Following concerted efforts from South Sudanese campaigners, Google has finally separated South Sudan from the larger Sudan on its “Maps” service. The campaigners had called on the online search giant and other online map service providers to recognise the world’s most recently created independent state marking it on their web maps.
“The inclusion of South Sudan will give the people of that new nation pride and a sense of belonging, as citizens of a sovereign nation on the map. We are hoping that now that Google has officially recognised South Sudan on their maps, the other major online mapping services will quickly follow suit,” ” said a spokesperson for the campaigners in a statement.
The recognition and separation of the South Sudan map from Sudan’s comes just a few months after the former gained independence from the North after several years of war.
South Sudan became an independent, sovereign nation in July after the population voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence. The referendum followed 50 years of civil war and brutal conflict which resulted in over 2 million deaths and hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people.
While South Sudan can now be found on Google Maps, it is however still missing from Yahoo!, Microsoft and National Geographic maps.