South Sudan: 5 key questions answered

The Republic of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is one of the most underdeveloped nations on earth. But it may be able to overcome the obstacles it faces – if it finds peace with its northern neighbor.

5. When will South Sudan be self-sufficient?

Nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies currently provide 80 percent of basic services to south-erners. This will not change in the short term.

Gradual transfer of service delivery from NGOs and the UN to the South Sudanese government will hopefully begin in the coming years.

If it does not, growing discontent from citizens could hurt the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement, which leads the government, and stoke internal violence and insecurity as frustration builds among the most marginalized minority ethnic groups.

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