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South Sudan Puts on Dress Rehearsal for Independence

By Philip Garcia,2014-10-14 18:56
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South Sudan Puts on Dress Rehearsal for Independence

    South Sudan Puts on Dress Rehearsal for Independence

    南苏丹为独立庆典预演

Joy in Juba

    "Right now we're on one of Juba's main streets, which has been closed down for a parade. It's a massive event with thousands of people, some from civil groups, some from student groups chanting, singing, welcoming the new independence as they walk toward the parade grounds that will host Saturday's ceremonies. It's nothing to say about it, except that its just unbridled enthusiasm and joy, and quite a scene to behold."

"现在我们正在南苏丹朱巴市内的一条主要街道上,为举行阅兵仪式这条街的店

    铺现在已经全部暂时关闭.在即将举行周六的独立庆典的阅兵场上有数千人在游

    ,他们有的来自民间团体,有的来自学生团体,他们唱着,跳着,欢庆着国家的独

    .这样的喜庆简直无法形容,除了人们内心无法抑制的热情与欢乐,除了目光所

    及的欢快情景."

    Juba, the future capital of southern Sudan, is buzzing with excitement as the country prepares to officially declare independence Saturday.

Remembering John Garang

    The ceremony itself will be held at the John Garang mausoleum - a stadium that honors the man who led southern rebels during Sudan's 20-year civil war.

    One of the most anticipated moments will be the first performance of the country's brand new national anthem.

    Susan Junua is part of a national choir that has been recruited to teach the anthem to people around the country.

    The words, written by students and faculty at Juba University, reflect hope, a respect for God and a commemoration of those who died during years of conflict.

Junua says independence marks a new beginning.

    "As a South Sudanese, the independence is a freedom. To my life, because we have been tortured, we have been in slavery for many years."

Security

    Following so many years of war, the presence of military on the streets of Juba is overwhelming. Soldiers and police have been conducting security checks, and occasionally shutting down the town's few paved roads to help prepare for the festivities.

    But the citizens of the town are looking forward to a new era of peace.

    Joseph Otumoro goes to a Catholic school in Juba, he hoped with independence, there will be more opportunities for students like him.

    "Every youth should get educated at least, this is what I need because we were marginalized and a lot of people did not get a chance to go to school and that is why I need that change."

Ceremonies

    Hundreds of foreign dignitaries, including the heads of state of 30 African countries, are expected to arrive for the ceremony. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been listed as one of the key speakers.

    And in another much anticipated moment, entering the parade grounds to the tune of Sudan's current national anthem, will be President Omar al-Bashir.

    Mr. Bashir represents for many the years of oppression against southern Sudan by Khartoum in the north.

    And his presence will almost certainly cause mixed emotions for some as the Sudanese flag is lowered, and the new, six-colored flag of South Sudan, is raised on independence day.

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