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Human being can be like any other mammals, omnivorous and whatever other animals do. But he is different in that he has will to do things, freedom, choice, he is intelligent, he works and has culture. Some of the aforementioned characteristics of man can be attained by other animals but they still remain ANIMALS. Human being on the other hand can lose them but still remain HUMAN BEING. There is ONLY one thing that is very natural that gives man a permanent status of special being.
This is rational soul. This soul is infused into a man immediately after conception. Other animals do not have. This rational soul relates the man with spiritual world. Man qualifies to be both material and spiritual being.
No one has the goddamned right to ever call human being ‘’a monkey’’. Catholic faith and Social Teachings talk more than this.
I failed to comprehend how a Catholic Priest dares called people monkeys. Fr. Rocco Taban has sinned against people of God. He took side and left his emotions to lead his heart and faith. This pastor hails from Wau. And Wau incident was interpreted into different ways. He took his part of story and used his motions in his preaching. This pastor should be sacked from the church of God or sent to recession or whatever that rehabilitate misbehaving pastors.
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Peace! Peace! What is peace about? Who needs peace? Why do they/we need peace? When do we need peace? Where do we need it? Who makes peace?
Peace is an art of being in peace; it is an art of being out of danger, an art of staying in love, joy and freedom without external harassment. Peace is a state of tranquility, quiet and harmony; absence of violence. Peace is an opposite of war, destruction, killings, discomfort, and any terminology that disturbs life and leads to unhappiness is an opposite of peace. Peace is waking up in the mornings to the smiling faces in the house, compound, at work places, on the streets, in the super markets, in the town, city and beyond the borders. Peace is something cool and sounds smooth and soothing like the word ‘Peace ‘. Peace means peace!
Peace is essential and equally important to all the nature and the man-made structures. Everything need peace including the weapons used to destroy peace, even when they appear to be doing what they are meant for; they wear out in executing peace, they suffer mercilessly in the hands of the culprits of peace. They cry out louder as they are mistakenly perceived to be doing their job by scaring the peace away from the universe. They even burn to further prove that they are getting finished and they don’t like it. They need peace just like the animals in the bush and at home do. Woman needs peace to bring people to the earth peacefully and so does the child coming to the earth, He needs it because to him, coming to this earth itself is an absence of peace. It is a very uncomfortable breathes and sound compare to back there in the womb where it used to be warm and cold when he needs it. An old man needs peace to rest his age and tells folk to the next generation on his very matrimonial bed. Trees need peace to grow and attract more rains for our lives. The list is long! It all needs peace!
Age limits is complaining that nothing has been left for him to consume, everything dies before the natural life span limits. He wants peace prevailing for him to function and at least put one on his list of accomplishments. We need peace for the development to sound correctly and take effects like it will never be knifed at the back. We need it to mentally relax and think like scientist and discover the drugs for the pandemic Ebola and come back to the endemic HIV/AIDS, we cannot think properly in the absence of door (peace). Anything that grows needs peace, even mountains, they rest during peace from being used as hide outs and avoid stray bullets during clashes on them. We need peace to go out with friends and come back when we want to; to club, play, get treated without worrying of being completed to death.
This is regardless of our existence or not; we need peace before and after our lives. We need peace when there is disagreement between/among individuals/communities. I need peace with my wife, family, community and beyond this secular, when we felt we didn’t have it. We need it to Co –exist, multiply and feel the earth as required by our father the God. “Go and multiply the earth” said God to Adam. He does not know killing and taking away life that we he brought to man not man-made.
In the football pitch, we need peace to complete the 90 minutes and thus, the Sunderland players could still greet and congratulate the Southampton players even after losing 8-1 to them. Albania EURO qualifiers match against Serbia went sour in absence of peace on the pitch. Peace is needed in our families to up bring good children. It is badly needed at Schools, markets, in the fishing ponds, in the hunting forest, in the parliament, in the class rooms and everywhere. It is the responsibility of the priest to make sure he preaches about peace in the homely. The shop keeper ensures he has good, convincing and soft terminologies to facilitate selling his goods; he makes peace as a shop attendant. The referees on the fields, teachers in the class rooms, doctors at the hospitals, parents in the families make peace. The absence of peace destabilized life, thus, it’s a sole responsibility of everybody!
