Topic: Sudan

Southern Sudan chooses independence

Southern Sudanese celebrate the formal announcement of referendum results in the southern capital of Juba on Feb. 7. (AP) Ours is a lucky generation. One-hundred ninety-two countries have gained independence and are recognized as sovereign states. But for most of us, these countries’ births and their struggles during infancy is but a fascinating read about…

Sudan: It’s more than a game

Two-year-old Nyagod Kuel attempts to eat on her bed in a hospital ward in southeastern Sudan. (AP) Thousands of miles separate us from Sudan. In fact, I recently encountered an interesting flight schedule on Expedia. Fly from Cleveland to Toronto, Toronto to Montreal, Montreal to Brussels, Brussels to Entebbe, Entebbe to Nairobi and finally, Nairobi…

Historic vote draws near in Sudan

Southern Sudanese sit in a registration center in the capital city of Khartoum in Sudan on Nov. 25. (AP) A month from today, on Jan. 9, the world may witness either the birth of a new nation or the beginning of a bloody genocide in southern Sudan. On that day, the south is scheduled to…

World Wide Web: Do it for Nico

I made an academic debut of sorts this past Sunday night. At the “Peace for Sudan” panel in Donahue Auditorium, I spoke between Dan Griffin, the Sudan adviser for Catholic Relief Services, and Nico, one of the 27,000 “Lost Boys” of Sudan who have been displaced or orphaned by the Second Sudanese Civil War. What…

Bashir likely winner of Sudanese elections

Counting is currently underway in Sudan’s first multi-party elections in over 24 years.  Though counting will not officially be over for some time, all signs point to sitting Pres. Omar al-Bashir as coming out on top. Last week, election officials extended the voting period by an extra two days due to voter complaints of technical…