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Our Country Is We; We Are Our Country

Posted: April 14, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Gabriel Kucdid Kachuol, Junub Sudan, Poems.

By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Nairobi, Kenya

The Flag of the Republic of South Sudan

Our country is we

We are our country;

Whatever our country is today,

Whether it is in chaos or in peace,

It is a mirror-image reflecting our own faces;

Can each one of us ask self:

If my country were like me, what kind of country’s it be?

A country is as peaceful as the citizens in it.

A country bleeds because the people stab it.

Our country is crying because we hurt it,

Our youth are dying because we use them as weapons in war.

One thing is certain: our country needs peace.

War, disease, poverty, ignorance afflicts our country,

They afflict and torment us,

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By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Yirol, South Sudan

red army

The Red Army Foundation, Juba

red army

March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- A few days ago, Rebecca Nyandeng was interviewed by the Aljazeera TV, about conscription of child soldiers into the SPLA, military wing of the SPLM movement, led by her late husband, who is our hero and a father of our new nation, Dr. John Garang in which she asserted a controversial statement that “Red Army were food seekers in the SPLA.’

This blatant remark has not only outraged all the “Red Army but disappointed many including the Lost boys/girls and significant number of South Sudanese community in diaspora and within.” At least that is my own observation having read reactions on the social media.

However, in my opinion, though Nyandengdid may be wrong, the ineffective role played by the Red Army in this senseless conflict is a standpoint that young people, who might have not had the chance to participate in the frontline during the war and who never had the privilege to know the history of ‘Red Army’ during the struggle may be excused in case they get convinced of Nyandeng’s derogatory assertion.

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