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 Time is now for South Sudan

By Chatim Thorkurjock Thiep,

Chatim Thorkurjock Thiep,youth advocate Canada, speaks to FCM Presents, Jerry Caingcoy(Photo credit: FCM/Nyamilepedia)
Chatim Thorkurjock Thiep,youth advocate Canada, speaks to FCM Presents, Jerry Caingcoy(Photo credit: FCM/Nyamilepedia)


May 2, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan has been struggling for years because of tribalism, violence, and a lack of support for the upcoming generations. We have to combat the corruption, economic lag and disconnect to unite the people of South Sudan. We are a Nation of strong hearts and brilliant minds, we are behind due to the unnecessary hate and violence that separates our people. South Sudan has potential to be self sustained, where all citizens live safe and prosperous lives. 

South Sudan is strengthened by all 64 tribes. All the communities who call South Sudan home understand the beauty and power of this country. It is time that we unite together. Instead of people leaving as refugees, let us create a nation people wish to return to and call home. Let us make South Sudan our country forever.

We must implement major changes in South Sudan. We need solid peace agreements that are upheld by government and community leaders. We need long-term measurable economic goals. We need to invest in children’s education and the potential of youth. 

We need to build pathways out of war and poverty PERMANENTLY for thousands of children, women and elderly in POCs across the country. We need to pave the way to better health through programs that educate to prevent as well as treat to cure and heal those suffering.  

Globalization is a fast moving train, South Sudan will either decline or improve. It is time to stop being held back by the divides of hate between the people of South Sudan. Leaders must understand that in a world of rapid change, those who take action avoid struggle. It is necessary to rattle the foundations in order to bring peace and change for future generations.

Leaders and the government must show the younger generations your plans and invite the youth to contribute along the journey. Their goals are big and bold. The youth believe in peace and independence. This is why we must empower them, and invest our energy into the future they envision. 

Social problems such as tribal violence can seem unsolvable. The solutions are complex and multi-faceted. As a sociologist, I am trained to understand the intersection of variables which impact social relations. South Sudan is a multi-cultural country, each tribe contributes to the strength of the Nation. 

I am a Nuer, but I am also deeply connected to people of Bor, Bar el ghazel,Shilluk, Lotuko, Budi, Ezo, Juba, Kajo-keji, Kapoeta, Magwi, Maridi, Lainya, Mundri, Terekeka, Tombura, Torit, Yambio, Rumbek,Murle, Yei and the other tribes. I recognize that I cannot be successful, safe, and healthy as a new were living in South Sudan until all members of all 64 tribes are able to live the same way. We are in this together. The country does not belong to one tribe, it belongs to every community within South Sudan. In order to overcome tribalism, South Sudan will have to move beyond the divides and power struggles which have held us back. 

All people of South Sudan want the same things, they want their families to be safe, to have food, a good place to live, money to support their dreams, and peace of mind. We can only achieve these goals when peace between all tribes is maintained. This must be the focus of all leaders in the government. 

Once we move beyond violence and war, we can take steps towards improving our economic situation, education for children, healthcare for families, and food security. The war holds all other aspects of the country back from improvement. 

It is time for South Sudan to rise. The people of this country deserve better. Many children have only known violence and suffering, we need to give them a different understanding of what life in South Sudan means. It means all tribes who live in South Sudan will stay and co-exist. 

We are forever South Sudanese. One nation one people.

Chatim Thorkurjock Thiep is a sociologist, Youth Advocate Canada, Youth Counselor Canada and Sudanese Higher Education Chairman Canada. He can be reached through his email at cthor109@mtroyal.ca

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