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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  • Whereabouts of detained Sudanese women’s rights activist unknown-familly
    by SudanTribune on January 26, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The family of the head of the “No to Oppression of Women” group, Amira Osman said they ignore the whereabouts of the detained activist and called for her release. On January 22, over 20 security agents stormed Osman’s house in Khartoum late in the evening and took her to an unidentified location. Her family said the […]

  • Army officer flees Juba, joins Malong’s rebel movement
    by umajulius on January 26, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (NAIROBI) – A South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) officer has fled the country’s capital, Juba and joined South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) led by former military chief General Paul Malong Awan. Lt. Col. Buay Kandong Liem, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, said he was relieved to have safely fled Juba, […]

  • Sudan’s Wad Madani launches civil disobedience
    by SudanTribune on January 26, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The residents of Wad Madani, the capital of Al Jazirah State in central Sudan, Tuesday launched civil disobedience to protest the killing of two people during a recent anti-coup protest on January 24. The central market in the town was completely closed while the streets were empty of cars and pedestrians. Also, shops in the […]

  • South Sudan, Saudi Arabia ink economic cooperation deal
    by umajulius on January 26, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (JUBA) – South Sudan and Saudi Arabia have inked a cooperation agreement seeking to strengthen economic relations. The South Sudanese Foreign Affairs, Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng said the “General Cooperation Agreement” which he signed on behalf of the young nation would mainly focus on specific areas of mutual interests such as […]

  • UNMISS condemns killing of over 30 people in Jonglei State
    by umajulius on January 26, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned Sunday’s attack in the Baidit area of Bor County in Jonglei State, which left at least 32 people dead. On January 23, suspected armed youth from Pibor County attacked Baidit area, killing 32 people while 26 others were wounded, according to local area officials.  […]

  • Why the region may earn ‘blames’ if Sudanese crisis doesn’t find a solution?
    by SudanTribune on January 26, 2022

    By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon Unlike in the African setting, where masses could fear retribution to partaking in contentious political related issues, or shared national agendas; someone who hasn’t travelled to Sudan during the ongoing anti-government protests won’t figure out a country where civilians are more united to executing national duties in Africa […]

  • South Sudan president urges decisive action in church dispute
    by SudanTribune on January 25, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir urged community leaders, intellectuals, and imminent personalities in Jonglei state to come together and make a decisive action to break dispute pitting two bishops and their followings in Anglican church in Bor town. Presidential Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters on Monday […]

  • Security forces arrest medical workers in Khartoum
    by SudanTribune on January 25, 2022

    January 25, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The Unified Doctors’ Office announced the arrest of nine physicians, six foreigners and three Sudanese, by the security authorities on Monday. According to a press release, the medical staff are members of the international humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans frontières (MSF) working at Al-Jawda Hospital in […]

  • Sudan’s NUP calls for al-Burhan’s resignation
    by SudanTribune on January 25, 2022

    January 24, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The National Umma Party  (NUP) called on the Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to step down from the head of the transitional collegial presidency. The NUP’s political bureau held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the situation in the country and the continued violent repression of protesters by the […]

  • South Sudan’s Kiir rejects U.S senator’s call to step down
    by umajulius on January 25, 2022

    January 24, 2022 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has rejected a recent call for him to step down from power, saying such demands could divide the East African nation with a history of civil wars. On January 6, United States Senator Patrick Leahly called on the South Sudanese leader and First Vice President Riek Machar to step aside, while […]

  • How Facebook took over the internet in Africa – and changed everything
    by Nesrine Malik on January 20, 2022

    Western users are logging off, but across the continent the social media company is indispensable for everything from running a business to sourcing vaccines. How did it become inescapable?Badri Ibrahim is a Sudanese comic artist and the founder of the Abbas Comics empire. His strips are quirky and irreverent, poking fun at the Sudanese military and […]

  • Sudan’s prime minister resigns as pro-democracy protests violently repressed
    by Associated Press on January 2, 2022

