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Articles and Analysies Last Updated: Oct 27, 2009 - 9:33:43 PM

Northern Sudanese and Bashirs Call for Jihad Time for Southerners to Think Aloud Lily A. Akol
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Northern Sudanese and Bashirs Call for Jihad:

Time for Southerners to Think Aloud

 

 

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Al Bashir declaring Jihad once again on the infidels is a clear indication that the National Congress Party is back to the old ways. The lamb hooves are off and here goes the hungry wolf howling and biting. Sadly, but not surprisingly, after two years of what I personally see as a faked brotherhood between the North and the South, NCP has not changed.  

 

When Turabi and Co. introduced Jihad at the dawn of ELInqaz, they meant a Holy War against the people of Southern Sudan as a whole, not SPLA.   They, as anyone with a single cell of brain, knew very well that the Popular Defense 45-day training which was mostly spent in reciting Quranic verses and day dreaming about the beautiful girls of Paradise was not enough to equip them to fight chickens, leave alone veracious troops like SPLA. So, the Popular Defense forces cowardly avoided a real combat- a real face off in a battlefield - with SPLA, and, instead, they muscled up against the war-torn, unarmed, and unprotected civilians of Southern Sudan .

 

Their wars were mainly wars where they burned down villages without any consideration to human lives. In every false victory that they shamelessly claimed, an innocent South Sudanese soul was lost, a child was orphaned, a woman was widowed, a family was uprooted and broken apart, a young girl was raped, a babys beautiful smile was replaced with tears of insecurity and hunger, an entire family was wiped off the face of history ... This is what Jihad meant according to the encyclopedia of the National Islamic Front.   It meant stealing the natural wealth of the South to fill their own pockets and to keep funding their ill- devilish agenda against our people.

 

Today, by declaring Jihad again, Bashir is opening up wounds that have not yet stopped bleeding within our people, the South Sudanese. Wounds that many, until a recent past, believe will never heal, but, at least, their pain will be numbed by the promising Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the hope for a New Sudan. Alas, the dream is being cut short. The light at the end of the tunnel is dwindling away, and once again, South Sudanese kids will be robbed of their childhood. South Sudanese mothers will once more see their sons off to war, and South Sudanese women will wear black mourning the brutal killing of a dear husband, a father, a brother or a beloved child.

 

Once again, vultures will feast on the dead bodies of our brothers and sisters they will hover over the starved waiting for the first victim to fall. For we are a people doomed to live in misery; misery that is not of our own choice, misery that is not of our own making. We are destined to live in misery because Bashir and his likes are tirelessly pushing the wheels of destruction and despair our way. How painful! How unfair!

 

We all know that the call for Jihad is chilling and worrisome given the history and religious makeup of the Northern Sudanese communities where Fanatic Shieks and Imams run the scene because their words are considered by many as orders from Allah. With an amazing grip on their people believes and minds, the huge influence these religious figures have cannot be underestimated.  Needless to mention, especially since NCPs infamous intermingling with Islam, who recruits these shieks and whose words do they speak. Consequently, with the exception of a very few Northern elites, who have their backs against the wall as a result of their progressive views and refusal to adhere to the teachings of traditional Islam, the majority of Muslim North is more likely to join any call for Jihad   to purify the land of Islam (Sudan)   from the infidels (Southerners).

 

When it comes to Arabism and Islamism, Northerners will, in a blink of an eye, sever ties with the South. This is the unspoken-about common knowledge that Southerners ignore in good faith to give peace a chance and to make unity attractive. Yes, its a well known secret that we ignore in good faith for its only the unwise who throw away a history as full of deceptions as ours; we are not.  

 

The truth of the matter is, contrary to what they would want us to believe, the problem of Southern Sudan is not a problem between Khartoum and Juba - GONU and GOSS - NCP and SPLM - Bashir and Kiir, as much as its the problem of the North Mentality that is fostered by Arab culture and Islam which makes the non-Arab Abid (Slaves) and the non-Muslims Ahl El Zima (second class citizens who are never on equal footings with Muslims). Bashir, as Abboud, Nimeri, Dahab, and Mahdi before him, belongs to the same School of Thought so will his successors,  and so will the problem of Southern Sudan continue to prevail.  

