Diaspora rally in global/major cities needed now

By James Monyluak De Mijok Thon, Western Canada

April 20, 2012 (SSNA) — All South Sudanese residing overseas, foreign lands, or in Diaspora, if you will, need to plan and coordinate a unified day for rallies in global or major cities around the world urging the super world powers to stop Khartoum aggression against Republic of South Sudan.

Since the Jallaba is working day and night — spreading lies around the world by all means, South Sudanese around the globe should not be sleeping as usual. Our late leader, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, use to call us (Diaspora) “front 7” because front 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 were Blue Nile, Northern Upper Nile, Western Upper Nile, Northern Bhar El Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, and Southern Kordofan State.

All these fronts played crucial roles during the war. Diaspora role was not that effective from the beginning of the war since the Diasporic communities of South Sudanese were not organized and functioning the way they are today across the globe. They began to organize themselves into proper Diasporic communities, separate groups of common national or cultural origin, who want to maintain their identity within the mainstream cultures of the host countries around late the 1980s to earlier and late 1990s during the peak days of immigration to Western countries and other parts of the world.

In addition to this, CPA comes about as a result of many factors, including the massive humanitarian crises in South Sudan and other liberated areas, and migration of Sudanese in a big numbers to foreign countries. All these factors were a recipe for the international community to consider and address the Sudanese Second Civil War and they did. Oh, yes, they did help resolve that conflict and that is why South Sudan becomes independent.

Now, the two Sudans (South and North) are caught up again in post-succession issues and are on a brink of full Third Sudanese Civil War. South Sudan is being aggressed by Republic of Sudan. And because South Sudan acted in self-defence, the international community is again ignoring such aggression and calling South Sudan to stop defending itself from the aggressor (Republic of Sudan.) This is a serious position to intervene the current crisis. The world should listen to both sides of the current conflict carefully and act accordingly.

This is a message we ought to get across to the international community. We need to conduct rallies across the globe on a particular day agreed upon in major cities where our folks are dwelling.

Global cities and unified rallies

What I mean by global cities are the major cities of the world whereby most businesses are being run on daily basis, where most people live, where world (people) come together, where major world events take place, where all things are possible…, in this case it is where majority of South Sudanese are living or found.

These include, but not limited to the following countries and cities: In USA: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Iowa City, Omaha, Nebraska, Tucson & Phoenix, Arizona, Houston & Dallas Texas. These are few cities where a sizeable majority of South Sudanese are dwelling in the United States. In Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo region, Windsor, London-Ontario, Hamilton-Ontario, and Brooks, etc. In Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, etc. In UK:  Metropolitan London and other cities. In Scandinavian countries: Capital cities of Norway, Finland, Netherland, Sweden, and other potential European capitals. In Middle East: Cairo, Alexandria and other potential cities. In Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other potential cities. In East Africa: Nairobi, Kampala, Nakuru, Elderot, Addis-Ababa, etc. In South African regions: Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town as well as Harare, Zimbabwe.

These are the major cities, I believe, where South Sudanese are found across the world.

Coordination and organization of rallies

It should be collective efforts. Community leaders, SPLM Chapters, GOSS Liaison Representatives, Youth leadership, women group, and church leaders, etc. Should come together and organize these rallies because this is our national duty and obligation as citizens of South Sudan. Nationalism and patriotism always require collective efforts to achieve the desired national goals. These two things: Nationalism and patriotism always require sacrifice and commitment anywhere, anytime. This is our time to answer our national call for a duty.

When these rallies should be conducted

I personally purpose next weekend. April 27 or 28, 2012 is suitable. This coming weekend should serves as informational period as well as organization…

South Sudanese in Calgary & surrounding cities, in Western Canada are set to conduct their rally this weekend (Saturday, April 21, 2012.) Other cities will follow suit soon. But, let me hear from you friends.

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