Sudanese people rehearse the national anthem of South Sudan
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South Sudan prepares Juba independence party

5 July 2011 Last updated at 14:28 BST

Huge preparations are underway in Juba, capital of South Sudan, which formally declares its independence from Sudan on 9 July.

Africa's newest country is roughly the size of Nigeria but has a population of just eight million people. It will be one of the world's poorest countries after years of war with the north.

BBC Africa's Caroline Karobia reports.