Sudanese in U.S. See Referendum Vote as New Hope for Homeland

BY News Desk  January 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM EDT

Sudan begins voting Sunday on a referendum that will decide whether the South will secede from the North.

On Friday’s NewsHour, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from South Sudan on how one town is getting ready for the vote. Fred’s reporting is a partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Undertold Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.

The Pulitzer Center has also been reporting on the Sudanese diaspora in the U.S., the hardships they have faced since leaving Sudan and their hopes for a new nation and the role they might play in it. In this report, hear from some Sudanese in Washington, D.C.:

Video by Jake Naughton of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.