By Martin Ariel Majak, Alexandria, Egypt
March 23, 2017 (SSB) — Admittedly, our country is saddled with host of problems it cannot afford but is being forced to carry. But how can we get the problems solved and by who and when?
I presume many people would be of the view that peace isn’t something we can deliver by ourselves as we have proved incapable. Yeah, in one or the way, they may be right.
But here is one thing. The truth is that the woes facing our country are as a result of our own making and can only be sorted out by us. Not by anyone from outside.
And I can commend Mr. President for he is trying everything humanely possible to get us united. But sadly, he can’t single-handedly deliver us peace alone, much as he is the President. His efforts have to be backed up by the people he leads so as they could be productive.
I often say this and will continue saying it. “Alone we can do little but together we can do so much”. Nothing, nothing, and nothing can be out of our reach if we can free ourselves of the hate and corruption that has grabbed hold of us and is driving us apart.
When we all look ahead than backwards and let the past things be bygones, we would have halved the problem in solving it. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is tied up with remembering the bad things of the past? Just pose!
When you think America or any other foreign country holds the key for unlocking the door for peace, huh, I would suggest that you better wake up and pray for the nightmare. The fate of our destiny lies in our hands. Break it up or mould it, it’s up to us.
The thing is that we all helped ourselves be in such a place. So we should be the ones to let ourselves out of the entrapment too. It’s all simple.
But how can we get out of the awkward place we are cornered in now? The simple dose, as it would be, is believing in ourselves that we can still come together and be one people. Just trash out of our minds the memories of painful yesterday.
I know it very well that it’s never easy to just erase off memories of horrible things that are etched in minds. But it never helps too having or keeping them in mind as they would be tormenting you day and night.
Our country is never too late for peace as the doors of peace are ever opened. We can still rebuild our country and rebrand our tarnished reputation. It just needs the fanning of that tiny inner sparks of possibility in you to flames of achievement for it to get it started and happen.
Remember, as long as you don’t give up, for one repulse, in achieving something you resolved to effect, you can make it done within no time. The country so badly needs each and everyone’s input for it to move forward than remain stunted as it has become now.
It’s said that every man is the master of his own fortune and so do we need it, as South Sudanese, to unite and a have a common goal – make our own fortune.
Fortune is never delivered to anyone and if gets delivered inform of money for instance, there will come a time when it will be cut off by the benefactor. So fortune created out of one’s sweat lasts for long.
The alarm bells for unity should ring loud and reach out to everyone even to the deaf and be heard. And all should take part in making sure we come together as every individual is important. Every individual matters in our quest for peace.
Finally, never lose sight of the fact that we just don’t want war to stop. What we want too is for the government to build schools, roads and hospitals. These are some of the basic necessities South Sudanese are entitled to have but are being deprived of them. And are the least things expected from the people holding offices to deliver but aren’t. So bad.
The writer is a medical student in Alexandria University Egypt. He can be reached via his email at arielmajak93@gmail or follow him on twitter as arielmajak93.
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