Sudan, most publicly Darfur, has been mired in decades of civil war, genocide, and conflict. Revenues from oil produced in the south but controlled in the north are an incendiary issue and many fear the strategic border region of Abyei could become another Darfur. A referendum on independence is planned in the south for January 9 and could result in secession, but will the north let go of the land and oil?
Read about the past, present, and possible future of Sudan and the Abyei region. Follow the travels of journalist Paul Salopek who was captured, tortured by guerrillas and then imprisoned by the military while on assignment for National Geographic in Darfur.
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