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S. Sudanese students protest in Cairo over poor living conditions, unpaid bursaries


June 20, 2013 (RUMBEK) - A number of South Sudanese students on Tuesday stormed their embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo and demanded immediate fulfillment of their demands", an official said Friday.

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Mawien Arik, South Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, told Sudan Tribune that the students’ "bursaries have not been paid to them by the government for the last couple of months".

The protestors said they would not leave the embassy, until problem is resolved.

South Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo, Arik said, informed the ministry of higher education in Juba about the protest, adding that they "wrote back a letter promising that the problem will be solved".

"The problem had been solved partially," said the foreign affairs spokesperson. It however remains unclear whether the students demands were indeed met.

Meanwhile, ambassador Anthony Luis Kon and his deputy John Cairo have remained silent over the students’ protest.

The students say they were forced to sleep on the floor of the embassy for three nights waiting for the funds, without any person talking to them or addressing their concerns.

Julius Zindiah Madit, a spokesperson for the students said the protest had been triggered by variety of reason, including the delay in receiving their bursaries for nine months, since September last year.

They further complained of lacking accommodation during the three-month university holiday between June and September, or a ticket to facilitate their return to South Sudan during that period.

Madit also said that the students had not been provided with medical care, stationary or books, which they had been promised.

South Sudan’s minister of higher education science and technology, Peter Adwok Nyaba made empty promises when he came to Cairo, Madit said.

The student spokesperson alleged that their ambassador had warned the students that, should they continue sleeping at the embassy, his only option will be to order Egyptian police to arrest them.

The students said they would not leave the embassy as they had no where else to go and vowed to confront the police, should they attempt to forcibly remove them.


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  • 22 June 2013 09:03, by Duduka Abaraga

    My fellow students, you still have the chance to complain over unpaid bursaries when your colleages back home have already forgotten about bursaries, transport allowances and worst is tuition. Phone your parents/guidians to sort some of the problems facing you there. I really pitty with your situation there; imagining getting stranded in a foreign land, thousands of miles from your motherland.

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  • 22 June 2013 09:17, by Jalaby

    Well, these visionless people instead of concentating in building their crap state they hired themselves 24/7 to plot the evil against Sudan!
    Feed your hungry people first, why you seprated from Sudan then? what is your objectives? your vision/mission?
    Those guys are hopeless case!

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    • 22 June 2013 13:58, by kimo

      this kind of problems will continue so long as your irresponsible government foolishly spent your money in waging a proxy war against the ncp, spending millions in arming spla/n while the masses of poor s.sudanese are starving to death.if spla is still interested in playing a role in n. sudan politics what does separation mean???

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    • 22 June 2013 14:11, by sanduksanduk

      Jalaby the fake,
      Asad is beating the drums of war in Syria. That is the concern of ’real Arabs’ now. We will sell some few timbers, ivory and our famous white bulls to pay our students their allowances. Our challenges may be many but they will be resolve. Patience to our Students. Long live South Sudan.

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  • 22 June 2013 09:36, by Marco Bul

    That scholarship was corrupted.They have addicted to over-eating! Let their corrupted parents sent ’em "pocket-money".

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  • 22 June 2013 10:01, by Predator Dholreel

    @ Duduka or whatever u call urself, It’s really weird to compare domestic students to those in abroad.Those at home r better because they r with their parents so the government is our parent because it’s the one who brought us to Egypt not our parents and that is why have vowed not leave the embassy until they take us back or fullfil our demands.However,Can’t blame u since u don’t know ur rights.

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    • 22 June 2013 11:00, by Michael Angelo

      Don’t you guys try to mess with Egyptian police. I have lived in Egypt before and I know how rude and racise they are to foriegners. Don’t you heard the Egyptian polices shot South Sudanese refugee who were demonstrating in 2005?

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  • 22 June 2013 10:49, by Mapuor

    I think South Sudan needs educational revolution,I personally carried out research on those who studied in foreign countries and found out that there is a need to re educate them so that their knowledge is contextualize.South Sudan should develop functional education that addresses her priorities otherwise we would be wasting money on useless education that does not suit our context.

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  • 22 June 2013 13:15, by Predator Dholreel

    @ Michael, ’’let us differentiate btn wolves and foxes’’ our demonstration is limited to the proximity of embassy and not outside which might provoke some negative stances from Egyptian police. However,those who were sprayed with hot water by ex.president Mubarak were asylum seekers or refugees unlike us who were brought officially to Egypt by the gov’t of Ross.

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  • 22 June 2013 13:35, by Predator Dholreel

    @ Marko, it’s crystal clear and no doubt that u r the losers, how could u inferred scholarship having corrupted? Do u have national certificate to qualify u for scholarship? to best of my knowledge those who got this opportunity posses Sudan certificate and other national certificates. shot ur mouth Cause’ u empty vessels make much noise.

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  • 22 June 2013 13:54, by kimo

    this kind of problems will continue so long as your irresponsible government foolishly spent your money in waging a proxy war against the ncp, spending millions in arming spla/n while the masses of poor s.sudanese are starving to death.if spla is still interested in playing a role in n. sudan politics what does separation mean???

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  • 22 June 2013 21:35, by emadven

    Why can’t we build universities in South sudan?? Failed government.. why we have to send our people across different countries..

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