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South Sudan

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, following a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The young state plunged into crisis in December 2013 amid a power struggle between government troops and rebel factions. Within weeks, the conflict had killed thousands and prompted more than 800,000 to flee their homes. The world’s youngest independent country has vast and largely untapped natural resources, and opportunities abound for improving peoples’ living conditions, but the development and political challenges continue to be pressing. Over half the population lives below the poverty line and human development indicators are among the worst in the world. South Sudan is also the most oil-dependent country in the world, with oil exports accounting directly and indirectly for around 80% of gross domestic product (GDP). (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
12,340
GNI per capita
970$
Life expectancy at birth
56
Human Development Index
169 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
93‰
Primary school net enrolment
41%
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
2.7%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
190
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
59%
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)
28%

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