Since the declaration of Regional Autonomy for the predominantly Negro South of Sudan, a little over a year ago, a scheme has been started to introduce more Negroes into the Police force.
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Background: Since the declaration of Regional Autonomy for the predominantly Negro South of Sudan, a little over a year ago, a scheme has been started to introduce more Negroes into the Police force.
In Equatorial Province, former stronghold of the Southern Sudanese rebels, massive efforts are being made to train the people to take charge of their own affairs.
The aim, it is believed, is for the Negroes in the South to take over the running of the Region from the better educated Arabs of the North. The Arabs have held all key posts since the country was declared independent 14 years ago.
As many as 1,000 Negroes have applied for the 100 places at the Police Training School in Juba. Applicants are strictly vested until the required number of top potential cadets is left to fill the vacant places.
The life of a Cadet is hard - drill is rigorous, discipline stern, but the rewards for the successful recruit are good by local standards: prestige; free accommodation for himself and his family, and 22 Sudanese Pounds a month - about as much as many local people earn in a year.