As final preparations are underway for South Sudan’s Independence Day on July 9, media outlets from around the world are preparing to cover this historical event. Due to the complex history and continuing conflict in the area, the Enough Project has created a media backgrounder on South Sudan. We intend it to be used as a tool for journalists and bloggers who do not have extensive knowledge of the region and need to quickly get up to speed.
The backgrounder includes a brief contextual and historical overview of the new nation and current conflicts in the region. It also outlines key challenges to peace between the North and South Sudan, as well as highlights the integral role of the United States moving forward.
Photo: Journalists swarm around former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former U.N. Secretary General Koffi Annan in Juba during the referendum in January (Enough/Laura Heaton)