South Sudanese students in Zimbabwe walking to the embassy (Kat Monyjok Miakol)

In 2015, 148 South Sudanese students were sent to Zimbabwe on state scholarship to various universities. The South Sudanese Government managed to pay the first semester but never paid the rest of the semesters for all students under these scholarships. The head of the South Sudanese Association in Zimbabwe Kat Monyjok Miakol told SBS Dinka that he and his team have tried everything they could to report the situation to the Ministry of Education and the rest of the Government agencies but nothing materialized. 

Ajak Deng Chiengkou
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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 08:27
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The government paid the first semester when we first came but never again until now. This is our second year now and we received nothing at all. From that point; the school told us that we have helped you for the last two years. It is time to ask for help now from your Government That how we were expelled from the universities.

After all attempts, 28 students out of the 148 went to the South Sudanese embassy and occupied it. The 28 students have been sleeping on the embassy floor and they are in real need of basic needs from food and other sanitary needs. Among the 28 students are 5 girls who are also being faced by the reality of hardships. Achok Makuach told SBS Dinka that we can't even talk about the some of the most needed items by girls. Our issue now is to survive ad be able to buy a bread. Someone help us last week but I wonder if we can make it to coming Sunday. We have no food and we sleep on the floor of the embassy.