Welcome South Sudan!

July 9, 2011 at 7:29 PM (Uncategorized)

Welcome to the world!  Today, July 9, 2011, the nation of South Sudan formally declared itself as an independent nation.  It’s entrance into the international community brings a tally of 196 nations around our Earth!

South Sudan held an independence ceremony this morning.  It separated from Sudan prime, after enduring years of cultural and tribal warfare.  The nation has declared Salva Kiir Mayardit as it’s first official President.  He is a prior leader of a rebel faction that meant to gain liberation from Sudan.  Mayardit’s placement into official office signals this new nation’s intent to maintain recognized sovereignty, and to find placement within an ever-adapting international community.

South Sudan will be the 54th nation on the continent of Africa.  It’s creation will signifcantly reduce the size of Sudan, which was Africa’s geographically largest nation.  It will be bordered to the north by Sudan, to the east by Ethiopia, and to the west by Central African Republic.  Three nations will border South Sudan at it’s southern border; The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya.  The city of Juba will serve as it’s national capital. 

Sudan had been entrenched in national warfare for decades.  Tribal factions of the nation’s southern region long-wanted separation from the official government, citing cultural and religious differences.  Now, with South Sudan situated as an independent state, three-fourths of the Sudanese oil reserves currently are controlled by the new nation.  This fact likely will lead to further frustrations between both nations, as oil is the major force of their economies. 

This morning, President Obama made a public statement to offer The United States’ official recognition of South Sudan.  The President spoke of “a new dawn” emerging from the darkness of warfare, as he reminded listeners that the global atlas will need to be amended.  The nation has yet to join any levels of international community organizations, like The United Nations, as The U.N. Security Council is placing into effect the action UNMISS, which will have nearly 8,000 police officers and security forces to maintain temporary levels of outside peacekeeping assistance.










    South Sudanese celebrate Independence Day in Juba    




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