BY: Deng Mangok Ayuel, AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN, APR/18/2014, SSN;
We can never ever solve political crisis by resorting to war in our country, South Sudan. Believe me. War is the utmost sign of human weakness. War kills, tensely causes hatred, division and lack of trust.
It’s unfortunate that our prominent leaders, especially Dr Machar, have lacked hearts and will for the people of South Sudan. War has no winners, all sides are losers.
I hate war. There is no need for our leaders to mobilize their ethnicities, and begin killing South Sudanese since December, 2013.
What shall we gain from war? We are one people, one nation. There is no need for war.
What can you and I do to stop our people from killing themselves? We need to share ideas, call spade a spade. South Sudanese should think twice.
We need to be constitution abiding, God fearing people, who can’t target their brothers and sisters easily.
Is Dr Machar, the only aspiring leader that people can die for if he didn’t become the party chairperson or president?
Any educated, public figure from any village in South Sudan can make it as president. There is no need for the Nuers to die for Dr Machar’s war. There is no need for Dinka as a tribe to be targeted for few Dinkas’ cases in the country.
Let’s be abstemious. It’s our turn as citizens, whose children are suffering from diseases, starving from hunger in the IDPs camps, to say ‘enough is enough’ to Dr Machar for killing South Sudanese.
We have been living from hand to mouth – life was almost so hard; many people lack clean water and health facilities.
What is the future for the people of greater Upper Nile who are currently displaced in masses?
The IGAD countries and mediators in Ethiopia should speedily find a lasting solution for this war. These mediators are not up to their mandates.
The cessation of hostilities was signed and the rebels of Dr Machar are still attacking government forces every week. Where are the former CPA mediators between the SPLM and NCP in Khartoum?
Which forces are now in Bentiu? White army …? Is it not a violation of cessation of hostilities? There is no need for the Nuers as a tribe to wage a war against the whole nation. No tribe is bigger than a nation.
People aren’t supposed to kill their innocent children for nothing. There is nowhere in the world a tribe fought about 60 tribes and won the war.
It’s our choice to take our baby nation into abyss. It’s our choice to say ‘no’ to war. Let’s decide now.
South Sudan is not for President Kiir or Dr Machar but I do support President Kiir because I don’t want power to be transferred by force.
And do you really think that Dr Machar is the right man for presidency? Dr Machar is never trusted anymore because of waging war against an elected government of our country.
People all over the world have the same wishes or desires for presidency but war is not the solution when things gone astray.
If we could have worked together as one nation in order to fulfill our economical dreams instead of competing with each other in a greedy desire for wealth, power, then there would have been no war in South Sudan.
All in all, war is never the answer to political problems. We must do all we can to find alternative means to solve these tribulations, and resolve our differences peacefully for a better South Sudan.
Are you for war or peace?
Deng Mangok Ayuel is a South Sudanese freelance writer and lives in Aweil. He can be reached at email@example.com