A woman breastfeeds her child at a school near a polling station during a referendum in the town of Abyei on October 27, 2013. Residents of the remote and disputed Abyei border region pressed ahead with their own referendum on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan, despite warnings it could trigger violence in the volatile area.
[Credit : Goran Tomasevic/Reuters]
Abyei, straddling the border between Sudan and South Sudan, is claimed by both sides, which fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars. Since South Sudan’s secession in 2011 after an independence vote, both countries have been unable to decide on the ownership of Abyei, which is inhabited by the Dinka tribe allied to South Sudan and the Misseriya, an Arab tribe following Sudan.
Pictures taken by Andreea Campeanu/Reuters