South Sudan Commemorates World Peace Day

The Republic of South Sudan has today joined the world in commemorating the World Peace Day. The United Nations (UN) staff, government officials, civil servants and citizens have convened in Nyakuron cultural centre to mark the day.

South Sudan Commemorates World Peace Day
UN, Government officials and citizens march along Juba-Melejia road while commemorating World Peace Day [©Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu
Juba, 21st September 2011 [Gurtong] – The Republic of South Sudan has today joined the world in commemorating the World Peace Day. The United Nations (UN) staff, government officials, civil servants and citizens have convened in Nyakuron cultural centre to mark the day.

The day is quite significant to the new Republic of South Sudan that’s emerging from decades of the longest civil war in Africa.

The International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day, occurs annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone.

It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. The first year this holiday was celebrated was 1981.

To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City, United States). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents.

It was given as a gift by the United Nations Association of Japan, and is referred to as "a reminder of the human cost of war." The inscription on its side reads: "Long live absolute world peace."

Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit in Canada.

Our correspondent in Juba is following the commemoration, we will keep you posted as the events unfold throughout the day.

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