Avoid racial prejudice
Two ugly news befell in our Country this week; the report by Amnesty International and a letter allegedly written by a section of Bor youth in Bor and when viral in the media. All pointed to South Sudanese of Equatoria origin as being victims of the circumstances have sparkled robust debate in all public spectrums nationwide.
In recent history it was a debate of foreigners, domination of jobs markets but this week, it turned out to be a South to South issue. Interestingly, the recent letter which sparkled wild debate came from youth of a community that is well regarded in the Country- a community whose sons and daughters contributed tirelessly in bringing this Country to its birth. Their sons and daughters have travelled also across the world and are assumed to have learnt how our world works.
The universal principle of globalization doesn’t apply only among Countries but also among communities, where people live side by side and work in areas of their choice without undue polarization of the societal values and interest.
The letter has primarily exposed wickedness in the way other people think throughout our Country. More importantly and interestingly the recent incident should in turn be exploited positively to strengthen strive to peaceful co-existence as citizens of this nation and our unity by extension.
Co-existence comes when I owe you something and you owe me something as well. People from Jonglei owe a lot to Equatoria and vice versa. In fact people from Jonglei benefit significantly from them. When our lives are threatened, our vulnerable groups usually dash to Equatoria for safety. We have many of our relatives working and residing in Equatora since Sudan-South Sudan conflict for decades.
We have our cattle grazing in the bushes of Equatoria, and mind you cattle are our sources of livelihood. This implies that we are inseparable in any case what so ever.
A case in point is; we who studied in Nimule, for example, can not dare chasing a son of Festo Fulli Akim or a son of Godi Simon Nyangwara- those teachers who taught us during those ugly days where Khartoum used to bombs us.
The authorities in Jonglei must be applauded for unreservedly reacting to the indiscriminate act by disregarding and disowning it by all means possible, this should be the way to do things.
The media report that 14 suspects have so far been arrested is a good gesture if it is true. This is because anything threatening the live of any citizen regardless of where he/she comes from should not be condoned and should be dealt with according to the law.
That is why it’s important to have people like Philip Aguer at the helm of power in Jonglei especially at this time because he is one of the leaders who cherish the noble principle of togetherness and nationhood.
However, if there are complaints regarding employment procedures by some NGOs, it should be addressed without taking the law into hand.
Fingers have pointed to some ethnicities dominating Jobs when it comes to NGOs. This is because they have allegedly dominated Human Resources Departments which are the engine of employment making it hard for other ethnicities to secure jobs regardless of their qualifications.
Arguably they intend to accuse the other ethnicities from dominating government jobs especially in the National government and the army. Truly, it may not be a policy or in NGOs interest to discriminate on the basis of tribe, religion, region or race if any, but it may be equally true that their system can be manipulated by individuals for their own interest – these individuals may not necessarily represent the interest of the communities of their origin.
This letter should be condemned because it carries a threat of physical harm against citizens of our country. NGOs should begin to learn a lesson and tighten loopholes in their employment systems for equal opportunities. They should review their selection process, for instance final selection should be done by neutral people who may not be South Sudanese citizens in order to achieve fairness among all citizens.
With desperation due to economic crisis, one may wish to find a job that pays in time, there is no way individuals can claim to have more qualifications than others even when they graduate from the same schools.
The strange question that is being used to fail a particular group during employment is “Are you free to move in any part of South Sudan.” This is because of the ethnic under tune that the war seemingly has created. This question has been widely encountered especially by those who make it to final stage of interview.
It creates a scenario were others find themselves as being neutral in war and seize advantage of jobs going to other states in expense of other citizens. If it is a genuine cause that citizens of specific ethnicity should not go and work in other places because they may be at risk then they need to put it on the job advert that the job is exclusive to these tribes and so.
By Atem John