Child Soldiers Recruitment was justifiable in the Pre and Post Independent South Sudan
By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya
Mabior Garang and Madam Nyandeng in Arusha, Tanzania
March 18, 2017 (SSB) —- ‘‘My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and use it. I will argue that the failure to use power for more equitable distribution of the means of life for all people signals the end of the revolution and the start of the counterrevolution’’ Paul Alinsky. This excerpt is meant to shed lights on what Rebecca Nyadeng uttered in Aljazeera TV on child soldiers’ recruitment during John Garang’s era in the 1980s. A few who have not had the glimpse of this talk show, she was hosted by one renowned Mehdi Hassan in program dubbed ‘‘Upfront’ in Washington DC on 24th February 2017.
I would like to compliment and add weight on what she said with view to make it fit and comprehensible in the context of human Rights. In doing this, I will try as much as possible to be factual for I think the number ten ‘rule of the radicals’ still right that ‘‘never go outside the experiences of your people’’. Bear in minds that this agenda is diverse and real. As such, we should not be too quick to judge Mama Nyadeng wrong with only one word she said regarding the same. It is very unfortunate that some people had already thrown the first stone on her forgetting the log in their eyes.
I find it unnecessary to mention her name as Rebacca Nyadeng Garang De Mabior for people to know and accord her the attention and respect she deserves. Of course, she and late John Garang are one and the same by virtue that they are married, and only death separated them. However, in the context of their roles in the pre-and post-independent South Sudan’s struggles for democracy, I would say they’re comrades serving under SPLM/A but performed distinctive functions for the movement.