It’s the day before referendum…

January 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm 1 comment

It’s the day before the referendum and all through the north
People are stirring, expecting the worst
They’ve packed up their goods, their front door, their beds
And wait for the trucks to bring them to safety
To their families, their tribes, their people.
And the sun shines hot on the red parched earth.

With only 3% or 117,000 voters in the North of the over 3.7 million registered, those of us in the North know that the referendum will not be won or lost by the people voting in this region. What is important is to ensure that voting takes place in a fair and democratic manner. Any separation would require 60% of all votes needed.

The big story for us here is that many people in the North are returning to their traditional lands or homes fearful of consequences as a result of the vote. Kosti is a city of about 200,000 about 4 hours south of Khartoum that is in the crossroads of migration east and west as well as north and south through the river system. The city of Kosti and its neighbour Rabak are the transit and distribution points for the whole country and there is a whole infrastructure devoted to the movement of goods and people. Many Sudanese are passing through this town on their way back home.

Pictures are not allowed to be taken in this country but imagine large open bed trucks piled high to overflowing almost tipping with its load of furniture, bikes, and bed frames and headboards. The ones I’ve seen drive in convoys of 5-10 trucks. An amazing sight. These trucks are not as brightly decorated as those in Pakistan but truckers take pride in their vehicles by washing them daily by the side of the road.

More to follow when possible.


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Heading out…. Voting!

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  • 1. Jennifer D.  |  January 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’m Glad to have found your blog!
    Keep up with the postings.


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