Time To Embrace Forgiveness and Reconciliation in South Sudan
By Tut Michael Wiyual,
Nov 1, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — It is two and half months now after the signing of peace accord by the warring parties in south Sudan conflict, yet today atrocities are still being committed across the nation where civilians are paying great price although their suffering should have been brought to an end.
There are some emerging worrying trends in the recent past; it is unfortunate that the parties to the conflict seem to show no sign of goodwill to implement the agreement to the latter despite their earlier commitment to do so. There had been accusations and counter accusations of who is violating the agreement; nevertheless, South Sudanese need peace. The world youngest nation sliding back to turmoil and devastation in December 2013 has shocked the world given the fact that the nation just emerged from a protracted civil war for 21 years.
However, I want to bring to the attention of the peace actors this crucial aspect of peace building. It is prudent for the post-conflict reconstruction actors to start laying a solid foundation to avoid any recurrent of the present situation. They should remember that youth are not simply a force for instability; they are agents of peace. Their role, whether positive or negative, is shaped by the structures of the reconstruction process.
The youth population’s influence on the level of stability during post-conflict reconstruction is highly conditional. I want to argue both government and the opposition to put in place workable policies which are integral in shaping youth’s role. When the reconstruction actors recognize the special needs of the youth and carry out comprehensive empowerment policies, this will not only reduce youth’s negative potential, but their energies can be redirected toward peace building and nation-building activities.
Furthermore, in the first two decades of the twentieth century, a leading pacifist Alfred H. Fried (unjustified war Theory Expert) set this fundamental question at the heart of the pacifist programme. “If we wish to eliminate an effect, we must first remove its cause. And if we wish to set a new and desirable effect in its place, we must substitute the cause with another which is capable of creating the desired effect” thus, now that the citizens of South Sudan are aware that the problem in the country is conflict, this is the right time we should all raise up in recognition of the need to develop ‘joined –up’ integrated responses for a sustainable peace. Thus, peace building is a responsibility of every citizen, so it can only be achieved through collective efforts by ensuring that social order is established whose effect is to allow conflicts to be managed in a non-violent reliable manner
Finally, mahatma Gandhi once said “ an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind” I believe South Sudanese have a better chance to make a U-turn and think about how they are going to shape their destiny by embracing their diversity. It is high time you and I start an inclusive healing process that will help in fostering national unity which is paramount to nation building as we look forward to a brighter future in our great mother-land. God bless South Sudan.
Tut Michael Wiyual, is a concerned citizen of the Republic of South Sudan. Peace advocate. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.