NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A group of aid agencies is warning that Sudan’s volatile southern region could collapse into chaos again.
The first multi-party elections in more than two decades are set for April, and the groups said Thursday a referendum on independence for the south in January 2011 also could re-ignite conflict.
The aid agencies also worry about disputes between the south and north over oil.
The report released by 10 agencies — including Oxfam International, Save the Children and World Vision — said the next year could determine the future of Africa’s largest nation.
A 2005 peace deal ended more than 20 years of civil war. The groups say a return to conflict would have devastating consequences that extend far beyond southern Sudan.