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South Sudan is a new nation in East-Central Africa, having claimed their independence from North Sudan on July 9, 2011 after a two decade war.  The South Sudanese are exuberantly joyful, open-hearted people, despite the struggles they have faced with many years of violence in their country. Through South Sudan runs the Nile River along with several lush National Parks.  The country is known for its warm, tropical climate and delicious tropical fruits.

Quick Facts
Official Name: Republic of South Sudan
Capital City: Juba
Official Language: English
Common Languages: Juba Arabic, Dinka, Nuer, Zande, Bari, Shilluk
Population: 8.26 million
Climate: Tropical
Currency: South Sudan Pound (3.6 SSDP to 1 US dollar)
Primary Religions: Christianity- Roman Catholic, Anglican
Economy: 51% are below the poverty line

Health Stats:
- HIV/AIDS prevalence 3.1%
- 45% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water
- 1 out of every 3 persons suffered from food deprivation in 2009
- Highest maternal mortality rate in the world (1 in 7)
- Life expectancy: 59 years (male and female)