Renovating Juba International Airport, paving roads and clearing slums are just a few ongoing preparations for the historic day on 9 July when Southern Sudan declares its long-awaited independence.
Ayak Deng made her way to Abyei market early one May morning to buy the day’s food for herself and her mother, who was at home looking after her young son.
Peter Mokwe was in the wrong place at the wrong time when fighting broke out in Kadugli, Southern Kordofan State, on Monday afternoon.
Several internally displaced persons (IDPs) who recently arrived in Turalei, Warrap State, after fleeing conflict in Abyei were separated from family members as they left the disputed region.
Dubbed one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, the southern capital of Juba is also suffering a negative effect of rapid development -- rising waste on its streets.
Once a small, dusty village, Miri Barra is now teeming with men and women breaking rocks and sifting dirt through orange-coloured water 20 metres underground.
A brand new currency will rank high among the trappings of sovereignty that the Republic of South Sudan is expected to acquire after the formal proclamation of its independence in early July.
In tackling significant development challenges facing Southern Sudan, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) is preparing a mid-term plan in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). One of its proposals includes “social cash transfers” to the poor. In March 2011, UNDP invited author and London School of Economics Visiting Fellow Joseph Hanlon to assist by introducing the notion to the GoSS and other development partners. In Sudan interviewed him about the transfers and his proposals for Southern Sudan.
“Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow” is the motto guiding students of the recently opened Dr John Garang International School in Juba.
Children and elderly across Sudan seem to equally identify with the poem-turned-song “Oh My Charming Country” (“Ya Baladi Ya Habbob”). Gaining popularity overnight three decades ago, it depicts the ethnic diversity of Sudan and the passion Sudanese have for their country.