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Refugee travels from South Sudan to South Dakota

March 6, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) Growing up in east-central Africa, David Jal tended cattle and herded sheep and goats – a life not so different to parts of the rural Midwest, where he lives now. Continue Reading

Agwa leaves war-torn Sudan for safety

April 9, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON Things are a little different these days for Okony Agwa.
A native of Sudan, Agwa is currently studying at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Continue Reading

George Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, and the actor said he has asked President Barack Obama to engage China on stopping a humanitarian crisis in northern Africa. Continue Reading

29 Chinese workers missing after militant attack in Sudan

January 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Militants apparently captured 29 Chinese workers after attacking a remote worksite in a volatile region of Sudan, and Sudanese forces were increasing security for Chinese projects and personnel there, China said today.
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Metro area’s Sudanese celebrate

July 30, 2011 in INFORUM

>strong>Homeland’s independence something refugees thought would never come, and it brings possibility they can go home again.

FARGO Several dozen metro-area residents gathered Saturday to celebrate something many of them never thought they’d live to see.

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Civilian casualties number in hundreds in South Sudan battle

June 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A United Nations team that traveled to the Nile River village 11 days after the April 23 killings saw more than two dozen corpses and said grass-roofed mud huts clearly contained many more bodies, but the toll of 254 dead civilians given by a local official has not been independently verified. Continue Reading

115 dead in 5 days of clashes in Southern Sudan

April 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

At least 115 people have died in violence between government forces and a rebel militia in Southern Sudan this week, an official said Sunday, raising concerns of southern instability ahead of the region’s independence declaration in July. Continue Reading

Voting for independence

January 11, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Joseph Becensio of Sioux Falls, S.D., photographed a crowd waiting to vote on independence for Southern Sudan on Sunday in Omaha, Neb. Continue Reading

20 police die in south Sudan attack by Arab tribe

January 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Arab tribesmen accompanied by a northern Sudanese government-backed militia killed 20 policemen in the disputed region of Abyei, a southern military spokesman said today, raising concerns of violence as the south holds its independence referendum. Continue Reading

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Sudanese decide country’s future

January 9, 2011 in INFORUM

30 from area cast votes on secession

At least 30 Sudanese from the Fargo area made the 400-mile trek to Omaha this past weekend to vote in a global referendum that will determine the fate of their home country. Continue Reading

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