Opinion

Floods, who should we blame?

By Agar Mayor Gai-Makoon

For a man aiming for success, blame game is the enemy of his success, one school of life says. This lives to discourage people from finger-pointing at others, as a source of their failure in one way or another, and more so, it tells that we should not always blame others for any small, mild, or bigger mistakes.

We just have to work the success out of ourself, without annoying or disgracing others. However, there is this exception and unknown fact—-blame rightly placed means realization of problem, and eventually, solution would not be hard generating. That is to say,” a problem known is half solved”. Now, our country is on all borders of life affected. No one lives to dispute this.

From hunger and illiteracy, to corruption, disunity and tribalism, and just at the beginning of this month, an additional problem,” the floods”. It could mean, the few escapers of hunger (the corrupt), would now go back to their first state (the hunger and illiteracy state) because of the floods. This is too alarming, not even that alone, the already hunger-state-people are facing the nasty. Their 3th-class shelter, small-scale businesses and lives now at risk and loss. The flood has proven itself the greatest enemy of South Sudanese, at this time.

It should therefore, matter alot asking, on who should our blame lie? On this basis, this country will know where from and who, the problem is. It is a question that looks like a rebellion against the laws of nature, but Digging out The Truth, will try it his level best to tell who he thinks, is the one we should blame for the floods, and ultimately, the punishment and compensation they deserve to give to the affected communities of great importance.

Let me start with this, the sphere of floods. For the fact remains that the floods, are only affecting the along-Nile-stay communities. It is important to know this. And so, what does it tell us? I will tell you what I think this fact tells us. For it tells us, the Aswan-High-Dam-Effect of the 1960s. How about it? Its construction brought about, this same nature of floods to communities along the Nile. Lives, (of both people, animals and plants), and property were lost, just because one strong people and country, wanted their interests fulfilled (construct a dam). It is so, ungodly and inhuman that one has to benefit, though the benefit is a death to others. This habit has no name, but, it demonstrates who the kind of people or country we are.

Now, who can dispute that something as such, is happening? But this time, I guess, it is a different Nile Basin country doing something of relation to floods. Read this statement, ”The Spillway gates of Uganda’s hydropower dam were opened in May, 2020 to allow excess water out to the River Nile in a bit to safe its own operations, human settlement and safeguard the country’s other downstream dams. The dam had reached its peak limit of 12.91 meters,” says one report.

Note, ” to safe its own operations, human settlement and safeguard the country’s other downstream dams”. From this statement, we can tell who is responsible for Jonglei and Adoor land floods. Just like Egypt was in the 1960s, Uganda is in the year 2020. This was and is so, devastating and a show of inhumanity. But, what do we do? The floods have already done destruction, caused deaths and displacements. If no lesson, they will continue to make us, suffer, die and then, get their interests fulfilled. And perhaps, Uganda and Egypt should compensate the affected communities in 2020 and 1960s respectively. We would not accept the claims that, it is ” heavier rains than usual’’ that have brought the increase of levels of water in Lake Victoria. Whoever says this must be ready to justify the same reason, for the incident of 1960s. Did the level of water increase, resulting to the Aswan-High-Dam-Effects of the twentieth century?

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