The BIGGEST question now:
SUDAN: One Country or Two?
Southern Sudanese have turned out in droves to vote in a historic referendum to decide whether they want to secede from Sudan or remain united.
The week-long poll started on Sunday at 8:00 local time [05:00 GMT] across Sudan. It is also being held in eight other countries that have substantial numbers of southern Sudanese.
Baru hari kedua referendum dah sedozen orang mati kat selatan Sudan. 4 millions people registered as voters. They only need 60% voters for the vote to be valid. Because only 15 percent of southern Sudan’s 8.7 million people can read, the ballot choices were as simple as could be: a drawing of a single hand marked “separation” and another of clasped hands marked “unity.” LOL!
There were reports of violence in Abyei, a region that had also been scheduled to hold a self-determination referendum but whose fate will now be settled by north-south negotiations.
Bashtal Mohammed Salem, a leader of the Arab Misseriya tribe, said six Misseriya herders were killed Sunday and one killed Saturday in attacks by southern security forces. Attempts to mediate the dispute and end the violence were ongoing. Baru 2 hari ni. Tapi tu kat sempadan utara-selatan. Jauh dari kami kat Khartoum ni. Harap-harapnye tak merebak sampai sini.
Bila tengok berita kat Al Jazeera, the southerners seem very happy. They came dancing and singing to the polling stations. Many women, once theyhad voted ran out to do impromptu jigs to say “bye-bye” to the north.
But for me personally, it was very emotional. To witness the birth pangs of a nation. To watch southern Sudanese come out in their thousands to cast their vote in the referendum for self-determination. They were in a hurry and impatient. 😦
Kalau separation yang menjadi pilihan, Sudan bukan lah lagi negara Islam terbesar di Afrika. Sedih. Kat selatan ade northerners dan di utara ada southerners. Masing-masing ade kepentingan sendiri. Ade yang dah bertahun-tahun berniaga atau bekerja. Bila jadi macam ni masing-masing dah start packing balik ke tempat asal masing-masing. Ada sorang tu nama dia Angelo, berasal dari Juba (selatan Sudan) dah lama kerja kat Khartoum, bila balik ke Juba kene start new life from scratch. Kene buat rumah, cari kerja. KESIAN!
The southerners menaruh harapan tinggi the separation will give them a chance to rebuild and develop their country. Harap-harap keputusan yang diambil itu tepat dan akan membuat keadaan menjadi lebih baik.
p/s: syok gak layan AlJazeera ni. Macam-macam kisah ade. Iran air crash, a congresswoman shot in Arizona, Tunisia riots, suicide bomber in Egypt etc. Nampak sangat selama ni tak pernah kisah nak tengok news! Tu lah asik nak tengok drama melayu je. Pastu sedih nangis-nangis! ;p