The Citizen (Juba)

South Sudan: Kidnapping Is a New Phenomenon of Crime in South Sudan

editorial

Kidnapping sounds foreign and it has been brought into South Sudan by foreigners.

It must have taken many people by surprise to read in our page a news report which disclosed that two foreigners have been caught and detained in a security facility for allegedly planning to kidnap another foreigner. Because this kind of crime has been brought into South Sudan by foreigners, it has taken foreigners to want to do it on another foreigner and not on a South Sudanese.

While we are a tough people who have struggled for our freedom and dignity against the Arab domination of yester years, our people have never known such crime as kidnapping another human which is a different type of scourge bedeviling the world being perhaps to demand for a ransom to become a millionaire, or to revenge for something the targeted character might have done directly to the person or persons who would like to kidnap or to their associates. Nobody can tell the reason for wanting to kidnap a fellow human being. Kidnapping is a culture of some people in other parts of the world. We in South Sudan do not practice it because we always find solution to our problems in face to face scenario.

Kidnapping is not close to child abduction which is practiced in some parts of South Sudan by some communities and which South Sudanese abhor because it is an offence to human dignity and rights. The motive by those who abduct children or women is to bring them up as members of their community or if a woman to be married to a young man to produce children to increase the low population of those people who indulge in it. But our communities condemn child abduction because it is a vice that creates conflict such as inter-tribal or intra-tribal conflicts in our country.

As for kidnapping which is practiced by criminals who are worldwide for the purpose of becoming rich overnight, since there is a sign that it has now appeared in this new nation great care must be taken to tackle it because it is a crime of global magnitude. Our security personnel deserve credit for discovering its existence despite the fact that it is yet a new crime to our nation. They should focus on training of their personnel to know the different kinds of crimes which have not yet appeared in the Republic of South Sudan but are existent in many parts of the world. Such serious crimes include among others terrorism which is taking people of hostage and destroying public infrastructure, air-craft hijacking, money laundering whose part which is money counterfeiting has already been reported in South Sudan more than a year ago, human trafficking, human parts stealing, dealing in offensive drugs such as cocaine or crack which has not yet reached South Sudan save the dealing in bangi, hashish or cannabis for which some criminals have been arrested already.

All these crimes and others not mentioned in this editorial need to be carefully studied by our law enforcing agencies like the security, criminal investigation department CID and get ready to face them since our country is like Uncle Tom who leaves the doors of his house open for all kinds of people to come in and live among us bringing with them their strange behaviors and attitudes in life. What will protect our country and we from these serious crimes will be our resolve to face them head on by preparing ourselves though capacity building and making strategic plans to approach them scientifically.

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