Demoralize not the nation
By Chol Peter Majoh
South Sudan is not a gigantic country like many others. It’s not as large as other countries on this earth like China, USA and Russia and isn’t the only country with many tribes to make it difficult to manage and sustain. Meanwhile those others larger than South Sudan are living in peace and harmony; developing their states, yet for us is devastation after devastation and war after war. Why don’t we understand ourselves? Why is it hard to simply consolidate for the mission of development? How does it seem so hard for us to learn altruism and philanthropy from the countries with millions and billions of people? Why do we want to totally demoralize our own nation that has lost blood and lives of million people? No, it’s not to continue like this! We must not demoralize the nation its future was sealed by the bloodshed. If we fought for 21 years to mistreat ourselves, benefits at the expense of our own selves and ruin own country ,what would be the compensation for the beloved heroes whose lives are lost forever as a result of the liberation? Don’t we think that if they (heroes) didn’t sacrifice their lives, we wouldn’t have a nation by the name South Sudan? We must all the time bear in our minds the millions of lives lost because of this country instead of continuing to add more on top by ourselves. It’s won’t make any sense. We are not a gigantic country for we are few and can be able to manage ourselves. The matter is to accept ourselves regardless of tribes. Where will tribalism take us to? Is the nation not bigger than a mere tribe? Pointing hands at ourselves, “you from Bari or from Azande” must cease and we start to work like we joined hands during deliberation. We accepted ourselves at the most perilous times of war, why don’t we now at this time we have something to share? This is what I failed to understand. It’s a phenomenon in the world that during hardships, people reject themselves but is contrary to us in south Sudan. I think this why war continue to strike us because we love ourselves at times of hardship, is this practice genuine? We must make a change of mind; to accept ourselves as one nation and one people. I got shocked sometimes ago when I met a Ugandan who repairs phones and computers at Elegu, a small town bordering Nimule to tell me that our problem as south Sudanese is rejection of ourselves to work for the national development. “We Ugandans don’t have resources as south Sudan does, but our peacefulness and ignorance of tribalism is more than the gold, uranium, and oil of south Sudan,” he said mocking me. I didn’t have a point to argue or dispute his point .All I remembered he said that word was because they are hosting south Sudanese refugees whose conflict is among themselves. “What can I say here?” I asked myself. This force me to contemplate and think on either to answer or not, but I couldn’t find an answer. I ended up convincing myself that, “if I continue to talk, he would ask me why we fought ourselves” That seems so hard to answer. I just stood and thought of leaving because I had nothing left to tell for him to get convinced. The truth pricked, I was pierced by his words. I could do nothing than sweating and trembling as my heart beats increase gradually, since my nerves were touched by the signal of his words. This experience I went through was my first time to have felt that way. On 9th July 2011, we celebrated independence, lifted our flag with hope that we’re free from war and injustice. That hope was not just a result of overwhelming excitement by the results of referendum. We meant it and whole heartedly gripped it boldly with faith. This was portrayed by the rapid growth of juba and others towns which immersed few days after the independence. In fact, we were ready to take our country to the best level but things fell apart at the genesis of 2013 crisis. Before 2013 crisis, South Sudan capital, Juba was the fastest world growing city. Yoweri kagutta Museveni, president of Uganda bore witness and proved this during the Oct 31st peace celebration. When he was delivering his speech, Museveni told south Sudanese that for the few years before 2013 Juba was expanding rapidly. He was right; Juba was growing unlike today when the tarmac is breaking, and the construction of new buildings declining. The hope is diminishing; it’s getting more and more demoralized.
Do we want to demoralize our hope completely? What nation shall it be without hope and developmental progress? How do we expect to reach our expectations for development if the love for ourselves has diminished?
Let’s not continue to demoralize our nation. We need education, peace and development. These may come if we forevermore accept ourselves as one people one nation. It doesn’t matter what tribe each is from, but the best is to accept ourselves as South Sudanese. Or else does it require miracles to be performed other than to accept and take ourselves as South Sudanese by tribe with one language of peace.
The author is a student of development communication and public relations at the University of Juba. He’s reachable via email: firstname.lastname@example.org/cell 0922295373