 

Its the establishment of this School of Thought that makes Northern citizens as guilty as their governments. They are the force that nurtures the Arab/Islam identity and mentality, and they are the environment that molds the personalities and believes of those who eventually make it to power in Sudan .    Northern citizens play a great role in widening the gap between the North and the South by their intolerance and persistent rejection of everything that is Southern.

 

Ideally, we need to rethink our relationship with the North in its entirety Government and people. As we condemn Bashir and his government, it is high time South Sudanese people rejected being called brothers by their Northern counterparts. Its high time we analyzed their behaviors so that we can hold them accountable to their un-forgiven atrocities in the South (N. Government) as well as their mistreatment and segregation in the North (Northern Citizens). Brotherhood cannot define a relationship that is not built on love, mutual respect, and, most importantly, equality, transparency and honesty the least that could be said about brotherhood.

 

We are not brothers! We are two different people, two different histories, two different cultures, two different experiences, two different pasts and, definitely, two different futures. We have nothing in common, not the languages we speak, not the gods we worship. The only thing we have in common so far is the country we both, in a very ironic way, belong to; this one million square miles land called the Sudan . This is what we have in common.

 

Thats the North-South status quo that needs to be acknowledged and addressed before we talk about being brothers.   Before we open the doors of whos the eldest versus the younger brother? Different statuses, different roles! Whos the legitimate son and who came carried on his mothers shoulders? Different statuses and different roles! Who has the right to lead and who should follow? Again, different statuses and different roles! We cannot be brothers without defining the parameters of this brotherhood, without dissecting its nature and attributes. Without understanding why is it easy to call us brothers but seemingly impossible to treat us as such!

 

How can we be brothers? Under what context are we brothers? What does the North know about their brother, the South. What do Mohamed and Fatima know about the history and cultural heritage of Lado and Achol apart from the fact that they are Junubeen (including all the conations this word may carry)? What do they know about our connection to the Nile ? What do they know about our struggle?

 

They know nothing about us. As we speak, there are Northern Sudanese who believe that Southerners live on trees and that they are cannibals, not exaggerating! They say in plain Arabic: Junubeen Byaklo EL Nas (Southerners eat human beings). They are ignorant about the basics of Southern Sudan , how can they know or understand Muskilat El Junub the problem of Southern Sudan that has been irking Southerners for decodes. How can they understand what do Southerners want?

 

If they treat us like dogs, shouldnt we learn to bite back? Why do we welcome them with open arms when they say Kulana Ikwan while they stand aloof when their governments open fire on their innocent brothers? They never questioned the legitimacy of Jihad but joined the Popular Defense in thousands and made (Fi Sahad El Fida) the most rated show in Sudan TV history despite the fact that it was hate propaganda against the people of Southern Sudan .  

 

Northerners have always been living in disconnect to our issues, the only thing that they choose to know about us is what fits the Arab-Muslim presentation and depiction of what South Sudan is historically, geographically and even anthropologically. They should not call us brothers; brotherhood cannot define a relationship thats built on deception.

 

Until the Arab-Muslim Northerners undergo a radical change in their ideology, they should not call us brothers.  Until they thoroughly understand the multiculturalism that characterizes Sudan and acknowledge Southerners as equal citizens with equal rights and equal responsibilities, they should not be allowed to call us brothers.   Until they admit that we are equal citizens not according to the Quran but according to what History says about us, Southerners, in the land of our ancestors, the Sudan ! History that was there that was written - long before Mohamed made it to Medina . Isnt it even more ironic that Islam should define who we are and determine what we get as Sudanese? We should never allow them to call us brothers until they acknowledge that we, Junubeen, are nothing else but Sudanese!

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Only then will the likes of Bashir diminish and only then will we embrace each other like real brothers do. But until that impossible time comes, Northern citizens are as guilty as their governments in all the tragedies that befell Southern Sudanese; its high time we demanded an explanation to their passive stand.

 

When this wind passes, Al Bashirs slip of the tongue should not pass nor should it be filed away in the folder of the unforgotten history. The leader who has no concern about the impact of his words on the already, as President Kiir rightly put it, staggering and drunken CPA cannot not be trusted to safeguard the CPA.  The leader who has no regards to the sentiments of the people (Southerners) he calls his own in such critical moments, will show zero regards when he guarantees that the last casted vote that determines the future of Sudan is in the box of unity. What will prevent Bashir from calling for Jihad in a United Sudan?

