Six people were killed as fights broke out between rebel militias and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) – the southern army – the day before the referendum in which the south is expected to vote for its independence.
REUTERS - Six people were killed in clashes between rebel militias and south Sudan's army on Friday and Saturday, the military said a day before a referendum in which the south is expected to vote for independence.
IN PICTURES: REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN
A woman shows the symbols for the two choices on the South Sudanese referendum ballot: an open hand for separation (left), two hands together for unity (right). ©AFP
A giant screen in Juba's centre counts down the days, minutes and seconds left before polls open. © Melissa Bell
The flag of South Sudan already flies in Juba. There is no doubt as to which way Sunday's vote will go. © Melissa Bell
The memory of decades of war gives way to dancing in Juba, just days ahead of the referendum poll. © Melissa Bell
Date created : 2011-01-08