Nazareth College’s Refugee Resettlement class proudly presents Southern Sudan Vote for Independence: An opportunity for lasting peace on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater of the Nazareth College Arts Center, room A14.
In partnership with Southern Sudanese community members, the Nazareth Refugee Resettlement class wants to create awareness of issues that have defined the long history of violence within Sudan, as Southern Sudan rebuilds on its path towards independence.
Five years ago Sudan ended Africa's longest-running civil war that lasted two decades. The conflict ended in a peace deal, which promised a referendum on southern independence to be held in January 2011. With less than three months to go there is uncertainty over whether Sudan will be ready for this vote and what will happen if it is not held. With fears growing that the country will descend back into civil war, the United Nations is planning to redeploy peacekeeping forces from the South along the line that divides the two sides. The Southern Sudan Referendum will give the people of Southern Sudan the opportunity to vote for either confirmation of the unity of Sudan or Secession.
The event is open to the public and will include community education and discussion concerning the upcoming vote for independence in Southern Sudan. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.