    Abdalla Hamdok quits on same day at least two protesters killed by security forces during unrest in Khartoum and other citiesSudan’s prime minister has announced his resignation amid political deadlock and widespread pro-democracy protests following a military coup that derailed the country’s fragile transition to democratic rule.Abdalla Hamdok, a […]

  • From Grand Theft Auto to world peace: can a video game help to change the world?
    by Sarah Johnson on December 21, 2021

    Lual Mayen turned his family’s escape from civil war in South Sudan into a powerful gaming experience – that will have real-life benefits for refugeesIt was while fleeing the civil war in South Sudan that Lual Mayen’s mother gave birth to him 28 years ago. She had four children in tow and was near to the border with Uganda, in a town called Aswa. The […]

  • Sudan police fire teargas as anti-coup protesters stage mass rally
    by Agencies on December 19, 2021

    Thousands mark anniversary of revolt against Bashir regime with protest over military takeoverTens of thousands of Sudanese protesters have rallied to mark three years since the start of mass demonstrations that led to the ousting of the dictator Omar al-Bashir, as fears mount for the country’s democratic transition.Security forces fired teargas - […]

  • Sudan: on revolution’s third anniversary, protesters vow not to be silenced
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum and Emma Graham-Harrison on December 18, 2021

    Millions are still fighting for a democratic government, three years after their protests beganAmany Galal lost her right eye to a tear gas canister fired by security forces as they tried to break up a demonstration in early 2019, making her one of the first casualties of Sudan’s long and faltering revolution.Three months later, the street movement had […]

  • ‘Blacktown is a better place now’: how a former refugee and coach built pride in his community
    by James Button; Photography by Carly Earl on December 12, 2021

    In a sparse gym in one Sydney’s most disadvantaged areas, Mayor Chagai is not only teaching basketball but also transforming AustraliaRead the rest of our series Welcome to BlacktownBoys are running in rows of three down the court. Legs, shouts, the smack of bouncing balls. As one boy passes to another, the third fans out to take the next pass, then he […]

  • Dozens die and thousands flee in West Darfur tribal fighting
    by Staff and agencies on December 10, 2021

    Deadly clashes erupt in three separate areas with poor medical facilities as wider Darfur region slides into violenceTribal fighting has killed dozens of people over the past three weeks in three separate areas of Sudan’s West Darfur region and thousands of people have fled the violence, local medics have said.The West Darfur Doctors Committee said in […]

  • Sudan's deadly military coup: will the fight for democracy ever be won? – video explainer
    by Kyri Evangelou Yousra Elbagir and Katie Lamborn on December 9, 2021

    Sudan has had more military coups than any other country in Africa, having undergone three popular uprisings since its independence from British colonial rule. The most recent revolution in 2019 is still under way, with protesters calling for the military to hand over to a civilian government. On 25 October, the military responded to these calls with […]

  • I feel despair at Sudan’s coup. But my children’s mini protest gives me hope | Khalid Albaih
    by Khalid Albaih on December 7, 2021

    After 30 years in exile, it’s easy to doubt that it will ever be safe to live and work in Sudan. But the action being taken by young people shows democracy will rise again“All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up,” John Steinbeck wrote to a friend in 1941, just before the US entered the second world war. […]

  • Can artistic freedom survive in Sudan? The writing’s on the wall…
    by Lizzy Davies on December 6, 2021

    The recent coup dashed hopes raised by the end of the military regime but newly liberated artists refuse to submit quietlyIn the new dawn of a heady post-revolutionary era, Suzannah Mirghani returned in 2019 to the country of her birth for the first time in years. Her mission was to shoot a short film on Sudanese soil. It proved unexpectedly […]

  • The Guardian view on Sudan: yes, it was a coup. No, it isn’t over | Editorial
    by Editorial on December 2, 2021

