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Machar Returns to Juba for Peace Celebrations | Politics overlaps with banking in South Sudan | South Sudan frees five political detainees-intelligence agency |

South Sudan’s Sosywood: Coming soon to a screen near you?

At the entrance to a wooden shack in a quiet neighbourhood of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, a young man in ripped jeans and sunglasses stands gripping a golden pistol, his finger hovering over the trigger. “And action!” comes the call from a corner of the cabin, where Emmanuel Lobijo Josto, 22, is directing a movie about gang warfare, wiping off sweat in the 40-degree Celsius (104F) heat. In the world’s newest nation, suffering from a conflict between rival factions…

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Amid South Sudan’s war, a Miss World pageant carries on

Arual Longar was 9 years old when she decided to become a beauty queen. Growing up in refugee camps, the South Sudanese native watched her aunt compete on the world stage and dreamed of doing the same. Today, the soft-spoken winner of last year’s Miss World South Sudan says she’s harnessing her powers to preach love and unity in her conflict-torn country. “South Sudan is a place of war,” the 25-year-old said. “But it can’t stop us from achieving things.” Amid the…

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