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11 Jul 2011 description
report CARE

On 9 July, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country, after the historic vote for independence earlier this year. The people of South Sudan are looking hopefully to the future, but many challenges lie ahead. With more than 30 years’ experience working with Sudanese communities, CARE is committed to working in partnership with the people of South Sudan to tackle those challenges.

11 Jul 2011 description

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
The Washington Post
July 9, 2011

This weekend, in Juba, South Sudan, Africa’s 54th nation was born. Millions of people are celebrating a new national identity and new national promise. Like on our own July Independence Day 235 years ago, there is reason to hope for a better future — if the people and leaders of both Sudan and South Sudan commit themselves to the hard work ahead.

11 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 9 July 2011

The European Union (EU) and its Member States warmly congratulate the people of South Sudan on their independence.

11 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 9 July 2011
A 273/11

It is a great honour to be here in Juba to celebrate the birth of the Republic of South Sudan. This is my first visit to Juba. I'm sure it will not be the last.

The European Union and its Member States warmly congratulate the people of South Sudan on their independence. I would also like to congratulate His Excellency President Salva Kiir on having been sworn in as the President of the Republic of South Sudan.

09 Jul 2011 description
report UN News Service

9 July 2011 – Amid great jubilation, South Sudan today became the world's newest State, formally seceding from Sudan to attain independence in the culmination of a United Nations-facilitated peace process that ended decades of conflict.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was among the dozens of dignitaries from across the world attending the independence ceremony in the new country's capital, Juba, congratulated the people of South Sudan, pledging that the United Nations would help the new nation establish effective institutions of governance.

09 Jul 2011 description

Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken from Juba as the Republic of South Sudan formally secedes from Sudan and becomes an independent sovereign state.

Representing the UK at the independence ceremony the Foreign Secretary said that the UK Government stands with the people of South Sudan "as they seek a future of stability and prosperity".

"The people of the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan now have a chance to coexist peacefully as neighbours and to settle their remaining differences.

09 Jul 2011 description

The Australian Government has today formally recognised the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state.

South Sudan declared its independence today.

Australia warmly welcomes South Sudan into the community of nations.

Independence reflects the clear aspirations of the South Sudanese people, as expressed in January's credible and peaceful referendum.

We congratulate in particular Australia's large South Sudanese community, with Australia the largest voting site outside of Africa.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

Officially announcing the birth of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS), the Speaker of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly, James Wani Igga, has officially read out the declaration of the independence of South Sudan at the independence celebration at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba on Saturday.

09 Jul 2011 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KHARTOUM, July 9 (KUNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan marked its independence from Sudan in a proclamation of independence ceremony on Saturday, attended by African leaders and representatives of the international community.

Salva Kiir Mayardit, was sworn in as the country's president for an interim period of four years, during the ceremony held at a public square opposite the John Garang Mausoleum.

09 Jul 2011 description

South Sudan burst into song, dance, and exultation as people ushered in July 9. Today, South Sudan officially becomes the world's newest nation after decades of armed liberation struggle.

By Maggie Fick, Correspondent / July 9, 2011

Juba, South Sudan

As the hours and minutes counted down to midnight, the sheer joy of freedom began to electrify the world's newest capital.

09 Jul 2011 description

9 June 2011 --On this historic occasion of the Republic of South Sudan becoming an independent country, UNHCR joins with other international organizations and people the world over to welcome the newest member of the family of nations.

The approximately 350,000 former refugees who have returned to South Sudan over the past six years and the thousands of southerners joining them from elsewhere in Sudan will play a key role in securing the conditions for the new state to prosper, none being more important than peace.

09 Jul 2011 description
  • South Sudan born a new nation at midnight

  • Darfur rebels join celebrations in south capital

  • North, south still have to resolve disputes (Updates with quotes, Darfur rebels presence, detail)

By Alexander Dziadosz and Jeremy Clarke

JUBA, July 9 (Reuters) - Thousands of South Sudanese danced through the night to mark the first hours of their independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.

09 Jul 2011 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

One the eve of Southern Sudan’s independence, a top Southern Sudanese official said the people of the region had reached a day they had been struggling for since 1920.

“This has been a very expensive and painful exercise, with over 2.5 million people dead.” Government of Southern Sudan Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin said today at a Juba press conference.

He added that all would bear witness to history – the transformation of the map of Africa – and the realization of southern people’s dreams -- the Republic of South Sudan.

09 Jul 2011 description
report World Bank

JUBA, July 8, 2011–World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili, arrives here Saturday as head of the World Bank delegation participating in festivities to mark the independence of South Sudan.

The fast-growing city of Juba, which will be the capital of Africa’s 55th nation, is drabbed in its best colors and Juba International Airport is at its busiest, welcoming thousands of guests expected for the occasion; among them, about 30 African heads of state, according to official sources.

09 Jul 2011 description

by Adam Abkar Ali | in Society | 07.07.2011

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese government has announced southerners living in the north can no longer keep their jobs.

The government statement was announced by the Ministry of Labour.

Sadiq Joma Bab al-Kheir, the Ministry’s acting undersecretary, said the move is in accordance with a decree issued on 9 June that dismissed all southerners working in the Khartoum government.

09 Jul 2011 description

Georgia Afton, U.S. Communications Coordinator: 612-871-0005 x29 gafton@nonviolentpeaceforce.org
Mel Duncan, Director of Advocacy and Outreach: 651-245-8706 mduncan@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

July 8, 2011 — Minneapolis, MN

As Southern Sudan celebrates its first independence day, unarmed civilian peacekeeping — a new approach to human security with Minnesota roots — is saving lives and protecting civilians there.

09 Jul 2011 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Co-Director, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

09 Jul 2011 description
report Medair

As one of the longest serving international NGOs in South Sudan, Medair continues to provide vital support to the people of this new nation at this momentous time in Africa’s history.

On 9 July, South Sudan officially became its own country, independent from Sudan’s northern states. For more than two decades, Sudan’s north and south engaged in a deadly civil war that ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Today, six years later, the two regions will govern themselves independently of one another as two separate countries.

08 Jul 2011 description

08 July 2011
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

"In view of the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and in Sudan, Sweden is now allocating additional humanitarian support to the region to help people in distress," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

08 Jul 2011 description

LEADING UK humanitarian agencies are launching a joint appeal to help more than 10 million people in East Africa parts of which are suffering their worst drought in over half a century.

Caught up in the crisis are thousands of families trekking for days across parched scrubland from Somalia to Kenya – including barefoot children with no food or water.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced today (Thursday, 7.7.11) that appeals will be broadcast on Friday by ITV/ITN, BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel Five.

DEC Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said: