The referendum ballot that led to the creation of the new nation of South Sudan. Credit: ACT/DCA/Nils Carstensen

The new country of South Sudan was officially brought into being on July 9. In the new capital of Juba thousands came out to celebrate this historic moment and lament the tragedy that has gone before it.

As this new country takes its first steps it is still struggling with the legacy of violence between northern and southern Sudan as well as issues of poverty, health and education. Take a moment to read the ACT Alliance story South Sudan: warm welcome to unsteady nation to learn more about how the ELCA through its partnership in ACT has been and will continue working with the southern Sudanese as they become citizens of their own country.

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