The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Long Road Home

Posted on May 29, 2012

Of all our numerous undertakings, our work in Sudan over the last 15 years has stretched us the most. Something about attempting to function in what was then Africa’s largest country and in the continent’s longest running civil war helps you mature pretty quickly. When we first journeyed to the region in order to fight slavery we were totally in over our heads – and we knew it. Moreover, we had CBC television and the London Free Press along with us for the duration and feeling a sense of responsibility for their protection when you’re trying to learn the situation yourself was a sobering exercise. And yet it was life-altering. We had walked into history and we sensed it every minute. It had taken…

Tomorrow Comes

Posted on November 8, 2011

It was a remarkable evening, with some talented performers and choirs of youth that filled up the front of the venue. But in the end, the stars of the evening were the audience themselves. They had come to realize that, after 10 years of supporting Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan and the many projects being undertaken, the had been part of history being made. Ten years ago none of them (me included) believed that slavery would end for southern Sudanese – it’s now gone. It was Africa’s longest running and most costly civil war, so how could they know peace would unfold in only a few years and yet it did – the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2005. A decade ago there…

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