About South Sudan

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South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, is a nation of remarkable cultural diversity, and home to 64 major ethnic groups. However, the country has faced ongoing challenges, including a civil war that erupted in 2013 and has displaced approximately 4 million people. Despite a power-sharing agreement in 2018, internal conflicts, human rights abuses, and famine continue to plague the nation. Recent warnings from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) about armed mobilizations and brutal raids have only intensified the crisis, making South Sudan the epicenter of Africa’s worst refugee situation.