South Sudan becomes independent on 9 July

South Sudan flag

South Sudan flag

• As South Sudan prepares for its independence on 9 July, humanitarian challenges such as food shortages and displacement remain. Many of the 1.4 million people living in South Kordofan border state between the north and the south are in need of humanitarian aid. There is also the issue of the citizenship of the people in the two Sudans.

Veteran African diplomat says both Sudans need to cooperate

Parade rehearsal

• Veteran African diplomat, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim says that both north and South Sudan will continue to face challenges after July9. He stresses that both countries need to cooperate for the benefit of their people. Dr. Salim hopes that once the euphoria is over  South and north Sudan will see the need to work together.

South Sudan beefs up security and upgrade infrastructure

South Sudan

• South Sudan is beefing up security and upgrading its infrastructure as it prepares to celebrate independence on July 9. Police are confiscating illegal weapons, workers are renovating buildings. Everyone is pitching in to make the newest African country look beautiful.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor:Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant:Charles Appel
Studio Engineer:Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

For more pictures from UN Photo: South Sudan – Path to Statehood

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