This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Speaking to the Martyrs’ Day gathering in Bor, the Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Gabriel Gai Riem, said that Jonglei state will come into peace as the state has been negatively known for its tribal clashes reported since the independence.
Gai calls on the civil population to join hands as brothers’ and sisters to work for unity and prosperity in the state.
The Minister highlighted the issues of rebels as an external agenda that disrupted the development of the new nation.
He said that those who continue to shed blood of innocent people will account for the lives of those who died for the sake of peace during the liberation wars.
He said that the proclamation of independence in July 2011 is a great achievement for the people of South Sudan but comes with resolvable challenges that need our collective work.
Parts of the vast state have not achieved peace to create room for development and security due to inter-communal violence and rebels’ movement in eastern parts of Jonglei state.
Thousands of people attended the Martyrs’ Day celebrations in Bor.
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.