Area Total 1,861,484 sq km
Climate hot and dry; arid desert; rainy season varies by region (April to November)
Natural Resources petroleum; small reserves of iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold; hydropower
Imports UAE 12.7%, Egypt 10.6%, India 10.5%, Turkey 10.2%, Japan 7.6%, Saudi Arabia 6%, Germany 4.6% (2017) – foodstuffs, manufactured goods, refinery and transport equipment, medicines, chemicals, textiles, wheat
Government presidential republic
Capital Khartoum
Population 43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Sudanese Arab (approximately 70%), Fur, Beja, Nuba, Fallata
Language Arabic (official), English (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur
Exports UAE 55.5%, Egypt 14.7%, Saudi Arabia 8.8% (2017) – gold; oil and petroleum products; cotton, sesame, livestock, peanuts, gum Arabic, sugar

News about Sudan

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  • South Sudan executes rebels deported from Sudan: sources
    by umajulius on August 8, 2022

    August 8, 2022 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday executed rebel officers who were forcibly deported by authorities in Sudan, sources told Sudan Tribune. Sudanese authorities on Sunday handed over rebel officers arrested in Al-Fula town in West Kordofan State. The three officers identified as Major General Nyuon Garang, Major General Pur Ruop Kuol, and […]

  • Sudan arrests key rebel officers, hands them to South Sudan
    by umajulius on August 8, 2022

    August 8, 2022 (JUBA) – Sudan on Sunday arrested key rebel officers and handed them to South Sudanese. Their group confirmed the arrest saying it was coordinated between the security services in the two countries. Three senior military officers, identified as Major Nyuon Garang Kuol, Major General Pur Aruop Kuol, and Brigadier General Gatluak Majiok Liey […]

  • Sexual violence on the rise in South Sudan, says UNMISS
    by umajulius on August 8, 2022

    August 7, 2022 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has expressed concerns that cases of conflict-related sexual violence are emerging, despite a decline in the number of civilians affected by violence across the country. UNMISS, in a statement, said its latest human rights report documented at least 922 civilian casualties, which […]

  • Sudanese military continue attempts to forge new coalitions : FFC
    by SudanTribune on August 8, 2022

    August 7, 2022 (KHARTOUM)  – The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) described an initiative launched by a Sufi religious leader, Tayeb al-Jed, as a new attempt by army leaders to establish a political coalition that would a new transitional government. Last month, the religious dignitary put forward an initiative aimed at holding an inclusive conference […]

  • Holdout groups reject extension of S. Sudan’s transitional period
    by umajulius on August 8, 2022

    August 7, 2022 (JUBA) – Non-Signatory South Sudan Opposition Groups (NSSSOG) have described as “illegal” the recent extension of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) period for 24 months. Last week, five South Sudanese political parties to the September 2018 peace deal  signed a roadmap extending the transitional period […]

  • Over 800 al-Shabab fighters killed in Ethiopia – Official
    by SudanTribune on August 8, 2022

    By Tesfa-Alem Tekle August 7, 2022 (NAIROBI) – Ethiopian forces have killed more than 800 members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group, al-Shabab, during days of heavy fighting near the shared border, according to Mustafa Muhumed Omar, President of the Somali Region in Ethiopia. Among those killed were three senior al-Shabaab leaders, including Fuad […]

  • What about Sudanese army’s plans to buy Chinese fighter Jets
    by SudanTribune on August 8, 2022

    August 7, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Chinese media recently reported that the Sudanese army is looking to purchase Chinese J-10C fighter jets, to enhance its military capabilities in case of war with Ethiopia as the two countries are at odds over the GERD and the fertile al-Fashaga border stripe. Sudan Tribune sought to investigate the validity of this information […]

  • Sudan and prospects of seeing light at the end of the tunnel
    by SudanTribune on August 7, 2022

    By Volker Perthes United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan Ever since the 25 October 2021 coup, the United Nations’ primary goal has been to help facilitate an agreement on a civilian-led transitional arrangement based on an agreed constitutional framework. The purpose of this agreement is to work towards achieving the goals […]

  • Islamists plan to sabotage the revolution and take over the state
    by SudanTribune on August 7, 2022

      The Results of the farm meeting and the Emir of the Islamic Movement By Yasir Arman The Islamic Movement which is affiliated with the National Congress Party and led by Mr Ali Karti, has held an important meeting that is of great significance not just for the Movement itself but for the Revolution, the state and the future of Sudan. The meeting took […]

