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South Sudan Marks 13th Anniversary of Independence

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On Tuesday, President Salva Kiir delivered his Independence Day message as South Sudan celebrated its 13th year of independence. South Sudan became an independent nation on 9th July 2011, following a prolonged civil war with the Sudanese government led by former President Omar Al Bashir, who ruled Sudan for several decades.

In his address, President Kiir highlighted the progress made in implementing the revitalised peace agreement. He reminded citizens of the importance of honouring the fallen heroes and heroines who fought for their hard-won freedom, celebrating this significant occasion within their own country. President Kiir noted that peace efforts have significantly reduced violence and acknowledged the country’s defence forces for their efforts in curbing criminal activities that threaten national security.

As the chair of the East African Community bloc, President Kiir reiterated his government’s commitment to peace, assuring that South Sudan would not return to war. He mentioned ongoing peace talks in Nairobi with groups that had previously refused to participate in the 2018 Khartoum agreement.

Despite the progress, South Sudan continues to face economic challenges. The ongoing crisis, exacerbated by the war, has left nearly half of the population facing acute hunger, with some citizens seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

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