Marking the nine years of its independence on July 9, South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world, celebrated its Independence Day without an official public event pertaining to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, South Sudan President Salva Kiir said that the country would not hold public celebrations to mark the ninth independence anniversary due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Sudan became independent from Sudan in the year 2011 and since then have been struggling to maintain peace and stability in the country. The oil-rich east African country has been marred by violence because of the brutal civil war that broke in December 2013 and till date has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of people while pushing others into abject poverty.
President Kiir appealed to citizens to cease from violence and asked for their support to implement the 2018 peace deal.
He said, “Let us all work tirelessly irrespective of our political leanings to restore trust among ourselves and to mend the social fabric that was torn apart by war that we are now putting behind us … Let us all desist from unnecessary propaganda and instead work together as South Sudanese to put our country permanently on the path of peace.”
The celebration and fanfare of the first Independence Day of South Sudan in 2011 was missing in this year’s Independence Day.