Saturday, 30 December 2017

SOUTH SUDAN - Republic of South Sudan

South Sudan, officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africathat gained its independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011. Its current capital, Juba is also the largest city. Before the outbreak of a civil war in 2013, it was planned that the capital city would be moved to the more centrally located Ramciel in the future.
South Sudan is bordered by Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, and the Central African Republic to the west. It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal.



South Sudan Airmail envelopes ! It is was unbelievable in the past, but now becomes true. These rarest and beautiful airmail envelopes got postmarked from Juba post office, the capital city of South Sudan. There is no working international postal system, so the international mails either will not go or travel via Kenya. DHL, Aramex and Fedex are the main international mails and parcels carriers from Juba. My friend Abdulkarim bought the stamps from post office and sent to me via DHL, then I prepared my envelopes and sent again to him via DHL for postmarking. He again went to the post office and explained about the need and my collection, then they postmarked the envelopes and gave back to him. He sent again all the covers back to me via DHL. These are the costliest covers in my collection. My friend planned to send some covers from Uganda, Kenya and Centrafricaine with South Sudan stamps. Let me see how it works. I heard If the mail can reach in those hubs, it will travel without problem. 

South Sudan entered the world of stamp-issuing countries in July 2011 with a design error already in its first issue and the subsequent withdrawal of that 2.5 SSP stamp. This was followed by a set of stamps, which was designed and proof printed, but never issued, although a few sets are available at internet auction sites. The second set officially issued also has a design error, the 20 SSP stamp shows a picture of an Eland Antelope, but the text on the stamp refers to the White-Eared Kob.

Clearly, it is quite interesting to collect stamps from South Sudan, however, it is not easy, as South Sudan has no international mail connection at all since the routing of international mail via the postal authorities in Sudan ceased in April 2012 with the discontinuation of the direct flights between Juba and Khartoum. No independent postal exchange office has yet been established, although the Directorate of Postal Services intended to sign an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan Airlines early 2012 to carry mail abroad in order to be independent of northern Sudan, but this didn't materialize. As a consequence, it is almost impossible to reach them by mail, although some incoming international mail arrives via Ethiopia and lately especially via Kenya, while the postal authorities has no agreement with any international stamp agency for the marketing of its stamps.


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