International Community for South Sudan is a misnomer


South Sudanese leaders think they have a friend in the so-called ‘International Community.’ I don’t know whether I’m deluded or they’re naïve. What is ‘International Community’ (IC) anyway? What’s it? An organization? A group of nations? A benevolent person? United Nations? Excuse you me! There is no such a thing as a caring, listening ‘International Community.’

The so-called International Community is a bunch of self-interest-driven power-players; self-proclaimed ‘saviours,’ who hide their vested interests and ulterior motives in the cliched mantra of ‘helping’ the THIRD WORLD. No country in the world, and I mean no country, has ever put its state’s interest secondary to the interest of any state function. You’re as good as their interest!

We delude ourselves in the thought that United States, European Union and Israel, are our friends. No, they are not! They are our ‘friends’ as long as we remain relevant to their interest. (Remember I said their interest not them). We are as good as their interest in us is contemporary and beneficial.

The ‘free world’ dreads Chinese human rights records almost everyday, but they still bow down in front of China when it comes to economic enterprises. Canadian oil company, Nexen, is being taken over by Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. Remember, CNOOC is state-owned not private; something the West would normally fear as communist or socialist. Why is this happening? Interest, monstrous capital interest!

However, the so-called ‘West’ is good at playing amiable friend, selectively… that is. Beshir continues to butcher the people of Darfur and what does the ‘International community’ do? Nothing! Oh, IC helped indict him (Through International Criminal Court in The Hague) for a number of counts but… hey Jack, Beshir is still free!

Somalia remains a failed state and what does the ‘International Community’ do? Nothing! Oh, they arm Ethiopians because who’d want to die for Somalia after ‘Black Hawk’ was downed? Fellow Africans, perhaps!

Now, people are displaced as some are dying in Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile and the presumably ‘moral’ and ‘liberal’ Obama, the leader of the ‘FREE’ world, refuses to declare (or support) a no-fly zone in Sudan. France, supported by other ‘Western’ nations,’ is pounding on Mali to ostensibly help Malians from the would-be Taliban-type Islamic Extremism. How kind of them? Why is no one pounding on Khartoum on behave of the suffering Sudanese?

Something has to be remembered with the so-called ‘West.’ When Hitler was killing Jews, other minorities and disabled people in Germany, many Jews who fled Germany in search of refuge were refused entry into Canada and the US. Even when they knew these people were being butchered like flies by Hitler and the Nazis.

It is a great shame Canada and US never recovered from. You can understand why Canada, the US and Europe support Israel even when Israel commits unspeakable atrocities against helpless Palestinians. They are overcompensating for the shame of the past. It’s not that they care about the Jews!

Besides the sins of the past, Israel is becoming a strategic excuse and a political, Western eye in the Middle East. To maintain the status quo, or the pseudo-Darwinian racial ladder, an excuse that should be used to intimidate weaker states had to be maintained.

When (Information minister) Mr. Marial Benjamin appeals to the IC on behave of the South Sudanese government, he has to know that he’s talking to a political vacuum. If you have nothing to offer, you’re as good as a noise maker.

When (Legal affairs minister) John Luk Jok blames the ‘International Community’ for the constant failure of the nauseating and unproductive meetings between president Kiir and president Beshir, he has to know that he’s talking to people who put their interests first. Your interest should be a beneficial subsidiary for them to take you seriously.

The American mission in Juba is basically a business enterprise. However, the Americans play their cards really well and it takes a keen eye and mind to get the gist of the American imperialist machination. Don’t implement everything they say, but don’t overtly reject their suggestions. Play them before they play you! Like some smart boys are playing them really good!

So, the next time any South Sudanese leader wants to appeal to the IC, s/he has to narrow down the targets. Even with the narrowed down specificity, say, United States or Canada, s/he has to know US and Canada have their own interests, first. And these interests are the impetus for whatever they do in the world. Remember the Nexen example above.

They are not our friends but they play it, theatrically, well. They’re your business partners; take it that way! Just ask yourself.

Would the US help South Sudan for the sake of helping? What’s so special about South Sudan that the ‘West’ would prefer it over The Republic of Sudan? Don’t anyone cite Islam because US has many Islamic nations that’re staunch allies? And this alliance is, still, interest-based.

South Sudan has to go about its business as if no one cares about its affairs. What drives other state ‘care’ is economic interest not humanitarian feelings. We have to therefore see everyone as a business or a potential partner; someone with an interest.

For the ‘West’ or the US to pressure Beshir, there has to be something put in place for that pressure to be possible. Asking the African Union is like beating a dead horse.

