H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit
President of Republic of South Sudan,
Patron of the National Dialogue Initiative
Juba, South Sudan
March 4, 201
By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia
Dear Mr. President,
March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- I live in Australia and the worsening situation in South Sudan have affected us in Diaspora. We have become, more or less, dysfunctional communities. Dysfunctional, because we are not interacting among ourselves they way we used to do. Dysfunctional, because our communities have become communities without peace. When the poison of hatred emanating from the violence in South Sudan is directly and indirectly being instilled into our children’s young minds and souls, we feel we will not have a bright future in Diaspora given the fact that the countries we live in present us with their own realities, realities full of socio-economic issues. Many of us, therefore, feel duty-bound to contribute with ideas that may bring peace to all the people of South Sudan.
When I heard that you had proposed that this year, 2017, is a year of dialogue, I thought our suffering people would now have a glimpse of hope. However, I also heard that Dr. Riek Machar-Teny, call the proposal a ‘bogus’ and Mrs. Rebecca Nyandeng DeMabior and others are saying that you are the one to be ‘blamed’ for the situation created in the country and, therefore, you should not possibly be the patron of National Dialogue Initiative. This argument takes away any possibility for peace. In my opinion, the grass-roots should step in and attempt to break the deadlock. The people should be the ones to drive this initiative. I presume that the leaders would give people a chance to play a role that would determine their own destiny. In this light, I made a proposal on social media, urging people to join me in writing dialogue peace plan.