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“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt. 28:18-20) KJV…
MY HEARTFELT LETTER TO SOUTH SUDANESE LEADERS
In this letter:
- To my two outstanding leaders
- To all leaders of different grades
- To my people in South Sudan
- The cost of this civil war
- The future of South Sudan
First, I would like to thank the Almighty God for granting me life and breathe so that I can see this day. Many have missed this very day due to the conflict that broke out in Juba on 15th December 2013 last year. Some were hit and killed by stray bullets, some were killed directly in the Frontlines and some died in war related issues such as hunger and diseases. Merely, I am here alive even though I was targeted several times in Juba and in Yei Town. I would wish to direct this letter to all my leaders in South Sudan from different points. Please kindly submit your time and read it cautiously. I am still neutral and I will always remain that way.
To my two outstanding leaders
This part of the letter goes to my top two great leaders, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny the former VP and H.E. the Elected President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. First, I would like to say congratulations to both of you for the move that you have taken on Friday 9th May 2014. I hope you will celebrate our great day on May 16th, 2014 together in Juba. What a positive step forward towards the peaceful means of solving this chaos?
You have done what you would have done on 14th December 2013 before the war broke out, or soon after it occurred. As I said in my first article, only the two of you can bring peace to this great nation. The country you fought for like lions back in sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. The UN or whoever in the cosmos could not bring peace to South Sudan apart from you.
My message to you is that, as you have signed the agreement, even though you never smiled to each other, please let it not become like the agreement signed back on 23 January 2014 which was never implemented by both sides. We demand peace and we demand it right away. I will be happy to learn that all the masses in the UNMISS compounds across the nation are released and are moving back to their houses with no awe of anything. Thousands of your people, especially the Nuer communities are staying in UN camps all over the country. This sends a wrong message to the entire world about your leadership. When people diss you, they insult me as a South Sudanese man.
I will be happy to learn that all the IDPs report back to their respective areas in the coming week if possible. I trust you are the solution to this chaos as my leaders. You struggled for this nation for many years. I believe you even got shot several times during those days when I was just a baby or I was not even born. Today I am 30 years old today (May 10th 2014). It is shocking to watch thousands of people passing away during your leadership. Please enforce the arrangement as soon as possible and may God bless you for that. War will never resolve anything. None of you will be defeated militarily. You are polishing off your very army without counting the costs of this warfare. Thank you for signing the peace deal, and I beg that you will bring this war to an end as soon as possible.
To all leaders of different grades
This part of the missive is addressed to all leaders in South Sudan. You all have roles to act as in the public security building in this country. As shortly as our leaders signed this peace agreement, please do your role. I will answer my part according to my capacity. I constantly beg for peace and God is answering my prayers and those of many other people in this country. If the two leaders were left exclusively in this war, it would have not exacted the lives of thousands of our people. Now, it is your time to help our leaders in top in peace building and reconciliation. Whether you are a spiritual leader or a traditional leader, you sustain a character to play in public security building and reconciliation of our citizenry.
To my people in South Sudan
This section of the letter is addressed to all South Sudanese, especially those reading this letter. We know well that war will only destroy more and it will do more damage than good. We have already experienced the effects of this senseless and useless war. This warfare is useless because there is no sound ground to fight when we can settle our issues politically. The gun is never the solution.
My message to you my people is that we have to build peace and reconciliation and we bear to start right now not tomorrow. Each one of us owns a part to play in peacemaking. The words we speak about each other matters a lot. We have to speak peace. It is always good to be a coward for a good reason. As we are going to see below, the cost of this war is greater than our anger. We must accept to live together as God placed us in this land as his people. South Sudan is because you are and it is because I am here. We all have to exist together for this nation to exist. The Nuer and the Dinka are the major tribes in this land in terms of population. If we kill ourselves, what will we gain from this?
The cost of this civil war
We have lost so many lives directly and indirectly. Most of our people were killed intentionally and some were killed by stray bullets as mentioned before. Both soldiers and civilians died and they are still dying as the result of this war. Some died of war related issues, including my dear mother. I lost uncles, cousins, friends, coworkers and colleagues from both sides. The UN estimates some few thousands of lives killed, but this is only approximation. The lives may be more than what we know today. What are we going to gain after killing ourselves?
Our real enemy is not Nuer or Dinka. It is not the anti-government or the pro-government forces, but Satan himself believe me or not. But we have the right to stop this war and we have to stop it now. Our leaders have come to their normal senses and they have signed the deal. I hope this peace agreement is not forced on any of them by the international community. I wish my leaders could count the cost of this war. I pray that they will remember how they all fought for this nation like lions in the past few decades. And now the Promised Land is turning into chaos. If we consider about the lost caused by this warfare in all sectors, we will get rid of it as soon as possible. If we love our people, we must think of peace and unity.
The future of South Sudan
The future of South Sudan lies in the hands of our leaders. It lies in the hands of every citizen because we have a choice to make. If both our leaders failed to count the costs of this war, we have the right to choose different leaders as the people of South Sudan. Thither are many political parties in South Sudan and we can take from these parties. We require leaders who love the nation and her citizenry.
We require leadership who can think of tomorrow. Our kids will never be recognized by their clans, but as South Sudanese. And as people of God, created by God to live and enjoy this land. Equally a youthful man, I started to think of what I can do for myself and for my children. I sometimes could not sleep for a few nights because my plans for 2014 were all affected in one fashion or another. I have a personal vision for South Sudan. May God bless South Sudan by bringing the true repose. We need peace in order to carry out all our positive plans. We need plans that will build up and not destroy this nation of South Sudan. We call for unity among our people and communities in South Sudan.
You may be wondering and trying to find out the substance of this missive. The message of this missive is to congratulate my leaders for signing the lasting peace arrangement. Even though pride is still the enemy, they have both ratified the arrangement and they deserve my thanksgiving for that. I too require them to go through what they have signed to demonstrate they have served it out of their own volition. I require them to show that the world never forced them to sign this accord. I desire my two leaders to demonstrate to the universe that they are both matured leaders who can be able to resolve their own troubles. I require them to prove even to the Arab world that our leaders are able to rule the state of South Sudan by themselves.
I also urge everyone to exercise his/her share of peace building. Your words bring out what is in you. Since our leaders agreed to ratify the deal, who are we to continue the war? I know we can fight in many ways. There is a lot of war on Facebook and many other social media sites. Please talk peace and think big. Education without the fear of God is not education at all (Proverbs 1:7). I also want to hear about the freedom of those in IDP camps and those in the UNMISS compounds across the nation in a few days to come. This will be the most certain signal that peace has come back to our country.
As a teacher, I need my students back to class before the remnant of this break (3 months from May). I missed all my Nuer students since there are none of the Nuer people seen on the streets because of this war, which was taken in the wrong direction by some individuals even in the national army. I was targeted, but thanks and glory to God, I am here writing this letter today. We demand peace and we demand it right away. We don’t care what the cause of this useless and pointless war was. Finding the root cause is not the solution. We need peace and a political solution to this warfare. May God bless South Sudan.
Author: – John Monyjok Maluth is a theologian and a tutor of Emmanuel Christian College (www.eccollegess.org), Yei River County – Republic of South Sudan. John is a writer and book publisher. He is the current founder and CEO of Discipleship Press an online book publishing press in South Sudan. You can contact him using his contact form on his website www.discipleshippress.com or write him an email message at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on these numbers:
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