Sudan 365: The Beat Continues

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A year ago, on January 9 2010, Sudan365 launched a popular campaign with the ‚Beat for Peace’ video. Since then we have built momentum for the campaign, launching another film, ‚Keep the Promise,’ in September. This campaign has engaged over 200,000 people who have watched the video, signed up to petitions and engaged with our social media. Three prominent international public mobilisations, branded as ‚Global Days of Action,’ have taken place from Belfast to Bamako, Serbia to South Sudan. These events have ranged from rallies to panels, with most including a ‚Beat for Peace’ drumming session and Sudan365 branding.

The second recut of the video was adapted into personalised DVDs and delivered to prominent international leaders in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement guarantor states. The international community has notably increased their engagement in Sudan over the course of the campaign — however, to augment the progress made, they must continue to have a role in promoting the peaceful future of Sudan.

This third recut film is an effort to mark the culmination of 365 days of campaigning, coinciding with the scheduled start of referendum voting in Sudan. The film acknowledges the efforts of politicians and the public and asks them to sustain this focus on Sudan. It highlights that, regardless of the result of the referendum vote, much needs to be done to ensure violence is averted and that the developmental needs of Sudan are met. The film calls on Sudanese leaders to work towards a peaceful future.

The Sudan365 campaign will continue after the referendum, to remind the public and the international community that the referendum vote on January 9 2011 is not the end, but marks the beginning of a new challenge for Sudan.

Dla pokoju w Sudanie cz. 1 – sudan365.org

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Dział muzyczny rozpocznę nie od sudańskiej muzyki, lecz od muzyki dla Sudanu.

Inicjatywa „Beat for Peace” – www.sudan365.org rozpoczęła swoją działalność rok przed planowanym na 9 stycznia 2011 referendum w sprawie przyszłości Sudanu Południowego (niepodległość bądź sojusz z Północą w ramach jednego państwa). Celem jej działalności jest zwrócenie opinii publicznej świata na Sudan i zbliżające się referendum. Musimy zrobić wszystko co w naszej mocy, aby głosowanie odbyło się i przebiegło pokojowo. Nie możemy pozwolić na eskalację przemocy i wybuch kolejnego konfliktu zbrojnego. Byłoby to równoznaczne  z kontynuacją najdłużej trwającej i jednej z najbardziej krwawych wojen w Afryce, zaledwie po pięciu latach oddechu – zawieszenia broni.

Posłuchajcie, pomyślcie co możecie zrobić…

Wy też możecie dołączyć do „Beat for Peace”, podpisać petycję, nagrać swoją wersję bębnienia dla pokoju… szczegóły na stronie internetowej www.sudan365.org.

Poniżej oryginalna odezwa do działania na rzecz pokoju w Sudanie.

„Sudan 365 was launched on 9 January 2010, 365 days from when a referendum is due to be held to determine the future of Sudan. The people of South Sudan will vote to decide whether they wish to remain part of a united Sudan or whether they want to become an independent country.

We believe it should be a future in which human rights are guaranteed in an environment of peace, prosperity and harmony.

Our fear is that it could be a future of conflict and suffering.

The referendum is important as it was a key element of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This agreement was signed in 2005, after more than twenty years of war.

The war killed over 2 million people.

It displaced over 4 million from their homes.

It caused suffering, trauma and uncertainty for millions.

The peace agreement heralded a brighter future. It promised deep reform and national elections.  And it stated that in January 2011, there would be a referendum in the south. This would allow the South to decide its future through the ballot box – and not through the gun.

With 365 days until the vote, much of the agreement has not been implemented. Tension between the North and South are growing. In 2009, over 2,500 people were killed. Over 350, 000 were displaced.

In Darfur, following a conflict in which hundreds of thousands of civilians died, attacks against civilians continue and millions suffer daily in camps. After seven years of violence, a peace agreement still has not been reached.

Many fear the situation will get worse. Unless we, and our governments, stand together with the people of Sudan and demand that conflict is prevented and that human rights are protected..

Join the global call for action.

Join the beat for peace.


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