South Sudan independence (11 galleries)

South Sudan in the year of independence.

These pictures were taken in January and February 2011, and feature referendum voting on the independence of South Sudan, local celebrations of the interim results, and the journey back home of nationals living in the north, known as returnees.

The referendum on the separation of the south was held in January 2011. The vote in favour was overwhelming, and South Sudan formally became independent on 9th July 2011.