“The power we discover inside ourselves as we survive a life-threatening experience can be utilized equally well outside of crisis, too. I am, in every moment, capable of mustering the strength to survive again—or of tapping that strength in other good, productive, healthy ways.” ― Michele Rosenthal, Before the World Intruded
By Arol Dut Jok, Nairobi, Kenya
South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.
February 5, 2017 (SSB) — One empty rhetoric that I always hear as a presentation of our problems is that “The future of South Sudan is doomed”. The future that we just started 5 years ago should not be plagued with hopelessness and pessimism, but rather, be embraced with an optimism and unending quest for prosperity. The people of South Sudan have the power to change the future.
Yes, there are impediments as of current (some bigger than we could ever imagine) and the best way to deal with them is not giving up. If we give up, it means that we accept the hurdles that we are undergoing to annihilate our nation before us. The only way forward is that we have to slowly start pointing out our challenges and deal with them accordingly one by one.
On the other hand, I have a belief that sooner than later, the youth of South Sudan will stand together and make a significant change in regard to the prosperity of our nation. The point to note here is that youths play a fundamental role in shaping the important course of development, taking into account the anticipation for their positive actions to realize the proud image of their country as well as well-being of all citizens.