 

After declaring the Holy War, whats left of the lets make unity attractive. On what basis, what logic, what understanding should Southerners convince themselves, or should anyone convince us, that the time left is enough to trust NCP so that we give up the only chance that we have for real freedom come twenty eleven. Lets ponder over Bashirs words day and night, lets think aloud about our future the future of generations to come - for we will go down in history as the contemporaries who    made or broke Sudan into two pieces.  

 

 

Thanks for your time

 

Lily A. Akol

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  • JEMs Vision for a New Sudan by Dr El-tahir Adam El-faki
  • Reframing the Darfur Crisis by Anne Bartlett
  • Confederation for Southern Sudan a Betrayal to Self-determination By James Okuk
  • President Kiir should admit his failure and resign gracefully by Jor Deng
  • Kiir must be indicted for war crimes BY Atem Mabior
  • Kiir shows his real colours By Atem Mabior
  • Will UN Envoy Eliason Do His Homework on Darfur? By Dr. El-tahir Adam El-faki
  • SALVA KIIR BETRAYS THE SOUTHERN CAUSE by Atem Mabior
  • Critical Analysis on the paper presented by Presidential Advisor, Mr Bona Malwal under the title The Future of the CPA under the Current Political Crises`.
  • Sudan needs reality check By Hassan Ibrahim
  • The Hypocrisy of NCP Supporters on Darfur By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • The Polemics of Politics of Transitions in Sudan By John G Nyuot Yoh*
  • SPLM: A Party that Deserves Building not Ruining By James Okuk
  • The Paradox of Political Transformation by SPLM Standards. By; Baraj Ayuen
  • Fanatic Islamic Iran & Exploitive Transnational Capitalism are the Most harmful Sources of insecurity in the World
  • A PRAYER IN EACH CORNER by MOHAMMAD ALI SALIH
  • Movement erosion Bneha .... Conflict adults ousts Emin Tela t by Shol Goba
  • Northern Sudanese and Bashirs Call for Jihad Time for Southerners to Think Aloud Lily A. Akol
  • Sudanese & American Friends March for Peace and Reconciliation By Jimmy Mulla
  • The Dilemma of The SPLM: Is it justified? By: Ngino Nikako
  • The 4th General Congress of the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM) By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • If Sudan Want Peace it has to Prepare for War? * By James Okuk
  • Yet Another Africans Challenge: Liability No. 21 the IQ By Dr. Mohamed N. Bushara*
  • When will Darfur mediators learn (2) By Suliman A Giddo*
  • Bravo to Mr. Salva Kiir for Rejecting the US Proposal By James Okuk Solomon
  • Female Circumcision Negligence and Abuse By Dr. Amal Ahmed Elbasheir.
  • U.S Should Upgrade the SPLA if it is willing to Help Southern Sudan *By James Okuk Solomon
  • Where Sudan Is Booming By Alexis Okeowo
  • When Will Darfur Mediators Learn? By Suliman A. Giddo*
  • Mob Emotions Is Anti-Democratic Transformation By James Okuk Solomon
  • Check with Improper Balance: SPLM Risky Politics of Partnership By James Okuk Solomon
  • Another way to break Abie deadlock by Dr. S.M.Eldebailo
  • The SPLM & Protecting the CPA: Guarding Against the Cynical Obstructionism of NCP Parek Maduot
  • Do Ministers belong to the Party or to the Government? *By James Okuk
  • Habib Bank v Central Bank of Sudan Ismat Abdel Gadir - LL.B
  • DRIVING FAST TO EXPLODE IN THE ABYSS! By Comarde Edward Lino
  • Shilluk Communities vs Shilluk International Congress (SIC) By: Kimo Ajing Aba
  • FASTING RAMADAN IN A MONASTERY: Mohammad Ali Salih
  • It is Darfur Again and the Misery Goes On By E. Ablorh-Odjidja
  • SLM request to delay Libya talks by Tag Elkhazin,
  • THE HONOURABLE WISE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD/Ali Mahmoud Hassanein
  • Will the united Sudan remain attractive for all under the NCP regime?! By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • The Value of Peace in Sudan: From Ki-Moon to International Wisemen By James Okuk Solomon
  • South Sudan Egyptians relations / John Lawrence Morbe Joseph
  • Will the Failed Abuja Diplomacy Be Repeated in Libya? By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Why a reality check is needed on Darfur by Anne Bartlett
  • United, Cairo's poor and poorer get heard
