The Southern Sudanese need Total Freedom, not Federalism!!
By Gabriel Makuei Tor
The San Francisco Bay Area Southern Sudanese known as Bay Area South Sudanese Community Association (BASSCA) comprised of about 50 young men and barely young women, prepared themselves with joy and hope of a new nation to be (South Sudan). They requested days off at work and at schools in their beautiful name of South Sudan Referendum Registration with the promise and enthusiasm to cast their votes against what they call Fake NCP Unity - in favor of separation to Secede the South as a New independent Nation.
They zipped up their school bags and threw them into drawers, left their work schedules behind with their personal cars parked and drove six rental cars including mini bus, 8 Setter SUVs and more than several other passenger cars from San Jose, in California to Phoenix, Arizona - one of the eight Referendum Registration Centers, US wide for exiled Southern Sudanese living in United States. The drove through the Hilly, rocky and mountainous golden State of California through Los Angeles (LA) to Sunny State of Arizona – since Nov.15th, 2010 and continuing, dodging commercial trucks on inter State High Ways, enjoying some entertaining and historical music from Southern Sudanese artists: Mario, Ngong
(John Kudusay), and American Joe, to the Ethiopian Teddy among others. The round trip’s distance is over 1,460 miles (2349.642 Kilometers); more than 24 hours driving, luckily no, or light snow in this Western United States region, with between 30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, winter like cold (-1.1 to 1.6 degree Celsius).
“I am talking to you my home fellows; I am talking to you my dear Southern Sudanese and my Sudanese at large. Who don’t know what he is doing? To still remain to sleep in the city (Khartoum), we have cornered the enemy to the Bay, and got it caught through the gills, mama never go and cry, you scare the kids…,” said Mario, in one of his Dinka tracks. Translated from his music in Dinka (Ye nga kuc ke loi? = who still don’t know what he is doing).
Their (the Southern Sudanese in the San Francisco Bay Area) supervisors at places of work and College professors wished them nice lifts, with obvious hope that they are making change as part of the civilians’ opinion inside the South and Southerners diasporas, which the world is awaiting for.
People pay for freedom in different kind of ways. Those who left their families for frontline did it for their service to the nation for freedom.
The left their home Country Sudan - more than twenty 22 years ago when they were forced out the Country when they were kids, ages: 7 to 11years old - not knowing about Sudan but their residential villages and later on they picked up the story on the grass leaves, as they dodge Khartoum fighting aircrafts’ bombs in the forests and bushes inside Southern Sudan toward the East side of Southern region as they flee for their lives when Southern villages were attacked and seized between 1983 to 1990's under declaration of the Northern Sudan's holy war (the Jihad) which let the government of Sudan stormed the South with troops.
And now they have grown up well in numerous and manner able ways without parents who raise them, but their group mates and they alone, If there was one, who helped them being raised - that was UN raising them materially after they were discovered month later, during those long and lasting years of trekking and fleeing Khartoum attacks and ambushes on the ground and in the air. Thousands of colleagues to these folks have lost their lives besides the Sudanese millions of lives lost, during the civil war, to war and related causes, but these few remnants are here to tell and support the story that has taken the Land’s beau mondes.
Besides, they are ready to put a crack on the Sudanese map, in few days to come (January 9th, 2011) but not only that, they might put it to pieces to return the livelihood robbed out of them by the Sudanese North Control government in Khartoum for more than several decades.
By Gabriel Makuei Tor
Is a concern Southern Sudanese.