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(Rochester, New York) January 5, 2011 – Next week Sudan will hold a referendum on whether to form an independent nation in the South. This historical vote is the focus of WXXI’s Friday night news and public affairs TV line-up on January 7th. WXXI’s news and public affairs program, Need to Know Rochester, airing at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 7 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), features local Sudanese “Lost Boy” Sebastian Maroundit. He lives in Rochester, and is returning to Sudan to be with his mother for the Sunday, January 9th vote. Maroundit is co-founder of Building Minds in Sudan, a nonprofit organization, based in Rochester that is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to African villagers in Southern Sudan. Also on the program will be Monroe Community College Professor Angelique Stevens, who has travelled to Sudan and shares her observations. 

At 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD Need to Know, PBS’ newsmagazine, profiles Salva Dut, a "Lost Boy of Sudan" who returned to his homeland to help bring clean water to the people of his birthplace. Dut is the founder of Water for Sudan, a non-profit organization based in Rochester, New York. Its mission is to make safe, drinkable water available to villagers in Southern Sudan by drilling borehole wells.To date, Water for Sudan has drilled 79 wells. Need to Know travels to Sudan to see Dut at work, and speaks with the people who will participate in Monday’s vote.

Rounding out the evening, at 10 p.m., WXXI-TV/HD presents Paths of the Displaced.  This documentary explores the personal stories of young Sudanese refugees attending high school in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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