Francis Bok to replace Yahya Osman as Sudan's SSPP President

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Sudan is expanding its SSPP peace organization to the UK and North America. Former slave turned author Francis Bok and writer Kola Boof are to head the SSPP in America.

The Juba, Sudan-based "Sudan Sensitization Peace Project" (THE SSPP) is preparing to launch a new public relations campaign in the United Kingdom and the United States for fall 2008.

The campaign will be directed at sensitizing western blacks to the concerns of the genocide in Darfur and the probable secession of the South Sudanese government in 2011.

President and Founder of the SSPP, BF Bankie, had originally appointed SPLM commander and Darfur politian Yahya Osman to be President of the new North American branch of the SSPP to be based in New York City, but Osman was soon replaced by Francis Bok.

Francis Bok has become an heroic historical figure for Southern Sudanese. A former slave who escaped at age 17 and became one of the world's foremost activists against atrocities in Sudan. His autobiography "Escape from Slavery" was published in 2003 by St. Martin's Press.

Famed Mauritanian writer-activist Garba Diallo will head a new branch in Denmark, and reporting directly to President Bok as National Chairwoman of the SSPP will be controversial novelist Kola Boof.

Conflict arose at BF Bankie's choice of the half-Arab writer, because she was recently accused by a Diplomat of Sudan's Arab government in Khartoum of being "legally married" to terrorist Osama Bin Laden and giving birth to their child in 1996, but members of both the SPLM and SSPP categorically dismissed all attacks against Boof's character as "more ugly lies to demonize, scandalize and silence Kola Boof" appointed her National Chairwoman of the SSPP's North American branch.

One plan for implementing the American Branch of the SSPP is to have legendary entertainer and politician Harry Belafonte speak on the peace organization's behalf at a fundraising event in June at Professor Dani Nabudere's Marcus Garvey Pan-African Institute in Mbale, Uganda. The event is already booked.

The U.S. branch of the group will kick off in September 2008 with an event rally in Manhattan. President Francis Bok and the SSPP also hope to attract actor and long time supporter Danny Glover, and activists Joe Madison, Munta Matsimela and Maria Sliwa.

The SSPP was founded by BF Bankie in 2002 as a "peace and information historical society" to coincide with the South army's SPLA movement. Many members of the SSPP are also members of the SPLM/A.

Officials of the SSPP can be reached in Juba, Sudan by email or by phone at the Global African Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa. A website for the organization will be launched in September, 2008.

For More Information:
SSPP Headquarters at Juba, Sudan
Phone: 011+249-126-193-715
Email: info @

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Abuk Deng
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