Southern Sudan and independence

Sudan continues to be plagued with tragedy, and forgotten by the Western world. Recently I came across this news article from Ecumenical News International concerning former general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia. In the article he does not appear to support the movement of Southern Sudan towards independence, which I think is likely the best option for them, as the world seems to care less about their plight, and the oppressive Northern-based Sudan regime continues its persecution of Christians in the South. It looks like the proposed referendum is facing obstacles. It would be the most desired method of attaining independence, if it is not manipulated or rigged. However, if it fails, then the political leaders seem determined to declare independence without a referendum. The latter may not be the best option, however it may be the only viable option in the face of all the others. You can read the whole article here.