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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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