By Peter Gai Manyuon
March 12, 2014 (SSNA) — Base on my research findings in South Sudan, I found out that, no one will come from heaven and begin telling my fellow South Sudanese to have peace in them rather it would be the contribution of the inhabitants of the Republic of South Sudan to advocate, promote and preach about peace among themselves so that people get to know the important of the peace process in the nation building.
However, issues to do with reconciliation and meditation are the most important principles that make any Country to prosper and therefore the youngest country in the Africa continent and world need peaceful co-existence in the society.
Nevertheless, South Sudanese need to observe these methodologies of bringing or coming togetherness among the people regardless of the race, sex, tribe, religion and political affiliation.
Hence Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.
Moreover, understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual’s introspective sense or concept of her/himself, as in being at peace.
The early English term is also used in the sense of "quiet", reflecting calm, serene, and meditative approaches to family or group relationships that avoid quarreling and seek tranquility— an absence of disturbance or agitation.`
Interestingly, after the Independent of the Republic of South Sudan was declared on the 9th of July 2011, there was peaceful co-existence among the South Sudanese Communities in the entire nation. Everyone was celebrating the joy of gaining the independence which most of the people do not think of it at all, because it has taken southern Sudanese by then good years and a lot of lives have been lost in the struggle looking for prosperity, liberty and justice which at the end has been accomplished.
Since the originality, South Sudanese are peace loving people, they like sharing many things together and they are having patriotism and nationalism in them, and more so they are God loving people.
Nevertheless, peace building is different from peacemaking and peacekeeping in that it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving existing conflicts or preventing old ones from re-occurring. Peace building activities aim at building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies and establishing new structures of cooperation.
Peace building activities range in scale from personal acts of kindness toward others to global inter-governmental programs. Therefore, this is the right time for South Sudanese people to have the sense of forgiveness, love among themselves and reconciliation and prosper to the level of maturity and civilization.
God bless the people of South Sudan and install peace and forgiveness among the people.
The author is Independent Journalist and Columnist who had written extensively on the issues of Democratization and Human Rights in South Sudan, you can contact him through;[email protected].