Home | Comment & Analysis    Friday 30 May 2008

Fragile Sudan: Search for unity that will never be


By James Okuk

May 28, 2008 — Some people regard Mr. Famous BIG_LOGIC_BOY, the frequent commentator in Sudan Tribute website as illogical in his comments, but I find some of what he writes to be truthful even when not presented logically in a sound language. This boy who writes in a ghost name is really a free thinker and a true Southerner. I remember in the history of western philosophy that Nietzsche was regarded by the Judeo-Christian theist as a mad atheist when he said that human beings must become “Supermen” in their choices and efforts to find ways of living nobly without succumbing to “slave morality”. For Nietzsche, super human life has nothing to do with the divine because God is dead. But though hated and condemned to doom because of declaring GOD DEAD, Nietzsche presented this thesis to make sense of the Biblical myth of creation that God gave human beings the authority and freedom to become the super masters of the universe. So, I think philosopher Nietzsche was not mad. Instead, it was his critics who were intolerantly crazy. Indeed as the modern civilization has shown progress so far, human beings have become the super masters of the universe through the computerized technology and instant communication systems.

Mr. BIG_LOGIC_BOY gave a good reply to the article of Dr Ibrahim Abdalla (a Senior Lecturer, School of computing and Engineering, DeMontfort University, Leicester, iabdalla@dmu.ac.uk). This was enhanced constructively by brother Gatwech, another astute Southerner. As a continuation to the reaction to that article of a chauvinist Northerner, which was posted in Sudan Tribune Website on Wednesday 28th May 2008, I just want to put forward some more points. The purpose is to wake him up and also to shun others who carry the same colonial mentality about Southern Sudan.

The title of Ibrahim’s article should have been "Why Sudan Unity is fatal for peaceful living in South Sudan" and not “Why Sudan Unity is vital for peaceful living in South Sudan” if the author is honest about the reality – the past, the present and the emerging – of the Sudan. The writer went ahead elaborately in a futile attempt to prove that the consequence of secession after the referendum for self-determination by the people of Southern Sudan will be lost of development for Southern Sudan because of the border conflict with the North. I wish the author could have visited Southern Sudan to see the ruins that Northern elites have done to that beloved land. I do not know what ‘lost to development’ he is talking about when there is no development there.

Yes, walk around Southern Sudan. The potholes are so big; they swallowed our small cars. The roads look like dry rivers. You can’t step off the roads because landmines are just waiting to blow you to pieces. Bombshells and Antinove’s barrels of explosions are lying about. The bridges are sheets of metal and dusts of cements just placed there waiting to be washed away by rain. If you need to use the latrine, be prepared to squat on the roadside or river bank. If you are thirsty, swallow your saliva as there is no treated and clean water to be found in most places. If you are hungry, open your mouth wide and eat the dust. The ruins are everywhere to be seen as a reminder of the 21+ years of nightmarish wars the North waged against the South. The citizens are orphans and destitute in their own land. If you want protection, pack an AK-47. An this is what you call ‘development’ and ‘life’. Please Dr. Ibrahim, open your eyes or shut your colonial wide mouth about South Sudan. Do not remind us of bitterness!

The billons Dollars and Euros and the trillions of Yuans from the blessed Oil region of Southern Sudan have been looted (to the best ability of the looters) to develop the North and fuel the grand agricultural schemes and construct enormous Dams there. Even after the CPA has been signed, the South is just left on its own by the North to struggle from the scratch to do something from the leftovers that is thrown to it from the Ministry of Finance in Khartoum. Not only this, but also and unfortunately, the South has to fight on the leftovers with the hungry corruptists under that food table. Even the locals in ‘Unity’ State and in the North of Upper Nile State are not allowed to get hold of the empty barrels, tins, buckets, and other wastes from the oil companies operating there in their midst. The CPA has not yet brought the blessing to the South so that our children can giggle and our women can express their joy with ululations. And this is the vital unity of the Sudan that should be sustained according to the author and his likes. Shame on the blinds even if they have blinded themselves intentionally by tying black ribbons on their eyes to mislead Southerners! We know that the giggling of our bouncing children and ululations of our beautiful women will only come when we are separated from the North.

