Africa in 2011

A year highlighted by a new nation, regime change, famine and hopes for climate change solutions.

The big story out of Africa in 2011 was the referendum in southern Sudan. That culminated in the birth of a new country, the Republic of South Sudan, which joins the struggling band of developing nations.

Africa’s newest independent country is high on the hope of prosperity, wary about conflict, dogged with corruption, poverty and hunger, but nonetheless independent.

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