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Slices of life from a cattle herding tribe in Sudan

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe stretches after waking up in a settlement near Terekeka, south Sudan, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region's ten states polled by Reuters on Wednesday. Referendum officials reported large votes in favor of independence -- some releasing early figures, some saying trends pointed to support of more than 90 percent -- in the southern state of Central Equatoria.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe holds his son in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan on Wednesday.

See the full slideshow as residents in the south of the war-torn African nation hold a historic referendum on independence.