South Sudan raises new flag at independence

  

South Sudan becomes the 54th African country

The flag of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has been raised at an independence ceremony in the capital Juba. 

Thousands of people celebrated the birth of their country on Saturday. 

South Sudan became independent after a referendum in January which was part of a peace process that brought an end to a decades long conflict with the north. 

Joe Contreras an information officer from the UN mission in Sudan says when the independence celebrations are over. the hard work begins 

 "The Republic of South Sudan enters the family of nations at the bottom or near the bottom of nearly every human development index you care to think of. The highest maternal mortality in the world. Eighty per cent roughly of the female population is illiterate. There are tremendous deficiencies in infrastructure, shortcomings that will have to be surmounted, not through the fault of the South Sudanese but through decades of neglect and of course the ravages of two civil wars." 

Duration: 34"

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