Christians account for less than one-fifth of the southern Sudanese population. Muslims account for marginally less. Most southerners are are adherents of native animist religions. Claims of a "Christian south" and that the Sudanese civil war is essentially a religious war merely perpetuate an inaccurate stereotype of Sudan, and a superficial context for the Sudanese conflict. The conflict is about the political status of southern Sudan.
The government of Sudan's offer of an internationally supervised referendum whereby the southern Sudanese can, for the first time, choose to remain part of Sudan or go their own way is surely the best way of settling Africa's longest-running civil war.
Director, British-Sudanese Public Affairs Council
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