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  South Sudan stumbles
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 15, 2013 10:18am
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AuthorReuters
News DateSunday, September 15, 2013 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTelsach Gad, a teacher in South Sudan, had high hopes for a better life when his country became independent in 2011 after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Two years later, he has lost all illusions.

"The government hasn't done anything to develop the country," the unemployed Arabic instructor said, sitting with other jobless young men in a makeshift roadside café in the capital Juba. "We don't have jobs, schools, hospitals."

Western donors and the UN have poured billions of dollars into South Sudan, which won independence after decades of war with northern rulers in Khartoum, becoming the world's newest country and a large African oil producer in its own right.

Nobody ever thought it would be easy to transform one of the world's least developed countries into a functional, prosperous state, but the performance of the former bush fighters as rulers has fallen short of even the most modest expectations.

President Salva Kiir is facing growing dissent from the streets and from inside his ruling party. Critics say the newborn nation is facing the same ills that always plagued the old Sudan—corruption, a lack of public services and repression of government opponents and the media.
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