Barbecue celebrates country’s anniversary

BUILDING LINKS: Senior Constable Marty Howells, left, and Senior Constable Tess McManus, right, of Colac police, will join Colac’s South Sudanese residents including Bol Joar Riek and James Tut at a barbecue tomorrow celebrating South Sudan’s fifth anniversary of forming a nation.

BUILDING LINKS: Senior Constable Marty Howells, left, and Senior Constable Tess McManus, right, of Colac police, will join Colac’s South Sudanese residents including Bol Joar Riek and James Tut at a barbecue tomorrow celebrating South Sudan’s fifth anniversary of forming a nation.

Colac’s South Sudanese residents are forging strong ties in the city, as they celebrate alongside police at a fifth anniversary barbecue tomorrow.

Diversitat’s Chris Swain said the South Sudanese community members were busy preparing food for tomorrow’s event to celebrate the Republic of South Sudan separating from Sudan and becoming an independent state in 2011.

“It’s a bit more significant this year, because due to conflict in the South Sudanese region, there will be no celebrations there, so people here will be trying to fill that gap a bit,” Mr Swain said.

He said Colac police wanted to “start building links with the various communities here”, and after two successful joint events between the police and the Afghan community, the South Sudanese group decided to invite officers to tomorrow’s event.

“Last year the police had a couple of meetings with the Afghan community, they celebrated their New Year celebration and six months later the police invited the Afghan community members to their police station to celebrate the UN Day of Tolerance,” he said.

Mr Swain said the police thought it was important to show the recent arrivals the police station “so that it is not a scary place to go to if they need to in the future”.

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