Commemorating South Sudan National Freedom Day

The Republic of South Sudan, millions of South Sudanese at their ho/es, in the UNMISS displacement camps, in refugees chanty towns in the diaspora and in the rebels camps inside the country, are marking the second freedom day, 16 May 1983, a day in which the new forces of the Liberation of South Sudan and Sudan, moved from Bor town of Jonglei Province for a decisive battles against Khartoum’s government establishment. They shall, as well, celebrate the first liberation bombshell that blew opened in Torit on 18 August 1955, in spite of British colonial administration intervention. The two revolutionary movements, the SPLM/A and Anya-nya-one, are the undeniable bases of South Sudan’s National Unity. Unanimously and collectively, the people of South Sudan mark these national freedom days unreservedly.

The country celebrates these national days which are destined to commemorate the National Martyrs and the fallen heroes and heroines. We are duty-bound to remember the 2.5 million martyrs and charismatic leaders who donated their precious blood for freedom and independence for all citizens of South Sudan. Most of all, we give our ultimate due respect to them all, without exceptions.

While we observe our respect to over 2.5 million martyrs, we express our deepest respect to the top martyrs,led by Dr. John Garang de Mabior and fallen colleagues: Karbino Kuanyin Bol, William Nyuon Beny, Ngor Machiech, Lual Diing Wol, Joseph Udoh, Martin Majier, Joseph Malath, Benjamin Bol Akok, Ugo Dhol Achuil, Kawac Makuei Mayar, Makol Deng Majok, Akuot Atem, Samuel Gai Tut, Abdellah Chuol, Aggrey Jadeen, William Deng Nhial, Abur Matuong Nhial, Barnadino Mow, Samuel Aru Bol, Philip Obang, Andrew Wieu Riak, Gordon Mortat, Camilo Dhol Kuach, Clement Mboro, Hillary Logali, Peter Gatkuoth Gual, and many more leaders, within the dead 2.5 million. Their courage and voluntary blood donations gave us the freedom, independence and sovereign authority among the 193 nation states of the world. We continue to remember them in prayers in their eternal lives.

As we commemorate and pray for the eternal lives of our martyrs, we are guided by assumptions that the martyrs are spiritually among us, overseeing what the present leaders are up to in their endeavor to provide good leadership and governance. What are our people doing for their country and for themselves?

The answer they know and we know, is simply: “We are not doing well.” Our country is rocked by insecurity, war, political anarchy, poverty, starvation, and death, political, social and economic collapse, thus rendering the national institutions completely disabled. This situation of affairs must be reversed through our collective acknowledgment that we have done wrong and disservice to our country and its people. What can we do to save this country from the catastrophic crisis, chaos, and war? The only option available to us now is to attain peace.

Fortunately, as we speak, the political parties responsible for the ongoing destruction of human lives and properties in the country are going to Addis Ababa for peace talks as from today, 16 May 2018. We hope that this celebration may restore our love for God and the country, enability to resume mutual respect and commitment to peace rather than chaos.

The High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF), the revivification of the August 2015 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, ARCSS, sitting tomorrow, 17 May 2018, in Addis Ababa remain blessed by God and our martyrs, the 2.5 million citizens of South Sudan. The Government, SPLM IO (Riek’s) and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), who celebrated together this day, are inspired and united in purpose, to conduct and negotiate in good faith in order to save their country from this devastating crisis. God bless the Republic of South Sudan, now and forever!

by Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey

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