The Newest Nation in The World

The Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country on July 9, 2011.

Language – Official language is English though few people in the village speak English. There are more than 60 languages spoken, and Juba Arabic is often used as a common language.

Weather – The Bor region of South Sudan is a savannah and has two seasons, wet and dry, each lasting about 6 months. During the dry season, temperatures can reach 115 – 120f and during the wet season daytime temperatures are in the 90s.

Transportation – Most inter-city transportation is best accomplished by air. There is an airport in Bor and a seasonal airstrip in Werkok. Roads are often impassable during the wet season. Motorbikes (bota bota) are often used for local travel.

Currency – Money is known as the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). There is a very high demand for US currency. In response to a highly volatile exchange market and soaring inflation, the government recently decided to float the SSP, eliminating the pegged exchange rate. Inflation is impacting local families with an average 100-400% increase per year for the last 3 years.

Housing – The tukel is the common name for the traditional round hut in the region. While many types of houses are present in South Sudan, the tukel is the most common.