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Sudanese Refugees Ponder Return to Homes

Civil war drove Christine Pompeo from her village in Sudan’s deepest south to a crowded apartment in the Arab world’s biggest city. Now a peace treaty has been struck to end the 21-year war that displaced 4 million, but Pompeo and many others are hesitant about returning. “There are no jobs in the south, we can’t work on our farms and so many people are suffering. We have no money here but life is safe,” Pompeo says, brushing a tear away during a Cairo church celebration of the Jan. 9 peace treaty signing. “I am worried for my future.” Pompeo, 30, from a village near the southern city of Juba, is among an estimated 500,000 Sudanese living in neighboring countries who have been recognized by the United Nations as refugees. Full Story

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