  • Chadian army denies collusion in inter-communal attacks on Sudan’s border
    by SudanTribune on August 7, 2022

    August 6, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Chad’s army denied turning a blind eye to inter-communal attacks on West Darfur herders from Chad and accused some politicians without indicating their nationality of inciting hatred between the two peoples. Chadian assailants killed 18 Sudanese and looted some 300 camels on August 3 and 4, while a four-day meeting was taking […]

  • Lavrov’s African tour another front in struggle between west and Moscow
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on July 25, 2022

    Analysis: Foreign minister seeks to win friends and influence people in countries where closeness can be traced back to USSRSergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, is arriving in Uganda on the latest stop of his tour of Africa, aimed at rallying support on the continent for Russia as the war in Ukraine goes into its sixth month.Many African leaders […]

  • Sudan: scores of people killed in tribal clashes in Blue Nile state
    by Associated Press on July 17, 2022

    Fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups broke out last week over the killing of a farmerThe death toll from days of tribal clashes in the southern Sudanese state of Blue Nile has climbed to at least 65 people, according to a senior health official.Around 150 people have been injured in the fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups, the […]

  • Sudan woman faces death by stoning for adultery in first case for a decade
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih on July 13, 2022

    Campaigners say sentence amounts to torture amid fears that country’s new regime is rolling back women’s rightsA woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, the first known case in the country for almost a decade.Maryam Alsyed Tiyrab, 20, was arrested by police in Sudan’s White Nile state last month. Continue reading...

  • Joe Biden arrives in Middle East at time of rapid change
    by Bethan McKernan in Jerusalem on July 13, 2022

    Analysis: Israel has transformed itself from regional pariah to ally to many Arab statesJoe Biden has made clear that the Middle East is not a priority for his administration: Ukraine, China and the US midterm elections are all more pressing issues. Still, when Air Force One touches down in Tel Aviv for his first visit to the region as president on […]

  • ‘A bloodbath’: refugees reel from deadly Melilla mass crossing
    by Ashifa Kassam in Madrid on June 30, 2022

    Human rights groups say there have been no autopsies or identification of the 23 people killed trying to cross into SpainSeconds after Mohamed stepped on to Spanish soil, he turned around to see how his friends had fared along the metres-high chain link fence that slices off the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco.“It was horrible,” said the […]

  • Russian mercenaries accused of deadly attacks on mines on Sudan-CAR border
    by Jason Burke in Khartoum and Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Darfur on June 21, 2022

    Dozens of people said to have been killed in attacks allegedly involving Wagner Group fightersRussian mercenaries have mounted a series of bloody attacks on artisanal mines in the lawless border zones between Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR) in an effort to plunder the region’s valuable gold trade, witnesses and experts have said.Dozens of miners […]

  • Sudanese trafficking victims must stay in detention, judge rules
    by Diane Taylor and agency on June 20, 2022

    Three men, who were tortured and had been at risk of being put on UK flight to Rwanda, say being locked up is worsening traumaThree Sudanese victims of torture and trafficking who were threatened with being deported to Rwanda on a controversial charter flight last week have had their pleas to be released from detention rejected by a high court judge.The […]

  • Sudanese museums seek return of artefacts taken by British colonisers
    by Jason Burke and Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum on June 20, 2022

    Items include armour, banners, and two skulls taken from Omdurman battlefieldMuseum officials in Sudan are hoping for the return of priceless artefacts and body parts taken by British soldiers, colonial administrators and travellers, saying they could help bring peace to the unstable east African country.The items include valuable armour, weapons and […]

  • Growing numbers of young Africans want to move abroad, survey suggests
    by Kaamil Ahmed on June 13, 2022

    Covid, climate, stability and violence contributing to young people feeling pessimistic about future, survey of 15 countries suggestsAfrican youth have lost confidence in their own countries and the continent as a whole to meet their aspirations and a rising number are considering moving abroad, according to a survey of young people from 15 countries.The […]

  • More than 15,000 sheep drown after live export ship sinks in Sudan
    by Agence France-Presse on June 12, 2022

    Ship Badr 1 sank in Red Sea port of Suakin early on Sunday, prompting environmental concernsA ship crammed with thousands of sheep sank on Sunday in Sudan’s Red Sea port of Suakin, drowning most animals onboard but with all crew surviving, officials said.The livestock vessel was exporting the animals from Sudan to Saudi Arabia when it sank. “The ship, […]

