A new Secondary School in Rumbek, South Sudan
The school is in Rumbek, Lakes State, South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation that became independent in 2011 after a long and bloody war with northern Sudan. Around 80% of South Sudanese depend on subsistence farming or herding as their primary source of livelihood. While there is sufficient water throughout Lakes State, the average person does not have access to potable water. Water contamination exacerbates an already precarious health situation. Roads are unpaved and have suffered from the ongoing civil war (started in 2013 after independence), as funds dedicated to their repair were reallocated for military purposes. Public transport is nonexistent, movement is reduced to a bare minimum due to road conditions and lack of security; it stops completely during the rainy season from July to December. In South Sudan the two major cultural groups are the Dinka (35%) and the Nuer (15%). Within each tribal group there is a system of sub-tribes, clans and familial groups. Lakes State’s constituency is largely Dinka, which represent over 70% of the population.