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    Posted December 26, 2013 by
    Juba, South Sudan, Sudan

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    Jok's Christmas Tears in South Sudan




    Jok Madut Jok


    There is no Christmas spirit here in Juba today for obvious reasons. My Catholic upbringing has caved in today and felt like i should have stuck with the feeling i have always had, that i am in fact a Jew pretending all my life to be Christian. My christmas day today, after having checked on my family and friends to make sure that they have survived the night without too much struggle, begun with a trip to whatever shop i could find that was open. I found a few and bought some rudimentary supplies from food items to water to airtime for mobile phones, and then i took two trips, one to the UN Mission near Jebel Kujur and the other to UN Mission near the airport. I visited my friends and some of my colleagues from Nuer nation who have taken refuge in the UN camp. After handing them these supplies, teary hugs, and exchange of few words on the political situation of our country, i left and drove around, not wanting to go home, not knowing exactly what to do. I parked on the main road and had a good half hour of crying out my eyes, as i could not bear the helplessness i felt. My Nuer friends are very scared and will not even fathom returning to their homes, given what they saw during the fighting in Juba. But their present circumstance is humiliating to them, big army officers, senior government officials and university students who feel they cannot be safe in their own capital city in which they have lived for many years. That surely did not make me a proud South Sudanese. The news they have heard that Dinka were killed in Bentiu and Malakal and Bor in revenge of Juba killings do not comfort them one bit. It makes them feel that the Dinka in Juba will also avenge those. This is the cycle i was reporting the other day. I know that some Dinka people will say that i should not be sympathizing with these IDPs, but the people i saw today and have been seeing all week were not Nuer, but just South Sudanese who look like me, and my tomorrow cannot be without them. Can some brave Dinka and brave Nuer leaders please say "enough is enough!!" there is no South Sudan without the Nuer, Dinka or any other ethnic nation, no matter how small. A Nuer leader or Dinka leader who says "I want to be better than those who killed my relatives and let my relatives be the last to die in this senseless killing," will most definitely be a better person than the fighter who has just killed people. It takes more courage to be a peace messenger than a warrior and you save more lives with a message of peace than wielding a machine gun. It might not appear so in the immediate, but it will prove so in the long run. God bless us all, South Sudan and the world.

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