A British Lieutenant General was tasked to conquer a country in 1917. Upon arrival to the country, came across a shepherd and his herd in a field, he asked his translator to offer a shilling to the shepherd and ask him to slaughter his dog.
A dog is a very important companion to a shepherd. It warns him of all impeding dangers and guards the heard from wolves and thieves, but at that time, with a shilling, one could buy half a herd…..
The shepherd agreed to the deal, grabbed his dog, and slaughtered it at the feet of the general.
General Maude said to the shepherd; “I’ll give you an additional shilling to skin the dog!
The shepherd took the shilling and skinned the dog. Then the general offered the third shilling to cut the dog into quarters.
The shepherd took the shilling and chopped the dog. Now the shepherd told the general that for a fourth shilling, he would eat the dog, to which the general answered: “i wanted to learn about your values in this country, and I discovered that you slaughtered, skinned and chopped your most trusted friend and companions for three shillings!
You were even ready to eat it for an additional one….that’s all I needed to learn about your country!”.
Then he addressed his soldiers and said, “as long as this kind of mentality prevails in this country and you can buy anyone, don’t fear anything and no one!’ since that time and till our days, in that part of the world, officials have sold their countries, their people, their friends, their honor and their principles for a house in Europe and bank account in Switzerland, are you any different from that shepherd?
Are our leaders (our shepherds) in South Sudan different from shepherds in that country the British Lieutenant conquered? Let’s change the face of our country.
The healing journey must first begin with a changing of self, which can then shift to others. Gandhi rightfully put it that we must be the change we wish to see. I am a part of the problem, and therefore I should also be part of the solution. There is no way we can create change if we do not transform our attitudes and how we act toward others. In my own life, I have many things for which to apologize and to put right
Therefore, I must start with myself first, and so it is with any other South Sudanese person. We all have things to address within ourselves and in our relationships. When we are honest with ourselves and admit we have not loved as best we could, growth begins to take place.
Ultimately, the Government of South Sudan like any other government carries the ultimate responsibility of all its citizens. One life loss unjustly is too many.
The Government should Provide Ethical leadership, Enforce the law, Stop proxy war, eliminate poverty by strengthening institutions within the country, empower Traditional leaders, support civil education, and most especially provide hope for her citizens.