Tucson, Arizona - Aigust 6, 2011, at 5:00 PM. St. Cyril Catholic Church, 4725 E Pima Street, will host the independence celebration for the South Sudanese Community in Tucson. Music entertainment will be provided by Kuot Jongkhoor and the live traditional dances will be provided by the local South Sudanese performers.
St.Cyril Catholic Church to host the independence of South Sudan for the Sudanese Community Association of Arizona.
About the South Sudanese Community in Arizona:
The celebration is being organized by the South Sudanese Community in Tucson. This is to express their excitement about the birth of their new nation. Many came to Tucson area as asylum seekers due to a bloody civil war fought between the Southern Christians and the predominantly Arab Muslims in the North. In his first speech as the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit told the multitude in front of the world leaders that “We have been bombed, maimed, enslaved, and treated worse than a refugee in our own country” by the Government of Sudan. The event is not only the celebration of the new born nation, but the remembrance of the untold sufferings and sacrifices during the 21-year civil war.
About South Sudan:
South Sudan was officially inaugurated as an independent state on 9 July 2011 after its citizens voted overwhelmingly to break away from the rests of Sudan. The referendum vote came as a result of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended a two-decade civil war in 2005. Following yet another overwhelmingly vote by the Security Councils and the United Nation leaders on July 14, South Sudan became the newest world’s United Nations 193rd Member State.
Bior Keech, Event Organizer
Matthew Reer, Event Organizer