Dr. John Garang
No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering.....
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us .....
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgement,
Courage and integrity?

We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We're thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.

And when we show our love and gratitude, It's about

Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he died.

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their Names or Visions. 

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  • Were a star quenched on light,
    For ages would its light,
    Still traveling downward from the sky,
    Shine on our mortal sight.
    So when a great man dies,
    For years beyond our ken,
    The light he leaves behind him lies upon the paths of men ... (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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  • Guest - James Okuk

    Beloved John Garang is a legend who only disappeared from the physical appearance but who will never ever die in the memory of the Sudanese.

    Dr. John Garang did his best within his human limitation,

    History has recorded his best side as well as his worst side,

    Sudanese generations will always be inspired by his best part and will learn to avoid repeating his worst part,

    The best part of him that inspires the living generation is the commitment and insight for the future of Sudan without marginalization,

    My the best of him continue to rest him in eternal peace in the world of immortality with the rest of immortals.

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  • Guest - Jwothab Othow

    I personally, have a great respect for late Dr. John Garang and I admire him a lot for his tireless hard works to build the Sudanes state that will belong to all of us. We must encourage all the people of Sudan to protect his vision that he articulated as a tribute to the memory of him. Late Dr. John Garang was a great leader and a gift to the Sudanese people, Africa has ever produced and maybe it wll take 100 years from now to have somebody like late Dr. John Garang. May God continue resting his soul in peace.

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  • Guest - Sabino Diok

    The true leaders do not think about their lives; always they are ready and willing to risk their lives in order to bring changes or to liberate their nations from the bondages and dictatorships of others.
    Dr. John Garang has done his part well and we are grateful for that, but he left us another part to do. So it’s our responsibility now as southerners to complete the circle or the puzzle. And the question is: are we ready and brave enough to do our part as Dr. Garang did his part and left a rich legacy which can not be denied?

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  • Guest - Nyaopun Aban Aban

    I missed your leadership. "Is it true that the true leaders doesn't live as longer as you" who put lights at the all corners of south sudan. that you’ve always “planned” on doing (or dreamt of doing) the chances of actually accomplishing that goal greatly which had been aim had diminish in your absence.
    You showed us, Leaders must be willing to take RISKS. on behave of his people,You must be able to EMPOWER others, You must be TRUSTWORTHY.A leader should be able to FOCUS & FOLLOW THROUGH, and visions for the future; No Opportunity Wasted during your present Creating; a List for Life combines the self-improvement appeal of an inspirational.
    I wonder, if MAN like you will be got at this critical times.

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  • Guest - Chan Choty

    As we know our late Dr.John Garang was fighting for justice,equality and democracy among us as Sudanese,so he paid the price for our freedom we marginalized people in Sudan and his time has come like any human being the challenge is how we follow his vision to implement the justice and equality among us.

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  • Dot think the prresent Of GOSS HE, Salva Kiir is following the vision or not?

    For those who think he following the vision let them give thir justification.

    And for those who think he's not following the vision let them give their justification.

    Here is the rule:

    Don't attacke other views, just present yours,don't mention names of individuals on other side of debate as a part of your comment,just present the facts which you believe they support your argument, and let the public just for them selves.

    And what're the recommendations? keep it peaceful and educate others.

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  • Dot think the prresent Of GOSS HE, Salva Kiir is following the vision or not?

    For those who think he following the vision let them give thir justification.

    And for those who think he's not following the vision let them give their justification.

    Here is the rule:

    Don't attacke other views, just present yours,don't mention names of individuals on other side of debate as a part of your comment,just present the facts which you believe they support your argument, and let the public just for them selves.

    And what're the recommendations? keep it peaceful and educate others.

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  • Guest - CathleenHolmes25

    It's known that money can make us independent. But how to act when someone doesn't have money? The one way is to get the loan or just bank loan.

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