Southern Sudan unveils plans for animal-shaped cities
The authorities in southern Sudan have unveiled a $10bn (£6.4bn) plan to rebuild the region's cities in the shapes of animals and fruit.
Elaborate blueprints for the new cities have already been drawn up.
The regional capital, Juba, will be relocated and designed in the shape of a rhinoceros. Wau, the capital of Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, is to be a somewhat unwieldy giraffe.
Southern Sudanese are due to vote in a referendum on independence next year.
In Juba, the office of the regional president is situated where the rhinoceros's eye should be.
In Wau, the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe's tail.
There is talk that the town of Yambio will be shaped like a pineapple.
You really can't make this stuff up! This is a country where 90% of the people exist on less than $1 a day and is rife with terrorism. You would think that rebuilding cities in the shapes of animals and fruits would be pretty far down on the priority list for a country such as this.
You would be wrong.
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