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Asunta spoke to SBS Dinka radio about the death of her father, Kuol Gai Wek Ajak, in the hands of the self proclaimed Islamic State (IS). A recent video released by IS shows the beheading of her father in Libya. From Egypt, where she is studying, Asunta says he was killed because he was Christian and South Sudanese.
By
David Chiengkou - SBS Dinka Radio

28 Oct 2015 - 2:49 PM  UPDATED 28 Oct 2015 - 3:22 PM

While her father was in Libya, Asunta had been living in Egypt, pursuing her studies, but they kept in touch regularly over the phone. Kuol Gai Wek Ajak used to work in Tripoli until the political crisis in 2011, when he moved to Benghazi.

On 20th October, a video of an unidentified man was published in IS's affiliated websites. The man identified himself as South Sudanese and relatives immediately identified him as Kuol Gei Wek Ajak. Many of the South Sudanese and Christian’s websites picked up the story. SBS Dinka Radio was the first media to reach the daughter of the latest victim of IS in Libya.

Kuol Gei Wek Ajak was born in Pamuk village in Twic County. Kuol had a brother and two sisters. His parents never went to school. Neither did his siblings. In the nineties Kuol Gei moved to Khartoum to work as general labourer. He first worked as a driver with "Médecins Sans Frontières" before moving to Libya.

In this interview (in Dinka language), Asunta shares her thoughts and feelings about her father in an exlusive interview with SBS Dinka Radio.

Interview transcript in English

Hi Asunta. How did you end up living in Egypt?

My dad left Sudan to Libya long time ago. I can't even remember his face very well. I have only been communicating with him over the phone. When I completed my secondary school certificate, I needed to go to University. As you know South Sudan was not safe for higher education institutions. Dad told me to go to Egypt and he promised he would return to Sudan. His problem was his Sudanese passport and the Libyan crisis began before he could get his new passport.

His problem was his Sudanese passport and the Libyan crisis began before he could get his new passport.

Where was he living in Libya?

He was in Tripoli but when the crisis started he went to Bengazi. He tried to escape many times but never got a way out. I was happy with him because we always had our phone conversations. After knowing Libya's complex situation, I could only pray to God. During the crisis, especially this year, he told me there was a poor network coverage. The last time we spoke was in June 2015.

The last time we spoke he said he had been in a difficult situation: " but thank God now I'm safe; I will now send your university fees”. He said he was going to channel the money through one of his friends. Soon after that conversation I tried to call him but his number was not working.

Soon after that conversation I tried to call him but his number was not working. 

I contacted his friend to find out what was happening with my Dad and he said my father was in an area with no network connection.

I contacted his friend to find out what was happening with my Dad and he said my father was in an area with no network connection.

I started to be worried and afraid. Then my relatives came into my house to tell me the news of his death in Libya. My father died just because he was South Sudanese, something he was proud of.

Who told you that your dad had died or you did you see it on the Internet?

My relatives living in Egypt came to where I live with the news that my father was dead. 

How long had your father been living in Libya for?

He had lived there for many years because he left when I was just about 2 years old.

How old are you now?

In November I will be 23 years old.

So he went to Libya in the nineties...

Yes

And where are your siblings now?

They are currently residing in Khartoum (Sudan).

Have they heard about your dad’s death?

They were informed by the family members.

Who are you staying with now in Egypt?

Iam living with distance nieces and distant relatives here in Egypt.

Where is your mother living now?

Mum is living in North Sudan.

Have you been told why your father was killed? Was it because he is Christian?

What I've heard is that he was killed because he is a Christian from South Sudan. The killlers' message said that Muslims in South Sudan are being mistreated and they are taking revenge by killing my father. I have not seen much but I saw my father's picture. I have not seen the video that shows his killing. South Sudanese officials from the embassy came and they also briefed me. They also promised they will try to coordinate with Libya to recover the body of my father.

He was killed because he is a Christian from South Sudan. The killlers' message said that Muslims in South Sudan are being mistreated and they are taking revenge by killing my father. 

Are they willing to recover the body?

That's what they told me here in Egypt and in South Sudan-Juba; they will try all the possible avenues to recover the body.

What message do you have for the people of South Sudan after these sad news?

I just want to tell them... let’s love ourselves and let's not work on things that will tear us apart but work hard so that we can live in peace. Let's forget our tribal feelings or any sectarianism but work hard to bring peace and love to each other.

Let's forget our tribal feelings or any sectarianism but work hard to bring peace and love to each other.

How is your university going to be paid now that your dad is not there?

Now I was supposed to be at University but this situation now prevented me from returning back to classes. I still hope that I will fulfill my education but I Ieave that to God to help me reach my dream; he is the one who understands the future of a person in my situation. This will not scare me off. I will continue to pursue my dream.

This will not scare me off. I will continue to pursue my dream.

Thanks very much Asunta for your time.