South Sudan Is Born
New nation celebrates its birth at midnight
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2011 6:03 AM CDT
Southern Sudanese celebrate independence from northern Sudan at midnight in Juba, Saturday, July 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pete Muller)
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(Newser) – The world has a new nation: South Sudan. Thousands of South Sudanese citizens celebrated today's milestone with a massive street party, reports AP. "This is a great day for me because it's a day that reflects the suffering that all southerners have had for almost 50 years," said a 24-year-old medical student. The new country is the result of a peace deal that ended the 1983-2005 civil war.

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