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Letter from Sudan

Welcome to south Sudan, which could soon be the world’s newest country

By Tristan McConnell   January 2011

Birth of a nation? Women queue outside a voter registration centre in southern Sudan

“There is no trust between the north and the south. Any delay will cause a crisis, suspicion is already rising. People want the referendum to come now,” Samuel Aban Deng told me as we sat in the neatly swept dirt courtyard of his family compound in Malakal, a town on the banks of the Nile. We were discussing the only thing anyone in south Sudan wants to talk about: the vote, due on 9th January, that is expected to split Africa’s biggest country and give birth…

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