Statement by Hon. Deng Dau Deng Malek,
Chairperson of National Commission for War Disabled, Widows and Orphans on the Seventh Anniversary of Commemoration of the Martyrs Day July 30th, 2012
Dear patriots July 30th Martyrs day is a mother of the days in the Republic of South Sudan, not confined to the recent contemporary history of our Nation. Not only for those fallen heroes and heroines of the two known liberation wars, the Anyanya I from (1955-1972) and the SPLA/M War of Liberation from (1983-2005), But it encompasses all ancestors Martyrs who struggle for dignity and freedom of our home land, killed as individuals like Paramount chief Ajang Duot de Bior, Amet Kuol Amet, Ayook Lual Ayook or group Massacres in Wau, Juba, Bor, Torit, Yei and Kodok in 1965 just to mention but a few.
The Nationalism and consciousness of the South Sudanese began in earlier days when various communities took defense of the Land from the Invaders and plunders that came to rob natural resources of this land. Our ancestors gave their precious lives in the defense of this Land example of King Gbudwe of Azande, King Yor Akoc of Shuluk 1886, Guek Ngundeng 1912 Mayen de Akuak, Biar Abit in Bor and many others. We recognized them as martyrs whose sacrifices led to freedom we are enjoying today. With bare footed and armed with very rudimentary weapons they protected the land from the imperialist and slave traders merchants; they developed all forms of resistance by strengthening the Communal Structures of Leadership, creating all alliances between social groups and age set.
This form of struggle and resistance gave our people sense of self identification between the south Sudanese and invaders whether they were Arabs Slave traders Turk or other colonialists who were interested on natural resources such as gold, Ostrich, Ivory and strong men for their armies .That shows we, South Sudanese have long deep rooted history to educate our children and the rest beyond our territories on how our people began the Liberation from those darkest days of African continent.
Today’s occasion is a total sum of acknowledging the role and sacrifices paid to the liberation of our people from the grief of yoke by successive minority regimes in Khartoum. The president of the Republic of South Sudan graced this day on the first anniversary of the martyrs day and declared the day for remembrance of our martyrs on top of them our founder of this great nation Dr.John Garang De Mabior an Icon of our emancipation from the oppressive regimes.
As we commemorates this day our commitment remain unshaken. The spirit of our martyrs shall always guide and cement our internal unity amongst our people. And through this occasion I appeal to our entire citizen inside the country and Diaspora to extend the support to families of martyrs particularly the support for education of orphans and empowerment of war widows and provision of land for construction of low cost houses and business places in the ten states.
The martyrs of many wars of liberation of South Sudan who gave their lives in returned for freedom, Liberty and prosperity and the better future for our generation to come hinges on what we are doing to martyr survivors. Our ambition for this generation who has witness the liberation and those to come is to wipe the suffering and Tears from eyes and hearts of widows and orphans given the experience of one year of freedom. This may seems beyond us, but as long as there is clear Vision and commitment of our Government towards families of martyrs and for you the youngsters to labor and work hard to complete the second phase of liberation, I believe we shall realize the dreams of the beloved sons and daughters of South Sudan Martyrs.
To you the families of our Martyrs and Compatriots, I’m sending greetings and pledges to cooperate with you in furthering the commitment and vision of our liberation struggle. As we reflect back to the darkest days of our struggle the mission is possible by now to celebrate.
It is well fitting here to remember today the great losses and suffered by the people of South Sudan during the 22 years (1983-2005) of feared and fighting between the movement and the successive regimes in Khartoum, we lost lives of 2.2 million. These were serious sacrifices made by great sons and daughters of this nation.
Least but not last the circumstance through which we are now passing are very difficult because we are not only confronting building of our nation but also the management of Expectations which has created many despair among our people. As a commission we shall endeavor all possible means toward realization of our objectives which are guided by inclusiveness of all war disadvantaged that are traceable to wars of liberation, direct or indirect.
Toward this occasion our people have spoken loudly by voting for the Independence of our country. The South Sudan government led by SPLM under the able leadership of Cde Gen.Salva Kiir Mayardit set realistic programs for martyr survivors by putting together the vision and mission of the National Commission for War Disabled, widows and Orphans to undertake the challenge of War Survivors. As a translation of this mission the Commission has worked out plans and developed focused Programs for the Support of the Martyrs Families. That shall improve the conditions of our beneficiaries so that they feel the dividend of peace made by their beloved ones they have shares in it.
God bless South Sudan
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