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Will Sudan's Referendum be Peaceful?

A discussion with our Sudanese friends from San Diego

The 2011 referendum is a ticking time bomb of enormous consequence.
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

In 2005, a peace agreement ended a decades-long war between the Arab government in the North and black Christians and animists in the South.  Since that agreement, Southern Sudan has been somewhat peaceful.   On January 9th, the South will decide whether to stay part of unified Sudan or have its own separate country.   

  • Will the South choose to secede? (most likely) 
  • Will the Bashir government let them go? 
  • How will Darfur be affected? 
  • What can we as part of the international community do to ensure lasting peace in Sudan?

To gain better insight into the situation, we thought it'd be best to have a discussion with some of the Sudanese in Southern California (there are over 4000 currently living in San Diego).  We hope you will join us for this rare, honest discussion with our Sudanese friends. 

Who are the panelists?

Wai John Wai
Originally from Sudan, Wai moved to the United States as a refugee 15 years ago.  He has been living in Orange County and San Diego since. 

I received a bachelor degree at Concordia University Irvine in 2007.  Since graduating, I have been an activist in the Sudanese and American communities to raise awareness about Sudan.  I was born in Bor, which was the area where the civil war erupted.

Issac Mohamed
Isaac Mohamed is originally from Wau, Southern Sudan. He moved to San Diego from Egypt 6 years ago. He has lived both in the Southern and Northern Sudan. Isaac was educated in Arabic and since moving to the US he have been dedicated to his studies so he can learn English.  Isaac is a co-founder of Sudanese American Youth Center-San Diego.

Ivan Augustino
Ivan moved to San Diego in 1998.  He attended high school and college in the United States and received a bachelor degree in Computer Science at Cal State Los Angeles and a Masters of Computer Science at National University.  Ivan is also a co-founder of the Sudanese American Youth Center-San Diego.

Yes, you can help

If you'd like to support the local Sudanese community, there will be an opportunity to donate.  All funds raised will support the activities of the Sudanese American Youth Center in San Diego and Orange County for Darfur

Co-sponsors and partners

A wide coalition of Orange County organizations have partnered for this event.  These include:

  • Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church
  • IUCC Advocates for Peace and Justice
  • Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
  • Amnesty International, Irvine chapter
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • United Nations Association of the USA - Orange County


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


[ Sudanese American Youth Center - San Diego ]

[ St. Mark Presbyterian Church ]
[ Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu ]

Saturday, Nov 13 2010
6:30p refreshments
7:00p discussion

St. Mark Presbyterian
2200 San Joaquin Hills
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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