Does disarmament work in South Sudan: The case of South Sudan warring parties

Posted: January 27, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary, Contributing Writers, John Agata, Junub Sudan

By John Agata, Nakuru, Kenya

Taban Deng in YUAI

Taban Deng Ghai with top army officers of the SPLM-IO in Yuai, Greater Akobo area, January 2018

January 27, 2018 (SSB) — “Does anyone really think that getting rid of guns solves any problems?” The Encyclopedia of Psychology defines violence as “an extreme form of aggression, such as assault, rape or murder.”

“Often, violence is the medium used by an individual to openly express their feelings such as anger, frustration, or sadness” Aided by lethal household self-defence tools such as Fire extinguisher, Knife, Hot water, Jembe, stone, stick, fists, etc, used against the nuisances.

The regular usage and widespread of guns have given some people, who have lost the sense of reason, an audacity to conclude that getting rid of getting solves any problems.

Their conclusion beseech questions: Ain’t weapons like Knife, Panga, Jembe and the likes weapons just like guns? Ain’t they gonna be used when the violence pop up? Aren’t they?

It’s like when someone gets mad and throws a stone at the nuisance. And so you take away the stone. You see you didn’t even address the problem. The stones were not the cause of the violence but were among many other weapons that could be possibly used to counterfeit the nuisance.

It’s quite disheartening how we have lost sense of reason these days. Falling short to short-term remedies is our default. No wonder we’re called shortsighted because we lack imagination and foresight. Woe unto us if we’re going to continue this way.

For instance, the other day I came across a suggestion from a beautiful lady, recommending the two forces — IO and IG, to be taken to a lonely place where they could settle their scores.

Actually, the suggestion was brilliant but the lady forgot to put in mind that these very forces she’s recommending to finish themselves up for the peace to reign are the very forces that will defend our country from attacks by neighboring countries such as Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, etc.

Back to the violence, the only way we can stop “violence” or clear a bigger portion is through either formal or informal education. And not by getting rid of guns. That alone can’t solve problems my friends.

“There are many causes of violence including “frustration, exposure to violent media, violence in the home or neighbourhood and a tendency to see other people’s actions as hostile even when they’re not”

If only we can excavate the root cause of violence mentioned above and address them to people, and also using case studies such Rwanda Genocide, 2007-08 Kenyan crisis and the likes, to educate the mass on the negative impact of war, then we good to go and talk of solving problems.

The author, John Agata, is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in economics from Ndejje University Kampala, Uganda. He’s currently writing from Nakuru, Kenya and can be reached via his contact:

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