  • ‘Our friends didn’t die in vain’: Sudan’s activists aim to topple military regime
    by Jason Burke & Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum on May 28, 2022

    Three years after protests toppled Omar al-Bashir, activists hope to bring down another government with little more than phones, placards and motorbikesA small house on a street in central Khartoum, lost among the dusty blocks of offices and cheap hotels but not difficult to find. On the wall outside, a slightly faded portrait of the smiling young man who […]

  • Sudan security forces clash with protesters against military coup
    by Jason Burke and Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum on May 24, 2022

    Police open fire on demonstrators as protest organisers detained in fierce crackdown by regimeSecurity forces in Sudan have mounted a fierce crackdown in recent days to crush remaining unrest, six months after a coup that brought a military regime to power in the unstable strategic country.Police fired teargas and shotguns at protesters as thousands took to […]

  • Apocalypse now? The alarming effects of the global food crisis
    by Simon Tisdall on May 21, 2022

    The Bank of England governor warned last week of ‘apocalyptic’ food price rises. Yet war in Ukraine, climate change and inflation are already taking their toll all over the worldApocalypse is an alarming idea, commonly taken to denote catastrophic destruction foreshadowing the end of the world. But in the original Greek, apokálypsis means a revelation […]

  • World Bank pledges $12bn to support low-income countries hit by shortages
    by Phillip Inman on May 18, 2022

    Move follows warning from head of UN World Food Programme about high prices leading to social unrestThe World Bank plans to spend $12bn (£9.6bn) to support low-income countries hit by shortages of food and fertilisers that have pushed prices higher since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Sudan, where inflation has rocketed above 250%, is expected to be among […]

  • The 'Spider-Man' of Sudan: the real-life superhero of the protest movement – documentary
    by Phil Cox, Rafa Renas, Giovanna Stopponi, Joseph Pierce Tracy McVeigh Jess Gormley Lindsay Poulton on May 17, 2022

    In Sudan's capital, Khartoum, an anonymous protester dressed as Spider-Man joins the hundreds of thousands of protesters desperate to protect their fragile civilian government after the military coup in October 2021. 'Spidey' has become well known on social media for leaping from billboards and scaling the tops of buildings while dodging teargas. However, […]

  • The ‘Spider-Man’ of Sudan: the real-life superhero of the protest movement
    by Phil CoxRafa Renas, Giovanna Stopponi, Tracy McVeigh Jess GormleyLindsay Poulton on May 17, 2022

    In Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, an anonymous protester dressed as Spider-Man joins the hundreds of thousands of protesters desperate to protect their fragile civilian government after the military coup in October 2021. ‘Spidey’ has become well known on social media for leaping from billboards and scaling the tops of buildings while dodging teargas. […]

  • The ‘Spider-Man’ of Sudan: masked activist becomes symbol of resistance
    by Kaamil Ahmed on May 17, 2022

    Dressed in red and blue, ‘Spidey’ is a fixture at protests against the military regime – and the subject of a new Guardian documentaryViolence and arrests will not deter Sudan’s young activists from resisting the military who “stole our revolution”, says one man who faces down the teargas and bullets in a blue and red superhero costume.Featured […]

  • ‘We are lucky today’: West Darfur braces for more outbreaks of fighting
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Darfur on May 5, 2022

    Thousands flee their homes as villages are left isolated and travel is perilous after massacre at KreinikMany towns and villages in Sudan to the north and east of El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, are no-go areas. The violence that erupted here last week and left 200 people dead has subsided but the tension is palpable.The area around Jebel Moon, 70km […]

  • Janjaweed militia blamed for attacks that left at least 200 dead in Darfur
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in West Darfur, Sudan on April 26, 2022

    Death toll likely to rise, say witnesses to indiscriminate attacks on Kreinik and El Geneina by Sudan’s notorious Rapid Support Forces At least 200 people are now known to have died in West Darfur in the latest attack on civilians and local forces blamed on Janjaweed militia.Darfur, the semi-arid western region of Sudan where a vicious civil war erupted […]

  • Sudan: at least 168 people killed in violence in Darfur region, aid group says
    by Agence France-Presse on April 24, 2022

    Fears death toll from Sunday’s clashes could rise after armed tribesmen attacked villages of non-Arab Massalit minorityClashes between rival groups in Sudan’s Darfur killed at least 168 people on Sunday, an aid group has said, in the latest bout of deadly violence to hit the restive region.Darfur, which was ravaged by civil war that erupted in 2003, has […]

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