The Background: In 2005, Sudan and South Sudan signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a decades-long civil war. On January 9, 2011, people in South Sudan voted on whether or not to become an independent country. The final result of the vote could shake the stability of the entire region.

Nonviolent Peaceforce is on the ground working with local organizations, government officials, and individuals to prevent violence from breaking out.

You can help. Here's how:

1. Tell International Leaders to Keep Their Promise to Sudan

Add your name to the open letter to countries and organizations who promised to help ensure the Comprehensive Peace Agreement succeeds: Intergovernmental Authority on Development, African Union, European Union, Arab League, United Nations, Egypt, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, and United States.

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 2. Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Newspaper (U.S. only)

It's easier than you might think to write a letter to the editor. Use our online tool to create and send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper.

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3. Tell President Obama and Congress to Keep their Promise to Sudan (U.S. Only)

Five years ago, the United States promised to help keep the peace in Sudan. Send an online letter to President Obama and Congress and tell them to keep their promise.

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4. Spread the Word to Your Friends and Family

Use our online form to tell your friends and family about the situation in Sudan and what they can do to help. The more people who know about the upcoming referendum, the more we can do to prevent potential violence.

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