On Jan 31, 2021, the China-aided Jur River bridge project in the Republic of South Sudan started construction despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Established in 2011, South Sudan is the youngest country in the world and is poorly equipped with infrastructure. Located in Wau, the second biggest city in the country, the bridge will be the only way connecting Wau with cities in the eastern region. It will be the only passage to transport supplies for humanitarian assistance and daily necessities, as well as the only means of conducting local trade in Western Bahr El Ghazal.
With a total length of 1,480 meters, the bridge crosses the Jur River and is designed to be two-way and two-laned. Upon completion, it will play a key role in the local socio-economic development.
Despite challenges in security, risks from the COVID-19 and other diseases, and poor transportation conditions, the construction workers from China devoted themselves to building the bridge that will benefit the people in South Sudan, and witness the friendship between the two countries.