaukee, WI

Sharon Silber, US Director, Society for Threatened Peoples

Eileen Weiss, Co director, Jews Against Genocide

Neiki Ullah, Communications Director, New York Coalition for Sudan

Laura Limuli, Coordinator, Brooklyn Coalition for Darfur & Marginalized Sudan

Slater Armstrong, Founder/Director, Joining Our Voices

Bakheit Shata, Founder/Executive Director, Darfur Community, Omaha, NE

Mohamed Ebead, President, Darfur People’s Association of New York
Martha Boshnick, Darfur Interfaith Network, Washington DC

Faith J. H. McDonnell, Dir. Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, The Institute on Religion and Democracy, Washington DC

Gloria Crist, Co-Founder, Essex County Coalition for Darfur, Montclair, NJ

Jerry Farjalla, USASSCA, Des Moines, IA

Harun Mudung, USASSCA and Blue Nile Community Association

USASSCA Meeting in Omaha Nebraska – December 16

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UNITED SUDANESE & SOUTH SUDANESE COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION (USASSCA)

Calling on all Sudanese communities from Sudan and South Sudan, the genocide prevention activist community, and Nebraskans who are concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and Darfur.

Sunday, December 16

2:30-6:30 PM

Temple Israel

7023 Cass St  

Omaha, NE 68132

You are invited to participate in the creation of the USASSCA Chapter in Omaha.

USASSCA is an umbrella organization whose mission it is to bring together Sudanese with South Sudanese Communities in the Diaspora and facilitate cooperation and well being between them. The first conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa in August. Many members of the Nebraska Sudanese and South Sudanese communities attended.  For information about the creation of USASSCA please click on this link.

Rabbi David Kaufman,  Chairman and Co-Founder of HelpNuba.org and Executive Advisor to USASSCA, and  Dr. Henry Lejukole, Chairman of the USASSCA Steering Comittee will join Sudanese and South Sudanese community members from Nebraska as we work to bring the communities together in Omaha with our friends from the broader community. Many thanks to Rabbi Azriel and to Temple Israel for hosting this event.

Please share this invitation with anyone you think would be interested attending.

Rally December 14 in Washington DC for the Sudanese People Under Attack

Join Help Nuba and USASSCA in Washington DC on December 14

Join Help Nuba and USASSCA in Washington DC on December 14

  • December 14th
  • Washington DC
  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Lafayette Square (Directly north of the White House)

The Khartoum regime has increased bombardment and the burning of villages and crops across the Nuba Mountains. It is unimaginable. We want to have this rally as a way to show solidarity with the people of this area and the Blue Nile state. We will also remember people from other regions of Sudan who are suffering including the people of Darfur who have never rested from the brutal Sudan regime since 2003.

The world has blinded itself from what is happening in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and Sudan in general. We are calling on you as humanitarian organizations, activists, Sudanese opposition and Diaspora, pro-democracy groups and everyone who cares about Sudan to come out and tell the US government that innocent lives in Sudan must be protected. We need ideas and help with graphics that will help draw attention to the rally and our call for protection. We want everybody to participate.

For more information, you can contact us at 816-200-8824.

The rally is cosponsored by Help Nuba and USASSCA, the United Sudanese And South Sudanese Communities Association, among other organizations.

Thank you very much.

Philip Tutu, Nuba Community

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USASSCA Atlanta Chapter is Created

Salaam Alekum and Greetings to you all from Des Moines, IA.

On behalf of USASSCA Steering Committee and on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate you all for coming together today to form the first chapter of the Sudanese and South Sudanese Community Association in the United States of America.

We were blessed to have some of you attend the event in Des Moines, IA in August in which USASSCA was founded and we are glad that you have stepped up to form your own local USASSCA Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia.

We hope and believe others will soon follow your lead and many more USASSCA chapters will be formed in various States around the country.

Our people in Sudan and South Sudan have endured oppression and untold suffering for a long time and they need our help.

Today, indiscriminate killings, torture, rape, and destruction of properties continue unabated in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur. Thousands of people are displaced and live under squalid conditions in caves or refugee camps and are being denied humanitarian assistance.

The tactic of divide to conquer has long been used to keep our people apart and powerless. It is time that we stand up together to be a voice for our oppressed people in their quest for peace, freedom, equality and justice. And we owe it to ourselves and humanity to prevent genocide in the Sudan.

It is also in our interest that peace, good governance and economic progress is sustained in the Republic South Sudan for the mutual benefit of our people both in the South and North Sudan.

Let us appreciate and stand together with our American friends and human rights advocates in their tireless effort and endeavors to support our people.

In the words Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”.

Thank you.

-Henry Lejukole, Chairman of the USASSCA Steering Committee

USASSCA Atlanta Chapter is Born

Salaam Alekum and Greetings to you all from Des Moines, IA.

