South Sudan Facing Many Challenges as New Nation

Crowds greet Southern Sudanese president Salva Kiir as he arrives at airport in southern capital Juba from Khartoum, the day after he witnessed the release of results of south’s independence referendum for secession from the north, February 8, 2011. Photo: AFP

From VOA News.com: "As south Sudan prepares for nationhood in a few months, leaders in government, civil society and the donor community are struggling with the many needs of what is soon to be Africa’s newest state. They agree that the challenges are enormous, but differ over the most important priority when asked the question during a recent visit to Juba.

A series of interviews with leaders involved in southern Sudan’s reconstruction showed considerable knowledge of the challenges ahead for the fledgling nation, but differences of opinion over the number one priority."

Read the interviews and full article.