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    Posted January 4, 2014 by
    Juba, South Sudan, Sudan

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    Jok Says: Say no to violence - January 1, 2014

    By: Jok Madut Jok

    How come the media and the UN have been constantly reporting "1000 people killed" for over two weeks in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, even though we are receiving lists of people still being killed in Unity, Upper Nile?

    Nuer extremists, especially the facebook soldiers who talk so valiantly about war, and the Dinka extremists who challenge the Nuer to bring it on, are all a small minority of small-minded people. Why should the rest of us allow them to define us, our national character, our future? To the extremists, please don't sit in Australia, Canada, USA or somewhere in Europe and beat your chest about exterminating the others. I am in Juba, following the reports from all corners of South Sudan everyday, and i would say to you come to South Sudan and see what war does to communities before you cheer on the murderers? War is a ghastly game. you can't have Nelson Mandela's photo on your status and then talk about "we the real men from the Nuer will show the sissies of Malwal of Aweil." What's your principle? Forgiveness or revenge? A Dinka person can't sit there so far away and yet wax genocidal about the Nuer. Do you people hear yourselves?

    It is time for the majority that is kept hostage by the extremists on both sides to say no to violence as a form of contest for public office.
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