Is southern Sudan's secession from Sudan a good idea? Would the secession be mutually beneficial to both north and south Sudan?
I understand that the secession represents the will of the 99% of southern Sudanese voters who chose to vote for the separation in January 2011 election.
The two sides are separated by religion and by natural resources as well. 80% of Sudan's oil is located in the south. But most of the profits from Sudan's oil production are sent to the north!
Now that Sudan successfully secedes, nothing would stop the minority groups in Nigeria the Ivory Coast, or the Congo from asking for a secession too. Could the referendum in Sudan have a domino effect? I hope that the secession will not open a Pandora's box in Africa.
But we should respect the will of the southern people, of course, in wanting to form their own country. The southern Sudanese people have been ethnically marginalized and racially stigmatized.
In July, southern Sudan is expected to become an independent country.