Akot Deng Ngongdit – Since 1955 when Anya Anya one (1) was formed and before, South Sudan as today a sovereign Nation has never been in peace and still not in pleasant condition, still not a comfortable place for living. We took armys against Arab Khartoum regime knowing that we would get our rightful place if we achieved what we are struggling for (South Sudan independent).
I thought we fought for freedom, but, unfortunately, we unknowingly struggled for harsh treatment continuation, for what put our lives into unsettled situations (endanger our lives). The nation we all struggled for has been turned into “a war zone” by our own father’s, mothers, brothers, and sisters I mean leaders.
In 2011/9 of July when unity of Sudan officially announced fallen apart, we have celebrated it happily knowing that we have successfully liberated ourselves from bad governance little did we know, the marginalization and all sorts of barbaric act towards then Southerners and now South Sudanese by Arab regime in Khartoum (Muslims) did not remain in North Sudan Arabs own country, our leaders inherited the bad governance from oppressor regime in Khartoum and now practicing it in South Sudan. Forgetting that inequality, injustice and harsh treatment were the substantial reasons that amount to army struggle which led to South Sudan independent.
As I speak, intercommunal violence engulfed the country. Murle tribe, Dinka and Lou Nuer or the entire Upper Nile Region for that matter is not at ease. In Bhar El Ghazal Region, the entire Lakes state, Tonj community, Apuk and Aguok in Warrap state are not at ease. Entire Equatoria Region is not at ease as Toposa and Didinga nationalities in Eastern Equatoria state are not at ease, Madi, Mundari are not in good term. The entire nation from Eastern part of the country to the Western and from Northern to the Southern is not at all at comfortable atmosphere.
Fellow citizens, solutions to intercommunal conflicts is in our hands, it is our collective responsibility, but to eradicate all, let’s first accept ourselves that we’re all South Sudanese regardless of region, gender, tribe or believes (Religion). Be an adovacate for peace and reconciliation in our societies and beyond
In conclusion, we must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of hate in South Sudan. Martin Luther King once said “Darkness can’t drive out darkness; only light can do. Hate can’t drive out hate; only love can do”.
Akot Deng Ngongdit, student at Kenyatta University doing Information technology (I. T), can be reached via email@example.com