The saddest part of the whole affair is we lack innovative leaders, who can come up with forceful grounds affecting to the Sudanese government and enticing to the interest, prone ‘West.’ Whining has become a political culture in Juba.

We need to act like a government, not some young boy hiding in the protection of his older brother, the Christian West.

There is no such a thing as ‘International Community.’ You are on your own unless you have something to offer.

Kuir e Garang is a South Sudanese poet, author and independent publisher living in Canada. For more information, visit or You can also follow Kuir on twitter: @kuirthiy


  1. Martin. L says:

    Oh brother!
    Judging from the tone of your article, it seems you just came out of your realization of “West interest”. Nonetheless, the article is great!

  2. Joseph Okello says:

    you are right, Kuir e Garang, we need to avoid calling ourselves young any more, we need to grow up.

  3. Mr Gabby Gabriel says:

    Dear Kuir e Garang,
    You are right, there is nothing in this world called International Community, People or Nations work for their interest. Interest comes first. Our Country did not honor those who helped them during the CPA of 2005. Those Countries that helped us we should have kept close contact with them. Put their interest first before others in Economic Development, any Investment we do as reward for their co-operation. We have forgotten these people. These should have been the ones we can embarked on now for further help like what is happening now with Sudan. Politics is give and take that is the basis in this World. Our leaders are just crying in the wilderness in which no one cares.

  4. Andrew Jienge says:

    you have done it again. I agree with you that no one can put someone’s else interest before their own! Those good-for-nothing leaders have put the cart before the horse. They expect international community to use their tax payers monies to feed their citizens, build schools, hospital, construct roads, take care of security, and defend against external aggression.
    However, they do not know the fact that these nations are held accountable by their citizens to every cent they spent unlike RSS.
    By the way, who likes to be friends with liars, thieves, corruptees, human rights abusers, murderers, tribalists, cry babies and hopeless.
    I think they are already isolated, and nobody wants to be guilty by associating with them.

  5. Chief Abiko says:

    To My Dear Kuir E.Garang:
    I thank you very much with your brilliant ideas in your mind! God bless you! Man, what you said in your written article is very true! Let our leaders in the South Sudan Republic should print your article and keep it in safe place from children! As you know, the so called international community, they have their own internal matters at homes. But they would like to solve outsiders matters as to exploitating the situation! They add more salt on soup!

    All western countries have their own interests independently from each country! They just only uniting on COMMON INTERESTS AND COMMON GOOD.

    They did not indict President Mohammed Jafar Nimery, Lt.Swar El Dahab and Prime Minister El Sadig El Mahadi on massacre of Dinka people in El Dien in Nyala. They indicted President Omer El Beshir for Darfur problem because he is a threat to their interests in the region. They are the ones who have KILLED SPLM/SPLA MOVEMENT! Now, they exploiting the South Sudan to DEATH! Our leaders in the government in the South Sudan do not have any idea behind!

  6. malith alier says:

    Every country is a part of international community whenever and wherever help is needed. South Sudan is part of it in regard to Malian crisis but has it done anything, none. So.?

  7. Deng Agueerjeet says:

    Kuir Garang,
    you are right. Our leaders think IC will listen to what they say. Forget it people, IC will never listen to you. Countries (People) buy power from United Nations. Remember for the United States to continuing to have its veto power, they have to pay 25% of the UN budget, How much do you pay to the UN?
    Right now Sudan is losing their voting right, why are they going to lose their voting right because they failed to pay their bills. After this who do you think will listen to them?
    Look, Congo has been at war for decades now. Can you tell me what have the UN done about it?
    May be you don’t know, let me tell you, the more money you pay to the UN the more power you will have in the UN.
    Minister Marial Benjamin and Pres. Kiir should go to school to learn this.

  8. Hotep says:

    First and foremost; it’s for the first time for me to find a person from South of Sudan to understand the white West. People of South Sudan were killed for 20 consecutive years; no single eye cried for them from what so-called the International Community at least the regional community accommodated the freedom fighters and our desperate displaced citizens.
    What so called International Community did when they saw SPLM/A become strong to change the system in Khartoum, then they enforced CPA. when Dr. John became popular they killed him simply to keep those Arabs in power in Khartoum who listen to all of their exploitation attitudes, “you Arabs we brought you on power in Africa, if you don’t listen we will bring indigenous people on power and they will expel you from Sudan.”
    then they give all kinds of concessions.
    Brother KUIR E GARANG, you are the first in South Sudan to understand these white people and I hope not to be the last. If you allow someone to think for you then you become his or her slave.

