Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the expectations and high hopes of the predominantly Christian southern Sudanese voters, who are heading to the polls in this historic bid to separate from Sudan's Arabic-speaking Muslim North. Rebecca Hamilton is interviewed in the piece.

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An internationally brokered peace treaty in 2005 ended decades of civil war between the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum and the black African southern region.

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Jina Moore, Fred de Sam Lazaro
Pulitzer Center grantees Jina Moore and Fred de Sam Lazaro team up at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to focus on fragile nations around the globe and their impact on local US communities.
Nyayouk Duok making her intentions clear at the polling center. The open hand was the ballot symbol for “separation” from Sudan, which would create the world’s newest nation. Pictorial symbols were placed on the ballot in a country where 85 percent of the population cannot read or write. Image by Fred de Sam Lazaro. Sudan, 2011.
January 10, 2011 / Untold Stories
Fred de Sam Lazaro
Celebrating expected secession, south Sudan prepares for transition's challenges.