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Thought for today: Family and the revolution in South Sudan

Posted: August 15, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Captain Mabior Garang de Mabior, Nairobi, Kenya

Thought for today: family is the smallest political unit in a society and the stability of a society is directly related to the stability of the families which constitute that society. The social ills which plague our society today are an indication that we have a serious crisis at the family level. It is important for us to take a critical look at how we have defined family as a people and whether this definition is still relevant to our contemporary realities. There is no one definition of “family, even Sociologists don’t agree on a single definition. The “family” being a social imstitution, will have as many definitions as there are societies. The family is the primary institution through which the individual is socialized by the culture and “family” will be defined according to the cultural values of the particular society. The people who live within the territorial boundaries of what is today the Republic of South Sudan are a historical peoples, we share with other peoples of the Nile Valley the rich history and cultural heritage of the first civilization known to humanity according to historical and archaeological records. The fact that these ancient cultures were founded by black Africans – which is an oxymoron – is incontrovertible and the records are available for those who are willing to do the research. One only need consult the works of Herodotus, who was a contemporary of the ancient peoples of the Nile Valley, Gerald Massey, a 19th century poet and wtiter , Cheik Anta Diop and many others.