09 / 07 / 2021

South Sudan Independence Day

Today marks South Sudan's Independence Day.



South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. It gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after a bloody civil war.




?? The first child born after the independence of South Sudan was a boy and was given the name ‘Independent’.


?South Sudan is a multilingual country with people speaking over 60 indigenous languages because of the diversity of their ethnic groups.


?South Sudan has an abundance of wildlife including giraffes, buffalos, lions, elephants and hartebeest (large antelope).


?? Most people in the country reside in rural areas and live on less than a dollar a day. People live in thatched-roofed houses located in areas with poor sanitation. Eighty percent of the population has no access to any toilet facility.


? The civil war has caused a lot of damage to the economy with the value of the country’s currency on a constant decline. Right now the country has one of the lowest GDP per capita in the world.


? In South Sudan, the wealth is measured by the number of cattle that each family owns.