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South Sudan is a country located in East Africa. Juba is the current capital of South Sudan. It will be moved to Ramciel in the future.

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States and Counties

South Sudan is divided into ten states which correspond to three historical regions of the Sudan: Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria, and Greater Upper Nile.

September 2, 2011: The Council of Ministers of South Sudan has approved the capital city to be moved from Juba to Ramciel.

States and Geography

South Sudan lies between latitudes 3° and 13°N, and longitudes 24° and 36°E. It is covered in tropical forest, swamps, and grassland. The White Nile passes through the country, passing by Juba.

October 28, 2011: Plans are underway to construct a new bridge of 650 meters long on River Nile. Resident Representative of JICA signs the final draft of the plan which will be submitted to Government of Japan for discussion. On approval, a final diplomatic agreement would be signed between the Government of South Sudan and Japan which paves the way for construction.

Demographics

August 10, 2011: President Salva Kiir Mayardit interacted with the members of the Community of Mukaya Payam in Lainya County at Presidential Guest House, J-1. The community was headed by its Chief Bullen Soro Eliaba. The community delegation pledged and assured of their support to the President in the equal development of the nation.
July 27, 2011: Interior Minister General Gier Chuang Along accused politicians and intellectuals of causing problems at the grass roots level in Jonglei state at a meeting in Bor.
  • The Minister said, 'We need to be united. Don’t just say unity, unity and as soon we disperse we say different issues, it doesn’t work'.
July 22, 2011: Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin hosted a delegation of the Lau Nuer community from the greater Upper Nile in his office in Juba and called for a peaceful co-existence, stay united and work for the building of the country. He urged the various communities to participate effectively in the development of education, healthcare, roads and clean drinking water systems especially in the rural areas.
July 22, 2011: President Kiir said in Juba that the next cabinet expansion will be based on qualification of the candidates and not based on tribal representation. The current care taker government had 32 ministers of which 12 are from the Dinka ethnic group, 6 from Nuer community and the remaining 14 positions from the rest of the communities of the region. Kirr said that tribal representation will be effective at state level and not at national level.
July 16, 2011: Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek while celebrating Mass. The 74-year-old Italian Comboni missionary had been working in South Sudan since 1981, enduring the nation’s 1983-2005 civil war. He even risked his own life many times for the nation. At one point, he was kidnapped by rebel fighters and kept in 24 hours. He was named Bishop of Rumbek in 1999. On July 9, he presided over the official opening prayer during the Independence Day celebration at Freedom Square in Rumbek, which made South Sudan the newest nation of Africa.

Economy

Stanbic Bank Juba Branch by June 2012
August 19, 2011: One person died and two injured in an attack on the currency exchange center at Warrap forcing the official of Central Bank of South Sudan (CBoSS) evacuate the center to Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal state. Minister of information and official spokesman of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin confirmed the attack. The deadline to end the exchange process is set for September 1, 2011.
August 16, 2011: President Salva Kiir Mayardit made some key changes in top positions at the Central Bank of South Sudan and Supreme Court of the Republic of South Sudan. The changes are made vide presidential decrees.
August 11, 2011: The Governor of Central Bank of South Sudan Elijah Malok said that the country has adequate hard currency reserves to last several more months. Though he did not divulge the amount, he assured the country that the reserve is adequate to support the government and public business.
July 30, 2011: Minister Pagan Amum Okech announced that the Government of Sudan has withdrawn the discriminatory fees levied for using its oil infrastructure by South Sudan. The Minister addressed spoke with the press at the Juba International Airport soon after returning from Addis Ababa. He said that the two countries will hold consultations to come at a mutually beneficial terms.
July 18, 2011: South Sudan begins shipping oil for the first time as an independent nation. Director General for Energy in South Sudan, Arkangelo Okwang, said, 'We have already started shipping - we shipped 1m barrels today'. Okwang said that both shipments were of low-quality "Dar blend" from Blocks 3 and 7, which abut the border with the north, and were bought by Chinaoil.

Games & Sports

Captain Duop Pouch Joak, the Deputy Chairperson of the South Sudan Football Association announced that South Sudan will join the Confederation of African Football by February 2012.

Religion

November 28, 2011: President Salva Kiir Mayardit called for joint efforts and cooperation between Government and the Church for a strong foundation for peace and stability among the communities in the country. The President addressed the faithful on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Yei River County. Kiir called on Yei River citizens to remain united in good and in difficult situations.