    Though the deposed civilian prime minister has returned, the military is still calling the shotsCoups are always something other people do. So Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has insisted that the removal and detention of the prime minister and other politicians in October “was not a coup”. Instead, it was “correcting the track of the […]

  • Sudan military agrees to reinstate PM and release political detainees
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum and Peter Beaumont on November 21, 2021

    Hopes for end to crisis undermined as protests continue despite deal between military and civilian political partiesSudan’s military coup leader has announced the release of the detained civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and other political prisoners, as the country’s pro-democracy movement vowed to continue with protests.After weeks of lethal […]

  • Sudanese PM’s release is only small step in resolving crisis
    by Peter Beaumont on November 21, 2021

    Analysis: deal satisfies some international demands but route to democratic transition after fall of Omar al-Bashir remains unclearThe deal to secure the release of the detained Sudanese prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, signed by Hamdok and Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who seized power in a military coup on 25 October, leaves Sudan in a continuing […]

  • Sudan pro-democracy activists call for escalation after lethal crackdown
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum and Peter Beaumont on November 18, 2021

    Demonstrations against military coup expected to continue after 15 protesters reportedly killed in a dayPro-democracy protesters and Sudan’s military appeared set for a cycle of escalation on both sides after a day in which at least 15 demonstrators were killed by security forces.Despite a heavy-handed crackdown by the military in the capital, Khartoum, […]

  • Sudanese forces shoot 14 in deadliest day since military coup
    by AFP in Khartoum on November 17, 2021

    Hundreds wounded in Khartoum as protesters demonstrate against rule of Abdel Fattah al-BurhanSudanese security forces have shot dead at least 14 anti-coup protesters and wounded dozens more, in the bloodiest day since the military seized power on 25 October.The fatalities in Khartoum on Wednesday raised to 38 the death toll from unrest since the military […]

  • Al Jazeera bureau chief arrested in Sudan amid deadly anti-coup protests
    by Reuters in Cairo on November 15, 2021

    Toll from Saturday’s demonstrations rises to seven with death of 13-year-old girl as news outlet calls for journalist’s releaseSudanese security forces have raided the home of Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau chief and arrested him, the news outlet has said, a day after street protests across Sudan against a military takeover.The Qatar-based media […]

  • From Nicaragua to China, reckless autocrats betray the promises of revolution
    by Simon Tisdall on November 14, 2021

    Freedom and progress are hard won, and any gains made are all too often lost by a single, self-aggrandising individualDo revolutions always end in betrayal? Sudanese citizens are but the latest group to see a democratic dawn blotted out by the forces of reaction. It’s an age-old story. Napoleon subverted the French Revolution, imposing an imperium where […]

  • Sudan security forces kill at least 5 as protesters defy shutdown
    by Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum and Emma Graham-Harrison on November 13, 2021

    Teargas and live bullets used to break up demonstration in Khartoum against the military coupSudanese security forces killed at least five people on Saturday and injured dozens more when they used teargas and live bullets to break up a protest in Khartoum against a military takeover of the government.Protesters defied a military shutdown of the city to call […]

  • Sudanese coup leader tightens grip by re-appointing himself head of council
    by Associated Press in Khartoum on November 11, 2021

    Move by top general comes despite promise to hand power from military to civilian authoritiesSudan’s top general has re-appointed himself as head of the army-run interim governing body, a sign that he is tightening his grip two weeks after he led a coup against civilian leaders.There was no immediate reaction by pro-democracy groups to the move by Gen […]

  • You Will Die at Twenty review – a parable about the dangers of blind faith
    by Cath Clarke on November 8, 2021

    Sudan’s first Oscar entry, about a boy destined to die young, is warmed by compassion and gorgeous, dreamy imagery‘You will die at 20.” That’s the death sentence handed down to a newborn baby at the start of this gentle, affecting Sudanese drama, the feature debut of director Amjad Abu Alala (and was Sudan’s first ever Oscar entry). The scene has […]

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