The World’s Newest Country

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South Sudan has been in the news a lot lately.

South Sudan is a country in Africa that gained independence in 2011. It is the newest country in the world, but it is also one of the most impoverished, unstable and corrupt countries on earth.

South Sudan’s capital city is Juba and its president is Salva Kiir Mayardit.

<p>A man waves South Sudan's national flag as he attends the Independence Day celebrations in the capital Juba, July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya </p>
A man waving the South Sudan flag

After a five-year civil war that killed two million people, the south gained its independence in 2011.

After a five-year civil war that killed two million people, the south gained its independence in 2011. The north and south had been part of Sudan since the country was formed in 1956. Before then, they had been separate countries: southern Sudan was known as the “Republic of South Sudan” and northern Sudan was called “Sudan.”

Ideas of civil war started in 1983 when rebels from southern Sudan wanted to separate from the government in Khartoum. Fighting broke out because of religion, resources such as oil, and conflict between ethnic groups within each region.

The country has been plagued by more conflict, poverty, and famine.

The country is in a state of emergency due to civil war that has been ongoing since 2013. The population is facing food insecurity and economic problems due to the ongoing conflict.

The government is corrupt and many people are not able to pay for basic services like health care or education because of lack of jobs. In 2017 over half the population was facing food insecurity according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The government is extremely corrupt.

As you might have guessed, corruption is a problem in many countries and it can be found in many industries. South Sudan is one of the most corrupt places on Earth and has been recognized as such by Transparency International since 2002. Corruption is a problem in many parts of the world and often goes unnoticed because it’s so common.

The government is now in civil talks with rebel groups to try to bring peace to the country.

The country is on fire. People are dying every day as a result of this conflict. The government is trying to negotiate a peace deal with rebel groups, so that they no longer fight against each other and can focus on bringing peace to the country.

South Sudan is the newest country in the world and it’s also one of the most impoverished and unstable.

It’s not hard to see why that’s the case: South Sudan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world; it has some of the highest rates of violence and civil unrest in Africa; and it has a history marked by genocide and mass atrocities that continue today.

In fact, according to data compiled by The Fund For Peace (FFP), an NGO focused on conflict prevention through research and analysis, South Sudan ranks 10th out of 163 countries when it comes to political stability/security conditions: 1 being “most stable” and 163 being “least stable” (which makes sense because “South Sudan” doesn’t even sound like a real nation—it sounds like something you’d say when trying out for Jeopardy).

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