Monthly Archives: December 2010

Madame Rebecca Garang: “…tribalism will not find a room to come out”

The finals of the Miss Malaika 2010 beauty pageant were held a few weeks ago in Juba. Rows upon rows of plastic chairs at Nyakuron Cultural Center were filled with an enthusiastic crowd as “the beauty that is New Sudan” … Continue reading

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Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Peaceful Referendum

JUBA, Sudan–I’ve haven’t heard many carols this year, but something spirited is certainly in the air in the Southern Sudanese capital this holiday season. It’s the referendum. The south’s independence vote is looming larger here every day, in many ways. … Continue reading

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Friendly but serious word-up…

…to Juba-based and Juba-bound journalists covering the referendum: The Carter Center’s latest statement on the referendum process—focused on the recently concluded voter registration period—had this to say about us journalists who covered voter registration: Media coverage. At the start of … Continue reading

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From Cairo to Canberra to Kansas: Southern Sudanese say “Referendum Oyay”

JUBA, Sudan–Not far from my hometown, in Seattle, Washington, there’s a voter registration center open at 608 Maynard Ave. S., from 9 am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and from noon until 5pm on Sundays. Nope, my fellow Washingtonians are … Continue reading

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Sudanese Journalists Report from Abyei and Highlight Local Voices

The Dutch development organization SNV funds a very cool project in Sudan which enables local journalists to travel to different areas of Sudan to report on issues critical to the future of their country. The project, called “The Juba Briefings,” … Continue reading

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Where S. Sudan meets Darfur

I just returned from a visit to Kiir Adem, a disputed zone in a little-known stretch of Sudan’s 1,300-mile north-south border. I filed this piece ( for AP, and I’ll be writing more in the coming days about what the … Continue reading

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