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As South Sudan celebrates its first Independence Day, citizens slowly reconstruct their towns and homes
July 6, 2012 by Peter Biro
|A woman is pumping water in Kanajak, a small South Sudanese village which has seen its population return after long years in exile. The IRC, which runs health clinics and provides clean water to communities in two of South Sudan's nine states, soon came to the villagers' aid, installing new water pumps. The IRC has installed 80 water systems serving almost 40,000 people in South Sudan. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Inside our work in South Sudan
As South Sudan marks its second anniversary as an independent state on July 9, the world’s newest nation continues to struggle with enormous problems. The IRC, which has been working in the region since 1989, provides lifesaving obstetric care, clean water, and assistance to survivors of sexual violence.
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For years, the South Sudanese village of Kanajak was deserted. Like so many other communities, it was caught in the crossfire of one of Africa’s longest running wars and its population fled north.