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Bishop: Violence will not prevent Southern Sudan’s independence

Catholic World News - April 08, 2011

The violence afflicting Southern Sudan will not prevent the incipient state from formally becoming independent on July 9, a bishop told Aid to the Church in Need. Nearly 99% of Southern Sudan’s residents voted in favor of independence in a January referendum.

“These violent incidents will impede progress but it will not wash away from them their wish to acquire independence,” said Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of Khartoum. “The wish to be independent from the north is not somehow grafted onto them-- it is in their heart that they want to be independent.”

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