Opinion

Patriotism in absence of peace

By Emmanuel Loro William

Even after completing 6 years of independence, a milestone to cherish for, the same question still manages to linger for all these years–are we free? And if at all we are free, what is the degree of development which marks that edge of freedom? It is indeed an achievement of patriotism to have come through rigorous ups and downs.

From that midnight joy of freedom on the 11th July, 2011, three years later it turned to misery of our citizens with over two millions displaced from their beautiful houses and fertile land. Others are now sleeping under tents with numerous diseases affecting their health; time for denying facts is over, we should not call a rake as a big fork, let us tell the truth.

The social structure of South Sudanese has seen down fall in standards of living. This thus led to the suffering of our citizens through rampant insecurity, economic hardships and delay in paying salaries of civil servants that negatively affects their social life.

Our nation has failed to coexist peacefully amidst diversity which is supposed to be paramount for our unity. In matters of evolution of standards, the freedom of press should be taken vital.

In matters of economy, South Sudan as a landlocked country with fertile soil and as an oil rich nation has been in wars within its self. As far as patriotism is concerned, what can we do as south Sudanese to bring our economy to its glory days and enjoy the fruits of our independence?

Also South Sudan has supported various environmental protection treaties in the global platform. But still a lot more is needed to be done.

We have proved ourselves as irresponsible citizens by identifying with our respective tribes and States rather than calling ourselves South Sudanese. However, looking at the larger picture, south Sudan one day will be in total peace with its self where national interest is paramount above all social services will be delivered at a rocket speed.

Why should we contradicted our own founding principles of Patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people; human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalised; good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and sustainable development?

Sometimes I ask myself why we created several identities in one nation based on our tribes. So, when people say that we should act as one country and raise the topic of Patriotism, I wonder when south Sudanese will live harmoniously with equal treatment or a liberal society where people of different communities, general and reserved, men and women, all live together as one. If the definition of unity is based upon divisive words, we are surely facing an identity crisis.

Policies can be changed by government but is a thought process that can be changed only with generations. It is the parents and teachers who need to include a sense of pride towards nationhood amongst children.

 

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