Sun January 9, 2011

Sudan Vote May Give Birth To New Nation

In Sudan, voting starts Sunday in a referendum that will likely break that nation in two and create the world's newest country. It's an oil-rich but deeply impoverished region. Six years after a U.S.-brokered peace deal ended decades of conflict between Sudan's north and south, southerners are choosing whether to go it alone as an independent nation. NPR's Frank Langfitt talks with host Liane Hansen from a polling station in southern Sudan and the vote that will create the world's newest nation and break Africa's largest country in two.