Year Founded: 2011
South Sudan is a land-locked state in East Africa with its area covered mainly by tropical rainforests, grasslands and swamps. It became an independent state from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011 after a referendum showing 98.83% of support for independence, making it one of the youngest countries in the world. However, a civil war ensued right after independence. This political power struggle between the president and his deputy left behind a death toll of tens of thousands. Signing of a peace agreement and the national unity government being formed in 2020 failed to stop the violence. More than 16,000 UN peacekeepers remain deployed in the country to this day. The GDP per capita of this country comes in as the second lowest in the world. Constant famine and conflicts render the country in dire need of humanitarian aid.