A new country
Today marks the creation of a brand new country: the Republic of South Sudan. Southerners voted to split from Sudan in a referendum last January.
The mostly Christian south and the mostly Muslim north have been fighting for more than two decades. More than a million and a half people have been killed.
Now, people there are hoping for a fresh start.
David Widgington is a Montreal journalist who is passionate about southern Sudan. He travelled there in 2009. And he maintains a web site called southsudaninfo.net.
Photo: David Widgington (left) with UNMAO's Mark Argent at mine removal site outside of Juba near E. Rejaf. (March 2009) Courtesy of David Widgington.