The roads have been swept, lines on the curbs repainted, and new fancy iron gates replace the razor wire in the medians next to the ministries complex. And, oh, the flags, the flags abound!
Yup, with all this action and improvements to Juba’s veneer, can only mean one thing: it’s gotta be independence time again!
(The dust will be back in a day, the curbs faded in a month, and the iron fences likely rusted or covered in only chipped paint in a year. But it’s lovely to see Juba scoured even minorly for this week.)
Oh and there’s also the notably intense security presence increase. And this text message I received from my friend this afternoon:
N: “Heh.. Just saw a soldier on the street carrying a rocket launcher. As you do. ”
Happy 2nd birthday to my favorite baby nation!