South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011 after years of war, struggle, and uncertainty.
The region has been negatively affected by war for all but 10 years since 1956, resulting in serious neglect, lack of infrastructure development, and major destruction and displacement.
South Sudan remains as one of the world’s most underdeveloped nations in terms of economic prosperity and humanitarian standards of living. Some key facts about South Sudan are as follows:
- Total population: 8.26 million
- 51% of the population is below the age of eighteen; 72% below the age of thirty
- 83% of the population is rural and live in tukals (traditional South Sudanese huts)
- 51% of the population live below the poverty line
- 80% of the population does not have access to any toilet facility
- Infant Mortality Rate is 102 (per 1000 live births)
- Maternal Mortality rate is 2054 (per 100,000 live births) – highest in the world
- More than 90% of the population live on less than $1 per day
- 17% of children were fully immunized
- 38% of the population walks more than 30 minutes to collect drinking water
- 73% of the 15 years and above population is illiterate
- Only 37% of the population over 6 years has attended school
South Sudan is a young nation with a young population, and has a great opportunity to build a future where the next generation and generations after that, will never have to experience war, civil unrest, or poverty.