BY: J. NGUEN, CANADA, NOV/22/2014, SSN;
This is my kindest reminder to the people of South Sudan around the globe, particularly the Nuer (Naath) Nation, that 15th of December is approaching and around the corner. A day where more than 20, 000 innocent Nuer civilians including women, children and elderly were executed in cold blood in Juba on December 15th, 2013 under president Salva Kiir Mayardit’s orders and supervision.
It’s therefore humanistic to commemorate death to conciliate agonizing living souls. Our people were killed cowardly, massacred in their thousands in which no community in Sudan and South Sudan’s history has ever witnessed.
Death is inevitable across the board, we will die at the end but murdering defenseless innocent civilians is cowardice and amounts to gross human rights violation and crime against humanity.
To ensure that our people’s perished souls are acknowledged, and to show that we care and still love our deceased relatives in their physical absence, and recognize that their spirits are in our midst, we must memorialize their departure.
This is profoundly important to our collective existence and it’s historic. And I must add that it’s our collective interest as a society to do so.
Commemorating our peoples’ perished souls showcases respect and indeed preserves our dignity and reckons our collective consciousness about their departed souls. Thus also empathizes that we cares so much and are human in our own way.
Further, commemorating their death is a chilling reminder to the killer, President Salva Kiir Mayardit. It also reminds us that they died in the hand of brutal killer and ruthless tyrant.
Albeit, not commemorating their death amounts to a hopeless shame and collective disgrace to Nuer Nation globally. Not to mention, it will serve as the most dishonest betrayal to Nuer’s humanistic ideals.
In my capacity as a son of this nation, I would like to remind all Nuer people and leaders globally, that celebrating 15th of December in the next few weeks is profoundly iconic. It’s our collective responsibility as people to do so.
Hence, if any, we must put aside our pity politics and champion our collective responsibility and interest as people with good conscience.
Histories are made, and December 15th is now part of our history. It’s our national Day to commemorate our beloved departed sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in unison.
I asked all various Nuer community leaderships globally, wherever they are, that you must shoulder this responsibility with respect and civility, come rain or sunshine. The Nuer nation entrusted you with such responsibilities to shine and do the right things in the time of greater needs.
I trust that you will do your utmost. Do what your people entrusted you to do, proudly. I trust that all Nuer community leaderships around the world are rational and conscious of this matter.
So much so, I believe that they were elected to their respective leaderships to embrace, fortify, uplift and celebrates our collective prides. Show leadership at the time of need. Therefore, there is no doubt in mind that this is the time. It’s the time that they must shine, and we the populace must support them at all cost.