OpEd, Politics

The tale of motherland South Sudan

By Esther Aurelio Agira


The motherland, South Sudan, was sick and diagnosed with many diseases, including civil war, critical economic conditions, high corruption levels, severe tribalism, and chronic farmer-herder conflict, to mention a few. For many widows across the world, the devastating loss of a partner is magnified by the long-term fight for their basic rights and dignity. Furthermore, the motherland of South Sudan suffered a lot, like many widows out there; she experienced grief, trauma after the death of her husband, and economic insecurity.

Though Motherland was a widow, she was blessed with many children; nevertheless, her children were not united, and they kept arguing among themselves over which hospital was the best to take Motherland to in South Sudan.

Finally, the children agreed on a certain hospital with the help of their family friends, the IGAD, or the International Community. With the help of family and friends, they were able to find a road map to the hospital. However, the road map is with them but is not aligned with what the children were seeing on the ground. The road map to the hospital indicates that the hospital is located in December Street, building number 2024. After the children tried their best, they almost gave up, except one of the children, named Civil Society, reminded them that they were almost there and that they were in January 2024, not far from the destination written on the road map.

As these children are getting closer to the hospital, they have come to realize that the road is no longer safe for them to continue their journey, and they were wondering how to go about it. Not until they get advice from one of their earnest friends, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) recommends that in order for those children to reach the hospital safely, they need to make sure that the national security bill is approved.

In addition, from afar, the children were able to see the hospital, but it seemed empty as they were moving. They asked one of the residents of that neighborhood, and he told them that most of the staff, including supportive staff, went to camps due to insecurity in the area, which compelled the staff to abandon the hospital, seeking protection from a close friend named UN.

Mother Land kept saying that, if her children’s father were to be alive, nothing like this would have happened to her. She stated that her husband’s friends have betrayed the vision and mission of her husband, who is known by many people as the father of the nation. The vision of the father of the nation was sold out by his own friends.

Though no one from those children can go back and correct the mistakes that they made in the past, they can start from now and make a new beginning filled with patriotism. It is never too late for the children of the motherland, South Sudan, to have the desire and healthy mother they dreamed of.


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