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Juba, the capital and biggest city of South Sudan is a city of roughly 1,000,000 peaple and is located on the west bank of the River Nile in Central Equatoria State of the Greater Equatoria region. It is the state capital of Central Equatoria State.
Having been born and spent my early childhood years there, it was an emotional homecoming after nearly fourteen years away.
As most might have known the Southern Sudan has been in war between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) who took up arms to resist the domination of the christian south by the mainly muslim/Arab north and the Sudanese Army which left the whole of the region in ruins, suffering of the inhabitants and lost of nearly two million people. And through all this Juba has seen some of the horrifying acts of carnage. Which is evident in the dilapidating condition of the standerds of living, infrustracture and some extend social life.
Two years ago, when the warring parties signed the coprehensive peace agreement was a start of a new chapter for the residents of Juba and the Southern Sudan as a whole.
On my last visit going through Khartoum the national capital, I think I'm not being bias but I found Juba more livable compared to more cosmopolitan Khartoum. I mean at least in Juba, for less than two bucks I was able to slam down a cold beer wherever and whenever I want which is punishable by law in Khartoum.
If some one wants to go to the Sudan, You are better of having Juba as your primary destination and just a reminder that you can get there by land from Uganda and by air from Uganda, Kenya and Khartoum.
As the seen in the intro pic, you can see why i said the collapse of nearly everything, apart from the street starting from Juba Town Council offices to the government ministries buildings, the roads are dirt as a result of constant rumbling of tanks from the airport to the different army barracks all around town.
The buildings haven't seen maintainance for over twenty one years as the war when on and materials became so pricey.
But still a few structures stood up against all odds including Juba University buildings.
Its freaking funny how some things work in Juba and one of which has to do with foreign currency. I would advise anyone going that end to carry the latest notes or else you get a very low exchange rate or even none at all! I had US$ IN 100 dollar notes, some which where dated 2001> and i couldn't get them buy them. otherwise apart from that if you got 2003 onwards, you should be alright coz you even more by about 3% than when you exchange in khartoum. Don't ask me why but some other reason the rates in Juba are much more attractive than in Khartoum or anywhere in Sudan for that matter.
- Pros:Its pretty much the only major Sudanese town where you can enjoy a cold beer and a scotch!
- Cons:The big profile name doesn't show that much!!!!!!!!!!
- In a nutshell:Don't expect much as everything has to be fixed as yet.
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