Southern Sudan went to the polls 9 January 2011 to decide on self-determination. Caritas prays the outcome will be peace and development for all Sudanese.Follow the elections with our staff in Juba on the Caritas blog.A resolution could be as good for Sudan as the election of Nelson Mandela was for South Africa, or it could trigger violence and be as dire as Rwanda in the 1990′s.

Caritas has been working with the people of Sudan to ensure that communities are prepared for both eventualities.

Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world and that poverty is particularly acute in southern Sudan. There is a lack of basic health and education infrastructure. Nine out of ten people live below the poverty line. Credits: Karen Kasmauski/CRS

NEW HOPE – VOICES FOR PEACESouthern Sudan decides its own future in referenda on whether to remain within a unified Sudan or to secede

Caritas has prepared supplies near key hotspots to distribute in the event of a crisis to 100,000 people. These include tarpaulins, soap, buckets, and jerry cans, shelter. Credits: Karen Kasmauski/CRS

CARITAS BEING PREPARED

Caritas staff have been making preparations within the country they hope can save lives

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Staff of CRS (Caritas member in North America) take photos from Caritas projects in Sudan

On the Sudan Catholic Radio Network stations, guests such as priests, community elders and civil society talking about what it means to forgive, reconcile and resolve conflict peacefully and listeners from all faiths call into the show. Credits: Debbie DeVoe/CRS

RADIO NATION 

Sudan Catholic Radio Network will transmit crucial election information across seven dioceses in southern Sudan

A box full with prayers and messages for peace in the country was entrusted to the water of the river. Credits: SCBC

A BOAT OF PRAYERS FOR PEACE 

Caritas supporters around the world joined many others in taking part in the prayer campaign

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View CAFOD’s Sudan Peace Action timeline since Sudanese independence in 1956