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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sudan bids farewell to John Garang
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¬†The funeral of John Garang, the former rebel leader, and Vice-President of Sudan for only three weeks, who died in a helicopter crash last Sunday, took place at All Saint's Cathedral in Juba on Saturday. The Missionary News Service report that the ceremony took place in an atmosphere of great emotion with traditional music and chants. Tens of thousands of people attended the lying-in-state in Juba, following a two-day funeral procession from one city to another in South Sudan, which has a large Christian population. Mourners with black flags lined the streets from the airport and large crowds gathered outside Juba's main church for the open air funeral. The funeral was attended by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and chairman of the African Union Commission Alpha Oumar Konarť. Mr Garang's successor, Salva Kiir, assured mourners that the ex-rebel leader's vision of peace would not be allowed to perish. "As sure as day follows night, the torch he has kindled shall not be extinguished. Not under my command," Mr Kiir said. Mr Garang's widow Rebecca spoke of her pride in her husband, and urged people to remain united behind the peace accord. Source: MISNA/BBC
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