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After many months of intense incubation and a very painful labor…. Earth gave birth to a new nation called South Sudan on 9th July 2011.

Independent Moses Spina (above photo) arrived into the world at the stroke of midnight – the same moment his country was born. As car horns, gunshots and whistles heralded the birth of the new Republic of South Sudan, he blinked his way into life, touching his new face with tiny hands.

Outside, the capital of Africa‘s newest nation was gridlocked with celebrations, flags flying from trees and cars, drums banging, crowds of people dancing and swaying down unlit roads.

As a symbol of hope, Independent Moses‘ birth in the early hours of Saturday morning could barely be more potent. His mother is a former child soldier who fought with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army from the age of 14 until she was 19.

My brother and my sister were killed in the war, I had nothing to lose by fighting.Josephine Spina (Independent’s mum)

Now, her little son has been born into a peace this nation has barely known in generations.

I am happy for him. He will not fight. He will go to school and become a great man.Josephine Spina




This has been a weekend of hope for South Sudan, a once unimaginable moment finally realised. 2million people – several of Josephine‘s family among them – have died for freedom.






We pray for a bright future for this new nation.


Source: John Ferguson


3 Comments leave one →
  1. 25/11/2011 00:36

    thanks for sharing this with us. Powerful images.

  2. intrepidtraveller permalink
    25/11/2011 01:17

    Amazing images, I wish the best for South Sudan, they have all suffered so much for too long.

  3. 19/12/2011 02:23

    My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

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