24 Oct 2020

 

Garang’s Copter Mischief Not The First Time

"They took the Chairman out, ordered the aircraft to leave and radioed out, announcing that the C-in-C was in the jungle thickets. They were quickly located by the forces".

By Martin Garang Aher

When the doomed helicopter from Uganda carried Dr. John Garang de Mabior Atem D’Aruei and his esteemed bodyguards to their death in Eastern Equatoria, one of his dedicated and long-time bodyguard cried for days, unable to come to terms with the unfortunate reality that had befallen his leader and elder and, invariably, Southern Sudan, and why it happened when he had no way of helping out as it had been some time in the past.

After he sobered down in so many days later, we asked him to explain himself and shares what was in his mind that differed markedly from our shared torment following that crashing moment.

He explained that in the 1990’s (specific year reserved), a similar incident happened. They were traveling with the chairman from Uganda to somewhere around Juba when, in the middle of nowhere, the pilots announced that they were experiencing some minor technicalities with the aircraft. They assured everyone on board that all was going to be well and they would reach their destination as it wasn’t far out.

With their experience, it took them one glance at each other, ignoring the Chairman in the process, and pulled out their guns and speedily proceeded to the cabin and ordered the pilot to land the aircraft at gun point. The visibly scared helicopter crew landed in the middle of the bushes.

They took the Chairman out, ordered the aircraft to leave and radioed out, announcing that the C-in-C was in the jungle thickets. They were quickly located by the forces.

He said that if he and his other teammates were on board, they would have detected something, even from the body language of the crew members, the weather or any unusual containers in the aircraft, which would have prompted them to act as they always do.

The officer in question is a great Junubi, a great and proud son of Aweil, of the frontline Aweil North County, Mayomadhal Village, NGOR NGOR KUANY.
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