What an independent Southern Sudan could mean for rest of Africa
A woman votes for the referendum on whether Southern Sudan should become an independent nation.
January 14th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

What an independent Southern Sudan could mean for rest of Africa

It is the most important global story in the world right now and chances are... you aren't paying attention to it.

Africa's largest nation, Sudan, has been war-torn for almost the entirety of its post colonial history. Factions in the northern and southern regions of the country have been clashing for years and the south may soon be on the verge of taking an historic step towards independence.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, former President Jimmy Carter and one-time sexiest man alive, George Clooney, are helping the effort to get the historic decision to a peaceful vote and resolution.

Kristof joins American Morning today to explain the situation in Sudan and clarify why a secession of the South would be an optimistic future for the region.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    I'm sure that some Americans care besides Carter and Clooney, as well as Kristof. Any minuet this thread is gonna (oops, sorry Miss Howell), is going to light up with over 800 comments.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa Niebels

    I care and thank all those involved in bringing forth this opportunity for a peaceful resolution

    January 14, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Muslims to the north and Christians to the south. Two countries. Good deal. Maybe those filthy Muslims from there will stop murdering Christians.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • tomtom

      Please refrain from bad language. May Allah guide you

      January 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PK

    This is great! The huge economic potential of independent oil production in Southern Sudan is promising for its people, but unfortunately, how do they get the product to port...through the north? – Clearly, a lot of challenges lie ahead for the people of Southern Sudan. and finally, what about Darfur (in Western Sudan) what happens to those people who have been suffering under the cruelty of the north?

    January 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. ThomasD

    Since the north adopted islamic law in 1983, Sudan has seen the worst case of genocide in modern times. Millions slaughtered, left homeless and starved to death. I am optimistic at the souths potential at self governance but my gut tells me that the norths promise to honor its independance will fail.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bucket'O'legs&thighs

    Will this huge economic boom include KFC franchises.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenton

      Cmon man really you have to make a racist comment. Childish. Putting a bad name on the south. Even if your not from the south, with this comment people automatically assume that. Grow up.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ATI

      I think you're both stereotyping. Why would you assume anyone who makes a racist comment must be from the South?

      January 14, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bucket'O'thighs&legs

    actualy my handle is my nickname.I also own several KFC's in the midweast,I'm alway's looking for opportunities

    January 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack markowitz

      Perhaps you can explain something to me that I have never been able to figure out. Why doesn't KFC have a delivery service like pizza delivery and just about every other restaurant on the planet? It would be great to be able to call KFC for a bucket of chicken and some sides and you name it and have it all delivered to the house, say during NFL games on sundays or whatever. It would be a bonanza in increased business for KFC, a no brainer. Why has no one at KFC figurered this one out yet? It really bugs me trying to figure this one out. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Mmmmm finger licking good! Just please don't use that healthy oil, because then I'll go to Popeye's, greasy and delicious. KFC delivery would be great, but the CEO's are not smart enough to ever approve it.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ThomasD

    Oh man. Gettin hungry with all the KFC posts. Its the best! But damn, for the price of a bucket, I could fry 3 chickens and mash 10 lbs of taters at home. And for a single parent in this economy thats kind of a big deal.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cat

    hey, man. some help is better than no help at all.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. i rock

    Chesters has the best deep fried anything! okra oprah corn taters even mouse on a crispy stick

    January 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    How ironic! We fought a 4 year civil war in this country in order to keep the precise same thing from happening here! Besides,countries like Spain,Russia,Turkey today and Sri Lanka and Indonesia until recently have fought for the very same purpose!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    Well it's a good thing, until the capitalists crabs come on board...

    January 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tomas

    We want em divided for the oil. If this separation vote work out our way ppl will die for that oil. Its a shame to see lion walking deer to school during hunger season.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • tomtom

      I love it. This exactly what is going on. I think southerners have been mistreated for a long time but this is not a reason to split the country. After all things have been worked out in the US and other places. I believe help from the west with social programs to all of sudan to build respect between the different tribes would have have been great. But oil is the driver here.

      January 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yaku

    U have so many sudanese both in australia and the us in mass number. None of em took interest in world history or sociology, there4 all of em are voting with their emotions and encouraging those at home to do them same. Divide to be conquered later. TIA. Natual resources for guns and graves. Wikileaks, expose the truth pls!!! Ppl need to wake up here!

    January 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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