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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.