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SS students’ Protests enter 12th day in Cairo

Author : Staff Writer | Published: Friday, June 28, 2013

Students occupy South Sudan Embassy in Cairo - June 2013, demanding unpaid allowances.

South Sudanese students in Cairo who stormed the embassy twelve days ago have vowed to stay until their demands are met.

The students say they are owed 10 months’ worth of pocket money from the Ministry of Higher Education.

“The numbers of students camping at the embassy is increasing every day,” Ambassador Anthony Kon told Eye Radio.

The students are protesting against allowances arrears from the government.

“The students stormed the building about twelve days ago and they are still occupying it up to now.

“They are still in the embassy and have refused to allow anybody to get in to building.

“They demanded that they have not received their advances from The Ministry of Higher Education for abut ten month.

“Their condition is that, for them to leave the embassy, they have to be given their money first.’’

Ambassador Kon said the embassy staff are not able to enter the embassy because of the protests.

He urged Juba to dispatch the owed payments as soon as possible.

The Chairman of South Sudan Student Union in Egypt, Khalid Juma, who is in the embassy compound, said that the protesting students have nowhere to live because they have no money.

“We are 365 students in Egypt. We don’t have any problem with the embassy; we are just occupying it in order to press them, so that the government can see our problems,” said Juma.

“We don’t have places to go, and that is why we came to the embassy.”

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