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Geography: Sudan, in northeast Africa, measures about one-fourth the size of the United States. Its neighbors are Chad and the Central African Republic on the west, Egypt and Libya on the north, Ethiopia and Eritrea on the east, and South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo on the south. The Red Sea washes about 500 mi of the eastern coast. It is traversed from north to south by the Nile, all of whose great tributaries are partly or entirely within its borders.

Government:Military government.

History: What is now northern Sudan was in ancient times the kingdom of Nubia, which came under Egyptian rule after 2600 B.C. An Egyptian and Nubian civilization called Kush flourished until A.D. 350. Missionaries converted the region to Christianity in the 6th century, but an influx of Muslim Arabs, who had already conquered Egypt, eventually controlled the area and replaced Christianity with Islam. During the 1500s a people called the Funj conquered much of Sudan, and several other black African groups settled in the south, including the Dinka, Shilluk, Nuer, and Azande. Egyptians again conquered Sudan in 1874, and after Britain occupied Egypt in 1882, it took over Sudan in 1898, ruling the country in conjunction with Egypt. It was known as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan between 1898 and 1955. The 20th century saw the growth of Sudanese nationalism, and in 1953 Egypt and Britain granted Sudan self-government. Independence was proclaimed on Jan. 1, 1956. Since independence, Sudan has been ruled by a series of unstable parliamentary governments and military regimes. Under Maj. Gen. Gaafar Mohamed Nimeiri, Sudan instituted fundamentalist Islamic law in 1983. This exacerbated the rift between the Arab north, the seat of the government, and the black African animists and Christians in the south. Differences in language, religion, ethnicity, and political power erupted in an unending civil war between government forces, strongly influenced by the National Islamic Front (NIF) and the southern rebels, whose most influential faction is the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Human rights violations, religious persecution, and allegations that Sudan had been a safe haven for terrorists isolated the country from most of the international community. In 1995, the UN imposed sanctions against it. On Aug. 20, 1998, the United States launched cruise missiles that destroyed a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Khartoum which allegedly manufactured chemical weapons. The U.S. contended that the Sudanese factory was financed by Islamic militant Osama bin Laden.

Capital: Khartoum,Languages: Arabic (official), English (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur Ethnicity/race: Sudanese Arab (approximately 70%), Fur, Beja, Nuba, Fallata Religions: Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority Literacy rate: 71.9% (2011 est.) Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $89.97 billion; per capita $2,600. Real growth rate: 3.9%. Inflation:25%. Unemployment: 20% (2012 est.). Arable land: 6.76%. Agriculture: cotton, groundnuts (peanuts), sorghum, millet, wheat, gum arabic, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), mangos, papaya, bananas, sweet potatoes, sesame; sheep, livestock. Labor force: 11.92 million (2007 est.); agriculture 80%, industry 7%, services 13% (1998 est.).Industries: oil, cotton ginning, textiles, cement, edible oils, sugar, soap distilling, shoes, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals, armaments, automobile/light truck assembly. Natural resources: petroleum; small reserves of iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, hydropower. Exports: $4.145 billion (2013 est.): gold; oil and petroleum products; cotton, sesame, livestock, groundnuts, gum arabic, sugar. Imports: $5.941 billion (2013 est.): foodstuffs, manufactured goods, refinery and transport equipment, medicines and chemicals, textiles, wheat.Major trading partners: Macau, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, India, Germany, Ethiopia (2012). Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 425,000 (2012); mobile cellular: 27.659 million (2012). Radio broadcast stations: AM 12, FM 1, shortwave 1 (2007). Radios: 7.55 million (1997). Television broadcast stations:3 (1997). Televisions: 2.38 million (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 99 (2012). Internet users: 4.2 million (2008). Transportation: Railways: total: 5,978 km (2008). Highways: total: 11,900 km; paved: 4,320 km; unpaved: 7,580 km (2000 est.). Waterways: 4,068 km navigable (2011). Ports and harbors: Port Sudan. Airports: 74 (2013). International disputes: the effects of Sudan's almost constant ethnic and rebel militia fighting since the mid-20th century have penetrated all of the neighboring states; Chad wishes to be a helpful mediator in resolving the Darfur conflict, and in 2010 established a joint border monitoring force with Sudan, which has helped to reduce cross-border banditry and violence; as of mid-2013, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan provided shelter for more than 600,000 Sudanese refugees; during the same period, Sudan, in turn, hosted about 115,000 Eritreans, 32,000 Chadians, and smaller numbers of Ethiopians and Central Africans; Sudan accuses Eritrea of supporting Sudanese rebel groups; efforts to demarcate the porous boundary with Ethiopia proceed slowly due to civil and ethnic fighting in eastern Sudan; Sudan claims but Egypt de facto administers security and economic development of the Halaib region north of the 22nd parallel boundary; periodic violent skirmishes with Sudanese residents over water and grazing rights persist among related pastoral populations along the border with the Central African Republic; South Sudan-Sudan boundary represents 1 January 1956 alignment, final alignment pending negotiations and demarcation; final sovereignty status of Abyei Area pending negotiations between South Sudan and Sudan.


