I’ll admit that if I didn’t have a son and now a daughter-in-law working in South Sudan I might not even know that it exists. Even our study of Africa this year was a direct result of having a family member working there. And as new as the curriculum we were using was there was only one Sudan in the book.
South Sudan was born on July 9, 2011. It was a birth that was not without a lot of pain. There were the pain of a long years of war. Now they were a new nation but they faced lots of growing pains. South Sudan recently celebrated their second birthday. While there was much excitement at its birth the everyday realities of building a nation have not been easy. Recently my son posted the following link on his Facebook page about the independence not being a beautiful as first hoped. When a country has been ravaged by war for a long time there are lots of things that need to be overcome. Despite the obvious lack of infrastructure there is also the difficulty in repatriating the new nation. Part of the work my son has done with MCC in South Sudan has been to help individuals and villages rebuild their life.
Jacob shared about the excitement of the people when they voted first to be a nation and then for their first president. The right to vote is something we take for granted and it’s hard to image experiencing your first chance to vote. Now they face more upheaval as their president has fired his vice-president and cabinet ministers as reported in this article in the Sudan Tribune. Not all people think this is a bad idea as reported in this article Gurtong.