South Sudan marks first anniversary of its new nation

Despite the celebrations the past year has been marred by continued conflict, corruption scandals and economic difficulties. Further problems caused by the shutdown of its oil production have led to a sharp decline in its currency and a rise in the price of food and fuel
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South Sudanese celebrate the country's first anniversary of it's Independence day. (All images courtesy of Getty Images)
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Over the past year repeated conflict with North Sudan, corruption scandals and economic difficulties have plagued the new country.
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Further problems caused by the shutdown of its oil production have led to a sharp decline in its currency and a rise in the price of food and fuel.
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Austerity measures have provoked demonstrations across the country.
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In border states, markets are almost bare and prices for staple foods have quadrupled.
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu appealed for peace in South Sudan on the eve of the country's first anniversary.
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