REASON(S) MUST PREVAIL FOR LASTING PEACE
When will reason(s) prevail in the opposite side just to understand that what is needed and needed most is a four letter word “peace.” When it is not unknown gun-man it is armed robber when not robber the rebels are attacking the government units. For heaven’s sake this country belong to all of us irrespective of where or what belong, it is our own children. Our own brothers and sisters. Our mothers and fathers who are being slaughtered across the country. We have witnessed too much bloodshed some un-necessary and which could have been avoided in the first place. Why God? We have prayed and continued to do so, wondering if there is a day we shall wake up without reports in the media or other channel that there is no incident of killing in whichever form. The Government has initiated the process of lasting peace for all why don’t we embrace the chance and make it a reality. It is disheartening to learn that some people still opposed to the legitimacy of the sitting government are waging concerted war against the government while we have been longing for peaceful co-existence this far. The President has been championing this cause for the whole Nation why don’t we just try in God’s name to embrace peace among our people. That day will be one of the memorable in our living history. That four soldiers are killed and 20 wounded is no longer a base for concern. It is treated like just another normal occurrence. If only reason(s) could prevail among our people and these reason(s) lead us to understand our situations better than what is happening today. We need our children to grow up in an atmosphere of love and understanding. An atmosphere of peace and love is the only thing this country need for sustainable and future prospects in both socio and economic development.
With Odongo Odoyo
A SUCCESSFUL MISSION THAT MUST CONTINUE
Our common friend had just “landed” from a fact finding mission and peace initiative activities across the country. SaPT was so rejuvenating and sat down over black tea narrating to us his success mission in the Central Upper Nile apart from other areas where they have been taking their peace process mission. What our friend noted in all is that everyone they talked to was for peace and the only word was peace. He was encouraged that in Upper Nile where they have just come from like other areas they visited earlier were open to discussions and pointed out the wrong and the good with solution as they see it to bring to an end the problems. In an attempt to encourage a wider public participation including the participation of non-elites in the work place-building and in order to shape the future of South Sudan as a country, a three day’s workshop was launched in Malakal town late last month by Peace Commission, Central Upper Nile State in collaboration with the Bureau of Religious Affairs sponsored by Centre for Peace and Development (CEBU). A team of experts presented papers and they equally got the feeling from the ground just like other parts they have visited. Open and true feeling of the situation on the ground and the hope that these could be translated into working components for peace. As SaPT puts it to us, the main aim of the workshop were to address the acute conflict between communities in the State, to restore confidence and trust among the various groups. What was and is important covered were:- to support peace-building process in Central Upper Nile, to respond to issues connected with remedies of vulnerable population from the December 2013 events, to support structures which tend to strengthen and solidify peace so as to avoid relapse to conflicts, to identify top priority of the State government after the crisis, to facilitate the return of refugees and IDPs particularly those in PoCs to their respective villages and or homes, to pave ways for trauma healing reconciliation, trust and confidence-building among ethnic group and to respond to the call by H.E. the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva kiir Mayardit for a National Dialogue. This is the mission SaPT and his team would like to accomplice for this country in the search for lasting peace in all parts. For us we can only pray for the positive success of the mission as we have been doing all along.
“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”
“The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.”
“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.”
“To move the world we must move ourselves.”
“Through your rags I see your vanity.”