I remember in 1997, we received several strangers in my house along with family members and their cattle. I was little bit jealous; our little house was full of unknown kids around. We became good friends after sometimes, I shared with them my food because they didn’t have none, we shared my leather made mate with them because they had nothing, I showed them where to graze their cattle for they didn’t know where to take them for good pastures, I showed them play grounds, swimming ponds, I didn’t forget to show them where to top up lunch with wide fruits and where to hunt and lay traps for wide meat too. They were part of my family. We even flee together when the guns shot approached. I didn’t actually know where they came from but I heard them say they were from Aguok community. They fled war that tore up their houses, killed or kidnapped others and took their cattle. I thought they were only in my house, how wrong I was. This community (Aguok) was scattered throughout my own. They have settled, they acquired unconditional lands and accessed equal treatment as the natives at the justice systems and they were actually selected in the court system to preside like the existed chiefs.
We intermarried, paying an equivalent to that one would pay even when they were in their home; the young men from both communities were initiated together and worked as team as they would in their own. We were like one people and indeed we were.
But what happened? What killed thousands of productive young men? What closed some families whom members were caught asleep and slaughtered in cold blood? What destroyed the friendship and trade between the two? What caused the questioning of whom land is the other sleeping or grazing their cattle? Could someone have thought that Aguok community won’t return home after war and created this to send them back?
Honestly, I can’t reply any of those and unasked questions too. However, am certain that someone wanted to achieve something on expenses of others who knew less. Anyway, several peace agreements were made and fighting resumed.
Now, my concern is the last one that was only ceremonious in individual homes. Unless I see the document signed and read the terms and conditions, I would still be sceptical that it is of no difference.
I strongly oppose to the approach and modalities used to approach the problem between the two communities. As I quote from Dr. Garang’s speech, ‘’the wrong description of the problem, leads to wrong understanding and wrong approach may be used ‘’. The people who have always tried to resolve this problem only know how to bring about cease fire but ‘’PEACE’’. Thanks to them any ways. I know they would call me with whatever names if I were to present my grievances to them. They would pretend to know much than anybody but never thought of why bloodshed never stopped. I love peace with its meaning in full faith and heart, don’t mistake me Sir/Madam.
I strongly condemned the method of compensation to the victims rather than addressing the root cause of the problem and have it settled at once. Why would someone who claimed to be mediator rush collecting cows and exchange them at the border, makes peace between two or so politicians who have had their differences and cut the cows into two pieces and disperse the deceived communities home? Oh! Wait a minute…so, if we bring the politicians together, then the problem is solved? Is someone trying to tell me that they caused the war? Can they be held accountable?
Giraffe city is at the heart of the most decorated state of western Bahr el Gazal, the dawn of the Saturday 20th June 2015 morning in Wau was greeted with the claps of the burglary bullets at the outskirt of the town as the police disturbed the citizen week end with stricken movements in and out of town when a man was shot dead that night. I jumped out of my bed to figure out what the day was and what was happening. First of the all, the day reminded me of the five years I spent in the refugee camp, celebrating this calendar day of the year was not a choice but by default as a refugee, not for good ones but to pray if one God would grant peace to my country so I cloud return home and indeed he did. And I was the first amongst those who applied for a voluntary repatriation. Now, why am I being awoken again in my country? What happened again? I know there is useless fighting across the country, but has it arrived to Wau too? Am not sure. Could it be another rebellion? No. Could it be misunderstanding between the deceased and the culprit? Another No. So, what is it then? It is a BIG Economic crisis! Believe it or Live it!
Yes, I had a few survey around the town and the street is healing up, in fact, any town would require road repair under normal circumstances, but this town that used to be very busy is sending home the traffic police because there are no vehicle moving. The town honestly looks deserted. One could drive with less attention because; there are no many pedestrians on the road neither. Where did they go? I don’t Ooh… because am here. June every year is a planting season and as most subsistent farmers use very ordinary and ancient method of farming, they always come to this place (in picture) to buy Maloda for the cultivation and it is the peak market point for the blacksmiths in Wau town. This year, no body, it is empty, there is no business, which simply suggest no one comes to buy them and when no one buys, it means either they could not afford or they have improved their tools and might have gone for better machines. The later could be a sign of relieve. And its opposite is an obvious tragedy and a big human error which is most difficult to reverse.
Any trader who would have brought in security pad locks stock really got a good market because 80% of the shops are locked and no sign of any movement around them for the last two weeks or more. The economy is crippled and witnessed by the prices of the foodstuffs. I dropped to Sukjaw and I found a woman crying, real TEARS flowing. This is true! Allah Wahid! She came to Wau in a relative vehicle that was going to Kuajok with 500 SSP, in her plan, she was coming to buy a bag of sorghum and goes back the same day. On her arrival to the market, the 50kg bag of sorghum costs 470 SSP at the shop and 5 SSP more to take it to the bus park and 45 SSP for transport home and another 50 SSP for her fare too. And she rests her journey. She has no phone, no home to go in the town and she can’t afford to go back home.