On behalf of USASSCA Steering Committee and on my own behalf, I wish to congratulate you all for coming together today to form the first chapter of the Sudanese and South Sudanese Community Association in the United States of America.

We were blessed to have some of you attend the event in Des Moines, IA in August in which USASSCA was founded and we are glad that you have stepped up to form your own local USASSCA Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia.

We hope and believe others will soon follow your lead and many more USASSCA chapters will be formed in various States around the country.

Our people in Sudan and South Sudan have endured oppression and untold suffering for a long time and they need our help.

Today, indiscriminate killings, torture, rape, and destruction of properties continue unabated in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur. Thousands of people are displaced and live under squalid conditions in caves or refugee camps and are being denied humanitarian assistance.

The tactic of divide to conquer has long been used to keep our people apart and powerless. It is time that we stand up together to be a voice for our oppressed people in their quest for peace, freedom, equality and justice. And we owe it to ourselves and humanity to prevent genocide in the Sudan.

It is also in our interest that peace, good governance and economic progress is sustained in the Republic South Sudan for the mutual benefit of our people both in the South and North Sudan.

Let us appreciate and stand together with our American friends and human rights advocates in their tireless effort and endeavors to support our people.

In the words Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”.

Thank you.

-Henry Lejukole, Chairman of the USASSCA Steering Committee

A Time to Unite

August 26-27 in Des Moines, Iowa

Be a part of this historic event as we unite in creating a

New and better future for the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan.

The history of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan is filled with conflicts that have allowed certain groups in the north to dominate the majority of the peoples, oppress them and marginalize them, pitting region against region, people against people. Peace and security have been undermined. Lives, liberty, and property have all been lost.

In very recent times, South Sudan was able to gain independence from Sudan. This brought freedom to some of the oppressed peoples. Yet within South Sudan, the impact of regional conflicts along with the influence of the Khartoum regime remain strong and prevent progress; while in the north, the separation of South Sudan from Sudan has led to the dramatically increased oppression of many ethnic groups within Sudan. First, there was genocide in Darfur. Now, horrors have come to the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan. These atrocities must be stopped.

Each people may fight its own battles alone or many may become stronger as one. We believe that the only path to a bright future is through unity.

Therefore, we believe that it is time to unite our efforts to improve the lives of all of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan. We are joining together to create a new representative body to help lead us forward. In order to accomplish this great task, we need you, as a leader of your community, to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on August 26 and 27, 2012 for the first gathering of the United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA).

United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA) aims to promote:

  1. Unity and Empowerment by:
  1. Involving all of the regional, political, and ethnic organizations and associations who are interested in working together.
  2. Serving as the central coordinating body of pro-democracy organizations in Sudan and South Sudan.
  3. Providing a coherent and united voice for pro-democracy Sudanese and South Sudanese in the diaspora.
  4. Building communication and cooperation between regional and ethnic groups as well as political and military organizations.
  5. Empowering the civil and societal organizations that form the basis of healthy nations.
  1. Engagement of Sudanese and South Sudanese community leaders around the world by:
  1. Strengthening the connection and involvement of community leaders and intellectuals in the diaspora to the development of the governmental, educational, societal, cultural and economic institutions of Sudan and South Sudan.
  2. Engaging in leadership development in all of the geographic regions of Sudan and South Sudan as well as in the diaspora.
  1. Development of Needed Programs and Institutions by:
  1. Developing strategies for and establish a stabile system of fundraising.
  2. Allocating funding according to determined priorities.
  1. Strategies to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis by:
  1. Creating an efficient central conduit to enable interaction between Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Sudanese and South Sudanese peoples in the region and in the diaspora.
  2. Providing Education about Sudan and South Sudan to a variety of constituencies.
  3. Preparing and disseminating authoritative and accurate news to the media.

At a later point, USASSCA may consider forming a separate lobbying organization to:

  • Develop and implement a political strategy for working with foreign governments and international institutions.
  • Conduct Lobbying in Washington, D.C.

The gathering and events to form USASSCA will be hosted by regional and national leaders of major Sudanese and South Sudanese diaspora organizations as well as by some of the leaders from the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities within those countries. The conference will feature speeches by the major leaders and the election of officers to the first Congress of Sudanese and South Sudanese Peoples. The USASSCA gathering is being held in Des Moines in conjunction with the Help Nuba conference which will include representatives of anti-genocide advocacy and relief organizations concerned with the crises ongoing in the many regions of Sudan and South Sudan today.

Help Nuba is an organization led by representatives of the Nuba, Darfur, and South Sudanese communities along with activists and others who are concerned with the plight of those suffering in Sudan and South Sudan. Help Nuba includes representatives of the UN Association of Iowa, Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian and Episcopal religious and community leaders, one of the 2011 Carl Wilken’s Fellows of United to End Genocide and a growing number of supporters from around the United States along with members of the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities from around the world.

The USASSCA conference is by invitation only. If you would like to be included, please contact one of the members of the steering committee at this link.