03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sudan365: Musicians Team Up To Promote Sudanese Peace

The UK-based movement Sudan365: Beat For Peace gathered thousands of activists on Saturday to promote lasting peace in Sudan. The event was held on January 9, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. It comes at a time as millions still live in poor conditions in Darfur, and violence threatens to escalate.

Activists joined prominent drummers in 15 countries in a coordinated "beat for peace." The drummers included Phil Selway from Radiohead, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, Stewart Copeland of The Police, and Elbow's drummer Richard Jupp.

At this same time next year, a Sudan referendum will determine the fate of Sudan's southern region, whether it remains part of the north or becomes an independent state. Politicians and peace activists alike fear that this decision could spark another civil war.

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As a primary action, Sudan365 wants you to sign a petition calling for urgent action from world leaders to present escalating violence.

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