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South Sudan will not celebrate 10th Independence Anniversary – Kiir

Juba, South Sudan.

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Salva Kiir Mayardit, (photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

July 7,2021 — The Republic of South Sudan will not again celebrate her independence anniversary despite the revitalization of the peace agreement that was hoped to rebuild the economy and restore peace and political stability.

Addressing the Council of State today, South Sudan President, Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, announced that the country won’t celebrate her 10th anniversary on Friday.

According to Kiir, the main reason is COVID-19 and for that he urged the public to remain indoors and watch him speak on television for the handful of citizens who have TVs that are powered mostly by generators.

In a different report, President Kiir blames the international community for sanctions saying the punishment has made the country poor and as such South Sudan cannot afford to celebrate her independence anniversary.

The world’s youngest has had a sorrowful past for the last ten years. Out of the last ten years, South Sudan only celebrated a joyful independence on the independence day on July 9th, 2011 and held a regular celebration in 2012 and 2013; however, the last seven years have been marked by brutal conflicts and one of the independence days, July 9th, 2016 was marked by a thick bloodshed in the Presidential Palace where nearly nearly 400 bodyguards of president Kiir and First Vice President Machar killed themselves in brutal 2 hours full-scale fighting.

Humanitarian reports also indicate that nearly 8.3 million people could starve to death this year if no humanitarian assistance will reach populations across the country. 

Among the 8.3 millions majority or 4.5 millions are mostly children.

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