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South Sudan 2011 taskforce approves proposed national anthem


March 18, 2011 (JUBA) – The Southern Sudan 2011 Taskforce, which is charged with the responsibility to prepare the South Sudan government for post-independence governance, on Thursday approved the proposed national anthem for the emerging independent state after lengthy discussions.

This is in preparation for the anticipated independence of South Sudan by July 9, following its people’s overwhelming vote for independence in January’s referendum.

The initial national anthem has undergone several amendments and removal from it some words and wordings, among which included the word ‘Cush’ which appeared in its initial presentation and had to be replaced with ‘South Sudan.’

Different sections of South Sudan society including the public contributed to the changes in the proposed anthem. The process to select and finalise the anthem has been ongoing for the last year and a half.

In the taskforce meeting on Thursday chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar, the proposed national anthem was presented in its fifth revision by the chairman of the committee, Joseph Abuk, assisted by Brigadier General Malaak Ayuen, of the SPLA information department.

The anthem was sung by over 70 students of the University of Juba while the tune was played by the SPLA band.

The fourth revision of the proposed national anthem was presented last week to the council of ministers which referred it back to the committee with more recommended amendments. Machar said the fifth revision of the anthem will be presented to the cabinet next week for approval.

Below is the script of the fifth revision which was approved by the taskforce and will be presented to the council of ministers for further approval:

South Sudan!

Oh God!

We praise and glorify you
For your grace on South Sudan
The land of great abundance
Uphold us united in peace and harmony

Oh motherland!

Arise! Raise your flag with the guiding star
And sing songs of freedom with joy
For peace, justice and liberty
Shall forever more reign

Oh great warriors!

Let us stand up in silence and respect
Saluting our martyrs whose blood
Cemented our national foundation
We vow to protect our nation

So Lord, bless South Sudan!


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  • 19 March 2011 05:53, by Historical Boy!

    Thanks Dr. Machar and groups for the national anthem.

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    • 19 March 2011 06:08, by Historical Boy!

      That great Professor from Mundari community, Joseph Abuk, has contributed alot to the anthem.

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      • 19 March 2011 06:13, by Quol Quot

        Gatwech (historical girl)

        OR "The great Professor from South Sudan, Joseph Abuk has contributed alot to the anthem"

        Girl, it is time to stop tribal mentality since the anthem is calling for unity among southerners. The professor is not there doing it for his tribe.

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        • 19 March 2011 06:23, by Ahmed Chol

          "Arise! Raise your flag with the guiding star And sing songs of freedom with joy For peace, justice and liberty Shall forever more reign"

          The team needs to include "EQUALITY" in the above line, so that the it reads "For peace, justice, Equality and liberty Shall forever more reign. This is to make sure that nobody is above the law.

          If someone steals money, then they can be taken to court like anybody else.

          Ahmed Chol, Whatever that begins in anger, ends in shame

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          • 19 March 2011 07:24, by Historical Boy!

            Quol Quot,

            Don’t feel jelous because Joseph Abuk is not from Dinka community.

            And stop confusing my identity.

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          • 19 March 2011 08:46, by Diu J.Kuek

            South Sudan!
            Oh God!
            We praise and glorify you For your grace on South Sudan The land of great abundance Uphold us united in peace and harmony
            Oh motherland!
            Arise! Raise your flag with the guiding star And sing songs of freedom with joy For peace, justice and liberty Shall forever more reign
            Oh great warriors!
            Let us stand up in silence and respect Saluting our martyrs whose blood Cemented our national foundation We vow to protect our nation
            So Lord, bless South Sudan!

            Thanks for South Sudan 2011 taskforce approved above national anthem.

            - JUSTICE, social,economic and political.and attainment of common good.Social justice relates to improvement of down-trodden and weaken section of people.

            - LIBERTY,of thought, expression,belief,faith and worship liberty is is guaranteed by fundamental rights,liberty is recognized by the constitution of South Sudan its positive and comprehensive sense.