  9. Alier says:

    You are absolutely right in your article. You are right on money Bwana Kuir, we fought for twenty two years and no country of so-called super powers helped us because they did not have vital interests until coming of Bin Laden in 1990s to open training camps to target Western interests in Sudan and the whole Africa. It’s incumbent upon us to straighten our affairs and solve our own problems without looking to the West.
    For how long are we going to be whining for help from the west? It doesn’t require you to have a degree to figure out this problem.
    This is time for action, we are sicken tired of your (Mr. Kiir) continuous whining, complaints, inaction, and lying to us everyday.

  10. Bol says:

    Bravo brother Kuir, u have enlightened many, keep more articles coming ……….

  11. Dennis says:

    President Kiir and Marial Benjamin should read your article at least for my mind to rest in peace. Well written ya Kuir!

    Idi Amin was considered a bad man of Uganda…Robert Mugabe is considered a bad man of Zimbabwe, but there is one thing I like about these two individuals, they were/are going about their own business in not relying on the west or anyone. Let our president do things South Sudanese way.
    We as South Sudanese we can learn democracy through our preexisting traditional cultures not western democracy, middle eastern monarchy, or eastern socialism and communism.

  12. Gat says:

    Very direct article, Garang.
    Interest is what everyone works for, not only the “West,” even in the tribal culture. You help the one hoping that the turn will be rewarded when you are in need; otherwise, what is the point?

    Thanks again, Gat

  13. Ajak Makor says:

    Dear Kuir,
    Our movement which is supposed to lead the government is so confused to the extent that some of the leaders are friends with the CCP of China as well as calling themselves friends with the republicans in the US at the same time, ignoring the fact that these two giants in the IC don’t have a common interest. So as long as we don’t present ourselves as good commodities to the IC, none will listen to our cry when we need it.
    We either head for the West or turn East, but not both, that act draws sympathy.

  14. Sminth says:

    What a great article… Kuir is another John Perkins who blasted the world with the truth of imperialist empire taking advantage of ruining the world.

    If you want to further confirmed Kuir’s article, which is commendable, I recommend that you read two books written by John Perkins and they are, “Confession of economic hit man” and “The secret history of the American Empire”.

    Kuir has said it all and deserved to be taken seriously by the decision makers in RSS.


  15. Deng De Kueth says:

    Great article Kuir,
    your really got it, mutual interest is what any country is after and there is no way on earth any country can jopardize that, being in relation with terrorist or whoever, as long it promotes your interest.
    what matters is how best you play it. Your article provokes a lot of things in my mind on how the South Sudan leaders view the international community. Some of them had the mindset at the back of their minds that they are superior and inferior. We can’t continue to live in such a world. We gotto change or be changed.
    Our mutual interest must also lead like the rest and we shouldn’t always rush to the international community for help, and such I even condemn the then sudden withdrawal of our post from Panthou on the ground that the international community condemned and demanded for that, it is our territory and there wasn’t reason or use it to negotiate our interest with the north. The other thing is the scapegoating about Abyei and all of us are yet to see how our leaders do it.
    Good one Kuir De Garang thnx

  16. martin says:

    You are a genius, my fellow countrymen. Two or three of you in South Sudan will liberate our people from this illusion about the International community and help them rely upon themselves instead of crying like spoiled child. The solution to our problem lies in our own hands. To think that the so-called international community can help us solve our problem with Khartoum is a fantasy. keep on writing my compatriot to liberate our fellow country men.

  17. Robbo says:

    Firstly, I think you are dealing with a lot of bitterness and you need to look to God to help you overcome this.
    Secondly, I think you have some very valid points even though I see you don’t really understand the depth of what you are saying. One very uneducated comment was “the Christian west”. (You must be a Muslim as this is a Muslim term)
    If you think that the west is Christian, well, I think you need to study a bit more. The west may have been Christian (or built upon Christian values) in the past but that is far from reality today.
    The other comment- all people trying to help the Sudanese and the Republic of South Sudan are false and are only looking out for their own interests is very wrong and again uneducated. If you write an article make sure you know the facts not just make them up therefore deceiving others who may not know the truth.
    I have many friends around the world in different nations helping those in need without asking anything in return. These people have even given up their own lives for this cause. So to say that people don’t care is completely wrong.
    I will stop here as I do not wish to disrespect you as you are still saying the things that no one is willing or is too scared to say. All I am saying is research what you say, don’t just make it up.

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