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Vice president Nyandeng pays tribute to fallen civil society activist

The Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior has paid tribute to deceased civil society activist, Sarah Ajith who passed in Pibor town of Greater Pibor Administrative area.

Ajith who was born in Aweil of Northern Bahr El Ghazel State in June 1961, passed on April 9, 2024, while on a peace mission in Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

 “Sarah Ajith was a role model, she was a very strong woman who was welcoming, she is an iron lady, all-season and all-round woman leader who has made several achievements in our country,” Nyandeng said during funeral prayers held at Simba Grounds on Saturday in Juba.

She said Ajith did her best to be reunited with her husband in 1990, adding that few women would remain faithful after such long period of separation.

Mayom Alier, a family member and diplomat in the national ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, said the late Ajith had dedicated her life and profession to help South Sudan achieve peace.

“Sarah Ajith has served many people, she is a woman who dedicated her own life to provide services to her people, and she has left her footprint. It is worth mentioning that Ajith lost her life while on duty to bring peace and co-existence to the greater Jonglei region,” Allier said.

Alier disclosed that Ajith had a vision of seeing a just and fair South Sudanese society, where women and men equally participate in decision-making at all levels.

The late is the first born in a family of 11 children. She is survived by her husband Dengtiel Ayuen Kur, a prominent law maker and 7 children.

Ajith studied her primary education in Elgadarif in Northern Sudan, did her senior secondary school in Kassala in Eastern Sudan. She obtained a higher diploma in Arabic from the international institute for non-Arabic speakers and a Bachelor of Arts degree in community development in 1985 from the University of Khartoum.

She once served as the Chairperson for South Sudanese Women General Association between 2009 and 2016.  By the time of her death she served as the Executive Director of Support for Women in Governance (SWIGO).   

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