The volatile situation in Sudan – not just in the Darfur region, but also the tenuous peace between the North and South brought about by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) – is becoming more serious. The country is bracing for national elections now and a referendum on whether the South should secede from the North in January 2011. The potential for increased violence, death, and displacement at the hands of a renewed North-South war is real.
Significant steps must be taken to avert such a disaster. Read this editorial from Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services’ executive vice president for overseas operations, published today in The Baltimore Sun on how CRS is addressing the hope and potential peril in southern Sudan.