  • A Message from Ajik (Ajang) Union in North American To: Commander and Comrade Daniel Kodi by Fadul H.Haimad
  • What Happened To Gen. Kiir First Vice Presidency Position? / by Isaiah Abraham
  • Eritrea in the Sudan's president's office, By: Mohamed Osman Ibrahim
  • UN Ban Ki-Moon and his Drought Thesis of Darfur Conflict By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom, Ph.D.
  • UN Secretary General: Mission Impossible By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Old Habits Die Hard: The National Congress Party is Back to Its Outmoded TacticsBy: Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Greatest Marginalization of All Time/Isam Siddig
  • Darfur: A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action by Anne Bartlett
  • Muslims eye America by MOHAMMAD ALI SALIH
  • General Elections in Sudan by the Year 2009: A Fact or a Fiction?/By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Alsalkeen Charitable Organization General Secretary. /By Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Cons and Cues About The Sudanese Forthcoming General Election/Isaiah Abraham
  • Animals rights are also rights/Isaiah Abraham
  • SPLM Official Counters the Recent Remarks of the NCP Official over Abyie and Darfour Translated by MAJOK NIKODEMO AROU
  • The Arab Congregation and the Ideology of Genocide in Darfur, Sudan By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom, Ph.D.
  • Catholics Led to Hell/Written by Daniel Deng Monyde,
  • Keep away from Darfour, Mustafa Osman Ismail, warns the SPLM Translated by Majok Nikodemo Arou
  • Abyei Protocol. by Mayen. D. Ater
  • Darfur Actors and the absence of Road Maps By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Judiciary Reshuffle Ineptly Calculated by Daniel Deng Monyde
  • Stop the Genocide and give the security then peace will come/Hamed Mohamedain Omer
  • THE AMERICANS AND ME (2): ISLAM Mohammad Ali Salih, Washington, Asharq Alawsat
  • Unwanted in Israel By Sherine Tadros at the Egyptian-Israeli border
  • ISSUES that Rose From the Sudanese Ambassador Press Conference By Jwothab Amum Ajak
  • Al Bashir Slams on Campaigners against Sudan, Reviews Political Developments By: Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Was Dr. John Garang Assassinated?/Daniel Deng Monyde,
  • What had happened in Darfur?/Mahmoud E. Yousif
  • Abie conflict The Inferno of Nivasha or the Paradise of Peace by Dr. S.M.Eldebailo
  • TEXT- Conclusions of AU-UN, Sudan on the Hybrid Operations
  • Alfashir is nearer than Kampala: JEM/NRF Commends New SPLM Stance on Darfur/By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom
  • COMSARY by SALMAN OMER MAHMOUD
  • Sudan: The Politics of Naming - Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency/Prof. Mahmood Mamdani
  • US to Sanction Dr. Khalil Ibrahim! A Statement/Gammali Hasan Galal Eldin
  • Can Darfur Survive the CPA?/Abdullahi El-Tom and Mahmoud Abbaker Suleiman
  • GOD OR AMERICA: WHO IS FIRST? 8 DIFFERENT OPINIONS/Mohammad Ali Salih, Washington, Asharq Alawsat
  • It would be Unwise to think that a United Sudan Properly Functions within the Main Frameworks of the Phenomenon of Eastern African Development./Urban T. Kir
  • Darfur Crisis: Mediation Failure (2)/Ahmed M. Mohamedain
  • Government of Sudan and Darfur crisis/Musa Yakub Daoud
  • President Bush "Hurts" for Darfur Darfur Is Safer than US Urban Cities/Ali Baghdadi
  • Our Vision on the prospect of peace to end the Darfur tragedy/By Dr. M.A.Suleiman
  • Lies, Damned Lies and the Darfur Crisis by Anne Bartlett is a Director of the Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development
  • International Media Ignore Sudanese Voices /AfricaFocus (Washington, DC)
  • Sudanese cyber rally forces website to remove controversial ad by Wasil Ali
  • why war in abyaii by bakhit mohd humaidan
  • Al Salikeen Earmarks 1.2 Billion Pounds for Service Schemes by Al Sammani Awadallah
  • A CALL TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN/By James Ogilo Agor Agokwech-Rochester, MN USA
  • Will the Quartet Summit Contradict with the UN, AU Role in Darfur By: Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Sudan Vision Carries Out a Survey on Pros and Cons of Humanitarian Aid in Sudan By: Al-Sammani Awadallah