We know that our charismatic leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior is dead (May God forgive his sins and rest him in eternal joy), and we also know that his vision of the New Sudan has been buried with him even when some people try desperately to dick it out from the grave and mask themselves with it for some purposes known best to them. But real Southerners are not worried because they know it keenly that cosmetics do not keep the real ugly bodies to look beautiful for longer. We have learned how to kill God like what Nietzsche said. We have learn how separate Him from our government affairs if He cannot die. We will become the SUPER MASTERS of our beloved South Sudan, comes 2011. There will be no room for a Master apart from us!

The author concludes his article with a deceptive and irrelevant case of USA vs USSR during the cold war, just to try to confirm (in vain) that Southerners will lose if they separate from the North. Wake up from your slumbers, Dr. Ibrahim, and liberate yourself from 6th century’s appeals to Southerners like Big_Logic_Boy, Gatwech, myself and others whose eyes have been wide opened by their long struggle for liberation of the South from the North. Keep crying over the spilled milk, but we will continue to move with no brake towards achieving our dream of independent African State of South Sudan. Blame yourself and other Jellabas of the Sudan for having handled the milk pot carelessly, after having milked the black cow to the brim, right from the independence of the Sudan from British colonialist in 1956. Remember that it is the Shamaleen (Northerners) who dropped the milk jar of the united Sudan onto a sandy ground so that nothing remained in it to be desired by the victims.

Dear grand son of the slave trader and the collaborator for the Turko-Egytian and Anglo-Egyptian invaders of the land of the blacks – bilad el Sudan – get it well into your pig-head that Junubin (Southerners) are not going to tolerate any longer to continue doing all the nasty and humiliating servitude labour for Jellaba’s houses and factories in order to enable them enjoy the privileges and prestige of lecturing in universities and living in luxury, while the servants continue to suffer from poverty with unrewarded perpetual hard and sweaty work. We will not continue to be the working poor in our own land! Forget it! Hell No! Our grandfathers have also told us to protect the valuable blacks’ land – in Arabic‘Jududna zaman wasona hala el wathon wal turab el gali’. You will not continue sniffing and kissing our black soil because we shall not accept to be converted to that. We are steps forward to our destiny and nobody will deceive us again (like what happened in Juba in 1947) to deviate from the Zebra-crossing to our nearly finishing long journey to freedom. We will never return backward to endorse the unattractive unified Sudan whether it is renamed as a New Sudan or whatever Sudan.

Goodbye to slave masters! We have broken many chains and are just doing the last ‘warming up’ exercise to break the last chain of oppression and deceitful dubiousness! Let Dr. Ibrahim tell his people to prepare their congratulatory message and identify their Ambassador to the new neighboring country. Let him get enough pills for blood pressure and heart attack if he is not ready to receive the good news of the reality, because Junubin will soon raise their united hands of joyful cheers saying “Welcome to the new born South Sudan; bye-bye Fragile Old One Sudan!”

The Arab nomads who have occupied Abyei and continue to envy the greenness and oil-lucrativity of the South should get it well into their illiterate heads that they do not belong there, and will not enjoy being there without the consent of the owners. Let them blame God for having put them in the sandy hot desert (call it hell) of the North, or let them ask Him for a new creation if they wish. If they want to use our green land, they should bow down to us and beg for South Sudan Nationality (not by birth). We will screen their applications and see whether it is safe to grant them or deny them access to the ‘greeny’ and ‘wety’ paradise of South Sudan.

James Okuk, PhD student, University of Nairobi. okukjimy@hotmail.com

The views expressed in the 'Comment and Analysis' section are solely the opinions of the writers. The veracity of any claims made are the responsibility of the author not Sudan Tribune.

If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email it to comment@sudantribune.com

Sudan Tribune reserves the right to edit articles before publication. Please include your full name, relevant personal information and political affiliations.
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 30 May 2008 16:00, by ibrahim abdalla

    Dear Jaes,BIG_LOGIC_BOY, Gatwech and all who responded to my article in the Sudan Tribune - I would really want to thank you for your time and I did find your response interesting.

    All of you are very keen to separate Sudan but I thought this was motivated by the bitter war that took place between the north and south but remember that brothers from the same mum and dad can fight to death. I do know that the side effects f such kind of war are not easy to brush in a year or a two but remember guys the loss in both the south and the north are almost equal - so there was no victory in that war but there is a huge loss for both sides and I do wonder why what you call northern are not feeling the same bitterness as you do? Because war can only produce loss I personally do not want to see it happening in any part of Sudan and I do believe very much that if the people in the south vote for unity then it will be a great step for stable Sudan and Sudan for all.

