Southern Sudanese political panel weighs in on the Referendum


From left to right: Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Prof. Laura Beny, and Parek Maduot

(Calgary NSV) - 7th Front, NSV's longest running diaspora show analyzed the just concluded historic referendum on southern Sudan on Sunday.


The panel, recorded via conference call highlighted challenges and opportunities awaiting the soon-to-be born state in southern Sudan.

The All-Star-Political-Panel featured Mr. Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Head of the GoSS Mission to the USA and a leading member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Dr. Laura Beny, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School in the United States and co-founder of Peace Dividend, an online platform that facilitates lending by southern Sudanese to southern Sudanese entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional sources of finance and Parek Maduot, a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and a regular contributor to The New Sudan Vision. 

“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 in Sudan.  

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