As South Sudan marks its one year anniversary since independence on Monday, 9 July, take a look at more videos produced by the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) there and read on for more highlights being featured on social media accounts from around the UN System.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, ““The people of South Sudan have made tremendous sacrifices to reach this historic juncture, and I congratulate them for realizing their long-held aspirations.”

This week the UN News Centre spoke with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan Hilde Johnson about the past year and what the future holds.

Also take a look at this overview of World Food Programme work taking place.

Ration cards may be used to collect monthly World Food Programme distributions for their families and special nutrition products for small children. Copyright: WFP/Lydia Wamala.  More WFP photos.

On a trip to a remote UN Refugee Agency operation in South Sudan, one staff experienced first-hand the hardships endured by colleagues in order to assist refugees.  Read her diary entry and donate to the UNHCR appeal.

With half the population under the age of 18, UNICEF says greater investments in children are vital for South Sudan’s growth and stability.

Child in front of a newly constructed police post in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, supported by UN Development Programme. Credit: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol.  More UNDP photos.

On ReliefWeb, see also the latest reporting, analysis, maps and infographics.

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