Eritreans mark Independence Day in Juba

Eritreans in Juba on Saturday 20th May 2017, marked the Independence Day of their country with songs and dances and guest appearances from Haileab, Shewit, who are entertainers based in Kampala, Uganda.

Haileab Joseph, renowned for songs like “Nasient”, “Gezana” and “Awet Kalsina” pulled the crowd off their seats with his performance.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Haileab said “any country remembering its Independence Day” is the best thing to do.

“Happy Independence Day to all the Eritreans in South Sudan and I want to say hello to all the freedom fighters. This is a day of peace and love, a day to remember where we came from. It reminds us to work harder, to unite and develop as an African country, said the singer.

He further appreciated South Sudanese for their hospitality.

Armana, whose name means the flag, was overwhelmed with joy, screaming and dancing while holding the Eritrean flag.

He said God still loves his country and the people.

“God still loves us and that is why we are celebrating this great day, it is a day that our country was born,” said Armana.

On her part, Aresma said that the Independence Day is so special because it is her birthday.

“I feel so great for my birthday to fall on the Independence Day. It means I am too great. I promise to make my country great too,” said Aresma while smiling.

She said that she is celebrating her 25th birthday.

Eritrea got its Independence in 1991.

By Mandela Nelson Denis

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