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

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    Jok Says: "The future of our country is greater than a few internet warriors....": January 2, 2014

    By: Jok Madut Jok

    Some of you may have listened to BBC worldnews this morning and heard the voice of a 14-year old Jacob who was displaced from Bor on Tuesday when the White Army entered the town. He underscores my contention that this whole affair is no longer "it was a coup, no it was not a coup" anymore. For me, it is about the 50% of our population below the age of 15 represented by this eloquent boy, who do not have a future to live for, if they too are going to run in bushes, drink the unfiltered Nile Water, go hungry, with no education and in bad health, living under the tree, the way my generation did during the last war.

    The current situation is also about the people who have been killed over the last 3 weeks. I have befriended a couple of young Nuer boys who live in the UN camp at Jebel. Their father was killed in the Juba fighting. Now, i don't care which side he was fighting on. What i know is that these young boys will be marked by this for ever and the death of their father will be the only lens through which they will see their country in the future, and if we don't care for people whose relatives we've killed in this senseless thing, we are simply sowing seeds of yet another war a few years down the road.

    please let us not allow the power contenders to patch up this tragedy by simply agreeing to divide the offices of our government and the dead will be forgotten, so that the survivors wake up again one day and avenge their relatives. Is there way for the current brokers of the conflict to assign responsibility for these acts? I know that it is never easy to get that balance: encourage the contenders to talk peace and to write mechanisms of restitution into a peace deal. but we must try to find a balance. The future of our country is greater than a few internet warriors or a few political leaders vying for power.
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