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A new country is born – South Sudan

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On Saturday, the world was introduced to a new country – South Sudan – Africa’s 54th country.

For many residents of the new South Sudan, this is a celebration.

For the last 56 years, there has been a civil war between the northern and southern parts of the country. So, it’s great to see the cheering and the celebratory videos.

But, now that South Sudan is on its own, it will struggle, said Shannon Orcutt, a policy assistant for STAND, an organization that fights to stop genocide in the Sudan.

When Sudan was just one country, the southern region received much of its funding from the north, so the country will have to build from scratch, she said.

“(South Sudan) will probably be one of the poorest countries in the world over the next decade,” Orcutt said.

Fighting between the new government and rebel group Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement, which created much of the conflict with the north, also continues, Orcutt said.

I think it’s great that this country will be free and the long-standing conflict with northern Sudan will cease. But the country will need help.

If you are interested in helping South Sudan, you can donate your resources through organizations such as Oxfam International and Save the Children.

Orcutt strongly suggested pressuring members of Congress to maintain the country’s international affairs budget and not hack into it.

Also don’t take your eye off Sudan because the Darfur crisis and other civil wars are still taking place there.

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Photo: Courtesy of The New York Times

One Response

  1. re26 says:

    So now would be nice to see a piece on the update here re: relations with Israel. The controversy over the deportation rationale, That S. Sudan is now safe for the nearly 10,000 refugees who fled to the country, is being questioned. Similarly, for Ethiopians, and Cote D’Ivoirians a similar issue has arisen. Would love to hear commentary from those in our local community who may have family or friends who fall under this ruling.