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Starting From Scratch in Southern Sudan

Nailed to a huge shade tree on the edge of a dusty square is a paper help-wanted sign that seeks judges. The surrounding city is cratered with trenches and strewn with the litter of war, but its residents imagine a future with grand, new skyscrapers sprouting from the earth. Last month, the Arab-dominated central government and southern rebels signed an agreement to end a 21-year civil war that killed an estimated 2 million people. Rumbek, with a handful of low-rise stone buildings left from colonial times, has been designated the capital of southern Sudan. In six years, after a referendum, the region could become an independent country. Full Story

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