We've been keeping a close eye on Sudan as events unfold towards the January 9th referendum. Below is the statement which will open this week's eNewsletter. We'll also be passing this along to other friends of Afropop, our stations, etc. Please feel free to do the same.
As you probably know, there was a horrific civil war in Sudan for two decades, between the North (mostly Muslim) and the South (mostly Christian and animist). On January 9th, the South will hold a momentous referendum on independence. Depending on how things go, there could be a renewal of terrible violence with hundreds of thousands of civilians affected. This week, we are encoring our Hip Deep program on the history of Sudan to give you more background. Not only will the program air on our affiliate stations, but the stream is already available on our Hip Deep site for review (Just hit “Play Program” on the show page). You may also be interested in watching a video of George Clooney, who traveled to Sudan to see for himself what this referendum meant. If you feel inclined, you can also send a letter to President Obama encouraging him to do all he can to stop the possible genocide. A wealth of additional information and resources can be found at StopGenocideNow.org.