In January, 2011, a referendum was held under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, during which an overwhelming 99% of voters voiced preference for separation from the rest of Sudan.
Following this referendum, the Sudanese government officially announced its recognition of South Sudan as an independent state at 12:01 am on Friday, July 9, 2011.
Susan Davis’ article, “Republic of South Sudan: Dreams of a New Nation”
appeared in Huffpost World
the day of this magnificent event. Susan emphasizes that “the South Sudanese are survivors and resilient.” They are capable of becoming “engines of economic growth and citizens of a vibrant democracy.” Upon embracing the potential of its people, South Sudan will realize the national dreams of peace and a better future that accompany its independence.
Members of BRAC on the ground in South Sudan were able to capture this momentous occasion. Click here
to view a picture slideshow of South Sudan’s independence celebrations on July 9, 2011.
Join the celebrations for the South Sudan Independence by visiting www.welcome193.org
and tweeting with #Welcome193