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South Sudanese celebrate independence

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 01:47

July 10 - The people of South Sudan, the world's newest country, celebrate the birth of their nation. Andrew Raven reports.

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These are the streets of Juba, the capital of the one-day-old Republic of South Sudan. People here are excited about the prospects of their country, which gained its independence on Saturday following decades of civil war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARIAL KWIRR, JUBA RESIDENT: "We are still celebrating since last night we were dancing and it's still going on again; it will take us all this month, celebrating." That mood was reflected across the country. People poured into the streets of Africa's 54th state, waving the country's new flag and singing the praises of independence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOBOR ANDREW, JUBA RESIDENT: "We are going to manage ourselves, so things are going to be next to us and we will touch them rather than travelling far, getting passports from somewhere, time is going and interruptions come so here things are going to be within us and we get them in our time." South Sudan formally parted from the Arab-led Khartoum government just after midnight on Saturday. Hours later, the country's first president, Salva Kiir, took the oath of office. He stood alongside his foe for five decades, president of North Sudan Omar Hassan al-Bashir. South Sudan, though, has significant hurdles ahead. While it has sizable oil reserves, the country is desperately poor and still bears many of the scars of it's decades long war for independence. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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South Sudanese celebrate independence

Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 01:47