Jonglei Marks Fourth Anniversary With Hopes For Peace And Stability

Thousands of people from Jonglei’s State capital commemorated the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence with hopes for peace and stability in South Sudan.

 Jonglei Marks Fourth Anniversary With Hopes For Peace And Stability
Group of women Prepare to dance during the fourth anivesary of South Sudan In Bor Jonglei State [Photo| Jacob A Jok]

By Jacob A. Jok

BOR, July 9, 2015 [Gurtong] –
Although, Jonglei was hard hit during the 2013 December war that broke out causing massive destructions, deaths and displacements the residents of Jonglei turned out to honor the 50 years of struggle for freedom.

The celebrations in Bor County was attended by government officials, civil society groups, faith-based groups, organized forces, schools children and  residents of Bor town.

Speaking at the gathering today Thursday, the Governor of Jonglei State, John Kong Nyuon said the central government has unconditionally committed itself to apeaceful solution to the conflict through dialogue.

Kong said the on-going Inter-governmental Authority on development or IGAD-led peace led negotiations in Addis Ababa and the Arusha interparty dialogue are government attempts to restore peace and stability in the country.

“Arusha interparty reconciliation has already given birth to the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM),” John Kong Nyuon the Caretaker Governor of Jonglei State said.

He said reinstatement of the SPLM Secretary, General Pagan Amum back to his position and the return of political detainees to Juba, the South Sudan’s capital city was a step forward to peace and stability in the country.

Bor’s Diocesan Secretary James Deng Akeer during the celebrations also gave his remarks and said there is hope for lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.

“Let us go forward, let us pray for peace as churches, let us pray for peace as all religious denominations regardless of the background if we are longing for peace. Though our State was much affected let us pray for peace during this Independence Day,” Deng Akeer said.

Philip Thon Nyok, a Member of Parliament representing Bor town Constituency said it is important for South Sudanese to honor the years of they struggle for independence.

In conflict-affected areas, United Nations and relief agencies reported killings, abductions, and targeted attacks on civilians.

Jonglei State has never been stable since South Sudan gained its Independence. Although, there was aspiration for peace in 2012, to bring communities of Jonglei State together, that peace was later interrupted by the on-going conflict.

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