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South Sudan celebrates Torit "revolution" day of 1955

By James Gatdet Dak

August 18, 2008 (JUBA) – The semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan on Monday celebrated "Torit revolution day" of August 18, 1955, which is declared as the official commemoration ‘Day of War Veterans’ every year throughout the region.

FVP, Salva Kiir Mayardit

The first rebellion of the people of Southern Sudan in protest of arrangements towards the would-be independent Sudan from the British colonial administration was declared in Torit town of the present Eastern Equatoria state just four months before the country gained its independence on January 1, 1956.

The Torit mutiny resulted into the Anya-nya I war that ended with the Addis Ababa Agreement in 1972.

Addressing the celebration in Juba, the First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, described the Torit revolution as the starting point of the real political movement in Southern Sudan.

Kiir also urged for recognition of war veterans who also fought for freedom, justice and equality in western, eastern and northern Sudan.

President Kiir underlined that the Addis Ababa Agreement of 1972 was the only agreement of which the people of Southern Sudan tasted the dividends of peace, but was violated by the Khartoum government’s policy of divide and rule.

He said the people of Southern Sudan would never accept distortion of Sudan’s history as practiced by the previous and successive regimes in Khartoum.