The Guardian has published Zed Nelson’s lovely photo essay documenting the individuals helping to build South Sudan, the world’s youngest country. Among the frontiers(wo)men: a beauty queen, a gold-grilled hip hop artist, a Chinese restauranteur, the son of the deceased Southern Sudanese hero John Garang.

My favorite commentary comes from Dr. Pauline Riak, chair of the nation’s anti-corruption commission. “When I came in 2006, nobody talked about corruption because the word did not exist in any of our 14 ­linguistic groupings. We did not have banks. Money came in suitcases. We paid for everything in cash. This is an environ­ment conducive to misappropriation. But things are changing.”

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    These people are the shit.
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