Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tributes to the fallen heroes and heroines

By Pal Chol Nyan (Guest Blogger)


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May the 16th is historic. It will go down in the annals of history that it was the year when Southerners said enough was enough. It is the day Southerners took up arms against the minority clique regime in Khartoum. It was in 1983 when Southerners expressed their anger publicly against economic, political and social oppression and suppression by the Northerners. Our resources were exploited by the Arab North to develop it.

Our resources were looted in a broad daylight with the connivance of some sell-outs. On this occasion and at this juncture, I would like to pay  special tributes to Colonel Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Major William Nyuon Bany,Major Kerubino Kuanyin, Capt Salva Kiir Mayardit, now General Salva Kiir, the President of the Republic and Capt David Riek Machuoc Mum for,without their bravery, valour and resilience,it wouldn't have been possible for us to reach where we are today. As you are all aware, some disgruntled Southern politicians, decided to conspire against us in collusion with the Arabs through financial briberies and reward for non-lucrative positions to deny our rights in all domains. 

You could recall that the 1983 Movement started with few gallant officers but later joined en masse by students, peasants and many others. It became a formidable force to be reckoned with.

My special tributes also go to the fallen officers, NCOs and men from 1955 to 1983. I could not believe that the spirit of brotherhood and comradeship we have had could just wither because of power struggle and wealth. When Southerners differed in 1983, they reconciled in 1987, when it happened in 1991, it was resolved with 2002 Nairobi Declaration.

Inter-communal conflicts were ironed out in People-to-People Peace in Wunlit in 1999 between the Nuer and the Dinka.  Why don't we sit now and hammer out the outstanding and sticking issues dividing us using those initiatives as the blueprints? 

Fighting ourselves is condemning our fallen heroes and heroines to eternal death, betraying their sacrifices and more importantly proving the enemies right that we can't govern ourselves. Finally, it must also be made clear that the first bullet was shot in Torit in 1955, the second bullet was shot in 1975 in Akobo. There were people already on the ground who started the war before 1983 at Bilpam and Pakedi.

 The war of liberation did not start in 1983 but it was a continuation.  I don't deny that the credit goes to the SPLM/A now under the leadership of General Salva Kiir  Mayardit as they achieved the final goal of an Independent sovereign South Sudan.

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The author is a medical practitioner and can be reached 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.