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South Sudan Marks 4th Anniversary of Independence

Dancers performed, chorales sang, women ululated as hundreds turned out at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba to mark the fourth anniversary of South Sudan's independence.

But the celebrations had a somber overtone, with parts of the world's newest nation still mired in conflict, and millions of people facing hunger and being forced from their homes.

President Salva Kiir vowed in a speech to end the war, while the international community pointed the finger of blame at Mr.Kiir and his arch-rival in the conflict, former vice president Riek Machar, for putting their ambitions before the well-being of the people, and prolonging the war, which is going into its 20th month.
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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (left), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (C.) and South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga (right) stand to attention as South Sudan marks its 4th anniversary of independence on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (left), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (C.) and South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga (right) stand to attention as South Sudan marks its 4th anniversary of independence on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

South Sudanese girls at celebrations in Juba to mark the country's 4th anniversary of independence.
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South Sudanese girls at celebrations in Juba to mark the country's 4th anniversary of independence.

A drummer performs at an event in Juba to celebrate South Sudan's fourth anniversary of independence on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
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A drummer performs at an event in Juba to celebrate South Sudan's fourth anniversary of independence on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

South Sudanese celebrate their young nation's fourth birthday on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
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South Sudanese celebrate their young nation's fourth birthday on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

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