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9 July 2011updated 17 Jan 2024 6:11am

The first day of South Sudan

How the African press reported the birth of a new nation

By New Statesman

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

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