Where is South Sudan in the Map of the Millenium Development Goals {MDGs}

By Both Cesc David,


July 07, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The Millennium Development Goals {MDGs} is coming to a close in 2015, where are we in the map amongst the Sub-Saharan African countries, where is my country South Sudan?

The MDGs was established in the year 2000 following the adoption of the United Nations Declaration and it has eight {8} international development goals:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To develop a global partnership for development.

After the signing of the Compressive Peace Agreement {CPA} in 2005 with the Khartoum government and later the separation after long-sought autonomy 2011, many people were so happy and hopeful that now that their dreams have come true, they can now eradicate poverty and hunger, improve maternal health or combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and many other diseases and also be able to have education and also the freedom plus the development they all been fighting for decades with the North. But this wasn’t the case, has the big fish took advantage of the illiterate people by taking their rightful properties that have been allocated to them for development purposes by the central government.

Human capital {nutrition, health care including child mortality, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria}, infrastructure and human rights {social, economic and political} are seriously wanting/suffering. This can be seen within juba, the capital of South Sudan as there are no good public hospitals, the only public hospital is the juba teaching hospital, also human rights violation is high, especially women and children’s rights because they’re the most vulnerable. Infrastructure objectives include access to safe drinking water, energy, information/communication technology, increased farm outputs using sustainable practices, transportation and environment. These are the dreams of many south Sudanese but they are just dream because they can never be achieved. This is because the leaders in south Sudan only put their interest first hence whole politic/leadership in the whole country is sick, its needs serious medication from the doctors around the globe but also this is impossible because the subjects are not willing to be treated. This is so selfish of them.

There is MDGs which was the idea of the world so that they can be able to tackle issues like: poverty, child mortality, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, promote gender equality among others, Kenya have vision 2030 and South Sudan have vision selfish gain and the vision of fighting, that’s what we are best at as south Sudanese. Innocent south Sudanese are dying day and night, others are in UNMISS, in other countries as refugees and almost a million have been displaced but still no one cares. That’s why our leaders are hungry for power; they are just promoting their personal interest. Really power corrupts individuals. Sometimes I wish Dr. John Garang was alive, he would not want his people to suffer like the way we are suffering now.

Imagine the longest road in the whole of South Sudan is the road from Nimule to juba and the state of most of the roads within juba city is wanting. I wonder where has all the money allocated for development in the whole of 3years have gone. Sometimes I feel like hanging myself and wish I could have the power to change the fate of this country overnight so that we can be able to develop our nation like any other country if we have peace because it’s our tasks as south Sudanese to develop this beautiful and resourceful nation and in the end we can achieve the MDGs with the assistant of the developed countries and the NGOs if needs be.

Power really intoxicates that’s why our leaders have forgotten the common man…..they have forgotten that they’re there to serve us, to develop the country in all aspects and also implement the rule of law but instead, they’ve done the opposite. Seriously, we want peace or else such cases will persist for a very long period of time

On July 9, 2015 will be our fourth year in self rule. What have we achieved so far? …..nothing totally yet we’re the richest nation in resources in the whole of east Africa, you can see the different if you try to compare South Sudan with countries like Uganda, Kenya or Rwanda although we are just got our independence, we would have manage to do some development already especially in terms of infrastructures e.g. schools, roads, hospitals etc.

Anyway what will the leaders say on 9th July, 2015 during the independence or they will say the obvious? Am waiting to hear their stories.

In conclusion, we’re really behind in implementing the MDGs because there are still no freedom, equality, basic standard of living that includes freedom from hunger and violence are at still their peaks. Also South Sudan is still living operating under austerity measures hence development cannot take place because most of the revenues that come from oil are being used to pay the army or buy war equipments and also paying of government hence there is little that is left for development. Unless we stop living under austerity measures and develop policies and following the rule of law that’s when will be able to at least have some development but this can only be done if we have peace. A nation cannot be develop when there is insecurity hence I want peace, you want peace, we want peace because peace is the main engine for economic development.

The author can be reached at vossdafir@yahoo.com

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