South Sudan has come a long way since separating from the north one year ago Monday. It has a new currency, international dialing code and Internet domain. But it's a long way from changing its status as one of the poorest and most illiterate countries in the world.
When a coup overthrew the government of Sudan in 1989, Ahmed Gallab's family fled to the United States. He was just five. In the 23 years since, Gallab has become a musician. And while his music is infused with the sounds of his heritage, it transcends far beyond that.
Darfur has been embroiled in conflict since 2003. One impact of the fighting is that refugees often don't have access to clean drinking water. A group of college students in Boston has been raising money to build deepwater wells to supply cleaner water.