|Radio Bakhita: Southern Sudan's Parliament of the Air|
|Written by Sherry|
|Friday, 17 December 2010 13:38|
On January 9, the people of southern Sudan will vote on whether or not they wish to become Africa's newest nation: Southern Sudan. Southern Sudan is only 20% Christian but a Catholic radio station, which made its first broadcast on Christmas Eve 2006, has become a kind of de facto national parliament.
Feisty Radio Bakhita, a project of the Archdiocese of Juba, has incurred opposition from government officials and even sparked a rebuke from church leaders, yet its director, Mexican Comboni Sister Cecilia Sierra, says the station will continue helping people construct a new nation in the wake of decades of war.
Sister Sierra, who studied journalism in the US, has been threatened by government officials but refuses to back down.
"Earlier this year, Sister Sierra said, a security official and a contingent of police came to the station and order it closed. Although she was not directly reprimanded by the head of state security, who chastised a representative of another station in front of her, a lower-ranking official lectured her.
Pray for the brave pioneers of Radio Bakhita and the people of southern Sudan as they near the vote on independence.