Other information

December 20, 2011: Vice-President Riek Machar Teny announces the death of George Athor at a press conference in Juba.
August 19, 2011: At least 640 people are killed and over 861 injured when armed groups infiltrated into Peiri and Pulchuol Payams districts of Jonglei by neighboring Murle tribesmen. A team having various ministers and officials visited the region. The team included state minister of Public Service, Recheal Nyadut, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Gabriel Gai Riem, the Minister of Animal and Fisheries, Nyang Lul, two MPs of Uror County, Moses GatKuoth Lony and Moses Mayul Bol among others. Speaking at the Bor Airport, Gatkuoth said that women and children were the major victims of the clashes. Thousands of cattle are stolen.
August 19, 2011: Health: A health center that provides health services, health education and training in hygiene promotion in Haforiere and the surrounding communities of Kiyalla, Tirrangore and Mara built by African Union Liaison Office in Juba in association with South Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund (SSRDF) was handed to the Haforiere village, Torit County, Eastern Equatoria State.
August 10, 2011: Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Madut Biar Yel was confirmed that .ss and .ssd are allotted to South Sudan as the alpha-2 Internet domain code and alpha-3 numeric code.
July 30, 2011: South Sudan celebrated its first Martyrs’ Day. The day observes and reminds of the great sacrifice made by the heroes and heroines of liberation who paid the ultimate price for the liberation of the country. President Salva Kiir Mayardit made a public address in this regard. He called upon the youth to leave tribalism and start working on the construction of the country. He called upon for the improvement of agriculture which feeds the country. Addressing the armed forces, he asked them to remain disciplined and respect human rights. The day coincides with the day Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the late leader of the SPLM/A, died in a helicopter crash on his way back to South Sudan from a meeting in Uganda in 2005.
July 29, 2011: Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide Dr. Francis Deng, giving a lecture on the challenges of identity and nationhood. He said, 'South Sudan being one of the countries in Africa least affected by modernity should use its diverse cultural values for socio-economic development'
July 28, 2011: Former Member of Parliament from South Sudan Legislative Assembly Hon. William Wuor Dador died on July, 2011 in Juba. His body was transferred to Bentiu. South Sudan VP Riek Machar Teny and Father Gabriel were at funeral of William Wuor Dador. Wuor was the first member of parliament representing Rubkotna county since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement by North and South Sudan in 2005.
History: There is little documentation of the history of the South Sudan until the beginning of Egyptian rule in Sudan in the early 1820s and the subsequent extension of this rule into the south. Information before that time is based largely on oral history.
July 19, 2011: Minister of Information and Broadcasting Barnaba Marial Benjamin apologised to citizens of Western Equatoria State after the state’s referendum result was not produced in the Page 58 of the 'historic book', actually titled 'Birth of a nation', that was produced by the ministry to give thanks to all the ten states for having voted for the secession of the country. The State Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro highlighted about this in the meeting with the Minister in Juba.
July 19, 2011: Unity State Authorities gathered Tuesday to discuss the policy to be use by private banking institutions on the conversion of old Sudan Pounds to the new South Sudanese Pound. The deputy governor of Unity State William Dawut Riak and state Minister of Finance Thomas Jal Kume briefed Kenya Commercial Bank and Ivory Bank of Bentiu branches in Bentiu on the two month period to exchange all Sudanese Pounds into the new currency.
July 19, 2011: Caretaker Minister for Information Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged the states to disseminate information widely so that the citizens of the country and the international community can be adequately informed of the events and development projects in their respective states.
July 16, 2011: Chairperson of the SPLM youth league Akol Kordit says a law needs to be brought out that will bar government officials from possessing houses abroad.
July 15, 2011: President Salva Kiir Mayardit honors Dr. Conradin Perner (aka Mr. Kwacha Kworol), expert and father of the lost boys who worked tirelessly during the struggle with the SPLA.
July 15, 2011: Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny speaks during the UN Security Council meeting on 13 July 2011.
July 14, 2011: Amnesty, in its report, said that the intense fighting between the SPLA and armed opposition groups have killed hundreds of civilians and displaced more than 10,000 people in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei States of the new nation.
  • 'SPLA forces have been responsible for serious violations, including unlawful killings and the destruction of homes and other civilian properties'
Humanitarian Aid: July 11, 2011: IsraAid, an umbrella group of Israeli and Jewish humanitarian aid organizations, announced an aid package aid package worth $100,000 will include food, clean water, medical supplies and other non-food items.
July 13, 2011: South Sudan gets a country code for its own! 211 was issued as the country code for telecommunications by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Madut Biar Yel announced this in an address to the media. The code will be effective 48 hours after the United Nations Organization formally recognizes the country after its meeting. The Minister urged the telecommunication providers to update their setups accordingly.
July 12, 2011: Many people of Khartoum are reported to be leaving to South Sudan because they are uncertain about their future in the region. Around 300,000 southerners have already left while a million more are in the north.

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