            - To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom of South Sudan and to uphold and protect the Sovereignty ,unity and integrity of South Sudan.respect and saluting our martyrs whose scarify in this struggle for the betterment of next generation to come.
            I hope we should understand the meaningful of this national anthem as abolition of tribal comments Ladies and Gentlemen let us not give room to the enemies of South Sudan.

            We the people of South Sudan having solemnly resolve to constitute South Sudan into a Sovereign,Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens-
            by 9/July/2011 will confirm as below
            - JUSTICE
            - LIBERTY
            - EQUALITY
            - FRATERNITY.assuring the dignity of individual and the unity and integrity of the nation.

            may God bless the people of the land

            Diu J.Kuek

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      • 20 March 2011 00:00, by MJriaksdca




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    • 19 March 2011 06:41, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Hello, dear south sudanese, Somebody is trying to rush national anthem next week to be approve by the council of ministers, but i don’t think they have moral judgement to distingush what is good from the bad. please tell them to wait for us, that national anthem is full of trash,but there are some good words in it though, tell them to wait for us as we are working on the right one and it will appear in few days on the desks of council of ministers for approval.

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    • 19 March 2011 08:04, by actiongatkuoth

      Thank that is great work!!!!!

      South is free Nation now!!!!!!!!!
      may God bless you all.

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    • 19 March 2011 11:24, by Mapuor

      The National anthem that we want & will feel comfortable with,should be written by the hands that never murdered any of the martyers mentioned in above mentioned Anthem.You want to tell us that ,you kill them & then pretend to remember them.There is hell for killers in heaven,why pretend to forgive them on earth.

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    • 20 March 2011 15:12, by biarawieu

      Historical nuer
      this is not about nuer or traitor machar please, otherwise thank to 2011 taskforce for the great job they have done it sound good. God bless them and the young Nation

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  • 19 March 2011 05:55, by Hero

    Well done guys! It’s sound great and that’s what we all want.

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  • 19 March 2011 06:02, by Bol Deng

    The flag of our SPLM/A is our soul and strength( Mou Atak).

    We brought this flag to the South Sudan for our strength and sacrifices.

    This National Anthem has been the dedication and hard work of the SPLM/A and there will must enjoy it together even those who stabbed SPLM/A at the back during the South-North war.

    Not every man fight but event man eat;therefore, we really welcome food lovers and militia to enjoy our work( SPLM/A).

    God will reward the works of my people for ever Amen.

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    • 19 March 2011 06:15, by Historical Boy!

      Bol Deng,

      This about independent Republic of South Sudan, and not about the lost traitors vision of keeping Sudan united at our expense.

      You in the wrong camp, dude!

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      • 19 March 2011 10:08, by AdierCien

        In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
        There is time for everythings,
        time for rebellion,
        time for griefs,
        time for joy,
        time for fight,
        time for freedom & there is time for changes from stone age & primitive IDEOLOGIES to economic,social, political and cultural transformation or diversity. You know what make me say all these is that some of our south Sudanese within their communities are still carrying long long ago mentality which is totally helpless in the development of south Sudan. You see,you woke up every morning & rush to your misleading laptop and start making tribal comments historical boy is one of them. Do you think you will change anymore? No my friend,you’ll not change your mind to social development and let me tell you there,face the nation positively thereafter benefit for your personal interest. If you don’t want to contribute to the development of south Sudan please zip up your mouth and stay at home. Thank.
        So Lord,bless south Sudan in the eyes of our enemies.

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    • 19 March 2011 09:25, by Diu J.Kuek

      Please guys leave Bol Deng alone since the vision of separation of Southern Sudan from Northern Sudan has prevailed whereby we are on the right track.the business is over goal has achieved.

      may God bless the people of South Sudan.

      Diu J.Kuek

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  • 19 March 2011 18:04, by the Voices of a losts

    Thank to all of you who comment thier ideas. but I do agree with Deng Ateny about national anthem full of trash.

    thank,God be praise.

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