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Saturday 9 july 2011 - Juba, Republic of South Sudan - South Sudanese hold a banner with the message: "From today our identity is Southern and African not arabic and islamic. We are not worst arabs but better African" during South Sudan's independence day celebrations in Juba. Tens of thousands of citizens of the new South Sudan celebrate national independence but whether statehood will resolve issues of identity after a decades-long war remains to be seen. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus