I believe in South Sudan and all that makes it so. Do you know why? Let me explain it to you and maybe you will nod and say yes, she is right.
After violence broke out because of disputed presidential election results in Kenya in 2007, the world community descended on Kenya and made Kenyans to sign a peace agreement, with the hope that it will help to bring lasting peace in the country. This has not happened. It just brought a lull in the fighting.
The other day I sat down for tea with a friend and she asked a powerful question, “Do you think the two year old in the camp understands why he has no clothes or does not get enough food or enough water? Do you think he understands the political situation in the country?”
South Sudan has just celebrated its 3rd independence anniversary, at a time when the country is at war against itself. Various parts of the country are experiencing instability, while the talk of federalism is also raging.
The bits of memory when she was leaving home… Adults speaking in hurried voices, a tinge of fear and uncertainty. No one knew where the children would end up really but all hoped they would be in a better place. They were loaded into a truck and off they went. But where is granny? Someone find my 'abuba' because I cannot leave without her. What about my friends...oh my cousins can we all go together?
Africa is said to be one of the most endowed continents in terms of natural resources, compared to other continents of the world. And that is not all; Africa is also blessed with many people and a rich spiritual heritage.
The long awaited referendum in Abyei is yet to take place. This is a sad state of affairs that has recently led the Ngok Dinka, who are inhabitants of the region to hold a referendum that was highly criticized by the African Union and the two Sudans.
Everyone who cares for and has an interest in what is happening in South Sudan heaved a sighed of relief last month when the government of President Salva Kiir and the opposition group led by Dr. Riek Machar, signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
We have come to that time of the year again when we as a nation remember where we are coming from. It is now two years since South Sudan broke away from the greater Sudan in July 2011.
Recent events in the country have left a lot to be desired by citizens and non-citizens in the country. The recent assassination of one of the rising sons of this land, Isaiah Abraham, has left many wondering what has become of the country.