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Women wave South Sudanese flags as they attend the country's anniversary celebrations, at the John Garang mausoleum in Juba, South Sudan, Monday, July 9, 2012. The world's newest nation, South Sudan, is celebrating its first birthday and while the largest achievement over the last year was avoiding a return to all-out war with Sudan, the south has seen its economy crippled after it shut down its oil industry and thousands of refugees are streaming into the country every week to avoid violence on Sudan's side of the border. (AP Photo/Shannon Jensen)

South Sudan's 1st Anniversary

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese gathered under a sweltering sun on

Monday, July 9, in the capital, Juba, to celebrate the first birthday of the

world's youngest nation, despite dire economic hardships and

a near-constant threat of war.