OpEd, Social Challenge

There is no perfect death

By Theem Isaac Machar Akot


I once heard from John. F. Kennedy of the United States said: “If freedom is to survive and prosper, it will require the sacrifice, the effort, and the thoughtful attention of every citizen.”

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”  “Change is the law of life.”

We are not campaigning for violence because educated people are a symbol of peace. But people should think about it.  It was early enough to fight a civil war.  The right time should have been now. The suffering is extremely becoming unbearable.  The cycle of poverty in this nation is extreme. If we fear saying that may set us free because we presume to be young enough to perish, still bearing children in these hardships is of no good and help. You bear children who will suffer with you to some extent you will still think about their fate even when in a coffin.

To my fellow citizens, death is one. What makes a difference between one dying of disease, hunger, and a gunshot? I can see there is no difference.  A better death is the one that takes lives when demanding your rights.  Hence, dying of diseases and hunger in silence is more of cowardice.

Dear nationals, if Jesus had come to the world again, his second crucifixion would have taken place in South Sudan. Especially if he was appointed to the Ministry of Finance and failed to comply with the terms and conditions of that demonic office. His in the hands of merciless officials of the merciless who block patriotic leaders and leave the masses to the hands of amateurs; would be crucifixion. Those who only know about what to eat.

We know all horrors, consolatory, and obedient things have been said, hoping for positivity. Paradoxically, the country totters day after day back to worse situations than expected.  We have said a lot enough and it is time we try the last resort.  If words were water, they would have finished. This is to say the said words are equivalent to the Nile water. The so-called leaders are in hearing repellents.  The masses’ outcry does not concern them since their ears are wrapped up with a hard iron.

For this reason, we are left with nothing to say anymore.  Only to lament.  Since catastrophes are attributed to God, we therefore urge him to come soon and lift his propagated abject suffering the South Sudanese are facing. If God came to South Sudan purposely to punish the wrongdoers by allowing us to choose the best sort of punishment for them; we would choose hellfire.

I am not ill-wishing them, but they should know what the crime of creating hell on earth is. And to also know what the real hell treats people. They are the reason why the South Sudanese will again be in hell as far as their dinosaurian leadership has made the masses commit punishable mistakes.

The question is: Who are the wrongdoers? The tyrannical leaders of this country.  This bunch of oppressors have ensured the prevalence of hellfire here. When we know, it is a heavenly dangerous spot for sinners. This man-made economic recession is a punishment whose proportionality is equivalent to that of sinfulness.

The question is, does the gift of life from God a sin? I do not see any other reason for marginalization. The citizens are being mistreated because they have lives and incredible reasons to support.  John. F. Kennedy said liberal words. Thus, below are his quotes that you can interpret on your understanding.

“For in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, ‘hold office’; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfil those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

“A man does what he must —despite the personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

“Let us not emphasize all on which we differ but all we have in common. Let us consider not what we fear separately but what we share together.”

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose despite assure the survival and the success  of liberty.”

“United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures assure divided there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.”

As we starve, suffer and die, they are busy discussing their individual development. I will never forget, and no one will ever forget and the survivors will be awarded with certificate of survival after this regime. To sum it up all, I will conclude it a quote from the same man.

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”

The author is a third-year student at the University of Juba School of Education Department of English Language and Literature

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