21 Feb 2020

 

Why I prayed And Stayed Up For Peace Last Night

"We have been needing it. We are now wanting it. Still we are going to demand it from the kleptocratic elitists that are hoarding it for their selfish enjoyment. Are you with me?"

By Jon Pen,

This time I went sleepless overnight on the Peace Implementation worries, but not for the national reason as usual.

This now be personal. I want peace for my own use this time round. Peace is the raw material and pathway for my writing as a business.

It ushers in reforms, then democracy (freedom for all those). These are the raw materials for literature and culture to blossom.

We would attend to comedians acting out Waniga, Gordon Buay, Makuei Lueth and Gatwich Dual. And they would not be come for.

This is what makes American and Nigerian economies. Art is a means of recycling the daily society.

But most strikingly, on my own interest, peace means the usual 'youthful idiots', who make business in my (our) name will be scrapped off my back. I will remain free to unearth and invest my talent.

There would be no more Kiiristians and Riektionaries lurking in the dark or going behind me, even if I wrote a full book on either of their lords.

Media would grow, which is the most nutritious manure for talent growth and promotion.

Peace would pave a safer road for me to my Bor town, to enjoy voluntary teaching of literature and language without a gunman among my students, who would go and waylay me on my way home as done to the university don, Bol Chol...just for giving examples on the leaders.

They would not be there to put us in this damn intellectual quarantines like Corona virus suspects. We would be so free to party and part our ways anytime of the night or day without homegrown insecurity by their National Security goons. They would have been well informed and reformed and be only soliciting for amnesties with hearts laden with self-guilt and regrets like Apartheid tormentors.

Peace would bring us fresh life, as Dr. John Garang de Mabior put it, "giggling of women and children" instead of screaming under the rapist's legs or the torturers' whip, or mourning for their loved ones.

The morning of mourning would never dawn on us nor would the evening of moaning would cast dust of terror at dusk. My children would enjoy life thereafter. Peace is life!

We have been needing it. We are now wanting it. Still we are going to demand it from the kleptocratic elitists that are hoarding it for their selfish enjoyment. Are you with me?

 

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