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In Juba, parishioners at Sunday services join their priest in celebrating the establishment of the day-old Republic of South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Susan Michal, center, is overcome with joy as she and other parishioners join their priest in welcoming their new country during Sunday services.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Altar boys burn incense during Sunday morning Catholic services in the new Republic of South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Lolimo Lepuki, 16, is among the juveniles held at Juba Prison. Like other prisoners, he wished he had been released to celebrate South Sudan's independence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

At the Juba Prison, inmates say they wished they had been freed to celebrate their nation's independence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A man takes a nap in the heat of the day at Juba's prison. Inmates had hoped to be released to mark South Sudan's independence day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Men and boys walk the prison grounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The men at Juba's prison wander freely, passing the time playing soccer. Inmates say they are responsible for supplying their own clothes and food, and once they have served their sentence, they must pay a fee to get out.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Ethnic groups from across the country take part in South Sudan's independence day celebrations in Juba, the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Narkina Akino bursts into tears after the reading of the declaration of independence in Juba, South Sudan. Her husband was killed in the civil war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Red carpets are rolled out for the independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A festive tie is part of the hoopla in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Thousands attend independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

South Sudanese citizens sing during independence celebrations in Juba, the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A woman is rehydrated in a Red Cross medical tent in Juba, South Sudan, where people waited for hours in the scorching heat to see the celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

South Sudan's new currency is shown off during celebrations in Juba, the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Soldiers with war injuries take part in the parade during independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Dignitaries wait for officials below the parade viewing stand during independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Security is tight for independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

South Sudan residents take to the streets of the capital to ring in their independence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Bari ethnic group gather to celebrate ahead of independence day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Members of the Bari ethnic group celebrate. Many southern Sudanese have returned from abroad to join the festivities.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

A man carries South Sudan's flag.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Bari women dance to celebrate independence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Children play in the village of Rajaf, 10 miles outside the capital, Juba. The world's newest country faces huge hurdles, including widespread poverty and illiteracy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The homes and life in Rajaf are typical of South Sudan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Members of parliament Stephen Agongo, left, and Ngnog Deng Gumand learn the words to the South Sudan national anthem shortly after signing the new constitution.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Returnees gather water for their families, who have set up temporary housing along the Nile River. The returnees took a grueling 10-day boat ride back to their homelands in the south. Sudan's civil war led to the loss of 2 million lives, and many southerners took refuge in the north.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth Pontino reads her granddaughter's school notebook as she and her family of returnees from Khartoum prepare to leave their makeshift home on the river.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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4 Comments

  1. July 8, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Its a time for serious development in our country all hands must be on derk to make sure the independent we have long for is going to be real mostly to the man on the street.I pray the resoures of our country should’nt be use to develop another country.God bless Southern Sudan,God bless the UN,God bless America.

    By: Henry Effiom
  2. July 11, 2011, 4:13 am

    War for independent has ended however,the most dangerous war now is against illeteracy and cattle rustleling/raiding.
    please, those who have hands and minds to wipe out these, begin now
    Joorey from Pibor county east Jonglei sate writing

    By: jookilam@gmail.com
  3. May 13, 2013, 11:58 am

    Great pictures that show the struggle that this place throughout the years.

    By: frankedgar77
  4. May 21, 2013, 12:22 pm

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox

    and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the

    same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?

    Thanks a lot!

    By: nagelpilz

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