Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Let Us All Die From Inside

By Pal Chol* (Guest Writer)


Mr. Pal Chol
 (courtesy of the author)
With the escalating destructive war, many South Sudanese people have been forced to flee. Others live to seek protection in the congested UN camps resembling Nazi concentration camps under very squalid conditions. The international community is working and exerting efforts to make sure the war stops and life returns to normalcy.

The civil society organizations also work around the clock to make sure the war stops. If my memory serves me well, the President said he is not happy seeing his people dying always and running for their lives. Nobody knows whether the concern is real or imaginary. Leaders who are concerned by the lives of the people usually devise ways and means of stopping what is making people suffer even if it costs them their jobs. South Sudanese honestly have no problems among themselves.

The problems are the liberators who, because they had gone to the bush, found themselves at the helm of power. They have broken our social fabrics. They negotiate themselves into positions of authority. They don't address people's concerns. The rallying cry of all South Sudanese is to have the war ended at all cost. It has had its highest toll. The UNHCR has made it plainly clear that it cannot afford hosting and feeding the South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, now numbering over one million. There is nothing wrong if bringing peace can make rulers lose their jobs. South Sudan is a resourceful country with abundant riches. There is no reason why we should squabble and fight over Chinese rice.

It is a shame. What is in China which is not here? China has arable and vast land just like here with people (manpower) inhabiting it. These people put to use these resources to produce the rice by tilling the land. It didn't come like a manna. People have toiled for it. Perhaps, the only difference is because their leaders care for them; they love their country and keep the peace,  thus paving way for the people to work. It is an open secret that the ordinary South Sudanese have been confronted by their tribal leaders. They are at each others' throat. It is not now Dinka versus the Nuer nor the Nuer/Dinka versus the minorities. It is them [leaders, elites] against us, the citizens.

There is a need for unity of purpose. It is time to put aside our differences and work for peace and unity. No tribe is not affected by this dire economic collapse. I challenge even those who might have had the chance to look with impunity to come out clean that they still have their kids in the schools, afford three meals a day, and live a comfortable life. Even with the election being talked about by the power wielders, I don't think it would be transparent, fair and credible given the fact that most of the would-be voters are not in the country unless it is done in the African way:  entrenching dictatorship by rigging elections.

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*Pal Chol is a concerned South Sudanese. He has written extensively on various South Sudanese websites and in newspapers on social, economic and political issues.  He is reachable at palcholnyan2016@gmail.com


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.