To: UN Agencies, INGOs, Diplomatic Missions and International Companies and Partners,
Cc: Government of South Sudan and National Organizations and to whom it may concern
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he judicious sons and daughters of Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile have felt that it is always good to express grievances before taking detrimental action (s) against persons that have wronged us or are thought to have vilified us for no reasons.
Though foreigners and some of our citizens are widely misled here in South Sudan that the people of Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile are war-like, unfriendly, dim-witted, tribal-minded, corrupt, primitive, uneducated, inexperienced, thinking-like-their cattle, just to mention a few.
Today, we want to inform the world that these two Greater regions do not act as perceived. We have a good embedded culture of expressing grievances first to those who aggrieved us and any to whom It may concern before taking well-thought-out actions.
Today, we have felt that we can no longer keep these grievances in our hearts. Our Greater Equatorian brothers and sisters have arrogantly decided not to recruit us to various positions advertised by UN agencies, INGOs, Diplomatic Missions, International Companies and National Organizations created and managed by them.
We are not employed in positions meant to be based in Juba, Yambio, Torit and other places within Equatoria region and yet they can sardonically be found in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile States and other places within Greater Upper Nile. They do this as a ploy to isolate us because they have connived with foreigners with a perception that we are bad-mannered, inexperienced and that we threaten organizations when our contracts are terminated. They look at us with contempt. They have taken themselves to be peaceful, experienced. ethical, modern, educated, civilized, incorrupt, friendly and can dance to the tune of employers. That is the reason they have controlled Human Resources Department in management organizations. Theirs is a deep-rooted hatred and if not addressed, it will cost them dearly. They (Equatorian sons and daughters) have skilfully employed a conflict-provoking situation to confuse the people of Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile. When they are with Nuers either in Juba or in Nuerland, they vilify Dinkas that Dinkas are very stupid, land grabbers, arrogant, kiilers, tribal-minded and unfriendly to work with us. And when they are with Dinkas either in Juba or in Dinkaland, they malign Nuers that Nuers are very stupid, rebellious, killers, ghost worshippers and unfriendly to work with. They also malign Murle to be dirty and uncivilized people and Shilluk are Arabs who can sell people out. To be honest, if Dinkas and Nuers and other tribes in Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bar El Gazal are all what Equatorians are saying, will they allow Equatorians and any other foreigners to work in their lands?
To make this matter worse, when applications are delivered to any organizations that call for job applications here in Juba, the applications delivered by sons and daughters of Greater Upper Nile are selected and thrown away right from the gates, where security guards are stationed and they keep the ones for their sons and daughters for recruitments. This happens with the knowledge of employers and yet the employers have never asked themselves one day as to why Equatorians have dominated organizations and are found everywhere employed in Juba, Yambio, Torit and other places within Equatoria region and yet being employed in Greater Upper Nile. Employers cannot ask this question because of the perception implanted in them by our Equatorian brothers and sisters. They look at us with contempt and theirs is a deep-rooted hatred and if not addressed, it will cost them dearly.
Even in Greater Upper Nile, we are recruited and paid less as locally hired employees and they (Equatorians) are employed and paid more than us as people recruited from Juba. Even if we are employed in our regions, we are not employed to senior positions where key decisions are made in organizations. These Equatorian sons and daughters are accommodated, fed and treated favourably because they are recruited in Juba, taken to be expatriates (foreign employees) yet South Sudanese like us. When insecurity arises, they are relocated to Juba or any other safer places as if they are more important than other South Sudanese from Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bar El Gazal. All this is created by them simply to isolate the sons and daughters of these two Greater regions (Bar El Gazal and Upper Nile). They have misled foreigners that the people of Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bar El Gazal have controlled national government and should be isolated from humanitarian organizations.
Now, let it be clear to those who will be able to hear and take this seriously that we (sons and daughters of Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile) have decided to warn that if these grievances are not addressed immediately by employers and to whom it may concern, then do not blame us later for any detrimental actions which will be taken out of frustrations by the sons and daughters of Greater Upper Nile and Greater Bar El Gazal.
We are South Sudanese, if we need peace to prevail in our hearts, if we need to co-exist in South Sudan, if we all need to benefit from this beautiful land of ours, we need to treat ourselves with respect and equally. Let us not look at ourselves with contempt. We need to see that our sons and daughters are equally employed in Greater Equatoria as Equatorians are employed in Greater Bar El Gazal and Greater Upper Nile regions. Otherwise if this warning is taken slightly, do not blame us for what will happen to Equatorian sons and daughters employed in our regions because all these happenings are consciously caused by them. They should not take themselves out of what is happening in South Sudan today. They are parts and parcels of this conflict and should be proud to have caused it and should also be proud to pay the price.
Thanks for your time to read this and your immediate response to this petition is highly appreciated. Failure to address this, our next action is at our finger tip. We look forward to building an inclusive South Sudan!
Below are the undersigned:
1. Peter Agou Kuot Agou
2. Martin Ukel Santo
3. Charles Gatkuoth Tot
4. Mary Lam Kang
5. Angelina Amer Alier
6. James Obach Angui
7. Nyacilok Arkeangelo
8. Paul Okol Ochan
9. David Konyi Didi