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Going home in Sudan

msnbc.com story: Southern Sudanese head south ahead of key vote

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Hundreds of southern Sudanese headed south from the capital Khartoum on Thursday ahead of a key referendum over whether the south will secede from Africa's largest country.

Men, women and children crammed into buses piled high with luggage that left from a staging area 20 miles south of Khartoum in the latest large scale return of southern refugees from the north.