It’s been an exhilarating and profoundly moving few weeks for the people of South Sudan. On July 9, millions of people around the world watched the flag of the world’s newest nation being raised as South Sudan celebrated its independence. But as my World Vision colleagues and I watched the birth of Africa’s 54th nation, we also reflected on the many challenges facing the new country.
Literacy rates in South Sudan are among the lowest in the world… Humanitarian organizations provide most medical care. World Vision, for example, provides medical services for more than 1.3 million people through a network of more than 80 primary health-care centres throughout the country. Even with our efforts and those of other aid groups, conditions are such that one out of every seven children born in South Sudan will die before their fifth birthday…(...more)