On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became the newest country in Africa, splitting from Sudan.
Joy Portella works for Mercy Corps and is now in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
She wrote a piece for the Seattle Times where she talks about what this means for Juba.
most people have shelved – at least temporarily – concerns about the country’s many challenges. People here are euphoric about independence, and festivities abound.
South Sudan has a long road ahead, but for now, let us all be happy for the possibilities that this brings. The South Sudanese are excited, after all.
In January 2011, 99% of South Sudanese voted for separation from Sudan.
Check out BTA’s South Sudan profile.