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Newest country in the World: South Sudan

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 10, 2011 at 16:57:31 :: South Sudan

"South Sudan becomes an independent nation"

This is the headline from the BBC in an article dated July 8th, 2011.

South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011 at midnight (00:00) local time following a referendum held in January 2011 in which nearly 99% of voters opted for separation from the rest of Sudan.

Jabal Awliya or Jebel Aulia village in Sudan. Nearby is a large dam (completed 1937) that is used to control the flow of the Nile to aid the Aswan Dam in storing water for summer cultivation in parts of Egypt.

South Sudan is the 193rd country recognized by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa.

Located in East Africa, South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country bordered by Ethiopia to the east; Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south; the Central African Republic to the west; and Sudan to the north.

South Sudan includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd formed by the White Nile, locally called the Bahr al Jabal.. Its capital and largest city is Juba, located in the southern state of Central Equatoria.

South Sudan has an estimated population of 8,300,000.

South Sudan is composed of more than 200 ethnic groups and is, along with the adjacent Nuba Hills, one of the most linguistically diverse regions of Africa. However, many of the languages have only a few thousand speakers.

The official language is English. Colloquial Arabic is spoken widely, though Juba Arabic, a pidgin, is spoken around the capital. The most populous language by native speakers is Dinka, a dialect continuum spoken by 2–3 million people. Dinka is a Western Nilotic language; closely related to it is South Sudan's second most populous language, Nuer, and a bit more distant is Shilluk. Major Eastern Nilotic languages are Bari and Otuho. Besides the Nilotic family, Zande, South Sudan's third most populous language, is Ubangian. Jur Modo is of the Bongo-Bagirmi family.

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Sudan, Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 18, 2012 at 05:19:12

Location Northern state, province of Meroe, Sudan
Coordinates N18 31 60 E31 49 0
Property 183 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description ( )

These five archaeological sites, stretching over more than 60 km in the Nile valley, are testimony to the Napatan (900 to 270 BC) and Meroitic (270 BC to 350 AD) cultures, of the second kingdom of Kush. Tombs, with and without pyramids, temples, living complexes and palaces, are to be found on the site. Since Antiquity, the hill of Gebel Barkal has been strongly associated with religious traditions and folklore. The largest temples are still considered by the local people as sacred places.

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Jebel Barkal

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Sudan, Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 18, 2012 at 04:57:33

Location Sudan
Coordinates N16 55 60 E33 43 0
Property 2,357 ha
Date of Inscription 2011

Brief Description ( )

The Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe, a semi-desert landscape between the Nile and Atbara rivers, was the heartland of the Kingdom of Kush, a major power from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. The property consists of the royal city of the Kushite kings at Meroe, near the River Nile, the nearby religious site of Naqa and Musawwarat es Sufra. It was the seat of the rulers who occupied Egypt for close to a century and features, among other vestiges, pyramids, temples and domestic buildings as well as major installations connected to water management. Their vast empire extended from the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa, and the property testifies to the exchange between the art, architectures, religions and languages of both regions.

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Pyramids, Meroe Pyramids, Meroe

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