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South Sudan’s wild hope for the future focus 07/09/2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

South Sudan’s wild hope for the future

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07/09/2011
BALA POOLS — It’s home to the world’s second largest migration of animals, an epic movement of antelope through some of Africa’s most pristine wildernesses.

But there is not a single tourist in the vast expanse and stunning scenery of Badingilo National Park to see it — not yet, anyway.

South Sudan, which will become the world’s newest nation on Saturday, is opening up after decades of brutal war, which killed some two million people and left its infrastructure in ruins.

Wildlife also suffered but many populations did survive, and now the fledgling government is working to conserve and develop what remains.

“People were amazed when it was found after the peace signed in 2005, that the wonderful wildlife that had survived was so great,” said Gen. Alfred Akwoch, adviser to the south’s wildlife, conservation and tourism ministry..... MORE

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