Slate: South Sudan Votes for Secession

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Their new country will be poor and underdeveloped, but as they vote for separation this week, that doesn’t matter to southerners.

MALAKAL, Sudan—Dancing under a crescent moon, James Aman’s children leapt and whooped to celebrate the breakup of Sudan. More than a dozen sons and daughters and nieces and nephews sang and bounced in unison in the cool night, accompanied by the tooting of a cow’s horn.

"They are dancing because we are happy for the referendum today and that now we have our own country," Aman said, watching with a smile as the teenagers left his reed-walled compound to begin a noisy circuit of the unlit neighborhood. "They are dancing because the weight of the north is now gone."

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