S. Sudanese refugees celebrate Independence Day
By Gaaniko Samson
Thousands of South Sudan students in Uganda from different schools on Tuesday celebrated their country’s Eighth independence anniversary at Erka Park Hotel in Arua District.
Speaking at the event, Evangelist Mbaraza Emmanuel, the Chief Guest applauded Uganda’s government for hosting South Sudanese refugees with great hospitality.
“As faith line ministry we are going to offer charitable work in the refugees’ camps to the South Sudanese leaders who are working in South Sudanese Students’ Association,” he said.
Speaking said South Sudanese are supposed to forget their past and focus on love and reconciliation.
“It is us to bring the peace that we are dreaming of in our country South Sudan,” he stated.
He encouraged the students to work hard despite the difficult situation they may be going through.
“When I see you the South Sudanese students I see successful people of South Sudan,’’ Emmanuel said.
He said all the suffering in South Sudan will all come to an end saying people should not always talk about wars but peace.
Father Andrew who spoke on behalf of the South Sudanese elders encouraged the students to live in unity and peace.
“Without peace in this country we could not be here in Uganda, we need to live out the issue of corruption, tribalism and hatred,” he added.
Father Andrew disclosed that south Sudanese students are the seeds of South Sudan and the eyes that will take away tribalism and bring peace to the country.
He appreciated the government of Uganda for hosting the South Sudanese in peace and total freedom.
Issa Edris of Arua Town College representing the teachers said South Sudanese Students Association is the association that unites South Sudanese students together.
“The thing in leadership is not all about money but unity of working together,’’ Edris said.
He said schools in Uganda were now running well because of the Association of the South Sudanese’s Students
“You parents needs to know what you children are doing in the schools will support them in future,” he added.
Lual Yok, one of the students said they gathered to celebrate the independence of their country.
He said young generation of today should contribute for the struggle and development of their country.
“It is true that the leaders of south Sudan with clap hands for the new generation, Birds will sing praises for the new generation,’’ he said.
Yok said the new generation should relieve themselves from retrogressive norms and customs in order to live in peace, unity and harmony.
“We should have peace, love and patriotism among ourselves as south Sudanese,” he added.