Discussion Paper: Crisis View

28 Apr 2014
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    South Sudan is a diverse country at an early stage of
    development. It gained independence in July 2011 as a multiethnic
    country, with 64 distinct ethnic groups. The population
    is very young: under-21s account for 50 percent, and 72
    percent are below 30 years of age. Four-fifths of the country’s
    population of some 12 million live in rural areas. More than 70
    percent above 15 are illiterate. With almost every 50th birth
    resulting in the mother’s death, South Sudan has the world’s
    highest maternal mortality rate. Despite improvements since
    independence, infant mortality and primary school enrollment
    indicators are also among the bottom ten in the world.

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    • A View on the Crisis in South Sudan English