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Former Anya Nya leader urges South Sudanese to preserve spirit of unity.

By Amoko Robert August 29, 2011 (JUBA) -- The special advisor to the president of South Sudan, Joseph Lagu Yanga has called upon its citizens to remain united to achieve peace.

Former Anya Nya leader Joseph Lagu Yanga addressing war verteras in Juba, August 18, 2011 (ST)

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday, Lagu recalled that August 18, 1955 is a memorable day for all South Sudanese soldiers, particularly those from the Equatoria corps, which fought against Khartoum. Lagu was the leader of the Anya Nya rebellion that started in 1955. "South Sudanese you have fought for your freedom, lets join hands to build this war-torn country, without violence," said Lagu. He suggested that for the international community to have respect for South Sudan, its citizens must show one another respect. The presidential adviser called upon the citizens to stand behind their president, Salva Kiir because; he has "already lead his people to the promised land." Lagu also expressed his concern for the issue of cattle rustling, which has recently been on the increase in South Sudan, resulting in many deaths. Much of this conflict is based along ethnic fault lines. He said that the government must promote cultural diversity through education. Another element of governance which he said he was worried about was the plight of widows and orphans. Lague implored upon the government to make provisions to support them. (ST)

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Publication:Sudan Tribune (Sudan)
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Date:Aug 30, 2011
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