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Food merchants flee South Sudan before Jan. vote
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Nov 19, 2010 - 7:10:30 AM

Food merchants flee South Sudan before Jan. vote

The Associated Press
Friday, November 19, 2010; 7:35 AM


MALAKAL, Sudan -- People living near Sudan's internal north-south border could soon be facing a food shortage.

In less than two months Southern Sudan is set to hold an independence referendum that is widely expected to see the creation of the world's newest country. For towns on the north-south faultline, communities of northern Arabs and southern Christians and animists have co-existed mostly in harmony.

But many northern traders say they are starting to feel like foreigners, and say they are leaving town for their own safety.

The World Food Program has already prepositioned 75,000 metric tons of food in 100 hubs throughout the south in anticipation of wider food shortages

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