In the Struggle and Service of My People describes the growing up and education of a boy in the Anglo Egyptian Sudan in a missionary dominated environment. This memoir explains the economic political educational policies of the Anglo Egyptian Sudan, dominated by the British, which marginalized the South Sudanese. Through Hilary Paul Logali’s story one can see the awakening up of the South Sudanese to political realities only to find out that they have been railroaded, fait accompli, into a country without their knowledge and consultation. It shows the struggle of the Southerners as the underdogs in the struggle for a breathing space in Sudan with more mature, educated, sophisticated and dominant Northern Sudanese. You can however see how the new and better educated South Sudanese began to articulate Southern aspirations better than their parents.
This political memoir explains the effects of coups and military rule as well as one party systems, which were in the vogue in Africa in those years, resulting in the stifling of democracy. It also demonstrates the scourge and the inimical effect of tribalism as an impediment to political development which is also rampant in many parts of Africa. You also will see the negative effect of political Islam in the country, which eventually drove the Sudan into the bad books of the international community and especially of the United States. Through all this can be seen the character of a person, Hilary Paul Logali, the Southern nationalist who sacrificed his education and career for the sake of the political service he undertook for his people.
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