South Sudanese celebrating their independence in Juba
Very few areas in the world have suffered as much as the war-torn country formerly called Sudan, which really had reconfigured, through the ravishes of bloody conflict, into what became Northern and Southern Sudan, as well as Darfur in the West. War, civil war, political intrigues and human rights violations on an epic scale have been epidemic in Sudan for decades. Conflict between the largely Moslem North and more Christian and Animist South has been particularly brutal, but this ultimatley led to Southern Sudan winning the right to hold a referendum on becoming an independent nation this past January. The majority opted for succession, and Saturday, July 9th has just become the official birthday, already having arrived in our planet's newest country. They have already been partying in their new capital, Juba, and elsewhere:
Here is the latest video on the celebrations in Juba:
and a Channel 4 News Report:
From Mercy Corps on the changes that have taken place in the past six years in the area that is now officially called South Sudan:
From the BBC:
The BBC's Will Ross says the party has begun in the capital Juba
South Sudan has become the world's newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are among international dignitaries attending celebrations in the capital, Juba.
Sudan earlier became the first state to officially recognise its new neighbour.
The south's independence follows decades of conflict with the north in which some 1.5 million people died.
Celebrations in Juba began at midnight (2100 GMT). A countdown clock in the city centre reached zero and the new national anthem was played on television.
South Sudan became the 193rd country recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa. (FOR THE FULL ARTICLE WITH VIDEO CLICK HERE)