Thousands of Sudanese expats in the US are spending their days and nights online these days - getting little sleep, calling home multiple times a day, checking on the safety of their family and friends - hoping for good news.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has ruled out talks with South Sudan on the simmering border conflict that has prompted fears of all-out war. Earlier, Sudanese jets bombed a border area in South Sudan.
The world's newest nation, South Sudan, will be one year old next week. The country is a long way from changing its status as one of the poorest and most illiterate in the world. Yet some find reason to celebrate.
Ahmed Gallab was born in Sudan and raised in the US. In his early 20s he gained a measure of indie-rock fame playing with groups such as Of Montreal and Yeasayer. But it's his solo project Sinkane that seems to be drawing him back to his African roots.
South Sudan has come a long way since separating from the north one year ago Monday. It has a new currency, international dialing code and Internet domain. But it's a long way from changing its status as one of the poorest and most illiterate countries in the world.