South Sudan’s Dire Economic Situation Means There’ll Be No Independence Celebrations

Salva Kiir
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir

With triple digit inflation and a civil war that seems to be far from over, South Sudan has little to celebrate.

South Sudan’s fifth independence is on July 9, a day that will mark five years since its break away from Sudan.

Inflation has soared to as high as 300% and the country’s information minister, Michael Makuei has disclosed there will be no celebrations.

“We decided not to celebrate the July 9 independence day, because we don’t want to spend that much, we need to spend the little we have on other issues”.

President Salva Kiir will instead deliver an address as militia forces continue to unleash violence across the country.


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