The Staggers 9 July 2011 The first day of South Sudan How the African press reported the birth of a new nation Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Celebrations in the captial Juba began at midnight - the moment South Sudan became an independent nation. It is the 193rd country to be recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa. After a long conflict with the north, in which 1.5 million people died, and a prolonged and anguished peace process, the declaration of independence heralded a moment of jubilation in the new country. Here's how the African press reported the event: From allafrica.com: US Sees Historic, But Fragile Moment in Sudan From newsudanvision.com: The meaning behind declaration of South Sudan independence From southsudannewsagency.com: Constitutional Debate: On the Controversy Surrounding the Proposed Presidential Powers in the Draft Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan From gurtong.net: South Sudan's Day Of Freedom Dawns From irinnews.org: Rethinking demobilisation and disarmament in post-independence Sudan › The celebs fight back Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!