Blog post written by: Anger Agoth
Location: El Cajon, California
Standing as the newest country in the world, if one were asked “Where is South Sudan located?” the answer is usually, “I do not know.” The invisible country I call home remains in a state of crisis for almost 60 years. Blood continues to run down the streets on a daily basis leaving many innocent individuals dead. Sons are left without fathers, daughters without mothers, and newborns entering a world of hopelessness and hell. My name is Anger Agoth, a 17 year old, who has experienced the Sudanese civil war and I am beyond blessed to have a second chance in life.
After many years of bloodshed, racial, and religious discrimination South Sudan finally proclaimed its independence on July 9th in 2011. The joy, celebration, and unity soon became a reality check. Who knew a country that longed for unity within tribes would result in ethnic cleansing? The fight between the Dinka and Nuer has caused division between tribes, creating division in household who are married within different tribes, and uprising a second generation of war children. As many South Sudanese individuals accuse the Dinka tribe while many others accuse the Nuer tribe for the division and atrocity, I stand on either side because if human lives are cherished then a brother should have no motivation in killing his brother because of their appearance. What troubles me is the fact that human rights are not considered in this generation. The rights of human are carelessly washed away; lives are being taken away with for no reason, many fear they would not see another day, and kids become hopeless and have no one to turn to.
Everyday, my family receives a call from South Sudan that a group of soldiers have invaded a village, rubbed homes, raped wifes and young girls, murdered a family, burn a village, or have left a whole town with nothing to survive on. The question I ask myself is, “does anyone outside of South Sudan knows of these atrocities?” The answer is yes, but how South Sudan is not receiving any help? The world we live is careless of the life we have been given to spend on this earth. But change can take place if we consider others human rights as much as our own.