Tagged: Southern Sudan

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Southern Sudan Referendum Rules for Out-of-Country Registration & Voting

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -7°C] Registration for Southern Sudan’s self-determination referendum begins today and continues until December 1, 2010. According to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) website, registration and voting centers have been established in 8 countries “with the largest numbers of Southern Sudanese living outside Sudan.” The countries are Australia, Canada (Toronto and Calgary), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be assisting the SSRC at its request in organizing the OCV.” To be eligible to participate in the January 9, 2011 referendum, voters...

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Perspective: Sudan – Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -9°C] Below is a first post that was not written in-house. It was taken from another source. It is the first article I read that discusses so eloquently the water conundrum in Sudan. —- Perspective: Sudan – Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace by Dr. Paul J. Sullivan as a Special to the Circle of Blue Water News. As we approach the January 2011 date for the referendum on the south, and as we see Darfur seemingly in an eerily, but uncertain, peaceful period, we need to look at the water situation in Sudan. Water...

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Southern Sudan: Oil Exploitation vs Wildlife Protection

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -2°C] Before the last civil war started in Sudan in 1983, the country’s protected areas, according to the Wildlife Conservaton Society, “supported some of the most spectacular and important wildlife populations in Africa, and hosted the second largest wildlife migration in the world.” According to their website, “During an aerial survey, more than 1.3 million white-eared kob, tiang (African antelope), and mongalla gazelle are thriving in Southern Sudan.” And apparently, an estimated 8,000 elephants are located within the Jonglei region and particularly in Boma National Park. This seems like such good news considering that all other information...

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Video Portrait #2 from Southern Sudan : Alberto Kuol Kuol Makuach

This is Alberto Kuol Kuol Makuach’s story. During a 7-week visit to Southern Sudan, I interviewed over a dozen Southern Sudanese men and women. Each person offers an intimate view of their lives during the 21-year civil war and since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. We get a glimpse into their family lives and their hope for a country with an uncertain future. Alberto, tells about his education first in a Minor Seminary in Kenya, then in a Major Seminary in Khartoum toward his vocation of becoming a priest. He offers a glimpse into the family...

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Al Jazeera & American Military Command in Africa (Africom)

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 22°C] Yesterday, a very good friend lead me to the article, Why I Love Al Jazeera by Robert D. Kaplan. The title reminded me of why I, too, loved the English-language edition of the Qatar-based Arab TV channel. I first started watching it every evening while staying with friends in Juba, Southern Sudan. I remember watching Riz Khan talking with Mogadishu rapper K’naan about Somalia (part 1, part 2). K’naan lives in Toronto now but I don’t I recall any Canadian media produce this kind of serious political analysis, an in-depth interview with an insightful rapper, including...

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Video Portrait #1 From Southern Sudan: Rose Achan Beryl

This is Rose Achan Beryl’s story. During a 7-week visit to Southern Sudan, I interviewed about a dozen Southern Sudanese men and women. Each one offers an intimate view of their lives during the 21-year civil war and since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. We get a glimpse into their family lives and their hope for a country with an uncertain future. Interview recorded in Warrap Town, and roving footage from back of motorbike recorded in Wau (March 2009). Thanks to Martin Peter Siba Mungu for the tour of Wau from the back of his motorcycle....

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Permanent Court of Arbitration Makes Ruling on Abyei Border

[Montréal, Québec, Canada  20°C] At 8:00 am GMT, the five-member Abyei Arbitration Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague began ceremonies to render its final decision regarding the delimitation of the Abyei boundaries, which have been a source of tension and conflict between Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party and the Government of Southern Sudan. The arbitration agreement between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) was received by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 11, 2008 with both parties agreeing to a “final and binding” decision by the tribunal. On July...

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Immunization in Lurcuk Village, Tonj North County, Southern Sudan

[Warrap Town, Southern Sudan 40°C] Eight of us climb into the Land Cruiser and leave the World Vision compound at around 11h00. We drive to the brick storage room, where refrigerators store vaccinations for the immunization program that takes place in different villages every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Tonj North County. We load tables and chairs onto the roof of the vehicle; carefully place coollers of vaccines against meningitis, tetanus, measles into the back, and toss boxes of syringes, gauze and rubber gloves under the vehicles back benches. Five children congregate by the passenger door to get a closer look at the khawaja: me the white man in the front seat. Half of them are naked. All of them reluctent to shake this khawaja’s hand, despite customary protocol.

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What to Bring: A Mobile Journalist (MoJo) in Southern Sudan

[Warrap Town, Southern Sudan 38°C] When I started BurningBillboard.org, I began work as a mobile journalist. ‘MoJo’ for short because it sounds cool. You know, “MoJo Rising” à la Jim Morrison. A MoJo by definition must be autonomous and self-sustained, able to gather information, edit it and forward it for publication or broadcast; from anywhere, to anywhere. To do this, the MoJo needs equipment, media contacts and the ability communicate with them. The MoJo also needs to the capacity to edit and communicate the audio, video, photographic or text-based information. Mobility suggests that the equipment should be compact and easy to transport during news gathering projects. It also suggests that movement is perpetual.