Sudan is now two countries. As of Saturday, July 9th, 2011, South Sudan is an independent nation. After years of civil war. Officially recognized by the United Nations, Africa’s newest nation emerges from decades of civil war. After a highly publicized and longstanding conflict, the result is
With the fact of independence a reality after nearly five years, the question is, what now ? How will South Sudan be welcomed into the fold of the international African community? How will the nation rebuild its infrastructure, and relate to the African Union? So many questions, most of which will be answered by the passage of time. But for now, its time to welcome the newly independent South Sudan as Africa’s newest country.
Quick Facts about South Sudan:
- Population is roughly 8 million
- The capital is Juba
- In the January 2011 referendum, 98% of the people voted for independence
- South Sudan is bordered by Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda
-Marc W. Polite