Attaining peace with borders

'The people of South Sudan, for the first time since 1898, are going to determine their own future," declared Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, southern Sudan's information minister, before last month's referendum on the region's independence. "In fact, it will be the last-born state on this continent of Africa." If he meant that no more African countries will split up, however, he was probably wrong.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 02/16/2011 12:00 am EST

'The people of South Sudan, for the first time since 1898, are going to determine their own future," declared Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, southern Sudan's information minister, before last month's referendum on the region's independence. "In fact, it will be the last-born state on this continent of Africa." If he meant that no more African countries will split up, however, he was probably wrong.

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