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S. Sudanese boycott independence celebrations in Norway

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July 19, 2014 (JUBA)-The South Sudan Community in Norway boycotted the young nation’s third Independence anniversary, citing the wrong timing in the wake of the country’s crisis.

Its embassy in Norway, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said members of the community’s executive committee earlier met and agreed they would not hold any celebrations as planned.

"We all agreed to how important this day is to all South Sudanese where all felt a sense of belonging to a free nation and as one people, the importance of honoring the fallen heroes, who sacrificed their lives for us to live a life with a sense of dignity,” partly reads the community’s 16 July letter.

The letter addressed to ambassador, Bol Wek Agoth, noted with concerns that foreign countries showed more concern than the leaders of the country to expeditiously end the seven-month old conflict.

“For example like here in Oslo, Norway, including Britain and Canada where you the Ambassador and deputy Ambassador has lived. The system functions,” says the letter.

The community leaders claimed South Sudanese leaders, including president Kiir, had let down the country and its people since 2005.

“And it was unfortunate that a senior politician and a member of SPLM in the person of Dr.Anne Ito dared saying the people of South Sudan are better off than three years ago. Whatever yardstick did she use to measure that performance? How are they better off when 1.5 million people have been forced out of their homes?” it queried.

Adds the letter, “How are they better off when people are trapped in the compounds of the United Nations Mission in the country? How are they better off when corruption is rampant? How are they better off when nepotism is at large? How are they better off when security is bad? How are they better off when Unemployment is high among our youth”?

South Sudan’s recent ranking as the world’s most fragile state, they said, was one of the reasons the community in Norway boycotted the Independence Day occasion.

“There is little to celebrate. Hopes give way to gloom. The dreams to live a dignity life to live in freedom are not there” the community said.

(ST)

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  • 20 July 07:55, by Madina Tonj

    Dear Brothers and Sisters living in Norway country. I would like to tell you that, the rebellion led by former vice president was generated by one of the Norway Representative to UN in South Sudan and if you want to blame this crisis then, starting blaming Hilde Johnson and Riek Machar Teny. We Southern Sudanese people would never accepted Riek Machar on the other hand, he is betraying Nuers peopl

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    • 20 July 16:33, by Never

      this is the wrong information from the who post this wrong message to Sudantribune,4 people could not send lyv information for their willing.fuck them. South Sudanese coumunity in Torndheim has celberate it. are they not south Sudanese coumunity?

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    • 21 July 01:46, by Mr Point

      Why these people in Norway do not celebrate?

      That senior politician Dr Ann Itto says that things are better now than 3 years ago. The appearance of a civil war is much exaggerated.

      You just have to look at all the Itto roads and the Itto hospitals everywhere in the country to see how good things are!

      Kiir opened a new hospital in Wau last week, even though its now closed.

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  • 20 July 07:55, by Madina Tonj

    Dear Brothers and Sisters living in Norway country. I would like to tell you that, the rebellion led by former vice president was generated by one of the Norway Representative to UN in South Sudan and if you want to blame this crisis then, starting blaming Hilde Johnson and Riek Machar Teny. We Southern Sudanese people would never accepted Riek Machar on the other hand, he is betraying Nuers peopl

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    • 20 July 09:21, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Hi Madina Tonj
      If u don’t have skill in computer r, don’t repeated one comment three or four time.

      They whole world knew Kiir Gov’t is a poor gov’t

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  • 20 July 07:56, by Madina Tonj

    Dear Brothers and Sisters living in Norway country. I would like to tell you that, the rebellion led by former vice president was generated by one of the Norway Representative to UN in South Sudan and if you want to blame this crisis then, starting blaming Hilde Johnson and Riek Machar Teny. We Southern Sudanese people would never accepted Riek Machar on the other hand, he is betraying Nuers peopl

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  • 20 July 14:58, by Machiek

    The saying goes "freedom is not claimed outside the country" why ur tones re so louder aboard?? U better come home and join politic in broad daylight! U are not normal civilians, but politicians in flight of (traitors) "Riek the Nigat"

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