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Timeline and map: On the ballot, nationhood

Southern Sudanese began voting Sunday on whether to break away from Sudan and form Africa's newest nation. The referendum is part of a peace accord reached in 2005 that ended a long civil war, separate from the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Official results are expected in several weeks.


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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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'I never dreamed this day would come'
Article | IN KWORIJIK BUNGO, SUDAN The villagers of this southern hamlet remember rapes, beatings and killings by the Arab soldiers of the north Sudanese army who set up a military camp here two decades ago. As war broke out, the soldiers torched their huts. The entire village of 200 vanished, its surviving...

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