Memorial prayers for late Alfred Taban
By Opio Jackson
Family of late Alfred Taban on Saturday organized a memorial prayer to ask for God’s strength in his absence.
The South Sudanese veteran journalist Alfred Taban died on 27th April 2019 at Nakasero Hospital after a long illness.
Addressing audience during the memorial prayer, Mama Alice Kiden, wife of late Alfred Taban said since she lost her beloved husband, she has been living depressed life.
Mama Kiden added that she called for this prayer so that the family and the faithful could jointly pray together to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit to strengthen her heart.
“Since I lost my husband, my life has never been the same. I don’t know what to do and I want God to drive me,” Mama Kiden said.
“I want you to pray for me so that I will be able to lead my children that my husband has left behind for me so that I can do for them more than what their father had done for me,” she appealed to the congregation.
Mama Kiden said there were many good things she had learned from her husband but the most important is “Late Alfred did not fear anybody except God the creator.”
She described her late husband as a freedom fighter who tirelessly fought for the freedom of South Sudan.
Anna Nimiriano, the Editor in Chief of the Juba Monitor newspaper said they have come together today to reflect on the good deeds done by late Alfred Taban.
She said as they reflect on Alfred’s life, it was equally important for each of them as believers to reflect on their own lives.
“Alfred has left us with a good legacy and this is what we shall not forget,” Anna stressed.
“Although Alfred is no more alive among us, we should know that he has not left us completely because he is still with us and I believe he is at the right hand of God,” Anna said.
Lt General Julius Tabuley Daniel, Deputy Chairman of National Salvation Front (NAS) for peace in Juba described late Alfred as giant freedom fighter.
“Late Alfred Taban was a great person in this country, he was a great freedom fighter and we all know how much he has done for this country and our society,” he said.
However, Lt Gen. Julius urged the audience to look at the death from a different angle, saying it is not an end but a process to eternal life.
He compared late Alfred to a big tree in the forest, “Just imagine when small trees have been enjoying the protection of a big tree in the forest from the strong wind. So when that big tree falls down, the young ones get it rough.”
“However, what happens is that as time goes on, they have to build some resilience,” he said.
“As a community and family members, we must forge on with life and build that resilience for us to survive the challenges,” Lt Gen. Julius added.
He urged the late Alfred’s children to take up the challenges and become resilient, saying their father has gone on a journey of no return.