By: Daniel Abushery Daniel (USA)
July 24, 2012 (SSNA) — Early morning on Thursday, July 21, 2012, approximately at about 09:30 AM Arizona time, while I was in a deep sleep, my son screams on me down star in our apartment: “Dad, Dad, uncle Akol is talking in south Sudan TV."
Yes, we did it. I said to myself.
On my behalf, I would like to seize this opportunity to convey my warmest greetings to comrade Malak Ayuen “Aka: Koul Mareck” and his pragmatics’ team for broadcasting this wonderful even with Arizona citizens in South Sudan TV.
In my actual calendar plan was to celebrate the 1st independence day of our country in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. But, the Arabic phrase said; “The wind blow on the directions that was not desired by ships”.
Therefore, my plan did not go as I had planned it.
In one of the hottest days of the year in Arizona, the news of North, and South Sudan were all over the place, especially, the international channel in cable network about the eminent attack on South Sudan soil by our traditional enemy the NCP elites in Khartoum, targeting the oil-rich Unity State and especially in Pan- Thou area, which they shamelessly called “Higleeg”.
On another front, the enemy’s ground forces were to march from Northern Bhar El Gazal aiming to occupied oil-rich area in Bantiu city, but, our gallant forces of SPLM pushed them back beyond the normal borders to secure Pan- Thou and others surrounding areas. But the enemy changed its strategy and used its air force bombarding inside Bantiu and around.
We are all in great shocked from what we heard and watched of bad news about our motherland, then, I received many calls from different folks in Arizona and other cities in the states, confirming that; Jallaba in Khartoum after they failed stealing our oil, now they invaded us to take it all by force. But one phone- call calm us down and is from Secretary General of SPLM Chapter in Arizona comrade Bol Dey announcing the emergency meeting immediately to be convened and in an hour, a good number of concerned citizens of Arizona were in the stated location and on time.
The crowds came out in that meeting with the important resolutions. First; is to organize a demonstrations and walk to the office of the most influential and well known figure in modern American politic, and the member of both house, the Congress and the House of Representatives; senator John McCain, to brief him of ongoing situation back home. And the second resolution is; while we are millions miles away from home; let us join our hands and collect some money for our troops as our generous support to the men and women in uniform in the front line. And show them our solid solidarity.
Immediately, two plans were put in practice at the same time, while; the Arizona battalion elected task force under the SPLM Chapter leadership to update the citizens about the latest in the front. And never rest until the SPLA was ordered by the commander in Chief H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit to withdrawal from Pan- Thou, due to intervening of UNSC and other international community organizations, after teaching the Sudanese army and their militia’s “Mojahedeen” a lesson in proxy war they will never forget in their entire life. And now, Pan- Thou became one of the disputed areas between Khartoum and Juba.
As stated above, Arizona always leads the Diaspora’s when its comes to actions, due to their vigilantly stands with the challenges that are facing our new nation. And the unpretentious contribution that was sent to our braves’ troops, which, can not be compared with their sacrifices, is actually, a living proof.
Once again, congratulation Arizona citizens for your usual stands and contributions to our people when needed, especially, when our liberty is in jeopardy. Arizona will always do what is right as they pledged and vow to protect the sovereignty of this nation, holding dear our happiness without hate and fear.
In- Conclusion, in Memorial Day celebration this year, I will not forget to salute our mytres without sorting, and fallen comrades during our struggle and in Pan- Thou, whose blood cemented the foundation of Unknown Soldier grave.
The author is a south Sudanese citizen, living in Arizona State, and can be reached at email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org