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There is so much going on in Southern Sudan Now

Susan D. Lintz

09 Jan. 2011

I recently read an article about Sudan in the Wall Street Journal about the upcoming referendum in Sudan to the held the 9th of January 2011. It mentions that Gadhafi of Libya warned that independence in Sudan could spread like a disease in Africa: Read more.

What an insight as to the way much of the world thinks! The entire country of Sudan received its independence in 1956. Within it, the south has been isolated from modernity since before that time! The South has been fighting for freedom from domination and independence to succeed in its own way. Isn't that what we all want?

There is so much going on in Southern Sudan now: they are on the edge of true independence and a new freedom not known in modern history. Because the southern part of the country has been denied most forms of development, there is much catching up. The US has had sanctions against Sudan since 1997. Although it may put pressure on the ruling government, it also hinders the South's ability to join in the modern world through the exchange of goods and services and investment. Some of the sanctions were modified in 2006 to provide exceptions for regional governments in the South with no connection to the North. But, as governments tend to do, the red tape and bureaucracy make it difficult at best. And now there is the renewed threat of terrible violence as the North wants status quo "unity" while the South wants independence.