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The Monitor's View How to rescue South Sudan

President Obama helped create the new country of South Sudan, and now he’s trying to save it from a violent civil war. He and others must first focus on building national identity and social trust.

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During his first term in office, one of President Obama’s proudest moments was his role in the creation of the world’s newest nation. South Sudan was born in 2011 in northeast Africa to end a long civil war in Sudan. Yet ever since a civil war erupted in South Sudan itself in 2013, Mr. Obama has been on a rescue mission. His quest is a tale about the need to first weave a country together with a common identity before anything else.

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