SUBJECT: Establishment of the Bor Community Legends’ historical records through the community office of Media Relations and Information Technology
Since the beginning of the Sudan’s civil war in 1983 to date, the Bor Community has lost many key individuals either through war or diseases. The last of which was General Deng Kelei Deng Machar who untimely passed away in early June, 2016 in Juba city, South Sudan. General Deng, along with many other community icons and revered sons have died with an immeasurable wealth of knowledge that could benefit the community next generations. It is very unfortunate that the community has no records of these legends’ valuable experiences; their untimely deaths has and continue to deprive the community of their key lessons that could have been learned. There has been poor and insufficient documentation of these legends’ contributions, not only in their respective communities, but all over the nation for future generations. This overlook and continual passing of the Community’s heroes and legends without leaving their stories behind has prompted the Bor community in USA to take initiatives to collect and archive these legends’ stories for future generations. The Bor Community leadership in USA has tasked the office of Media and Information Technology to draft this policy memorandum and to present it to the assembly for approval and funding.
The story of Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan is a true testament to the lives of the Unaccompanied Minors that will continue to be told generations after generations. At no time in my memory was this story so significant and relevant to have a happy ending, but only in the United States of American where dreams can be achieved. Fifteen ago years since our arrival in the United States, the nation of South Sudan has seen a light and better days especially when the civil war came to a halt and peace was signed.
With our arrival in the United States, the objective of our movement were rewarded instead of being betrayed as it was feared by some of our SPLM/A’s top leaders. Dr. John Garang was invited to Washington D.C. by the Bush Administration while American Congress, Churches, institutions of learning, and general public were eager to listen to him and what the SPLM/A have to say about the future of Sudan in general. The government of former Sudan was forced to stop civil war and sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with SPLM/A in 2005. South Sudan was given six years of self-determination with guaranteed referendum and the options to remain within the united Sudan or succeed, which was later realized in 2011. Above all, our lives and that of our families have improved significantly, especially with easy access to better healthcare services across America and East African countries in most cases, respectively. Almost all of us have paid jobs, an important aspect and sign of personal growth, responsibility, and financial wellbeing. We have gained good transferable skills that are gateways to accessing better jobs compared to the general public in South Sudan or elsewhere in the refugee camps in Africa. A lot of us hold university degrees while some have graduate degrees or professional certificates, a good sign that some of us are ready to compete vigorously at a professionally level.
Although it cannot be denied that our lives were made better by the collective generous work of our former teachers, guardians, and caretakers; the success that we have achieved so far today could not be realized in any other way if Maker Kur Jok had not done his diligent work and research and showing his steady hand leadership to take a tough stand by opposing the official decision from the SPLM/A’s top leadership who at that time could not come to term to allow us, the Unaccompanied Minors to come to the United States of America. Therefore it is our true duty to honor, give thanks, appreciation, and support to our former teachers, guardians, and caretakers for all the good work they have done. We can do this by letting Maker Kur Jok know that we did it for him in the names of his colleagues who for years, helped us all pull through the tough time; by generously working hard every day for the sake of our future which we have finally realized today. Ladies and Gentlemen, let honor our true history by putting our hands together financially and help support the man who had constantly spearheaded, helped, and looked out for us when things did not look good. Today let share with him the little that we have and our pocketbooks are always going to be full.