July 1, 2015
The Office of the President
H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit
Republic of South Sudan
Dear Mr. President:
A great leader takes care of problems as they originate to prevent them from
becoming bigger. I trust you will prosecute and hold accountable those
responsible for the destruction of the Duk Lost Boys Hospital. I trust you will
uphold the SPLA code of conduct, preserving the clean record of the then SPLA
who bravely fought for 22 years showing the dignity of the African and
I am horrified by the news that rogue military servicemen, part of the SPLA
contingent currently deployed in Patuenoi village of Duk County went to Duk
Payuel and destroyed what was left of the Duk Lost Boys Hospital, in addition
to the damage that had been done by the rebels in 2013. The eight hospital
buildings are now a pile of destroyed walls and rubble.
I tried to get hold of these soldiers’ leaders but I am unable to get a helpful
response and therefore, I am turning to you as the highest military commander
in the land to help reign in these uncontrolled soldiers. It is preposterous to
say that these soldiers’ mission is to protect territorial integrity of the
Republic of South Sudan when in fact they are the ones destroying South Sudan.
There is no known fighting going on in both Greater Payuel and Padiet. Yet these
unruly SPLA soldiers not only destroyed eight hospital buildings that they are
supposed to be protecting, but they removed all the roofs of the Duk Payuel primary
school. They stripped off all of the doors and took anything of value from the International
Relief & Development compound buildings, and they destroyed
the American Heart African Soul orphanage buildings. Attached are photos that
will testify to their wild, undisciplined, and unpatriotic destruction.
John Dau Foundation (JDF) was planning to rebuild, refurnish, and restock the
hospital facilities to deliver critically needed medical services to our
Donors, who generously share their hard-earned money with the war-ravaged and impoverished
people of our country, are outraged seeing wave after wave of meaningless
destruction of what they have helped build. Why should they continue to help if
you do not require protection of these facilities and their workers?
Our records below show that this hospital helped many citizens of South Sudan
including SPLA with their families:
facilities (hospital in ruin included) have provided life-saving medical
services to over 130,000 patients!
delivery of newborns.
commitment to continue at 300 patients per year for the next 5 years to come.
employer in the county after the government.
plates’ deformity for 21 patients.
These achievements were made possible by the JDF facilities’ reputation for quality and
competence. Honesty and sincerity are the guiding lights of the JDF and I must
now let every donor know that the government’s soldiers have punched the last
blow to the hospital that donors helped build.
The JDF board of Directors, the governing body of this
organization and donors need an explanation why the soldiers did this and what
action will be taken to curtail unruliness of these soldiers.
I still believe that there is room to take the country out of this downward
spiral. I’m afraid such unproductive action by your soldiers does further
tarnish your image in the eyes of many. Think about your legacy that you built
during the civil war with the oppressors in the old Sudan. Your sacrifices
during the war with the Khartoum tyrants in the 80s and 90s made many to feel
that you are their hero, and there is still a reason to think that you will
continue to be their hero.
I hope you will still be brave enough to stop the war and bring peace to our
country. I have faith that you will scarify again as you did it in the 80s and
the 90s, the Commander Salva Kiir we knew. I will be
dismissed not to ask you to be courageous and bold to bring peace to our
motherland so people of good heart will continue to bring peace dividends to
our people. You cannot develop the country alone and this has been the reason
people like me, Ambassador Group, Valentino Achak Deng, and very many other
Lost Boys and girls in America, Australia, Canada and other western counties
are doing their utmost with their foreign friends to rebuild our God’s given
land, South Sudan.
I request your assistance in resolving this problem. If I can supply you with any
other information, please call me at: 315-254-6046 or email me at
John Dau (Dhieu-Deng Leek)
President, John Dau Foundation
P O Box 503, Skaneateles, NY 13152
CC: Minister of Defense Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk
CC: Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan
CC: Jonglei State Governor, John Koang Nyuon
CC: Minister of Health, S. Sudan Dr. Riek Gai Kok
CC: Duk County Commissioner Mr. Malual Wor
CC: Duk County MP Mr. Philip Thon Leek
CC: Duk County Assemblyman Mr. Abiel Chan