    An interesting piece in your article James start wit ``Yes, walk around Southern Sudan. The potholes are so big; they swallowed our small cars. The roads look like ...’’. James that is what a wise man will do his best to avoid happening for any human being and that is what Sudan unity will do. Also James, dig deep and find out who is looting the millions of pounds of south Sudan money from petroleum. Are they people from the north? Try to find who the sponsors of Marwi dam are - is it coming from the petroleum money? The answer is no. A final question James, why there is war in Darfur? Dig deep in the CPA agenda and you will get the reason why Darfur decided to go for war. James and the other try to think of a Sudan fragmenting and indulging in an endless war - this might be the scenario in the case if south Sudan succession. Will that make you happy?

    Hey men, let think positively ad think about the people of Sudan in general. Our problems are some how rooted in the fact that we were led by a bit selfish personnel in the past - I am seeing some change at the present - let us have a wider vision about Sudan. Think about prosperity for all people of Sudan - think about unity.


    repondre message

    • 30 May 2008 18:05, by James Okuk Solomon

      Please Dr. Ibrahim,

      Do not lecture to us or persuade us to maintain the unattractive One Sudan because nothing has remained to be desired in it. There is nothing equal between the South and the North in terms of war destruction, because no Antinove from the South dropped bombs from the sky onto any town in the North. No sick patients in any hospital from the North got scattered into pieces by bombshells from the sky like what your military junta did to our patients in Yei Hospital. No landmines are threatening lives of the people in the North, etc.

      I will only be happy and proud when I become separated from you. We can talk how to cooperate as equals after the South become independent from the oppressive and oil-hungry North.

      Do not tell us about Darfur because many Islamist Darfurians (including the Mujahid Dr. Khali Ibrahim) have collaborated with you to put our dear South Sudan into ruins.

      Just keep crying alone for the lost that is coming to haunt and befall you because of the injustice you have done to us; we shall never joint you in your crocodile tears. Instead, we will be happy to embrace the joy that is awaiting us in our African Independent State of South Sudan. Prepare your application to come to teach in our universities if you wish. We will pay you more than what your people give you in the North. I hope I am clear and straight forward to you.

      repondre message

    • 30 May 2008 18:53, by Peter Malek

      Mr. Ibrahim,

      If you are not canny then your emotions seem to control your thoughts far from the logic. I advice you to quit the forum because you have nothing to give to the free minded people.

      I have discovered your canniness when you say the Hamedab dam is not being built from the oil revenue from the South. It has proved your innocent and lack of knowledge of Nhar El Neel State, the poorest State in Sudan. So where did you get money from? Have you seen Jeili where the refinery is? You cannot compare it it to Bantiu, Malut and Abyei where the oil is being produced? Have you seen Hosh Banaga the home town of Omer El Bashir right now where children used to run tiredly after the train or buses expecting a piece of bread to thrown to them by passengers? Look back of your memory before Omer El Bashir came to power by quo. People used to travel seven hours to Atbra by bus and to Shendi three hours, but not now to Atbra three hours and Shendi one and half hours! I think you have not allowed yourself to digest the root causes of the Sudan’s problems.

      Dinka proverb says, "The hunger of your brother dose not prevent you from sleeping." And that is the feeling you have. Will it be canny from you to say again we are children one mum. Yes, we are the children of one mum but you are too greedy, brother.

      You eat what is yours and then you come and eat what I have. Let the logic judges us because you don’t believe in God who is merciful and lovely Creator Who Created every human being in His own.

      One roof cannot contain us unless you are changed. But brother, your are too stubborned to change, since you deny that Hamdab Dam is not being built from the money oil!

      repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

South Sudan elections must be held on time 2021-04-18 07:30:37 The Government is bent on postponing the elections: a response to the statement of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs dated 14 April 2021. By Lam Akol The Press Secretary of the President of (...)

Wonders never cease in South Sudan 2021-04-12 17:54:40 By Lul Gatkuoth Gatluak The firing and appointment of the chief of General staffs in South Sudan is another reckless procedure as far as military reshuffling is concerned. The service lifespan (...)

On the legitimacy of President Salva Kiir 2021-04-04 17:15:11 by Dr Akec Khoc On March 24th 2021, Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Presidential affairs stated that President Salva Kiir is not imposing himself on the citizens. In response to this statement, I (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.