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WORLD'S NEWEST NATION: South Sudan National Anthem explained

 BY CHAPLAIN LOBOR 

(July 09, Juba, Sri Lanka Guardian) The composer of the anthem for the Republic of South Sudan has explained the meaning of the song.

According to Mido Samuel Dedi, the first stanza; “Oh God, we praise and glorify you...” is dedicated to God who spiritually helped South Sudanese to come together and fight against the Khartoum regime.

He said that south Sudanese were only able to fight the liberation wars of Anya-nya One (1955) and Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Army/Movement of 1983 - 2005 with the help of God.

The third verse that goes; “Oh our great patriots let us stand up in silence and respect, saluting our great martyrs whose blood cemented our National foundation… ” symbolizes the many South Sudanase who lost their lives during the twenty one years of civil war with North Sudan.

With his achievement of composing the National anthem, Mido now plans to campaign the teaching of music and drama in universities and colleges in the new nation of South Sudan

He also proposes to promote music and drama among the youth the Ministry of Culture.

“I am going to ask Ministry of Culture and Heritage in the new government of the Republic of South Sudan to consider music and drama vital for youths of this country,” Mido said.

“From my observation, many people in the South here think those who opt for music and drama as career, are drunkards and worthless, but since I started the art of music, I never drunk any alcohol,” he explains.

Oh God
We praise and glorify you
For your grace on South Sudan,
Land of great abundance
Uphold us united in peace and harmony.

Oh motherland
We rise raising flag with the guiding star
And sing songs of freedom with joy,
For justice, liberty and prosperity
Shall forever more reign.

Oh great patriots
Let us stand up in silence and respect,
Saluting our martyrs whose blood
Cemented our national foundation,
We vow to protect our nation

Oh God bless South Sudan.

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