Sudan Referendum: Update from our Global Partners

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Mon, 10 Jan 2011 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

As the polls opened in Southern Sudan, Bishop Anthony Poggo of Kajo-Keji Diocese joined Radio Ulster’s William Crawley on 9th January’s edition of Sunday Sequence live by telephone. Click here to listen to the full programme – the Sudan feature starts at approximately 1hr 6mins.

Bishop Poggo had been to visit six polling stations earlier in the day, each with hundreds of voters queuing to cast their ballot. He found the scenes very encouraging, with so many having travelled long distances to vote and so many waiting in line for their turn.

When asked whether the Church had been giving advice about how to vote, the Bishop replied that the Church was encouraging people to vote wisely, to vote for freedom, and to make up their own minds. He shared how the Church was advising people about the process, the advantages and disadvantages of voting and not suggesting that people vote either way.

The Bishop is optimistic for peaceful transition if the outcome of the referendum is independence for Southern Sudan, but states that there will be very many challenges. “We each have an important role in contributing to ensure peace in Southern Sudan”, shared Bishop Poggo. The Bishop also reflected that it would be important to maintain amicable relations – “We are all still Sudanese.”

To listen to the full programme from the BBC Website, please click here

Bishop Hilary Adeba of Yei Diocese: We’ve just voted!

Bishop Adeba writes from Yei Diocese just after casting his own vote…

Mama Joyce and I have just completed voting at Yei Day Secondary School for the referendum. There was great sense of excitement as people dropped into the box their final choice for the future of South Sudan. The lines are extremely long, very lazy and there is general quiet. Today marks the beginning of a new era in the Sudan where this country will never be the same. It is most likely that South Sudan is already independent.

Yei is very quiet and peaceful. No big music from the drinking joints. There is local order; no sale of alcoholic drinks until the vote is over 15th January 2011. The security is beefed up and you can see a real mood of great expectation for this day.

This being Sunday, as I was casting my vote, I also thought that we were voting for good life here in the Sudan. But at the same time this should never make us dismiss the fact that there is a God who is in control, and that our Real Good Life is in heaven. We should never ever miss this point here in the Sudan…on earth.

You may like to visit the BBC website for more reports on the elections: click here

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