So South Sudan is the world’s newest nation and Africa’s 54th state. I don’t know whether to shrug my shoulders or applaud in disbelief. Ten years ago, independence seemed an impossibility, and so in many ways it reinforces my belief in democratic process.
On the other hand, this is a “country” where the government spends more on security than health, education and roads combined…where you have little chance of actually reaching adulthood. Will being a “nation” substantially improve people’s lives or just breed popular discontent? I’ve seen in Kosovo how independence soon starts to feel hollow when suffering doesn’t abate.
But let me suspend my cynicism for now. For now, we can only watch and wait and wish the South Sudanese the best. May they at least enjoy a sweet sense of self-determination, the most fundamental freedom of all.