The vital problems in the nation of South Sudan

By Akok Ngor Kuany

Photo: People celebrate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan at the venue of a ceremony to declare the country's official independence from Sudan in Juba on July 9, 2011. [Photo via Getty Images]

Photo: People celebrate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan at the venue of a ceremony to declare the country’s official independence from Sudan in Juba on July 9, 2011. [Photo via Getty Images]

OPINION – South Sudan government officials including those in opposition before the formation of R-TGONU were not paying heed to many of the issues faced by people in the country. Rights were not protected; the ones below the poverty line are going further down under, while the elite class is thriving socially and financially.

Out of many of the social evils in these societies, the one that has crept in the most and poisoned the very structure of it is corruption.

Justice is sold in south Sudan and nobody takes care of the poor and fragile strata of the society while the powerful enjoy committing corruptions of different forms and freeing from all dues. It is an irony that every sector in South Sudan has been destroyed by this menace. A threat to the society, corruption has, by and large, made every government organization fall from its grace and nobody feels wrong about it.

Even in ministries and departments of south Sudan, ‘lack of attention’ and ‘NO will to change’ is the cause of such a sad state of affairs. Health, finance, education, natural resources, all the sectors are being used for their own gains.

No proper infrastructure is made available to the doctors so that they can work on diseases and their treatments. People cannot even get proper treatment for minor illnesses in south Sudan. In the education sector, quality is deteriorating with each passing year. Nothing on reality has been done to look after the different setups like roads and all the transportation and constructions are in an unimpressive condition.

The fact is, no proven working methodology neither an efficient technology ecosystem is accessible in south Sudan by any of our governing bodies to ensure an economically thriving and technologically significant society.

With many countries nowadays working hard to make sure that their citizens are getting every facility in their homeland somewhat similar to the developed countries, ours completely neglect this truth that it’s Right Technology along with Right Methodology indeed has the potential to bring the changes and can help to achieve such heights.

To South Sudanese across the globe, the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I strongly believe that together, we are heirs to a struggle for freedom and a great future for our country.

We are a people of improbable hope which was initiated by our fallen heroes led by Dr. John Garang. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember our history, and answer our destiny, and remake the beloved nation of south Sudan once again.

And I want to suggest that let our leaders who fought tremendously to free this great nation of South Sudan take their positions for political purposes because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism.

For we comprehend their long and hard-fought-for the 21 years of war against Khartoum Arab based regime for the country they love and endured sacrifices for South Sudan that most of us can not begin to imagine.

Thanks to one reading this and preach peace in south Sudan wherever you might be. As Abraham Lincoln said to a nation far more divided like ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

The author is a student who lives in Kenya. He can be reached via:

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