International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Briefing from the field -- South Sudan: Rising from conflict

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became the world's newest nation when it seceded from Sudan after a long and brutal war which claimed over 2 million lives.

But the birth of Africa's 54th country is being threatened by escalating violence in the border regions, family separations, and continued displacement of thousands of innocent people.

In a phone briefing recorded on July 19, Susan Purdin, the International Rescue Committee's country director in South Sudan, and Gerald Martone, IRC director of humanitarian affairs, shared their thoughts on the birth of South Sudan, its prospects for peace and stability, and the challenges it faces. The discussion was moderated by Anne Richard, IRC vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy.

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