We all desire better tomorrow
By Ngor Khot Garang
I was appalled a couple of days ago by what I saw with my own eyes. It was a pure demonstration of heartlessness and some sort of inhumanity.
A certain man with a paunch whose picture still disturbs my mind as I pen this article had given his car to be washed by those boys whose only source of getting school fees is washing people’s cars.
The boy, because the car owner appears rude and unfriendly had washed the car with care until it became like a brand new car hoping that the car owner would be pleased by his great work.
When the boy was done and was expecting his 3,000 South Sudanese pounds, the car owner did what I in my own words termed it as corruption. He came without any blot of shame, started his shinny V8 and drove off without any word of appreciation to the boy.
That encounter was like a drama but the worse part of it was that it was totally wrong and it really pained me a lot and even added more stress into the load that I always carry as to why the world mistreat and take advantage of people who are struggling every day to generate some money to pay for their school fees and also to put food on the table.
That student is just like someone who has gone through some difficulties in life and he is using his sweat to get bread and to lay a better foundation for his tomorrow.
We all have got those dreams too and none of us wanted to be left behind. We have got children and we do all we could to support them in any way possible. We send them to schools of their choices so that they learn and become better people tomorrow who would be able to contribute to the development of South Sudan.
That is why people work hard to build a better tomorrow for their children because if it had not been good with you, maybe you were raised in a family where parents were very poor and illiterate, you do not want your kids to experience the same fate.
But these children, I mean the ones that wash cars, sell water and sweets by the roadside have got the same dreams like your own children or our children. They also want to go to school and become people they know they could possibly be. But because they do not have parents or people to push them ahead, they chose to do it by their own and the results cause them to grow as sad faced youth.
The burden has made many young South Sudanese especially the disadvantaged ones to give up before it was already time. Some die from treatable ailments and the struggling ones have been given names like “Toronto or Scavengers” to differentiate them from the go ones, I mean those that have got caring parents.
I still up to now don’t know if there is any in this world where young children are forced by life to be adults before the age of 10 or even when the world still knows that they are children?
You will find young child doing adult work or he would be unfortunate to go to grave with hunger should he just remain at home. No school and no nothing at all.
This is flabbergasting and it leaves me with questions that I have forgotten to ask and thank God, if I had not forgotten those questions.
I would have asked “Who are the future leaders of this country if we don’t take care of these young people?” “Who will educate the coming generations if we don’t send these children to school and lastly who will build this country when we leave these kids to perish on streets?”
Let those who are masquerading and sleeping giants wake up to the cries of these forgotten young people. They have cried enough asking you and me to open doors that have been closed by us.