सूडान, आधिकारिक तौर पर सूडान गणराज्य, उत्तरी पूर्व अफ्रीका में स्थित एक देश है। यह अफ्रीका और अरब जगत का सबसे बड़ा देश है, इसके अलावा क्षेत्रफल के लिहाज से दुनिया का दसवां सबसे बड़ा देश है। इसके उत्तर में मिस्र, उत्तर पूर्व में लाल सागर, पूर्व में इरिट्रिया और इथियोपिया, दक्षिणपूर्व में युगांडा और केन्या, दक्षिण पश्चिम में कांगो लोकतान्त्रिक गणराज्य और मध्य अफ़्रीकी गणराज्य, पश्चिम में चाड और पश्चिमोत्तर में लीबिया स्थित है। दुनिया की सबसे लंबी नदी नील नदी, देश को पूर्वी और पश्चिमी हिस्सों में विभाजित करती है। इसकी राजधानी खार्तूम है। सूडान दुनिया के उन गिने-चुने देशों में शामिल है, जहां आज भी 3000 ईपू बसी बस्तियां अपना वजूद बचाए हुए हैं। यूनाइटेड किंगडम से 1956 में स्वतंत्रता प्राप्त करने के बाद सूडान को 17 साल तक चले लंबे गृह युद्ध का सामना करना पड़ा, जिसके बाद अरबी और न्यूबियन मूल की बहुतायत वाले उत्तरी सूडान और ईसाई और एनिमिस्ट निलोट्स बहुल वाले दक्षिणी सूडान के बीच जातीय, धार्मिक और आर्थिक युद्ध छिड़ गया, जिसकी वजह से 1983 में दूसरा गृहयुद्ध शुरू हुआ। इन लड़ाइयों के बीच कर्नल उमर अल बाशिर ने 1989 में रक्तविहिन तख्तापटल कर सत्ता हथिया ली। सूडान ने व्यापक आर्थिक सुधारों को लागू कर वृहदतर आर्थिक विकास दर हासिल की और 2005 में एक नया संविधान के माध्यम से दक्षिण के विद्रोही गुटों को सीमित स्वायत्तता प्रदान करने और 2011 में स्वतंत्रता के मुद्दे पर जनमत संग्रह कराने की बात सहमति बनने के बाद गृहयुद्ध समाप्त किया। प्राकृतिक संसाधन के रूप में पेट्रोलियम और कच्चे तेल से भरे-पूरे सूडान की अर्थव्यवस्था वर्तमान में विश्व की सबसे तेजी से बढ़ती अर्थव्यवस्थाओं में से एक है। जनवादी गणराज्य चीन और रूस सूडान के सबसे बड़े व्यापार भागीदार हैं।





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