Today marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the world’s youngest country, South Sudan. In January 2011, approximately 99% of the majority Christian southern regions of Sudan voted for independence from the majority Muslim north. The people’s will was realized on July 9, 2011 when the two countries officially split. There were, however, issues left to resolve – particularly about the oil reserves that straddle the new international border.
In 2013, a civil war broke out in South Sudan as deputy Riek Machar and some of his followers were accused of attempting a coup against President Salva Kiir. This led to a war lasting the past two-plus years that left thousands dead across the struggling young nation. In April 2016, Machar was sworn in as Kiir’s newest Vice President in an attempt to end the violence. We will have to wait and see what happens!
“South Sudan Rebel Chief Riek Machar Sworn in as Vice-President.” BBC News. 26 April 2016.
Featured Image: “Flag of South Sudan.” By User:Achim1999 – http://www.fotw.us/flags/ss.html / Flag of the World, Public Domain.