Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Juba Massacre and the consequent massacres

What's important is not mere blame but a process leading to avoidance of historical mistakes. And sometimes bad things have to be relived to avoid their re-occurrences. Anyone, who's ever watched slaves' narratives made into motion pictures might have sometimes questioned the logic of such movies. The pain and anger one feels makes one question the intelligibility in making such gut-wrenching reliving of a painful, grotesque, and immoral past. However, history is a necessary monster that makes the reliving of such events necessary. We have to be reminded of a painful past in order not to repeat it.

We've now passed the second anniversary of the inception of the current crisis and we've been more divided than we've been in decades. South Sudanese are more divided now than they've ever been. And it'll take a very skilled, brave and selfless leader to bring all the tribes together.

I can't see that leader!


As we commemorate the deaths that started in Juba and spread to other states in South Sudan, we come to realize the selfish manner in which we rationalize the crisis. Each and every tribe wants the crisis contextualized to its advantage without realizing the alienating problematic it engenders. It's impossible for one to expect others to value his pain and expect others not to expect a realistic reciprocity.
As we enter the 3rd year with peace still not in sight, I urge all South Sudanese to be cognizant of the pain of others. A loss of one child to one mother is as painful as a loss of 10 children to another mother. While third parties would sympathize more with the 10-children mother, the 1-child mother will not understand the rationalization of the third party observer.
The best thing we can do to the two mothers is to acknowledge their pains, and make every effort for no mother to lose her child again.

The trend young people have embraced is worrying. If things continue this way, then South Sudan will be in crisis for decades to come. The assumption that "YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY PAIN BUT I DOUBT IF YOU'RE IN PAIN' is dangerous.

Lest we forget but also lest we repeated it!


To deny the Nuer massacre in Juba is not only unconscionable, it also shows the moral decay that's plagued South Sudan. Besides, anyone who downplays the massacres that happened in other towns in South Sudan is equally unconscionable, and immoral.

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.