South Sudan independence celebrations marred by threat of war


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The Independent Online

Military veterans parade during an Independence day ceremony in Juba yesterday while tens of thousands gathered under a sweltering sun to celebrate the first birthday of the world's youngest nation – an event marred by dire economic hardships and a near-constant threat of war.

Dance troops gave traditional performances and the armed forces put on a parade that featured the country's fiercest pieces of weaponry: two attack helicopters. In a speech, President Salva Kiir addressed the country's number one threat: a return to war with Sudan.