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South Sudan Celebrates First Anniversary Despite Rough Beginnings

One year ago today, southern Sudanese emerged out of the civil war spanning two decades and causing over 2 million deaths to stake their claim as the world’s newest nation. But freedom comes with a price, and on South Sudan’s first anniversary, the unstable government is scrambling to meet basic needs on tight funds while skeptical civilians watch and wait. More than food and water, civilians are asking governing officials for peace and protection.