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The Big Tree

“Be kind to all, at all times,” an adage my father says whenever he advises me on what brings blessings to one’s life. He also says that, regardless of how poor he may be and what little possessions he boasts of, what is priceless, is his good name. “They can call me anything, but they…

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On Sovereignty And the Girl Child

Sovereignty is a concept that is relevant to all tiers of existence and identity. I am a sovereign as an individual. My power is my ability to freely exert my will towards a specific desired action/goal and refuse to direct my intention towards an undesired/compelled goal through inaction. My sovereignty is inherently tied to my…

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The Beacon of Peace and The Sacred Grove

Duk Padiet – The Beacon of Peace We arrive at​ Duk Padiet in the morning, after a short flight from Juba. It is the rainy season, and to the pilot’s delight, the dirt landing strip is dry and clear of cattle, although we land right by the market’s cattle byre. I notice as immediately as…

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On Women: The Marginalized of the Marginalized

We have founded this nation upon great human sacrifices in the fight for justice and equality for all. We have a legacy of struggle centered on eliminating all the forms of marginalization suffered at the hands of successive regimes in Sudan, be they social, cultural, economic, political, religious, or racial. It is, therefore, incumbent upon…

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What heaven is to me…

On October 4th, I woke up to this beautiful photo on my facebook feed.  It had this caption: These 5th graders have surprised us with their reading abilities as they have accepted the challenge of reading poems aloud from a poetry collection authored by one of their own “a South Sudanese.” The program was meant…

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Juba’s Landmarks: A Villager’s Perspective

Juba is expanding exponentially.  I regard the city as the plane takes off and prepares to land on my frequent flights, and I am always surprised by new developments.  I see a new five-story building that seems a sudden apparition, a new informal settlement sprouting there, and a new hotel and a bar and restaurant…

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There is No Time Like the Present

Being an avid procrastinator who hides within the convenient cloak of perfectionism is a double fault.  One can always figure out a reason for a necessary action to wait, for another time, or until the conditions to attain perfectionism is met.  To think of it, this springs from a deep-seated fear of inadequacy. To be placed on the scale and be found wanting is a usually immobilizing thought.  One would instead fade in the background and be inconsequential than to risk success where there is even a faint possibility of failure.

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