Here’s a good example of social media working to effect change. More than 1,600 people signed an online petition at change.org asking Google to separated South Sudan from Sudan on Google Maps to recognize the newly-independent nation of South Sudan.
South Sudan became an independent, sovereign nation on 9 July after nearly 99% of the population voted in favour of independence. The referendum followed 50 years of civil war and brutal conflict which resulted in more than 2 million deaths and hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people.
Six weeks after his home country gained independence, John Tanza Mabusu, a journalist from South Sudan currently living in Washington, DC, launched a petition on Change.org calling on online mapping services to update their maps to include the new country.
“The inclusion of South Sudan will give the people of that new nation pride and a sense of belonging, as citizens of a sovereign nation on the map,” said Mabusu. “I’m hoping that now that Google has officially recognized South Sudan on their maps, the other major online mapping services will quickly follow suit. The people of South Sudan fought long and hard for their independence and suffered greatly. It’s time these maps reflect their efforts and catch up.”
Good job John! Well done to everyone who signed the petition.
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