Uganda: South Sudanese in Australia to Hold Demonstration Against Uganda's Military Role

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East Africa member states criticise Uganda for sending its army to fight alongside S. Sudan forces (file photo).

South Sudanese in Australia planned to hold a peaceful demonstration against Uganda's military involvement in South Sudan's crisis. The protest is coordinated by two of the largest South Sudanese organizations in Australia, the South Sudanese Community in Australia (SSCA) and South Sudan Advocacy Group (SSAG).

The two agencies believe that Kampala has contributed to the suffering of innocent South Sudanese.

In a memo seen by the South Sudan News Agency, the two organizations express their anger against Uganda's military participation and called upon the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to immediately remove his troops from South Sudan.

Uganda is currently fighting alongside South Sudanese government forces.

"South Sudan Advocacy Group in conjunction with South Sudanese Community in Australia are coordinating a peaceful demonstration to denounce Ugandan troops roles in current South Sudan's crisis", the memo reads in parts.

"We think... [the world] would like to know this event and learn more about the facts and the root cause(s) of current conflict in South Sudan", the statement explained.

The groups further said that the crisis that exploded on the 15th of December 2013 has caused immense human suffering and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been uprooted from their homes.

The demonstration will be held on January 29, 2014; from 12:20pm- 1:30pm; location of the event is 165-169 Thomas Street, Dandenong VIC3175, City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.

The protest is expected to be attended by the people who were in Juba when the crisis started, the SSNA has learned.

The coordinated demonstration is also expected to highlight the root causes of the conflict and denunciation of Kampala's military intervention.

At least, 400,000 people have been displaced and more than 78, 000 fled to neighboring countries, according to the recent United Nations (UN) estimate.

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