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S. Sudanese refugees say independence was “peoples’ struggle”


July 9, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan marked six years of independence on Sunday, despite the fact that about six million South Sudanese people or more than half of the country’s population are grappling with extreme food insecurity.

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South Sudanese refugees attend independence day celebrations at Kirayandongo resettlement camp 9, July 2017 (ST)

Since December 2013, conflict and the devastating resource shortages have displaced more than two million people, mainly women and children.

Two years after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president of plotting a coup against his regime, triggering the violence that has killed thousands of people.

Also, a peace deal signed in 2015 collapsed amid renewed violence outbreak.

On Sunday, however, thousands of South Sudanese refugees who live at Kiranyandongo resettlement camps in Uganda turned out to celebrate South Sudan’s sixth independence anniversary, amid calls for peace and stability.

A number of those interviewed expressed disappointment with the country’s leaders for failure to hold the country together after just two years of self-rule.

40-year old Rebecca Nyakueth said the independence anniversary reminded her of the decades of the political struggle South Sudan had with Khartoum.

“I was forced to flee this country [South Sudan] due to conflict, but I still had hope for a peaceful South Sudan,” said Nyakueth who blames the country’s politicians for the ongoing conflict that has negatively impacted on the nation.

James Omujwok, another refugee, said the independence commemoration was something that reflects of the people of South Sudan as a country.

“South Sudan’s independence will remain in our choice and memories as usual. It is the day we decided in self-determination as South Sudanese to give birth to the 54th African state. I believe that one day one time, that power abused by individuals will return to us,” he told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

More than 98% of the South Sudanese population voted for separation from neighbouring Sudan. The referendum vote was a key part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended decades of civil wars.

In a separate interview, Stephen Waat Bipal, the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) chapter chairman in Kampala has told Sudan Tribune that the independence of South Sudan was neither for the government nor the SPLM-IO.

“South Sudan is our country; we need to remember this day for the country’s history. South Sudan is not a bad country, but leaders who are in the top management are the ones who make it sound bad”, said Bipal.

The official commended the South Sudanese communities who preach, but warmed that those who incite the population will never help restore stability.

“It is important we restore peace. Together as South Sudanese, I believe we can make it a great nation if we buried ideological of tribal mindsets,” he stressed.

South Sudan’s mass displacement has created the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. Almost two million people have fled the country, including nearly one million who have crossed into neighboring Uganda, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. Another two million are internally displaced.

President Salva Kiir said his administration was forced to call off the celebration of sixth independence day because of the economic crisis with which the country was battling to address since the eruption of the armed conflict in December 2013.

“We did not feel that it was appropriate to spend whatever little funds we may have to celebrate when our people are hugely affected by the economic crisis that has made it difficult for many people to afford even one meal per day,” said Kiir in a message issued in commemoration of South Sudan’s Independence on Sunday.

"Although the famine, which was declared in some parts of our country, has now been contained, still thousands of our citizens are under threat of food insecurity," he added.

The South Sudan leader called on the international community to support the national dialogue, which he declared last year, saying it was the only option for the country to address all the differences which were caused the ongoing conflict.


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  • 10 July 2017 08:51, by Kuch

    So what? You fools are told grow your own foods but you idiots want is crammed your sorry selves into these so-called UN POCs and run to Uganda and be fed by the US and the Europeans so-called genetically modified food (GM) and hope you would be resettled in the US or Europe? Good luck with fools. Here in our country, we will never ever want the evil white Americans, English people,>>>

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    • 10 July 2017 08:56, by Kuch

      their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs business in our country. Who says, we want with the evils in the Dinkas/Monyjang country? Who really says? Fellows, we have never ever been colonized by any rat on earth. Let alone the evils white white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, tgheir sleazy NGOs through their dirty humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & human rights.

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      • 10 July 2017 09:48, by Redeemer

        We did not do enough by ourselves and that is why NGOs are there and they will be there until these tribal leader ( Riek ) and weak leader ( Kiir) are no more

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    • 10 July 2017 20:18, by Marco A. Wek

      Kuch, I feel sorry for you. Those brothers and sisters who ran the new hell to save their lives should not be the ones to be blamed but our wicked politicians are the ones to blame. SPLM failed their people and country. All are self centered.

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  • 10 July 2017 12:49, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    People’s power stolen by bunch of idiots called Jieng Council of Elders!! People who do not know the value of life and a country. It is no wonder they are nomads.

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  • 10 July 2017 13:12, by Majesty


    South Sudanese leaders have failed the people. War in our young nation is 100% unjustifiably brought by few, greedy South Sudanese.

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  • 10 July 2017 13:19, by bol santino bol kuot

    Dear fellow citizens,finally it is here Southern Sudan has reach to the last chain of economic crisis but it is not the least ,all what we want is peace and economic stability later because you cannot save two things at go, well we still have a hope that South Sudan will be better off in future than other countries in the world and to do this we need togetherness,understanding each other & achieve

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  • 10 July 2017 16:12, by Lenin Bull

    I see and sense some positive changes coming among common South Sudanese people. They are proud of their independence amidst these economic difficulties and political differences. They proudly celebrate their independence in their own little way. Keep it up and love all your good 64 tribes in the country. GOD and your hard work will one day set you free from all these man made messes in the countr

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  • 10 July 2017 16:13, by Lenin Bull

    I see and sense some positive changes coming among common South Sudanese people. They are proud of their independence amidst these economic difficulties and political differences. They proudly celebrate their independence in their own little way. Keep it up and love all your good 64 tribes in the country. GOD and your hard work will one day set you free from all these man made messes in the countr

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  • 10 July 2017 16:16, by Lenin Bull

    I hope and pray that all South Sudanese people celebrate next year 7th independence anniversary will be more beautiful peaceful and will be celebrated by current IDPs and refugees in their native villages in South Sudan with no problems at all.

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    • 11 July 2017 10:26, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Lenin Bull,

      Why did the people of South Sudan fight for independence? Did they fight for their grand mothers, mothers, daughter to be raped and killed? Or did they die in the fight for freedom to to be oppressed and mass acred by lunatics of Juba? Where is social and economic development under your fake leadership? You should be ashamed of stealing people’s power.

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  • 10 July 2017 16:20, by Lenin Bull

    May God bless South Sudan. May God bless South Sudanese. May God change the evil hearts creating and advocating war and tribal killing in South Sudan and replace it with love and true patriotism.

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  • 10 July 2017 23:00, by conservative

    Don’t forget people who ever our current government should reward those affected victims when they return home and is safe for them I mean not to live like it was before insecure cities and local before they return I suggest our to rush to provide security first for those victims and others people too then our government should reward those affected with something kinda of them it could be big lan

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  • 11 July 2017 00:47, by Roxay Andy

    Has its said "when you find a woman with her legs open don’t tell her to close her legs because you don’t know the source her fresh air"
    And so I say lets forget about talking about other countries that have put their freedom as their priority and first make ourselves the Paradise instead of doing social media war #I hate negative people especially when you are talking against SOUTH SUDAN..

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    • 11 July 2017 02:16, by conservative

      Don’t get people wrong who doesn’t love south sudan even the Arabs do what’s your point dummy if you don’t want see your country at least in peace I suggest you to move somewhere else.

      Conservative owyeee

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      • 11 July 2017 10:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        South Sudan is not your village or property so that you determine lives in it? You have no right to utter your no sense wake up and demand the rights of the citizens who voted for independence in the referendum.

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        • 11 July 2017 10:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          You sound like an idiot.

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  • 11 July 2017 08:38, by Roxay Andy

    Hahaha...sorry am not train to about brother

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