On July 9, 2011, The Republic of South Sudan became Africa’s 54th state and the world’s newest nation. This freedom comes after more than five decades of civil war in Sudan and at the cost of approximately two million lost lives. Salva Kiir will be the first president to lead The Republic of South Sudan. While South Sudan has won its freedom, the people of South Sudan will still face many challenges in the months and years to come.
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After Years of Struggle, South Sudan Becomes a Nation (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)
This article from the New York Times summarizes the celebration and flag raising that took place in Juba, South Sudan. It also highlights the events that started with a war conflicted country and made this celebration of freedom possible.
Southern Sudan Votes to Split From the North (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)
CNN reports on the January Referendum resulting in a majority vote of 98.83% in favor of South Sudan splitting from the North and becoming its own country.
South Sudan: How Long Will the Smiles Last? (find it on ipl2)
The Republic of South Sudan and its people will face many challenges now that South Sudan is officially recognized as its own nation. These challenges include high mortality rates, lack of formal education, security along the border, and control of oil deposits.
South Sudan: Independence is Just the Beginning (find it on ipl2: Reference – News and Current Events)
Some analysts are already predicting this new nation’s failure. The director of Mercy Corps discusses three challenges that South Sudan will face: poverty, conflict, and economic woes.
If you’d like to read more about South Sudan and the Referendum Commission you can view our blog post from January, 26, 2011, Sudan votes for independence.
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