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A Southern Sudanese soldier listens to the national anthem during an independence rehearsal procession in Juba, southern Sudan on Thursday. (AP)
A Southern Sudanese soldier listens to the national anthem during an independence rehearsal procession in Juba, southern Sudan on Thursday. (AP)

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  • Fergus Nicholl, BBC reporter in Juba, South Sudan

The world's 193rd country, the Republic of South Sudan, marks its first Independence Day tomorrow. Bells will ring, drums will sound and international dignitaries will be treated to parades and speeches.

Security will be high, to ensure what the government insists will be a "peaceful and orderly environment."

This segment aired on July 8, 2011.

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