  • Al Khatim Adlans legacy of wisdom and vision/ahmed elzobier
  • WHEN THEY BEG FOR UNITY by Mack Awer Riak
  • The Genocide Glitterati by Anne Bartlett
  • Darfur-Darfur Dialogue Will Not be Held Hostage by Hostile Armed Factions", Says Dr. Omar Adam
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains/by Nuba Mountains Democratic Forum/Nour Tawir
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains by Nuba_Mountains Democratic Forum by Samie A Djudo
  • RIFT KAKUMA HITS BY VALLEY FEVER. By;Mabior Mayom Mayom
  • How Dr. Garang wanted Abyei to be? (1) /By Akol Miyen Kuol
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains by Nuba Mountains Democratic Forum
  • The Doomsday Cult/Ahmed Sam, human rights activist.
  • China must emulate AU wisdom in Sudan by Simon Roughneen for ISN
  • An article introducing our country Sudan by Maha esmeal ahmed esmeal
  • It is a time for all Peace forces to take action By : Matur Aciek
  • Kiir stood to his pledge of no reverse gear/ BY MAJOK NIKODEMO AROU
  • IT IS TIME FOR THE SPLA TO ESTABLISH ITS OWN AIR FORCE/Maker Costa
  • Unwitting Party to Genocide By Stephen Rademaker
  • SPLA, STANDS STRONG AND PROUD!/By Hakim Makuer Gol
  • January 9th- a Day of Peace and Full Independence/By Dr. Mawien Akot
  • Muslim cadet clear on identity/YVETTE CABRERA
  • 2008 General Elections: What Are The Scenarios Awaiting Us?/Maker Costa-Syracuse New York
  • s NCP is planning to rig elections at census level/By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Criticism to the Global War Against International Terrorism, (G-WAIT) by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Swindles of Modern Liberal Democracy by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution & the War on Terror The cases of Sudan and Iraq by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Jinjaweed Leader By : kuku kadia
  • UA-GSC Sudan Resolution Passes/By Marie Y. Thibault
  • All About Darfur: Is Sudan in a culture of war? By Virginie Wembey
  • AU Recommends Six Month Extension for its Mission By: Al Sammani Awadallah / IOL
  • No South/North border and ABC: CPA is dead.By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Darfur destruction is Sudans al-Bashirs Shame/By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Relationship Between Economic Mismanagement & Social Instability by Eng. Tarig M.M.K. Anter
  • Fake Modern Religions Are Fighting Faith by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Ideological Structure of The Conservative Professional Nationalist Party & System by Eng. Tarig M.M.K. Anter,
  • 'Lost Boys of Sudan' By: Kristin Boyd , Staff Writer
  • Sudan's al-Bashir and Palace are imperfect Match By Sabrino Majok Majok
  • Frank Wolf: Divest from Sudan By U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10)
  • Sudanese Native Relates Horrors of His Childhood/By Konstantin Shishkin
  • General Congress of JEM Asserts Creation of a political Party/Professor Mahmoud Abakar Sulaiman
  • Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and the Litany of AU Deceit in Darfur/Dr. Abdullahi Osman El-Tom
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  • Reign of Corruption and political stagnation By Andrew Bak
  • Current American Planning Strategies vs. Planning Strategies of the 50s/By: Adil Bala (PhD)*
  • Free Will, JEM Peace Wing Sign Political and Military Protocol By Al-Sammani Awadallah
  • Only Favourable Humanitarian and Security Conditions are Needed in Darfur By: Al Sammani Awadalla
  • A call to Abolish Sharia Law in South Sudan: GOSS must take a Lead
  • Race and colour consciousness art or is it ... Religions? Hatim Elmadani
  • Who are Landless People in Sudan? Mack Awer -Cairo
  • Darfur: Diplomacy and its Discontents by Anne Bartlett
  • Why Egypt won't press Sudan: the Nile By Dan Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
  • Pathological Delusions by Ahmed Elzobier
  • NIF is determined to kill CPA By Sabrino Majok Majok
  • Darfur - Solution Must Come From Africans By Mohammed Eisa Ismail
  • The responsibility to protect Darfur By William G. O'Neill
  • Sudanese go tech savvy By Cheryl Lecesse
  • Sorrow in Sudan By Vivian Ho