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December 17, 2010

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South Sudanese returnees arrive at the main port of Juba after 17 days on a boat from Khartoum. Over 55,000 southerners have returned ahead of the Jan. 9, 2011, referendum on the independence of the South. Many South Sudanese fled to the north during the second north-south civil war, which began in 1983 and ended with a 2005 peace deal that granted the south the right to secede through a referendum.

PHOTO: Benedicte Desrus/Reuters

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