Photos from Conor Ashleigh in Juba on the day Africa’s newest nation was officially born.
As midnight approached on Friday 8 July thousands took to the streets of Juba to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.
A soldier stands in line at the independence celebrations on 9 July 9 2011 when South Sudan officially became the world’s newest nation.
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