By Dr. Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey
The 10th anniversary of the independence, 9 July 2011!Congratulations to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and through him, to the people of South Sudan and friends of South Sudan, “Peace be with you all!”Highlights: Freedom and Independence are described by humanities and social science, as the most costily to achieve, in terms of human lives and destruction of physical infrastructure. The Liberation War against Khartoum/Sudan, from August 1955 to 2005, Killed more than three millions South Sudanese, destroyed the economic infrastructure and social traditional fabrics. The SPLM/SPLA prevailed and forcefully induced Khartoum to sucumb to peaceful resolution of the political conflict, by signing the “the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), on the 9th January 2005.” Followed by the successful referendum on 9th January 2010; the declaration of the independence on 9 July 2011 and hosting the National Flag and lowering the Sudan’s old flag on the same date. July 9th is the date worthy of rememberance and comemorationalism, every year and throughout the future of our countryThe 9th July, as described above, shall be incomplete if we don’t highlight on the background trail to the independence from 1821 to 2011.
The long resistance against: (a) The Turkish/Egyptians human enslavers in Sudan and South Sudan from 1821 to 1885; (b) The Mahdia Islamic-Arab rule, slavery and slave trade in Sudan and South Sudan from 1885 to 1898; (c) the British/Egyptians’ Reconquest of Sudan, South Sudan, under condominium colonial rule, from 1899 to 1956; and finally, (d) the Sudan/Khartoum Islamic-Arab dominance colonial-like rule of South Sudan, from 1.1.1956 to 8. 7. 2011. In the historical nutshell, South Sudan had been in the war of self-defense and liberation against the odds and finally liberated itself from Egyptians’ malice and bullying, the United Kingdom and Khartoum/Sudan’s Islami-Arab dominance rulership, from 1821 to 2011, thus covering a period of 190 years running. A compatroitic and resilience African society stood its ground, and the end, Reclaimed and regained its freedom, not in “a Silver plat,” but in the “River of Blood!” Over three millions Martyrs, thousands of Heros and Heroins, Disable, Widows and Widowers, Orphans and War Veterans, the Lost Boys and Girls; less we forget. We must remember them all, in every day of the living Republic of South Sudan and the continental Mother Africa.Our freedom and independence is here for us to remember and celebrate.
It was born on 9 July 2011. It is now only 10 years old, as on this date, 9th July 2021. The day we must recall our clouded pass with suffering and death, the Anya nya one, two, the SPLA Martyrs and the liberators. They all deserve our congratulatory messages now, tomorrow and forever, though the real liberators and fake liberators alike, are determined to detrail our unity, freedom and the independence.Nevertheless, on this date, 9th July 2021, we Congratulate the President of the Republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit, the members of his Presidency, the R-TGoNU, the South Sudanese and friends of South Sudan.
Our demands from politicians now running the country, are only few: (a) to stick to R-ARCSS as the only people’s option for the resolution of political conflict in our country, (b) their political will, commitment and collective concerted efforts to implement this agreement in good faith.
Please accept my CONGRATULATIONS to all the friends and public members of our beloved Country.
Long live South Sudan!
9 July 2021, Juba.