Sudan is the largest country in Africa. It has a tumultuous past bound up ininvasions and explorations over rumours of hidden treasure. War has turneda nation once rich in reserves of ivory, gold, spices and incense, to one of extreme poverty with a large question mark over its future.A variety of factors including decades of marginalising the poor, recurrentdrought, lack of investment and development and weak governance have
led to a number of crises and conicts.
A civil war in the South and the continuing bloodshed in Darfur have killedmillions and created approximately six million refugees. Sudan now has theworld’s largest population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).Even with continued revenues from oil and the gradual resumption of development aid, Sudan’s future remains uncertain. The nation is extremely vulnerable politically and economically, and dealing effectively with IDPs willbe essential to its survival.
TEAR FUND IN SUDAN
Sudan is one of TEAR Fund’s disaster relief focuses. Two major issues in Sudan are the crisis in Darfur and the North/South war that has created a huge number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).TEAR Fund supports three complimentary disaster relief projects in Sudan:Medair’s IDP Project in Khartoum State, Tearfund UK’s Wadi Salih and Ed DaeinProjects. Support for these projects has come from a combination of fundraisingcampaigns and grants from the New Zealand Government.The Wadi Salih Integrated Relief Project is helping to strengthen the capacity of 22 communities to manage and sustain recovery and peace-building activities through Village Development Committees. Around 58,500 people are beingprovided with reliable and sustainable access to safe water and sanitation facilities through the construction of wells and latrines.Education encompasses water management, personal hygiene, and increasing theknowledge of good health behaviours for 5,000 women, 28,000 children, 700youth and 600 men. The project also focuses on increasing food production and tree growth through supporting 12,000 farmers in the area.TEAR Fund UK’s Disaster Management Team has been operating in multiplelocations within Sudan since 1998 and in Darfur since 2004. The Wadi SalihProject is helping to make a difference to people in dire need.
Republic of Sudan
2,505,813 sq km, (987,495 sq miles)
Arabic & English
Muslim (70%), Animist / Indigenous(20-25%), Christian (5-10%)
48 (men), 50 (women)
Oil and petroleum products;cotton, sesame, livestock,groundnuts, gum, Arabic sugar
Call to donate: 0800 800 777 or visit www.tearfund.org.nz
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