Frank Johnson - Photojournalist
Frank Johnson - Photojournalist
By: Frank Johnson

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Friday, 9-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Sudan

Civil war has raged in Sudan for all but 10 years since its independence in 1956, making it perhaps the most troubled country in Africa. Located immediately south of Egypt, Sudan is the continent's largest country, comparable in size to the United States east of the Mississippi River, and is home to 42 million people of many races, religions, and cultures. Since the beginning of the most recent phase of war in 1983, more than two million people have died and four million have been forced from their homes.

Despite great potential natural wealth, war has left Sudan as one of the poorest nations on earth, leaving its citizens prey to famine, disease, and widespread human rights abuses. The discovery of oil and the completion of a commercial pipeline have only intensified the struggle between north and south, leaving many parts of the south inaccessible, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the areas where it is most needed. Sudan has long been dubbed "the forgotten war" and is quite possibly the word's longest-term humanitarian catrastrophe.



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