Scenes from South Sudan's Independence Day, 9 July 2011

  • Published on: 23/07/2011
  • Following two decades of a civil war that cost the lives of more than 2.5 million people and displaced thousands more, this day offered South Sudanese the promise of a better and more peaceful way forward. As masses gathered in the scorching sun the next morning at the John Garang Mausoleum to listen to the declaration of independence, many broke down in tears.