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Indians celebrate 74th Independence Day in Juba

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Indian Community living in Juba together with dignitaries from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have celebrated the 74th anniversary of the independence of India.

India gained its independence from the British on 15th of August 1947.

While addressing the Press during the celebration, Indian Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. S.D Moorthy said he felt very sorry for not welcoming all the Indian brothers and sisters residing in Juba for this function due to the prevailing critical situation created by the Coronavirus.

“I hope all could understand the situation. I would like to thank Indian Association and Holiday Dreams Travels for successfully organizing the evacuation flights. We have been telecasting this event live for the benefit of Indians residing in the country,” Moorthy said.

He added that he has started having meeting with all the top leaders and the new Ministers of South Sudan to strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and South Sudan because it was heartening to hear the identical comments from everyone stating that “Indians are hard-working and non- interfering in nature,” he added.

He revealed that this complement indicates the positive image of Indians in South Sudanese mind. Let us maintain this momentum for the years to come by our good deeds.

“Under the effective and able leadership of PM Modi, the Government is able to control the spread of the killer infection of COVlD-19,” he said.

As you are aware the difficulties created by Coronavirus have completely weakened the country’s economy.

The leadership of India has taken strong measures to revive the economy by relaxing many restriction imposed when the pandemic was at it is speak and I thank Indian community for supporting humanitarian assistance programmed in recent past month,” Moorthy added.

Recently, the Embassy donated food and non-food items to local orphanages, blind associations and handicapped person’s union adding that the Organization for Nonviolence and Development was planning to build a center called “Gandhi Nonviolence and Governance  House” in Juba. They need some material support to complete the project.

Moorthy pointed out that he request all Indian community to contribute to help the Organization for Nonviolence and Development (ONAD) to establish this center for the first time in Juba in the name of our father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

In every year, Indian communities all over the world celebrate the independence of India from the imperial rule of the British Raj on August 15. On 15 of August 1947 this is the day that India became an independent and sovereign nation after almost a century of British rule. This year marks the 74th Indian Independence Day.

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