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Once hailed as a symbol of freedom, South Sudan's only brewery may be forced to shut down as the world's youngest nation reels from 19 months of civil war.Drinks giant SABMiller opened the brewery in 2009, two years before South Sudan split from the north.The brewery also represented the country's hard-fought freedom, won in 2011, from Muslim-majority north Sudan where Shariah law applies and alcohol is banned.The $50 million brewery just outside the capital Juba was the single largest investment in South Sudan apart from the oil industry and one of the few ventures to provide much-needed tax revenue.The brewery produced tens of thousands of liters of beer a day at peak production, as well as soft drinks and other products.The brewery's closure would also hit thousands of people who rely on the distribution and sale of the beer.
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