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Fame in the ministry, or, the power of archives

We started our first week of archiving with an impromptu and relatively unexpected press conference in the Ministry of Culture (and youth and sports, obviously); this is apparently in the pattern of the South Sudan archives, where there is no interest (or funding) for a year until a short flurry of interest happens, prompted by something small.

This weekend, it was International Archive Day on Saturday 9th – not something I knew about until two guys walked into the archive in Munuki bearing posters and a happy-go-UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) attitude. They are apparently archivists at UNMISS – and gave me posters as my first souvenir (geek-out!). They also brought journalists from Miraya FM (a UN-funded radio station, and listenable online), and I was interviewed for a snippet on Saturday morning.

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Sudan Tourist Guide

Sudan Tourist Guide 1967 - map showing tourist offices

This was my first summer of being a tourist in Sudan: my first time in Khartoum, and my second time in Juba since 2007.  Admittedly I did a bit of work in Juba and a conference in Khartoum, but I was primarily a tourist.  I visited museums, went to ‘cultural events’, took a few nervous photos; it was a great summer.

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Everyone wanted independence: history in this historic moment

Being a history student here in Juba is highly appropriate at the moment. The phrase ‘historic moment’ is being happily overused across the international press, and people in the bus yesterday morning were talking about a ‘new history’ for South Sudan.

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