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James Chol, a 31-year-old Lost Boy from Southern Sudan who lives in Phoenix, shows his ink stained finger at a voter registration facility in Glendale, Ariz. Hundreds of survivors of Sudan’s civil war now living in the U.S. will vote on Sunday to decide whether Southern Sudan secedes from the north, creating the world’s newest country and giving South Sudan independence.

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Sudanese to fan out across US for historic vote

PHOENIX (AP) — Wol Dhieu Akujang’s long wait for freedom to come to his village in war-ravaged Sudan began 20 years ago with a perilous 1,000-mile walk. At age 6, he endured choking thirst, aching hunger and the constant terror of ambushes as he and hundreds of others traveled to a refugee camp in nearby Ethiopia. Then came safety in the United States.

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