South Sudan – 145th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. South Sudan is my 145th country.
South Sudan is the world’s newest country in the world gaining its independence in 2011 from Sudan during a very lengthy civil war. Eleven million people can be found in this north-east landlocked country. They are mostly Christian and animists. Despite having immense oil wealth, South Sudan remains one of the world’s poorest countries on a per capita income basis. One of South Sudan’s claims to fame is Manute Bol, one of the tallest players ever in the NBA. While South Sudan has its hard-earned independence, the country faces many challenges from food insecurity to a refugee crisis to political instability.
The capital Juba is not exactly tourist friendly with little to see in terms of monuments and a population that is extremely angry if not outright violent when a picture is taken. The plan was to head out of the city to spend time with the Mundari, a semi-nomadic tribe of cattle herders. Saying this was a unique experience is an understatement. As the Mundari live as one with the cattle in a symbiotic environment. I spent two nights camping with the Mundari and another visit to the Dinka tribe.
South Sudan is my 144th country.