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south sudan oyee!

July 19, 2011

Last week I caravaned up to Juba with several of the Sisters, a few Uganda MCC-ers, and a handful of assorted friends. We went to partake in the first independence festivities of the Republic of South Sudan. Because really, how often do you get to celebrate the birth of a nation for the very first time in history? July 9th marked the official secession of South Sudan from the North, making the Republic of South Sudan the newest country on earth, the 193rd country in the world, and the 55th country in Africa.

A lovely time was had…

We reunited with the Sudan MCCers

We feasted on delicious Sudanese Ful

We scored some sweet independence swag. Please note that my shirt reads, “I Got 99 Problems But Bashir Ain’t One.” And yes, that is indeed a venn diagram with Bashir’s head.

We toasted at midnight of Independence Eve, watched prayer lanterns rise above Juba, and beat our empty Heineken cans in order with the government’s call for country-wide “drumming and ringing of bells” to mark the dawn of Independence Day.

We waved flags and yelled “South Sudan oyee!” a million times over at an Independence Day parade

We listened to the declaration speeches by radio and attempted to ward off heat stroke after our morning at the parade. (Picture stolen from Heather’s blog.)

We joined in an evening at a cultural center that included traditional dancing, lip-syncing performances of SPLM themed hip-hop, and a fireworks show.

Welcome to the world, Republic of South Sudan!

For more reflections on independence in South Sudan, check out a few posts by fellow MCCers:  Heather, Kaitlyn, & Luke.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2011 10:11 pm

    Great roundup and pictures! Thanks for sharing, Liz!

  2. August 13, 2012 5:20 pm

    i can’t wait till i go back there some day in god name and thanks for sharing with us.

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