Juba, December 15, 2016 (SSNA) — South Sudanese around the world will observe the third anniversary of what they described as “December 2013 Juba massacre” of innocent civilians in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
The coordinated commemoration is being conducted in South Sudan, Kenya, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Australia, Sudan, Uganda, the United States of America, among others.
Deputy SPLA-IO spokesman Major Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot brands December 15 “black day” and calls on the international community and IGAD to hold South Sudanese President Salva kiir responsible for what he described “December 2013 Juba massacre.”
The SSNA was told that South Sudanese living in Kenya, Egpyt, Australia, South Sudan (UNMISS camps), and Uganda will conduct their events on December 15.
Those who reside in Sudan will observe the date on December 16, adding that South Sudanese will do the commemoration on December 17, while those in Canada are slated to meet on December 17.
Organizers of the memorial told the South Sudan News Agency that the main reason to commemorate the December 15, is to remember people who were killed in 2013 after fighting broke out in Juba between different units of presidential guards after months of political disagreement between senior leaders of the ruling SPLM party.
South Sudan has been torn apart by three-year old civil war. The United Nations said the shattered young nation is on the brink of a disaster and warned of “all-out ethnic civil war.”