July is a special month for the people of South Sudan during which they celebrate their independence as the most important achievement in their political struggle. Also in July, they commemorate together with the marginalized people of Sudan the loss of their Great Leader, Dr John Garang. As 9th of July is approaching, the people of South Sudan will have mixed feelings. On the one hand they will be joyful that their country, regardless of its health, is now four years old. On the other hand they will be mourning for their shattered dreams after the eruption of conflict in December 2013.
Certainly, the most disappointed people would be our martyrs who paid the utmost price for the better future for the people of South Sudan. In the preamble of our constitution we vow to remember and to be inspired by the selfless sacrifices of our martyrs, heroes and heroines in building our new nation. We promise to ourselves and to our martyrs in our constitution to lay the foundation for a united, peaceful and prosperous society based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We also promise in our constitution and to our martyrs our dedication to a genuine national healing process and the building of trust and confidence in our society through dialogue.
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This article was first published in Sudan Tribune on Sunday 5 July, 2015.