It’s unfortunate when monitors say South Sudan peace is at risk after rebel leader now vice president designate, Riek Machar, failed twice to return to the capital Juba to end the country’s two and half year brutal war. If peace continues to be delayed in South Sudan, the country may continue to loss generations over generations and may face difficulties in rebuilding its citizens or the infrastructural system. Many youths, civil servants are becoming soldiers leaving the education, health system poor, oppressing and so discriminating that one cannot be able to continue. Some public sectors such as schools and hospitals in the country have been destroyed, damaged and looted by armed groups during ¬ inter-communal violence and border incursions after December, 15, 2013 war in the country. Some of the buildings were used for military purposes leaving hundreds of thousands of children out of school. Hunger is still a problem. Furthermore, South Sudan’s protracted civil war has devastated the economic conditions of the country due to poor education. At least there is no secure and hopefully environment for working freely in the country. There is doubt South Sudan’s youths may follow their elders’ leadership style of mistrust, corruption, tribalism, attitude of violence and aggression.
Why South Sudan needs urgent peace?
I believe South Sudan realization of the comprehensive peace is a chance to renovate and develop the infrastructural sector for its society well being. This month could be a month where South Sudan is implementing its August 2015 regional peace deal to end the country’s two and half year conflict. The latest delay facing peace in South Sudan may have serious consequences for civilians who are enduring their life in the conflict zones. The rule of law and democracy from the minds of civil servants is fading because citizens are primarily losing hope on their leaders’ failure to stabilize the country. The people of South Sudan need and deserve an immediate end to the hostilities and lasting peace. The international funding pledged isn’t enough to enable aid groups to meet the massive humanitarian needs. Therefore, a determined attempt at resolving the conflict is an investment in the country’s future.
This could also be a chance to building vibrant and tolerant group of youth or society moral accountable to participate in any management/leadership in the country. More so, to empowering the youths and put more efforts to increase access to quality or equal education, health services, freedom, unity at all levels with a result to generate valuable citizens with quality skills. Unfortunately there seems to be no clear future for warring parties in the country to empower and develop youths or citizens on excellent leadership and developmental skills. This can be seen from unwillingness of South Sudan’s political leaders to unite citizens in the country.
We need to see people achieving their dreams positively in these political, social, cultural, religious and economical setbacks influencing our system of the country. Since we have lost a huge number of years on destroying our future during the war, we need to improve the human resource and human capital in order to create opportunities for our people to benefit. We need to train up a generation who are able to avoid conflict by training them on international standards/systems of management and development.
Understanding South Sudan
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and become Africa’s first new country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993. The young state plunged into crisis in December 2013 amid a power struggle between the president and his deputy whom he had sacked. The fighting killed thousands and prompted more than 2.2 million people to flee their homes by the time a tentative internationally-mediated peace agreement was signed in August 2015. Peace and stability in the country is still idle.