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Final preps for South Sudan independence

Final preps for South Sudan independence
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Rehearsals are underway ahead of the birth of the world’s newest nation.

Southern Sudan is expected to declare independence from its northern neighbour on Saturday.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has pledged his support for the southern secession. He’ll join around 30 other African heads of state for the celebrations.

But there is still the continued violence in the border areas of South Kordofan, the north’s only oil producing region, as well as in Abyei to overcome.

There had been fears that war could resume between Khartoum and the south after recent fighting, which has forced some 170,000 people from their homes.

Similarly the civil war in Darfur, which broke out in 2003, is still not resolved. It is estimated that one and a half million people have died in the conflict there.