Western- and UN-backed aid organizations have lined up to support the fledgling Republic of South Sudan, but the challenges facing the nation 'would tax even the most developed of countries.'
As its independence draws near, South Sudan has yet to agree how to divide oil revenues with its northern neighbor, which has the infrastructure to export the oil the south needs to sell to survive.
On Saturday, after decades of civil war and almost two centuries of rule by outsiders, South Sudan will finally become an independent state. Here's a look at the road the fledgling nation has traveled to get to where it is today.
Maymona, 28, from Sudan sits on a bed at her home in Juba, South Sudan, June 8, 2014. Maymona is from Sudan's Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state. The state remained part of Sudan after the secession of the South three years ago, and has been the scene of clashes between rebels and the Sudanese military.
The latest United Nations report on violence in South Kordofan, Sudan, says that displaced persons were pressured into returning to their homes in the capital city, which they fled earlier this month.
While there are flaws with the idea of providing air defense capabilities to South Sudan, it may be the best option for protecting civilians, writes guest blogger David Sullivan from the ENOUGH advocacy group.