Give Peace a Chance

By Tut Michael Wiyual,

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with rebel leader and former vice-president Riek Machar after signing an agreement at the end of talks ...(file by Nyamilepedia)

South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with rebel leader and former vice-president Riek Machar after signing an agreement at the end of talks …(file by Nyamilepedia)

Nov 28, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The recent violation and escalation of violence across South Sudan has shattered hopes for a peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict in the Country. It is now absolutely apparent that the peace signed in August 2015 is inevitably at the verge of collapse, reasoning being perhaps the warring factions are not cognizance of the ugliest situation that the Nation has been in for the last two years, or probably they are looking at the conflict from an outsider’s perspective.

One would want to ask these fundamental questions; is peace a great value? Yes it is, but is it of greater value than anything else? Yes indeed! It is, is it so worthy that it should be maintained at all costs? Absolutely! These are pertinent queries that even an ordinary citizen on the street of juba would give a yes answer. The cost of war is profound and it is undeniable the signs are visible; one would wonder if our society has become belligerent? Why are we at each other’s throats? Are we not the very people who shared the same predicaments during the South-North protracted Civil War? And what happened today? Are we not watching   how the world is dynamically changing? Therefore time has come for the parties to the conflict to disengage in war, and fully implement the peace accord in good faith in order to avert the looming catastrophes that the country will soon find itself into.

And for us the citizens, it is time we embrace nationalism spirit which is one of the most fundamental and powerful sociopolitical forces of modern times. The sense of nationhood, as opposed to ethnic or tribal affiliation will unite us to become one people with the same destiny. Let us avoid tribal sentiments that always lead to diminishing of group or individual’s profile.

Finally, let us be a society that emulates dialogue as a way of solving disputes .Also and most importantly, let us “imitate learning “whereby individuals should not be prone to do something if they witness others doing the same thing. Thus, aggressiveness   and hostility as part of our lives should be avoided and we should alternatively seek to settle dispute peacefully as part of our culture.

May the Almighty God bless the Republic of South Sudan

Tut Michael Wiyual, is a concerned citizen of the Republic of South Sudan and a

Peace advocate. He can be reached via tutmike86@gmail.com/tutmike86@yahoo.com.


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