South Sudan

Today is the day that South Sudan celebrates independence from the rest of Sudan. It is of special importance to a Sudanese neighbor of mine. She is one of the other gardeners in my community garden, and she told me (in broken English) that she is having a much more difficult time growing plants here since it is a different climate than what she is used to in Sudan.

She came to the U.S. with her seven children because she said her husband was doing a bad job taking care of them. She is a Christian, from the southern region of Sudan. The northern region of the country is mostly muslim, so many of the disputes were because of that clash. The civil war, death, and pain has been going on for a long time.

Now, there are two countries, and hopefully more peace in the area. South Sudan is one of the world's poorest countries. We will see what happens in the coming weeks, months, and years as they begin to develop separately. My neighbor is glad that things are looking good for the new Republic of South Sudan.