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Southern Sudan: On the cusp of independence

After years of war, millions of southern Sudanese head to the polls to decide whether to secede from the north in a historic vote that is widely expected to result in a new nation.



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A woman passes a remote polling station in Bungu after polls closed on the first day of Sudan's independence referendum.

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Young refugees in D.C. area consider the potential of southern Sudan's secession
Article | Dozens of Sudanese refugees were lined up on a street in Old Town Alexandria, poised to vote for the creation of a new nation from a cardboard booth 6,000 miles away. They sang. They danced. They shouted, "Oye south Sudan!"

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