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Crossover: S. Sudan celebrates 1st year of independence

07-09-2012 16:52 BJT

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The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, marks its first year of independence Monday. Cleaners have swept Juba's dusty streets, hawkers have been peddling red, green and black national flags, and government workers have hung colourful bunting from lampposts to prepare for the ceremonies. South Sudan split from Sudan after a civil war that killed some 2 million people over two decades. But the jubilation that saturated the ramshackle capital last year has dimmed. The government is struggling to build institutions and stamp its authority over a vast, gun-riddled territory. The new nation is also struggling with an economic crisis and its border fighting with Sudan keeps tensions high.

For more on the anniversary, let's join our correspondent Robert Nagila in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Q1: How is the south Sudanese celebrating their nation's first birthday?

Q2: People in South Sudan are basking in the pride of their hard-won political freedom, but many may ask when they will enjoy the material benefits promised by the government. What more can you tell us about that?

Q3: And how are relations with Sudan now?

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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