By Maliap Madit Mabior, KAMPALA, Uganda
March 24, 2017 (SSB) — If words were humans or if I had any way, this article would write itself reason being that it bears all we know about ourselves. I’m wondering whether many of us have seen the signs and symptoms this disease or just me alone. However, my own research shows that we are all suffering differently but the same disease – rich or poor.
I called it ‘Victim Mentality’ not that I can’t find other words, but these two words makes a complete view of our status in South Sudan. For me or us who have been suffering since, before, during and now in an independent state – South Sudan, I’m or we aren’t bothered nor ashamed to talk about it otherwise, it is part of us and by the way by this time, we would have been veterans if suffering was an achievement.
By victim mentality, I’m referring to a tendency of blaming the circumstances, situations and everyone for whatever happens in life either to a person, community or country. ‘Victim’ has got different meanings such as, anyone harmed by another, a slain living creature offered as human or animal sacrifice, an aggrieved or disadvantaged party, unfortunate person who suffers a disaster and so forth.
So considering these descriptions, All South Sudanese automatically qualifies to be suffering from this epidemic called Victim Mentality. South Sudan presents us undebatable signs and symptoms of this disease which are identifiable even by the blind and can be heard by the deaf given the present stand of our livelihood.
If this crisis didn’t erased all my good memories of our post independent events especially economic history, I can proudly say life was very normal, simple and a promising economy just before the devil chipped-in and caused us endless suffering through wars and conflicts.
Victim Mentality is trademarked by; blaming the systems, governments, society, people around for the hardships in life, regular negative criticisms, justification and complaints, social hatred and conflicts, taking everything or everyone wrong, hating responsibility, gross mismanagement, and others go far to the extent of thinking that the world is against them.
I have a friend who keeps telling me that God has forgotten South Sudan and its people which a mere believer can’t easily defend God’s presence, phew! The secondary features of this epidemic include; tribalism, social hatred, nepotism in, sectionalism, social injustices, regionalism, cultural immorality, emblements of funds, invasion of God, mention them.
Indeed South Sudan is a land of great abundance and with great people, but why all these sufferings? In just five years of our independence, we are witnessing economic meltdown or deterioration characterized by hyperinflation and devaluation of country’s currency to the extent others sleeps not knowing what to eat the following day.
Again political violence, war, conflicts prompted by leadership wrangles at the expense of the poor who are not even concerned with the top seat of the land. Naturally human beings are weak and sinful, we stubbornly refuse to denounce violence, war and pursue peace.
Yes, problems are part and parcel of life right from biblical days to present and beyond and so what are you (in person) doing to bring a lasting peace in South Sudan?
Oh God Bless South Sudan!
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