For Kids

The Flag

Southern Sudan's flag was adopted following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the second Sudanese civil war. The flag was previously used as the flag of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The flag is similar to the Flag of Kenya with the addition of a blue triangle and gold star at the hoist. The colours are said to represent the Southern Sudanese people (black), peace (white), the blood shed for freedom (red), the land (green) and the waters of the Nile (blue); the gold star, the Star of Bethlehem, represents unity of the states of Southern Sudan.

Who's in Charge?

President Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President of South Sudan. (Image credit: Jenny Rockett/Creative Commons). He was the First Vice President of Sudan, and assumes the Presidency of South Sudan upon independence in July, 2011.