Monday, March 5, 2018

Booming or not, do not aggress us

By Pal Chol Nyan*


South Sudan's minister of petroleum.
Picture by Reuters
The President is under siege by his own inner circle. They are taking him for a long ride. They work hard to display him to the world negatively. The recent statement by one of his ministers is very disappointing and must be treated with the contempt it deserves. The very man whose own economy is booming seems to have forgotten that there are kids scavenging over left-overs, people concentrated in UN camps, mothers embracing kids begging and so on and so forth. Is that how a country with an economic boom looks like?

I believe His Excellency, the president, is not in the know about what has been said. It goes without saying that the president has, on different occasions, made it public that there is an economic crisis and that he is working around the clock to strike a deal with the opposition for peace to come. What begs the question is that, if the Head of State admits that there is economic collapse; how is it that one of his ministers countered him by saying that the economy is booming? 

I thought the minister was going to tell us about the environmental hazards in the oil-producing areas and how to combat them. There are cases of deformities seen in babies and reports by the local authorities there that there is a public health concern. It shouldn't also be a one-man show to address it. The Ministries of Health and Environment need to be consulted and involved. It is causing biological hazards.

The inflammatory statement by somebody, who has guaranteed his food security for as long as he lives on earth, is an insult to those who sleep with empty stomachs, literally sleeping with our hands. The government employees go for months without salaries and parents cannot pay school fees. Where is his booming economy if I can ask?

 I don't want to talk about the expansion of the government or that people are incited to go to refugees camps. It is just about preaching to the converted. It is time to work collectively to bring peace to the country.  Your happiness is yours. 

 He or she who says that the economy is booming is celebrating the sufferings of the masses of South Sudan who cannot even afford a meal. There is nothing booming; what is booming are bombs outbursts and wave of rebellions. 

Stop discussing or defending positions. Bring peace now and the economy will be booming in the real sense of the word. 

The author is reachable @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.