Few of the restaurants I knew are not functional. The school children walk with less energy and interest in the school. Needless I mention the rise of the hard currency. With these few statistics, one may not wonder why Central Bank has added on the fence and cut the nearby trees and improved their gates security. This is mitigation on the inevitable crime that may prevail across the country too as is the case now and this simply answered what was going on that morning and why? I really don’t want to believe that God has a hand also in this man made crisis starting from fighting to economic sanctions and now to natural sanction of STOPPING the rains. There is no hope that things may change soon after the next harvest festival. This is an eve of another makurup (famine) and a tip of an iceberg that needs a serious stand up.
The Author is an Economics and Business Administration student in Catholic University of South Sudan and reachable at email@example.com
‘’Deng, call Gadluak to help you carry that bag and little Lado to carry the briefcase and put it in the V-8 behind seats. I will have to sit in the passenger seat today because the bags are huge and heavy, besides, we shall take another one (big bag) from my friend’s house. Don’t forget to inform Kenyi to bring ten gentlemen in the pickup at around 1600H in this afternoon’’ A minister ordered his driver. After collecting all the bags, they head to the local market auction and bought every cow that was brought that day at a tripling price and rushed to the next nearest market and bought them without negotiation. ‘’Bargaining is a game of young boys who value money over the cow,’’ he ridiculed, sending the group on-lookers into thunder of laughter.
In the evening, he makes a phone call, ‘Hello’, am I talking to General Malual?’ maharhaba? , ‘’this is Honorable Makuei, the National Minister of Finance and Economic planning, am in the village now, I have come to see my only bull, and it’s approaching dry season, the young men will have to drive him to the swampy areas for better pastures pretty soon, unfortunately, they may need some riffles and groundnuts.’’ He paused, ‘’Yes Honorable, please send me your driver as soon as you arrive to the city, how many will be enough for you?’’ enquired the general. ‘’Just thirty-one AK47 and something like two RPG for now.’’ He replied. That is an easy task for me Honorable. I will do that. The ended the conversation.
That season, the cattle raiding went on well on the side of the Honorable Minister, good number of cattle was looted from the neighboring county and another good number of young men were killed on both sides. Now the presidential decrees are issued stopping cattle keeping in certain areas meant for agriculture and population are argue to stop cattle rustling and be good citizens. Common sense, if the top persons in the country own uncountable number of cattle and continue to buy more, what can a cattle keeper tell you if you ask them to stop cattle business?
The honorable ministers and MP went on to prove that they worth their seats by paying Three-hundred herds of cattle to buy his sixth wife displacing a poor guy man who might have struggled for some years to marry her. The gentleman robbed of his wife has to make sure he gets more cows by raiding more and forcing his Thirteen-year old sister who was in Primary Five to an old man who offered to pay forty cows. Can the government really have the voice and power to campaign against force marriages, under age marriage and earlier school drop out? Will any body listen to them when they are the ones creating a condition that encourages the citizens instead? Am in agreement with Albert Einstein who said,’’ The significant problem we face cannot be solved at the level we were when we created them’’ This means when we created a problem at level one we cannot solve it at the same level, and to be able to solve it, we need to move a step forward to be able to solve the problem that is below us. You can’t change anything you are part of. Our leaders need to step out of keeping cattle to be able to solve the issues of the cattle. Whilst I greatly acknowledge the significance role played by our cattle in our struggle for independence South Sudan, thanks God for giving us this particular resources to help us liberate our country and that is why am asking if the cattle is our pass or our future. Remember, God gives you something to facilitate you get something better to make living. We have all seen of what life we could have with cattle or without.
I wish I could make some suggestions, I would say the parliament passes a law that executes those who do not take their children to School, and as such, no children will be left to look after the cattle. Thus, no child will participate in cattle stealing and killing of young men over the cattle will drop automatically. I would say the marriage dowry should be a thanksgiving prize to the family of the bride and should not be a sell and buy business with realistic prize of anything, and be passed and signed into a law of South Sudan. Therefore, keeping more cows will be useless when you will not pay a lot in order to get married. If our parliament could do this favor of passing the two into a law, I would be happy man and will have the right brag of my beloved country.