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Tens of thousands of southern Sudanese are returning home just days before the region votes on whether to split from the north.

Many fled to the north years ago to escape the south's civil wars. Now, the government of south Sudan has financed convoys to bring its people back ahead of Sunday's referendum and many are seeing their homeland for the very first time.

Al Jazeera's Casey Kauffman went on the road with Marco Toot, a man tasked with bringing thousands of southern Sudanese back home to vote.

Source: Al Jazeera