The first elections to take place in Southern Sudan for 24 years went off relatively peacefully. The country is just emerging from a lengthy civil war which ended with the signing of a peace accord in 2005.
Although there were some anxious moments around the country as disappointed candidates aired their frustrations, the situation in Connor’s link diocese of Yei has remained calm.
In the wake of the elections, the Bishop of Yei, the Rt Rev Hilary Luate Adeba, reported: “Yei is fine and peaceful there has been no unrest after the elections here.
“We heard there was running by people from Konyokonyo market in Juba. The ECS office in Juba told me that there is a curfew in Juba, but I must stress the rest of Central Equatorial is calm.”
The Bishop went on: “The results are now behind us, but nobody can deny the disappointments, frustration and anger from those who lost the poll. But there is no cause for fear, I only trust in the Lord. People are thinking more about the 2011 Referendum than the outcome of the elections.”
A team from Connor visited Yei in January and witnessed the build-up to the elections. A larger Mission Experience Team Abroad (META) led by Archdeacon Stephen Forde and Canon Cecil Wilson, will visit Yei in July.