Referendum, January 9, 2011

BENY NGOR CHOL is the guest writer for this article.

January 9, 2011 will mark a new hope for Sudan that every citizen from the marginalized areas is yearning for. On that day the people of Southern Sudan will vote in a Referendum for either unity with the North or secession. People of the Abyei Area will vote to remain in the North or become part of the South. However, the government is tirelessly working to turn this promising day into a nightmare. For example, the government is playing games with the sensitive issue of oil resources in Unity State, Panrieng, Abyei, the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile State in an effort to pull the country back into war.

Enough is enough! We the Sudanese have learned a difficult lesson: investing in war is a failing business. The days are numbered for the new change to take off, but the results are uncertain. The Sudanese people throughout the world and at home in Sudan are appealing to all humanitarian entities, governmental entities and religious organizations to join hands to save the lives of innocent Sudanese in the coming next few days. The referendum is the hope, but the government can deflate that hope and turn it to violence, which will take more     millions of lives.

The industrialized nations that witnessed the signing for the peace agreement should remain alert because what they were witnessing is now being subjected to denial. The wise U. S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has characterized the period of time leading to the upcoming referendum as a ticking bomb.

But a collective effort from CPA signatory foreign states like the U.S.A, Britain and Norway can ease the burst of this ticking bomb. Please, let us shout loud for peace and prosperity in Sudan in the coming days.

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