In Pictures: South Sudan is born

Source: english.aljazeera.net
On July 9, tens of thousands gathered in Juba to celebrate the birth of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. Citizens along with a number of foreign dignitaries watched as the flag of the world’s 193rd country was raised in its new capital. South Sudan seceded from Sudan after decades of civil war that cost millions of lives. At the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, a statue was raised of John Garang – the longtime leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – and South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit stood side by side with Omar al-Bashir, his counterpart in the north and a longtime opponent of southern independence.

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