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January 8, 2011 4:46 PM

Southern Sudan's referendum inspires hope of a better life

On Sunday, southern Sudanese begin voting in a week-long referendum in which they are widely expected to opt to secede from the north and form a new nation. On the eve of the vote, ecstatic anticipation grips Juba, where signs are the final rallies call the vote southerners' "final walk to freedom." Still, the challenges ahead are monumental.

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