Intercultures Magazine (Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs)
November 2008 issue
JUBA – In a crowded United Nations conference room in a southwestern Sudanese town called Wau, an exchange of sorts took place between two men of very different worlds who had more in common than they might have thought.
At the front of the room was Constable Charles Obeng, a Canadian originally from Ghana, on Africa’s west coast. Seated among dozens of students was a young Sudanese man.
Obeng was a UN peacekeeper, deployed with five other members of the RCMP to help Sudan’s southern police force build its capacity after more than two decades of civil war between the Muslim north and the mostly animist south.