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Hopeful Sudanese Plan Long Trek South

Gazing across a wide, barren plain near Khartoum, its red dust stretching to the horizon, Remijo Lado dreams of going home. Instead of subsisting in this lifeless place, he’ll live among trees and rolling hills. Instead of begging for food, he’ll farm rich soil. Instead of a shack with cardboard walls, he’ll build a brick house for his five kids. After 12 years, he’ll finally see his brother’s smile. His home is in Sudan’s south, a promised land some 700 miles away. Mr. Lado and millions of other southern Sudanese fled their homes during Africa’s longest civil war, in which rebels from the animist or Christian south have clashed with forces loyal to the government of the Arab and Muslim north. Peace talks resumed Tuesday after a break for the Muslim hajj. The remaining obstacles are the makeup of a transitional administration, the future of three disputed areas in central Sudan, and whether the capital, Khartoum, should be governed under Islamic law. Full Story

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