WHY IT’S RIGHT TO CELEBRATE SPLM DAY
The various interpretations associated with this day depend on many factors and individual beliefs.
Today is the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/ Movement Day-35 years after the guerrilla movement was started. Peace be with the fallen heroes!
The Liberation Day has relative meanings to different categories of South Sudanese. The various interpretations associated with this day depend on many factors and individual beliefs.
Some South Sudanese especially those who have been lucky (or unlucky) to have lived before and after May 16 1983 guerrilla movement have a special place for it-the beginning of liberation struggle.
At this time every year, young and old get involved (silently or publicly) in an acrimonious reflection and soul searching about the importance and relevance of this day. While others look back at that historical day with nostalgia, others especially the youth and those who do not profess the SPLM ideology wonder why the day is worth celebrating. They should learn history.
For those who have lived long enough to witness the liberation struggle and the current “political mess”, the only thing they can blame is the phrase “we liberated this country”.
This coupled with power struggle and corruption, plunged the nation in to the deep valley that the leaders are trying to get the country out of.
The young who may or may not buy the SPLM/A ideology will have questions to ask: Was the 35 years worth the current suffering and displacement? Only the leaders of the country can answer this when they start working for every South Sudanese than for personal interests.
As the guerrilla movement which started 35 years ago earned us a brand new country with abundant resources, let the resumption of the peace talks in the next few days lead us to lasting peace.