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South Sudan has called on the U.N. to continue its support of the youngest country in the world. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Only two years after this victory, however, the country was torn apart by civil war. That war has continued to this day as two factions struggle to gain control of the country. The president believes that the world has lost the stamina to continue support for the country who has been fighting for more than 4 years. The majority of people in South Sudan are Christian and are suffering at the hands of those fighting this brutal and bloody civil war.

 

2017-10-06 South Sudan (AllAfrica)Peace is not a one-day affair or event, it requires our collective effort,” said South Sudan’s Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, while addressing the General Assembly at the UN.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, celebrated its six-year anniversary on July 9 this year, with its president, Salva Kirr, marking 2017 as the ‘Year of Peace and Prosperity.’

A mere two years after its split from Sudan, a country plagued by decades-long of ethnic-based civil war between Arab and non-Arab tribes, the independent state of South Sudan erupted in conflict when President Kiir, a Dinka, accused his then vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer, of attempting a coup.

Amid heightening political tensions, violent skirmishes flared up in the nation’s capital of Juba in mid-December 2013 between loyalist soldiers from both parties. South Sudan has been mired in conflict ever since – much to the dismay of its citizens who hadn’t imagined they would carry the torch of war into their new republic.

Three months into a peace agreement signed by both parties in August 2015, the conflict reached a boiling point in December 2015 when President Kiir dissolved South Sudan’s 10 regional states and established 28 new states, resulting in a surge of violence beyond the capital, to several areas of the country.

 

 

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