Tributes pour for fallen freedom fighter, Aguil

Tributes pour for fallen freedom fighter, Aguil
Aguil Chut Deng. [Photo:courtesy]

President Salva Kiir has expressed deep sorrow over the death of veteran freedom fighter, Aguil Chut-Deng.

In his condolence message, Kiir described the late Aguil Chut Deng as a patriot who played a pivotal role in the history of the liberation struggle of the country.

He said the work ethics of the late brought her admiration from South Sudanese from all walks of life and political persuasion.

“Comrade Aguil was bigger than life personality. She was a woman of immense courage in her generation. This courage prompted her to leave the comfort of her family and promises of education in 1984 to join the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). In the SPLA, she worked relentlessly in support of liberation objectives until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).”

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deng Dau Deng, said South Sudan has lost a hero at this critical time when the movement is working to reconcile the people.

“The people and colleagues of comrade Aguil in the war of liberation will remember her legacy with great joy of achievement and sadness of nostalgia as we have not lost her physically but also her service to the people,” Dau said.

On Saturday, police in Australia found the body of South Sudanese former freedom fighter, Aguil Chut Deng, who went missing in Brisbane.

The police and the community mobilised a search and managed to find her body on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Who is Aguil Deng?

Aguil was a former member of Katiba Banat, the then SPLA women’s battalion.

The 58-year-old mother, Aguil Chut Deng, was found dead in the woods of Brisbane.

According to her cousin’s brother in Juba, Aguil left the house in Brisbane, Australia, for her daily routine exercise on the evening of Wednesday, April 26, 2022, and never returned home.

The cause of her death remains unknown.

Late Aguil Chut Deng Acouth was a wife to Gen. Biar Madiing Biar Yaak.

She is survived by four children: two boys and two girls.

She joined the SPLM/A in 1986 and became part of the girl’s battalion, aka Katiba-banat.

She was also one of the prominent leaders in refugee camps.

Aquil went to Australia in 1996 and settled in Brisbane.

She was also a member of the SPLM-National Liberation Council, representing the diaspora in Australia and Oceania.

Aguil mobilised South Sudanese in Australia to vote for a referendum.

The funeral is taking place at Aguil’s house in Gumba-Shirikat.

Aguil Chut abandoned her education at the beginning of the second Sudanese Civil War in the 1980s, together with fallen heroine Anip Marial Dot from Rumbek, Lakes State.

Aguil and other women took up arms to fight for the marginalised Sudanese and South Sudanese alike.

Among others, the young girls join their fellow men in the liberation of their people, lands and natural resources.

In Mid-December 2013 when political violence broke out in South Sudan, Comrade Aguil joined other civic leaders and formed the coalition as the voice of the silent majority in advocating for peace.

Aguil and the rest were involved in the political process, led by the International Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Until the final hour of her dramatic departure in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia following her clarion call for women’s inclusion in the peace process, Comrade Aguil had never remained neutral in providing her views on conflict resolution.