COME, I’LL SHOW YOU THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
South Sudan (officially the Republic of South Sudan) gained its independence from the Republic of Sudan in the north in 2011 and is the most recently recognised sovereign state in Africa. The country borders Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic. The capital city is Juba. English is the official language, but Arabic and many other languages are also spoken.
A struggle for governmental power led to a civil war between 2013 and 2018, the effects of which can still be felt. About two thirds of the approximately 13 million inhabitants cannot read or write, and more than half of the population lives below the poverty line.
Journalists in South Sudan regularly face threats, assault and intimidation efforts. Criticism of the government and its agencies is poorly tolerated. Since fighting began in 2013, the situation has worsened: many journalists were forced to flee from the violence, and many news outlets had to cease operations. On the 2020 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders, South Sudan ranked 138th out of 180 countries.