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Aldo compares South Sudan with characters in Animal Farm book

Author: Koang Pal Chang | Published: Monday, October 9, 2023

Aldo Ajou Deng, a senior SPLM party member and also member of Council of State - Courtesy

A lawmaker at the Council of State has compared South Sudan with characters in Animal Farm book – where some are treated better than others.

Dr Aldo Ajou Deng made the remarks during the launch of Arthur Akuein’s book in Juba on Sunday, October 8.

He says after the 1972 Addis Ababa agreement – that delineated the powers between the central government of Sudan and the regional government of South Sudan, South Sudanese were more united compared to nowadays.

Ajou says some military generals he didn’t name consider themselves more important people than others.

He called on politicians and leaders to stop managing South Sudan like Animal Farm Kingdom or else the country will perish.

“When South Sudanese came back from the Addis Ababa agreement in 1972, believe me, we were one,” said Ajou.

“The army and politicians were all one people, and we worked together. It’s not like this now, where there are generals who are very important and others who are less important,” he said.

“I don’t know if you know that book… Animal Farm … you all know it. The animal Farm must end in this country, or we will not make it.”

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a political allegory about revolution and power.

Through the tale of a group of farm animals who overthrow the farm owner, Animal Farm explores themes of totalitarianism, the corruption of ideals, and the power of language.

Leadership in Animal Farm book is characterized by; “pigs who are the only animals with a strong command of language and serve as the leaders of the farm.

Snowball is an eloquent speaker who composes the philosophy of Animalism and persuades his fellow beasts with the power of his oratory.

Squealer is adept at lying and spinning stories to maintain control.

Napoleon is the authoritarian leader who leads the farm after the rebellion due to being one of the smartest but also one of the main advocators for the Rebellion.

Napoleon assumes leadership of Animal Farm and declares that there will be no more meetings.

From that point on, he asserts, the pigs alone will make all of the decisions—for the good of every animal.

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