Chicago celebrates South Sudan's independence

July 9, 2011 4:17:52 PM PDT
The flag was raised in South Sudan on Saturday in celebration of its first day as an independent nation.

The world's newest country was born after more than 50 years of civil war. Millions died in conflicts between black African tribes in southern Sudan and the mainly Arab north. A peace deal in 2005 led to the creation of South Sudan.

This historic day was also marked in Chicago, first with a walk-a-thon then a rally and speaker program at Diversey Harbor Grove.

Several groups took part. One speaker said those gathered were praying for the prosperity of this new country. The walk-a-thon raised money to help educate refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan.

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