South Sudan goes to the polls today.
As in many African countries there are too many sides, too many stories and too much religion involved in a decision that, normally, would have been a very easy one to a group of people who define themselves. The north is mostly opposed for the separation of regions, mainly because of the dependency of resources that will have a significant economic effect on the north – in case the south breaks away.
Slava Kirr, the current president already warns of war, and asks all the citizens to be tolerant of the decision – whatever it is. However the same person told Al-Jazeera TV station yesterday that the forces that move to South away from the North are “the global Zionism” which basically means that the Jews are pushing the Christians (the south) away from a partnership with the Muslims (the north), which is a little extreme, baring in mind that the country has been in a state of civil war for years, only to be broken with a treaty – the same one that stated that in 2011 (that’s today) the south will vote for its future. It is clear that the people of south Sudan do not want anything to do with the north, almost as clear as the threat of another war, bloodshed and religion based violence once the call has been done, lets hope that this time things will move in another direction.
Now, imagine a world without religion, imagine a continent without religion – Africa. Without Christianity forbidding the use of condoms, without Muslim Christians tensions, but with a much better future.