As vote tabulation nears an end in southern Sudan, preliminary results indicate voters are likely to choose overwhelmingly to separate from the rest of Sudan in order to form an independent state. Whatever the outcome, southern Sudanese leaders face many challenges. One is the arrival of thousands of southern Sudanese from the north.
River barges loaded with southern Sudanese and their belongings dock regularly at the dirt embankment of Juba port.
On average, 2,000 southerners arrive each day, most of them returning home for good.