OpEd, Politics

The Mystery of Life in South Sudan

By Theem Isaac Machar Akot


Miracles are no longer mystical occurrences that do not follow the law of nature as defined in the English dictionary. They are normal parts of our today’s life. This is to say that life itself is a miracle.

About 90% of the country’s population lives miserably sad, and they exhibit a loss of hope in life. Life is incredibly shocking in this country. Hence, speculative thoughts bother people’s reasoning. Most citizens think their world might end in the next five days. Unexpectedly, they see themselves going extra days, extra weeks, extra months, and, luckily, extra years alive.

In correlation, what defines mystification in our country is how we make a living out of hardships. One may wake up at his house thinking about what his children will eat on that day.

While the rest think about where to get lunch or supper. Others think about where to get a medical bill or where to get better medical services. Despite all these perplexities, we still make it to the next fifty years because all these things happen by chance.

Conversely, life is both welcoming and unreachable to some people. Like how a tree is claimed and how the earth warps, history can’t differentiate the long-time-known poor from the rich. Both getting rich and poor are as simple as a player scoring a goal and running to the pitch to celebrate.

In a broader sense, seeing thieves prospering is not false. There are those who history can’t accept to be among the rich due to their long-time-known poor status. Contradictorily, they have now used hook and crook to accumulate wealth, and they are being celebrated, and so do they majestically walk.

However, it is hard enough to distinguish between thieves and honest ones. It doesn’t take long to get rich in South Sudan unless you are honest and more reserved. Just like one climbs a tree that doesn’t take a day, but a couple of minutes to have been towering quite high.

The same thing applies to those who have historically been rich. They have, in recent times, shrunk into destitution, and no one still talks about them.

You can’t call a thief a thief because the whole nation calls them hardworking gentlemen. Whereas honest people can’t be figured out because they are termed proud, rigid, and opinionated.

One may ask a question: Where are these categories of people found? They are found everywhere in the nation, especially in the government. Meet your street people who have got tickets to the government and see how workable the magic is!

Finally, we should tighten our hearts for life’s rewards, the braves.

Have a blessed day!


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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