Yes you are right Naive Angel !!!!!, I knew this story and it was not enough broadcasted even in Arabian news media, furthermore it is to be known that why western media is declaring it as historic for Sudan then the question is:
Why did Lincoln fight a civil war at such cost in lives and treasure to maintain the United States of America?
Why won’t the United Kingdom allow it for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
Why doesn’t Spain allow it for the Basque region; or Canada for Quebec; or India for Kashmir?
Why is it that in the Muslim world that people are encouraged to secede whether it is Bangladesh, East Timor or now southern Sudan.
On other hand western media is saying that East and West Germany political unity was good and eventual Korean unity is still considered a laudable political goal.
Personally I've keenly observed and studied Sudan division issue which I fee its a fake division because many of the issues that need to be addressed have not been resolved, such as how would the oil revenues be shared, or what happens to Sudan’s $35 billion debt or the future of Abyei. Outside the capital city Juba there is no development and if people believe that independence will give the southern rural areas much benefit, they will be hugely disappointed. 80% of services in the south (health, education, water and sanitation) are provided by nongovernmental organisations. A state that cannot meet its people’s basic needs isn’t a viable country. A state that is dependent on foreign aid and organisations to function isn’t a sovereign country. A state that has oil in its jurisdiction but which relies exclusively on northern pipelines, refineries and ports is hardly credible.
Moreover, the south of Sudan is hardly homogenous or at peace with itself. Most of the civilians that have died over the last two decades have done so as a result of fighting between warring southern tribes.