Instead of Imposing Bad Peace, the International Community Should Seek Sustainable Peace in South Sudan.
By Hon. Arop Madut-Arop, Oxford, UK
August 1, 2015 (SSB) — As a concerned citizen, who have been at the epicentre of the politics of South Sudan, during its long tortured history of liberation struggle, I find myself obliged to write to the international community, and to the IGAD countries in particular that, they should not look at the political developments in South Sudan; a state which has just emerged from five decades old protracted destructive wars with its people traumatized, in the same way as they look at their own affairs in their developed countries and their affluent societies; a move which is very disheartening and indeed very frustrating to the people of the South Sudan.
As Sudan’s old agenda to destroy the South Sudan or at least to make her weak in order to reclaim the lost paradise, apparently with the connivance with other IGAD countries; and tacitly with the blind support from the international community, I would like to bring into the attention for those who would like to rescue South Sudan with the following comments, which I feel will be very educative and informative. Please bear with me if my comments to enlighten the international community appear lengthy.
Firstly, after the independence of South Sudan from the bondage of the successive Islamic Khartoum rogue regimes in 2011, the people of South Sudan had expected that the international community would have come in and help start sustainable socio economic development, on the top the rehabilitation of the projects and infrastructure totally destroyed during the war; using the pledged multi-donor fund when the peace descended on the South Sudan in 2005. The people of the South Sudan had also expected that, the international community to assist the young nation to organise itself politically, socially and economically. If with genuine move and good will to help the South Sudan to build itself as to become a nation state, the international community with the large money pledged could have assisted the new fledgling state to harmonise is people, who have been scattered by the successive wars to different parts of the world, where they had acquired different cultures and now needed to be harmonised as they converged on their new found country.
Secondly, the people of South Sudan have also assumed that, the US Government which has midwife the birth of the young nation would have been at the forefront of friendly countries that would have come in, with its abundant expertise of all disciplines, right from the time, when their country became an independent state. This could have been the noble USA start of socio economic development in their youngest country and to establish democratic system of governance in which US is renounced. Instead USA waited until the South Sudan descended into the December crisis with a stick holding it on the warring parties without carrots.