Rome, Wednesday, August 3, 2011
After the hard-won independence of the Republic of South Sudan, will the West stay engaged?
COMBONI PRESS NETWORK
The News Service of the Comboni Missionaries
After the hard-won independence of the Republic of South Sudan, will the West stay engaged? On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) was finally able to rejoice as the 54th member state of the African Union in spite of lingering violence on its northern border. At the ceremony, President Salva Kiir appealed to the citizens to focus on unity. “You may be a Zande, Kakwa, Lutuko, Nuer, Dinka or Shilluk, but first remember yourself as a South Sudanese,” he told thousands that day. July 14 marked yet another milestone when the U.N. General Assembly officially welcomed it as the 193rd member of the community of nations. Now it remains to be seen if the West will help the nation get a strong footing which is crucial to the survival of both North and South.