Franklin Graham: 'South Sudan Now Free'

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American evangelist Franklin Graham was on hand to celebrate the birth of the African country of South Sudan on Saturday.

The country's declaration of independence gives thanks to "The Almighty God."

It also recognizes "the selfless sacrifice of our martyrs, heroes, and heroines."

The South Sudanese people mostly follow the Christian faith. They're independence comes after a 20-year civil war with the Muslim north.

Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry has been working for several years in the region, building hospitals and churches.

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"This is a nation that has struggled for over 20 years. Two and a half million died struggling to be free," Graham said. "These are people who paid with lives, shed their blood for the chance to be free."

"For many Christian organizations, CBN has been involved here, helping the people during the time of trouble. and now today is a day of celebration people are excited," he continued.

Graham met with South Sudan's new leaders, praying with President Kir and his advisers.

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