Photo of the Day: South Sudan Is in the Money

Nothing makes a new country feel real like having its own currency.

A handful of South Sudan pounds a day keeps the blues away. (Photo: STR New/Reuters)
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

The Republic of South Sudan has been its own country for all of 10 days, and already the newest United Nations member state has something every fan of Billie Holiday knows is essential to self-empowered independence—South Sudan's got its own cash.

The hot new notes—the South Sudan pound—came shimmering off the central bank presses on Monday, somewhat to the chagrin of the south's former countrymen to the north. The separate currency is seen as one more point of contention in simmering disagreements that—after years of murderous civil war—have passed as an amicable split between the two regions.

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