On January 9, 2011, voters from Africa’s largest country flocked to the polls to determine the fate of their nation. Over a seven-day period, almost 4 million people voted on whether Sudan should split into two countries.
In 2005, the country signed a peace agreement, ending 20 years of brutal civil war between north and south. The fighting claimed the lives of 2 million people and displaced 4 million. This historic referendum was the final step in the peace process.
Sara Lukey-Smith from the United Kingdom has been working for World Vision in Juba, South Sudan. Follow her blog accounts of life on the ground during the recent referendum.