November 16, 2010

THERE IS NO SUDAN:

With enthusiasm, hope, residents of Southern Sudan register to vote (Paul Jeffrey, 11/16/10, Catholic News Service)

Citizens of Southern Sudan lined up Nov. 15 to register to vote in a January referendum on whether this war-torn region will split from the country's North.

"People lined up with enthusiasm to register today. They're happy. The lines moved with joy as people showed their love for their country," said Father Thomas Bagbiowia, a parish priest in Riimenze who helped lead the training process for poll workers in Western Equatoria state.

The referendum on independence is scheduled for Jan. 9, and Father Bagbiowia admits he does not know anyone who plans to vote against separating the region from the government in Khartoum.

"We southerners have lived for too many years without independence and freedom. It's time we decide our own destiny. We've lived under fear of a centralized government that did nothing for the economic development of our region. Khartoum today is a modern city, but here in the South we don't even have roads. We southerners have to decide our own destiny," Father Bagbiowia told Catholic News Service.


Thanks, W.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2010 7:15 AM
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