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The Independence of South Sudan

Filed in South Sudan by on April 6, 2012 0 Comments

The Independence of South Sudan

South Sudan has been internationally declared independent at midnight on the 9th of July 2011. At this time all South Sudanese partied and ended 20 years of struggle against the regime of the northern capital Khartoum in Sudan.

Scattered throughout the city of Juba huge billboards, posters, banners and advertisements congratulated the new country, its president and also Dr. John Garang Mabior, considered a martyr of independence and who now has his mausoleum and a statue in the area of Avenue of Nations.

In many places around the city and even a few days after independence there was a lot of people celebrating and dancing on the streets. Happiness was visible in the expressions of the people all around the Juba

I had the opportunity to travel South Sudan during the early days of independence. The reason I went to East Africa at this point was expressly to go see the celebrations. The borders closed so I was not there on July 9. The borders were opened on the 11th, and then I got the first bus out of Kampala towards Juba. I was the first Portuguese to cross the border of the new country of South Sudan

The police stamping passports told me: “Congratulations, you are the first Portuguese to enter the new South Sudan.”

South Sudan visa

You can see in the photo above, my “South Sudan travel permit” that I made in South Sudan border since the embassy in Kenya and Uganda stopped issuing these documents during the days of independence, for national security reasons.