The Referendum is finished. As stated before, now is the time to continue to pray, study, and act (the request of Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori). I offer two recent NPR articles to further your study and inspire your prayers.
In thanksgiving: an Associated Press article on NPR with this headline, “Carter Center: S. Sudan Vote Peaceful And Credible.” The article begins “A group of election observers led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday that they found Southern Sudan’s recent referendum on independence from the north to have been credible.” It goes on to describe the observations made by Carter Center volunteers and others. Too, it indicates the possibility of renewed violence even though the referendum was relatively peaceful. Read the post.
As if to underline the Carter Center assessment, NPR ran this story “Christians Flock To South Sudan, Fear Future In North.” The article describes a movement of Christians to the south in advance of expected violence. While we may not be able to physically intervene we are not powerless. Continue to pray, continue to do what you can to keep our own government (through its elected officials) as an advocate for a peaceful transition as South Sudan becomes the world’s newest nation. Read the article.
For further reading and reflection
- The Carter Center – the homepage for the Center which is dedicated to “Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope”
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – the page devoted to Sudan in the broader efforts of the Carnegie Endowment (Homepage)