The World's 8 Newest Countries Are in a Disaster

Independence was no silver bullet for new economies such as South Sudan

The beach on Helen Island, Hatobei, Palau on June 11 2012. Photographer: Mike Di Paola

Photographer: Mike Di Paola

Some own vast natural resources. Others boast pristine beaches. Many were former colonies. Independence was supposed to unlock a future of prosperity. 

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