The Martyrs’ Day

Today, July 30, 2015 is the day for the heroes and the heroines of South Sudan. The nation is celebrating the remembrance of those who have fallen as the result of war with the mother nation—Sudan. However, South Sudan is in its own senseless war, since December 15th, 2013. There are many questions to be asked. Will South Sudan ever, experience real peace? And when will that peace come to this young nation? I have no idea.

History – South Sudan became an independent state from Sudan, on the 9th July, 2011. But, before this great achievement, Sudan as a nation plunged into war before its actual independence day from Anglo-Egyptian powers. The war broke out in Sudan, back in 1955. Sudan became an independent state on the 1st January, 1956.

First Civil War – this war lasted for many years from 1955 to 1972. It ended with an Addis Abba Peace Agreement in 1972 which agreed that the Southern Provinces will experience their own self-rule. This agreement did not hold enough water!

Second Civil War – in 1983, another war broke out between Khartoum and Juba! This war lasted for more than twenty years. It ended with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in Naivasha Naivasha, Kenya, on the 9th January, 2005. In this agreement, South Sudan was given a chance once again to choose either to be an independent state or not. In 2011, South Sudan voted for a referendum and the majority of the people, including this writer, voted for secession from Sudan. This was the fight all people, both civilians and soldiers fought for the independence of this nation.

Third Civil War – on December 15th 2013, another war broke out in Juba. This war is within South Sudan itself as a sovereign state. The cause of this senseless war is still unknown to the normal people who are actually suffering in many ways.

As a result of this war, thousands of South Sudanese dead, both militants and civilians alike. Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese are seeking refuge in the UN Camps across the nation. Thousands have fled to the neighboring countries such as, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The peace talks by the regional bloc known as IGAD has done nothing, since the leaders of South Sudan have no eyes to compromise their own issues.

Both the SPLM and the SPLM-IO have turned blind eyes to the suffering population, of which they fought for like lions. The fight for freedom was soon forgotten after the Independence Day.

To keep it short, we need peace and we need it now! Our leaders must comprise for the sake of peace for their people. People like me need a very strong internet connection, to do my work. The time will come for me to employ the jobless youth of this nation.

Oh, God Bless South Sudan!

John Monyjok Maluth is a blogger and writer of over 22 books and articles. He is a theologian and computer expert, working with Emmanuel Christian College, (www.eccollegess.org) in the Yei River County, South Sudan. You can read most of his books for free just on his website. He wrote books and articles about computers, self-discovery, and conflict management in a Christian perspective. He also helped thousands of new indie authors in writing, editing, publishing and marketing their own works. He can be reached at: www.discipleshippress.com  discipleshippress@gmail.com.

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