Saturday, January 8, 2011

Secession Vote Starting in Southern Sudan

In less than an hour, voters in Southern Sudan will go to the polls to decide whether to secede from Sudan. The vote is part of a peace deal reached 5 years ago that ended a 20-year long civil war. Southern Sudan is the home of the Anglican Diocese of Bor. In addition to being the home of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Bor is also one of the partner dioceses of the Diocese of Indianapolis.

The vote is widely expected to be in favor of secession, but whatever the outcome, there will be wrenching choices ahead for both North and South Sudan. Pray that the results are respected peacefully, and that all in positions of power may exercise their authority wisely and in the pursuit of the common good.

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