JUBA, Southern Sudan — Breaking away from a government that imposes Islamic law may be a strong motivation in southern Sudan’s secession vote this week.
But the region, which has a significant Catholic population, may have a difficult future as an independent country. Nine out of 10 people live on less than $1 a day. Most of the land is either scrub or swamp. Half the people receive some form of international humanitarian assistance. And most people are illiterate.
Twenty-two years of war with the largely Islamic north of Sudan have taken a toll, not to speak of the 2 million civilians killed in the conflict. Cynical as it sounds, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has a point when he...READ MORE