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South Sudan: Joint Defence Board – Sub: Orders for Immediate Assemble of Forces into the Cantoment Sites (21.07.2019)

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Opinion: South Sudan Oyee! Kiir wants all the glory!

“Oh God!

 We praise and glorify you

 For your grace on South Sudan

 Land of great abundance

 Uphold us united in peace and harmony

 

Oh motherland!

 We rise raising flag with the guiding star

 And sing songs of freedom with joy,

 For Justice, Liberty and Prosperity

 Shall forevermore reign.

 

Oh Great Patriots!

 Let us stand up in silence and respect

 Saluting our Martyrs whose blood

 Cemented our National foundation,

 We vow to protect our Nation.

 

Oh God, Bless South Sudan!” (South Sudan Oyee! – South Sudan National Anthem).

Well, were here that the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardiit has decreed that only in his presence and at his functions this song can be played. The National Anthem, the song that celebrates the Republic of South Sudan can only be sung when his around. That is what the newest decree is all about(!). This is not a joke; this is the SPLA/M-IG way of spreading the love of independence to the public.

Eye Radio reports: “Addressing the media, Makuei said the instruction states that the national anthem shall be sung only in the presence of the president. “It’s been observed that the national anthem is been played all over,” he stated. “Everybody is playing the national anthem. For the information of everybody, the national anthem is only meant for the president, and functions attended by him.”” (Juan Evalyn & Alhadi Hawari – ‘Kiir bans singing of national song in his absence’ 22.07.2019, link: https://eyeradio.org/kiir-bans-singing-of-national-song-in-his-absence/ ).

We can clearly see the message and the idea behind the songs in the eyes of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the President. That this song, only function to be at functions where the President resides. Who cares about the sons and daughters who became martyrs, singing it all over the nation, as their sacrifice is the reason for the existence of the Republic? Nah man, their cause and their sacrifice for the freedom and liberty from Khartoum, was so that people could sing around the President. This is how it seems, because, this is a song that is supposed to unify the nation. The song that everyone should know to be patriotic about the Republic, not the ones who govern it. However, that seems a bit foolish now.

Why this is kind of shocking, because this is usually what an National Anthem is supposed to do: “The national anthem, like other national symbols of a country, represents the tradition, history, and beliefs of a nation and its people. Hence, it helps evoke feelings of patriotism among the country’s citizens and reminds them of their nation’s glory, beauty, and rich heritage. It also helps unite the citizens of the country by one single song or music. During the performance of the national anthem, citizens of a nation, despite their ethnic differences, rise up in unison and listen attentively or sing the song with great enthusiasm” (World Atlas – ‘What Is the Purpose of a National Anthem?’ 05.02.2019, link: https://www.worldatlas.com/what-does-the-national-anthem-mean.html).

Surely, the National Anthem of South Sudan isn’t meant to unify or be a remembrance for the citizens. It’s supposed to only be a vital part of the ass-kissing of the pride and glory of the President. Everyone else has to figure out other ways to be unified and find something to be united over. Especially not this song, as that has been banned from being played when His Excellency is not around. Peace.

South Sudan: UNMISS – PoC Update (22.07.2019)

South Sudan: Red Card Movement – Press Release (20.07.2019)

South Sudan: Gogrial State Intellectuals’ Organization (Gosio) – Subject: Condemnation of Arbitrary arrest and torture of civilians in Gogrial State (17.07.2019)

South Sudan: SPLM-FPDs – Nyenagwek Kuol Mareng letter to Deng Alor Kuol – ‘Subject: Letter of Explaination” (July 2019)

South Sudan: High-level delegation visits Yei to support Ebola preparedness and response efforts (12.07.2019)

The South Sudan Civil Society Forum: Independence Day Statement (09.07.2019)

On anniversary of South Sudanese independence, UNHCR urges leaders to deliver lasting peace (09.07.2019)

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Exactly eight years ago South Sudan gained independence and became the world’s youngest nation. Since then, the country has tragically seen more war than peace. Today UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is appealing to its leaders to speed efforts to end what has become Africa’s largest displacement crisis.

The Revitalised Peace Agreement, signed by the warring parties on 12 September 2018, established a foundation for peace. Progress has been made but with key areas of tension still unresolved, peace is far from certain.

UNHCR believes is essential that representatives from the refugee and internally displaced communities are active and meaningful participants in the peace process. Any convincing agreement must include clear and transparent provisions for reconciliation. Mechanisms for seeking justice must be clear and they must be trusted. Many South Sudanese have been displaced repeatedly. Their faith in these processes are vital to their success.

Provisions must also be made for young people. The crisis has disproportionately impacted children, who make up nearly two-thirds of the refugee population. Ensuring that young South Sudanese – including refugees – have access to a proper education and opportunities to fulfil their potential is essential if South Sudan is to become a prosperous and peaceful nation.

More than 2.3 million South Sudanese are currently living as refugees in neighbouring countries, while 1.9 million have been internally displaced inside the country. Through the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan, UNHCR and partners have appealed for $1.4 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees. With only 21 per cent of funding received, refugees’ needs far outweigh available resources.

African Union: Communique of the Meeting of the AU High-Level Ad Hoc Committee for South Sudan at Ministerial Level, Niamey, Niger 6 July 2019 (09.07.2019)

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