7th Front panel discusses southern Sudan's future

7thFrontUofC(Calgary AB NSV) -The Southern Sudan and Abyei Referenda Conference held at the University of Calgary on Saturday, featured a special 7th Front panel on southern Sudan referendum.

Deepak Obhrai (far left), the Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Parek Maduot (middle), a graduate of the University of Maryland and regular contributor to the New Sudan Vision, Dr. Mom Kou Arou (far right), Deputy Secretary General of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission and Gatdet Wakou, Southern Sudan Referendum Commission's Representative in Canada, took the audience’s questions at the conference.

Meanwhile, Pastor Peter Lek of Calgary urges his Christian counterparts in Sudan and all over the world to pray for peaceful referendum.  

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“Seventh Front” is a term coined by the late First Vice President of Sudan and President of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern, John Garang de Mabior to refer to Sudanese in the Diaspora. Garang declared the Diaspora as the ‘Seventh Front’ to acknowledge their growing roles and contributions in the struggle to bring about peace and democracy in Southern Sudan after the region endured decades of brutal repression from military regimes in Khartoum.

The Seventh Front assembles passionate and knowledgeable guests to assess the impact of current events as they unfold in Southern Sudan. The panel aims to arm citizens with credible information to keep their government accountable and effect positive change on the ground as Sudan approaches its first true multi-party elections in 2010 and a referendum on Southern Sudan in 2011.

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