With the referendum of Sudan only a few short days away we are waiting expectantly to see what will happen. From what we hear there still isn’t a lot of news about this overseas. It is a significant event and will forever change Sudan (and most likely Africa).
Here are some quick facts about what is going on (which may or may not be entirely true):
- almost 4 million southerns have registered to vote
- most of the voting will happen in southern Sudan but there are some voting stations in 8 other countries, including the US and Canada
- 60% of the people who registered need to vote for the results to be recognized
- the voting will start on January 9 and last 1 week
- we have no idea when the results will be announced
- most people believe that southerns will vote for separation
- if this happens there will be a 6 month transition period
- while earlier analysts predicted violence, recent reports have been much more hopeful for a peaceful voting time and transition of power
But who am I to tell you these things? Here are some links to good articles that will give you more information if you want to know more about this historic event.
- From MCC’s news release: http://mcc.org/stories/news/mcc-urges-prayers-peace-during-sudanese-secession-vote
- The Guardian has a full Sudan section of up-to-date articles: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/sudan
- New York Times has two hopeful articles about the future: Peaceful Vote on Sudan Appears More Likely and Sudan’s Bashir Offers Hand Of Peace to South
- BBC has created a whole special section for the referendum including pictures: South Sudan Referendum – all you want to know
- For a local perspective go to the Sudan Tribune
- Reuters also has lots of daily reports from Sudan, including some Q&A articles like Is the South ready for Independence?