Posted by: Ed Darrell | July 24, 2011

New nation in Africa: South Sudan

After a vote last year moderated by the United Nations, the southern portion of Sudan was declared independent from the rest of Sudan.  On July 9, 2011, the process reached an official resolution, with the new nation of South Sudan declared and recognized by the United Nations.

The southern portion’s breaking away from Sudan occurred after a couple of decades of violence, revolution, counter-attacks, and genocide.  Along the way, Sudan turned its army and an army of mercenaries against its western peoples, too, in Darfur.  Independence for South Sudan was hoped to bring more stability and perhaps some peace to the nation.

This report from PBS’s Need to Know explained circumstances on July 9, the date of independence.


  1. Mr.darrells!

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