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South Sudan: A time for celebration and reflection

Photos from Conor Ashleigh in Juba on the day Africa’s newest nation was officially born.

South Sudan independence celebrations by Conor Ashleigh
As midnight approached on Friday 8 July thousands took to the streets of Juba to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.

Soldier, South Sudan, by Conor Ashleigh
A soldier stands in line at the independence celebrations on 9 July 9 2011 when South Sudan officially became the world’s newest nation.

South Sudan independence celebrations by Conor Ashleigh
The independence celebrations were an emotional event for many as they reflected on the millions of lives lost during the civil war that swept across South Sudan over the last few decades.

All photos copyright Conor Ashleigh

Conor Ashleigh is a visual storyteller focusing on social and environmental stories that aren’t regularly heard about in traditional media. His photographs have been published in international publications and he regularly works on assignments for humanitarian organizations; he still believes in the power of images to create

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  1. #1 Sam 11 Jul 11

    Great article, highlighting the fact that the situation in Sudan is not as clear cut as 'North / South'

  2. #2 onedaywonder 12 Jul 11

    Thank you for your great images. Really value your posts.

  3. #3 Hubert 24 Jul 11

    Hi Conor. Well it appears you have been immersed in lots of challenging activities. It is good to see this involvement through your story-telling images.You have a gifted eye & probably a thick hide. One wonders how things will go. The latest news from Somalia reminds one that African nations have a pretty hard job providing justice and dignity to many.Looking forward to hearing about things face-to-face with you some time after your return. Am off to the 1st World on August 4th to Sept 7th. Cheers Hubert

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