By Reuben Garang* "I came to realize that half of my grade one class died during the war. Most of them died at frontline as liberators, and only a few died of natural causes. Pator was the first school in the village and many of the students who joined the school with me included those who came from the nearby villages and were above the conventional grade one age; some were more than ten years of age. " Photo: Courtesy of the author's Facebook. I have a story to tell. The Republic of South Sudan is the world's youngest nation. This is good. Despite its present challenges of a poor governance system and internal wars, all South Sudanese are proud to have their independent nation. It is hoped that there will come a time for things to change to better the lives of the people of the South Sudan. I want to highlight the sacrifices made by my school and community and also provide examples of the impact the war has had on South Sudanese families and communities.
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By Yien Wil Mayuak Nyoch* "We will let our intellectuals know that being educated is not about sitting idly at tea shops or being appointed to a certain political position, but it is about putting the skills one learns at school to practice. We will let them know that the value of education is the use of what is learned at school for the development of the society ." Current road conditions in South Sudan We (the patriotic citizens) will challenge our corrupt politicians by ceasing hotel accommodations and proving to them that spending money in hotels cannot take us anywhere. We will tell them that sending their children abroad for a better education instead of establishing a better education system in the country can only make South Sudan a benefactor of other countries with about 80% of the country’s budget spent in foreign countries. The country will be democratized where a nyone will respect the law and no one will be above the law. The power will be decentralized in