The streets of South Sudan’s capital Juba are bustling with activity, as residents primp and prepare their city for Saturday, July 9, when they will officially secede
from the north, making South Sudan the world’s newest country.
South Sudan’s independence comes after decades of deadly conflict
between the two regions, which claimed millions of lives and left scores displaced. In 2005, Sudan’s opposing political parties signed a peace accord, paving the way for the South to head to the polls in January, 2011, to vote on a referendum declaring independence from the north. The referendum passed with nearly 99 percent of the vote
Here are some images and a video of the streets being swept clean and a marching band rehearsing its steps as Juba gets ready for the big day.
Women rehearsing South Sudan's national anthem. Video published on YouTube by anke281 on July 5.