BY: Chuol C. Puoch, South Sudanese, KAMPALA, OCT/12/2014, SSN;
In spite all the hardships and difficulties that are common in cattle camps, because the objective of moving to those cattle camps is not for making a good life for people, it’s all about grazing the cattle; you must believe me that those cattle camps are, in anyway, better than the current South Sudan in the hands of Salva Kirr Mayardit.
I am very sure, for those of you who may have witnessed or lived the life in cattle camps and especially during the first months of migration, there isn’t doubt that you’ll extraordinarily agree with me. Presence of unusual fattened female mosquitoes carrying malaria in their mouths is rampant; shocking movement of some poisonous snakes and insects is unquestionable, omnivores animal looking for human beings to eat are so much and hungry crocodiles waiting for human with their mouth opened wider; unfriendly grasses and bushes all over, strange sound of wild birds and reptiles is constant, just to mention a few, are all examples of how the life is in cattle camps.
For those of you who never been to cattle camps, I guess with an imagination of all the above mentioned and many more, you will, perhaps, really feel how that life would be. It is with no argument that people live between death and life in those cattle camps.
However, putting in to consideration all the above mentioned difficulties, you would promptly choose to live in cattle camps instead of Juba and other places under the government of Salva Kirr Mayardit.
If you ask me why, I will answer you that I mean it. Juba has turned to a new Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century in the history of the world.
Innocent civilians gets disappeared every single hour, the security organs accuse them of having link with the Country’s rebels, the SPLM/A-in-opposition. It has been understood that there is no prison for those innocently accused civilians as they are taken directly from their houses to mass graves in the outskirts of Juba city.
Women in Juba are silently being raped and threatened to never disclose the fact as they are promised to be slaughtered should they do so. The SPLA-Juba forces are believed to be the mostly involved group in this activity because they say that they have left their wives for the protection and defense of the land and the government under Gen. Salva Kirr Mayardit.
Another thing they (SPLA-Juba) do is a “night robbing operation” in Juba city in the NGOs and private companies’ premises asking for money forcefully; journalists are aware of how they will be tortured and killed should any of them report those acts at night.
The loitering youths and soldiers of Bahr el Gazel who have hugely migrated from their region to Juba are currently involved in a very unhealthy activity: With assistance of language from their brothers in the town, they bring those prostitutes from the market and sleep with them one after the other, where they never pay the lady even at the end.
Do not inquire whether they use condoms or not – No Condoms. All of them, and probably the whole of Bahr el Gazel and South Sudan (God forbid) will be HIV positive. According to them, the tactics of bringing only one lady by one person to be used by all of them is to avoid being recognized by the ladies in the market if all of them could be going at once as they don’t pay the ladies enormously.
As witnessed and confirmed by the United Nations Special Representative of The Secretary General on Sexual Violence in the Post Conflict, Zeinab Banguru, women in the three states of greater Upper Nile are subjected to constant sexual exploitation by the armed men.
A woman never goes to look for firewood and gets back clean and not raped. Most of the time, they never report to the NGOs or UN as the culture advice and influence them not to do so.
In Malakal town, the night is always busy with the few Shilluk/Chollo ladies who insist staying in Malakal town. I was told that they have a timetable of “when-to-who” among the officers of the SPLA forces in the town and only cash and bullet speak.
I didn’t believe it, for God’s sake, that we may succumb to engage our very own people – mothers and sisters – in those unlawful and crazy practices
In Bentiu, the SPLA-Juba troops hide behind the roads and the fence of UNMISS waiting for women who collect firewood and then rape them. It has even let the women stop going out for firewood around the UNMISS base in Bentiu as it’s not only risky, but it also involves some inhumane night mare.
Why putting our Country and its people into these atrocities which they don’t deserve? Don’t we feel ashamed and accountable for all that has happened and happening to them?
Does this government qualify and deserve any support from a sound minded human being, looking at all that they have done?
The Country has become messily disorganized and has lost its suitability for living. South Sudanese are constantly suffering inside and outside the Country in terms of all the basic human needs, but the government of Salva Kirr is putting up closed eyes and deaf ears on that perspective.
The followers of Salva Kirr’s government, and especially the Nuer members, believe that they have defeated their Nuer fellows in politics. They see this era of confusion, atrocities, mismanagement and Bahr el Gazelized system as a source of getting wealth and satisfying their needs.
They have gone as far as bribing people to support the system that kills, a government that humiliates and assassinates its people; A government that has no vision and objectives to the country and its citizen. Why?
You will believe me; it’s now better to live in the EBOLA affected Countries in West Africa than to live in Juba or South Sudan, unless you choose to be part of the system and start your atrocities or support them in assassinating and kidnapping people.
The New Sodom and Gomorrah needs a lot of work to be done to clean it and bring back its value and pride. The atrocities are now being fueled by making them legal through the fake parliament.
The recent security bill that was passed by the less than quarter loyalists and supporters of murder and assassination in the National Parliament is a clear indication that things will certainly even be worse than the Old Sodom and Gomorrah, not to talk of cattle camps.
We will not only hear it this time round, we will strangely see it and feel it unavoidably, believe me.
Chuol C. Puoch is a South Sudanese living in South Sudan; (But currently in Kampala in time of writing this piece) he can be added/follow on Facebook with his name mentioned above, on twitter @ChuolChot and via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also access and follow his words on www.chuolchotson.wordpress.com