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Vol 52 No 15

Published 22nd July 2011

South Sudan

From autonomy to sovereignty

South Sudanese have made history; now they have to make a future

Tens of thousands of jubilant and weeping people cheered South Sudan’s new flag at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba on Independence Day, 9 July. Then, instead of presenting the lowered Sudanese flag to Northern President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, as protocol dictated, Southern President Salva Kiir Mayardit held it back for the Southern heritage museum. This was depicted as a recognition of ‘shared history’ but was, observed one eyewitness, ‘a major diplomatic snub’. The message was that Sudanese history was not shared on equal grounds and included decades of war and discrimination.

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