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Jumping on the South Sudan Bandwagon

9 July 2011

As of today (well, 9 July in Sudan, which has now passed), South Sudan has officially gained independence [via Al Jazeera]:

Independence comes six months after a January referendum in which nearly 99 per cent of South Sudanese voted to separate from the north. The ballot was mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the 2005 deal aimed at ending decades of civil war.

Some 2.5 million people were killed during the conflict between southern rebels and the government in Khartoum.

Most South Sudanese say they’re now tired of war and focused on economic development. The new state of South Sudan is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped in the world, but many seem optimistic that independence from the north will mean a better standard of living.

“This [independence] also means the beginning of development for this country,” said Thon Jacob, who celebrated independence at a packed Friday-night worship service at the Emmanuel Church. “Because the resources of the south have always been used for the north. Now the government will be able to develop the south.”

I am by no means an expert on Sudanese history or politics, but I do know that it’s A Good Thing when people who are neglected, abused, or exploited by ‘their’ governments are able to gain freedom from their oppressors.  Good luck to the South Sudanese people in improving their national infrastructure, respect for the personal bodily integrity of women, medical access, and general quality of life stuff.

Oh, and hey, Global North?  Let’s try to be good neighbors this time, okay?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. angrykarl permalink
    11 July 2011 10:33

    I also wish the best for the people of South Sudan, and their freedom from the north is a good thing. But the Imperialist vultures are already circling.

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