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EVEN AS WE REMEMBER THE DEPARTED WE MUST ALSO TALK ABOUT THOSE ALIVE

By Gatmai Ole Buom

The preamble of the United Nations states as follows and I quote ‘ we the people of United Nations determined to save a succeeding generation from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold suffering to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women..’ those words were used not just for the sake of publication or pronouncement, the world had witnessed untold human suffering and nobody wanted to see what happened repeating itself anywhere in the world and any form.

Today people continue to suffer despite this commitment to end the human suffering. The United Nations is doing very little if any in terms of ending the death and mass displacement of the human population.

Who must the people of South Sudan look up to for peace and stability? is it the United Nations, TROIKA, IGAD and others or their leaders or themselves as the sovereigns? Must we be told or directed by outsiders that the country is at the verge of collapse and disintegration? of course not. we recognise that our country has been thrown to the dogs and there is a need for concerted efforts to retrieve the country from these perilous and treacherous individuals.

Today as we remember those who lost their lives as a result of the 2013 incident, we must consider talking about those alive. The talk about those alive should not just be to talk, it’s about devising a real alternative to bring about durable peace, it’s about speaking for the voiceless, the vulnerable women, the old, the children, the victims of this war, holding to account those responsible for the unspeakable destruction.

The war that started with the door to door killing of the Nuer ethnic group has now degenerated into almost all parts of the country. its no longer a Nuer_ Dinka war as many used to view it, half of the civil populations in Equatoria region have been chased to Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda, the same can be said about Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile regions. And as we speak there is a deadly inter clans conflict in Lakes State that has claimed hundreds of innocent lives. The government unashamedly calls upon aid organizations to provide shelter and food for those displaced. Incapable as it is, the government should have assisted its people first before beseeching the UN for food.
Our people have been made refugees, destitute and impecunious in their own country and others wandering in foreign lands. True liberation heroes and heroine live in abject poverty and their children die daily at the hands of unknown/known gunmen and in different frontiers.

I know for a fact that there are well-meaning South Sudanese leaders who desire to see a peaceful nation and there are those who have done everything and anything to keep them in power. the latter comprises of corrupts criminals who are never concerned about the welfare of the people, never bothered about the direction the country takes. These political racketeers sitting in Juba represent an objectionable unit of our society. What is it that we did not and now we can not share? is it the resources or political power? Can we sit down and say no, and not again shall we allow to see what is happening repeating itself in future.

What the people of South Sudan need is peace and if there is no justice for the people let there be no peace for the government.

The author can be reached for comment via nelsongbuom@gmail.com

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