A Cambridge aid worker has started an online diary to log progress in the Southern Sudanese referendum. Sara Lukey-Smith works for World Vision and is based in the city of Juba. Photos by Michael Arunga, World Vision.
Sara and her colleagues have been travelling around the south, photographing the week of voting. You can read Sara's referendum blog on the World Vision website at http://blog.worldvision.org.uk.
Waiting to vote in Kuajok: Around four million people registered to take part in the Southern Sudan referendum to decide whether the country should split in two.
UDF supporters in Sudan: The independence referendum began on 9 January 2011 and voting continues for seven days.
A child on the other side of the fence at the Freedom Square voting centre in Kuajok, Southern Sudan. Voting can only take place in the south and many people had to cross the border in order to place their vote.
The referendum is part of a 2005 peace deal to end two decades of conflict between the mainly Muslim north and the Christian, or traditional religions, in the south of Sudan.
These children at the transit centre in Kuajok, the capital city of Warrap State in Southern Sudan, had crossed the border with their families for the referendum vote.
Sudan referendum: Separation supporters in Juba, Southern Sudan. You can read Sara Lukey-Smith's full referendum blog on the World Vision website at http://blog.worldvision.org.uk. Photos by Michael Arunga.
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