An economy in ruins, a deepening humanitarian crisis and violent clashes throughout the country. This is not the South Sudan many citizens hoped for, when they they voted to split from the north, in a referendum five years ago.
The world’s youngest nation descended into war in December 2013 after President Riek Machar accused his then deputy of plotting a coup against his government, accusations that Machar refuted but went ahead to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.
Last , year, Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement to end the two-year conflict, with Machar returning to the capital, Juba, in March, to take up the position of First Vice President in a transitional unity government.
The country’s economy has crumbled because of the war. Inflation is soaring and the currency has slumped by 90 percent. Widespread corruption and the near collapse of it’s vital oil industry only add to South Sudan’s woes.
For many people here, there is very little to celebrate ahead of the Independence Day commemoration. They are however hoping the peace agreement that was signed, will still bear fruit for sake of moving the country forward.