Just from my common uncommon sense, South Sudanese thinkers are branded or rather classified into innumerable groups based on how they present South Sudan and South Sudanese in public domains. Take a look here.
Predominantly, there are those whose glasses see South Sudan as a country with nothing else but only incurable challenges. Challenges of poor governance, tribal military, lack of national agenda, poor diplomatic Relations, poor infrastructure and high rate of illiteracy among others.
Another group see opportunities of a government that has learned from their mistakes, a military that has seen the war as senseless, a coalition government that will strive for a national agenda, a light of hope in the growth of diplomatic relations, hope for a better infrastructure and a better education in high institutions of learning.
Others foresee a growing economy from oil, investments and fat local revenues from different states in the country. This group sees that the oil has not been fully extracted and investors will still return when peace prevails. It sees South Sudan as a virgin territory of minerals that not only sells like a virgin but also like a hot cake. It sees a youthful population capable of nation building as opposed to national destruction by senseless wars and unproductive gossips.
To end with, a small majority think it is possible to bring a country together again. They think South Sudanese can forge diversity regardless of political antagonisms because they have discovered to have been misled by political wrinkles. They think it is possible to forget the past and look to the future. They think initiatives to disarm the civil population will rescue the lives of the innocent mothers and children.
I also think that South Sudanese thinkers will take the initiative to tell their own stories not with the intention to tarnish people’s images but set a correct and balanced history. History of South Sudan and South Sudanese that the future generations will honor. This is indeed another way for South Sudanese thinkers to tell their story void of blind perceptions and perspectives…