February 16, 2014 (SSNA) — In any given nation, in the world, the solemn role of the government is to protect its citizens against their enemies both domestic and foreign. If a government fails to make good on that solemn oath, it loses every imaginable reason to exist.
If you are a follower of my columns, you might have noticed that I refer to the President of the republic of South Sudan as Mr. Kiir. It is true. In the past, however, my longstanding devotion to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) let me to look past some of their wrongdoings.
But with a country at crossed roads, silence is not an option. I have decided to take a stand for our people. Today, I’m officially tired of defending leaders who seem to be willfully ignorant. Mr. Kiir is an example.
Bluntly stated, Mr. Kiir no longer has the stature nor the legitimacy there is to be the leader of the whole nation as far as the Nuer people, who found themselves in an anomalous position as a result of his senseless and hyperble actions are concerned. He had given them all the reasons to be apprehensive of his regime. To this very moment, the thugs that carried out the massacre are still free.
A few months ago, I authored an article entitled: "Sharing Lessons learned from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." I quoted the Civil Right Icon as saying: " Man often hate each other because the fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated."
A closer look at the Dinka/ Nuer relations reveals it’s very evident that the communication gap between them is at its widest since Mr. Kiir became President of South Sudan. They don’t attend the same Churches or live together as neighbors. To get pas that, both communities must begin to engage in an honest discussion that creates an environment that focuses on their commonalities. More to the point: customs, culture and norms. Rule of thumb: the more they get to know each other better, the more they respect each other.
Today, however, we are driving in reverse, and it is time to shift gears. I truly believe young people hold the best chance for getting on the road to building better understanding between these two indistinguishable people. Recently, a young man by the name Michael Mabor Majok created a T.Shirt that makes all the sense in the world: "My Tribe Is South Sudan," he wrote.
Mabor, you are my hero.
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