Inside a polling station in Sudan
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Inside a Sudanese referendum polling station

Thousands of people are voting in Southern Sudan in a referendum on independence from the north.

Huge numbers of people queued at polling stations before voting opened.

The referendum was promised to the south as part of a peace deal which ended decades of civil war.

BBC correspondent Will Ross has been to a polling station in the southern village of Kotobi.

  • 09 Jan 2011