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.
By BANDAK LUL " The report indicates that in 2019, the government of South Sudan put in place a policy or pattern of employing or recruiting child soldiers, which government security and law enforcement officers continued to recruit and use child soldiers, at times by force, and did not hold any members of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) or South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) criminally accountable for these unlawful acts." Photo courtesy of Author's Facebook account In June 2020, the United States Department of State released the 20th edition of the Trafficking in Persons Report , which annually develops a ranking system that divides countries into 3 tiers based on governments’ efforts to fight human trafficking. In the Tier 3 category, countries not fully meeting or making significant efforts to meet the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000’s (TVPA) minimum standards risk restrictions and the loss of U.S. civilian aid worth tens
" Sometimes South Sudanese leaders act and behave in a way that makes me ask: Are these people really South Sudanese? But western ‘experts’ write about South Sudan and South Sudanese people in a way that makes me stop in the middle of the article to recheck the author's name to ensure I'm not reading a Hegel or a Kant reincarnate in 2020." It’s a long piece; so, get your glass! Every generation in every country will tell you that they are preparing the way for the ‘next generation’, ‘future leaders’, ‘our children and grandchildren’. But I am not so sure how many actually utter these clichés for political reasons because of their public profiles and how many utter them as their moral vocations and practically address them. We don’t have to wonder much because, like Foucault and his concept of power , we should focus on the effects of what these people do rather than on what they say or what post they hold. Sadly, the Foucauldian concept, while helpful, can also be