Yambio Residents Mark Martyrs’ Day

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Speaking during the celebration at the Freedom Square in Yambio, the Catholic Bishop of Tombura Yambio Diocese, Edward Hiiboro, told the crowd that at this time, words of encouragement should be flowing in memory of the lost heroes and the orphans, widows who were left behind.

He said the words of power can enable the entire citizens to build this nation peacefully.

His Lordship also called upon the international organization not to utilize the government or the recent president’s decree as a recommendation to war.

“I have seen this in most of the African countries where some international community’s see such opportunities to tempt the people of that particular nation really to go into war, and what I read on the internet was very displeasing,” he added.

He said it’s constitutional for the president to renew his government which is for the benefit of the people.

He called upon the international organization to join in the building of the nation.

“ We are no longer interested in going back to fighting just because someone is tempting us to do that, let us join hands together pray the president makes a proper decision that will bring peace and freedom to the people of South Sudan,” he said.

He urged the state government to get a piece of land where those who lost their lives shall be remembered as a attribute and also a sign of love and peace to the people who died.

He also encouraged the citizens to be participatory on such days as it carries what happed in the past to their brothers and sisters which all are enjoying and celebrating on this day.

The Martyrs’ Day is marked as remembrance of Dr John Garang De Mabior, Leader of the South Sudan ruling party SPLM, who perished in a helicopter crash on the 30th July 2005.

Dr John Garang died in plane crash with some of his aides while returning home following his visit to the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

His sudden death shocked South Sudanese and the international community as to whether the peace accord, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA he signed with Khartoum on 9th January 2005 would be accomplished successfully.

His successor President Salva Kiir declared 30 July for every year to be a remembrance day for his death and the death of all South Sudanese during the more than two decades of the civil war.

The celebration is a demonstration of the fact that even though the martyrs are dead their memory lingers on in the hearts of all South Sudanese who appreciate the sacrifice they made for their homeland.

The day is marked in commemoration of all those who sacrificed and lost their lives to realise freedom and peace in South Sudan.

Over 2.5 million South Sudanese are reported to have died and at least four million others were displaced during the over two decades of civil war that ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.

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