COMPENSATE THE WAR VICTIMS or IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL
May 1, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- As Kiir – Dr. Machar TGoNU’s 33 cabinet pledges to forge unity of purpose, I hope the innocent South Sudanese who were nipped at the buds by the war, war crime and crime against humanity in nearly three years period of instability get the compensation they well deserved.
It’s unfortunate noticing fellow right activists concerning themselves so much with the trivial components of the TGoNU a thing I believe is quite contrary to what they would have had advocated for. To me, this is a very serious negligence of ones’ social responsibilities altogether.
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It’s undeniably true that activists get blended utterly whenever they unprudently and unthinkably leapt and intermingled in social and civil affairs. The likely eventuality to this, is seeing them either drumming the drums of the scenarios in question/scrutiny or dancing to its tone shamelessly.
I thus far challenge South Sudanese right activists to always stay unstained, refrain from role confusion and stick to purposeful advocacy for the fundamental rights of the people in all fronts including the social media platforms and handles.
The image and effort of the TGoNU will tantamount to waste of time, energy and other valuable resources and inputs if war victims do not get the compensation they well deserved.
The compensation in my opinion should assume different phases and forms. The immediate and earlier phase should be in form of household resettlement kits to all the affected people and transport facilitations both for the internally displaced persons (IDPIs) and the people who were externally displaced (the refugees)
The second and latter phase of this compensation shall be in form of accountability for the war crimes. Those who inhumanely indulged in human rights violations through atrocities of all sorts are identified, thoroughly investigated and if proved guilty of acts committed, unselectively brought to book to pay and account for their callous acts against humanity.
Without these being given first hand considerations and due attention by the interim arrangement, the push for reconstructions, reconciliation and nation healing are impeded and hindered. Because the compensation and in its phases is the immediate dividend of the said peace to the people of South Sudan who suffered painfully.
It will also symbolise the leadership commitment to the roadmap of transformed, reformed and young democrat yet reborn South Sudan where everyone feels at home with ease. That will partly catalyse a speedy recovery from all forms of trauma and emotional wounds.
I have to also acknowledge that the ACRISS protocols has not expounded and detailed much in this provision but this weakness in the document should not be used as escapegoat for skipping what is morally right and just for the people. Evading the truth for falsity and lame excuse does not always distort the face of the truth whatsoever.
Failure by the interim to prioritise and rank first this demand among other national agenda will only create no much marked discreepancy of what was initially the government and what it is right now. The lack of discreepancy itself will likely translate to mistrust and insecurities of all sorts that will fill the minds of the people and consequently the interim arrangement takes the bad shape of “THE BUSINESS AS USUAL” in entirety.
Happy new month and happy International Labor day
The author, Gatwal Augustine Gatkuoth, is a concern South Sudanese and a correspondent of Nyamilepedia. For this opinion, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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