Census Begins in Yei

Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Thu, 24 Apr 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

After a one week delay, the fifth Hosing and Population census got under way at midnight on Monday 21st April. Everyone was recorded where they were sleeping that night. The results will be very significant and will be preparatory for the referendum on the future of Southern Sudan, to be organised in 2011.

Tuesday 22nd April was a public holiday but the Yei Vocational Training College finally received its visit from the census enumerator (pictured seated) today 23rd April talking to Poppy and to Charles Agele. We gave details of all the staff and students who stayed in the college compound on the night of 21st April.

Enumerators are working night and day to complete the task and it is not unusual for one to turn up at 3 am to interview a householder. It is a massive operation to count the whole population of Sudan. We are told that the results will not be known for at least six months.