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Le Moyne Hosts Talk by Officials from Southern Sudan on the Aftermath of the Referendum for Independence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by officials of Southern Sudan on the challenges facing their new nation following that country’s referendum on independence on Wednesday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium.

The speakers will include H.E. Louis Lobong Lojore, governor of Eastern Equatoria, one of the 10 states of Southern Sudan; H.E. Sam-Felix Makuja, state minister of health; H.E. Josephine Akulang Abalang, state minister of finance, trade, and industry; and H.E. Mark Akio Okinbul, state minister of housing and physical infrastructure.

Against the backdrop of the January 2011 referendum in which the Sudanese people from the predominantly Christian and animist South overwhelmingly voted to secede from the Muslim-controlled North to form an independent country, they will discuss the formidable challenges of nation building, particularly in a country with few roads; no communication network or infrastructures to support health, education and agriculture; little security; and numerous landmines.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies; the Kevin J. O’Connell, S.J. Professorship in the Humanities; the Office of Student Development; Campus Ministry; the departments of religious studies, education, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and foreign languages and literatures at Le Moyne; the State University of New York at Oswego; St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Sudanese community; and Catholic Charities.

For more information, please call (315) 445-4292 or -4426.

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posted on: 2/15/2011